The Best Baits for River Smallmouth

Tuesday, September 01 2015 2:35 pm - for Bass
When the sun bears down relentlessly, few types of fishing offer more soothing relief than casting to river smallmouth. You can use a canoe or johnboat to get into fresh, untapped stretches, but plan on wet wading at least part of the day to keep the heat at bay. A modest selection of lures will serve you well on smallmouth water throughout the country, anywhere from the Susquehanna in Pennsylvania to the Snake in Idaho. But it’s important to customize the offerings to suit the low river levels and glassy water typical of summer and early fall. Thick monofilament and…
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Choosing the Perfect Cast Net

Wednesday, August 26 2015 4:09 pm - for Saltwater
You can buy a cast net for $25, but these are basically toys suitable only for catching a few minnows while you're on vacation. Good nets start at about $125 and go up to more than $300. But properly cared for, they will last many years and produce tons of bait with minimum effort on your part. Here's a look at some of the parameters in choosing a good one for your type of bait. Get the Right Radius Cast nets are designated by the radius measurement, as well as by the mesh measurement. A 10-foot radius net opens to…
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Shady Ways to Catch Bass on a Hot Day

Monday, August 24 2015 1:00 pm - for Bass
Shade fishing is important for catching bass on hot summer days usually in July and August. And, catching big bass in the late summer is not as difficult as you might think. Bass are really no different than us when it gets hot. They're going to seek the coolest spot they can find, and sometimes that’s in deeper water or where spring fed streams run into the lake, but sometimes it’s shady areas. Troll along banks looking for shaded areas, and then hit those spots three or four times before moving on. You can cover a lot of water fishing…
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It's getting to be that time of the year, late summer. Yep, talk of football and Mark Zona's beloved Chicago Bears predicted to be the worst team in the NFL this season. This according to USA Today. Anyway, speaking of Mark Zona, between trips to the dentist and an attorney, Zona took a few moments to share his favorite three offerings for catching bass during the late summer. Strike King Structure Jig. "My top choice for late summer is the Strike King Structure Jig," said Zona. "Use the ½-ounce model in the hard candy color with a green pumpkin Rage…
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Tune in to Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World Radio to catch up on new trends in fishing tackle and the latest developments on the America’s Wildlife Museum & Aquarium in Springfield, MO.  Joining host Rob Keck will be Joe Kinard, Internet Specialist for Fishing and Marine at Bass Pro Shops, and Misty Mitchell, Director of America’s Wildlife Museum and Aquarium. This hour-long radio show will air on Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET on RURAL SiriusXM Channel 80. Kinard, an avid angler, will provide an overview of the new fishing and marine…
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Arizona fishing pro Josh Bertrand is never happier than when he’s staring at his graph, working a dropshot rig in water at least as deep as his Nitro boat is long. In a perfect world, he’d be looking at ‘em in 40, 50 or even 60 feet of water, because that’s when many of his peers start to get a little nervous and think about giving up. There can’t possibly be a bass that deep, can there? Of course there are bass there, but sometimes they aren’t the tournament winners. On occasion, even a deep water freak, the Elite Series…
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Summer Froggin for Bass

Friday, July 24 2015 12:41 pm - for Bass
Bass busters throughout the land love the springtime bite. When bass start getting active. Pursuing eats and getting ready to reproduce. Great fun is had by most anglers in the spring. However, many non-fanatical anglers whine about the "Dog Days" of summer. Too much heat. Fishing isn't as easy, etc. That's just fine for the rest of us who can't wait for the heat and the weed-choked areas to form on our favorite lakes. For the uniformed, it's an impenetrable mass. But for those in the know, it's time to bust big bass with frogs in the shallows while others…
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In my career as an outdoor journalist I’ve interviewed hundreds of professional anglers about dozens of subjects.  When the conversation turns to soft plastics, one topic consistently arises: color. When it comes to plastic worm fishing, I’d bet my last dollar that they’re likely to list their favorites—in no particular order— as green pumpkin, watermelon, and black/blue. Well, a few of them might stray a bit and substitute watermelon candy for straight watermelon. Or they might swap green pumpkin with red flake for regular old “G.P.” But that’s as far out on a limb as they’re going, at least for…
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Strike King pro Keith Combs loves to fish deep water for largemouth bass. This is especially true during the summer months. The three-time Toyota Texas Bass Classic champ and Bassmaster Elite Series pro decided to take a few minutes to share his Top 3 tactics for dredging largies from the depths. Deep cranking. "Generally my first instinct is to fish crankbaits on the deeper structure," said Combs. "The easiest way to locate the fish is to find points or channel bends. These are classic structures where bass usually live. "I like to fish crankbaits fast this time of the year…
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The simplest way to select a bass fishing rod is to match the rod's action with bait-specific techniques. We can narrow techniques down into 2 categories: tight-line techniques and slack-line techniques. The "action" of a fishing rod is determined by where the rod flexes along the blank. A rod with a"fast action" flexes mostly near the tip. A "moderate action" rod flexes towards the middle of the blank. "Slow action" rods flex near the butt section. Standard bass actions range from moderate to extra-fast. Tight-line Techniques These fishing techniques include fishing with crankbaits, jerbaits, spinnerbaits, and buzzbaits that are retrieved…
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