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Bluegills - You'll Smile All the Way to the Bank! - pt 2

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By Stan Fagerstrom
Product Review Editor

October 7, 2014

*Click here for pt 1

Darn few panfish are going to provide you with more plain fun than do those little flat sided beauties called the bluegill.

For starters, they provide a wondrous way for the newcomer to fly fishing to get a handle on using the long rod properly.  They are every bit as important to the experienced fly rodder who wants to have some plain old fashioned fun and polish his skills a bit in the process.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 October 2014 12:13

A Cup Full of Knowledge - Pro Senko a Good Fit for Shaky Heads

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October 3, 2014

In the western fisheries where I cut my teeth, finesse presentations are commonly needed in the deep, clear waters. Shaky heads are a popular option and my top worm choice is the 6.75-inch Yamamoto Pro Senko (9PL-series).

I like this bait because of its slender profile that’s somewhat similar to the Thin Senko; but the Pro has some key differences. The bait has a blunt head that’s just right for attaching to the shaky head, while the skinny tail exhibits incredible action with the slightest movement.

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Last Updated on Friday, 03 October 2014 08:44

Crappie Corner - Creating & Modifying Crappie Baits

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By Tim Huffman

September 30, 2014

There are no limits to the sizes, styles and colors of plastics we use to catch crappie. Part of the fun of fishing is coming up with the perfect bait, in original form or modified, that catches more fish. If you and your partner are competitive, it’s especially gratifying to use a different or secret bait to catch the most fish.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 13:44

Hawk Talk – Cayuga Lake Elite Event

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October 1, 2014

I had a good idea of how I was going to fish the final regular season event on Cayuga Lake after having competed in the B.A.S.S. Northern Open tournament on Cayuga two years earlier.  I didn’t have a great Open event, but I did have some success which gave me confidence in what to look for.  Before practice began I drew mental boundaries where I’d spend my three-day practice to help keep me focused.  I decided to fish the shallow, vegetation-filled north end down to a few miles south of Long Point.  Looking at a map this may not seem like a huge area, but Cayuga is filled with vegetation from the bank all the way out to 20 feet in a lot of areas and takes considerable time to cover.  I also kept my lure selection limited—a shad colored crankbait, black Senko, 1-ounce jig, and a dropshot rig—so I could stay focused on finding the most productive water.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 October 2014 08:53

Don Iovino - A Western Legend Heads Down a New Path

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By Don Iovino

September 26, 2014

From the editor: I’d be hard-pressed to find any fishing fanatic history buff who’s not aware of Don Iovino and his history with the sport. Recently inducted into the International Fishing Hall of Fame (IFHF), “Doodlin’ Don” is best known for his innovative fishing techniques such as his “doodling” method of plastic worm fishing, and deep water bass fishing methods. He fished the WON Bass US Open last week and shares the experience with us below, and while he’s officially retiring from tournament fishing, we know we’ll always find him out on the water, sharing his love of fishing with others.


As some of you may know, I decided to enter the US Open a few weeks ago, but more importantly, I’d decided it was going to be my last “big” tournament. I’m not quitting fishing altogether, just the larger tournaments as my business and work with Lowrance keeps me very busy.

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Last Updated on Friday, 26 September 2014 10:17

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