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Pre-tournament Scouting Helps Kick Off The Season

I try to learn the lake before I get there then apply what I learned to the current fishing conditions

By Russ Lane

Yamaha Pro Staff

 

I spent early December focusing on the upcoming 2013 Bassmaster Classic on Grand Lake in Tulsa, Oklahoma February 22-24. I try to go into my year knowing as much as possible about the areas I’m going to be fishing, which is why I think it’s important to make a trip to the area and get reacquainted with it before showing up for the event.

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Fuel Economy, Performance and Reliability Are The Keys To Being Able To Make Long Runs

Reliability translates to safety, and that’s the most important factor when you’re running long distances to the fishing grounds

By Bill Platt

Yamaha Pro Staff

 

I went to the Southern Kingfish Association National Championships in Biloxi last month where I fished in the Pro Division event for two days. The weather wasn’t bad the first day, but the seas kicked up on the second day so we had to back off the throttle a bit on the 70 mile run to our first fishing spot.

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Scouting Before Major Tournaments Isn’t About Going Fishing

I want to learn the lake and its features so I can apply them to what we find the fish doing when I get there

By Mike Iaconelli

Yamaha Pro Staff

 

The scouting period for the 2013 Bassmaster Classic on Grand Lake in Tulsa, Oklahoma cut off on Monday, December 10th, and I spent the last four days of the open scouting period on the lake. Grand Lake is a typical lowland impoundment of around 50,000 acres and a place that I’ve been a few times before, but always in the post-spawn summertime, never in February.

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It’s Time To Get Ready For The 2013 Season

I fish two Florida events before heading off to the Bassmaster Classic

By Bobby Lane

Yamaha Pro Staff

 

It’s the week before Christmas, and I’m as busy as ever. I just held the Second Annual Bobby Lane Cup fishing tournament for the Bartow High School Fishing Team. We had 70 anglers between the age of 10 and 16 come across the stage, and to see those kids smile was something very special. This event couldn’t be done without Yamaha’s support, and I’d like to thank them for their efforts.

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Walking back To The Dugout

The tournament season is over, it’s time to regroup

By George Mitchell

Yamaha Pro Staff

 

The big season ender for me is the Southern Kingfish Association (SKA) National Championships in Biloxi, Mississippi. This year’s National Championships were typical of that time of the year, meaning it was rough the entire time. The Pro Division fished for two days before the Regional Division guys and the seas were a minimum of three to five feet each day, with seas stretching to seven to eight feet on the second day of fishing when the winds kicked up.

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It’s Time To Start Thinking About The 2013 Bassmaster Classic

I just got my new boat, and next week I’m going to go scout for the Classic

By Alton Jones

Yamaha Pro Staff

 

I just picked up my 2013 Skeeter FX 20 with 250 h.p. Yamaha VMAX SHO four stroke about two weeks ago, and have already had time to fish in it. I went over to Fayette County Lake, which is about an hour east of Austin, Texas and we just had a great time and caught a lot of bass. We didn’t catch a lot of big fish, but we got all the two to four pound fish you wanted to catch, so it was a great trip.

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There Is No Down Season For Me

I need to get my boats ready, broken in and be on the road by the first week of January

By Ish Monroe

Yamaha Pro Staff

 

As we head into the holiday season I get a little break to spend time with family and friends, but things really don’t slow down much for me. I’ve ordered my Ranger Boats and 250 h.p. Yamaha VMAX SHO four stroke outboards, and am hoping both will be at my local Ranger/Yamaha Dealer in the next couple of weeks. Until then, I’m spending all my free time getting my tackle rigged and ready for next year, so all I’ll have to do is load them in the boats and tow vehicle.

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Fall Fishing Can Mean A Lot Of Wind In Texas

Fortunately my Skeeter/Yamaha combination is not only fast, but great in rough seas

By Kelly Jordan

Yamaha Pro Staff

 

It’s been a busy fall for me, but things are starting to slow down a little now to the point that I can spend a lot of time with my family and do a little deer hunting. I’ve been fishing some, and am planning on doing a little scouting after Thanksgiving for the first event of the 2013 Elite Series.

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Optimum Speed And A Good Ride Are Equally Important

You really appreciate how your boat rides when the wind and seas kick up

By Russ Lane

Yamaha Pro Staff

 

The last six weeks have been super busy for me. It all started with the PAA Toyota Texas Bass Classic event on Lake Conroe which really tested my ability to adapt to changing conditions.

The weather was really nice for the practice period and I was able to locate some nice fish offshore. Going into the tournament I felt really good about my chances, and then the weather completely changed.

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New Tournament Trail Creates Excitement

With its unique format and rules Major League Fishing is coming on strong

By Bobby Lane

Yamaha Pro Staff

 

The first cold front of the year is passing through Florida right now, and it’s nice to have to wear a sweatshirt for once. I’m on the water today fun fishing on Lake Toho, and it looks like the cooler weather has shut the fish down and has them hunkered down on the bottom trying to stay warm.

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