River Hotspots For Springtime Largemouth Bass

April 3, 2013

During the summer, fall and winter, river bass can be pretty easy to locate and catch. But come springtime and it gets a little tougher. Here are four spots to check on your local river this spring.

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When and Where Do Shad and Bluegill Spawn?

April 1, 2013

Bass anglers can lose focus after the fish leave the beds. Anglers knew what to do as the fish went through the prespawn and actual spawn, but 10 days later these same anglers can be confused, zipping from one spot to the next like water bugs. It’s this postspawn period, prior to the fish setting up on established summertime areas, that throws a monkey wrench into bass fishing.

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Run, White Bass, Run!

March 25, 2013

During late winter, white bass begin migrating up-lake to the river sections of impoundments and into feeder creeks. They’re traveling toward shallow, moving water to spawn. It’s Mother Nature’s way of replenishing a species, but this predictable movement also makes for some of the most exciting and anticipated fishing of the year.

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Four Great Lakes For Spawning Crappie

March 7, 2013

Crappie are the kings of spring because they come to the bank and give everyone a shot at a limit. Plus, they’re bigger at this time than any other time of year. Whether you’re fishing from the bank or boat, you normally can find some spawning slabs, but some lakes are better than others. Whether you’re looking for sheer numbers of fish, size or easy access, chances are there’s a great crappie lake near you. Here are four awesome lakes to catch a limit of big, fat spawners.

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How Christie "Rogued" At The Classic

March 5, 2013

Oklahoma’s Jason Christie rode a Rogue to a seventh-place finish in the 2013 Bassmaster Classic on Oklahoma’s Grand Lake O’ The Cherokees. Grand Lake has long been known as a great wintertime jerkbait lake and the perfect place and time to introduce Smithwick’s latest creation, the Perfect 10 Rogue. Here’s how Christie used it and the shallower-running Suspending Rattlin’ Rogue to finish so high among the best anglers in the world.

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How To Catch More Spawning Crappie From Shore

March 5, 2013

Southern outdoorsmen look forward to the crappie spawn with as much anticipation as opening day of deer season. During the crappie spawn the fish come in shallow where bank-bound anglers can get at them, and while the timing isn’t set on a calendar, it happens pretty much the same time every year.

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Jerkbait Tips From Pro Anglers

February 21, 2013

Most pros are predicting the winning limits for the 2013 Bassmaster Classic to be caught on a jerkbait. Grand Lake O’ The Cherokees is a classic jerkbait lake – a highland-type lake with relatively clear water. Jerkbaits excel in cold water, and with the pros starting the day in air temperatures below freezing and daytime highs not reaching 50 degrees most times, it certainly does weigh in as a classic jerkbait tournament.

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Is This The Lure That Wins The Classic?

February 20, 2013

The 2013 Bassmaster Classic is setting up as the perfect storm for a new product developed for the exact conditions Classic contenders are predicted to face – cold water and post-front on a highland-type reservoir. These are the conditions that made the Smithwick Rogue a classic lure. But it may not be the classic Rogue that does it.

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Up-North Jerkbait Tips

February 20, 2013

Slender, minnow-imitating stickbaits work wonders for a variety of freshwater gamefish. From bass to pike and walleyes, few predators can resist the tantalizing twitch, pause and rolling action of a well-presented minnowbait. Of course, as with any technique, a few tricks of the trade can mean the difference between catching two fish and 20 on any given outing. Following are three hot patterns to put more fish in your boat.

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3 Best Spots For Wall-Hanger Crappie

January 30, 2013

What is a wall-hanger crappie? In Mississippi it might be a 3 or 3 1/2-pound fish. On other good crappie lakes it might be just shy of 3 pounds. On some lakes it might be a 1 1/2-pounder. Beauty, they say, is in the eye of the beholder, as is a wall-hanger crappie.

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