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Beatin' the Bank with Bernie Schultz - 2014 Lake Dardanelle BASS Elite

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June 27, 2014

Lake Dardanelle is a good lake, but not always kind. It seems every time we show up there, conditions change. As you read on, you’ll see this year was no exception.

Part of the Arkansas River system, Dardanelle is one of the more productive pools. It offers more than 30,000 surface acres of fishable water and is chock full of largemouth bass. Among the more attractive targets are scattered patches of water willow, lotus pads, riprap, laydown trees and snags.

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Last Updated on Friday, 27 June 2014 11:51

Hawk Talk – Lake Dardanelle Elite Series Event

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June 26, 2014

Fresh off the Toledo Bend tournament where I strayed from my shallow water game plan during practice, I vowed not to make the same mistake on Lake Dardanelle.  Dardanelle is essentially a river with several connected creeks and bays—more than I could possibly cover in the three day practice period.   The weather forecast called for rain much of the week, so I knew there'd be a good chance the river would turn muddy and decided to spend my time concentrating on the creeks and bays I thought would be less likely to be affected by runoff.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 26 June 2014 08:35

One-Two Punch with a Senko and a Kut-Tail

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By Jim Gildea

June 20, 2014

The Senko has the distinction of being both unique in its design, as well as one of the most copied lures in history. Unlike similar styles, where the copy is sometimes better or has a unique feature (better hooks, different colors, etc.), the Senko copies just don’t seem as good in my opinion. You can argue that Gary Yamamoto and the Senko changed bass fishing more than any other single innovation.

When I meet a novice fisherman, rather than overwhelm him with in-depth tactics and techniques, I usually recommend they throw a five inch Watermelon Senko on 8-pound test with a spinning rod - you can’t fish it too slow. This simple strategy produces fish and whets their appetite to learn more advanced subtleties further down the road.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 13:19

There's Another Way to Go - pt. 1

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By Stan Fagerstrom
Product Review Editor

June 23, 2014

The call didn’t surprise me all that much.

The reason it didn’t is because over the years I’ve heard the same kind of request on several previous occasions.  Those calls always involved the details about a different method of using an open faced spinning reel.

I was in the business of demonstrating casting at outdoor shows all over the United States and elsewhere for a long, long time.  I finally hung up my exhibition casting gear for the final time a couple of years ago.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 03 July 2014 09:16

The Search for One: GYCB Pros Top Senko Colors

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By TJ Maglio

June 10, 2014

I’ve always been a pretty simple guy when it comes to color choices for my soft plastics. In clear water, I’m throwing something green or brown, and in stained water, I almost exclusively throw some form of black with or without blue flake. Until the last few years I had never really strayed from 297 and 021 when it came to my personal Senko choices, and I was perfectly satisfied by barely scratching the GYCB color palette.

However, a couple years ago I was fishing a tournament with my good friend and Inside Line blogger extraordinaire Pete Robbins, and he turned me on to color 913, which is green pumpkin with green/purple flake and a bright chartreuse tail. That color is the deal and I’ve since made it a regular in my rotation. A year later fishing clearer waters I added a couple more to my arsenal for clear water; the  2013 new colors, 967 (goby) and 968 (perch). Fast forward to today, and I’ve gone from a green pumpkin or black and blue two trick pony to regularly relying on no less than eight colors of Senkos depending on the water I’m fishing.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 13:20

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