How-To

SECRETS OF THE ICE HUNTERS

Ever caught an eight-pound walleye, 10-pound lake trout and 20-pound pike in a single ice-fishing season? Jeff Gussy Gustafson often does it in a single day. As a professional touring bass pro and host of Fishing with Gussy TV, Gustafson

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Fishing Tackle Tips for the Apocalypse

August’s epic flooding in Louisiana was our nation’s worst natural disaster since Hurricane Sandy unleashed her devastation on the East Coast in 2012. It came just 11 short years after Hurricane Katrina took the lives of over 1,200 people and

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Slow Down in School Zones

It happens right after Labor Day every year: Cold front after cold front roll through the Great Lakes states and Canada. And with every frigid rain and stony north wind, another pod of Chinook and coho salmon make their way

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The Best Bass Trick No One’s Talking About?

“No doubt, quite a few of us are using these cool little devices on the tour,” says Bassmaster Elite Series Pro, Brandon Lester, with a nod and a knowing grin. “But almost no one’s talking about it.” Hop into a

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Money Bass Patterns

In the past 14 years Alabama-based BASS Elite pro Matt Herren has qualified for five Bassmaster Classics and six FLW Cups, but hasn’t taken first since the 2007 Wal-Mart FLW Series BP Eastern on Arkansas’ Lake Dardanelle. “It’s been a

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Fooling Bass with Feathers; Open-Water’s Overlooked Opportunity

Statistics show bass being the most sought-after gamefish in the United States. This means there’s not many offerings a largemouth, smallmouth or spotted bass haven’t already seen. From tubes, grubs, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, jerkbaits…whatever, anglers have steadily reeled, dragged and juddered

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Bass Tech Master Class with KVD

As you’re reading this, bass are in transition, migrating from wintering areas to pre-spawn and spawn habitat, signaling an end to difficult cold-water fishing conditions. What’s your early-season gameplan? Return to the same spots and do the same things you’ve

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Good Scent, Bad Scent, No Scent

So powerful is a catfish’s sense of smell (and taste) that they’re likely capable of perceiving their entire universe with their sniffers. Much the same way we observe four separate pine trees on a hill, catfish can likely smell four

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Early Season Jerk-Bait Bass

This past February, on a bitter cold morning better suited for hot coffee and a roaring fire, I met Elite BASS Pro Chad Grigsby at a just-opened Perkins to outline our plans for taping an episode of “Lake Commandos.” The

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Mine The Spring Bass Motherload

Spring is in the air, and with it comes the most enjoyable season for fishing. As everything comes alive, hungry bass take note, prowling the shallows in preparation for the spawn. Step one on their list is to eat everything

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Fishing Reel Bearings 101

When someone shops for a reel, they are bombarded by specifications and features that manufacturers paste in their ads, on boxes and the internet. One of the most important parts of your reel are the bearings. These little rings reduce

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