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    It's summer. Lots of people are fishing, and lots of fish are just waiting to get caught. In the summer months, there are so many ways to catch fish. They can be deep, they can be shallow, they can be suspended or they can be relating to structure. One very good way to catch a variety of...
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    We're into the summer bite! For most species of fish, the spawn is over and the predator fish have one thing on their mind: Food! Their only concern for the rest of the summer is eating. If we want to catch more fish, we need to be where they're eating, and then we need to put a bait in front...
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    The line that we put on our reels when we go fishing is a very important consideration. Your line is the only connection between you and the fish. If your line doesn't do the job, you don't land the fish. But the line you choose, in the minds of many, will also play a role in getting a fish...
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    by Bob Jensen I went fishing last week in eastern Wisconsin with smallmouth ace Mike Gottheardt. The wind was blowing and it was chilly. It felt more like hunting season, and for many outdoors-people it was. We heard frequent gunshots. A weather front was going through, and that can often...
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    By Bob Jensen When I moved to north central Minnesota waaaaay too many years ago, I liked to chase largemouth bass. Many of my friends thought that was strange, as walleyes were the preferred fish of many anglers in the north during that era. And while it was true that walleyes were available...
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    by Bob Jensen Last week, my nephew Sam and I took our annual bass trip to west central Minnesota. We've been doing this for about ten years and have only missed one year. Sam was in grade school when we started doing this; this week he heads off to college. Time flies. Sam Amsbaugh with...
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    By Bob Jensen Planer boards have been a part of many a walleye anglers' arsenal for a long time. Salmon and trout anglers also employ boards frequently. Planer boards do so many good things when a trolling presentation is called for. They enable an angler to get lines and baits out away from...
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    by Bob Jensen In the Midwest, the walleye is the favorite fish of many anglers, and for good reason. They are abundant in many waters, they are susceptible to a wide variety of presentations, and they taste great on the table. But as good as the walleye fishing can be in the Midwest, the...
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    by Bob Jensen As summer progresses, the various vegetation in the lakes becomes a big factor in our fishing. The different types of vegetation that live in the lakes will be home to a variety of fish species. Some weeds will be in the shallow water, others will be deeper. Almost wherever you...
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    By Bill Dance I love to wade creeks and fish small ponds and lakes. Fishing knee deep and casting for bass brings back memories of when I was a kid, and it is still one of my very favorite ways to spend a summer day. Light "finesse" tackle is perfect for this kind of fishing. It resembles...
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    by Bob Jensen It's the beginning of yet another open water fishing season and anglers have high expectations for fishing over the next few months. Many have new rods, reels or lures that they're anxious to try, and some have new or new-to-them boats, motors, depth finders and electric motors...
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    by Bob Jensen Early in the open water fishing season, jigs are probably the Number One go-to bait for walleye anglers, and folks who fish for bass and panfish also use jigs early in the season. There's a reason for that: Jigs are, plain and simple, fish-catchers. In fact, many anglers, if...
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    by Bob Jensen It's fifteen below zero outside, the wind is gusty, and the sidewalk needs to be shoveled. What am I thinking about? Open water fishing. You know, that thing we do from a boat while wearing a tee-shirt and shorts and maybe sweating a little bit. I am convinced that we will...
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    by Bob Jensen Another open water fishing season is closing in. It's still a ways off, but it's getting closer every day. Maybe the most important thing you can do to enhance your fishing is to use fresh line. Fresh line will help you enjoy your fishing and catch more fish. Here's why. Line...
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    by Bob Jensen Fishing in the fall can be good. Really good. Really, really good. If you pay attention to detail, you can be even more successful at this time of year. As I think back on some of my fall fishing trips, I remember how we caught a lot more fish because we tweaked our...
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    By Steven Johnson Two bass fishing tactics are commonly used to pull big bass from massive grass mats, throwing a hollow body frog for those fish willing to smash through the "roof," and punching through the grass for those holding below. If bass aren't hitting the top, the choice is already...
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    by Bob Jensen It's a new fishing season! After a winter that didn't want to let go, the grass is now green, robins are sitting on nests, and the fish are biting. Following are some things to keep in mind when you get ready to go fishing. First of all, make sure you have a current fishing...
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    By Abe Smith Basketball fans have their "March Madness," but there's madness in May, too, on the storied reservoirs of the Tennessee River. It's time for Crankbait Madness. "By mid-May, bass are done spawning and they come out from the shallows and gang up on offshore structure to...
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    No one is fishing as strong as YUM Pro Jason Christie. In the last two weeks, the Oklahoman won an FLW Tour Event, a B.A.S.S. Elite Tournament, and just hit No. 1 on the BassFan.com World Rankings. Christie has been a strong FLW competitor for more than six years, but only started fishing...
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    By Lawrence Taylor Oklahoma's Jason Christie threw a YUM Flash Mob Jr. for the win this weekend at the FLW Tour Event on Arkansas' Beaver Lake. He also set the record for largest total weight for a Beaver Lake FLW event, and caught "big bass" of the tournament. Christie's win comes on the...
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