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Crappie Corner - Drop-Shot Summer Crappie

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By Tim Huffman

July 17, 2013

Temperatures have been extremely hot this year leading to hot water. Crappie take refuge wherever possible. There is no one secret way to find and catch fish on all waters, but using a drop-shot rig can help when fish get on open, mid-depth and deep water structures.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 July 2013 12:38

Throw-Back Tactics

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By Kyle Schauf

July 3, 2013

Throw-back: A term that you have most likely heard in the language of bass fishing.  To be clear, the throw back we are talking about here is not in reference to busting out a vintage Bill Dance mesh back Tennessee Vols cap.

What we are referring to comes in various forms, from follow up to second chance, each carrying the same meaning.  Surely every fisherman who’s ever cast a topwater frog or swimjig through a grass bed has had it happen.  An explosive splash or strike, a hook set, but no bass.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 July 2013 15:08

Now You Can Get The Drop On ‘Em

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June 25, 2013

I could hear old Pete cussing half way across the lake.

After I’d listened to him turning the air blue three or four times it made me uncomfortable.  I’d known Pete for years and we’d fished together a few times.  I wondered if maybe he’d hooked himself or ran into some other kind of problem where I might be able to help.

The more I thought about it the more uneasy I became.  I don’t like to not pay attention if I feel a friend might be in trouble.  Finally, I reeled in the lure I’d been fishing, fired up my motor and ran over to where old Pete was.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 June 2013 11:49

Hawk Talk – West Point Lake Battle

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June 28, 2013

I drove the short distance from my house in North Alabama to West Point Lake under a black sky layered   with sheets of falling rain.  I’d been tracking the weather closely leading into practice and realized we’d encounter higher than normal water levels for practice and the tournament.  In fact, West Point’s water level had risen 18 inches in the week leading up to practice.  With changing weather and water conditions I’d need to pay close attention to the clues I’d gather throughout the three day practice period so I could make the best decisions possible in the tournament.

Last Updated on Friday, 28 June 2013 13:08

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

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June 21, 2013

Crossing the Alabama River just north of Montgomery, I noticed the trees were flooded on both banks below. The river was swollen and running hard from recent rains to the north. It looked so much different than how I remembered it. The last time I fished the river it was much lower and the current was lazy.

Approaching my exit, I wondered how the fishing might have changed. Surely higher water would bring some of the backwaters into play, and since most of the water was coming from the north, they shouldn't be too stained. I imagined a strong week of largemouth fishing ahead.

Last Updated on Saturday, 22 June 2013 10:02

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