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  • Early Summer Spots

    Fish from 0 to 60 Feet for Success When fishing for spotted bass it is important to know their pattern. Typically, spots are going to be shallow in the morning and then move to deep water. If they have the opportunity the will move into shaded areas in...
  • Transition Fishing

    Throw, Cath, Repeat, Throw, Catch, Repeat At this time of year, through most of the country, the spawning is about half over. This is when the hardcore bass fishermen sometimes miss the boat, so to speak. I call it the funky post-spawn period. All too ...
  • The Post Spawn

    Two important pieces of advice for post-spawn bass fishing: "Slow down" and "slow down some more." Slow your retrieves because the bass typically won't be aggressive and won't want to chase baits that are moving quickly. Also, slow down and fish an are...
  • Super Shallows

    Can't find the fish in three or four feet of water? Maybe you're fishing too deep! When monsoon weather patterns invade the West in late August through September, bringing high humidity, cloud cover and afternoon rains, some of the biggest bass in mos...
  • Target Docks for Post-Spawn Success

    The immediate post-spawn can be tough, so tough that some anglers go so far as to not fish during this period. They believe the fish wander off into places unknown or go into a deep funk after they leave the beds. That's too bad because nothing could ...
  • Fishing Muddy Waters

    "We are not in California any more Toto." Anyone who has ever talked about going back east and fishing with the likes of Denny Brauer, Tommy Biffle and one of our own west coasters, Gary Klein can now save some gas money. Right here in our own west co...
  • Begin Your Day With Topwaters

    Anytime I fish any lake during the summer months, I start by using a topwater lure. On a clear, calm morning I may only get an hour of surface action, but if there is cloud cover or a good breeze, I may be able to continue for two to three hours. This...
  • BIG BAITS USA

    For the past 12 to 15 years, I've been secretly fishing swimbaits in both regional and national bass tournaments. I tried to keep it quiet, but last spring, after I won the BASS Invitational on Clear Lake, the secret was out. My winning weight was 83 p...
  • Get Crankin'

    If you were to sneak a peek into the rod lockers of bass anglers all across America, you would almost certainly see a common theme. I'll bet every one would have at least one type of crankbait tied on. In fact, if fishing lures were food groups, crank...
  • Falling For Topwaters

    When Fall weather starts cooling the water down in Southern California reservoirs, it's time to start thinking seriously about topwater fishing. The cooler water brings the bass closer to the bank and you will have a greater chance of them staying the...
  • On Top In Summer

    Fishing topwater baits in the summer can be extremely rewarding. The bass' metabolism is going to be very high and they will chase baits in summertime-warm water. Also, this is the time of year the shad come to the surface, then you should look for act...
  • Summertime is Frog Time!

    Frog fishing in the summertime is not only fun, but its one of the best ways to put a big bag in your boat! On Lake Havasu in the summer, I'll often fish a frog all day without putting it down. There are some keys to being successful with a frog. We'l...
  • Spinnerbaiting at the Extremes

    Swimbaits may be sexy and the dropshot may be the latest in limits, but savvy anglers can't afford to forget about the reliable spinnerbait. But when money's on the line, it pays not only to have a spinnerbait tied on, but more importantly it must be o...
  • Home-Grown Spinnerbaits

    The Local Advantage Comes to a Lake Near You A hook, a short length of wire, some lead, a blade or blades and a skirt. That's all a spinnerbait is. Nothing magic at all. Sitting still, on land or on the deck of your boat, it doesn't look like anything...
  • The Summertime Blues

    Fishing the deep-water lakes in the West, during the summer can be frustrating to some anglers. Besides dealing with the heat, anglers have to locate the fish that have returned to their deep-water structure and moved to deeper water in offshore struct...
  • Big Fish from Small Fish Lakes

    There's something special about the foothill lakes. Beautiful surroundings, clean water, plenty of wildlife. And the fishing? Once you get the hang of it, it can be relatively easy to catch 'em, especially in winter and spring. Big fish? Well... Not so...
  • Spawning Bass

    Fishing the spring spawn is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the year for bass anglers, and knowing what the bass do after that arduous period can mean productive fishing well into the post spawn period. Not all bass spawn at the same time, as var...
  • Shad Season

    Along with spring, the fall period is one of my favorite times to fish. And it's interesting how the two periods are almost exactly opposite. In spring, you're focusing on early-to-warm areas, while fall fishing involves finding cooler water temperatur...
  • Speed Shotting

    As Fall starts to turn into Winter and the bass begin chasing the shad into deeper water, the wide open ractionbite all but disappears. This is when just about everyone turns to the standard hook, weight and Roboworm drop-shot rig. There are a few opti...
  • Creative Cranks

    If you're like me--very particular about your hardbaits--then you know what comes off the shelf is usually just a bit short of exactly what you need. Likewise, with your the old balsa baits that are "just so," you need a way to preserve and fish them f...

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