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A Texas Christmas Eve

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By Ken Smith

December 23, 2014


'Twas the night before Christmas, at my cabin on the lake
Not a creature was stirring, not a hen, not a drake
The waders were hung in the garage on a nail
Still muddy from duck hunting, and smelling that smell

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 December 2014 07:20

Your Kids Will Love You For It, pt. 1

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By Stan Fagerstrom
Product Review Editor 

December 15, 2014

Sounds really carry across water.

Chances are you’ve already found that out for yourself if you’ve spent much time fishing.  I mention it here for a reason.

Those cross water sounds often drifted our way when we lived right on the shore of Western Washington State’s best bass and panfish lake.  Some of those sounds were downright awful.  There were a few I’ll never be able to forget.

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Last Updated on Monday, 23 February 2015 08:17

Throwing the Hula for Fall Bass

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By Mark Fong

December 10, 2014

All across the nation, shorter days and cooler nights combined with the first cold fronts of the season signal the start of the Fall transition. In response to cooling water temperatures, shad and other forage fish are on the move toward the shallows with schools of hungry bass in pursuit. Just as the fish become focused on the bait fish, so do the anglers who pursue them.

While there is no denying that the presence of baitfish can serve to concentrate the fish and super charges their feeding behavior, don't forget that bass are opportunistic predators. Simply because baitfish are present does not mean that bass are not preying on other types of forage as well. Case in point, on my last visit to Lake Oroville, one of California's well known spotted bass fisheries, I caught a large number of fish that regurgitated clouds of pond smelt. During the process of unhooking the fish, I noticed that several of the bass had both pond smelt and crayfish protruding from their gullets.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 December 2014 13:37

The New Heart Tail Swimbait – Modified for Swim Jigs/Bladed Vibe Jigs

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By David A. Brown

December 11, 2014

When Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits debuted its new Heart Tail Swimbait at ICAST, the fishing world saw a new soft plastic with an interesting design on the back end. Bassmaster Elite pro Kevin Hawk saw the same thing, but he also saw another level of potential. 

Making his home in Guntersville, Ala., Hawk is a big fan of swim jigs and vibe jigs. Yamamoto’s new creation, he said, is a great fit for both. For him, a bait’s action is the deciding factor and the new Heart-Tail brings a lot to the table.

“In addition to a good kick, it has a good side-to-side wobble, which in my opinion, is a  crucial element for a soft plastic,” Hawk said. “It really seems to appeal to bass. I think it looks more realistic in the water.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 2014 06:15

Hawk Talk - My Year in Review

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December 3, 2014

With my second season on the Elite Series behind me, I’ve had some time to reflect on this past year’s performance and I’m not pleased. Not the least bit.  I had one top 12, three top 50’s, and a handful of bombs. That’s unacceptable.  In order for me to be competitive and successful on the Elite Series I need to qualify for the Bassmaster Classic every year, cash checks consistently, and win a tournament every 3-4 years.  Not only do strong performances earn paychecks each tournament, but it can also help build a solid sponsorship portfolio which is necessary to cover the expenses associated with being a full-time angler.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 04 December 2014 04:02

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