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Tiger Hunting, Anyone?

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By Bob Lechel


July 2, 2014

I find myself humming the theme to Jaws every time I go fishing for tiger muskies.  I can’t help it.  Throughout the day I torture my fishing partners with, “daaa- nuh, daaa-nuh”.  Tiger muskies are an amazing species and believe me, they are stalking something to eat, somewhere out there.

I know the Inside Line is primarily bass-centric but as a bass-centric guy, I was introduced to the ravenous tiger muskie in my home state of New Mexico four years ago and have been making an annual pilgrimage to visit this predator’s lair with excitement and a healthy bit of respect for this awesome game fish.

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Beatin' the Bank with Bernie Schultz - 2014 Lake Dardanelle BASS Elite

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June 27, 2014

Lake Dardanelle is a good lake, but not always kind. It seems every time we show up there, conditions change. As you read on, you’ll see this year was no exception.

Part of the Arkansas River system, Dardanelle is one of the more productive pools. It offers more than 30,000 surface acres of fishable water and is chock full of largemouth bass. Among the more attractive targets are scattered patches of water willow, lotus pads, riprap, laydown trees and snags.

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Last Updated on Friday, 27 June 2014 11:51 Read more...
 

There's Another Way to Go - pt. 1

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By Stan Fagerstrom
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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.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 03 July 2014 09:16 Read more...
 

Hawk Talk – Lake Dardanelle Elite Series Event

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June 26, 2014

Fresh off the Toledo Bend tournament where I strayed from my shallow water game plan during practice, I vowed not to make the same mistake on Lake Dardanelle.  Dardanelle is essentially a river with several connected creeks and bays—more than I could possibly cover in the three day practice period.   The weather forecast called for rain much of the week, so I knew there'd be a good chance the river would turn muddy and decided to spend my time concentrating on the creeks and bays I thought would be less likely to be affected by runoff.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 26 June 2014 08:35 Read more...
 

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.

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