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How to Clean Striped Bass Like a Pro

Saltwater Fishin' Vol. 7, No. 8

Make this great gamefish into great table fare

Striped bass are the most sought after gamefish on the East Coast. So many anglers fish for them, especially during the spring and fall migrations from their breeding grounds in the Mid-Atlantic to New England and back again, that they are highly regulated. Most of the member states that make up the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, the interstate compact that manages striped bass, currently have a bag limit of one fish with a minimum size of 28 inches for ocean-caught stripers. 


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‘Burning’ Spinnerbaits Bring Reaction Strikes from Fall Bass

Fishin' Vol. 8, No. 11

Yamaha Pro Matt Herren Uses a Fast Retrieve to Trigger Bass Into Biting

November ranks as one of Matt Herren’s favorite months of the year, but not because he enjoys deer hunting and most whitetail seasons open this month. Rather, the Yamaha Pro knows November means it’s time to burn his spinnerbaits for autumn bass.


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Be Anchor Savvy to Catch More Tog

Saltwater Fishin' Vol. 7, No. 7

Use two anchors to get on the structure and stay there!


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Versatile Topwater “Poppers” Work Well for Fall Fishing

Fishin' Vol. 8, No. 10

Yamaha Pro Bobby Lane Believes These Lures Will Catch Bass Anywhere Right Now

Among his peers in professional tournament competition, Bobby Lane is best known for his skill using spinnerbaits and Carolina rigs, but when water begins cooling in the autumn, the Yamaha Pro often changes to a topwater popping plug. Usually considered a summertime lure, Lane actually keeps a popper tied on throughout the fall months


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Fall Light-Tackle Brawl

Saltwater Fishin' Vol. 7, No. 6

It’s That Time of Year When Albies Are Back in Town

Inshore anglers along the East Coast, from Florida to New England, look forward to fall for a lot of reasons. But those among us who enjoy a really good fight on very light tackle tend to rejoice more than our brethren. That’s because fall is when one of our favorite adversaries moves inshore, often right along the beach fronts, offering us some fast-and-furious, run-and-gun fishing with the lightest of tackle. It’s albie time! 


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Crankbaiting Deeper Water Works Well in Late Summer

Fishin' Vol. 8, No. 9

Yamaha Pro Mark Davis Offers Suggestions to Improve Your Technique

Even though it’s September and the next major move bass make will be into shallow creeks and bays, Mark Davis still has a deep diving crankbait tied on and ready to cast. For him, the deep cranking season will continue for at least another month.


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Summertime Means Topwater Time for this Bass Pro

Fishin' Vol. 8, No. 8

This past May, while practicing for the Bassmaster® Elite tournament at Lake Havasu, Brandon Palaniuk tied on a big topwater lure to use in the ultra-clear water. The Yamaha Pro finished 10th in the event, and now, three months later, he still has that same surface plug on his rod.


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Spinning for Tuna

Saltwater Fishin' Vol. 7, No. 5

Does spinning tackle have a place offshore?


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‘Finesse Swim Baits’ Should Increase Your Summer Bass Catch

Fishin' Vol. 8, No. 7

For more than two decades, big eight-, 10-, and 12-inch trout-imitation lures known as ‘swim baits’ have enjoyed a well-deserved reputation for catching huge largemouths, especially in California where they originated. Now, however, a handful of anglers like Yamaha Pro Chris Zaldain have been equally successful using much smaller swim baits with light lines and spinning rods. 

“We call this presentation ‘finesse swim baiting’,” notes Zaldain, himself a Californian who grew up using the larger lures. 


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Punching Through Heavy Cover Best Way for Big Bass This Summer

Fishin' Vol. 8, No. 6

No matter where his busy tournament schedule takes him, Randall Tharp nearly always spends at least part of each practice day searching for thick cover where he can use his favorite technique, a heavy tackle presentation known as “punching.” The reason is easy to understand: punching has helped the Yamaha Pro win the 2013 Forrest Wood Cup,® along with half a dozen other FLW® and Bassmaster® national events.


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