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Hawk Talk - Pre-spawn Bass in the Grass

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February 4, 2013

I’ve been fishing Lake Guntersville over the past few weeks in anticipation of starting the 2013 tournament season.  It’s given me an opportunity to dial in all of my new tackle and equipment, and gain confidence in some new lipless crankbaits I’ve added to my arsenal for this season.   The lipless crankbait bite on Guntersville is strong right now and will continue to get better as the pre-spawn approaches.  I throw a lipless crankbait throughout the winter and pre-spawn on any body of water with grass in it, because it’s an effective tool to cover water quickly and efficiently and helps me find concentrations of pre-spawn bass.

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Last Updated on Monday, 04 February 2013 10:10

Split Shotting the Kut Tail Worm

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By Mark Fong

January 30, 2013

If I were to tell you there is a technique that is easy to master, catches finicky fish, requires a minimal tackle investment and is just plain fun, what would you say?  Ok, now that I have your attention, the answer is, of course, the venerable split shot technique.

The split shot rig is a minimalist’s dream.  In its most common form, the split shot rigs consists of a small lead shot crimped 12 to 24 inches above a light wire worm hook adorned with a four inch finesse worm.    Split shotting  excels when the bite is difficult.  Post frontal days, blue bird skies and pressured fish are all prime conditions for split shotting.  When properly configured, the split shot rig can be effective in water as shallow as a foot all the way down to depths of fifty feet or more.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 January 2013 08:30

There’s More than One Way To Go Wacky, pt. 1

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By Stan Fagerstrom
Product Review Editor

January 25, 2013

If you haven’t gone a little wacky in recent years it’s probably high time you did.

I suppose there are those who would say don’t encourage the guy who bass fishes to get any more wacky than he is already.  It’s not the behavior of that bassin’ man with the rod in his hand I’m talking about.  What I have in mind are the different approaches to bass angling that employ a Wacky Style presentation to put fish in the boat.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 07 February 2013 10:21

Most Overlooked Flippin’ Bait

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By Jay Yelas
Yamamoto Pro Staff

January 25, 2013

I sure am thrilled to be the newest member of the Yamamoto Prostaff!  Having been friends with Gary and Beverly for over two decades, I look forward to helping them serve the bass fishermen of America with the finest baits around.

Yamamoto baits has long been recognized as an industry leader in finesse soft plastics.  While they earned their legendary status with baits like the Senko, Hula Grub, and Grubs, there is a whole other side to this bait company that has been largely overlooked by many anglers around the country: their soft plastics for power fishing techniques like flippin’ and pitchin’.

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Last Updated on Friday, 25 January 2013 13:12

Draggin' Through the Trees

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By Jim Smith

January 18, 2013


When I think about draggin’, (A.K.A. C-Rig or Carolina Rig fishing),  normally I think about using it in particular situations that involve pulling a chosen bait at the end of a designated length and strength of leader material, and ahead of a chosen weight and style of a sliding sinker. This setup readily creates a disturbance that is always noticeable and sometimes gets followed by curious prey, which then gets the attention of a hungry predator. It is very effective.

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Last Updated on Friday, 18 January 2013 08:55

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