The advantage of trolling crankbaits for walleye is twofold.  You can cover a lot of water and swipe through large areas and you can also trigger fish that might not respond to some slower and subtler presentations. On so many bodies of water, we see a transition that gains intensity as fall transcends into summer where crankbaits seem to trigger more fish especially if you are looking for big fish. Crankbaits are not the answer for every situation but trolling hard baits shines whenever the locations get big. Basins are an obviously big locations but so are a lot of…
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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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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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Big Water, Big Walleyes

Thursday, August 13 2015 12:45 pm - for Walleye
(Editor’s note: Ted Takasaki placed 10th in the NWT Walleye Tour on Green Bay July 24 –25.  This is his view of the tournament.) Subtleties make all the difference when it comes to catching walleyes on the Great Lakes or even big bodies of water like Mille Lacs and Lake of the Woods. Anglers often appear to be fishing open water over expansive areas. But, the slight changes in bottom structure below the boats are keys to locating walleyes.   The breaks aren’t always obvious. Suspended, roaming walleyes often utilize a drop of just a foot or two. Success comes from…
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Yep, it's finally over! What you ask? Well, the raging (not really) debate over whether to use braid or fluorocarbon when swimming jigs, pitching grass, etc. Sure, in certain situations, like punching dense vegetation with a super-heavy weight with a soft plastic you need to use braid, it's a no-brainer. But I'm talking about more of that semi-open water deal. Like fishing big beds of milfoil that exist in so many lakes and reservoirs throughout the country. Now, in muddy water, it's obvious you can get away with braid due to lack of visibility, but what about somewhat clear water?…
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Rat Out Big Fish With a Topwater Mouse

Wednesday, August 12 2015 4:55 pm - for Bass
Casting the lure towards the vast green mat of milfoil, I cranked slowly on the handle of the baitcast reel, tensing instinctively. Somehow I just knew a strike was coming. Seconds later the mat of milfoil literally exploded as a seven pound largemouth nailed the soft lure shimmying in a v-wake across the surface. After a challenging fight, I worked the fish—and about a pound of milfoil—in close and carefully slipped the hook out of his bony white jaw. None the worse for wear, the fat bass flipped its tail disdainfully and darted back into the lake. The rat had…
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In the Gulf Coast, beachfront public piers draw all kinds of fishermen this time of year because they attract all kinds of fish. Pier fishing is very different from surf fishing in terms of how much space you have, the fishing tecnique and tackle you'll use. Savvy anglers know that under the right conditions, the best place to catch fish is from a pier.   If you've never fished off a pier in the gulf, here are a few popular species of fish to help you outfit your tackle box. Why Fish Off a Pier? A fishing pier provides submerged…
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When fishing slows on your local lake because of hot weather, use these tatics to improve your chances of catching more fish: 1. Fish the Current Head to the local smallmouth river and turn over rocks to gather a bunch of hellgrammites with a small net. Run a size 4 or 6 hook under their collar, then add one or two split shots. Drift them in and around current breaks where the smallmouth hold up. 2. Fish With a Worm You can catch stream trout with minnows, crayfish, and leeches, but nothing works better than a worm. Thread a whole…
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Walleyes on Target So many situations come late summer and fall where if walleye are present, they are going to show up on marine electronics. When walleye start stacking up on rock reefs, deep points and classic structure that is between fifteen and forty feet of water, you are going to see fish on the screen. Bare spots that are void of life are usually a waste of time. No arches, no clutter, no bumps on the bottom often means no activity. A proven strategy for fishing classic walleye structure is to drive up and down over structure until you…
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Any change in weed growth can create weed edges also known as weed lines and produced some good fishing. This is where the active fish like to gather. The weed line is a fish habitat. Game fish are attracted to weedbeds, because this is where their prey like baitfish, crayfish or leeches like to hide. Weed line edges can occur in shallow water where weeds stop growing or edges can also be formed along steep drop offs near deep water or where weeds no longer grow. A weed line edge is the outer or inner edge of a bed of…
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