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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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 Fishing
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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Some anglers destroy the fish on topwaters, some manage only a few, fishing the same waters with the same lures. Why might this be? Fishing a topwater bait is a lot like Dancing with the Stars. You have to have all the right moves to be successful. The zig-zag action that drives fish crazy takes the right lure, rod, line and leader, not to mention a "10" in technique.  1. Choose a lure that's easy to walk. Most look like a tapered cigar. The Heddon Spook was one of the first and it's still great, but now there are many…
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Gulp Alive minnows are a great alternative in the winter months. They are durable and convenient to store. Plus, they are much easier to hook than a wiggly minnow when your fingers are frozen. Best of all, walleye love ‘em! While using minnows to tip jigs is a proven combination when fishing for river walleye during fall and early winter, the colder temperatures can make that strategy a challenge.  So instead, I rely on artificial minnows such as Berkley Gulp! Alive! minnows to spice up my leadheads. From a tactics standpoint, there’s not a lot to say regarding using Gulp…
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Look down in your rod box and chances are you see . . . a mess. Not only that, but the fishing rod you really need, RIGHT NOW, is the one on the bottom of the mess! How to avoid this headache? Here are a few tips, gleaned from years of tangles: 1. First, use a good rod sleeve such as the Bass Pro Shops XTS Rod Sock to keep your line under wraps. These sleeves not only reduce tangles, they also protect rod guides and tips as you slide a stick in and out of the box. Use a…
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Among autumn’s challenges is finding the time to squeeze in the many outdoor opportunities that exist at this time of year. One adventure I promised myself this fall was a trip to central Pennsylvania, one aimed at fly fishing for the wild brown trout that prosper in the region’s many limestone spring creeks. While I visit these streams during the spring and summer, come fall, I get wrapped up in other forms of hunting and fishing.  Not this year! If you need a bigger angling challenge, try fly fishing for brown trout this fall at a central Pennsylvania river. The…
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Are you building a wish list or shopping for someone who didn’t provide one?  We have the perfect solution! Find Christmas gift ideas in guides specific to hunters, anglers, target shooters, campers, outdoor kids and more at Bass Pro Shops. Gift Ideas for Anglers - Check out this selection of gift ideas from Bass Pro Shops, which the addicted angler refers to as "Santa's Toy Shop." Gift Ideas for Hunters - Here's a rundown of the season's hottest hunting items available at Bass Pro Shops. Gift Ideas for Target Shooters - Have a tactical or recreational shooter on your Christmas list?…
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The signs are pretty clear if you have an addicted angler on your Christmas list. This time of year, he or she goes around faintly singing “… jigging’s swell … jigging’s swell… ” and “… a largemouth in a live well …”  The dead give-away is a Christmas tree decorated with lures and monofilament rather than ornaments and garland.  Here’s a selection of gifts from Bass Pro Shops (which the addicted angler refers to as “Santa’s Toy Shop”) sure to further fuel their fishing fever. Bass Pro Shops® Johnny Morris Carbonlite Baitcasting Reel Finicky as Santa Claus is about checking…
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Leadhead jigs are a mainstay of bass and walleye anglers, especially during the spring and fall, when the water is cold.  For river anglers like me, jigs becoming increasingly effective as fall progresses and smallmouth bass move into areas of reduced current, typically deeper pools and pockets out of the main force of the river’s current.  It’s important to know a variety of jigging tactics and be willing to experiment to find the productive one for that particular day. A guide trip late last week provided my first consistent jig bite of the fall.  Water temperatures had dropped into the…
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