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Pete Robbins

Pete Robbins

Pete Robbins is a senior writer for Bassmaster Magazine, serves on the Board of Directors for the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame, and loves the smell of outboard exhaust in the pre-dawn hours. He spends most of his income on high-end bass tackle and calls the Potomac River his home water.

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The Bass Fishing Culture You Didn't Know Existed

Gear

The Bass Fishing Culture You Didn't Know Existed

Walking down the dock on Day One of the 2014 Bassmaster Classic at Alabama’s Lake Guntersville, dodging fanboys, photographers, and jersey-laden anglers who looked like NASCAR drivers, I stopped at each boat. I didn’t need to talk to anyone, I just wanted to know what the fish were biting. Sure...
How to Accessorize a Boat on a Budget

Freshwater

How to Accessorize a Boat on a Budget

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a big glitter boat guy. Since buying my first in the fall of 1996, I’ve bought and sold five more. The fifth is about to leave for a new owner, and a sixth is on the way. I’ve tried to be careful, but I’ve done lots of stupid shit—run into logs, forgot to put the...
You'll Never Be as Good as Kevin VanDam

Bass

You'll Never Be as Good as Kevin VanDam

Sorry, I don’t mean to kill your dream, harsh your mellow, or pull the rug out from under you, but the title says it all: You’ll never be as good a bass angler as KVD. I hear it all the time from weekend warriors, aspiring pros, and people who can’t tell a crankbait from a crankshaft: “I could be a...
Poop Baits, Shrimp-in-a-Cup, and a Dangerous Addiction to New Japanese Fishing Tackle

Bass

Poop Baits, Shrimp-in-a-Cup, and a Dangerous Addiction to New Japanese Fishing Tackle

On my 2007 trip to Tokyo, I spent $36 at a tackle shop on an artificial shrimp in a cup. This was not a random purchase. My friend Matt Paino, president of Optimum Swimbaits, who had gone to college in Japan and subsequently imported several Japanese tackle brands to the U.S., took me on to the...
What Would Bass Pros Fish for if Bass Didn't Exist?

Bass

What Would Bass Pros Fish for if Bass Didn't Exist?

As we waded down a small creek near Bristol Bay, Alaska, trying not to fall over and fill our waders, Texas bass pro Keith Combs set the hook on a cartwheeling, hellbent-for-leather rainbow trout. It vaulted out of the water, and suddenly the unseen bears that he’d obsessed about minutes earlier...
How to Winterize Your Fishing Boat

Fishing

How to Winterize Your Fishing Boat

You people in Florida and Texas shouldn’t stop reading now. Yes, I can hear your obnoxious laughter all the way over here in Virginia. “Winterizing? What the hell is winterizing?” If you’re going to use your boat 12 months out of the year, there’s likely no reason to take winter-specific precautions...
How to Buy a Used Boat

Gear

How to Buy a Used Boat

While most consumer dealings are relatively frictionless, there’s something about buying and selling a boat that turns people into lunatics. I’ve sold six fiberglass boats in my lifetime, and one Coleman Crawdad jon boat. I’ve also been on the buying end of an equal number of transactions, and I can...
Why Bass? Pro Anglers Reflect on America's Favorite Fish

Bass

Why Bass? Pro Anglers Reflect on America's Favorite Fish

Why bass? I felt a little bit dirty writing that, bordering on traitorous. After all, bass have been very good to me. They’re responsible for many of my greatest memories, they contribute to my income, and I’ve built a large part of my life around them. While they’ll occasionally disappear...
How to Find the Right Depth to Bass Fish

Bass

How to Find the Right Depth to Bass Fish

Three-time Toyota Texas Bass Classic Champion Keith Combs buried his face in the twin displays on the console of his boat, idling, idling, idling around a semi-private trophy fish factory in East Texas. Meanwhile, I was in the passenger seat stewing. Occasionally we’d see a fish blow up on bait or...
You Can't Bass Fish Too Shallow

Freshwater

You Can't Bass Fish Too Shallow

The two sonar units I have on my bass boat—one at the console and one up front—both contain more computing power than the 13-inch television I owned back in college by a factor of a thousand. Truth be told, though, they don’t get nearly as much use. I’m a tidal river rat, where a substantial portion...