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This Soft Plastic Paddletail Rig Will Fill The Boat This Winter

Although versatile enough to catch bass in any season, paddletail shad baits are most effective during the winter when the lures are affixed to an Alabama rig. Other lures will work on an Alabama rig, but paddletail swimbaits are the most popular choice for the multi-armed rig. The flash of five paddletail shads running through the water creates an effect …

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How To Protect Fisheries For 100 Years: A Collaborative Effort Between Scientists And Anglers

This past year, we launched the Mystery Tackle Box Fishing Sustainability Scholarship, an essay competition to hear the ideas of young anglers looking to keep our favorite sport alive for generations to come. The contest challenged students to write an essay with their ideas on how to protect fisheries throughout the next 100 years. Students seeking a degree in Natural Resource …

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All You’ve Ever Wanted To Know About Smallmouth Bass Fishing

Once considered just a northern relative of the black bass family, smallmouth bass fishing is now an All-American gamefish pursuit. Whether it’s the cool waters of rivers and streams, deep man-made reservoirs or crystal-clear natural lakes, you’re likely to find smallmouth in any of these waterways either above or below the Mason-Dixon Line. While numerous bodies of waters throughout the …

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The Best Bass Fishing Lakes of 2016

2016 was an awesome year for bass fishing. The weather was relatively normal, the bite was on, and the catches were abundant. These rankings were compiled with input from anglers who hail from all across the nation, voting on lakes they both live near, have traveled to, and have on their own bucket lists. Without further ado, we present the …

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3 Ways To Use Rattling Baits To Catch More Bass

The shake, rattle and roll of a lipless crankbait are music to the inner ears of any bass. Even though bass lacks eardrums to hear, these fish has an extremely versatile sense of hearing. Bass detect high-frequency sound waves through the inner ear and sense low-frequency sound through its lateral line. Bass also receive a hearing aid from water in …

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How To Catch Fish During A Cold Front

When a cold front approaches, most anglers tend to shiver with some indulging in activities other than fishing. Abandoning all your bass fishing activities due to the frustrations that accompany this season is a bad idea, though! During a cold front, water temperatures tend to drop 10 to 20 degrees, making bass lethargic and catching fish much harder. For this reason, …

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How To Target Striped Bass 101

While largemouth bass fishing thrills anglers with its acrobatics, striped bass make a spool-stripping run after the hookset. If you are looking for some striper action this time of year on your favorite lake, head up creek arms where the fish will be feeding on shad. On many of these fisheries—especially in the South–stripers remain in the creeks throughout the …