Tips on how anglers can use sound to their advantage. Unlike humans, fish have two sensors for detecting sound: the inner ear and the lateral line. These two systems work independently of each other to hear and feel particle motion and pressure changes. The systems are able to correlate and send signals to various parts of the brain to initiate a reaction or function. Catfish receive top rating for both lateral-line detection and hearing strength, according to a survey of prominent fish physiologists and fisheries biologists. The sauger is also given an excellent rating for its lateral line, while walleye,…
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Ask anglers to describe their favorite fishing technique and the consensus will unanimously land on topwater. Prod a little further and most will disclose an affinity for tossing frogs. The looks and swimming action of the Lunkerhunt Lunker Frog are so realistic that if bass miss it on the first hit, they’ll slam it again on the next twitch. A new product that has recently burst on the scene is the Lunkerhunt Lunker Frog. It certainly can turn heads – especially those that are attached to fins. The Nitty Gritty on Lunker Frog The Lunker Frog comes in nine eye-catching…
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Craig Morgan is serving as the honorary chairman for National Hunting and Fishing Day. On Sept. 27, 2014, experts estimate nearly four million Americans will participate in over 3,000 outdoor events on National Hunting and Fishing Day. This special day was set aside to provide people a chance to experience, understand and appreciate traditional outdoor sports. In addition, National Hunting and Fishing Day recognizes the contributions of sportsmen and women have on behalf of conservation. While many are aware that several species of wildlife were on the brink of extinction in the early 1900s, the fact that hunters and anglers…
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Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, is National Hunting and Fishing Day, a time to celebrate two of America’s most enduring pastimes. Unfortunately, those pursuits are imperiled by the diminishing access for sportsmen to millions of acres of land and waters. According to a congressional study, more than 35 million acres of public lands – that’s roughly the size of Alabama! – are effectively inaccessible to the public, largely because of changing demographic patterns on private lands and the loss of traditional access points. America’s 40 million hunters and anglers are the first to see changes in the land. It is up…
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43rd President George W. Bush Attends Tracker Marine Conference at Big Cedar Lodge on Table Rock Lake September 15, 2014. Attendees celebrate 36th anniversary of Tracker fishing boat popularity and success An avid fisherman and outdoorsman, President George W. Bush made a surprise appearance as keynote speaker Sept. 15, 2014, at the Tracker Marine Conference at Big Cedar Lodge on Table Rock Lake. The president’s father, George H. W. Bush, addressed the same convention 20 years ago in 1994, nearby Springfield, Missouri. Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Marine Founder Johnny Morris presents President George W. Bush with Tracker Bass Force One, patterned…
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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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It is no secret that access is one of the major deterrents to participation in hunting and fishing. If you fall into that category, or know someone who does, public lands may be the answer to your dilemma. Millions of acres across the nation are available to public hunting, fishing, hiking and general enjoyment. Finding those lands are not as difficult as you might think. Here are some tips to help you get started. State Lands Public rivers, such as this one on the Missouri River in Montana, offer anglers opportunities to fish. Photo credit: Bureau of Land Management Every…
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If you love the outdoors--and we know that you do--there are beautiful things to see and do all over the United States. From the Pacific Northwest or the deepest of the Deep South, there are people who love to hunt, fish and explore the wilderness around them. We took a look at each of the 50 states and found an amazing, strange or incredible fact about its great outdoors. What's your favorite outdoor fact about your state?  
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 I saw the flash of silver as the fish broke the surface of the water.  I jerked the rod up sharply and then let the line play out as the big salmon bucked and arced in its dance to shake the hook from its mouth.  I called out to the guide, Ryan, to come with the net and soon I had landed my very first salmon on the Kenai River. Ceiling mural at the Bass Pro Shops Anchorage Outpost  "Welcome to Alaska!" said Ryan as he gve me a high five. This once-in-a-lifetime experience came on the heels of our…
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