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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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Winter jig wisdom | Bassmaster

Winter jig wisdom | Bassmaster

Your nose and ears tingle, steam marks your every breath and frost — if not ice — glistens the deck. This is wintertime fishing and one of your best choices for tempting fish in the chill is a…

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Trained for transition fishing | Bassmaster

Trained for transition fishing | Bassmaster

Shady character A buddy tells you he’s fishing a bridge and, in most cases, it’s a 50-50 call that he’s either running the pilings or buzzing down the riprap. If that buddy’s John Murray, you can add a…

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