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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Summer fun with Ike Berkley fishing tackle pro Mike Iaconelli is an icon in the world of professional fishing, known for his exuberant yelling even when hooking and landing fish of a somewhat diminutive stature. Of course, Iaconelli is also famous for his multiple tour-level wins, Angler of the Year title and Bassmaster Classic victory. So, what type of bass fishing does Mike like when he's not chasing bass for bucks? Think small, nearly inaccessible public waters. Yep, the stuff everybody can fish, even if you don't have a bass boat. Less pressure equals better bass fishing. "I loved fishing…
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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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Larger established bodies of water get a lot of attention from walleye anglers.  Well-known destination fisheries are some of the surest bets for experiencing great fishing.  Locations like Devils Lake in northeastern North Dakota or Lake Sakakawea in western North Dakota are two premier walleye fishing destinations in North Dakota.  I also love Fort Peck Reservoir in eastern Montana.  Walker is one of my favorite little communities in Minnesota on the shore of Leech Lake… that is where I like to hide out with my family for short mini vacations and Leech Lake is one my favorite places to film…
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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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