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  • Let’s go Froggin’

    In my business – professional bass fishing – earning a living is all about catching weight. It’s fine to catch bass, but if you want to eat regularly you’d better hook the big ones. That’s why I like to fish frogs. There’s probably no othe...
  • Mister Rippin'

    Rippin', in my opinion, is really very easy. I like to call it a "bonehead" technique. People make it out to be much harder than it really is; but in essence, it's simple. That's its beauty, plus the fact that it catches an unbelievable amount of fish....
  • Secrets of the 'Blade'

    When I’m running down a bank, and I notice a lot of shad against the shore, or if I’m in an area that seems to be holding lots of bluegills, one of the first baits I reach for is my trusty spinnerbait. Now, I could talk all day long about how to ch...
  • Dropshotting Without Finesse

    WHEN drop-shotting first came on the western bass fishing scene a few years ago, I wasn’t too excited. Being more interested in catching big bass, I figured it was another way to put lots of keepers in the boat and I would probably use it when guidin...
  • Big Wormin' The Hunt For Giant Bass

    Believe it or not, when it comes to targeting trophy bass, summertime and wintertime are pretty much the same. But there are a few differences. For instance, deep-water structure fishing is a little better in the summertime—the big bass are leaner, b...
  • Staging Fish

    Find the Path to Spawning Grounds Editor’s Note: Jim Davis finished second in the Angler of the Year race in the 2005 Bassmaster Western Open series qualifying him for the 2006 Bassmaster tour. Jim won’t be fishing the National tour in 2006 but in...
  • Picking the Perfect Prop

    Finding the right prop for your boat can be a challenge in today’s world of ever changing hull design. Thankfully, most manufacturers have a standard prop that they suggest or that is included with their boat packages. This standard prop will be a ba...
  • The Jig Head Wacky

    Welcome Aboard! What better way to say good bye to 2008 and get ready for spring in 2009 than reading about the newest cutting edge fishing technique to crossover from Japan to the United States since the dropshot technique. Many of us had to wait for ...
  • Giant Tubes Equal Giant Bass: At War with Ish Monroe

    Giant tubes have had their following in southern California for nearly 10 years as premier bed baits for trophy bass on lakes like Casitas, Dixon and Clear Lake. Western pros, traveling to fish tour events in the east, have for the past few years, fel...
  • Questions and Answers with Ish Monroe

    BW: Ish, you're a pretty young guy. How long have you been fishing the pro trails? Ish: I fished my first pro-am as a pro when I was 18 years old--a WON Bass tournament on Clear Lake--and I've been fishing the Bassmaster trail now for five years. I ha...
  • Questions & Answers with Gary Klein

    BF. How do you adjust from fishing for largemouths one day and then fishing for smallmouths the next? A: You know, it's not just largemouth and smallmouth bass, you've got to throw spotted bass into the mix. But what anglers need to understand is that...
  • Post Spawn Bass

    THERE are really two things I do when fishing for post-spawn bass: cover a lot of water and cover different zones. I want to cover as much water as I can in search of the sluggish post-spawn fish, or wolf-packing fish near bait. I utilize a number of S...
  • Forget The Wood

    Forget about the trees! Odd-sounding advice for fishing wood-laden reservoirs? Maybe so, but the bass don't really relate to the vertical timber at Toledo Bend, my backyard lake, during May and June, and I've found the same thing to be true on similar...
  • Lake Powell's Top Ten Bass Areas

    For sheer spectacle there is no lake like Lake Powell. This sprawling giant, almost 200 miles long, and 266 square miles of water surface is the second largest impoundment of water in the United States (slightly smaller than Lake Mead in storage capaci...
  • Finding Pre-Spawn Bass

    Focus on Change and Irregularities Pro Angler Terry Bolton Jr. and team partner Shawn Penn qualified for the 2005 Region 3 Angler’s Choice Teams TOC by finishing 3rd overall in the Kentucky/Barkley Lake Trail. Kentucky Lake, is Terry Bolton Jr’s ho...

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