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Two Trips: Different Results

Two Trips: Different Results

Earlier this week I float-tubed a small pond with great success. Shaded deadfalls held aggressive bass to 15 inches while shoreline weed beds delivered bug bluegills with three measuring a robust 9 inches. All were caught and released on a size-10 chartreuse sponge...

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Enjoying the Trip Saver

Enjoying the Trip Saver

On an evening trip to a nearby reservoir, I was intent on hooking up with largemouth bass but the trip didn't work out as planned. The bass population had a collective case of lockjaw, but green sunfish smashed my deer hair floater/diver aggressively. The green...

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Not Smallmouth, But Not Bad . . .

Not Smallmouth, But Not Bad . . .

I have been deprived of wading streams for smallmouth bass far too long. Every time the streams begin to drop and clear another heavy rain pushes the waters out of their banks again. I've already been pretty pouty about it but that failed to offer relief so a pond...

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Dicey Fishing and Happy Endings

Dicey Fishing and Happy Endings

I launched my float tube at a small secluded cove on a major impoundment. With the water level 4 feet above power pool submerged brush had become the dining room for the bluegill population. Secure in the knowledge that powerboats couldn't reach this protected area I...

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To Spawn Or Not To Spawn

To Spawn Or Not To Spawn

I needed to fish before the onset of the forecasted seven days of rain. The problem was that the low temperature the night before was 35 degrees. I thought the fish would be scattered and deep, and I was correct. Intermediate line enabled me to cover depths to 4 feet,...

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Really . . . No Regrets

Really . . . No Regrets

With a 5-wt. rod, an intermediate line that sinks at 1-1/2 i.p.s., and size-10 Mini Minnies I was armed and dangerous for my trip to a large pond. The slow-sinking line stayed under the choppy water that resulted from the day's persistent wind. The Mini Minnies...

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