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Find and Catch Giant River Smallies Now

January 8, 2014

River anglers can catch big smallmouth bass as soon as the ice clears. Here’s how one Allegheny River angler does it, but his advice works everywhere smallies live in moving water. The initial spring smallmouth bass bite on the Allegheny River in northwestern Pennsylvania usually coincides with the first week of official spring. Smallmouth bass begin moving from slow-current wintering holes towards shallower spawning flats.

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Five Quick Steps To Locating Bass All Year Long

January 8, 2014

In many rivers and lakes, the task of locating fish in thousands of acres of water is daunting. It often seems like the fish could be anywhere. Too often, anglers allow the big-picture view to overwhelm them and they simply start fishing, picking a bank at random and casting to everything that looks like it could hold a fish. Occasionally that works; usually, it does not.

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Fall Froggin' The Cheesy Mats

January 8, 2014

Summer’s massive weed mats are thinning out and turning brown. As the weeds die, stems disintegrate. Caverns open up beneath the dense canopy. Finally, all connections to the bottom are lost, and the mats drift freely on the surface -- slaves to the wind. “Anglers call them ‘cheesy mats’ down here,” says bass guide Jimmy Mason, formerly an Elite Series pro.

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Frog Fishing Tips For Small Waters

January 8, 2014

One of the most popular (and exciting) lures for summertime pond fishing is a soft plastic frog-imitator. Soft plastic frog baits come in three basic styles. One style features a hollow body with a double hook that rides right up against the body to allow it to come over surface weeds and slop. Another style features a solid body with a lifelike size and shape. Legs kick and churn water like a buzzbait. Unlike a hollow belly frog, the solid body frog baits slowly sink when paused.

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How Jimmy Houston Pre-Fishes For Bass Tournaments

January 8, 2014

Pre-fishing for bass tournaments is dependent on a myriad of factors, including type of lake, water temperature and levels (and whether it’s rising or falling) and which stage the fish are in during the spawning process. The answers to these questions can lead you to a check. Pre-fishing for bass tournaments isn’t just finding fish, it’s finding the fish that will win the tournament.

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Catch The Biggest Bass of Your Life

January 8, 2014

Want to land a double-digit bass? You can fish the same way you’ve always fished and you might luck into one, but if your quest is to catch the biggest bass in the lake, you’ll need to change your tactics. Southern California anglers employ giant swimbaits and big jigs to catch goliath bass. Even though on average there are more bass over 10 pounds in warm climates with long growing seasons like that in Southern California and Texas, Arkansas resident Mitch Looper says that these SoCal techniques and lure types work anywhere big bass lurk. In most places there are just fewer big bass to catch, making the devil in the details a very important fellow.

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5 Questions For BASS Pro Terry Scroggins

January 8, 2014

BASS Elite Pro Terry Scroggins loves what he does and it shows. The San Manteo, Fla., angler has been on the trail for more than nine years and is a member of the Million Dollar club. He started out on fire, qualifying for the Bassmaster Classic by winning the first Open tournement he ever entered. He finished that Classic in 16th place. He thought this fishing game was pretty easy.

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Bass Lure Suggestions From A Legend

January 8, 2014

Competitors in the first Bassmaster Classic were limited to just 10 pounds of tackle. Nowadays a single Stowaway can weigh more than that. Every competitor was given an identical tackle box before the event, then there was a “weigh in” the night before the tournament. “You put your box on the scale and if it weighed over 10 pounds, Ray Scott would open it up and start taking things he wanted out of it!” said Bobby Murray, who won that first Classic in 1971 and another seven years later.

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