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Crankin' Away

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By Kyle Schauf


October 19, 2012

Jim the carpenter shows up for his first day on the job site. His task is to put plywood sheeting on the side of a framed house. Bare studs are up and Jim is armed with an apron full of 16 penny nails and a 7 ounce finishing hammer.  He gets the plywood positioned exactly where he needs it and starts a nail. After 10-12 hits he finally gets a nail in and starts the process over again. Ten to twelve hits and he has another nail set into the sheet of plywood. After a morning of driving nails with his finish hammer he sits down with the rest of the construction crew for his coffee break. He has hung one sheet of plywood while the rest of the construction guys have hung nearly 10 times that much each. "So what gives? How did you guys drive so many nails?" he asks.

Perhaps you know what it feels like to have a piece of equipment that isn’t really productive for the job you’re trying to do. I do. I felt like that awhile back fishing a small club tournament on a deep water lake. That day, I was Jim the carpenter.

Last Updated on Friday, 19 October 2012 07:53 Read more...
 

Traveling with Tackle, pt. 2

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By Stan Fagerstrom
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October 17, 2012

*Click here for part one

Part with the bucks it takes to go on a fishing trip you’ve been dreaming about for years and you want things to go right. Just getting there in good shape yourself can often be enough to worry about.

You shouldn’t have to be burdened with undue concern about the gear you’ve brought along. My own experience, however, convinces me you’d darn well better be.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 October 2012 10:03 Read more...
 

Hawk Talk - 2012 BASS Southern Open - Smith Lake

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October 12, 2012

I had a lot to gain and a lot to lose coming into the final BASS Southern Open event on Smith Lake. I was sitting in 2nd place in the points and looking a 2013 Elite Series berth straight in the eyes.  I needed to stay among the top five in points to guarantee a berth, so I put extra pressure on myself (not always a bad thing) to do well.  Fortunately, Smith Lake is a short drive from my house in Guntersville, Alabama so I had the opportunity to spend a significant amount of time practicing leading up to the tournament. 

Last Updated on Friday, 12 October 2012 08:52 Read more...
 

Crappie Corner - Hot Spots for Fall Crappie

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By Tim Huffman

October 15, 2012

Fall provides more stable weather, less crowded lakes and beautiful colors. Fish are actively feeding. Some fish have already started making their move toward winter haunts, too. It’s a good time to be crappie fishing.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 October 2012 14:43 Read more...
 

Bass Talk - Lowrance Updates

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By Don Iovino

October 8, 2012

I realize I’ve been pretty MIA around the Inside Line since my last column. As many of you know, I lost my wife Darlene this past May. Losing the ones we love is never easy. It seems a million and one things need to be attended to and taken care of, and then there’s the grieving process to go through. I appreciate all your thoughts and prayers. They’ve meant so much to me and my family.

For those of you who have the HDS Gen 1, the latest update deals with sonar performance. If you haven’t done the update yet, I recommend it. It includes better bottom tracking at high speed, enhanced deep-water depth tracking(greater than 1,000 feet)and shortened lock-on time for trolling-motor-mounted transducers.

Last Updated on Monday, 08 October 2012 09:28 Read more...
 


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