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Here is everything you need to make your own Jika Rig! Use a soft plastic like Bass Pro Shops River Bug. Use a hook like the Bass Pro Shops XPS Wide SuperLock fishing hooks. Use a bass-casting weight like the Bass Pro Shops Premium Bass Casting Sinkers by Bass Pro Stacey King Combining the best aspects of Texas rigging and drop-shotting, the Jika (pronounced zee-ka) rig is a bass angler's dream come true, and it has proven its effectiveness on all three species of bass in Table Rock Lake. The original Japanese rig is a finesse-type set-up with light line…
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During the spawn the crappie can be taken in shallow water. Crappies spawn on gravel banks in water usually less than five feet. Look for these banks as you cruise the shoreline. Holding the boat just barely within casting distance of the water's edge, cast along the banks with a jig suspended under a small bobber and keep moving. As you do, watch for cover both in and along the shoreline. If you have a sonar, watch it constantly for submerged stumps, logs, brush piles, etc. If you catch a crappie, fish the spot over good before moving. Many docks on…
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Finding bass hotspots can make the average angler better than the rest.  Fishing expert Stacey King, member of the Bass Pro Shops® & NITRO Boats National Fishing team lists his advice on the best places to find bass this season.  Learn the hotspots where bass seek optimum habitat in which to deposit their eggs, you’ll catch more bass than the average angler. Back ends of creeks and coves are always good places to start and they are usually always good when situated along northern banks that receive plenty of sun. If your favorite lake has lily pads, remember that they…
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A lot of crappie lakes help provide cooling water for nearby power plants. In winter, look for great crappie fishing in the warm water near discharge outlets. If you want to catch them, you might have to move around some to find them. Sometimes power plant current tends to hug the shore or it may curveoffshore. A temperature gauge can help you find the right temperature where crappie are liable to be. If there is no power plant, then the headwaters tend to be the best for winter crappie fishing. Crappie tend to hang around these headwaters in the winter…
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