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Enjoy All-Season Success from Shore
(Apr 20, 2017 - ) Let’s face the facts: nearly everyone gets their start in fishing by casting a line from shore. These outings find us anxious to tangle with “whatever bites” and happy to steal a few moments near the water to wash away life’s trials and tribulations.


How Old Town-sponsored pro Keith Combs taps backwoods bass  
(Mar 24, 2017 - Old Town, ME) Old Town Canoes & Kayaks is proud to announce official sponsorship of Bassmaster Elite Series pro and 2017 Bassmaster Classic competitor Keith Combs.


(Mar 11, 2017 - ) Folks, I’ve never caught the quality bass in my lifetime I have caught the past thirty-one days.  For full disclosure I have never in my lifetime fished as much as I have the past thirty-one days.  The connection has to be – the more one fishes, the more opportunity one has to catch quality bass.  Another aspect to catching quality fish is one must fish where quality fish are located.


St. Croix’s Jesse Wiggins fishes with an open-mind and...The Best Rods on Earth
(Mar 11, 2017 - Park Falls, WI) A great football coach once said, “The more you know the better you play.” Makes perfect sense... Picture a quarterback pouring over film, banking to memory the formations and tendencies of a formidable defensive secondary. Heck, the field general will be able to take snaps and throw from his studied mind’s eye without making any game-time assessments. Right?


(Feb 10, 2017 - HOUSTON, TX) When an angler grabs the lead toward the end of the final day of the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods, he’ll take a rest in a special chair known as the “hot seat” until someone bumps him from the top.


Philosophies borrowed from the boat prove highly effective on the ice
(Jan 17, 2017 - St Louis Park, MN) Open water anglers have long recognized the importance of a two-pronged approach to mobility. First, we burn untold gallons of gasoline motoring around the lake in search of active fish. Then, once we find evidence of our quarry, we churn the water to a fine froth with both vertical and horizontal presentations.


Why Berkley Gulp! Out Fishes Live and Plastic Baits
(Nov 15, 2016 - ) When I'm fishing for redfish, trout and the other saltwater inshore fish I find live shrimp or frozen pogies are typically "one fish" baits. That is, the fish strikes and the bait is lost. Doesn't matter if there is a hook up, the strike alone ruins the bait. Anglers were quickly discovering that a single Berkley Gulp! Shrimp was just as good after the first bite as it was on the fourth or fifth.


 Custom Jigs & Spins ice fishing pros offer technical jig tips
(Nov 2, 2016 - Coralville, IA) Tungsten jigs activate soft ice plastics like a fat bat on a fastball, a spring on a trap, a hammer on a bullet. Even while the hype over ‘rates of fall’ and ‘sinking fast to active fish’ permeates conventional conversations around holes in the ice, the truth is, heavy-for-its-size tungsten serves another, equally effective function.


(Oct 24, 2016 - Jacksonville, TX) The Spotted Bass (Micropterus panctulatos) is also known as Kentucky Bass or Redeye.   Although very similar to a black, largemouth bass, the Spotted Bass has several anatomical landmarks identifying its species. 


Dropshot rig places baits with precision and creates absolute chaos  
(Sep 22, 2016 - ) The dropshot rig is widely recognized as a fantastically effective finesse approach for presenting both live and artificial baits. Originally developed as a technique for targeting highly pressured bass in deep water, the contemporary dropshot rig crosses all species boundaries and dominates in both fresh and saltwater environments.


Overhaul the lessons learned nearly 50 years ago and catch more late-season Great Lakes trout and salmon today
(Sep 22, 2016 - ) It happens right after Labor Day every year: Cold front after cold front roll through the Great Lakes states and Canada. And with every frigid rain and stony north wind, another pod of Chinook and coho salmon make their way from the Great Lakes into one of the many tributaries that feed them.




Mr. Bluegill’s Late Season Prescriptions
(Aug 19, 2016 - ) After a full summer of chasing ‘glamour fish’—the bass, walleyes, and trout of the world—a dude dubbed Mr. Bluegill is certainly ready to call an audible.


Tips to assure your trophy catch will be caught again
(Aug 12, 2016 - ) Days afloat America’s preeminent channel catfish stream, Captain Brad Durick sees a little of everything. One client, a self-proclaimed ‘fishing expert,’ reels with the rod upside-down. Another customer continuously misses bites, jerking back against a self-setting circle hook rig, despite continued pleas to the contrary.


Critical boat control concept explained by tournament walleye pro Ted Takasaki
(Aug 12, 2016 - ) In his countless clinics and tournament appearances, legendary walleye pro Ted Takasaki says he’s asked thousands of anglers what they struggle with most on the water.


(Aug 8, 2016 - Jacksonville, TX) Folks, I’ve seen the Big Trees.  I’ve see the largest, tallest trees East Texas and the Neches River has to offer.  I’ve seen “virgin” pine trees with a perimeter taking three grown men with outstretched arms to surround.  These trees are magnificent!


(Aug 8, 2016 - ) Muskie activity peaks in late summer, as warm water temperatures drive these apex predators to feed opportunistically on abundant natural forage, and to aggressively chase anglers’ baits.


(Jul 20, 2016 - San Antonio, TX) Simply put, college fishing has changed over the past eleven years. In the very first collegiate bass fishing event back in 2005 held on Lake Lewisville, most of the anglers showed up to the event all on their own with old boats and tow vehicles.


From humble beginnings to industry leader, how Humminbird® earned its wings
(Jul 9, 2016 - ) The old saying goes, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Much the same is true when it comes to ‘raising a company.’ Many individuals must combine unique gifts and unify a team in order to shepherd a vision into real success.


(Jun 15, 2016 - Jacksonville, TX) In 1957, I was a towheaded kid.  My nickname was “Tag-Along” because I was always following my big brother around.  My childhood was typical for the era.  We were financially poor but well-to-do in so many ways – we had freedoms. Our neighborhood on the north side of town was our playground.


How Humminbird pro Kevin VanDam cracked Toledo Bend’s big bass code  
(May 18, 2016 - Eufaula, AL.) Bass fishing is a lot like any sport. Fall into a slump and critics crawl out of the woodwork.  And with today’s multitude of media, there are way too many opinions flying around – most of all the realm of social media, where everyone’s an expert.


Rhode Island’s state-record largemouth landed with dedication and St. Croix Premiere  
(May 6, 2016 - Park Falls, WI) Ever hear the story about the guy who set out to catch a state-record fish and, well, actually did? Don’t feel alone if you haven’t. After all, the chances are a million-to-one of it ever coming to fruition, no matter how much time is put in.


(Apr 29, 2016 - Lake Naconiche,TX) Texas is blessed with many lakes that are being called the best bass fishing lakes around. That’s how good bass fishing in Texas has become.  The Inland Fisheries Divisions of Texas Parks and Wildlife are doing a fantastic job in developing these lakes.  Multiple trophy bass are being caught from several lakes, especially in East Texas. 


(Apr 29, 2016 - Lake Sam Rayburn, TX) No other freshwater species of fish have ever generated so much allure, so much pleasure, or such fond memories than the bream. Nor has any other species of freshwater fish influenced so many lifestyles from childhood to adulthood. Bream, though small in stature, often become the keystone for the building blocks of human character.


One of the best in the business credits continuing education
(Apr 25, 2016 - ) “Electronics always play a huge role, at every tournament.” Brent Ehrler was trying to convince me that, despite spending the entire first day of the 2016 Bassmaster fishing shallow, visible targets, electronics were vital to his approach.


Aromatic Answers Kick Catfishing into High Gear
(Apr 20, 2016 - ) As catfish approach prospective prey, taste kicks in. It’s well documented that a catfish’s entire body is covered with taste buds, although the special structures are most densely concentrated around the mouth and barbels. Cats can taste food without mouthing it, simply tickling it with their whiskers.


(Apr 15, 2016 - Woodbury, MN) Rivers can be a difficult challenge for those who are beginning walleye anglers. Water level, clarity, and water temperatures which change depending upon the unpredictable weather patterns are all lessons needed to learn. Rising water one day and falling water the next. Clean, then dirty and clean again. Rising temperatures will trigger fish movement upstream, toward spawning areas then back again. In addition, severe cold fronts can put a halt to the action.  


(Apr 8, 2016 - Jasper, TX) There are actually three species of crappie in Rayburn waters, the white, black, and Mohawk.


(Apr 7, 2016 - ) Spring is a time of transition, both for fish and the anglers that pursue them. Walleyes transition from their deep winter haunts to shallow, wind-driven or current swept hard-bottom areas, responding to changes in water temperature and moon phase that trigger the spawning process.

Insights from BASS Elite Pro Matt Herren
(Apr 4, 2016 - Eufaula, AL.) Spring is in the air, and with it comes the most enjoyable season for fishing. As everything comes alive, hungry bass take note, prowling the shallows in preparation for the spawn. Step one on their list is to eat everything in sight, and bass anglers enjoy taking advantage of the gluttony.


The versatile, double-barreled Dubuque Rig targets river walleye and sauger in the lowest portions of the water column.
(Mar 31, 2016 - ) River anglers are renowned for developing unique rigs and bait presentation methods to help them tackle their ever-changing, current-driven environment.


(Mar 25, 2016 - Lake Sam Rayburn, TX) They’re probably the most versatile lures that any angler can have in their tackle packs, as you can jig it, swim it, slow roll it, pop-it, or just crank-it to entice some very aggressive bass bites. And anyone who doesn’t fish with them on Rayburn or Toledo is an idiot?


On “The River of Cypress" - Betwixt- Logansport LA, and Joaquin TX.
(Mar 10, 2016 - ) After busting through a jungle of trees, briers, and buck-brush, my buddy Tom yipped, “Boy we got it whupped now! As we pulled, pushed, and clawed our way through the flooded entanglement, dodging tree-limbs, and "barbed-wire" brush, he further stated that the hidden lake should be just around the next creek-bend fer-sure!


(Mar 2, 2016 - Jacksonville,TX) The white bass (Morone chrysops) is an abundant and popular sport fish in Texas reservoirs. These lively fish, also known as “sand bass,” provide action throughout the year and especially during their spring spawning run up rivers and stream tributaries.


(Feb 18, 2016 - St Louis Park,MN) From its interchangeable XL Consoles, to its innovative Element seating system, to its dazzling array of integrated conveniences for the multi-species angler, the Old Town Predator XL Minn Kota is truly designed to be the Ultimate Fishing Machine.


Underwater camera company aligns with angling educator, Dr. Jason Halfen
(Feb 11, 2016 - Crosslake, MN) Fish smarter. Equip yourself with all available underwater intel, say the sport’s top practitioners, and you’ll almost always find and catch fish. It’s a credo espoused by Dr. Jason Halfen—university professor and director of The Technological Angler, an angling think tank that blends fishery science with electronic fishing gear. 


(Feb 8, 2016 - Rollover Pass, Bolivar Peninsula,TX.) Fishing reports advised that whiting were biting in the surf along Bolivar's beachfront, so with nothing much happening anywhere else, a trip was quickly planned for some hopefully active surf fishing that would put a few whiting on the fish fry menu.


Move regularly, change offerings often: you’ll crack midwinter’s code
(Feb 2, 2016 - Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.    ) Imagine your home growing darker by the day, to the point you haven’t seen sunlight in over a month. Moreover, your surroundings are growing colder by the day. In fact, it’s so frigid that your muscles have become rigid; to the point it’s all you can do to muster moving a few feet…even to eat. And you’re hungry.  


(Jan 16, 2016 - Rollover Pass, Bolivar Peninsula,TX.) Landing and releasing two nice speckled trout made my early morning fishing a plus factor with major adrenalin rushes. Flipping out another cast and retrieving my awake was suddenly jolted by a violent “TIC” !!

VIEW FROM THE MARINA
(Jan 7, 2016 - ) Have you noticed how many books about Heaven have become bestsellers in the past few years?  There was “Heaven for Real,” “Proof of Heaven,” and some others.


Where you catch fish at first ice will depend on when, exactly, it formed  
(Dec 19, 2015 - Michigan) Seasonal depression… Disregard the claim it’s a lack of daylight triggering this disorder. Anglers who live in the Ice Belt know what really generates despondency: The absence of ice.


(Dec 17, 2015 - ) There are many reasons for you to go fishing but that is another story.  I go fishing on Keith Lake because I can catch fish there.


Archosargus Probatocepha
(Dec 17, 2015 - High Island, TX) Archosargus probatocepha, alias Convict Fish, or just Sheepshead belongs to the Family Sparidae, or PORGIES, are blackish silver in color, with 5 or 6 distinct vertical black bars on its sides, but not always the same on both sides.

View from the Marina
(Dec 11, 2015 - Cape Coral, FL) There is a malady sweeping the nation.  I call it gloom and doomitis.  Yes, these are trying times for our country.  Acts of violence, economic uncertainty and the rising cost of living all contribute to the collective jitters of Main Street America. 


(Dec 11, 2015 - Woodbury, MN) There is something special about plucking fish through the ice that gives us “Ice Fever.” Ice fever is defined as “rapid heartbeat due to intense excitement when catching fish through the ice.” And there’s no better fish to catch through the ice than feisty crappies.


(Dec 7, 2015 - ) About 100 yards off the end of my dock is a weed bed that holds fish year-round. Local anglers know it, so I wasn’t surprised yesterday when three different boats fished it in the time it took me to eat breakfast (bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios and a grapefruit), another five hit it before lunch, and nine more hit it from dinnertime on.


(Dec 4, 2015 - Alexandria, VA) The amount of time devoted to recreation is the same among all anglers, with active, lapsed, and former anglers each averaging slightly more than 3 hours per workday and 6.5 hours per weekend day. This slice of time can be devoted to any combination of activities, indoors or outdoors. So how do they choose to spend that time?


(Dec 4, 2015 - Alexandria, VA) RECREATIONAL FISHING is one of the most popular outdoor activities in the United States. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 42 million youth and adults—13 percent of the U.S. population—go fishing every year.


(Oct 31, 2015 - Woodbury, MN) As we look forward to ice fishing, the image of sluggish, finicky fish in crystal-clear water comes to mind. But that’s not always true. There are also times when fish are faced with dirty, dingy water or low-light conditions below the hard surface of a frozen lake. This is similar to differing conditions during open-water season. The fish’s’ challenge is to find food no matter what. Our challenge turns toward finding ways to make them bite. New ice-fishing tools can help.


Super shallow and non-structured bottoms entice cold water smallmouth bass
(Oct 31, 2015 - Michigan) Cool days and even colder nights have water temperatures tumbling; bug hatches are coming to a halt. The once warm summer rains are turning bitter, too – crawlers and the like burrowing deep rather than getting washed into the drink. Young-of-the-year fishes that have avoided being eaten since birth have learned to be on the lookout for predators better than ever.


(Aug 21, 2015 - Jacksonville, TX) Folks, We have not put in together for some time.  Last time we put in was when I came back from Devils River in April.  I have had some great adventures since then.


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