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The angler's horrorscope

Mar 4, 2008

SCORPIO (October 24 - November 21) Stay away from all snacks while fishing. There will be a massive recall on marshmallow pies, canned beans and prepackaged sandwiches later this month. The snacks you purchase will escape this nationwide recall. I'm not kidding. Should you ignore this warning, projectile vomiting will occur at the most inopportune moment. The stars are clear on this. Go hungry for once, you overweight pig. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 21)

The bumble bug

Mar 4, 2008

For years, my favorite stream bait for smallmouth bass has been Rebel's Crawfish crankbait, especially the Teeny model. It works primarily as a shallow-running crankbait, but also can be twitched on top around downed logs and rocks.

The Classic Champ's chaotic year

Mar 4, 2008

Kevin VanDam thought he knew what to expect after winning the BASS Masters Classic. He'd qualified for the Classic 11 years in a row, and he was well-acquainted with previous champions, like Denny Brauer and Davy Hite, who related their experiences after winning.

The complete spoon fisherman

Mar 4, 2008

In this article, read how the Lake Fork guide, Mark Stevenson, has redefined the way the jigging spoon can be fished.

The Dean of finesse bed fishing

Mar 4, 2008

Texas immigrant Dean Rojas wields heavy tackle whenever bedding bass will tolerate it, as they did when he caught a Bassmaster record of 108 pounds, 12 ounces in 2001 at Florida's Lake Toho. His primary outfit there was a flippin' rod and 25-pound Izorline.

The ethics of bed fishing

Mar 4, 2008

In this article, you can read about the various areas of controversy regarding bed fishing.

The evolution of bass tackle

Mar 4, 2008

Just after dawn on the morning of June 5, 1967, when Bill Dance cast a blue Fliptail plastic worm across a sunken roadbed in Beaver Lake and caught what is generally considered to be the first-ever largemouth taken in BASS competition, he unknowingly turned a century-old industry into an overnight success.

The float-n-fly technique

Mar 4, 2008

In this article, you can read how the Float-N-Fly technique has been carefully refined through years of testing, resulting in an excellent presentation devised for catching cold water bass.

The hairy side of jig fishing

Mar 4, 2008

Hairy jigs still attract the bass, whether their old school or not.

The hairy side of jig fishing

Mar 4, 2008

<photo1>Few people noticed that hair jigs anchored a second place finish for Aaron Martens at the 2002 Bassmaster Classic on Alabama's Lay Lake. Don't let Martens' accomplishment slip under your radar screen. Hair jigs were catching bass well before rubber and silicone skirts came along, and they continue to be effective.