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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

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

Hite's Bites - My Thanksgiving List

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November 26, 2014

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I’m looking at the things that I’m thankful for and in my job as a professional fisherman, I really appreciate the vast selection of effective, fish-catching baits in the Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits lineup. I think the versatility of Yamamoto baits is what draws people to them all over the world and I’ve certainly enjoyed my share of success while using these baits.

It’s great to have proven baits that you can fish slowly on the bottom, as well as reaction baits that you can use with a faster presentation. Basically, Yamamoto offers options for whatever you want to do and that usually leads to something you’ll be thankful for.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 November 2014 09:38

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

Crappie Corner - Milk Run Crappie

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By Tim Huffman

November 24, 2014

Milk run is an old term created back in the days of milkmen. They would have a route of customers and hit one after another to make deliveries of cold milk. Today’s milk run for fishermen is similar. A fisherman makes a round hitting spot after spot where crappie are expected to be taken.

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Last Updated on Monday, 24 November 2014 09:54

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