The first frost of the year hit this morning, marking the end of the shallow water largemouth bass bite. Water temperatures have plummeted the last week, going from a balmy 77 degrees F to a chilly 58 degrees F – literally overnight. Anglers who focus their fishing efforts along the weedline this fall may wind up with a dandy bucketmouth like this one. Largemouth bass have now transitioned to their mid-fall locations so it’s time to adjust your largemouth bass fishing strategies. Here is where to find them – and more importantly – how to catch them. Send Out the…
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To make fall fishing comfortable, planning for the right cold weather gear will will make your trip a good. For anglers in the north, the arrival of fall means two things - cold temperatures and hot fishing. Banner days on the water are the norm, but to make these trips comfortable and safe, preplanning and ensuring certain items are in the boat will make your excursion a good one. Choosing Clothing for Fall Fishing Conditions can vary come fall and will often change by the hour so make sure you choose fishing clothes that keeps you warm and comfortable. Concentrate…
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Spend time scouting in the area you intend to hunt turkey and look for sign. With the resurgence in wild turkey populations across the country in the last 30 years, many states have opened fall turkey hunting seasons in addition to spring seasons. Although fall turkey hunting has not grown in popularity like the spring season, it is, according to turkey hunting guru Ray Eye, "the best time of the year to be in the turkey woods." However, a lack of information about fall hunting strategies is what holds a lot of hunters back. The following tips from Ray Eye…
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    Geese, both Canadas and Snows, are big, tough birds built to take the harshest weather conditions Mother Nature can dish out. To hunt them successfully, you need a shotgun as tough as your quarry. While smaller guns, with the correct loads, can take geese down at 20 yards, add a few yards with less than favorable shot angles and a strong wind and the little guns will not fly. So what exactly is the right gun for goose hunting? There are several factors to consider. What to Consider When Looking 1. Adjustability — Foul-weather goose hunting requires heavy clothing…
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I know when you hear the words "fishing the flats" you are thinking somewhere tropical, but Lake Superior has its own version. The flats on Superior are opposite of what you would think of fishing in the salt. Instead of being in just a few feet of crystal clear water, the Superior flats are 100 feet deep and turquoise in color as far as you can see. On the southeast side of Madeline Island, fishermen frequent the flats in search of lake trout. While the action on the flats seems to start around July, the best fishing for Lakers continues…
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If ever there was a piece of deer hunting equipment that has been universally embraced by sportsmen, it's the trail camera. I wish I'd bought stock in some of these companies when they first came out. I think every hunter in the woods has at least a couple. It's easy to understand why. Not only can trail cameras help you determine where deer are traveling and when, they can allow you to carefully study antlers and body features to age bucks and decide which ones are ready to harvest and which need to be passed up to grow another year.…
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As the water cools and leaves change color, smallmouth bass begin to feed voraciously — bulking up for the long winter that lies ahead. It is also a timely coincidence that football season is in full swing, as many giants you hook will resemble the gluttonous shape of the symbolic pigskin. Here are five proven baits that should be in your tackle box this fall. Spinnerbaits Why they work: Smallmouth bass love to clobber a fast-moving spinnerbait. As water temperatures drop, fish will be actively chasing down prey — and this lure mimics their food of choice perfectly. I like to use…
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Dove season is upon us. It only seems a week ago that I sat on a stool in a melon field awaiting sunrise. It is the quick passage of time that often catches us on the short end of the preparation stick for the opening day of dove season. Don't fret. A few weeks to prepare is better than no time at all. The following tips will help you play catch up and be ready for opening day. 1. Shoot Your Shotgun This may be an obvious but dove hunting requires a lot of shooting to be successful. The average…
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    White mist swirled over the emerald green waters of Virginia's Leesville Lake, we raced toward the frothing commotion of churning gamefish and frantically skipping shad. Cutting the outboard motor, we cast our white bucktail jigs toward the melee and soon all three rods in the boat were bent double. My lure pulled free, but was immediately grabbed by another hungry striper. Meanwhile, both other anglers in the boat, guide Dale Wilson and client Ralph Key, battled huge fish of their own. By the time the commotion ended 20 minutes later we had two mid-20s stripers in the boat,…
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Most anglers own a collection of jigging spoons, but for many, they are relegated to the third or fourth drawer of the tackle box — destined to rarely get wet. For those that jump on this vertical approach, though, big fish and plenty of them are yours to reap. Primarily a fall tactic that produces tremendous results, spoons are also a proven method for connecting with summer smallmouth. Knowing where to look and what to do will give you the knowledge for getting into fish.
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