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Spinning for Tuna

Saltwater Fishin' Vol. 7, No. 5

Does spinning tackle have a place offshore?

07/22/2015

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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. 

07/14/2015

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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.

06/08/2015

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Banner Year for Bluefish

Saltwater Fishin' Vol. 7, No. 3

From the early reports, 2015 is shaping up to be a bonanza year for bluefish along the Eastern Seaboard. Early spring has seen massive schools of these great gamefish moving into shallow bays from Maryland to New York. New Jersey’s Barnegat Bay, with acres of shallow flats and narrow, winding channels, has been chock full of big bluefish since late April, and they don’t seem in any hurry to leave. The same goes for estuaries further north and well to the south.

05/19/2015

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Multiple Choices Available for Finding Bass in May

Fishin' Vol. 8, No. 5

Yamaha Pro Todd Faircloth Usually Starts on Lower Lake Ridges and Humps

The biggest problem veteran tournament angler Todd Faircloth faces during the month of May is simply trying to decide where to start looking for bass. The Yamaha Pro knows he will find fish in some stage of the spawn practically anywhere on a lake this month and he has to decide which ones he wants to catch.

05/15/2015

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Eyes in the Sky

Saltwater Fishin' Vol. 7, No. 3

Satellite Data that Helps You Find Fish

Offshore fishing is as popular as ever and with the advent of larger, more seaworthy outboard-powered boats, the desire to catch tuna, billfish, sharks, kingfish and other pelagic species of gamefish will likely continue to grow. More reasonable fuel prices will no doubt add to the affordability of chasing big fish offshore, and there are certainly plenty of opportunities along the U.S. coastline. 

04/29/2015

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Big Worms Best for Spawning Bass in Deeper Water

Yamaha Pro Terry Scroggins Fishes More Slowly For Bass He Can’t See

The bass fishing world already knows how much Terry Scroggins likes to fish oversized 10-inch plastic worms during the summer months, but few realize the Yamaha Pro considers these his favorite go-to lures for spring spawning bass, too. 

“The 10-inch ribbon tail worm is just a good, all-around big fish lure, and this time of year, you’re definitely going to catch some big bass with it,” notes Scroggins. “If bass are spawning in slightly deeper water four to five feet deep where you can’t see them, there probably isn’t a more effective lure to use.

04/20/2015

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Get Ready for Spring Stripers

Saltwater Fishin' Vol. 7, No. 2

It’s been a brutal winter for most of the Mid-Atlantic States, with record low temperatures and an amazing amount  of precipitation in the form of snow, sleet and freezing rain. Just what does that mean for spring striper fishing? If past experience is any indicator, fishing might get off to a slightly later start. The water will be a bit colder due to the spring snow melt, resulting in a rush of cold water pouring into the bays where the first bass of the year are usually encountered.

04/14/2015

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Big Flutter Spoons Offer New Choices for Deep Winter Bass

Fishin' Vol. 8, No. 2

Yamaha Pro Kelly Jordon Hops Spoons Slowly Just Above The Bottom

If you caught 15 bass, each weighing between four and six pounds, on the first 15 casts you ever made with a new lure, wouldn’t that lure become one of your all-time favorites? Of course it would, which is exactly what happened to Yamaha Pro Kelly Jordon several years ago when he decided to tie on a big flutter spoon one afternoon at Lake Fork. Ever since that day, Jordon has kept a box full of spoons in his boat and ready to use, regardless of the time of year.

03/06/2015

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Fish Crabs for Blackfish

Saltwater Fishin' Vol. 7, No. 1

It takes a tough fish to make its living eating critters encased in hard shells, but the pugnacious blackfish fits the bill.  Blackfish are also known as tautog or tog, shortened versions of the name given to them hundreds of years ago by the Narragansett Indians who called the fish tautauog. Whatever you call them, they are a popular fish for saltwater anglers in the Mid-Atlantic and New England states in fall, winter and spring, and with very good reason.

02/09/2015

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