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This year I decided to just go fishing and have fun and not overthink the bite

By Ish Monroe

Yamaha Pro Staff

 

The last Elite Series Tournament on the Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wisconsin went pretty much how I thought it would. I’d decided I was going to stay in the main pool and fish the stuff that I knew, basically playing to my strengths. I fished a frog almost the entire time and caught a ton of fish.

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Dependability Helps Make the Classic

With two tournaments left, long runs are part of the game plan

By Takahiro Omori

Yamaha Pro Staff

 

I felt pretty good going into the Bassmaster Elite Series event on the Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wisconsin. I learned a lot about the fishery during the event last year, so during the practice period I went to the places I found fish the year before and immediately got into some good fish.

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Loss of Quality Fish Kept Me Out of the Top 10

I had the bites to do well on the Mississippi River, but couldn’t land the fish that counted most

By Kelly Jordan

Yamaha Pro Staff

 

I did okay at the last Bassmaster® Elite Series tournament in La Crosse, Wisc. We were fishing the Mississippi River system, and I had the bite to do well, but lost most of my big fish, so that was really frustrating. A four pound fish on the Mississippi River in Wisconsin is like a 10 pounder in Fla., that how stacked the weights are, and I lost a couple of those big fish on my first few casts of the tournament and it really hurt me.

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Tips for Running in Shallow Water

Electronics, trolling motor and prop selection all help when the water gets skinny

By Ron Hueston

Yamaha Pro Staff

 

I’ve been fishing for snook in the Florida Everglades since I was five years old, and I can say that the fishing right now is the best I’ve ever seen. Even after the January 2010 freeze that killed over 50% of the snook population, the fish have rebounded from that setback and come back stronger than ever.

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Maximize Performance with the Right Prop

Each boat and motor is different, so which is the right prop for you?

By Capt. Rick Murphy

Yamaha Pro Staff

 I just got my new Pathfinder 2300 HPS with 250 h.p. Yamaha VMAX SHO four stroke, and as you know whenever you get a new boat there’s a challenge to getting the same performance from the new boat as the one you had last year. The same goes with any new or used boat where you’re trying to get the best performance out of the boat and motor possible.

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Bad Practice Periods Don’t Lead to Bad Events

Slowing down and focusing on fishing has helped me in every event this year

By Bobby Lane

Yamaha Pro Staff

 It’s been a unique year for me. This is the first year on the Elite Series Tour that I’ve had three Top 10’s, and I’m sitting higher in the point standings than I’ve been in a while.

My last tournament was in Wisconsin two weeks ago and the fishing was down. I still finished in 7th place in Wisconsin which follows a 7th place finish on the Alabama River at the event prior. One more 7th place and I’ll have triple 7’s and win the jackpot!

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Lauding The Merits of the Yamaha Helm Master Integrated Steering System

It’s not only the best hydraulic steering system I’ve ever seen, it’s one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen

By George Mitchell

Yamaha Pro Staff

 

I just picked up my brand new 2013 36’ Yellowfin with triple 300 h.p. Yamaha 4.2 Liter V6 four stroke outboards on the back. I had my local Yamaha Authorized Dealer install the new Yamaha Helm Master Fully Integrated Steering System, and then went through a rather extensive real world training session on it in Venice, Louisiana.

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We’re into the River Fishing Events

The Alabama River and Mississippi River each fish differently

By Takahiro Omori

Yamaha Pro Staff

 

The last Bassmaster Eltie Series event on the Alabama River was kind of a weird tournament for me. Going into the event I felt pretty confident that I could find some nice fish and do well but it was tough to find the right fish in those conditions.

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Weight Impacts Performance

I try to balance my load to get peak performance from my boat and motor

By Alton Jones

Yamaha Pro Staff

 

During our last round of tournaments we came off a two back-to-back event stretch and those are always demanding from a fishing and physical standpoint. They were two completely different types of waterways—one was a reservoir on West Point Lake in La Grange, Georgia and the other was a river system on the Alabama River in Montgomery, Alabama, so I really had to have completely different mindsets for each event.

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Take Care Of Your Outboard, And It’ll Take Care Of You

Even if you don’t put a lot of hours on your motor you should bring it in for maintenance at least once a year

By Ozzie Fischer

Yamaha Pro Staff

 

It had been such a cold March that I hadn’t been fishing for kingfish in Southwest Florida, but Yamaha Pro Staff member Bill Platt had contacted me from Texas and said he was going to be picking up his new boat with triple 300 h.p. Yamaha V6 4.2 liter four stroke outboards, so we decided to get together and break it in by fishing a kingfish tournament out of Sarasota. It’s been an odd year of fishing with such a late winter so I shouldn’t have been surprised that it was a weird tournament from the start.

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