Like many of you, I use artificial fishing baits and lures 95 percent of the time when targeting bass.  But if there’s a period when it makes sense to dip into the minnow bucket, it’s during autumn. It’s at the time of year — at least in my part of the country where winters are an icy reality —  when bass tend to forage on minnows, big ones in particular.  This leads to a situation where large, live minnows can be effective. An angler’s gotta do what an angler’s gotta do and during autumn, that may mean dipping into the…
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Bass Anglers are well aware that fluorocarbon line is a must-have tool because of its remarkable sensitivity as well as the fact that it sinks rapidly, driving crankbaits and other lures deeper. But fluoro fishing lines like Bass Pro Shops® XPS® KVD Signature Series 100% Fluorocarbon is also great in saltwater. Here are some reasons you're missing a bet if you don't have fluoro on at least one of your saltwater rods: The minimal stretch of fluorocarbon line allows for fast hook sets and enough fish-fighting power to keep a snook from reaching the mangrove roots! The minimal stretch of…
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Fall is by far my most favorite time of the year. Between the hunting and fishing there is always something fun and exciting to be a part of in the outdoors. The fall salmon run on Lake Michigan is something that a lot of midwesterners know about, but not many anglers seem to try it out. To a lot of people it seems like the trip would be too much work that costs allot of money; what they don't know is how easy it is to do it on the cheap with the gear they already have sitting in the…
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Favorite walleye fishing hotspots during autumn include tributaries, points, and humps. Anglers who focus on those hangouts have the chance to boat a big one. Fall is an amazing time to chase walleye. As water temperatures cool, they feed heartily to prepare for winter. Walleye will hang out in many areas in autumn, but tributaries, bars, and humps are three reliable spots. Tributaries An inflowing stream and its surrounding habitat are prime autumn areas. Weeds stay greener longer, thanks to the increased current and oxygen from the tributary. Lush plants attract baitfish and walleye alike. Walleye will also hold in…
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Having had the chance to test St. Croix’s Legend X fly rod in a variety of venues during the past several months, I can say it’s one sleek fly rod.  If it had four wheels it would be a muscle car, yet one quite comfortable running down to the corner market to pick up the fixings for the day’s streamside fishing lunch. The Legend X is designed for targeting larger predatory fish – bass, muskies, northerns – big fish that often require the use of beefier, wind-resistant flies.  It’s a nine-footer that’s offered in four models, ones meant to throw…
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Fishing the late fall shift on northern lakes has its advantages. Largemouth bass can be relatively easy to locate and, for the most part, will be the largest you will find them all season long. Put that sonar imaging fish finder to work this fall to locate largemouths. Then, work your lure slowly and you, too, can end up catching some nice ones. Here are some tips to ensure your season winds down with some solid action. Seek Out Transition Zones Notwithstanding the certainty of a cold chill in the air, October and November are two months that are predisposed…
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A bight is defined as a contour or a bay “indenting into a shoreline.” And the northern reaches of Florida Bay that border the mainland of the Sunshine State are loaded with fish-filled bights. East of Flamingo in the Everglades National Park lie Snake Bight, Garfield Bight, and Rankin Bight. These “indents” are loaded with snook, tarpon, redfish, and seatrout as the main game fish species. A quick look at Google Maps- satellite shows how these features create cradling arms to attract and direct game fish movements. These large bodies of water are also affected by winds and tides. When…
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With fall underway, the cold weather and high water means brown trout are in full swing with their migration back into the rivers. If you love fly fishing for big browns then fall is the time to do it, and there is no better way to entice a big brown to bite than with large fly streamers. Don’t get me wrong, streamers can be productive year round. But with the large lake run fish entering the river, streamers become a potent tool in catching these aggressive fish. Now is the time for fall streamer fishing with the big browns migrating…
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While pink isn’t a common underwater color, these fising lures and baits can trigger aggressive bites. From season opener to autumn, I sight fish for bass whenever conditions allow. Although many smallmouth and largemouth bass are deep at this point in autumn, there are still shallow, sight-fishing opportunities. I find this most pronounced during unseasonably warm, sunny days. One trick I’ve learned is that using a brightly colored lure can help you catch more fish when sight fishing. Bright Baits – Score One for Visibility I use bright baits because I can easily see them, especially when wearing polarized sunglasses.…
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Casting, jigging, and dragging a football jig teamed with a bulky plastic are reliable ways to catch smallmouth bass. Try wetting one this fall, and you’ll quickly get hooked on the fish-catching power of football jigs. Autumn is a time for upsizing baits to catch trophy smallmouth bass. Big and chunky plastics top my list of presentations. Using a football jig head for rigging is an excellent choice. Here are three reasons why. Side step snags A football jig’s shape gives it a great advantage. Its elongated, oval head helps it roll over minor snags better than a ball head…
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