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Land of the giants: Winter whopper land

Land of the giants: Winter whopper land

Jason Williamson — Impoundment BAIT: 1/2-ounce Buckeye Lures mop jig with a Zoom Super Chunk trailerWHY: It represents a big, juicy crawfishWHERE: Natural or man-made rock structure Knowing the fish’s seasonal preference for crawfish, Williamson puts his faith in…

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3 keys to cold water cranking

3 keys to cold water cranking

Most anglers know that crankbaits are effective during the prespawn. But what about during the cold, late winter period? You betcha, says Bassmaster Elite Series pro John Crews. “A lot of people think the crankbait bite doesn’t start…

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3 keys to cold water flipping

3 keys to cold water flipping

When the water is cold and most anglers are fishing steep bluffs or deep water, Davy Hite is quite content to stay shallow and flip the cover. Crazy? Not according to Hite, who uses flipping/pitching techniques year-round. He…

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Jigs take the chill out of winter

Jigs take the chill out of winter

It’s no secret that Denny Brauer has a jig tied onto at least one rod every time he goes bass fishing. But when he goes fishing this time of year, it’s the only lure tied to his rod….

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Spoon-fed bass | Bassmaster

Spoon-fed bass | Bassmaster

Early Thanksgiving presents As the northern winds of winter begin to cool our waters, spoons for bass take on a new meaning. Water temperatures begin to fall making the bass’ favorite fall meal head to the thermal refuge…

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Lipless crankbaits for winter bass

Lipless crankbaits for winter bass

Most weekend anglers use lipless crankbaits like the Bill Lewis Rat-L-Trap, Lucky Craft LVR and Strike King Red Eye Shad mainly when targeting active bass during spring and fall. But with a few tackle, location and presentation adjustments,…

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Follow the food for fall success

Follow the food for fall success

Throughout the year, Jason Christie invests significant time and effort into locating the structures that hold the biggest bass. That objective doesn’t end during the year’s final quarter, but it does become more challenging — and often more…

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Fighting winter for lunker smallmouth

Fighting winter for lunker smallmouth

It’s a risk many anglers are willing to take. It’s the fishing chance of a lifetime. It’s an opportunity to experience bassing at its absolute, unbelievable best, says Bassmaster Elite Series pro Charlie Hartley. He’s talking about fishing…

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Trimming jigs | Bassmaster

Trimming jigs | Bassmaster

Full skirt Here, Lane basically fishes a 5/8- or 1/2-ounce jig right out of the package with the stock jig at full length and thickness. He has particular preferences for this straightforward approach, but notes that it’s always…

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So, you want to catch a trophy bass?

So, you want to catch a trophy bass?

Ten-plus pounds — the double-digit — is what most would call the ­undisputed benchmark of a trophy largemouth. It is a basser’s dream! However, only a few consistently sack up the double-digit trophy-sized bass. Different day, different teener…

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