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Beatin' the Bank with Bernie Schultz—St. Lawrence River BASS Elite

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September 6, 2013

Although it's been years since I fished the St. Lawrence River, it's always been my favorite fishery. I've spent many summers there competing in various tournaments, both Canadian and American.

In fact, I won the Canadian Open out of Kingston, Ontario in 1990, and later, an FLW event in Clayton, New York. Because of that, I had tremendous confidence going into this tournament.

Unlike all the other competitions I fished on the river, BASS scheduled this event out of Waddington, NY—some 80 miles to the east-northeast of Lake Ontario. At first, the news was disappointing. But as time would soon reveal, that too, would play into my hands.

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Last Updated on Friday, 06 September 2013 12:45

Trailer Talk: Nixon, Yelas, and Ehrler

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By TJ Maglio

September 5, 2013

What has over $6.5 million in career earnings, three Tour-level Championships, five AOY titles and over 25 victories in bass tournaments? If your answer is the three-headed FLW Tour monster that is Larry Nixon, Jay Yelas, and Brent Ehrler, you’d be correct. GYCB is very fortunate to have all three on their pro-staff, a crew that most tackle companies would love to have represent them.

To shamelessly recycle an old adage, the three of them have probably forgotten more about tournament bass fishing than you or I will ever learn, so it seemed pertinent to pick their brains about what kinds of baits they like to tip their presentations with, a “trailer” trailer if you don’t mind a good pun.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 05 September 2013 09:57

A New Favorite?

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By Scott Hammer

August 29, 2013

I’ve often wondered if there could be any other plastic bait to unseat the Senko as my “favorite”. Anyone who knows me knows I’ve come up with 78 ways to rig the Senko – I really like the Senko! I dropshot with the 5” Kut Tail, Shad Shaped Worm and Pro Senko, and I shaky head with the larger Kut Tail. I’ve dragged Yamamoto tubes, the Kreature, Twin Tailed Grubs and Craws, and I’ve used the Swim Senko and every other bait Yamamoto makes. To date, the Senko still ranks number one on the list.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 29 August 2013 09:59

Hawk Talk - Evan Williams Bourbon Showdown at St. Lawrence River

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September 2, 2013

The River or Lake

Coming into this event I didn’t have much experience on the St. Lawrence River or Lake Ontario. I felt I needed to spend my three day practice period focusing on one or the other, not both.  I picked the river because Lake Ontario, quite honestly, intimidated me.  A 65-mile run would be required just to reach the mouth of the lake from the tournament launch in Waddington, NY, which would significantly cut into my day’s fishing time.  The wind was also a factor.  If it blew significantly (which it often does on the lake) from the south or west it could make the lake difficult or near impossible to navigate and fish.  Ultimately, I felt the lake was too much of a gamble.

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Last Updated on Monday, 02 September 2013 15:01

Pay Attention and Catch More Bass

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By JT Bagwell

August 26, 2013

Admit it. Not every day is a picnic out on the water. If you’re like me, you’ve had your fair share of horrible days. I am talking not getting anything that even resembled a bite. Sometimes what you think should work (based on every fishing article you have ever read) just does not seem to be what the bass are interested in. When it gets that bad, noticing the smallest details can make all of the difference.

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Last Updated on Monday, 26 August 2013 14:06

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