Fishing Tips

Big Crankbaits Often Catch Bigger Bass in Summer

Fishin' Vol. 7, No. 10

Of all the lures in Todd Faircloth’s tackle boxes, the ones he does not talk about very often are his big, deep diving crankbaits. That’s because the Yamaha Pro knows how effective they can be during the warm weather months.


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Go Light for More Fight - The Light Line Gamefish Challenge

Saltwater Fishin', Vol. 6, No. 6

Catching fish on light tackle requires skill and understanding. It’s also a lot of fun!


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‘Punching’ Presentation Catches Bass in Heavy Cover

Fishin' Vol. 7, No. 9

It may sound strange to some bass fishermen, but much of the time Jared Lintner is happy to get seven or eight strikes a day, even when his competitors are getting 20 to 30 strikes. That’s because the Yamaha Pro’s favorite presentation is a technique known as “punching,” and with it, the bass Lintner catches are nearly always heavier fish.


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Fishing Slower Often Produces Larger Bass

Fishin' Vol. 7, No. 8

Pro Mark Davis Likes Carolina Rig Plastics For Big Fish Now

The prime spring spawning season for catching big bass may be over, but that doesn’t mean Mark Davis stops fishing for them. If anything, the Yamaha Pro and former Bassmaster Classic® champion concentrates that much harder on putting a heavyweight into the livewell.


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The All-Purpose Fishing Knot - Just One That Can Do It All

Saltwater Fishin', Vol. 6, No. 5

If you want to be a successful fisherman, you have to know how to tie knots. Specifically, you have to know how to tie a variety of knots for different connections. You’ll need one you can count on for tying on swivels, snaps and lures; another for adding a shock leader, and still another for tying fluorocarbon or monofilament leaders to braided line. It’s also a good idea to know how to snell a hook. 


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Yamaha Pro Terry Scroggins Always Has Big Plastic Worms Ready

Fishin' Vol. 7, No. 7

Bass May Hit These Lures When They Won’t Touch Anything Else

Terry Scroggins has a storage box on his boat filled with more than a dozen different styles of fishing rods, just like every other tournament angler, but what sets him apart is that several of his rods are always rigged with big, oversized plastic worms. The Yamaha Pro fishes 10-inch plastic worms year-round, something few of the other pros do.


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Big Apple Stripers and the Manhattan Cup

Saltwater Fishin', Vol. 6, No. 4

New York City. Just the name conjures up images of the Empire State Building, Lincoln Center, Central Park, the Statue of Liberty and great fishing for striped bass. Well, maybe the fishing reference is a little strange to some. The Big Apple might be the city that never sleeps, but it is also surrounded by water that comprises one of the major spawning and nursery areas for the equally iconic Atlantic striped bass.


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Cleaning Flatfish

Saltwater Fishin', Vol. 6, No. 3

Everyone’s favorite fresh-caught seafood is flounder. Here’s how to clean them like a pro.


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Plastic Worms Offer a Good Alternative Throughout the Spring Months

Fishin' Vol. 7, No. 6

On Heavily-Pressured Waters, Russ Lane Chooses Worms Instead of Jigs or Crankbaits

When Russ Lane gave up a promising baseball career to become a fulltime professional bass fisherman, he quickly realized he had to change his normal fishing strategies if he wanted to compete successfully against the best bass anglers in the world. The Yamaha Pro’s initial decision—looking for alternative lures—turned out to be one of the most important he’s ever made.


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For Pre-Spawn Bass, Try Fishing Backwards

Fishin' Vol. 7, No. 5

Each spring when he’s searching for pre-spawn bass, Matt Herren uses a fish-finding process he occasionally describes as “fishing backwards.” The Yamaha Pro first locates prime spawning flats bass will be moving to, then moves out to slightly deeper water and structure where he believes bass will staging immediately prior to their move into the shallows.


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