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Reaching Back To My Roots

There’s so much more to going fishing or boating that competition

By Dave Wolak

Yamaha Pro Staff

 

I was in the dentist’s office recently having some enamel added to one of my front teeth because I chipped it cutting line with my teeth, a habit I’ve had since I was a kid, and while I was there I started thinking about fishing and what it is about the sport that makes it so special for me, and not just the competition of fishing tournaments, but just fishing in general. That train of thought has led me to work on another project, which I’ll talk about more in depth in the next blog.

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Running To Win

Having the confidence to make long runs in a tournament is the difference between winning and staying locally and ending up in fifth or sixth place

By Rick Murphy

Yamaha Pro Staff

 

I’m just getting back from fishing the Flatsmaster Elite Series Redfish Tour event in Punta Gorda, Florida where I fished with my tournament partner Geoff Page. We won the event, but it didn’t come easy.

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Even During My Down Time I’m Preparing For The Next Event

Maintenance and inspection of your boat, motor, trailer and tackle will let you focus on fishing

By Ish Monroe

Yamaha Pro Staff

 

I’m in that point in the year where I’m starting to focus on getting ready for the next season. A lot of people think you can get this stuff done in a few weeks, but it really takes two or three months to get everything how you want it if you’re going to compete on the top level of this sport.

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Reliability From Your Outboard Takes A Lot Of Pressure Off

It sure is nice having 20 pounds of bass in the livewell and knowing I’m going to make it to the weigh-in

By Mark Menendez

Yamaha Pro Staff

 

This fall has been very up and down for me. It started with the last Elite Series Tournament at Oneida Lake up in Syracuse. In the past I’ve done well there—I think I missed the cut in the last tournament by four or five ounces.

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Making The Classic Is The Difference Between A Good Year And A Bad Year

I had what I thought was a mediocre year, but consistency and the reliability of my Yamaha motor helped me make the Classic

By Mike Iaconelli

Yamaha Pro Staff

 

This has really been a mediocre year for me, so going into the last Elite Series Tournament on Oneida Lake I was under a lot of pressure to do well because I was on the bubble of making the 2013 Bassmaster Classic. Making the Classic is really the measure of whether you’ve had a bad year or a good year, so I had a lot riding on that tournament.

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This Was A Great Year For Me, But I Can Do Better

I finished 12th in the Elite Points Total, and my boat and motor played a big part in that finish

By Bobby Lane

Yamaha Pro Staff

 

I went to Oneida Lake a few weeks ago sitting 15th in the points total and pretty much out of the running for Angler of the Year, but I want to see if I could bump up a little bit and improve my standings as well as assure I made the 2013 BassMaster Classic. So I went into the event wanting to have a good tournament and a good ending for the year to kind of set the tone for the Elites in 2013.

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There’s More than One Four Stroke in the Yamaha Line-Up

Going from a 250 h.p. Yamaha VMAX SHO® four stroke to a 250 h.p. Yamaha V6 four stroke

For the last three years I’ve been running a 250 h.p. Yamaha VMAX SHO four stroke on my Maverick Master Angler 21 and just loving it, so I have to admit that I was a little apprehensive about ordering any other motor when it came time to add another boat to my fishing habit. Let’s face it, the Yamaha SHO four stroke is the best of all worlds—performance, fuel economy and reliability, not to mention the jazz of running the beach at dawn at 70 mph.

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Never Count Yourself Out Of A Tournament

Going into the event on Oneida Lake, I didn’t feel like I had much of a pattern going

By Takahiro Omori

Yamaha Pro Staff

 

It’s interesting how things can change and develop during a professional bass fishing tournament. A good example was the BassMaster Elite Series Championship on Oneida Lake this past weekend. Going into the tournament I didn’t have a lot of confidence that I’d do well, because I was only getting five or six bites a day during the practice period.

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Cobia and Tuna are Part of the Louisiana Iron Man Program

Dawn to dusk running from shallow rigs to chase cobia and open water for yellowfin tuna

By George Mitchell

Yamaha Pro Staff

 

I left my home in Jupiter, Florida and have been back in Louisiana for the last month. I travel to the Louisiana coast every summer and fall to chase yellowfin tuna, and fish these Iron Man runs where we try to target a couple of different fish species in different locations on any given day. That means we’re covering a lot of water and fishing dawn to dusk just about every day.

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Wisconsin Was Nice, But Now I’m Going To Spend Some Time Around Salt Water Before Heading North Again

After the northern swing, I’m off to fish blue marlin and dive for lobsters before getting back on the bass boat

By Kelly Jordan

Yamaha Pro Staff

 

It’s been an interesting summer so far. It all started with the northern swing of the Bassmaster Elite Series Tour and back-to-back events in Wisconsin. I was very disappointed with the Wisconsin events. I’d never fished there before, and I found the fish, but I was in the wrong rotation.

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