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  • It's In The Details

    Keeping your boat clean through periodic, aesthetic maintenance Your bass wagon is a matter of personal pride, and if you're like me, the cleaner it is, the better you feel. No one has time to clean a boat every day, but periodic washings and scrubbin...
  • Slow Days

    Obsession, it would seem, can do as much for one's reputation as talent. When a friend approached me to say that her cousin was flying in from Oklahoma the next weekend, loved to fly fish for bass, and needed someone to show him the local scene, I was...
  • Swimbait Start-Up

    Josh St. John Serves His Snack Size Baits Somewhere east of the A.C. Plug and west of the Huddleston, swimbaits went from exotic to ordinary. No longer did the sight of someone flinging one cause onlookers to break into John McEnroe-ish cries of "You c...
  • Jerk Thoughts

    The jerkbait is a year-round bait that serves as a triple threat for largemouths, smallmouths and spots. Right now, as post-spawn transitions into summer, I really like throwing them because I can cover lots of water quickly with a bait that I can slo...
  • When the Wind Blows

    What happens to the bass and the lake when the wind blows? This is the all too familiar question that is repeated by most every bass fisherman that fishes either competitively or just for fun. The answer is plenty and here are some things I've learned ...
  • Tidal Mentality

    Focus on the predictable I'm a firm believer this game we play, in chasing the black bass, is really just a huge mental affair, that begins and has an infinite place in our own hearts. I'd like to share my thoughts on two subjects, tides and our menta...
  • Understanding Dropshotting

    Bass Basics Since this is a bass "basics" column, it is time to study the newest "basic" in modern bass fishing - drop-shotting. This technique is designed to catch bass that are hanging out in deep water, mostly during the late summer through winter ...
  • Keep It Simple

    For many anglers, the night before a tournament can be a roller coaster. I've never understood this. Anglers are either up or down, excited or worried. Many of them build up ideas in their head, both good and bad. Am I really on them? Are other guys o...
  • Spawn Time Hawgs

    Sightfishing for bass during the rut The spawn is special--a period when underwater mysteries unfold, when deep-dwelling bass suddenly appear in just inches of water, and when anglers get their one shot to square off with the lake's largest bass in fac...
  • Heart Pounding Jigs

    OFTEN times I hear people talk about wanting to catch more fish on jigs, but not having the confidence to throw them. Fishing a jig is something that every angler needs to feel confident about. Not only have more national level tournaments been won on...
  • Fall Reaction

    The five biggest bites--that's what I go after. And during fall, when bass begin feeding up for winter, I know of no better way to catch high-quality bass than to go for reaction strikes. To accomplish this, I use big baits and aggressive presentation...
  • Jigs in Depth

    Jigs have got to be the most versatile baits an angler can possess. You can fish jigs shallow or deep, and as slowly or as quickly as like. And no matter what you do with them, they catch fish. That's what I like best about jigs: I can catch fish on th...
  • Skipcast Class

    It's not about casting under docks or bushes. While the ability to put lures into tight places is an undeniable benefit of skipcasting, that clearly is not the technique's main attraction. The real appeal of skipcasting, which refers to skipping a bai...
  • Swim It

    The two laydowns just ahead of the boat look perfect. Stretching out from a creek bank right beside a major feeding flat, staging bass must be holding in their branches. But it's a sure bet the trees have been hammered. You know at least 10 boats have ...
  • Fishing August Structure

    Even though Lake Fork, where I live and occasionally guide, is essentially a shallow lake with a lot of vegetation, stumps and timber, and fairly shallow tributary creeks, I spend much of my hot weather time on the water fishing deep structure. I'm con...
  • Flickshake Worm

    An Ultra Finesse Tactic For Pressured Waters Imagine pulling up to your most productive stretch of bank and seeing a fisherman blazing through, firing a crankbait left and right. The fisherman catches a couple fish and works the area over, leaving not...
  • The Next Level

    Whether you're a serious weekend fisherman, a pro-am competitor or an aspiring Classic champion, to improve, you must be able to look at the skills you're currently fishing with, then put yourself into position to reach the next level. Remember, each a...
  • Deep Cranking

      Do me a favor; stand at the front of your boat and look back at your engine, see that, that's roughly 20 feet. Doesn't seem very far does it? Its not, but for some reason many anglers are scared to throw a crankbait that can reach that depth, and ...
  • Turn To Wood

    Fishing handcrafted hardbaits at opportune times I've been using giant wood baits for bass since the early '80s, and a lot of people still ask me why I like wood better. It's not always the best choice, but in certain conditions, wood shines. First, i...
  • Less Is More

    When you're going to be fishing out of someone else's boat, it can be difficult to choose which rods and how much tackle to bring with you. You might not know how your pro or companion plans to be fishing, but you want to be ready to fish any techniqu...

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