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Crews: Beware too much versatility

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 13:02

In the last few columns we’ve talked a lot about the benefits of versatility and how it’ll help put more bass in your livewell. Like a lot of things, however, it’s possible to have too much of a good thing.

http://www.bassmaster.com/blog/crews-beware-too-much-versatility

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Ike: Blackbirds? Sure, why not…

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 10:14

There’s been a lot of talk about Aaron Martens’ blackbird pattern on Lake Havasu. For my part, I think it’s one of the great lessons of bass fishing. More power to him. He was insightful and innovative. He identified what the bass were eating and then developed a pattern around that so that he could catch them.

It’s really a kind of example of what I mean when I say we should fish the moment.

http://www.bassmaster.com/blog/ike-blackbirds-sure-why-not

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Preuett: Now's the time for a topwater popper

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 09:03

I’m guessing if you could survey all the bass fishermen in the world as to what their favorite lure is - the most popular answer would be some sort of topwater.

The excitement of a topwater bite definitely leaves a lasting impression, which is why I can clearly remember casting a floating popper with a Zebco 33 off my Pop’s dock at Iatt Lake back when I was about 7 years old.

Today, a topwater popper remains one of my favorite lures, and for a couple good reasons … now is the perfect time to tie one on.

http://www.bassmaster.com/blog/nows-time-topwater-popper

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Martens flies with the blackbirds

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 08:28

The secret of his success on Havasu shows just how versatile and unique Aaron Martens truly is. 

The secret to Martens' success on Havasu was finding blackbirds.

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Hackney: Nothing replaces time on the water

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 07:29

There are a few myths about pro anglers, especially at the Elite Series level, that I think should be mentioned.

http://www.bassmaster.com/blog/hackney-nothing-replaces-time-water

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Coulter: The business of professional bass fishing

Mon, 05/04/2015 - 10:39

When most pros give seminars or work boat shows, the number one question that we get asked is about how to acquire sponsors.

http://www.bassmaster.com/blog/business-side-professional-bass-fishing

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Schultz: Walking with Charlie

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 14:57

Years ago, I authored a series for Bassmaster Magazine titled "Techniques Illustrated," the concept of which was simple: Feature top pros with their best techniques in a concise format, and support it with illustrations.

http://www.bassmaster.com/blog/walking-charlie

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How Terry “Big Show” Scroggins fishes flooded shoreline bushes

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 09:23

April showers bring May flowers is an age-old expression, but for Bassmaster Elite Series pro Terry “Big Show” Scroggins, it’s more like “spring rains put bass in the bushes.”

April showers bring May flowers is an age-old expression, but for Bassmaster Elite Series pro Terry “Big Show” Scroggins, it’s more like “spring rains put bass in the bushes.”

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Ike: Bass react to barometric pressure

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 08:01

Barometric pressure is important, but it’s also complicated.

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Barometric pressure is important, but it’s also complicated.

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Ish: Finding big fish near you

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 14:08

Fishing a lake or river with a forage problem makes no sense at all.

http://www.bassmaster.com/blog/ish-finding-big-fish-near-you

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Let those lizards loose in April

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 07:39

There are very few lures that are more versatile and catch more bass at this time of year than a plastic lizard.

http://www.bassmaster.com/blog/let-those-lizards-loose-april

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How to fish crankbaits for prespawn smallies

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 13:50
It's really hard to beat spring crankin', says Bassmaster Elite Series rookie Paul Mueller.

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Ike: Upgrade your fishing log

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 07:46

Those of you who follow my columns know that I’m a fanatic about preparation and especially about note taking and mapping. My notes and records could be described as a super detailed fishing log with a ton of specific lake or river information thrown into the mix.

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KVD: The pitfalls of previous experience

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 17:05

There are times when knowing a lot about a lake can work to your advantage, but there are others when it can work against you.

http://www.bassmaster.com/blog/kvd-pitfalls-previous-experience

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Two lures Mike Iaconelli says anybody can catch a bass on

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 14:35

Mike Iaconelli’s lure inventory matches his personality: wide-ranging and colorful. Yet, when asked what two lures he thinks anybody can catch a bass on, it didn’t take but seconds to pinpoint the answer.

http://www.bassmaster.com/news/two-lures-mike-iaconelli-says-anybody-can-catch-b...

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Evers: The need for speed

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 14:36

It's springtime, and everyone's excited about warming waters and more active bass. But sometimes that excitement turns to frustration when the fishing's not quite as good as we think it's going to be or should be.

http://www.bassmaster.com/blog/need-speed

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Christie: The secrets to fun family fishing

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 07:36

Remember that fun fishing is supposed to be relaxed and laid-back. Most of all, it’s about passing along the tradition of fishing.

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Keeping your bass boat alive, part 3

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 13:08
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The steps to wire a bass boat for and install a new 36-volt trolling motor.

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The steps to wire a bass boat for and install a new 36-volt trolling motor.

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Hackney: Let's talk topwater

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 07:29

The water’s getting warm, the fish are moving shallow and they’re hungry.

http://www.bassmaster.com/blog/hackney-lets-talk-topwater

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Schultz: When patterns go wrong

Sat, 04/04/2015 - 09:19

Ever have a great pattern evaporate on you — one so rock-solid you thought there was no way it could fail? It happens to all of us. We find fish — easy fish — and for inexplicable reasons, the pattern somehow falls apart.

Whether you’re a weekend warrior or touring pro, when you pattern fish of the right size — especially in a concentration — confidence soars. So much so, you’re willing to stake your entire game plan on it.

http://www.bassmaster.com/blog/back-plan

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