5 Tips for Uncovering Cane-Bed Bass

Friday, September 05 2014 3:00 pm - for Bass Fishing
    Standing cane, or what is commonly called bulrush, attract largemouth bass both for the cover and concealment they provide, as well as the food sources that are found within. Plucking fish from this heavy cover can be a chore. Here are five tips to help stack the odds in your favor. 1. Stout Tackle Cane can be downright gnarly on equipment. Go heavy when fishing this thick stuff. A flipping stick, paired with a baitcast reel and 50-pound test braid line are mandatory. While on the topic of equipment, ensure that you check your line regularly for nicks…
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Minnows may be the staple food for bass, and insects are clearly the bread and butter diet for trout. But if you show either of these popular gamefish a crayfish, they'll gobble it up in a flash. There seems to be something about the taste appeal of these crustaceans that bass, trout and also walleyes, pike and panfish, find irresistible. The Clouser Crayfish is one of the most popular crayfish fly patterns of all time. Crayfish aren't necessarily just an occasional treat for gamefish, either. In some waters they are quiet abundant and form a major item on the fish's…
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Mercury pro Greg Hackney may have had a mediocre season in 2013, but 2014 has been a comeback year of potential epic proportion. Hackney's win over the Bassmaster Elite field on Cayuga Lake out of Union Springs, NY was simply dominating. His final limit weighing 23 pounds, 15 ounces gave him a four-day total of (85-0). Keep in mind, Hackney spotted the rest of the anglers an extra fish since he was one shy of weighing a limit on the third day. His nearest competitor, pro Todd Faircloth, was over 9 pounds behind Hackney weighing (75-13) over four days. Add…
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Rivers, which make up a significant bass-fishing resource in our country, function differently than reservoirs or natural lakes. River bass are subject to the regular rises and falls in flow, which plays a huge factor in where they locate within a river. When the flow is up, which it has been all summer on my home waters of western Pennsylvania, it pushes bass close to the bank. And when they are tucked tight to shore, in water that is most likely murky, I've found that nothing catches them like a spinnerbait. Here are a few tips and items in regard…
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No doubt about it - there are some crazy color names out there for fishing lures. Nuclear Chicken. Roadkill. Baby Puke. Discover the science behind how a bass sees color, and learn which colors yield better results. There are some crazy names and colors for fishing lures and there is a good reason, Bass love 'em! Bass Lure Colors, Simplified Scuppernong. Roadkill. Foxy Momma. Chaos. You won't find these hues in a box of crayons, but you will find them on fishing lures. And though they seem random—silly, even—there is very good reason for these freaky colors and wild color…
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Here is the biggest non-shocker of the 2014 Bassmaster Elite Series season: Rapala pro Mike "Ike" Iaconelli won the Elite Series event on the Delaware River today out of Philadelphia, PA. Why is it so non-shocking? Well, Iaconelli grew up fishing the river. Sure, the old "home water" advantage usually bites anglers, but if you've ever fished an urban river system with limited numbers of bass, then you would know that concept holds very little water. Add to that the massive daily tidal swings, sometimes 6-feet plus, and you have a recipe for a local to kick some major hinder.…
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If you ask me, there are four hallmarks of a great fly: they should be easy and inexpensive to tie; the material required should be readily available; they should be simple to fish; and they should catch a variety of species. The Clouser minnow has all these fine qualities. The fly, which is the brainchild of fly fishing legend Bob Clouser, is a brilliant design that smallmouth bass in my area of Ontario, Canada, seem to particularly love. That is, if other species don't get a crack at it first. It's hard to fish a Clouser minnow wrong too. You…
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Largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass gorge on shad when available. When shad are abundant, these are five reliable lures that will haul-in fish. Spinnerbait Why it works: The bulky skirt and flashing blades of a spinnerbait make it a good shad replica, especially with a white or other light-colored model. How to fish it: A spinnerbait is versatile. Bulge it across the surface, work it along weed edges, or yo-yo it down a ledge. All work in the right conditions. Hard Jerkbaits Why they work: The erratic action of a jerkbait is stellar for triggering reaction strikes from bass. How…
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It’s been a really good year so far on Kentucky Lake! August is right around the corner, and the bass fishing is still fair. The fish have spread out on the ledges with a few tight schools still hanging together. I see a lot of fish in the 20 to 30 foot depths, but they are stubborn to eat anything. I have had some really good days with a drop shot in these depths, and of course, the morning is the best bite. The Fishing Gear I'm Using I am using a 7 ft 2 in. Cashion Drop shot rod…
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The lowly rock bass won’t win many popularity contests among anglers. These fish are not sleek and powerful like a landlocked striper. They don’t jump like a belligerent bass or streak through the currents like a rainbow trout   Panfish such as rock bass can be a fill-in for those days when fishing for other gamefish isn't effective. But despite their lack of credentials as a gamefish, these stocky little olive and brass-colored panfish are strangely appealing. Maybe their dependability is what makes them so attractive as a quarry. Rock bass can almost always be counted on as a fill-in…
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