I don’t want to say bass fishermen lead the league in ulterior motives, but certainly in good times, they have shown they will support just about any cause if there is something in it for them. Whether it’s something as worthy as the autism fight or youth sports, or something as obsure as funding the stamp-lickers retirement home, (more…)


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I’ve heard some complaints regarding Coast Guard discussions (click here) about mandating  the wearing of lifejackets in boats “underway” as well as some circumstances involving other recreational boating, and I’m trying to figure out: Why would I be against this? (more…)


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SATURDAY MORNING was chilly...

One week and two trips sandwiched around the DFG’s electro-survey provided a unique backdrop and pattern changes at Lake Skinner. The differences: water clarity and wind conditions seemed to bring the fish up Saturday, compared to the previous Tuesday.

The midweek trip was short on sight fish (many beds were empty), but gave up some in 10 to 15 feet that went as large as 6 pounds on a watermelon Flick-shake. (more…)


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When the colors bubble gum, methiolate and hot orange first burst on the scene–yeah even before the Trick Worm from Zoom, there was a floating worm from North Carolina that changed the way we looked at plastics. (more…)


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LOW LIGHT always an advantage...

It’s been my experience that much of the time, bass will let you get away with a lot. From kicking your tackle box, to backwashing an area with your troll motor, they usually get over it pretty quick. 

But usually in the spring and especially in clear water, you just have to play it their way: from a “safe” distance where the fish tolerate your presence, but also respond to a bait invading their space. (more…)


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RED GELCOAT scratches

The one thing I learned when I used to be a ride-along media guy at the Bassmasters Classic, the game is a “contact sport.” Your boat hull contacts stuff when you’re trying to squeeze into the most remote fishing holes.

But now that I’m making those kinds of decisions, I’ve found there are some consequences for that kind of action. (more…)


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