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As I’m making plans for an upcoming trip to the California Delta, I’m mentally salivating over the notion of punching thick weed mats for big tidal bass. I’m also thinking about the various tackle anglers buy for this specific technique – and more importantly, a couple of nifty homemade options.
First, the disclaimer: No one’s bashing, downing, dissing, or otherwise being unkind to the many fine brands offering your punching items conveniently packaged on tackle store racks. It’s just that anglers inherently like to tinker, fiddle and experiment with stuff, which often yields some pretty cool innovations.
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A few summers ago I got the chance to fish with Kevin vanDam. He ran his bass boat with efficiency usually reserved for CNC machines. The Kevin in this video seems to be on the opposite end of the spectrum.
Somehow a smallmouth pulls one of his rods from the boat. He spends the next 20 minutes trying to hook the line, which he eventually does. Finally, he's able to retrieve his lost rod and even land the fish (though at the end of the video he steps on one of his rods and almost breaks it). [ Read Full Post ]
This dude pretty much says it all: "I doubt very many people have caught a muskie out of a car window while trolling."
As far as muskie fishing tactics go, this is about as creative as it gets. That said, we'll still take a Lund over a Corolla any day of the week. [ Read Full Post ]
Photo by Dave Porter / Alamy
Montana is loaded to the gills with passionate fishermen, and more arrive by the planeload each year. But probably only a handful appreciate the complexity of the fishery they enjoy. And fewer still know to credit retired biologist Dick Vincent for the remarkable resource.
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Photo by Nick Ferrari
Although the term "spy-baiting" may conjure up all manner of creative connotations, this relatively new finesse tactic for bass is rather simple. It's all about reaching and enticing suspended fish by presenting a specially designed bait on a linear course. No up-and-down, hit-or-miss stuff—spy-baits sneak into bass' personal space better than any splashy lure.
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I’ve covered enough bass tournaments to know that cagey anglers unwilling to divulge their tactics will often dodge questions by offering generalities such as “plastics” or “moving baits.” One of the most common tools in that latter group is the spinnerbait. But, as a recent B.A.S.S. Nation Southern Divisional reminded me, success with a moving bait doesn’t necessarily require fast movement.
Typically, bass have no problem running down this flashy, vibrating object when the water’s warm and the weather’s stable. However, the recent tournament saw a cold front lower air and water temperatures and bring those dreaded high, bright skies as high pressure followed the front’s clearing.
As the weather stabilized, two particular tactics stood out: [ Read Full Post ]
It seems that OL readers just can't get enough pike action. Check out this video from some pike anglers from across the pond. They've captured one of the coolest, slow-motion pike strikes that we've ever seen.