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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Feb. 14-16, I was in Nashville, Tenn., for the NWTF National Convention. Lots of folks had a tough time getting there because of the major snow storm back east.  This year, I was honored to emcee the Grand National Turkey Calling Finals. WOW, what a treat! These were some of the best turkey callers in the country competing for the title. Every caller had to win a local sanctioned calling contest in order to qualify, so that tells you these guys and gals are good. Go to www.nwtf.org to learn more about the turkey calling contest and to see all…
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Cold Water Bass Lures

Monday, January 13 2014 10:00 am - for Bass Fishing
Bass, as you probably know, are cold-blooded creatures, meaning their body temperature is the same as that of their surroundings. As the water temperature drops, so does their metabolic level. The digestive process is greatly slowed; according to Doug Hannon, ESPN's Bass Professor, it takes a bass about four hours to digest a meal in 80-degree water, four days in 50-degree water! As the water temperature plummets, the need for frequent feeding diminishes, and bass become less active. But then, if you've ever gone strikeless at a bass club tournament on a frigid winter or early spring day, you already…
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Jig Trolling for Fall Walleyes

Tuesday, November 19 2013 12:00 am - for Walleye Fishing
As summer begins to wind down and the season edges toward autumn, walleye location and activity level makes a transition. Fish begin to move off the flats and begin to congregate near sharper breaks. They’re not exactly “bunched up,” but they aren’t widely scattered over a piece of structure either. While the water temps have dropped significantly from where they were several weeks ago, the feeding activity of the walleyes really hasn’t. They may not be “jumpin’ in the boat,” but they’re still in a feeding mood, looking to build up their reserves for the upcoming cold water season. Vertical…
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Fall Fishing in Dallas-Fort Worth

Monday, November 18 2013 12:00 am - for Bass Fishing
October through November in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex marks the beginning of some very unique fishing opportunities. First and foremost, the big lakes will be producing good limits of bass along the steeper banks (especially in many of DFW’s marinas). The other pattern I’m going to look for is cranking a RC1.5 or RC2.5 in MS Crack or something white (Sassy Shad & Moss Back Shad are great colors right now) around any remaining shallow wood in the back half of creeks. With the water low right now, whatever remaining wood you find should easily produce bass. Last year, my…
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Indiana Deer Hunt

Friday, November 15 2013 12:00 am - for Deer Hunting
I just made it back from my Indiana deer hunt. I hunted with Archery Extreme Outfitters in Vevay, Ind., right on the Ohio River. Vevay is a small Indiana town with beautiful scenery. Months before the hunt, Shawn Brown, one of the outfitters, sent me numerous pictures of trophy bucks. I am from South Carolina and have harvested some nice bucks in our state but nothing of this size. I practiced hard all summer long with my Mathews Creed in hoping for a chance at one of these large whitetails. I also had the opportunity to video this hunt for…
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Bet on Bars and Points

Monday, November 11 2013 3:00 pm - for General Fishing
Bars and points attract fish no matter the season. A point is a shoreline extension that pushes out into a lake. A bar is essentially an underwater point that juts out into deeper water. These protrusions can be especially fantastic during autumn, holding an array of sport fish. Weed Covered Wonders Bars and points containing deep, healthy weeds are prime late-season hotspots. As baitfish and larger predators migrate from shallow bays, shorelines and flats, it's common for the lushest, healthiest remaining weeds to be overrun with an array of species. Many of the "best of the best" areas are where…
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With fall on its way and the water cooling down, I like to head to the river where walleyes and saugers will be strapping on the feedbag. One of my favorite presentations is pitching a light jig tipped with an artificial tail to rocky shorelines, wing dams and various other fish-holding structures. Pitching like this for walleyes calls for light jigs with a wide gap hook in the 1/16,1/8, 3/16 or 1/4 sizes, depending on the current. Use your locator to find wing dams, underwater structure and also look for rip rap banks that provide current seams; these areas provide…
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Fall is an amazing time to target crappie. Fish are often active and feeding, but this doesn't necessarily mean that hits will be rod-jarring. Part of the challenge and fun of crappie fishing is that bites can sometimes be subtle and hard to detect. This is especially true when slabs vacuum in the meal, overtaking it while swimming up or forward. Here are a few things I do to feel more bites and stick more fish. Sight Fish More A good portion of the black crappie I catch in autumn are taken around weeds. Fish frequently suspend in the upper…
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