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Video Game Fishing – Getting the Drop on Suspended Fish

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By TJ Maglio

February 11, 2014

A couple of average keepers caught in 1997 out of San Vicente Lake in San Diego County probably doesn’t sound significant to you, but to Kevin Hawk, they stand out vividly amid a career of bass catches and tournament weigh-ins. The fish were significant to Hawk because they were the first ones he caught drop shotting, something that has formed a cornerstone in his fishing and dominated in his career-changing win at the 2010 Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Lanier.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 09:52

How to Watch and What to Watch For

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By Pete Robbins


February 7, 2014

In response to my recent column on Bassmaster.com about the outsized role that spectators will play in this year’s Bassmaster Classic, I received a thoughtful email from a Mr. David Chandler, who lives on the Big G and wants to watch some of the pros attack his home lake with fame and moderate fortune on the line. In a classic case of a few rotten apples spoiling the barrel, I’ve always assumed that most spectators are there for negative or nefarious purposes – to steal GPS waypoints, booger things up for the pros or riff on some variation of “Those guys don’t know what the hell they’re doing out there.”

Last Updated on Friday, 07 February 2014 08:12

Hawk Talk - The Importance of Eating Real Food and Training in Competitive Angling

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January 24, 2014

I’m not sure if it’s my western pedigree or personal trainer experience back in college, but I've always been interested in nutrition, training, and living a healthy lifestyle.  There are many factors that contribute to a healthy lifestyle, but I feel eating real food and being active are two of the most important.  My views on certain foods and different forms of exercise leading to a healthy lifestyle have changed over the years.  With so much conflicting information out there on how to eat and exercise I've learned to rely on scientific data and experimentation to determine what types of food and exercise I benefit the most from.

Last Updated on Friday, 24 January 2014 11:14

Crappie Corner - Fishy Things To Do When It’s Cold

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By Tim Huffman

February 5, 2014

Has your fishing been put on hold due to frigid weather? The following are a few things to do while waiting for spring.

First, travel to a warm state down south. A vacation during this Polar Vortex situation sounds good.

Second, go up north and ice fish. Bundling up properly or doing the ‘Grumpy Old Men’ movie shack option for fun fishing trip on the ice.

Third, find other ‘fishy’ things to do. Going through your tackle and doing an organizational cleanup is great therapy and fun. With bad weather during the Christmas and New Years weeks here in southeast Missouri, I spent hours in front of my television watching bowl games and sorting tackle on a card table in my front by the fireplace.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 February 2014 08:55

Fishing the Shad Shape Worm for Cold Water Bass

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By Mark Fong

January 22, 2014

From the fabled smallmouth lakes of Tennessee to the spotted bass reservoirs of California, savvy anglers know the virtues of employing diminutive baits to catch winter time bass.   As water temperatures reach seasonal lows, bass metabolism slows down. With diminished activity levels bass  become less aggressive in their pursuit of prey.  When this happens, one of the most effective ways to target cold water fish is to utilize a small jig head adorned with a finesse plastic bait fish imitator, gossamer weight line and a light action spinning rod.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 09:56

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