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KVD: Those magical mayfly periods

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 09:15

Mayflies are just that – flying insects that emerge off the water’s surface, although most hatches occur in early June.

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Christie: Bring on the smallmouth fisheries

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 13:16

I’ll make my tournament decisions based on what I see in practice, but going into the Lake St. Clair and St. Lawrence River events, I’ll have a general game plan off what I plan to throw.

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Schultz: A need for speed

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 09:24

In tournament fishing, time is money. And any technique that can produce quality fish in a hurry offers a huge advantage — especially when you're dealing with large bodies of water.

One technique that's perfectly suited for such demands is the high-speed retrieve. Not only does this method cover water quickly, but with the right lures it can trigger even the most reluctant fish to strike.

All that's needed is the proper situation and an angler with a need for speed.

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Ike: Doing it all over again

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 07:32

It seems like every year lately — three to be exact — I find myself writing a column about how I’m up against it, fighting for a spot in next year’s GEICO Bassmaster Classic.

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Drop shotting with Chris Zaldain

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 09:31
Shaye Baker and Chris Zaldain go deep for a day of smallmouth fishing using a drop shot rig.

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Preuett: Using swimbaits to target bigger bass

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 12:51

One of the most popular lures in all of bass fishing right now is the swimbait.

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Schultz: Topwater turning point

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 10:21

A long time ago, some anonymous angler figured out how to entice these lock-jawed largemouth into biting — simply by allowing a soft-plastic lure to lie motionless, sometimes for 30 seconds or more.

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How to keep your bass boat alive, part 5

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 15:47
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Mark Hicks shares the steps for renewing the gel coat on a bass boat.

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Mark Hicks shares the steps for renewing the gel coat on a bass boat.

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Palaniuk talks cranking for smallmouth

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 11:42

Given the chance to fish for smallmouth bass immediately before and after the spawn, Brandon Palaniuk will be slinging crankbaits.

Given the chance to fish for smallmouth bass immediately before and after the spawn, it’s always a safe bet that Brandon Palaniuk will be slinging crankbaits.

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Christie: It's time to find offshore fish

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 08:25

It’s not the Bassmaster Classic, but this week’s BASSfest on Kentucky Lake has kind of a mini Classic feel. If last year was any indication of what anglers and fans can expect, then I’d say we’re all in for a great time.

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Hackney: Selecting the proper jig, part 2

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 12:34

I struggle with the definition of a swim jig because, really, you can swim any jig you want. All you have to do is raise your rod tip and crank fast.

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Ike: Fishing grubs, part 2

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 08:31

There are three basic styles of grubs — curly-tail, boot-tail and straight-tail.

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KVD: Adjusting for really big fish

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 09:38

Bass fishing is about making adjustments to various conditions that confront an angler throughout the day.

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Christie: How to practice for tournaments

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 07:56

I think the biggest thing that determines my overall approach to practice is the tournament format – is it a multi-day event or a single-day shootout?

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Evers: Hooks and more hooks, part 1

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 07:52

It is surprising that otherwise good anglers don't put more emphasis on the hooks they use.

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Ike: Fishing grubs, part 1

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 13:07

A grub will catch any predator that swims. That includes stripers, wipers, crappie, bluegill and flatheads.

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KVD: Fishing high water patterns

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 08:38

With the spawning season fading throughout most of the Southern states, heavy rains and flooding conditions have opened a different set of opportunities for anglers.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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