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No Preconceived Ideas About The 2014 Bassmaster® Classic

At Lake Guntersville the bass will be in the grass, but how close to shore will be determined by the temperatures

By Ish Monroe

Yamaha Pro Staff

 

I’ve been keeping myself busy so that I don’t think much about the upcoming Bassmaster Classic in February. I got both of my boats wrapped and ready and am actively breaking in the 250 h.p. Yamaha VMAX SHO® four strokes.

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On the Water Decisions Can Make or Break Your Tournament

A decision to move may have cost me a chance at making the Classic

By Russ Lane

Yamaha Pro Staff

 

For the last month I was really focusing on the Bassmaster® Wild Card tournament at Lake Okeechobee the first week of December. The winner of the event got a birth into the 2014 Bassmaster Classic®, and Lake Okeechobee is one of my favorite places to fish.

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Scouting in a Winter Wonderland

November cold front produces weather like we may see on Lake Guntersville in February for the Bassmaster Classic®

By Dean Rojas

Yamaha Pro Staff

 

It looks like I timed my trip to Lake Guntersville to do so scouting for the late February Bassmaster Classic perfectly. That big cold front that pushed across most of the country bringing snow and below freezing temperatures came through just before I arrived, and it’s been freezing cold the last couple of days.

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Regular Maintenance is Key to Optimum Performance and Fuel Economy

If all your engine’s systems are operating properly, you’ll get the maximum efficiency from your outboard motor

By Rick Murphy

Yamaha Pro Staff

 

I was running my Pathfinder 2300 HPS with a 250 h.p. Yamaha VMAX SHO® four stroke the other day and saw that I had 190 hours on the motor, so when I got home that afternoon I called my local Yamaha Service Center and scheduled an appointment for a 200 hour maintenance on my outboard. I routinely have my outboard motor serviced every 100 hours, but for the average boater who doesn’t put that many hours on his motor, it should be serviced at least once a year.

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Scouting A Lake Before The Tournament Pays Off

I’ll be heading to Guntersville Lake as soon as it gets cold to scout for the 2014 Bassmaster® Classic

By Takahiro Omori

Yamaha Pro Staff

 

It’s the off season for me, and I’ve been spending my time fulfilling sponsor obligations, working on new baits, getting my boat and motor for the 2014 season ready and ordering all my tackle for the upcoming year. There really isn’t much down time in the year, even when we’re not tournament fishing. There’s always boat and fishing shows to attend and plans to make for the upcoming season.

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Strategies For Running In Rough Seas

We changed props and ran the troughs to make the long run offshore easier in the high winds and rough seas at the SKA® National Championship

By Bill Platt

Yamaha Pro Staff

 

I fished the last tournament of the season, the SKA® National Championship out of Biloxi, Mississippi last week.  The wind blows so hard in Texas and along the Gulf Coast during the winter months that the weather is too inconsistent to schedule offshore fishing events this time of the year.

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Back in 2014

After taking 14 months off to spend with my wife who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, I’ll be back on the tournament trail

By Mark Menendez

Yamaha Pro Staff

 

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The Two That Got Away

Rough seas, sharks made for tough fishing at the Southern Kingfish Association® National Championship

By George Mitchell

Yamaha Pro Staff

 

I just got back from a very trying eight day trip to Biloxi, Mississippi for the Southern Kingfish Association National Championship Tournament. The weather was just horrible the entire time, with five of the eight days completely unfishable because the wind was blowing over 30 mph. It was so rough and nasty that they cancelled the first day of the tournament, and even the one day we were able to fish it wasn’t in very nice conditions.

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Maintenance Impacts Reliability and Performance

With regular outboard maintenance there’s no reason your motor shouldn’t be considered a long-term purchase

By Ozzie Fisher

Yamaha Pro Staff

 

It’s been one of the best falls for fishing here in Southwest Florida that I’ve seen in ten years or more. I don’t know if it’s cyclic or just a great year for bait, but off the beaches the threadfin herring schools stretch for miles. When you have that volume of bait around, the fish are sure to be with them.

The tarpon got into that bait last month, and it was unbelievable. I was jumping at least a dozen tarpon on every trip for three weeks straight.

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Half My Practice Period is Spent at Idle Speed

I’ll spend hours at a time idling around a lake and looking at my sonar for structure that’s holding bass

By Kelly Jordan

Yamaha Pro Staff

 

The last five weeks have been just crazy around the Jordan house after the birth of my son Charles Cole Jordan. He weighed 7.5 pounds at birth and has already put on three pounds, so he’s just growing like a weed. 

My 2 ½ year old daughter Ruby Kate is just a sweetheart and a daddy’s girl—she won’t go anywhere without me, so I suspect my son is going to side up to his mom. He’s been just a great baby and it’s been a lot easier than we thought it would, so we’re kind of waiting for the storm to blow in.

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