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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Jerkbaits Down South

March 20, 2014

Winter through early-spring is the traditional time to throw jerkbaits in regions that see snow and ice, but pro anglers in Florida and other warmer climes know that a jerkbait catches fish year-round. They think situation rather than temperature, and you should, too.

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There’s More To Guntersville Than Bass Fishing

February 11, 2014

Talk about fishing in north Alabama will reach a crescendo in late February as the Bassmaster Classic hits Birmingham and Guntersville Lake, but anglers should remember that there are a lot more than bass swimming in ‘Bama waters. The crappie fishing in Guntersville and other nearby lakes is every bit as productive as the bass fishing.

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Pro Choices for Lures That Win the Classic

February 3, 2014

The lure that catches the most, biggest fish throughout the three days of the Bassmaster Classic gains serious fans. Everybody gets one. Here’s what a few pro anglers and Guntersville guides say will be the one that catches them this year.

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One Time, One Place for Alabama Largemouth

January 22, 2014

If you could be on the water in Alabama only one week out of the year and wanted the best largemouth fishing for numbers and quality, where would you go and what would you throw? It’s a tough question, given the ample opportunities for great largemouth bass fishing on the Tennessee River in north Alabama. The state has four impoundments -- Guntersville, Wheeler, Wilson and Pickwick -- along the 652-mile long river that snakes through Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky. You can’t overlook famed Lake Eufaula, either, for outstanding largemouth bass fishing.

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Why I’m Bully on the Wooly Bug

January 15, 2014

Load the boat with tons of tackle trays if you like, but the YUM Wooly Bug simplifies most of my on-the-water decision-making. Day in and day out, I flip and pitch and punch with only two baits: a jig and the Yum Wooly Bug. I use the Wooly Bug in other ways, too, as I will explain, but the simple truth is that after the spawn, I probably rely upon the Wooly Bug more than I do any other lure.

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Three New Ways To Use Old Soft Plastic Rigs

January 10, 2014

If you call yourself a bass fisherman you know the three basic soft-plastic rigs, the two named after states and the one that’s wacky. Each has traditional retrieves and functions, but some pros use them in unique ways. Here are tricks pro anglers use with common rigs to catch more bass.

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Best Time, Best Place To Catch Giant Alabama Spotted Bass

January 3, 2014

Talk with a bass fisherman and mention big spotted bass, and likely one of the first fisheries that comes up in discussion will be the Coosa River that snakes through east-central Alabama. Not just any spotted bass, either. No, the ones found in the Coosa are not like their more prolific cousins, the Kentucky spot. The Alabama spotted bass was formally recognized in 2010 as its own sub-species, a native of the Coosa and Tallapoosa rivers and tributaries. While having similar colorations and markings as the Kentucky spot, the Alabama spots are bigger in size and prized by tournament and recreational anglers for their aggressiveness.

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