Buddies Bassing
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Posted: October 31, 2013

Another tough fishing week as cold fronts strolled through presenting high winds to go with the muddy water. But Mann's Baby 1-Minus remained effective. Casting these small crankbaits over grass remnants and around wood lay downs worked here and there. Small spinnerbaits were also catching bass as were soft plastic Texas rigged stick worms skipped under docks and in grass holes. All in all, still a very tough week as the hydrilla is dying off, leaving a lot of areas muddy.
My first trip of the week was interesting, as I have fished with these guys before, but it's been a few years. We had a ...... Read More

East Coast Alerts, October 24, 2013
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Posted: October 24, 2013
Attention Snowbirds:
Centerville Turnpike Bridge Reduced Openings for Repairs:
Mariners are advised that structural repairs are scheduled at the Centerville Turnpike (SR170) Bridge (36.723169°-76.186677°), at AICW mile 15.2, across the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal, in Chesapeake, VA beginning at 7 a.m., on Saturday, November 2, 2013 and ending at 7 p.m., on Sunday, November 3, 2013. To facilitate repairs, the drawbridge will open on signal every three hours for vessels requiring an opening on the following schedule: on Saturday, November 2nd at 7 a.m., 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m...... Read More

Muddy Water Bassing
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Posted: October 23, 2013
The rain from two weeks ago made last week even tougher. Water was very muddy everywhere. The best bite came at the lower tides as fish were positioned on grass edges. At the lowest tide, Mann’s Baby 1-Minus produced most of the fish last week, working the visible edges over and around scattered grass. Until the water got very high, leaned over milfoil grass gave fish cover just under the surface and twitching hollow Mann’s Super Frogs on 60 pound braid brought bass out of hiding. Strong, long rods enabled long casts and provided the torque to pull them out of the thick grass.
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Jordan Lee Soared on Silver Wings
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Posted: October 23, 2013
I attended a local college, and spent even more time hanging-out at universities – if you know what I mean. But I’m pretty certain that if college bass fishing would have existed back then, I’d have hung around campus a little longer with a much greater purpose in mind.
Speaking of college bass fishing – one of the more incredible moments in our sport’s history occurred last month in Muskegon at the Carhartt College Classic Bracket tournament.
Remarkably – again like last year – Jordan Lee surfaced to the championship round among more than 600 student...... Read More

Fishing In English
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Posted: October 16, 2013
The weather was all over the place this week. Lots of wind and rain. Monday's trip was postponed due to rain, wind, and lightning! But I was able to get a few trips in. Topwater bite was pretty good with Lucky Craft poppers, but the Mann's Baby 1-Minus shallow diving crankbaits in fire tiger produced the most fish. Grass is starting to break up, starting with hydrilla. The mats are breaking free, as the plants are the first to die off, leaving some scattered growth below. The small crankbaits were fairly easy to work over this grass and the bass and yellow perch seemed to enjoy eating it! Same ...... Read More

East Coast Alerts, October 10, 2013
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Posted: October 10, 2013
Attention Snowbirds:
The Magenta Line:
All of us who have travelled the waters of the Intracoastal Waterway know of the magenta line. It is there to help us follow the correct route, but sometimes passes on the wrong side of markers, sometimes goes ashore, sometimes puts us aground. No wonder -- it's been around for about one hundred years. Change has been slow: it has been sometimes removed, sometimes rerouted but most often ignored by those who update the charts. Now, NOAA wants to do something about it, and is asking for input from users of the Intracoastal. You can send your commen...... Read More

Guides Dont Always Know Best
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Posted: October 09, 2013
Last week was the best in over a month! The hollow frog bite was awesome, producing fish in the 3 pound range up to 6 1/2 pounds! The key was to find hydrilla beds with slop over the top. This could contain chopped up grass and a thick scum. A very slow presentation was the key. A twitch, pause, twitch, pause produced viscious strikes. Equipment was 50 pound GAMMA Torque braid and a 7'6" Quantum Frog rod! Strong hooksets as soon as the fish hit were required to get fish hooked and up and out of the thick grass.
I fished with Arvid, one of my favorite clients, last Friday. I caught a 2 &fr...... Read More

BASS Northern Open #3 - Lake Erie, Sandusky OH
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Posted: October 07, 2013
A week or so off between the Lake St. Clair Elite event and my last tourney of the year at the Lake Erie Bassmaster Northern Open was a good thing. My wife and I again spent that week in Pittsburgh at my in-laws… almost as good as home in TX or VA. I was able to get some things accomplished on the business side of the industry and regroup. I did have some sense of good mojo going into this event as I finished my last day at St. Clair on a high note.I was ready to get back after those brown monsters!
Sept. 12 - Sept. 15, BASS Northern Open #3 - Lake Erie, Sandusky OH
BoatUS ANGLER Pro Staff member Kurt Dove fishing Lake Erie... Read More

The Boat That Didn’t Die
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Posted: October 03, 2013
She was a log canoe and I found her lying on the shore of the marsh after a hurricane. It'd been a particularly strong storm and she was washed far in from the water. I knew they hadn't built log canoes for a long time and this must be a very special lady. When I parted the marsh weeds around me and stepped out on the riverbank and saw her, I stared in amazement. Some log canoes were built out of one huge log from one huge ancient tree. But those hadn't been seen for a long time, at least not by many of us. Others had been built by adding logs together after carefully shaping them to fi...... Read More

Tom’s Tips On Restoring Old Boats
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Posted: October 03, 2013
1. Many people do this and find great joy in the process, but then find they're not interested in using the boat because they've burnt themselves out or for other reasons.

2. There's nothing wrong with this ... whatever turns you on. Maybe you can sell it and do another.

3. But never underestimate this job. Even fiberglass boats may have rotten timbers that support the glass, the replacement of which can necessitate cutting out and then restoring the glass.

4. Unless you're really good at all the skills requ...... Read More