My guide client Dave and I were drifting along a river section that split around a small, gravel-covered island.  We were concentrating on the main bank, where a deeper trough hugged the shoreline.  We saw steady action all morning, but nothing for 15 minutes or so and were just about ready to move to another area.  Then I happened to look over my shoulder, toward the island, and noticed surface disturbance and a spray of jumping minnows.  Excitedly I asked Dave to fire a cast in that direction.  A moment later he was hooked up with a three-pound-plus river smallmouth. …
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For an effective go to bait throught summer and early fall, try Senko plastic worms. It’s pretty easy to think of certain baits such as the Senko (and similar cigar-shaped sinking worms such as the Stik-O by Bass Pro Shops), as being a great presentation but limited to wacky rigging just prior to and during the bass spawn.  However, Senkos are effective throughout the summer and early fall, as evidenced during a recent trip for river smallmouth bass. Senkos baits are one of my friend Mark’s confidence baits; he fishes them often when he joins me.  We frequently fish a…
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I don’t know what your weather has been, but in much of the northeast part of the country the soon-to-be-departed summer was exceptionally wet and relatively cool.  Which is good news for trout anglers.  These conditions are easy on wild trout and also provide extra sport for stocked trout. Cool, wet summer weather in the northeast has given trout anglers great opportunities to catch wild and stocked trout this fall. Concerning the later, it was with this in mind when I visited the special regulations section of a stream a few minutes from my west-central Pennsylvania home.  The creek is…
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RedHead Pro Hunting Team captain Jerry Martin shares his personal experience and tests the RedHead 1856 Collection Fire-Resistant Gun Safe The heat from the fire was unbearable.  The sound—a deafening roar.  Hot tongues of flame licked along the edges of the roof, crawled along the sides, and finally engulfed the entire house. Within minutes the structure seemed to fold into itself.  Everyone inside the house, including the family pets, had escaped without injury.  But, everything inside the house was gone forever. If you’ve ever had to experience a fire, or know someone who has, you understand this kind of devastation. …
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After catching a smattering of six- to eight-inch wild brown trout, the sixteen incher looked like a salmon when it came out from behind a submerged tree trunk and inhaled the nymph.  A second later the seven-foot fiberglass fly rod was bent in a deep bend, one that could be felt the whole way into the handle. Fberglass fly rods load slower, requiring the angler to slow down his or her casting stroke, i.e. you feel them "work." Fiberglass fly rods – like Redington’s Butter Stick – are experiencing a significant resurgence during the last few years.  I suppose part…
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    When you need a super-bright, far-reaching light, a spotlight works best. Navigating a boat at night, viewing wildlife after dark, varmint hunting, frog hunting and emergency signaling are all tasks for which a spotlight is well suited. Before buying a spotlight, however, study these facts that will help you choose a product best suiting your needs. Power Options Power options are important considerations when selecting a spotlight. Some spotlights, like the Brinkmann Q-Beam Blue Max Spotlight and Bass Pro Shops' 3.5 Million Candlepower 12V Corded Spotlight, work only off 12-volt systems, with a plug adaptor for hookup in…
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When it comes to trout fishing, particularly on smaller streams, one need not let a lack of fly casting skill keep him or her from enjoying the benefits of showing the fish flies. In many instances ultralight spinning gear will also get the job done. My longtime friend and outdoor partner Dave isn't a fly caster. But many days he outfishes me on western Pennsylvania's wild trout streams, most of which average 10 to 25 feet in width. Armed with a 6-foot spinning rod and a handful of flies he's quite effective. Here are a few tips and thoughts regarding…
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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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Here is everything you need to make your own Jika Rig! Use a soft plastic like Bass Pro Shops River Bug. Use a hook like the Bass Pro Shops XPS Wide SuperLock fishing hooks. Use a bass-casting weight like the Bass Pro Shops Premium Bass Casting Sinkers by Bass Pro Stacey King Combining the best aspects of Texas rigging and drop-shotting, the Jika (pronounced zee-ka) rig is a bass angler's dream come true, and it has proven its effectiveness on all three species of bass in Table Rock Lake. The original Japanese rig is a finesse-type set-up with light line…
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 Most of the latest saltwater fishing reels, rods and lures are made of high-quality, non-corrosive materials – but that doesn’t mean that anglers can skip on maintenance. Below are steps recommended for anglers to follow during and after each saltwater fishing trip to keep reels, rods and lures in tip-top shape: Reels:  Every so often while fishing, spray reels with fresh water or dunk in a bucket of fresh water, and gently wipe dry to remove excess salt buildup. After fishing, cut away the section of fishing line used that day. Then remove the reel from the rod, carefully rinse…
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