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Mike Tyson, On Fishing?

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By Ken Smith

February 10, 2015

Granted maybe he wasn’t talking about fishing, but Mike Tyson once famously responded to a series of questions from reporters prior to a fight. They were discussing his opponent’s style and how his opponent had a game plan to defeat him. Tyson famously responded, “Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth, then like a rat they stop in fear and freeze.”

I think this quote goes way beyond the boxing ring into most aspects of life, but for us hardcore tournament fisherman it seems particularly appropriate. A football field is always 100 yards long. A basketball goal is 10 feet off the ground. It’s said the hardest thing to do in professional sports is to hit a major league baseball, but at least you can see the baseball, or at least glimpse it if it’s going 90+. A tournament fisherman’s playing field is acres and acres, miles and miles. Usually we can’t see what we are trying to catch, and sometimes, actually more often than not, our “opponents” simply do not have an interest in playing the game with us. How hard would it be to hit a baseball if the pitcher refused to throw the pitch?

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 February 2015 12:14

Tom Monsoor: Football Jigs for Cold River Bass

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By TJ Maglio

February 9, 2015

Bass are what we of the biological persuasion call poikilotherms, which is really just a fancy way of saying that they’re cold blooded. Because of that, their body temperature is always going to be within a degree or two of the latent water temperature.

If the water’s cold, the fish are cold.

In all fish, metabolism (how much energy an organism needs to function) is directly related to their body temperature, and by the transitive property, the water temperature.

If it’s cold, they don’t eat much.

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Last Updated on Monday, 09 February 2015 11:47

Hite's Bites - Top 3 Winter Jig Scenarios

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January 26, 2015

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Chatterbaits with Yamamoto trailers; but in the winter months, it’s necessary to slow down and fish more methodically. This is the season when I turn to a jig for those chilly bites.

A jig is known as a big-fish bait and the winter to prespawn is one of the best times of the year to fish a jig. Especially in the winter and early spring, fish have a tendency to get around rocks because they hold heat. That clues me in to the fact that they’ll be feeding mostly on crawdads.

Also, you get into that time frame when the fish want to eat one big meal rather than chasing around a bunch of shad. I can use a variety of jig profiles, but they will all represent a significant meal for a winter bass.

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Last Updated on Monday, 26 January 2015 09:36

Rods n Rigs - Football Heads and Hula Grubs for Deep Bass

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February 3, 2015

It’s funny, before the Senko, Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits was actually well known for its grubs. Today, you’ll never find me without Senkos in my boat, but the Double Tail Hula Grub is also a bait that I absolutely cannot do without.

This strategic bait plays a big role in my arsenal, especially during winter. One of my favorite techniques for fishing the Hula Grub is on a football head jig. It’s a heavy presentation that I can use to reach the bottom quickly and fish efficiently.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 February 2015 12:26

The Chicken Rig - Gary's Newest Creation

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By TJ Maglio

January 8, 2015

As the creator of one of the most successful and duplicated baits ever to hit the industry, Gary Yamamoto could have easily packed it in, collected his money, and retired to a life of leisure never to be heard from again.

Fortunately for us, it doesn’t look like anyone told that to Gary. At the age of 70, he’s still out there competing on the FLW Tour, making promotional appearances, and designing new products.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 08 January 2015 07:43

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