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Beatin' the Bank with Bernie Schultz - BASSfest 2014, Lakes Chickamauga & Nickajack

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August 8, 2014

After a strong finish at Lake Dardanelle, I climbed 20 places in the Angler-of-the-Year (AOY) standings. It felt good to be back on track.

Next on the schedule was BASSfest — a stand-alone tournament where the Elites would go head to head with Bassmaster Open anglers for a purse approaching $1,000,000. The target lakes were Chickamauga and Nickajack. The entire field would compete for two days on Chickamauga, then be cut to 50. Those 50 would rest a day while the remaining anglers would vie for 10 wild card spots on Lake Nickajack. They called it the “Second Chance Tournament.”

Needless to say, I was hoping to avoid the Nickajack sideshow.

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Last Updated on Sunday, 10 August 2014 19:56

Hawk Talk - Lake Chickamauga, Elite Stop #6

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August 6, 2014

The inaugural BASSfest on Lake Chickamauga had a different format than a regular season Elite Series event.  In addition to the regular Elite Series field, the top 20 anglers from each of the B.A.S.S. Open Divisions had the opportunity to enter the event.  There were no AOY points involved, so it allowed the anglers to fish aggressively for the win.  The full field fished Chickamauga on Wednesday and Thursday with the top 50 earning Friday off while all competitors outside the top 50 fished a one day tournament on nearby Lake Nickajack for an opportunity to earn a spot back into the tournament on Chickamauga by finishing in the top 10.

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Rods n Rigs - Sensational Super Grubs

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July 13, 2014

They’re definitely old-school and a lot of modern bass-fishing tactics have overlooked them, but to me, a Yamamoto super grub never goes out of style. These single tailed soft plastics are simple to rig, versatile and easily adapted to whatever patterns you’re fishing.

And the best thing, in my opinion is that the grub is like the Energizer Bunny of fishing – it just keeps going, and going, and going. No kidding, this bait is always fishing. No matter if my presentation style involves an active retrieve, or if it’s just creeping along the bottom. The natural built-in action of those grub tails means they never stop moving, so the bait is always working for you.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 10 July 2014 09:46

Water Wagons

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By Shane Beilue

August 4, 2014

One of my earliest fishing memories is riding on the back of my dad’s small little fishing platform, both of us casting for bass while he kicked us around with his swim fins.  In West Texas, this was a popular style of fishing “boat”, which was made of a gas resistant Styrofoam and called a “Water Wagon”.  The Styrofoam was molded to be about the size of a pickup bed and allowed the angler to sit with his legs in the water, kicking the craft backwards to get to the fishing spot. 

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Last Updated on Monday, 04 August 2014 15:26

The Electronic Angler - Make Your Own Maps With Insight Genesis

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By TJ Maglio

July 10, 2014

Bass fishermen like lake maps. We collect them, study them, mark them up, and then toss them in a box buried in some corner of our tackle room never to be seen again until the next trip to said lake, in which we start the whole process over.

At least, that’s what we used to do.

With the advent of GPS technology, paper maps have become further marginalized to the point where I honestly can’t even remember where I put my map box. Nowadays, I’ll just boot up my Lowrance HDS 12 Gen2 Touch and start scrolling around the map looking for that secret spot.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 July 2014 12:32

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