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Hawk Talk – West Point Lake Battle

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June 28, 2013

I drove the short distance from my house in North Alabama to West Point Lake under a black sky layered   with sheets of falling rain.  I’d been tracking the weather closely leading into practice and realized we’d encounter higher than normal water levels for practice and the tournament.  In fact, West Point’s water level had risen 18 inches in the week leading up to practice.  With changing weather and water conditions I’d need to pay close attention to the clues I’d gather throughout the three day practice period so I could make the best decisions possible in the tournament.

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Last Updated on Friday, 28 June 2013 13:08

Now You Can Get The Drop On ‘Em

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June 25, 2013

I could hear old Pete cussing half way across the lake.

After I’d listened to him turning the air blue three or four times it made me uncomfortable.  I’d known Pete for years and we’d fished together a few times.  I wondered if maybe he’d hooked himself or ran into some other kind of problem where I might be able to help.

The more I thought about it the more uneasy I became.  I don’t like to not pay attention if I feel a friend might be in trouble.  Finally, I reeled in the lure I’d been fishing, fired up my motor and ran over to where old Pete was.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 June 2013 11:49

Tape Up Your Chances

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By Stan Fagerstrom
Product Review Editor

June 17, 2013

Want to catch more bass and save both time and a few bucks in the process?

Who in heck would turn down that kind of an offer?  I wouldn’t, would you?  And now there’s an interesting new product that, properly used, provides us a good chance of doing it.  If you’ve not heard of this new product that made it to market late last year it’s time you did.

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Last Updated on Monday, 17 June 2013 09:36

Beatin' the Bank with Bernie Schultz - Alabama River BASS Elite

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June 21, 2013

Crossing the Alabama River just north of Montgomery, I noticed the trees were flooded on both banks below. The river was swollen and running hard from recent rains to the north. It looked so much different than how I remembered it. The last time I fished the river it was much lower and the current was lazy.

Approaching my exit, I wondered how the fishing might have changed. Surely higher water would bring some of the backwaters into play, and since most of the water was coming from the north, they shouldn't be too stained. I imagined a strong week of largemouth fishing ahead.

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Last Updated on Saturday, 22 June 2013 10:02

My 25 Year Old Workhorse Bait

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By Jay Yelas

June 11, 2013

One of my favorite bass baits over the years has been the Yamamoto Double Tail Hula Grub. I won several tournaments out West in the late 80s and early 90s on them on lakes like Roosevelt, Mead and Mohave.  I scored big with the Hula Grub early on in my BASS career, posting several top 10 finishes on it at places like Grand Lake, Lake of the Ozarks, and Table Rock.  I even weighed in several key bass on it in my first BASS win in 1993, on the Potomac River of all places!  Needless to say, I had a lot of confidence in Hula Grubs early in my career, and it has been a ‘go to’ bait of mine throughout my 25 year career as a pro. The Yamamoto Hula Grub still works great today.  In March 2013, I had a top 20 finish at Smith Lake, AL in an FLW Tour event, and weighed nearly all my fish on the Hula Grub.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 June 2013 13:34

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