When I think back about big bass I’ve caught, one thing comes to mind and that’s lure presentation. An erratic retrieve, in most cases, has produced many of my biggest bass. Why is that? Because this retrieve most closely mimics live forage. When danger threatens, they are going to do something different, like speed up, retreat, go crazy, play possum or try to hide. In most cases though, they will move out like a late freight train. Fishing lures such as plastic worms, jigs, spinnerbaits (slow-rolled), crankbaits (fished in a stop-and-go retrieve) and even topwater lures can be worked erratically…
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Learning to fly fish is no harder than any other kind of fishing if you start with the proper equipment. Fly lines range from 1 weight to a 12 weight. The larger the line number, the larger the line size and the larger the fly you can cast with it. Level lines are the same diameter throughout their length, and are fine for casting short distances but not delicate presentations. Double-taper lines taper at both ends, allow a more delicate presentation, and are best for short to medium cast. Weight-forward lines have larger diameters the first 30 feet. They cast…
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How to Find River Crappie

Sunday, May 10 2015 12:00 pm - for Crappie
Finding crappie in rivers can be a whole lot easier if you remember that crappie rarely challenge the main flow of a river. They prefer to use eddies, slack water, and cover that breaks the current. Speckled perch will spawn out of current in areas that warm more quickly than the main flow, with peak spawning at 66 to 70 degrees water temperature. Vertical cover that extends from the river bottom to above the surface provides good holding places for crappie in rivers with heavy current. The heavier the current the wider the cover must be to hold them. In…
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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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A mistake a lot of fishermen make when flipping and pitching is dropping the bait on the outside edge of the structure or cover, and that spooks any resident bass. Instead, drop it right at the base. Most fishermen naturally don’t want to get hung up, but you have to get over that if you are going to improve your flipping and pitching skills and begin catching bass in heavy cover. Most of the time you will find that the thickest spots are holding the biggest fish, so this is where you should put your first flip or pitch. Practice…
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Thanks to today’s taxidermists and their artistic skills with fiberglass replicas, if you catch a trophy fish you can release it and still have it on the wall to show off. To help make sure you get a fish mount as close as possible to the original fish, always make sure you have a camera with you. With today’s smartphones that should not be a problem. Always keep an accurate fishing scale and a tape measure handy too. As quick as you can after catching the fish, weigh it and measure its length and girth. Next take several quick photos…
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Mercury pro Jay Yelas loves fishing for bass when they are in the shallows. Like everyone who chases bass, Yelas has his preferred methods of extracting these piscine warriors from their cover. One of Jay's go-to offerings to entice bass in the skinny water is the famous Yamamoto Senko worm. Sure, there are other lures designed for shallow-water presentations, but the Senko tops Yelas' list for an all-around offering. Spring is Senko time. "Spring is probably the season most associated with fishing a Senko," said Yelas. "When bass are not hitting a reaction bait, the Senko is tough to beat.Jay…
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A friend of mine has a theory: any time you see the word fat or calories in an advertisement for food, just substitute the word taste and you’ll know whether it’s any good. If the ad copy says “reduced calories,” you can assume it has “reduced taste,” too. This is analogous in the world of fishing to words like “stretch.” In recent years, we’ve been told that braided line has “no stretch” and fluorocarbon has “minimal stretch.” We’ve held this to be a self-evident truth that they’re better than traditional monofilament. Edwin Evers locks into a topwater bite. The stretch…
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