How to Catch Pressured Bass

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How to Catch Pressured Bass

When I was a kid, my dream was to become a professional bass fisherman. Every Saturday morning, while other kids were wasting their time with cartoons, I was up early watching the tournaments on ESPN. The pros in those competitions, standing on the podium or in the back of their glitter-finish speed...
Kubie Brown Jul 29, 2021
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Video: How to Clean a Catfish

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Video: How to Clean a Catfish

We caught a big catfish and my buddy Ryan taught us how to skin it right at the boat ramp. These flatheads are renowned for their belly meat. This is a big one, but you can use this basic method with almost any size of catfish. This works best if you have a standard fillet knife and an electric...
Clay Newcomb Jul 29, 2021
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7 Wrong Ways to Hold a Fish

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7 Wrong Ways to Hold a Fish

It’s that time of year when many people who don’t normally go fishing find themselves on a beach or boat and, often by no fault of their own, end up with a fish in their hands. These folks can to some degree be excused for improper handling. The rest of you should know better. It's important tto...
Sam Lungren Jul 28, 2021
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The Best Crankbait Colors for Bass

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The Best Crankbait Colors for Bass

The only factor limiting the number of crankbait colors available to crass-consumerist bass anglers is the amount and variety of paints on Earth. The pandemic may have caused supply chain shortages, limiting us to the basic color choices, but that doesn’t bother East Texas pro Keith Combs. “I...
Pete Robbins Jul 26, 2021
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Angler Survives Getting Stabbed in Heart with Fishing Weight

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Angler Survives Getting Stabbed in Heart with Fishing Weight

The heart is more often a metaphor than an organ in common speech. You might hear an angler say such things as “South Dakota is the heart of walleye culture” or “I love catching and eating walleyes with all of my heart.” Todd Thesenvitz, an airline maintenance technician from Clark, South Dakota...
Sam Lungren Jul 22, 2021
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9 Difficult People You Meet at Fishing Lodges

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9 Difficult People You Meet at Fishing Lodges

I’ve been fortunate enough to spend more than my fair share of time with fishing outfitters and guides at camps, lodges, and destinations around the world. But, once I'm there, many times I've felt trapped with people I’ve never met before, with whom I have little in common except our choices of...
Pete Robbins Jul 21, 2021
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4 Advanced Tactics for Worm Fishing

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4 Advanced Tactics for Worm Fishing

Even people who know nothing about fishing know that worms will catch fish. It’s as cliché as it gets in our sport, so let’s just go ahead and move past it: Open a can of worms and you can expect to catch a fish in the freshwater environs of North America, be it trout, bass, walleye, bluegill...
Sam Lungren Jul 19, 2021
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The Greatest Sportfish You’ve Never Heard Of

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The Greatest Sportfish You’ve Never Heard Of

You might be skeptical about this title. Hell, I would be too, but hear me out. The greatest North American sportfish you’ve never heard of? The inconnu. No need to “bless me,” that wasn’t a sneeze. Inconnu, defined by Merriam-Webster as an “unknown person or thing,” is also the common name given to...
Stephen Klobucar Jul 16, 2021
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Finding Fish: How to Use Sonar Like a Pro

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Finding Fish: How to Use Sonar Like a Pro

A common theory exists that we only use 10% of our brain capacity. The same could probably be said of our smartphones, computers, and sonar units—most people only scratch the surface of the abilities these pieces of technology possess. But a little bit of education goes a long way. Just because you...
Ross Robertson Jul 14, 2021
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How to Catch Giant Bass on Giant Worms

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How to Catch Giant Bass on Giant Worms

In 2008, I fished as a co-angler in the Bassmaster Elite Series tournament on Falcon Lake on the Texas-Mexico border. You know it’s an epic event when midway through the first day’s weigh-in, the tournament director makes an announcement that you shouldn’t bother entering a largemouth for the big...
Pete Robbins Jul 12, 2021
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The Best Swimbaits on a Budget

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The Best Swimbaits on a Budget

I’m generally an unrepentant tackle buyer, but here’s an anecdote that makes me less than proud. A year ago, I put a “tickler” on an online merchant’s site that would alert me when a rare Japanese glide bait came back into stock. One day I got the email alert and was forced to act quickly, because I...
Pete Robbins Jul 8, 2021
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