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Dragging their way to big ledge bass
Some lures are overnight sensations. At the other extreme are deadly lures that go largely unnoticed for decades before they catch on. The football-head jig falls into this category.

10/16/2006

Mark Hicks


Modern advances in trolling motors breed better, more efficient function
Remember a decade ago when the best electric trolling motor was a 24-volt model – two batteries – that generated 55 pounds of thrust? In retrospect, you might also remember how battery power, though a huge improvement over the oomph supplied to glorified eggbeaters a decade before that, was lacking for a full day’s worth of pedal-to-the-medal maneuvering.

12/02/2005

Dave Scroppo


One angler’s research sheds light in the darkness that is big bass behavior
Every bassin’ buff has a theory on what makes big fish tick. But for John Hope, the proof is in the pudding.

12/02/2005

Matt Williams


Essential modifications are crucial when fishing professionally for bass or walleyes
Walk into any tackle shop or thumb through any fishing catalog, and you will be greeted with a dizzying array of hard- and soft-body baits. Each of these comes with its own unique properties, including depth, color, sound, speed, size, weight, hooks and motion.

12/10/2004

Dusty Routh


Wal-Mart FLW Tour pro Craig Powers of Rockwood, Tenn., has a strange way of showing his love for crankbaits. It is perfectly normal for him to buy a dozen “store-bought” crankbaits, only to rip them apart and rebuild them to his own specifications.

10/05/2004

Rob Newell


Sure, you’ve got your eyes on the prize when you’re trolling, spying electronics for the presence of baitfish and predators. An important tactic to pinpoint the twin pillars of open-water walleye angling, well beyond the parameters of typical trolling speeds of 2.4 mph and under, is to search at high speeds, a technique now possible with high-powered liquid-crystal units, particularly those with color readouts.

01/13/2004

Dave Scroppo


Modern fish finders utilize technology that was invented during World War II to help destroyers locate German submarines. Although underwater locating devices have changed dramatically over the last 50 years, they still work on the same basic principle.

08/20/2003

David Hart


The secret for cleaning your dirty boat is under your kitchen sink
After a hard few days fishing in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, on mineral-filled freshwater lakes that left hull and outboard flecked with water spots and white scale, you'd think it would have taken a chisel to pry the crud loose. But Joe Beech, maker of JNB Originals specialty walleye tackle and all-around handyman, pulled out a spray bottle, spritzed the stains and wiped clean with a towel.

12/12/2002

Dave Scroppo


To properly winterize your boat, you'll need more than a few household cleaners. Here are a few things that you (or your boat dealer) should do if you plan to store your boat through the winter.

12/12/2002

Ron Lappin


Keeping fish alive and well for over 30 years
Part three: From additives to circulation, livewell advancements are ongoing. Just as there are different factors that contribute to the effectiveness of livewells, there are varying uses for the systems that were created about 30 years ago.

12/09/2002

Patrick Baker


Keeping fish alive and well for over 30 years
Part two: Multiple factors for consideration Developing a better livewell system is a work in progress. As new technology is incorporated and system designs are improved, the effectiveness of livewells continues to increase.

12/02/2002

Patrick Baker


Keeping fish alive and well for over 30 years
Part one: Size matters. One could speculate with some certainty that the invention of the hook has been the single most important development in the history of fishing – at least outside the realm of commercial angling, in which large nets are the norm.

11/25/2002

Patrick Baker