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There's Another Way to Go - pt. 1

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By Stan Fagerstrom
Product Review Editor

June 23, 2014

The call didn’t surprise me all that much.

The reason it didn’t is because over the years I’ve heard the same kind of request on several previous occasions.  Those calls always involved the details about a different method of using an open faced spinning reel.

I was in the business of demonstrating casting at outdoor shows all over the United States and elsewhere for a long, long time.  I finally hung up my exhibition casting gear for the final time a couple of years ago.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 July 2014 09:16

One-Two Punch with a Senko and a Kut-Tail

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By Jim Gildea

June 20, 2014

The Senko has the distinction of being both unique in its design, as well as one of the most copied lures in history. Unlike similar styles, where the copy is sometimes better or has a unique feature (better hooks, different colors, etc.), the Senko copies just don’t seem as good in my opinion. You can argue that Gary Yamamoto and the Senko changed bass fishing more than any other single innovation.

When I meet a novice fisherman, rather than overwhelm him with in-depth tactics and techniques, I usually recommend they throw a five inch Watermelon Senko on 8-pound test with a spinning rod - you can’t fish it too slow. This simple strategy produces fish and whets their appetite to learn more advanced subtleties further down the road.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 13:19

Hawk Talk - Toledo Bend Elite Series Event

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May 30, 2014

I've always had a difficult time committing to fish either shallow or deep during tournament practice, even when I know I can't effectively do both. On bodies of water I'm familiar with I can get away with it and sometimes it's advantageous for me to do so.  However, I often get burned on unfamiliar bodies of water.  That's why before arriving to Toledo Bend I told myself I'd stay shallow.  I felt with the season still behind schedule the largest population of fish would still be in the pre-spawn and spawning stages.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 13:20

The Search for One: GYCB Pros Top Senko Colors

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By TJ Maglio

June 10, 2014

I’ve always been a pretty simple guy when it comes to color choices for my soft plastics. In clear water, I’m throwing something green or brown, and in stained water, I almost exclusively throw some form of black with or without blue flake. Until the last few years I had never really strayed from 297 and 021 when it came to my personal Senko choices, and I was perfectly satisfied by barely scratching the GYCB color palette.

However, a couple years ago I was fishing a tournament with my good friend and Inside Line blogger extraordinaire Pete Robbins, and he turned me on to color 913, which is green pumpkin with green/purple flake and a bright chartreuse tail. That color is the deal and I’ve since made it a regular in my rotation. A year later fishing clearer waters I added a couple more to my arsenal for clear water; the  2013 new colors, 967 (goby) and 968 (perch). Fast forward to today, and I’ve gone from a green pumpkin or black and blue two trick pony to regularly relying on no less than eight colors of Senkos depending on the water I’m fishing.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 13:20

Rods n Rigs - Nail 'em with the Senko

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May 29, 2014

If I had to choose one technique for bass fishing in the majority of scenarios I encounter, it would be a wacky-rigged Senko and, more specifically, the nail-weighted rig. This is a go-to technique for me year-round, although I don’t throw it as much in summer and early fall because of my love of topwater fishing. Nevertheless, it’s always on the deck, rigged and ready.

My son Richard and I catch lots of big ones with this technique. The 9-pound 5-ounce largemouth we used on our banners for years I caught on a nail-weighted Senko during an FLW tournament at Clear Lake. I’ve really worked on refining my tactics, so let me offer a handful of tips for nail-weighting success.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 13:21

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