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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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Tournament Bass Fishing Is Constantly Evolving

Boats and motors are just a part of the technological changes taking place

By Dave Wolak

Yamaha Pro Staff

 

Once summer hits I always get excited because I know there’s going to be a northern swing to the tournament schedule. I had two events in Lake Champlain, one of my favorite places to fish, and was in position to win both of them but in the end fell a little short.

They were still great events. I finished 6th in one and 12th in the other and got to see a lot of old friends and chase smallmouth bass again, so it was a good time.

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Eliminating Options Helped Me Do Well On The Wisconsin Swing

Knowing what the fish weren’t doing helped me find a solid pattern and do very well in an area of the country that I’ve never fished before

By Russ Lane

Yamaha Pro Staff

 

The Wisconsin swing of the BassMaster Elite Series Tour was a good learning experience. I did well in both events, finishing 30th in LaCrosse and missing the cut by about two pounds, and I made the Top 12 in the Green Bay tournament.

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Command Link Plus Shifting System Really Helps Position The Boat

Whether you’re trying to hold the boat in position or troll baits at the right speed, you can utilize one, two or all three motors

By George Mitchell

Yamaha Pro Staff

 

I just got back from Fourchon, Louisiana and have a week of down time with the family before I have to head back. Red snapper season opened June 1st in the Gulf of Mexico, and I spent a lot of my time in Louisiana working on dialing in the snapper bite.

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Wisconsin Is New To Me

This is the first time I’ve fished Wisconsin, but I think I’ve already got it figured out

By Ish Monroe

Yamaha Pro Staff

 

The Bassmaster Elite Series Tournament on Toledo Bend was interesting. I let the dock talk get to me and fished deep when I should have followed my instincts and fished shallow, and it cost me some points. I finished 50th, and felt like I could have done a lot better if I would have moved to the fish in shallow water a lot sooner.

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You Never Know What You’re Going To Find When You Fish New Water

I’m just one bite away from a good year on the water

By Takahiro Omori

Yamaha Pro Staff

After five tournaments I’m in 57th place for Angler of the Year standings. That’s not where I want to be, but it’s still within striking distance. I’m not going to make any excuses, but it does seem that one more key fish that I need to break me out of the pack hasn’t come in the events this year.

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Chasing Trout and Redfish In My New Pathfinder 2300 HPS

With a 250 h.p. Yamaha VMAX SHO four stroke, I can cruise at 4,000 rpm and get around 3.5 mpg

By Eric Holstman

Yamaha Pro Staff

 

June is a time of the year when I’m on the water early, running in the twilight and fishing until mid-morning, then off the water in the heat of the day. There’s a great window from dawn until about 10 a.m. or so where the water temperature has cooled all night and the fish are comfortable and active.

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June Is When Fuel Economy Really Shines

I may run 30, 40, 50 miles or more one way looking for tarpon, but my fuel bill is the same as when I started chasing these fish over 20 years ago

By Mike Holliday

Yamaha Pro Staff

 

June is the month the tarpon come to town in Southeast Florida as the fish migrate up the coast to their summer haunts, some pushing inside the inlets and relocating in the Intracoastal, others continuing north for distant waters. It’s tarpon time for me, a steady dose of sleep deprivation, small cuts on my hands and aerial T-Bombs. It’s a time when the Atlantic calms, the afternoon rains follow a schedule and the dawn fish are spiked up and milling. It’s a time when I dedicate my life to covering water.

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Summer in Texas Means Time on the Water

Whether fishing Falcon Lake or Toledo Bend, it sure beats a summer cold

By Alton Jones

Yamaha Pro Staff

 

It’s important that I make sure my Skeeter FX20 and 250 h.p. Yamaha VMAX SHO four stroke are always running well, so last week I took a trip down to Falcon Lake for a little equipment checkout. I took Baylor Men’s Basketball Coach Scott Drew along and we just had a great time on the lake.

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Changes In Islamorada Tarpon Habits Mean Longer Runs

Getting to areas where the fish aren’t as heavily pressured increases the number of bites

By Capt. Rick Murphy

Yamaha Pro Staff

 

Late May and early June are the prime tarpon fishing months in the Florida Keys as the fish migrate through the area before heading up the eastern coast of Florida. While Islamorada is known as ground zero for flats fishing, and in particular for targeting tarpon on fly, the fishing has really changed over the years as fishing pressure has increased.

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