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Pick of the Products - The New Tournament Snap

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By Stan Fagerstrom

September 9, 2013

Shinichi Fukae has done it again.

If you’re a regular reader of this Pick of the Products column you undoubtedly remember the column that appeared here not long ago dealing with the new Swivel Shot set up Fukae developed for Gamakatsu Hooks.

That new drop shot device has had widespread acceptance among many of the pros who depend on using the drop shot when the situation they’re up against demands a finesse approach.

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Last Updated on Monday, 09 September 2013 13:26

Write Like Wright

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By Pete Robbins

September 9, 2013

I never wanted to write like Hemingway, Thomas McGuane or Norman Maclean or even like Tim Tucker, for that matter. There are lines and themes and characters that I’ve admired in each of their work, but I never set any of them up as a template for what I wanted to do in my second career. At times I’ll read a piece by someone like Chuck Klosterman or Michael Lewis and there will be a turn of phrase so perfectly crafted that it makes me envious, but none of them have written about bass fishing – yet. Once, on vacation in Mexico, I was so wowed by one of Scott Raab’s paragraphs that I got up off the toilet without finishing my business, walked the book into the next room, and read it aloud to my wife. She was less impressed, not to mention horrified. Nevertheless, despite the lack of a clear role model I still hold out hope that there remains time to stamp out an identity for myself as someone with a small portion of those writers’ gifts without being a thief.

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Last Updated on Monday, 09 September 2013 13:04

Trailer Talk: Nixon, Yelas, and Ehrler

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By TJ Maglio

September 5, 2013

What has over $6.5 million in career earnings, three Tour-level Championships, five AOY titles and over 25 victories in bass tournaments? If your answer is the three-headed FLW Tour monster that is Larry Nixon, Jay Yelas, and Brent Ehrler, you’d be correct. GYCB is very fortunate to have all three on their pro-staff, a crew that most tackle companies would love to have represent them.

To shamelessly recycle an old adage, the three of them have probably forgotten more about tournament bass fishing than you or I will ever learn, so it seemed pertinent to pick their brains about what kinds of baits they like to tip their presentations with, a “trailer” trailer if you don’t mind a good pun.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 05 September 2013 09:57

Beatin' the Bank with Bernie Schultz—St. Lawrence River BASS Elite

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September 6, 2013

Although it's been years since I fished the St. Lawrence River, it's always been my favorite fishery. I've spent many summers there competing in various tournaments, both Canadian and American.

In fact, I won the Canadian Open out of Kingston, Ontario in 1990, and later, an FLW event in Clayton, New York. Because of that, I had tremendous confidence going into this tournament.

Unlike all the other competitions I fished on the river, BASS scheduled this event out of Waddington, NY—some 80 miles to the east-northeast of Lake Ontario. At first, the news was disappointing. But as time would soon reveal, that too, would play into my hands.

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Last Updated on Friday, 06 September 2013 12:45

Hawk Talk - Evan Williams Bourbon Showdown at St. Lawrence River

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September 2, 2013

The River or Lake

Coming into this event I didn’t have much experience on the St. Lawrence River or Lake Ontario. I felt I needed to spend my three day practice period focusing on one or the other, not both.  I picked the river because Lake Ontario, quite honestly, intimidated me.  A 65-mile run would be required just to reach the mouth of the lake from the tournament launch in Waddington, NY, which would significantly cut into my day’s fishing time.  The wind was also a factor.  If it blew significantly (which it often does on the lake) from the south or west it could make the lake difficult or near impossible to navigate and fish.  Ultimately, I felt the lake was too much of a gamble.

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Last Updated on Monday, 02 September 2013 15:01

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