Forbes names Bass Pro Shops one of America’s Best Employers

Bass Pro Shops is once again being recognized by Forbes as one of America’s Best Employers. The outdoor company ranked number nine out of 500 employers that qualified for the award, ranking ahead of respected companies including Google, Disney, Lowe’s, Target and Amazon, among others. The results are based on an independent survey of 50,000 employees in 25 different industries working for companies with at least 1,000 people employed in U.S. locations. Employees were asked […]

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How to Build a Plug Knocker for Bass Fishing

I hate losing a $10 crankbait. I really hate losing a $10 crankbait that I finally just got to run right. I especially hate losing that crankbait and a $5 plug knocker because unfortunately, plug knockers don’t always get the job done and at times become collateral damage themselves. Backing up a bit since I started with somewhat of a rant, I realize some of you might not know what a plug knocker is or […]

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Fishing spring runoff in Alabama lakes

It’s not only been an unusually cold late winter season across much of Alabama, but also an amazingly rainy stretch not only for the winter and the beginning of 2021, but for all of 2020. While the cold has been so intense as to shut down most success in the northern half of the state on cold-sensitive largemouths, we’re now coming into the time of year when rapid warm-ups will move these fish into creeks […]

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4Reel Fishing: Pre-spawn bass fishin’ can be a blast!

The pre-spawn period is starting on our local lakes. Water temperature is the deciding factor. Generally speaking, pre-spawn begins when water temperature is between 53 and 63 degrees for large mouth bass. Right now the water is running in the mid 50‘s. But, bass may begin to invade shallow water even sooner in many cases, so it would be wise to start fishing early rather than later and risk missing some fun action. During the […]

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The great outdoors: State ‘Free Fishing Weekend’ is Saturday and Sunday

State residents are take advantage of the upcoming first Free Fishing Weekend of 2021. The event is set for Saturday and Sunday. Anglers are permitted to fish for free without a license. “New York is home to some of the best lakes, ponds, rivers and streams in the world, all offering exceptional fishing opportunities all year round,” said Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a news release. “As the nation continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, […]

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WV fisheries officials fear spread of invasive Alabama bass

So … what’s so bad about a fast-growing, aggressive strain of bass that’s easy to catch? Sounds like an angler’s dream, doesn’t it? In several nearby states, that dream has become a nightmare, one that might someday haunt anglers in West Virginia. The nightmare’s name? Alabama bass. It’s a species of black bass native to the Mobile Bay watershed in Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia. Before modern genetic testing proved differently in 2010, Alabama bass were […]

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