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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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  • March 12, 2012

    Quebec Fisheries Officials Brace for Spread of Deadly Fish Virus - 2

    The Quebec Natural Resources and Wildlife Department is proposing a province-wide ban on the use of live minnows as bait, insisting that either frozen minnows or artificial bait must replace live minnows to prevent the spread of a deadly fish virus, The Vancouver Sun reports.

    Posing no risks to humans, viral hemorrhagic septicemia (VHS) causes hemorrhaging of internal organs and tissues, leading to death, in the 50 species of fish. As an infected fish's body decomposes, the virus is released and can spread. Biologists say fish die-offs can go unnoticed but typically take place in the spring, after spawning. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 12, 2012

    Texas Kid Sets Potential IGFA Junior Record for Smallmouth Buffalo - 2

    Just weeks after we reported on the Minnesota record eelpout, another ugly-fish record has fallen. Austin Anderson, 16, caught this 50-pound, 6-ounce smallmouth buffalo while fishing a tournament on Lake Fork in Texas.

    This nasty sucker is a potential International Game Fish Association Record for Junior anglers. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 12, 2012

    UPDATE: 16-Pound Bass Would Have Been an Arkansas Record But Was Caught Illegally - 6

    This 16-pound, 5-ounce potential state record bass was actually caught illegally, according KARK News.

    After an investigation, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission found that Paul Crowder bought his fishing license about three hours after he claimed to have caught the bass. In other words, Crowder was fishing without a license, caught this largemouth and then went out and bought his license.

    This from KARK news: [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 9, 2012

    Tackle Test: Berkley Havoc Hawk Hawg - 4

    Berkley introduced their new Havoc Hawk Hawg at the recent 2012 Bassmaster Classic held on the Red River in Louisiana. Designed by Elite Series Pro Bobby Lane, the 5-inch (13cm) flip-style bait has a large profile perfect for presentations that require good water displacement and plenty of wiggle. The long thorax (body) has ample room for over-sized hooks. The small diameter promises easy hook sets too. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 7, 2012

    "Salmon Fishing in The Yemen" Is The Sappy Fishing Movie of The Year - 2

    When was the last time you heard: “if you believe that one, I’ve got a trophy salmon stream in Yemen I’d like to sell you?” Here’s another of my favorites: “An ichthyologist, 10,000 salmon, and an Arab Sheik with a fly rod walk into a bar…” I keep that one in my hip pocket for closing time cause it’s guaranteed to score me a complimentary beverage for the long slog home.
    Just when you think you’ve heard it all, Hollywood spins a new, more unbelievable tale. As they say, “Coming soon to a theatre near you, CBS Films presents, the feel-good film of the year, “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.” What the… [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 6, 2012

    Tackle Test: The Alabama Rig Revolution - 6

    The fishing industry has seen more than its share of phenoms. You know the ones—baits promising to be end-all lures capable of bagging not only more fish, but bigger fish. Rarely, if ever, do these baits live up to their hype.

    Case in point. Twenty-years ago, a close bassing buddy called me. He was out of breath and frantic. Through his excited garble, I heard “on TV,” “huge bass” and “only $19.95.” Once he caught his breath and settled down a bit, he explained how he had watched a “TV show” (aka: infomercial) where seemingly pedestrian anglers were boating 10-pounders on nearly every cast. Great news for sure. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 1, 2012

    Minnesota Man Lands Potential State Record Eelpout - 4

    Aaron Guthrie might have set a new Minnesota record fish when he reeled in 19.5-pounds of ugly. The 35-year-old Bemidji resident was fishing with his uncle, Rollie Jones, in his icehouse on Lake of the Woods Friday night when he landed a burbot, or eelpout, that could beat the previous state record fish by two ounces.
    "I knew it was a 'pout right away, but I didn't realize how big it was,” Guthrie told the Star Tribune. [ Read Full Post ]