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Freshwater

Bass Class

Early summer can be the best time to land the biggest bass of your life. But if you use the wrong tactics and gear, it can also be one of the most frustrating times to fish.

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Tackle Test 2014

Blanks groaned and drags screamed in our annual torture test of the year's best new rods and reels. Check out the hottest tackle of the year.

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Big, Ugly Record Fish

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On Thin Ice

A simple, homemade tool that could very well save your life

America's Best Crappie Lakes

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  • June 2, 2014

    Trout Fishing: 12 Best Terrestrial Flies - 2

    If you’ve prowled any fly shops recently, you’ve noticed a growing number of bins holding terrestrial patterns. It’s like they are reproducing and mutating, morphing into strange and garish Frankenstein-like creatures of foam, Krystal Flash, and twitchy, multi-hued rubber legs. They look more like they hopped out of a horror film than an old-school fly vest. [ Read Full Post ]


  • May 20, 2014

    Night Fishing for Muskie: Understand Moonlight to Catch More Fish - 0

    The best fishermen and hunters are keenly in tune with the environment and always looking for an edge to help them become even better. One summer night about 30 years ago, Joe Bucher found his edge. A northern Wisconsin guide and owner of a growing tackle business at the time, Bucher switched his schedule from daytime fishing to the evening so he could be at the plant during midday shipping hours. He also wanted to escape the heavy boat traffic of the popular vacation waters on which he guided.

    “I distinctly remember being out with some guests and we started catching muskies right after sunset and on into darkness. But then the action suddenly died when the moon came up. It was so obvious,” says Bucher, who lives near Eagle River, Wisc. “That evening started me wondering if the moon’s rise was triggering something. After that, I started correlating my catches and overall action to moonrise and set—no matter the time of day. The light went on!” [ Read Full Post ]


  • May 20, 2014

    Video: Wisconsin Angler Catches and Releases Possible Record-Breaker Smallmouth Bass - 2

    Wisconsin is clearly the best destination in the world for giant smallmouth these days. Consider this: in mid-May the state produced an 8.29–pound giant from Green Bay and another giant from an unnamed lake in the Milwaukee area.

    The second fish, measuring an incredible 24.5 inches in length and sporting a massive 20-inch girth, weighed an estimated 9.6 pounds, more than enough to break the current 9.1-pound state record for the species. That fish was caught in Indian Lake in 1950. [ Read Full Post ]


  • May 20, 2014

    Bass Fishing Tip: Learn to Pitch a Variety Different Baits - 0

    I was on a photo shoot in the California Delta with Western standout Jimmy Reese (yep, Skeet’s bro) and his tournament practice partner Gary Haraguchi, when I noticed something interesting on the back of the boat.

    Haraguchi is an experienced bass tournament co-angler, so I was stoked when I found out that he’d be joining us. Expecting a few innovative tips, I kept one eye on him while interviewing Reese. [ Read Full Post ]


  • May 15, 2014

    Ohio Teen Catches 40-Pound Carp from Flooded Street - 0

    An Ohio teen has just proved wrong the adage of “fishing will keep kids off the street” by actually catching a fish on the street. And a 3-foot long, 40-pound carp at that.

    Sixteen-year-old Jake Sawyer heard from his North Royalton neighbors that there was a very large fish on the street following Monday’s heavy rain. [ Read Full Post ]


  • May 13, 2014

    Two Alabama Men Accused of Cheating in Bass Fishing Tournament - 2


    Photo by WFT

    Two Alabama anglers hooked into some major trouble when they were busted for potentially cheating in a fishing tournament.

    Robert Gillaspie and Gary Lee Minor Jr. stand accused of catching bass prior to the last week’s Owls Fishing Tournament and then claiming they caught last Tuesday and Thursday evening. Information about the cheating came via an anonymous tip. [ Read Full Post ]


  • May 13, 2014

    Pro Tip: Get Organized to Catch More Bass - 0

    Rod lengths, gear ratios, breaking strength – bass anglers base their tactical decisions on a myriad of mathematical factors. All play a role in the overall process, but Bassmaster Elite Series pro Jason Christie offers a simple formula: More time fishing equals more casts. More casts equal more chances to catch a fish. More chances to catch fish equal higher tournament finishes.

    The Oklahoma angler upholds this logic with his staunch commitment to a behind-the-scenes preparation regimen that ensures he’s never without the right tool for the job. [ Read Full Post ]