by Kevin VanDam, as published in Volume 2, Issue 1 of NITRO Performance Fishing Boats Magazine February 20th, 2011. The final day of he Bassmaster Classic on the Louisiana Delta. A dream of a day, and the finest I've ever had fishing the Classic. I was culling 5-pounders early in the day, pulling 4-6 pound fish left and right.  The guys, including me, that fished Lake Cataouatche instead of running the 4-hour round-trip to Venice had made the right choice. I had switched from a spinnerbait to a Strike King KVD Square Bill 1.5 Shallow Runner the day before, and…
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by NITRO Boats, as published in Volume 2, Issue 1 of NITRO Performance Fishing Boats Magazine From lunker largemouth to bull reds, here's a selection of out customers' favorite artificial fishing lures across the southern part of the nation. Perennial best sellers, these lures have continued to produce bigger and better fish from the Florida keys to the fertile bass lakes of east Texas. You'll also find tips and techniques to help them work for you.   Katy, TX The Fishing Lures: Bass Pro Shops XPS Lazer Eye Deep Diver Crankbaits and Zoom Super Fluke. The Target Fish: Largemouth bass,…
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by NITRO Boats, as published in Volume 2, Issue 1 of NITRO Performance Fishing Boats Magazine From the Great Lakes to the Bow River, the bounty of gamefish in the north is plentiful, and multiple fish species require many different techniques and fishing lures.  Below you'll find some of the best-selling lures from Bass Pro Shops accross the north of the United States. We've also listed a few fishing tips and techniques to make sure they produce lots of quality fish for you.   Calgary, Alberta The Fishing Lures: Rapala Countdown Minnow and Storm Wildeye Live Kickin' Minnow. The Target…
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Fishing technology is advancing at a blistering pace. Nowhere is this more apparent than the shifts in portable sonar popularity. Historically, traditional portable flashers dominated the ice-fishing scene. This was partly due to the slow operation of yesteryear’s LCD units in freezing temperatures.  LCDs also had a nasty tendency to drain battery power like lead-acid vampires. Some still do. For the most part, these shortcomings have been improved and other benefits have been added. While traditional flashers remain amazing ice tools, here are 4 reasons to consider a sonar & GPS combo for ice fishing:   The scrolling history on fishing…
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After launching my boat in the river the other day, my sonar unit registered a water temp of 35 degrees—Burrr!  Gamefish such as bass, walleye, crappie, and yellow perch can still be caught in frigid water, but it’s often necessary to hang something right in their face.  When they are schooling along major structures and deep edges the most productive “something” is typically a jigging spoon.   Spoon-Fed Smallie: This cold-water smallmouth fell victim to the enticing “hang” of a jigging spoon. Here are a few tips for fishing with a jigging spoon in cold water: Track ‘Em Down The…
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With many different types of scissors available to the avid fly tier, trying to pick out a quality pair is not as easy as it might sound. Different sizes, styles and lengths can all effect how scissors perform.  Understanding the basics will help you choose the perfect pair. Choose the Best Blades Tying scissors can range anywhere from 3 to 8 inches in length.  Every fly tier has their own preference, so experiment with a few until you find what is right for you. Blades should be long enough to make trimming easy, but short enough to allow for precise…
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Walleye on the Transition Edge

Monday, December 29 2014 12:14 pm - for Ice Fishing
By midwinter on many bodies of water, walleye location can often trend towards off shore structure and in many cases, deep structure.  With the advent of GPS map chips, more anglers are discovering and fishing these locations.  A mistake I have made in the past when fishing deep structure is relying too much on what the contour line on the map charts.  What is more important than any contour is the transition.  The transition between one type of bottom and another.  Could be an edge where gravel meets mud.  Could be where large boulders transition to smaller rock.  This edge…
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There is a certain joy in potential. After applying a coat of super glue to the collar wrap, I removed the bucktail jig from the vise and hung it on the edge of a cup.  It joined a dozen others I’d tied during the evening session.  Some would end up buried in a stump or boulder, lost forever.  Others would endure a great day of fishing, then be retired.  There’s always the chance, however, that one could even end up hooking the fish of a lifetime. I couldn’t help but wonder what adventures lay in store.    During a guide…
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8 Tips for Wading the Saltwater Flats

Wednesday, December 10 2014 8:00 am - for Saltwater
Wading is, by far, the best way to approach spooky flats species such as redfish, bonefish, permit, and sometimes snook and trout. When the fish are in water that's barely ankle deep, stealth is critical, and that gives wade-fishers a big advantage. Your profile is low and small, you can move very slowly, and you have complete control of those breathless moments when you need to stand stock-still as a fish comes by within a rod-length. But there are a few things to know about being part of the wet-pants brigade. Here are some tips, gleaned over decades of tromping…
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Gear Guide for Shrimping

Monday, December 08 2014 12:00 am - for Saltwater
Smother this little fellow and a couple dozen of his friends in garlic and butter, and you have a feast you caught yourself. Shrimping. It’s simple really. Especially if you have the right saltwater equipment; or better yet, a friend who does. Here is the account of my first experience and a few simple ways you can catch a mess of these delicious crustaceans. We launched my friend Margaret Ellen’s 17-foot boat just two hours before low tide; right around 3:00 p.m. Out through the creek and into the expanse of Bull’s Bay just off the coast of South Carolina,…
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