Now's a great time to go fishing if you pick a good venue, choose the right day, dress properly and fish the right areas with the right baits.
I'm on my way back from a hunting trip in Kansas. Was it ever a trip! I shot a buck — eight points — that'll probably score somewhere around 145. That's not the biggest deer in the world, but it's respectable for an eight-pointer. I'm happy with it.
Nicholas got his first buck. He was hunting with my brother-in-law, Russ Campbell, when, late in the day, just about the time they were thinking abut packing it in, a nice buck came into their area. Nicholas stayed calm, took his time and made a clean 130-yard shot with his muzzleloader. That's a heck of a shot for any hunter, much less a young man trying to kill his first buck.
Spinnerbaits are a staple in every successful angler's tacklebag. As every angler knows, they'll catch bass right out of the package. At times, however, small modifications will make a big difference in your catch.
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Fall is in full swing in most parts of our country and, for me at least, that means I'm seriously conflicted. I love to hunt and this is the time of the year to do that. I can visualize my tree stand as I write this. At the same time, I love to fish and this is also the time of the year to do that.
One of the things I'm really excited about is the new Bassmaster.com Take :10 video series. Basically BASS filmed a ton of 10-second instructional spots to give anglers a quick look at tips and techniques they need to know. It's the kind of stuff that'll help you guys catch more fish every time you go out on the water.
We fished a tournament out in Oklahoma. It was a hybrid type of thing where we fished two days and then played poker one day. It's the first event of its kind I've ever participated in.
This weekend I'll be at the Strike King media event in Tennessee. We — pro staff, writers and company officials — all get together for a few days for interviews, photos, film and whatever else comes to mind. We hold it at Blue Bank Resort on Reelfoot Lake. The facilities are great and the hospitality and food are even better than that.
Everyone in the fishing industry is concerned about the boat market. It's true, fishing boat sales are down nearly 50 percent during this recession. That's not good news. Concern is not panic, however. The trend is upward. Sales in the second half of this year are on a pace to exceed those in the first half. Things are getting better.