Monthly Features Include:  Readers Tips * Collecting Lures by Dan Basore * Just For Laughs * Cartoons by David Ford * Website Directory

 

 

August-September-October 2013 Features

  • Fall Blades For Big Bass - Glenn Walker

  • Freshwater Mexico - Mike 'The Griz' Ritz

  • Develop Your Muskie Night Sense - Jim Saric

  • Giant Swimbaits Make Big Splash In Bass World - John N. Felsher

  • How To Catch A Monster Fish - Ted Takasaki & Scott Richardson

  • Bass In Fall Shallows - Tactics For Big Autumn Bass - Colby Simms

  • The Right Gear For More Fall Walleye! - Mike Frisch

  • A Look At How To Pick The Right Sunglasses - Steve Mattson

  • Slight Changes Produce Success - Dan Galusha

  • In Their Hands - Mark Martin

 

Monthly Features

Reader's Tips,   Just For Laughs,  Collecting Lures - By Dan Basore,  Cartoons - By David Ford 

 

Slight Changes Produce Success

by Dan Galusha

Every angler has had days when a certain lure and pattern are producing very well. Then in an instant things start slowing down, often to a stop. At this time many anglers think the fish have moved, or completely stopped biting. Perhaps it will take nothing more than a slight change to produce further action.

There are many reasons why fish slow down from biting. Most frequent is a change in the weather or water levels, as with a river or tidal areas. However, there are days or areas in which neither has caused this problem. In these instances we must look at the possibility that the only thing needed is a slight change in lure presentation, color, style or depth. The addition of a scent could also be the change needed.

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Develop your Muskie Night Sense

by Jim Saric

During summer and into early fall, one of the most reliable muskie fishing opportunities across the muskie range exists when fishing after dark. Simply put, fishing after dark can yield fantastic results, and the experience can be nothing short of magic. 

However, for those who haven't fished after dark, or experienced a good night bite, fishing after dark can take you outside of your comfort zone. Fishing after dark requires you to rely on your other senses besides that of sight. You can hear the lure hit the surface and feel the vibration of the lure’s vibration. Although your vision is impaired, your other senses become overly-heightened, and that experience alone can be thrilling.

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Bass in Fall Shallows, Tactics for Big Autumn Bass this Season by Colby Simms

Photos by the Colby Simms Outdoors Team

 

Autumn means targeting bass in super shallow water, where they chase baitfish schools and bulk up in preparation for winter. This red-hot action can be fast and furious, and the time is upon us, so let's get into it! When waters aren't extremely hot or cold in fall, concentrations of bigger bass will move into shallow water that sometimes barely covers their backs.

Contributing factors

Summer can be uncomfortable for bass in much of their range. In all but the far north, summer water temperatures can climb far above what bass typically prefer to the hold in. Many bass move deep in summer. Or, they might use heavy weeds that provide some relief, while not moving around as much. Still, factors such as shade, the thermocline and oxygen rule the lives of bass in many waters.

 

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Fall Blades for Big Bass

 

by Glenn Walker

 

There are many signs of fall that we all have been conditioned to recognize - the leaves begin to turn, the days unfortunately get shorter, and more importantly, the water temperature begins to drop, which means it is time for some fantastic fall bass fishing!

This is a time when an angler has the opportunity to catch not only numbers of bass, but also big bass! Anglers can use many lures and techniques to catch these fish, but one my favorite tactics to catch largemouth and smallmouth in the fall is tossing a spinnerbait.

 

Bass in fall have one thing on their mind ... food! They are bulking up for the long winter ahead of them and gorging themselves. The shad that the bass are feeding on are going to be in shallow water, along flats or located on a point, and in most cases grouped in big schools. This water will warm as the sun gets up overhead, which will attract the baitfish and in turn bring in the bass.

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