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Saltwater Fishin' Vol. 1, No. 1

First Stripers of Spring

The water might be cold, but the bass are feeding.
Here's how to catch them.

March might come in like a lion, but slowly warming waters are triggering striped bass to awaken from their winter metabolic slow down right now! They're hungry, but they are not aggressive. They're ready to eat, but not chase down prey so the best way to get their attention while enjoying some excellent early spring fishing is to key in on their scavenging instinct and break out the clams!

05/08/2009

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Boater's Log Vol. 1, No. 9

What You Need to Know About Promotions

Buying a new outboard (or boat/motor/trailer package) requires a financial commitment that can range from a few thousand dollars to hundreds of thousands. Whether your investment is in a small boat or a multi-outboard offshore rig, you want to get the most for your money by taking advantage of every promotion, sale, deal, rebate or warranty—anything that can ultimately save you money.

05/08/2009

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Fishin' Vol. 2, No. 11

Drop Shot Technique Often Works Best When Bass Won't Hit Other Lures

The technique of drop shotting a small plastic worm has been around for well over a decade and Brent Ehrler has used it frequently in FLW bass tournament competition, but the Yamaha pro admits he's still astonished at how productive the technique can be.

"Whenever I can't get a bite by fishing a worm or jig on the bottom, I'll try drop shotting because it suspends my lure above the bottom, and I can keep it in one place as long as I want to," he explains.

05/06/2009

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The Boater's Log - Vol. 1, No. 8

The Latest on Ethanol

The EPACT 2005 (Energy Policy Act), Public Law 109-058 requires the use of increased renewable resources in motor fuels. In most areas of the U.S., ethanol is the most readily available renewable fuel that can be added to conventional gasoline withough major changes. Unfortunately, when introduced into a marine environment, the properties associated with ethanol-blended fuel have been known to cause damage to outboard engines. Currently, many in the marine industry are working to find ways to mitigate any negative effects ethanol-blended fuel may have on marine engines.

05/01/2009

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Boater's Log - Vol. 1, No. 7

Fuel Facts: Good Nutrition Equals Good Performance

Just like your body needs the proper foods for good health, your Yamaha outboard needs clean, high-quality fuel to reach its performance potential. Contaminated fuel can make your outboard spit, sputter, idle rough, or in extreme cases, not run at all. It's very important to know what kind of fuel is best for your outboard so you can avoid major problems down the road.

Ethanol-Blended Fuel
Most of the gasoline you buy today contains up to 10% ethanol, a type of alcohol added to the fuel to help reduce exhaust emissions and our dependency on fossil fuels.

04/24/2009

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Fishin' Vol. 2, No. 9

Wind-Blown Shorelines Often Yield Quick Fishing Success

Wind may be the great equalizer in bass fishing, but for Yamaha pro Mary DiVicenti, a regular competitor on the Women's Bassmaster® Tour, wind can also be an advantage.

"Wind-blown shorelines and points can produce fast action because of how the wind and wave action move baitfish around," DiVicenti explains, "and the longer the wind blows, the better a shoreline can become.

04/17/2009

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Boater's Log, Vol. 1, No. 6

Caught Up In the Moment: Stuff You Might Be Too Excited to Remember When Buying a New Boat and Motor

Consumer Delivery Experience

Buying a new boat and Yamaha outboard is an exciting experience. It's also accompanied by a dizzying blur of paperwork -- sign this, don't forget that, any questions? – then you hitch up and drive away with your pride and joy. By the time you get home, it could be tough to remember half the things the dealer told you and when you finally hit the water, you probably have even more questions. Not to worry, we're here to help.

04/09/2009

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Fishin' Vol. 2, No. 8

Wacky Worm Rig Often Tempts Finicky Bass

Admittedly, Jared Lintner's favorite bass lures are big swimbaits – he once caught 11 and 12-pounders on back-to-back casts with one – but when fishing becomes more difficult, the Yamaha pro doesn't hesitate to change to a wacky rig worm.

The wacky rig, so-called because the plastic worm is hooked through the middle of the body rather than at one end, provides a natural, non-intrusive presentation that attracts bass in both shallow and deep water throughout the year. Practically any size worm can be used, but Lintner prefers 4 to 7-inch lengths.

04/09/2009

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Fishin' Vol. 2, No. 7

This Pro Puts Buzz Frogs at Top of His Spring Lure List

Although Yamaha pro Bobby Lane never leaves the boat ramp without a supply of flipping jigs in his tackle boxes, he also saves room for plenty of plastic buzz frogs, especially during the spring and summer months.

"It's an excellent big bass bait, especially if you're fishing vegetation," notes Lane, who caught an 11-pounder and several others in the seven-pound range with the lure during a recent trip on Florida's Lake Kissimmee. "I've fished them for 15 years from Florida to Texas to New York and done well with them on all types of lakes."

03/30/2009

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Boater's Log - Volume 1, No. 5

Freshwater Flushing Adds Years to the Life of an Outboard

Adding years of life to an outboard is easy and doesn't cost a dime. What's the secret? Flush the outboard with fresh water frequently, preferably after every use. It's that simple.

There are a couple of ways to cleanse the outboard: use the built-in freshwater flushing device fitting located on the lower cowling on most Yamaha outboards (doesn't require running the outboard), or use a flushing attachment (flush muffs) to supply clean cooling water through the water inlets on the sides of the gearcase while the outboard is running.

03/27/2009

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