Summer School

June 27, 2014

Alice Cooper’s classic rock anthem “School’s Out” always takes me back to my younger days, but for me it meant more than a few months of freedom. Each summer I left the brick-and-mortar school behind, but actively sought out other schools – schools of fish!

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Topwater Bassing in the Dark

June 27, 2014

The steady gurgle of a Jitterbug can lull you into a daze, but don’t let that happen. Night bites on topwater plugs occur with zero warning, sometimes right at the boat, and they tend to be violent. Don’t let that scare you away, just don’t get too relaxed. There’s something truly thrilling about casting by the light of the moon (or into total darkness), fishing by sound and feel, and being at least somewhat startled by every strike.

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Tips For Tidal Largemouth Bass

June 27, 2014

Tidal experts Terry “Big Show” Scroggins and Cliff Prince break down tidal river systems and explain how to find and catch bass. The good thing about tidal rivers is that they tend to be fertile and full of fat bass, often yielding fast action. The bad thing is that the same systems are extremely complex, and sometimes it can seem like no one is home. With both notions in mind, we tapped into the expertise of B.A.S.S. Elite Pros Cliff Prince and Terry “Big Show” Scroggins. Both live near the St. Johns River in northeastern Florida and consider the river’s tidal section their home waters.        

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The death and resurrection of the Rebel Pop-R

June 20, 2014

Zell Rowland was among the first professional bass anglers to grasp the unique characteristics of the Rebel Pop-R, a lure that emerged from obscurity and near obsolescence to take its place as perhaps the best topwater lure of all time. It's hard for me to pick out my best memories with the Rebel Pop R because it has created so many of them for me. Most people associate me so closely with the Pop-R that, even if I catch my bass on a jig during a tournament, they still think I caught them on a Pop-R.

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Jason Christie Swims A Boo Jig, Craw Chunk To Elite Victory

May 20, 2014

Oklahoma’s Jason Christie won the Bassmaster Elite Tournament on Arkansas’ Lake Dardanelle Sunday, collecting the $100,000 prize, the big trophy and a Toyota Bonus Bucks award of an extra $3,000. Just as exciting is his win-and-in Bassmaster Classic entry. He now has qualified to fish the biggest bass tournament in the world three years in a row.

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These Deadly Topwater Lures from the Past Still Work Today

May 7, 2014

The lure company named “Arbogast” is rarely seen in the results columns of modern tournament winners. Yet, at a time not too long ago, that name stood among the top of all popular lures. I was reminded of this recently while watching one of the Bill Dance TV shows when Bill stated he caught his first lunker bass—all of two pounds—while fishing with his grandfather in a Middle Tennessee pond. What topwater lure brought this “monster” to the net? If you are over fifty, you probably guessed right….the famous Jitterbug!

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How David Dudley Catches More Ledge Bass Than You

May 2, 2014

David Dudley loves catching bass on ledges – just like many other anglers. Guided by modern electronics and a nose for the sweet spots, he's pretty good at this game – just like many other anglers. That's no knock to the FLW Tour pro from Lynchburg, Va.; it's just a statement of reality that provides the basis for an effective premise Dudley follows to keep himself in the hunt. Simply put, even the hottest of ledge bites eventually cools, but savvy anglers can keep the show going by knowing when and how to adjust.

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3 Top Spots for Bomber 13A Trout

May 1, 2014

A single glance made me almost certain that the Bomber 13A would be a fine trout producer. I already knew the 13A’s slightly larger cousin, the 14A, to have an outstanding action for enticing trout. First cast in a real stream confirmed the bait to swim the way that I had hoped. Third cast brought the more important confirmation in the form of a fat rainbow.

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Wake Up Bass Now

April 22, 2014

One of the most underutilized and effective tactics for catching bass this time of year also is one of the easiest to fish effectively. It’s slowly retrieving a wake bait across the top, and It takes a little patience, but the sudden topwater strikes are addictive.

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Spoon Tactics Revealed

March 22, 2014

It usually spawns from frustration, or boredom. The graph shows plenty of baitfish and even bigger marks of gamefish, but they’re not interested in what you’ve been cooking. Innocently enough – often as a last resort -- you drop a spoon into the fish and feel a tap. The fish pulls hard, and with that, you’re hooked on spoon fishing.

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