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Hook and Plastic Pairings are Key to Success — Part II

Hook and Plastic Pairings are Key to Success — Part II

Luck can be defined as that moment in time when preparation intersects with opportunity. Read that again, as it is a profound statement that will make you a better angler, and a more successful person in general. I have no idea who first said this, but I first heard it from fellow Yamamoto Prostaffer and author Dean Sault. Dean, your simple statement has triggered so much thought and shaped my actions in ways I can never repay.

Finding Opportunity Amid Lean Conditions

Finding Opportunity Amid Lean Conditions

We all love a good slugfest, right? Lots of fish, big limits, shredded thumbs; but such is not always the case. In fact, we laud the big bass bonanzas because they’re more the exception than the rule. More often, we have to work at it — sometimes, incredibly hard.

Swimbait Tips and Tricks

Swimbait Tips and Tricks

There are almost as many kinds of swimbaits as there are fishermen: everything from a Creme Lit’l Fishie to a 15-inch plastic trout qualifies as a swimbait. When it comes to Yamamoto products, the D-Shad, Swim Senko, Hula Swimmer, Heart-Tail, and even the Kut Tail worm can all be fished as swimbaits. The huge variety of sizes, shapes, and colors means that you can find a swimbait to match the dominant prey in your fishing hole.

Adapting to Changing Patterns

Adapting to Changing Patterns

Lake Pleasant in Arizona is one lake where anglers must learn to adapt to changing conditions. The lake is known for extreme changes – the lake level fluctuates as much as 100 vertical feet every year, which means that the fish move constantly. If you don’t learn how to follow them, you’ll blank. Charlie Ponder, a tournament angler who fishes Pleasant often, knows how hard this can sometimes be.

Larry Nixon's Top Dropshot Tactics

Larry Nixon's Top Dropshot Tactics

He’s decidedly “old school,” with a firm commitment to the tools and tactics that have earned him a stellar career. Nevertheless, Larry Nixon is also savvy enough to recognize a good deal when he sees one. In his case, that was the dropshot.

Going to ‘Summer School at the Forrest Wood Cup

Going to ‘Summer School at the Forrest Wood Cup

I just got home from the Forrest Wood Cup where I finished 11th and missed the final-day top-10 cut by just 8 ounces. Ouch!

Oh well, it was a good tournament for me and the one thing I did want to share with the Inside Line about my week on Wheeler Lake is what I learned about summer time schooling fish on TVA lakes.