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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Fried catfish, hush puppies and coleslaw … that ought to set your mouth to watering just thinking about it.  But to turn a mess of blues, flatheads, or channel cats into supper you need to know how cut boneless fillets.  Here’s a method to get it done faster than you can say “vanilla pudding for dessert!” 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 grips inhibit. …
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I’ll take a muskie any way I can get one – whatever the method, if it results in a successful catch and release of a nice muskie, I’m all for it. And while I guess my favorite lure to use overall would be a jerkbait, nothing compares to seeing the surface of the water pushed upward behind a top-water lure seconds before the seas part and teeth slash. Regardless of how laid back a person may be, anyone experiencing this will also experience accelerated heart rate, significant excitement and immediate reactionary gushing of some type … or, they’re dead. There…
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Fish as a back boater and learn a ton about bass fishing. Steps to fishing vary for different people, but if you have a desire to be a tournament guy or girl, join Bass and fish a year or two on the open tournaments as a back boater, and you can learn a ton about bass fishing. I have seen a great group of young fisherman move up the ladder by starting out here. Learn to fish plastics, and you will have a big portion of the game won. Get a “Worming with Woo” DVD and study it closely. Additionally: …
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