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Jerkbait fishing with live sonar

Before the advent of forward-facing sonar like Garmin LiveScope, Santee Cooper native Patrick Walters used a jerkbait as a situational tool, picking it up in high-percentage areas before putting it...

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How to fish standing timber

Bass fisheries bristle with countless dock posts and bridge pilings, but while the man-made stuff proves undeniably relevant, naturally vertical wood provides fish with key habitat. From prespawn staging areas...

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Flipping and punching grass

Pick the brains of Bassmaster Elite Series pros who excel at punching matted and submerged grass and you’ll realize there is much more to the technique than meets the eye....

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Maximize your frog fishing game

Everyone knows the topwater frog’s reputation for big-fish attraction, but there’s no one-size-fits-all approach. Personal preference often steers bait selection decisions, but there’s often a more strategic element that determines...

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Pro Neko rigging tactics

Arizonan Clifford Pirch is without question one of the most accomplished finesse fishermen on the Bassmaster Elite Series. At nearly every Elite event, Pirch has several spinning outfits on his...

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Swing head for smallmouth

A significant benefit of following Bassmaster Elite Series tournaments is that fans can learn techniques the pros use to catch bass. The pros also take note of what their competitors...

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Which tide is best?

The basic rule of thumb for fishing tidal rivers is that the bass bite best during the last few hours of an outgoing tide, when the water is low. While...

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