I do most of my crappie fishing in eastern Arkansas where clear waters are as rare as 5-pound crappie. I have no trouble catching crappie in the highly colored oxbow lakes I usually visit, but put me on a clear mountain reservoir, and I find it hard to get a nibble.   To be better prepared for my next clear-water experience, I consulted three experts on clear-water crappie fishing. I explained some problems I've encountered when fishing transparent water and asked how they catch fish in similar situations. The advice they offered should help any crappier score more consistently.  …
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Dave and Karen Linkart, director of national affairs for National Trappers Association. Rich Faler, editor American Trapper and Pennsylvania Outdoor Journal. Dave and Karen Linkhart, a husband and wife team who serve as director of national and international affairs for the National Trappers Association, are featured on Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World radio. Also joining them to talk about trapping is Rich Faler, editor of American Trapper and Pennsylvania Outdoor Journal. The show will air Saturday, July 19 at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern time on RURAL RADIO SiriusXM Channel 80.   The show will explore the importance of trapping…
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Every now and then I get the urge to catch a mess of panfish for a fish fry. Where I live that generally means rock bass, which are in abundance. In fact, they’re common enough to be considered a nuisance fish on most lakes around here. A trick to keep catching larger panfish if your catching runts is to keep moving to find a larger school of specimens. I’d be lying if I told you there was a lot of skill in catching them. They’re plentiful, overly aggressive and will happily take woolly buggers or any other reasonable impersonation of…
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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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  Ty Dillon, driver of the Bass Pro Shops sponsored No. 3 Camaro in the NASCAR Nationwide Series  Plus pro angler Doc Seger will talk about finesse fishing versus power fishing Ty Dillon, driver of the Bass Pro Shops sponsored No. 3 Camaro in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, is featured on Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World radio. Also joining the show is Larry “Doc” Seger to talk about how anglers can make the most of their time on the water. The show will air Saturday, July 19 at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern time on RURAL RADIO SiriusXM Channel 80.…
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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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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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by JD Pate Bass fishing and kayaks are a match made in heaven, and a great choice is the Ascend FS128T Sit-On-Top Angler Kayak, which includes almost everything you need to get started kayak bass fishing. This advanced fishing craft sports a comfortable, removable, and adjustable seat; a rod tender and four recessed rod holders; multiple watertight storage hatches; and many more features to make bass fishing easy and fun. The 2014 Ascend catalog is now live you can download the app here (iPad only). The Ascend FS128T Sit-On-Top Angler Kayak, includes almost everything you need to get started kayak…
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Caught from cold water, the firm, white flesh of northern pike or chain pickerel will rival fillets from any freshwater fish.  Some think pike is the best eating of all!  However, the pike’s bones layout differently than any other fish, so a special method of filleting is required. The result will be five boneless fillets from each pike. FISH FILLET EQUIPMENT: 1. Fillet Knife – must have a flexible blade that will hold its edge.  Grip of hard material such as wood, plastic, etc. is desirable as it provides the best feel. Some filleting techniques especially require “feel” which soft…
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