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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Wade fishing is about as fun as it gets on a hot summer day. It allows an angler to enjoyably get wet at the same time. The Ozarks is full of wade fishing opportunities. The following considerations will help make your first trip safe, fun and productive. Wade fishing in an Ozark stream is a fun and wet way to spend a summer time day. SAFETY FIRST - Safety issues must be paramount in every outdoor excursion, especially when trying something new. While wade fishing, keep the following in mind. Wear a life jacket, period. Many Ozark streams are quite…
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Find out why their fluttering action drives largemouth bass mad. With the advent of pliable floating frogs and toads, weedless metal spoons lost some lustre with the bass crowds. This is a shame, really, as the latter triggers fish with unique properties only a metal lure can produce. Weedless spoons have a series of unique properties that effectively trigger fish. Here is the lowdown on why these specialty baits work. The Trigger Factor Weedless spoons have a series of unique properties that effectively trigger fish. The shape mimics a baitfish perfectly, while the metallic makeup duplicates the scale pattern of…
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No thrill in angling can match that of a hungry bass chomping down on a surface lure the size of a rat. But finding such aggressively-feeding fish is unfortunately the exception rather than the rule. When bass are in a finicky, skittish mood or not aggressively feeding, jumbo surface lures often fail miserably. The wariness is especially prevalent on hard-pressured waters, clear lakes and after a cold front pushes through, making bass sluggish and lethargic. It's also often common in summer, when young-of-the-year baitfish are the dominant forage available to the bass.     Why Going Small Works Largemouth fishermen…
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Smaller rivers and large creeks often harbor excellent smallmouth bass populations. Because these places require extra effort to get to, these populations often see fairly light fishing pressure. Such places are the home of the angler with a shallow water jet boat, kayak or waders, depending on the size of the water in question.   Chances are there's some good summertime smallmouth bass fishing in a flowing water near you. Here are some ways of catching those bronze batters during the summer and early fall.   Get on the Water Early During those clear, stable-weather nights of mid-summer river valleys often fill…
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Live bait will often catch more fish. Where allowed, live bait can be effective for catching freshwater and saltwater game fish during summer. 1. Use small bait catcher rigs, which are tiny #8 gold hooks adorned with pieces of bright plastic. The hooks are rigged in tandem, about 6 or 8 in line, and weighted at the end with a sinker. 2. Try vertical jigging the rig at places such as tail races below dams or other areas where baitfish congregate. Throw fishing nets can also catch plenty of bait fish. 3. You can set out crayfish traps baited with chicken…
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My Secrets of Night Bass Fishing

Wednesday, July 16 2014 5:00 pm - for Bass Fishing
By late June, most bass have moved to their summer hangouts. Dropoffs, weedlines and weedflats should be good, butthe edges of humps and reefs will usually hold the most fish. Anglers know it is around this time of the year when night fishing can improve the odds of success often between dusk and dawn.   Night fishing can improve the odds of success often between dusk and dawn. On hot days, bass hold tight to the bottom or hide in the thickest vegetation they can find to escape the hot sun and boat traffic. At night, they move away from…
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Subtle changes in presentation can make a big difference in fishing success, something I was reminded of during last week's slate of guide trips. In this case, the lure in question was a soft-bodied jerkbait; the presentation adjustment was one of slowing down just a bit, a change that meant the difference between run-of-the-mill sized bass, and some true lunkers. Soft bodied jerkbaits like Zoom's Super Fluke are an important part of my summer fishing arsenal. Along with hard-bodied jerkbaits (typically a 3-inch Rapala X-Rap), they account for about 95 percent of my summertime river smallmouth bass. Both styles of…
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Hooks are an important part of your angling arsenal. This guide breaks down the common terms used to describe fish hooks, and what they mean. This is important information to know so you can make informed purchases when it's time to stock-up with hooks to cover a range of fishing scenarios. Anatomy of a Hook All hooks have an eye, shank, gap, point and barb, but variations of these characteristics result in dozens of hook styles. The Eye — The hook eye is the connection point to the fishing line or the body of a lure. Ringed eyes are the…
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The red and white bobber bobbed on the surface of the small pond.  Although it was still early in the day, summer insects buzzed and whirred in the warm, still air.  But, my eyes were glued to that fishing bobber until they were almost crossed. Fishing is the perfect summer activity for kids. Then it happened.  The unmistakable ‘plop’ of the bobber going under and the slight tug on my line that meant I had a fish.  I was six; it was summer; and I was fishing with my mom.  What could be better? When looking for things to do,…
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