While you might hope that ever-expanding tackle system you like carry will be filled to capacity with all that’s new and cool, the reality of the matter is, you better save some room for the basics. You know, those things that actually catch fish, not all the things you thought you were going to catch them with when you loaded up at the last sports show. (more…)


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Hey, we just finished up a plastic worm ID contest here on KGF and gave away some Sebile baits. But those items are nothing like the prizes just announced in the 2011 Pinnacle Fishing Sweepstakes. 

For example, the Tustin-based tackle maker is putting up a new Bass Cat bass boat, Mercury Optimax Pro XS outboard and matching trailer, plus a line-up of  some most excellent Pinnacle Tournament Class rod and reel combos.

As the announcement says, “Simply enter (more…)


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Just when I had finished my rant on the instantaneous (and fleeting) nature of so many bass fishing topics, I have learned of an episode that shows a much longer perspective. Lake Montgomery, on the Georgia border with Florida, will be hosting a visitor who has a unique relationship with this body of water. (more…)


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One thing you can be sure about our sport, topics hit the bass atmosphere like asteroids, burn hot, then disappear in an instant. For that reason, the daily blogs (well, almost daily) are the perfect medium for such information flashes.

But sometimes, there is a bit more time to read over a longer piece, give it some thought and see if the ideas fit what you do–or would like to. For that reason, this February, I have decided to post some (more…)


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From Valentine’s Day to birthdays to Opening Day, there’s probably lots of times a surprise gift will make a great impression. In the fishing realm, a couple of friends of mine have provided some options, so I thought I’d pass them along.

The most immediate is a heart-warming (possibly, head-warming) Valentine’s gift from Lobina Lures. (more…)


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KEVIN JOHNSON...

Valencia’s Kevin Johnson is one of those California pros who has the will and the means to travel the country fishing PAA and FLW events as well as the U.S. Open, and his success landed him on the 2010 Top 40 list. After some discussion, I got Kevin to come up with three “don’t forget” items when he takes to the road or the water.

1. Key equipment. The first things he mentioned were battery chargers and spare props. It doesn’t matter if it worked last night, the charging equipment you need today (more…)


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UPDATED (image added). It’s more than 40 years old, yet probably hasn’t been seen or used by anglers in almost 30 years. But it will be getting a face lift–actually a whole makeover–and may be operational by May of  2012. It, of course, is the new launch ramp and related facilities that will be replacing the ones now submerged that were constructed in the late 1960’s or early 70’s. (more…)


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WHAT ARE THEY?

UPDATE:  WINNER, WINNER, WINNER!!!!

So, I was digging around in the Kramer Katacombs this morning and uncovered some priceless stuff. Well, maybe not priceless, but seeing them did give me an idea for a little contest. No true or false. No matching. No essays. Yeah, all of which means there is no guessing.  

Just a little test of your knowledge of bass fishing history, going back to the 1970’s and in a case or two, maybe even a decade earlier. Click on the image to magnify. You see some are injection, a couple hand pour. (more…)


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From the height of the Japanese World record issue, we heard of the strangely named website: Delaware trophy bass. Owner Steve vonBrandt seemed to have the inside line on the angler and the catch, but for viewers outside the region, it was hard to connect Delaware with anything but “blue hens.”

But that’s in the past. Steve now has made all the changes (more…)


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INVISIBLE HARDWARE...

In a perfect world (with murky, shallow water) I would be busting limbs with 20-pound hi-viz line, a half-ounce spinnerbait and loving it. Unfortunately, most of my fishing is clear at the other end of the spectrum, trying to generate as many bites as possible from crystal water and a lot deeper than I’d prefer.

Depending on your definition or the range of parameters you choose to include, finesse fishing, (more…)


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