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Shin’s Constantly-Expanding Options

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By Pete Robbins

August 13, 2013

Fukae hopes to be a two-tour pro in '15

When Shinichi Fukae launches his Ranger this week on Lake Murray for his ninth Forrest Wood Cup, he's likely to be among the favorites. It's not because he's a local – in fact, no one in the field hails from further away. Rather, it's because it's expected to be a grind, and when things are tight, Fukae seems to have a knack for finessing fish that won't bite, or that others don't think even exist.

That's not to say that he can't power fish, too, or at least excel when others are grinding with braid and big baits. Just a couple of weeks ago, he won the second Bassmaster Northern Open of the year on Lake Champlain, fishing his strengths – and a couple of key Yamamoto baits, the Shad Shape Worm and the Senko – to qualify for next year's Bassmaster Classic.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 August 2014 04:21

Rods n Rigs - My Top 5 Senko Lakes

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August 10, 2014

I don’t know if I’ll ever have my own reality TV show, but if I was ever forced to survive in the wild and I was allowed to take only one bait, I would absolutely demand that it be a Senko. I say this all the time, but I am convinced that there is no other bait as versatile and effective as the Senko.

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Last Updated on Sunday, 10 August 2014 11:35

Hawk Talk - Lake Chickamauga, Elite Stop #6

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August 6, 2014

The inaugural BASSfest on Lake Chickamauga had a different format than a regular season Elite Series event.  In addition to the regular Elite Series field, the top 20 anglers from each of the B.A.S.S. Open Divisions had the opportunity to enter the event.  There were no AOY points involved, so it allowed the anglers to fish aggressively for the win.  The full field fished Chickamauga on Wednesday and Thursday with the top 50 earning Friday off while all competitors outside the top 50 fished a one day tournament on nearby Lake Nickajack for an opportunity to earn a spot back into the tournament on Chickamauga by finishing in the top 10.

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Beatin' the Bank with Bernie Schultz - BASSfest 2014, Lakes Chickamauga & Nickajack

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August 8, 2014

After a strong finish at Lake Dardanelle, I climbed 20 places in the Angler-of-the-Year (AOY) standings. It felt good to be back on track.

Next on the schedule was BASSfest — a stand-alone tournament where the Elites would go head to head with Bassmaster Open anglers for a purse approaching $1,000,000. The target lakes were Chickamauga and Nickajack. The entire field would compete for two days on Chickamauga, then be cut to 50. Those 50 would rest a day while the remaining anglers would vie for 10 wild card spots on Lake Nickajack. They called it the “Second Chance Tournament.”

Needless to say, I was hoping to avoid the Nickajack sideshow.

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Last Updated on Sunday, 10 August 2014 19:56

Water Wagons

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By Shane Beilue

August 4, 2014

One of my earliest fishing memories is riding on the back of my dad’s small little fishing platform, both of us casting for bass while he kicked us around with his swim fins.  In West Texas, this was a popular style of fishing “boat”, which was made of a gas resistant Styrofoam and called a “Water Wagon”.  The Styrofoam was molded to be about the size of a pickup bed and allowed the angler to sit with his legs in the water, kicking the craft backwards to get to the fishing spot. 

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Last Updated on Monday, 04 August 2014 15:26

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