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How the D-Shad Helped Me Win at Smith Lake

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By Dave Lefebre

April 2, 2015

I’ve been blessed with multiple wins over the course of my professional fishing career. Short of winning the Forrest Wood Cup, I didn’t think that anything could surpass my victory at the 2009 Toyota Texas Bass Classic at Lake Conroe. I was wrong, though. My FLW Tour win on Alabama’s Smith Lake last week was every bit as meaningful, if not more. I’ve made no secret of the fact that recent months have been stressful for me, but a series of small miracles kept accumulating and culminated in this big win.

While my life has been in flux, one thing that has remained constant is that I always have the Yamamoto D-Shad rigged and ready in my rod locker. It might be fished weightless, or on the back of some other lure, but it’s always there. I haven’t been able to talk about it much because it has never produced a win for me on its own, but it certainly has produced a number of key fish that boosted me to higher finishes. At Smith, it produced seven of the fish that I took to weigh-in over the course of four days, and without it I could not have won.

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Hawk Talk - Sabine River Elite Series

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April 2, 2015

Two years ago I fished the Sabine River for the first time and made the mistake of trying to cover too much water in practice instead of picking an area and learning it well.  This time I committed the three day practice period to Taylor’s Bayou, fishing both Taylor’s and Hildebrandt, giving myself an opportunity to find as many fish holding areas as possible.

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Crappie Corner - Staging Prespawn Crappie

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March 30, 2015

Big monster crappie are usually caught during prespawn and spawn. Prespawn is a time when fish are preparing for the spawning ritual but temperatures and conditions are not yet perfect. It’s also important to note that not all crappie spawn at the same time. Therefore, prespawn activity can be spread for a much longer time frame than once thought.

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Last Updated on Monday, 30 March 2015 09:56 Read more...
 

Shaking Up Spots on Shasta, pt. 2

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By Stan Fagerstrom
Product Review Editor

March 31, 2015

*to read part one of this feature, click here 

There are those who say the next world record size spotted bass just might come from California’s Lake Shasta.

I don’t find this hard to believe.  Neither does the pair of veteran Pacific Northwest plug pitchers I told you about in my previous column.  Bruce Holt and Renaud Pelletier went down there last January and put more than a hundred of those interesting fish in the boat.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 March 2015 14:07 Read more...
 

The Midasu Lipless Crank - Prepare Yourself for Disruption

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By Blake Russell

March 26, 2015

The newest addition to Yamamoto’s hard bait lineup is the new Midasu lipless crankbait. Midasu means “to disturb or disrupt” in Japanese. The goal of lipless crankbaits has always been to wake up lethargic bass.  Tie one on and you’ll see that the Midasu does just that.

A few characteristics that set the Midasu apart from the fleet of lipless baits on the market today is the sound the bait makes in the water and the vibration it produces. The Midasu has a more subtle rattle to it than many of the other lipless baits on the market today. In my opinion, the sound the Midasu makes mimics baitfish more closely than its louder counterparts. Next time you see baitfish activity, try to get close and pay attention to the sounds they’re making. You’ll likely notice faint flickers and pops that are reminiscent of someone snapping their fingers. The noise the Midasu emits in the water is similar to this.

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