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Preparing for the Yamamoto Big Bass Challenge with Andy Cuccia

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By Mark Fong

June 2, 2015

Each year, prior to the Yamamoto Big Bass Challenge on the California Delta, participants gather for the annual pre-tournament seminar. Held at the Fisherman's Warehouse in Sacramento, California, this year’s event featured top Delta Guide and Yamamoto Pro Staffer Andy “Cooch” Cuccia.

The 5th annual Yamamoto Big Bass Challenge makes its return to the California Delta on June 6th and 7th for a weekend filled with fun, prizes and of course big bass. Over the span of each six hour tournament day, anglers will compete for 5 big fish prizes each hour. The twelve lucky anglers weighing in the biggest bass during each hour of the two day event will be eligible to participate in the grand prize drawing for a chance to win $10,000*. In addition $3,000* will be awarded for the overall big fish of the event. Only Yamamoto and Kinami baits may be used.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 June 2015 13:32

Hawk Talk - Lake Guntersville Elite Series Event

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May 28, 2015

When B.A.S.S. released the 2015 Elite Series schedule I immediately took notice of the Lake Guntersville event.  I've lived in Guntersville, AL for the past five years and have spent considerable time on the lake, so I was ecstatic to have an opportunity to fish an Elite Series event on a body of water I know so well.

I knew coming into this event I'd have to be conscious of not fishing history—trying to catch fish in places I did in years past around the same time period. Fishing history rarely works out because the conditions are never exactly the same from year to year, week to week, or even day to day. For example, a cold winter can prolong the spawn and a mild winter can speed it up.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 28 May 2015 11:15

Shryock's Lipless Crankbait Tips

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By TJ Maglio

May 22, 2015

Yamamoto Pro and BASS Elite Series angler Fletcher Shryock shares his tips for catching bass on lipless crankbaits like the new Yamamoto Midasu.

One of the newest members of the Yamamoto Pro Team, BASS Elite Series pro Fletcher Shryock has rapidly risen through the professional ranks, earning over $180,000 in just three seasons on tour.

Shryock burst on the scene in 2011 by recording an epic season of Bassmaster Opens. He finished 5th in one series (Northern Opens) and won an event in another series (Lake Norman Southern Open). By year’s end, he’d not only qualified for the 2012 Bassmaster Classic but also for the Bassmaster Elite Series, and he hasn’t looked back.

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Last Updated on Friday, 22 May 2015 13:24

Go Get a Tiger By the Tail pt. 1

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By Stan Fagerstrom
Product Review Editor

May 26, 2015

I’ve always remembered what the guy said when I hollered to ask him what he was going after just as he pushed his boat away from the dock at the Washington State lake.

“Whatcha gonna fish for?” I shouted.  “I’m fixin’ to get a tiger by the tail,” was his chuckling response.

I knew the lake he was going out on had a sizeable population of kokanee, those good eating landlocked sockeye salmon that are very popular in a number of Pacific Northwest lakes.  I’d also heard other anglers talk about the sizeable rainbow trout they’d taken there.

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Last Updated on Friday, 12 June 2015 08:22

How Jay Yelas Utlizes the Heart-Tail Year 'Round

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By Mark Fong

May 19, 2015

The Heart-Tail Swimbait is brand new for the 2015 season and FLW Tour Pro Jay Yelas is extremely excited about the new offering from Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. Yelas has spent many hours on the water with a Heart-Tail tied to the end of his line. With its bulky ribbed body and namesake tail design, the Heart-Tail produces a strong swimming action and strike triggering body wobble. From coast to coast and north to south the Heart-Tail Swimbait has become a valuable addition to Yelas' bass catching arsenal.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 May 2015 14:22

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