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      Post Up the Creek: Float Tubes for Fishermen

    For the fisherman who is unfamiliar with them, float tubes are basically very fancy tire tubes with a seat and a load of storage pockets. You sit down in the seat and maneuver around by kicking your feet with special fins. Your body is normally halfway submerged in the water, but that will depend on what style of float tube you purchase. Here in Canada where I do my fly fishing the water can be down right chilly, so neoprene chest waders are a good idea. Since you are partially submerged in the... [Read More]
    Author:: Andy Klynstra
  2. NCangler
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      Post Fishing Tips for the New Angler - Where to Find the Big Bass!

    Ready to join the growing number of sportsmen who have set their sights on catching that big bass? Thousands of new anglers are gearing up to hit the lakes, streams and rivers in search of the largemouth bass. This magnificent game fish can be as elusive as that winning lottery ticket.

    Bass are part of the sunfish family. Other members of this species include spotted bass, smallmouth bass, rock bass, bluegill, and pumpkinseed fish. These bass, including the largemouth, are identified as... [Read More]
    Author:: Buck Wilson
  3. NCangler
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      Post Trophy Quad-Four Keys to Success from a Hall of Fame Angler

    1) Spend All Of Your Time On Big Fish Water. Contrary to what you might have first believed, not all lakes, rivers, and reservoirs are created equal. Some are big, some are small, Some are deep, some are shallow. Some have crystal clear waters, some are deeply stained. But more importantly than all of these physical traits, some waters simply contain more big fish. They have a superior set of environmental conditions that ultimately produce above average sized fish on a regular basis. These... [Read More]
    Author:: Joe Bucher
  4. NCangler
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      Post Have You Ever Heard Of A "Creek Chub Perch Scale Wigglefish"?

    I can hear you saying now…..a Creek Chub Perch Scale Wiggle Fish? What in the world is that? Well, since you asked, I’m going to tell you. It’s the lure that caught the world record bass over 73 years ago.

    Yep, George W. Perry, was fishing with this lure on June 2, 1932, when he was 19 years old to catch food to eat. Instead he caught the fish of a lifetime, a 22 pound 4 ounce largemouth bass. George and a friend named J.E. Page was fishing Montgomery Lake in Georgia when George caught the 32... [Read More]
  5. NCangler
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      Post Heavy Duty Jig N Pig Fishing

    Before I get into this, lets just understand that I consider any jig 1/4oz or larger to be heavy. Catch 10,000 bass or so on a 1/16, 1/8 and 3/16oz jigs and you would also. When fishing heavy jigs, I abandon the realm of spinning tackle and move up to stout bait casting gear. This is necessary to transport your offering to nasty places and to get it back. I normally do not skip with a bait casting rod. It can be done but you must have an extremely educated thumb to prevent backlashes. I use... [Read More]
  6. NCangler
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      Post A Bird in the Hand is Worth Two in the Bush: The Roadrunner and Beetlespin

    A Bird in the Hand is Worth Two in the Bush: The Roadrunner and Beetlespin
    by Craig DeFronzo

    There are a couple of mini spinner baits that pop into my head every time I hear someone speak about light tackle bass fishing. These two baits bring back fond memories of years past and all out bass brawls on light gear. Perhaps no other baits are as synonymous for light tackle as the Beetle spin or the Road Runner. Both of these little powder kegs are spinner type baits. They may not be
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  7. NCangler
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      Post Buzzbaits In The Fall?

    Buzzbaits in the Fall
    by Charles E. White

    When the water begins to cool and shad move in the shallows, the big bass move in too. Of course, we know it’s because bass love shad, it’s their favorite food in many lakes.

    Once they are in the shallows and hugging the bank you want to
    throw your buzzer parallel with the bank. Sometimes, you will get a lot of blow-ups but no fish. This is usually because the bass want the buzzbait at a slower pace. One way to do this effectively is
    ... [Read More]
    Author:: Charles E. White
  8. NCangler
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      Post Drop Shotting In Depth

    Drop-shotting has been touted as one of the hottest "new" techniques around, but it has been around since the mid 1970s. Drop-shotting has been revived in the last 5 years by Japanese anglers, who started using this technique to catch the bass in their clear, highly pressured lakes, but saltwater anglers, and panfisherman have been using this technique for many years to catch finicky fish suspended off the bottom. In the past few years, tournament anglers have adopted this technique to put hard... [Read More]
    Author:: Steve VonBrandt
  9. NCangler
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      Post Can Bass See Color?

    This is a topic that comes up many times when discussing bass lures, and the proper colors to use. Biologists know that bass can see colors, and they probably can see red and green better than a human. Bass also have better visual acuity, which helps them during daylight and the darker periods of the day near dusk. Although there has been much written about how bass use their lateral line and sense of smell when feeding, their eyes are still their most vital sensory organ.

    LURE COLOR AND WATE... [Read More]
    Author:: Steve von Brandt
  10. NCangler
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      Post Snag Proof Frogs - Baits That Catch Big Bass!

    It was the late 1950s and Harry Ehlers, an avid fisherman and advertising executive at Solo Marx (better known as Totes, makers of rubber rain boots) observed a boot mold being dipped into plastic. He had the idea to create a fishing lure using the same method. As with many fishing lure businesses, Snag Proof started over the kitchen stove. Mr. Ehlers combined his knowledge gleaned from working at Totes Rubber Company with his love for fishing and created a soft, hollow-bodied frog lure for... [Read More]
    Author:: Steve von Brandt
  11. NCangler
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      Post Big Bass On Swimbaits

    Big Bass on Swimbaits
    by Steven Vonbrandt

    You've heard the claims that Big Hammer swimbaits are better than other swimbaits, or more specifically, they have better action than other swimbaits. While there is no better proof than simply testing the baits yourself I thought I might elaborate a bit. The baits were first tested in 1998 when I started inshore fishing for California Halibut using swimbaits. I had never fished a swimbait before and didn't know much about them. I asked a
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  12. NCangler
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      Post Reaction Strikes Could Bring You Bigger Bass

    Reaction Strikes Could Bring You Bigger Bass
    By Charles White

    When the lake you're fishing has a lot of fishing
    pressure, trying to get a reaction strike might just be the
    ticket you need to catch that big old lunker.

    Why? Well, for one thing the bass will be cautious about biting a regular presented lure. They have seen to many of them and
    probably knows the end results. This is also true in tournament
    fishing. Seems like the 3rd day of any tournament is always the
    slowest with less
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    Author:: Charles E. White
  13. NCangler
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      Post More of the World's Best Fishing Baits You Can Get for Free

    More of the World's Best Fishing Baits You Can Get for Free
    By Larry M. Lynch

    In the article, “How to Get the World’s Best Fishing Baits for Free”, I mentioned that there were essentially three ways to catch fish:

    • Use live, natural baits

    • Use imitation or artificial baits and lures

    • Use hardware such as traps, nets, etc.

    One of the most efficient and productive of these three methods is to use live, natural baits. Live, natural baits are proven to be highly effective when acq
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    Author:: Larry M. Lynch
  14. NCangler
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      Post How to Get the World's Best Fishing Baits for Free

    How to Get the World's Best Fishing Baits for Free
    By Larry M. Lynch

    There are essentially three ways to catch fish:

    • Use live, natural baits

    • Use imitation or artificial baits and lures

    • Use hardware such as traps, nets, etc.

    One of the most efficient and productive of these three methods is to use live, natural baits. This is especially true if the waters and area you’re fishing are new or unknown to you. These live, natural baits are proven effective when acquired locally.
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    Author:: Larry M. Lynch
  15. NCangler
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      Post Bass Fishing With Carolina Keepers

    Bass Fishing With Carolina Keepers
    by Bobby Ivie

    Carolina Keepers may be a godsend. If you're like me and don't like to spend your valuable fishing time tying knots, these are for you.

    If you use Carolina Rigs, you are going to love these babies. They make the rigging process so much faster and you can change leader lengths on the fly. They can also be used for catfishing and using live bait. My preference is plastics.

    Rather than having to tie to a swivel, then tie a leade
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    Author:: Bobby Ivie
  16. NCangler
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      Post Catching Bass In Cold Water

    Catching Bass In Cold Water
    By Charles White

    When I talk cold water, I am talking about water 50 degress or less. The bass don't quit eating at this temperature but one thing is for sure, they slow down. As the water temps fall so is the chance that a bass will chase a bait for a meal.

    When the water temperature gets in the 40's, your bait has to be right in front of the bass and they have to almost be forced fed just to get them to take the bait. This is when you might want to put those
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    Author:: Charles E. White
  17. NCangler
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      Post Bass Fishing - The Carolina Rig

    Bass Fishing - The Carolina Rig
    by Bobby Ivie

    Most of my years of fishing for bass, I have been devoted to the Texas Rig. I had little understanding of the need for the Carolina Rig. Until lately...

    New fishing situations and conditions I have encountered have shown me the value of this setup.

    Right off the bat, I can tell you that one value of the Carolina Rig is more action from the bait. Since the bait is not quickly dropping to the bottom, it tends be more lively.

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    Author:: Bobby Ivie
  18. NCangler
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      Post Bass Fishing - Texas Rig

    Bass Fishing - Texas Rig
    by Bobby Ivie

    I've caught bass on crankbaits, spinners, plugs and others. But for me, the most fun is plastic worms on a Texas Rig. Don't get me wrong, catching a largemouth bass is catching a largemouth bass, and I'd gladly catch one with my mother's toe nail if they'd bite it. What's my fascination with plastic worms and the Texas Rig?

    Simplicity in changing baits from color to color and style, they are weedless and effective. But there's more to it.
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    Author:: Bobby Ivie
  19. NCangler
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      Post Black Bass - Exciting Game Fishing!

    Black Bass - Exciting Game Fishing!
    by Bobby Ivie

    The black bass, or largemouth bass, is one of the best known and most popular freshwater game fishes.

    Found nationwide, largemouth bass have excellent growth rates, particularly in the productive waters of central Florida, Texas, California, Arkansas, California and others.

    Spring is the best time of year to catch black bass. That's when fish move into shallow water to spawn. Spawning may occur as early as January and as lat
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    Author:: Bobby Ivie
  20. NCangler
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      Post Finding Smallmouth Bass In The Spring

    Finding Smallmouth Bass In The Spring
    By Bobby Ivie

    Smallmouth tend to move back and forth from shallow to deep water, depending on the season and temperature of the water.

    They can usually be found in the shallows in the spring, fall and winter. They will escape the heat of the summer by occupying deeper waters.

    This is a general rule, as there can be day to day and lake to lake variations. As the water warms up in the spring, you'll find certain areas of the lake to be warmer than ot
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    Author:: Bobby Ivie
  21. NCangler
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      Post Finding Smallmouth Bass in the Summer

    Finding Smallmouth Bass in the Summer
    By Bobby Ivie

    Did you ever wish you could get out of the heat in the summer? So does the Bronzeback.

    Shallow water means warmer water, and as a rule, warmer water in the summer is not where you are likely to find your limit. Then again, rules are made to be broken.

    To find them in the shallows you will need to find some moving the water; current from a river, water being released or water being drawn in, such as at a power plant, or whatever create
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    Author:: Bobby Ivie
  22. NCangler
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      Post Smallmouth Bass Fishing In The Fall

    Smallmouth Bass Fishing In The Fall
    By Bobby Ivie

    Fall is by far one of the best times to fish any smallmouth lake. This is a great time to catch your limit of big fish.

    Smallies like to stock up ahead for winter, a time when they are not as likely to get a belly full of shad or whatever baitfish is available in that lake.

    So, the key is to locate baitfish. That's where you will find the smallies.

    Your focus in the fall will not be much different than in the spring. Set your sites o
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    Author:: Bobby Ivie
  23. NCangler
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      Post Smallmouth Bass Fishing In The Winter

    Smallmouth Bass Fishing In The Winter
    By Bobby Ivie

    Unless ice fishing is really your thing, you might do better fishing for southern smallmouth bass in the winter where the fishing can be good year around.

    You will often find smallies suspended over points, humps, next to bluffs and ledges. Look for irregular features. Quick drop-offs with quick access to deeper waters are good prospects.

    As always, if you can find the bait fish, you will find the smallmouths.

    When smallmouth bass
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    Author:: Bobby Ivie
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      Post Baitcasting Reels - Definitely Worth Learning, Part 3

    Baitcasting Reels - Definitely Worth Learning, Part 3
    by Bobby Ivie

    Desiring to become more proficient with the baitcasting reel forced me to compile a list of tips and tricks that have all come in handy in stopping backlash, and getting more distance and accuracy.

    Don't overload yourself, just try one or two at a time. Some of these really made the difference for me as to where the baitcasting reel ended up, in the garbage or on the fishing trip. They are in no particular ord
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    Author:: Bobby Ivie
  25. NCangler
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      Post Baitcasting Reels - Definitely Worth Learning, Pt. 1

    Baitcasting Reels - Definitely Worth Learning, Pt. 1
    by Bobby Ivie

    I cut my teeth on a spincast reel. The spincast reel is closed face, resulting in trouble free casting. They are so trouble free, in fact, that I've often wondered why anyone would use anything else.

    Then I got my first baitcasting reel.

    I did not do this not knowing the consequences. I knew they were difficult to master, but I had a hunch they were worth learning. After all, how many pros do you see using c
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    Author:: Bobby Ivie

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