Bassmaster Open at James River starts Thursday

Nearly 450 anglers will cast off on the James River this week for the Basspro.com Bassmaster Open. It’s a good venue for us,” tournament director Chris Bowes said. “Obviously a historic river and a historic fishery. Back in the early 90s, we had a couple Bass Master Classics, which is the Super Bowl of bass fishing.” Having the tournament in May rather than in the middle of the summer creates circumstances for big catches, Bowes […]

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Jigs for Bass Fishing in Florida

Even in Florida’s mostly shallow fisheries, a lead head jig offers undeniable benefits: fast fall, bottom contact and aggressive access—getting a bait into areas you would otherwise have difficulty reaching. Speed and accuracy are the hallmarks of this technique, with 1⁄2- to 3⁄4-ounce weights common for vegetation and hard targets, such as docks and laydowns. Dispelling a little confusion, we often say “flipping a jig,” but it’s usually the pitching presentation. Flipping uses a set […]

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Minnesota Fishing Season Begins with Opening Weekend

Fishing season is now underway in Minnesota. The fishing opener here in Minnesota is a day many in the Northland have had circled on their calendars. And those here in Duluth talk about how they’re going to spend the weekend. “We’re looking forward to a nice outing and catching some fish,” said Jarrid Houston of Houston’s Guide Service. Up around Pike Lake, longtime outdoor store fisherman’s corner has been preparing for opening weekend while trying […]

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Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s award $300K for national conservation efforts

Johnny Morris Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s have teamed up to provide a $300K grant for conservation efforts through the National Wild Turkey Federation. The landmark grant will provide support for priority NWTF local and national projects, including the Western Shared Stewardship Initiative.

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J.B. Webb — Some guides are seeing catching, not fishing

The old saying when the bite is slow is that they call it fishing, not catching. On Texoma right now, my guide friends in our cove and at other marinas are calling fishing for stripers and sandbass catching.

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Bass fishing tournament attracts fishermen to Milford Lake

160 fishermen from 8 different states are out on Milford Lake for the 2021 BASS Nation Central Regional Tournament. The tournament started Monday, and runs through the end of the week. Bass Nation director Jon Stewart says fishing has been a good outlet for people during the pandemic.   “Through this whole pandemic, everybody has got to the outdoors,” Stewart said. “We’re in a sport where you can social distance and still continue. We’re happy […]

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