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That fine line between success and failure

That fine line between success and failure

You don’t need to win to be a successful tournament angler, but if you keep putting yourself in the right places it’s eventually going to happen. I just got home from the Bassmaster Open on Lake Oneida. My…

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Topwater options for early fall

Topwater options for early fall

There are a lot of different ways to catch bass but none of them will offer up more fun than the ones you catch on top. There’s something special about a topwater explosion and the following tailwalks. It’s…

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Pickup cap gear/sleeping shelf for kayak anglers

Pickup cap gear/sleeping shelf for kayak anglers

Carpenter friend and Jackson Kayak pro staffer Jeremy Crowe put together a shelf that vastly increased the storage in my Nissan Titan’s 5 1/­2-foot bed when toting a yak. Add a couple more smaller pieces of OSB to roll…

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Three techniques I need to work on

Three techniques I need to work on

After every season I always reflect on what went right and what went wrong the previous year. Sure, 2019 isn’t over yet, I know that. Nevertheless, I’ve started making my list of what I need to improve on…

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Whitaker’s topwater wisdom | Bassmaster

Whitaker's topwater wisdom | Bassmaster

Like most bass fishermen, I love to catch ’em on topwater baits. I fish on top whenever the opportunity presents itself, which is more often than you might think. The key is to match the right topwater bait to the conditions at…

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Fall smallmouth spawners? | Bassmaster

Fall smallmouth spawners? | Bassmaster

I’m going to let you in on a secret that will either blow your mind or substantiate your long-held belief that I might be a bit crazy. But hear me out. For those of you who head into…

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The fall transition | Bassmaster

The fall transition | Bassmaster

Something is happening in the fishing world right now, and I’m not sure that people even realize what is really going on… The fall transition. Had you thinking I was going to get into something serious, didn’t I?…

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They move earlier than you think

They move earlier than you think

It’s just a week after Labor Day. In most years that marks the start of the shad and bass migration into shallow water. It’s my favorite time of the year, without a doubt. It seems like every day…

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Fish Watts Bar in the fall for bass in the grass

Fish Watts Bar in the fall for bass in the grass

What could be better than spending the summer catching bass from the grass? Having a special place where you can extend your seasonal fixation on luring fish from aquatic vegetation. East Tennessee is the destination and Watts Bar…

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Why I throw swimbaits | Bassmaster

Why I throw swimbaits | Bassmaster

I’ve been asked several times recently about swimbaits. Why I fish them and what they do for me. That’s a simple question with a complicated answer. So, here goes… Early on in my life I fished mostly in…

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