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A Cure for the Umbrella Rig Blues

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By Stan Fagerstrom
Product Review Editor

August 9, 2013

NRX 916 UBR.

Does that mixture of letters and numbers mean anything to you?  Probably not.  I thought maybe they were a password to something or other the first I ran into them.

Maybe calling them a “password” does make sense because they sure as heck stand for something that lets you and me solve some of the problems associated with this business of putting bass in the boat.

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Last Updated on Friday, 23 August 2013 08:19

Beatin' the Bank with Bernie Schultz - Mississippi River BASS Elite

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August 1, 2013

The Mississippi River begins as a small stream in northern Minnesota then gradually expands as it makes its way south toward the Gulf of Mexico. Despite its reputation for being muddy, the river is actually quite clean and clear up north. It's also a factory for largemouth and smallmouth bass.

For the second year straight, La Crosse, Wisconsin, was chosen as the site for the Mississippi River Rumble BASS Elite, and I believe the entire field was good with that decision. Last year the river produced an excellent frog bite. In fact, many of the top-10 finishes were realized by anglers utilizing that pattern almost exclusively. I too, capitalized on it, and it was fun. So the thought of a repeat performance was clearly in my thoughts.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 August 2013 12:55

Lucky Seven

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By Pete Robbins

July 26, 2013

The five-inch Senko from Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits is the company’s workhorse – in fact, this single style and size of plastic may have caught more bass over the past decade than any other lure.

The six-inch big brother and four-inch finesse version occasionally get their day in the sun as well. Their sales are steady and when conditions require a larger or smaller meal they get the nod.

As a result of the fact that these three sizes cover the vast majority of anglers’ Senko needs, many of us fail to look to the extremes. There are tiny two- and three-inch versions available for ultra-finesse presentations. They’re popular on the Japanese market and with a hard core cadre of U.S. light line anglers, but in most tournament situations they’re unlikely to leave the tackle box, if they’re in the boat at all. At the other end of the spectrum, though, stands the seven-inch goliath. It doesn’t get much press, but if you think that its applications are limited to big bass factories like Okeechobee, Clear Lake or the fabled lakes of Mexico, you’re missing the boat, said Elite Series pro Kevin Hawk.

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Last Updated on Friday, 26 July 2013 09:28

Fish Look, then See

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By Lawrence Gunther



July 30, 2013

You’re probably wondering what you can learn about how fish use sight from someone who has none.  Let’s just say that as North America’s only totally blind professional fisher, understanding how well fish see is a subject of particular interest. So read on, you may just find the following “opens your eyes” to an entirely new way of thinking about sight.

The saying that lure manufacturers are first and foremost interested in triggering “strikes” from fishers is only partially true.  Legitimate bait manufacturers understand crafting baits capable of mimicking the profile, action and sound of live bait comes first. Once achieved, attention is then paid to developing the various colour schemes to replicate forage (match the hatch) found in marine ecosystems throughout the world.  Sure, there are lures out there that are crude replicates of proven fish catching baits, but don’t blame the legitimate manufacturers if you end up buying all 16 colour options of the same lure, or select from the bargain bin a handful of lures with colours that have little resemblance to your local forage.  And then there are the life-like artistic masterpieces for use in gin clear water with prices that weren’t meant for the faint of heart.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 July 2013 11:05

Hawk Talk - Elite Series Alabama River Rumble

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July 18, 2013

I try not to get overly excited about my pre-fishing trips, especially when they’re a month prior to the tournament.  However, I couldn’t wait to return to the Alabama River after making a successful scouting trip before off-limits.  I caught several quality spotted bass dropshotting the main river and felt if conditions stayed the same (I should know by now they rarely do) I could exploit the pattern when I returned.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 18 July 2013 14:48

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