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Ask A Biologist: Do Pressured Fish Learn to Avoid Certain Lures?
I’ve never met an angler that wasn’t full of theories. In fact, the conversation during many fishing trips is often nothing but theories...
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Video: Angler Catches and Releases New World Record Paddlefish
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Up a Creek without a Paddle: Summer Wading for Bass and Panfish
Jun 23, 2020
A couple cold “Cocolas” and two packs of salty peanuts buy us the OK to park my Jeep at the country store where the creek and the highway cross. I hop into the pickup with my bass-slayin’, squirrel bustin’, rabbit dog runnin’ cousin Kevin and we head up a gravel road and thump-thump-thump over a cattle gap. We creep through crunchy truck ruts and along rusted barbed wires common in our part of Mississippi. I hop out and squeak open the gate—it...
Secret Weapon Topwater Lures Bass Don’t Want You to Know About
Jun 17, 2020
I am a surface lure fanatic, and for years I only trusted my topwater game to a trio of players—a popper, a walking bait, and a buzzbait.
Groups of three are not new to many of you. If you attended Catholic school, then you know all about the Holy Trinity—the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. If you’re from New Orleans, then you likewise know about the other Holy Trinity that forms the basis of Cajun and Creole food—onion, celery, and bell...
How to Keep Catching Fish During Spring Runoff Floods
Jun 15, 2020
A couple Junes ago, an older angler walked down to the hole I was fishing to tell me that he likes that spot, only not when the water is flowing so damn fast and heavy. Wait a month and it will be better, young man. I nodded in acceptance of his sage wisdom, declining to tell him that we’d landed a 22-inch brown, a 24-inch cutthroat, and a 25-inch rainbow right there within the last 24 hours. And I’d fished that spot enough years to know that...
Do You Remember Your First Frogasm?
Jun 10, 2020
It twitches a little, then throbs a little more.
You manipulate it gently, but firmly, building a consistent rhythm.
The pressure builds up.
And then it builds some more. It’s almost unbearable.
Finally, an explosion, liquids flying everywhere, and a simultaneous feeling of release and excitement.
Yes, there is (almost) nothing better than a big bass crushing a hollow-bodied topwater frog through a heavy mat of vegetation, flying out of the water...
Iaconelli’s Top 5 Curse Words for Fishing
Jun 3, 2020
Pete Robbins is a veteran writer who’s covered the bass world with a discerning eye for more than a decade. His work has appeared in many publications, including Bassmaster, Field & Stream, and Western Bass. He blogs regularly at Yamamoto’s Inside Line, and he’s covered more than a dozen Bassmaster Classics from the water. Robbins is also a well-traveled bass addict and glitterboat freak. He’s based in Virginia, and heads up our “Bass...
Your First Day of Fly Fishing Wasn’t This Good
Jun 1, 2020
Most of us try our whole lives to break the hallowed 30-inch mark with a brown trout. Many who achieve it travelled off the continent with that very goal in mind. Kari Gentry, a registered nurse from Conway, Arkansas, was able to lock up that milestone on her first ever day of fly fishing.
On May 23, Gentry and her husband Austin floated the White River near Cotter, Arkansas, with guide Ben Levin of Dally’s Ozark Fly Fisher.
“This is a Saturday...
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