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Confronting the cold | Bassmaster

Confronting the cold | Bassmaster

Understand the variables Depending on where you are on the map and on the calendar, frontal impacts can vary significantly. “If you get a front in the fall, that wind can really make fishing good on wind-blown banks,”…

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Jerkbaits for winter bass | Bassmaster

Jerkbaits for winter bass | Bassmaster

If you’re one of those anglers who assumes you have to revert to finesse tactics when the water gets cold, Jason Christie has some advice for you. Try fishing deep jerkbaits. “You can catch them on finesse tactics…

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Ugly fishing habitat, beautiful results

Ugly fishing habitat, beautiful results

Let’s face it, not everywhere we fish is the 1,000 Islands, Lake Champlain, Havasu or Clear Lake. Sometimes, you’re staring at some pretty dreadful looking scenery while trying to focus on the right cast. Industrial waterfronts, docked barges,…

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Adding orange to bass lures

Adding orange to bass lures

Picasso, Rembrandt and Hackney “I’ve always dyed the tips of soft plastics with orange or chartreuse, but only in recent years have I started using the paint,” says Hackney. “Paint is great because it takes a lot less…

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Foam fixes for bass boats

Foam fixes for bass boats

Given his meticulous tackle preparation and legendary precision, it makes sense that Aaron Martens would go to great lengths in protecting the tools of his trade. Funny thing is, one of his primary precautions leverages something so modest…

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Harness winter rain productivity | Bassmaster

Harness winter rain productivity | Bassmaster

“Rain, rain go away. Come again another day.” You won’t hear Bassmaster Elite Series pro Tim Horton quoting that nursery rhyme — especially during winter. Why? Because the Alabama angler knows well the positive impacts liquid precipitation can…

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Pipkens’ tips for tactical tubing

Pipkens’ tips for tactical tubing

Enticing Action With either head style, he stresses the need for angler control; particularly as it relates to boat motion. In low to moderate waves, the boat’s rise and fall imparts strategic action on a dead-sticked tube. Just…

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Winter’s one big bite | Bassmaster

Winter's one big bite | Bassmaster

Let me make one thing clear: Russ Lane is not a wimp. The 6-foot, 3-inch veteran Bassmaster Elite Series angler was a standout athlete at Huntingdon College in his home state of Alabama and pitched for the Richmond…

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Painless hook removal | Bassmaster

Painless hook removal | Bassmaster

Thousands of fishermen owe a huge debt of gratitude to the inventor of the “string trick” for removing fishhooks from people. I owe him or her big time! My latest chance to benefit from the technique came during…

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Deep jerkbait evolution | Bassmaster

Deep jerkbait evolution | Bassmaster

The other situation is in the summertime on Lake St. Clair when the smallmouth suspend in deep water. Balog claimed that St. Clair’s smallmouth were dupes for diving crankbaits back when the big lake attracted few bass anglers….

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