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  1. NCangler
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      Post Maximizing Catfish and Carp Baits - Simulating Ingredients

    Do you have a problem with your present fishing bait or recipe? Some catfish and carp baits are very limited in their attraction and catch results, due to their high proportion of insoluble ingredients. It is in fact, the soluble proportion which truly stimulates the fish most effectively into eating your bait and getting hooked!

    For example, you may have a very basic homemade bait which catches a few fish, perhaps a chicken meal based bait with added garlic and honey, bound together by semo... [Read More]
    Author:: Tim Richardson
  2. NCangler
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      Post Boat Control

    Boat Control
    by Nic Di Gravio

    Boat control is by far one of the most important 'know- hows' for a day of success on the water. You have to compensate for every scenario Mother Nature throws at you and be ready to change in a moments notice!

    Wind alone can cause havoc in a days fishing, but if you have a good sense of boat control it can work to your benefit. When approaching a potential spot check the wind direction and work your way in against the wind. This way you have much
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    Author:: Nic Di Gravio
  3. NCangler
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      Post Senko Worm Tactics

    Gary Yamamoto really broke the mold when he invented the Senko Worm. It is brilliant bait and it is widely used. But are we using the Senko to its fullest ability?

    There are fundamental tactics that, to me, are key when fishing the Senko Worm. Oh yes, there are many proven ways to fish the Worm, like ‘dead sticking' or ‘wacky worming' to name a few. All will work in fooling old Bucket and Smallmouth, but consider what a smaller hook and finessing the Senko worm can accomplish! I personally th... [Read More]
    Author:: Nic Di Gravio
  4. NCangler
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      Post Top Water Fishing for Bass

    Top Water fishing for Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass is my passion! Its great fun and exciting to watch the bait getting annihilated right before my eyes!

    Unlike other Bass fishing techniques, top water fishing is in a ‘league' of its own. It is all sight and sound. Taking your eyes off your bait could mean a lost fish. Don't worry; the sound of the water exploding when the Bass engulfs the bait will wake you, pronto!

    In my opinion, top water Bass fishing requires two basic rod techniques... [Read More]
    Author:: Nic Di Gravio
  5. NCangler
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      Post Skipping for Bass

    Another good technique for putting Bass in the live well is ‘skipping'. Skipping bait under potential Bass holding cover requires a lot of practice. However, once mastered it reaps excellent rewards!

    Skipping requires two key fundamental elements. A good free spooling reel and accuracy. Accurate casting is a must. Side casting with your rod tip close to the water surface is a good way to start off your skipping technique. As time goes by different types of cover will determine what casting te... [Read More]
    Author:: Nic Di Gravio
  6. NCangler
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      Post Crappie Season Is Here!

    It’s February and cabin fever is at its peak. The snow seems to be gone for good and with warm sunny days teasing you into thinking its time, the tackle box finally receives a little attention. You sort and organize the jigs and sinkers, bobbers and hooks. Line gets replaced on all the reels and the smell of spray lube drifts through the house. Ahhhh, the smells of springtime, dandelions and dogwoods mixed with WD-40 and salted grubs.

    Those warm sunny days will trick the most seasoned Crappie... [Read More]
    Author:: Ken_Mcbroom
  7. NCangler
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      Thumbs up Using Water Bugz Planer Boards - Freshwater Reservoir Tactics

    Using Water Bugz Planer Boards - Freshwater Reservoir Tactics
    by Jeff Tomlin

    This technique works best for live bait and can be modified depending on how fast you troll. I use a Minnkota power drive unit and typically run between speed #3-#5, or for others it is just a slow troll just enough to keep your baits off the bottom. The technique will keep your bait near the bottom of the water column and the stripers that are in less than 30` of water are usually close to that bottom.
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    Author:: Jeff Tomlin
  8. NCangler
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      Post North Carolina State Wins BoatUS National Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship

    BoatU.S., the nation’s largest organization of recreational boaters has teamed with FOX College Sports to present the National Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship. With 41 teams from all over the nation launching at Lake Lewisville for day 2 action the anticipation was high as the college anglers including schools from the Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-10 and SEC were released from Sneaky Petes docks with a goal of qualifying for the final five spots.

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    Author:: Fox College Sports
  9. NCangler
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      Post Top 10 Things To Stock Your Fishing Vest With

    If you're anything like me, you where a fishing vest to carry all of your fishing gear. If you do any walking during your fishing trip, a tackle box just doesn't cut it. So you need to wear a fishing vest. You can find them at any decent sporting goods store or of course on the internet. I believe this idea began with fly fishermen (or flea flickers as my mentor used to refer to them), but I'm not positive about that. In any case, it's a very convenient idea, and if flea flickers are the... [Read More]
    Author:: Trevor Kugler
  10. NCangler
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      Post Getting Hooked on Bass Fishing

    For years businesses have rode on the vast interest Bass fishing has generated. Many people are hooked, pardon the pun, on this hobby and have elevated it to a sport and a passion. Resorts, sports gears and lines have been built and many more aspects have benefited from these interest.

    Today, there are more and more people trying to learn and find out what the buzz is all about. Bass fishing is more than just catching a fish. Its now about getting those prized big bass and having the opportun... [Read More]
    Author:: Mike Long
  11. NCangler
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      Post Do Scents Really Make Sense?

    With over a hundred brands of formulas, gels, lotions, sprays, cremes, gravies and so-called “Fish Attractants” on the market, whether or not to scent your lures can be a very perplexing topic. The first “age old” question I usually get is…Do scents or attractants really work? The answer is…Yes, they do! Now, with that being said, let’s break this topic down a bit and discuss how and why they work so that you can better understand the mechanics. You might even discover that they work in an... [Read More]
    Author:: G._Wayne_Byrd
  12. NCangler
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      Post Crawfish and Their Behavior

    The imitation soft plastic crawfish or hard plastic crawfish crankbait can be one of the most powerful baits you can throw, depending on the time of the year and how it’s presented. Many anglers today use these imitations and do not really understand why they are using them and quite possibly how to use them properly. Imitations come in all shapes, sizes, materials and colors. We will take a look at the selection process and determine when the best time to throw imitations would be as well as... [Read More]
    Author:: G._Wayne_Byrd
  13. NCangler
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      Post Some Great Tips To Help You Catch More Fish While River Fishing

    In my opinion, the most important thing to remember while river fishing is not to spook the water that you're about to fish. I've seen entirely too many anglers do this very thing. For example, they'll wade 1/4 of the way out into the river and begin fishing. Thus leaving themselves standing in the very water they probably should have fished first.

    The first tip is: When river fishing, remember to work the area that you want to fish in "sections". Don't just jump in and start fishing in... [Read More]
    Author:: Trevor_Kugler
  14. NCangler
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      Post Carp Fishing

    An ancient way of survival turned hobby, fishing, is cherished by many for its relaxing, natural setup. But if you think fishing is all about throwing the line in the water and oozing down in your fold-up chair while getting a tan, think again. Sometimes fishing is hard work! Especially carp fishing. Read on and you’ll find out why…

    You don’t have to be an extremely experienced fisherman to recognize this scenario: you prepare for a fruitful day of carp fishing, thinking you got the right bai... [Read More]
    Author:: Chris_Braithwaite
  15. NCangler
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      Post The "Goofiest" Of All Fishing Trips

    There are a lot of places in this world where one can go to find solace, peace and tranquility while wetting a line for fish.

    Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida is not the first place that comes to mind.

    Nonetheless, right there beneath the shadow of the Magic Kingdom, amongst wide-eyed roller coaster riders, a stones throw from Tinkerbell's safety harness, exists one of the prime Largemouth Bass fishing waters you will find anywhere.

    Remote? No.

    Pristine? Hardly.

    Filled with hu... [Read More]
    Author:: A. J. Klott
  16. NCangler
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      Post Wormin' for Bass

    Over the past several years the sinking stickworm has not only brought plastic lures back into the mainstream, it has produced an incredible number of catches and become a staple in bass boxes across the world. The Senko was introduced by Gary Yamamoto several years ago and this soft jerkbait has become a favorite presentation of mine as well as a solid fish catching bait in practically any condition. There are several companies who have jumped on the bandwagon and produced a similar stickbait.... [Read More]
    Author:: G. Wayne Byrd
  17. NCangler
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      Post Jiggin' for Bass

    As I was fishing several months ago under a partly cloudy sky with patchy fog starting to set in, the reality hit that fall weather was upon us. The temperature when I arrived at one of my favorite fishing holes was a beautiful and sunny 70 degrees and now I was starting to get a bit chilled. The weather had taken on a new identity in the past hour or so. The fishing had started to slow down as well. The hits were plentiful and constant when the sun was beaming down upon the dam and the bass... [Read More]
    Author:: G. Wayne Byrd
  18. NCangler
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      Post Buzzin' for Bass

    Buzzin' for Bass
    by G. Wayne Byrd

    If you are anything like me, you live for the action packed, heavy hitting, bone jarring topwater explosion produced when you throw a topwater bait. As far as I am concerned, it is incredibly exiting to watch the water splash upwards and the opportunity to see that lunker bass flash and slam into your bait! Getting a bass to take surface baits requires you to get their attention. Out of all the topwater baits on the market, few, if any, come clos
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    Author:: G. Wayne Byrd
  19. NCangler
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      Post Poppin' and Walkin' for Bass

    Two of the most productive methods of topwater fishing are using a popper, or chugger type lure, and "walking–the-dog" with a surface walker. When it comes to popper type lures, you may remember the old Heddon Lucky 13, Bass Oreno, or the Heddon Chugger Spook. Lure design has changed drastically since the first production of those aforementioned lures, and now we have such poppers as the Berkley Frenzy Popper, Tsunami Talkin’ Popper, Rapala Skitter Pop and the Lucky Craft G-Splash.

    For topwat... [Read More]
    Author:: G. Wayne Byrd
  20. NCangler
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      Post Drop Shottin' for Bass

    In this article, I would like to introduce “Drop Shot” fishing to you. Many of you might be aware of the powerful potential of this method, while others may have never tried this technique. Drop shot fishing is one of the best "go to" techniques to use when the bite seems to be a bit slow or the fish are all suspended and will not strike anything else. When reaction baits are not working well, I tend to rely on dropshotting. The drop shot technique will work in stained water, but I find it to... [Read More]
    Author:: G. Wayne Byrd
  21. NCangler
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      Post Bowfin-Mysterious Menace

    Bowfin-Mysterious Menace
    by Tony Liddle

    Until recently I never really put much thought into all of the dogfish that I have caught over the years of hunting bass & panfish. While fishing with the great Eric Allee recently, I asked him, “Eric, what were you referring to when you used the word "bowfin"?” We agreed that he was talking about what I call Dogfish. People may call this interesting breed other names, such as grinnel, blackfish, brindle, mud fish, shoe pike, cypress ba
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    Author:: Tony Liddle
  22. NCangler
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      Post Early Spring Crappie Fishing

    One of the most fulfilling activities for many people is spring crappie fishing. This is the time of year that my son has a huge interest in going fishing with Dad. Cabin fever has been prevalent for several months and as the ice lifts off the local waters and temperatures start to rise, the ever-so-active crappie nears spawning time. As spring draws near crappie move toward their spawning areas. If you are a fisherman who enjoys crappie fishing and has chased them before, you know that... [Read More]
    Author:: G. Wayne Byrd
  23. NCangler
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      Post Great Fishing Close to Home and No Skunks!

    Some of the greatest fishing in the world, is available within a mile or two away any where in the US! Many anglers miss out because their gear is too big and not sensitive enough to show them bites. Fish feed in a delicate fashion 90% of the time. In order to catch them, you need to change your ways. If you do, you can be rewarded with 500 fish in 4 hours- my record is 512.

    To get in on this action, you will need a few items and, you will need to get rid of a few old items you may be used to... [Read More]
    Author:: John Wilkins
  24. NCangler
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      Post Winter Largemouth Bass Fishing

    You go to your favorite fishing hole. About 5 feet deep and plenty of structure, your go-to place for largemouth bass. It is the middle of winter and you go cast your line out to this favourite honey-hole of yours. You fish all day with not one bite. What happened? Well, I am going to tell you. There two things that effect bass drastically in the winter, the epilimniom and the metabolism of the bass.

    Epilimniom, what's that? Has anyone ever told you that largemouth bass live most of their... [Read More]
    Author:: Anthony Zruna
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      Post About Bass

    About Bass
    by Anthony Zruna

    If you want to catch more and bigger largemouth bass you must know some basic information about their biology. Here you will learn everything about largemouth bass from how their metabolism works to if they posses colour vision. This is extremely valuable information for a serious bass angler, or serious bass angler wanna be.

    Metabolism:
    Bass are cold blooded, meaning their metabolism is controlled by water temperature. When the water goes belo
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    Author:: Anthony Zruna

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