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But of course, this is not news because many different companies have developed their own ultrasound-like fish finding gadgets a long time ago. But Maptech’s new i3 module is the first of its kind. It’s the first ever touch screen, hi-resolution 3D Fishfinger. Yes, you can literally see the kind of fish that’s swimming around under your boat, in super clear images and in real time.
The i3 Touch Screen command on the fishing gadget can help you navigate the floor of the lake or sea with a radar, combine it with satellite communication and a weather report too.
This is an absolutely MUST for those who seriously looking into easy-fishing.
Monofilament fishing lines
There’s absolutely nothing worse than to have a fish on the hook and have the line snap! Well, no more snapping of fishing line with the latest development in monofilament fishing lines. Monofilament fishing lines come in a wide range of colors, sizes, thickness and strength. Although it’s stronger than some of the other more conventional fishing lines, they are cheaper. Monofilament fishing lines comes with special coating that keeps them from snapping easily. The only thing is that they don’t stretch as good as other types of fishing lines but they make up for it with their bulk and strength.
Monofilament fishing lines are also quite transparent over the water and hold knots pretty well.
Fashion is always cool too
Sometimes, cool has nothing to do with technology. It’s got more to do with the brain and ‘creativity’. If your husband, brother, or father is a fishing fanatic, you can always get them fashionable fishing gear with extra pockets to place their scissors and hooks. Perhaps the water-proof raincoat with fluorescent streak for night fishing, perhaps. And how about the water-proof watch? That’ll work perfectly. And how about an X-LOOP flash mirror polarized lens? Sunglasses for baking in the sun and raincoat for fishing in the rain are exceptionally cool gears we cannot ignore.
Let’s take the sunglasses as an example. The sunglasses not only remove the glare and improve the quality of what you see with your naked eye, you see the same scene in deep colors and contrasts. These sunglasses are developed specifically for fishing enthusiasts.
Lowrance Fish-Finders – The Best in Fishing Technology
The Lowrance Fish-Finder is the very same brand that my grandfather trusted, and my father does. Both loved to fish, but both were impatient and wanted to know where the fish were. The Lowrance Fish-Finder, always at the top of the technology game, worked the best for them. (I am sure it was all that kept them from using a quarter stick of TNT)
My grandfather loved new technology, having worked for McDonnell Douglas, and on the Apollo missions. (I have the NASA pens to prove that. ) Before that he served in the U.S. Navy, So when he said that Lowrance was the best product for the price. Grandpa had a much older unit, actually he had a few in his time but the last was the Lowrance X 15. If he were still with us I know he would have the H.D.S.8. Just like I do.
My dad on the other hand often uses his Lowrance H.D.S.7 to pre-load routes before a long fishing trip, He then would edit them while we were underway. The Lowrance H.D.S.7 allows Dad to store routes for future use.
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Florida is many things to many people. Lots of sunshine, beaches and great seafood. It’s also a mecca for the fisherman. Whether seeking fish in the deep blue saltwater, or fishing for varies species of freshwater fish, Florida is the ticket. A Florida fishing vacation is well within your reach.
In the interior lakes of the Sunshine State, largemouth bass is king. The long warm growing season lets the bass grow to huge sizes. Most anglers predict the next largemouth bass world record will come from Florida.
Coastal waters offer Tarpon fishing in the mangroves, and all along both coasts are thousands of charter boats just waiting to take anglers way out in the briney deep for sailfish and marlin.
So, if you’re dreaming about a vacation where you can have it all, think Florida. A fishing vacation might be just the medicine you need right about now.
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head, a member of Team Evinrude, recently won the FLW EverStart Bass Fishing Series Championship on Kentucky Lake. When asked what was the one key factor in his win, he said “Without a doubt, the Alabama Rig. The Alabama Rig opens up a whole new world in fall bass fishing.”
Before we get into the what, where, when and how to fish and Alabama Rig, I wanted to talk with Dan some about his win on Kentucky Lake. Dan has fished Kentucky Lake all his life, and admitted that he is very confident here most of the time. However, Dan likes to deer hunt, and come the fall he can be found in the woods instead of on the water. So with all his experience on Kentucky Lake he wasn’t exactly ecstatic with the thought of a fall tournament there. “I only fish Kentucky in the fall when ‘they’ make me”, he said chuckling. The home lake curse is often just that, with local anglers struggling to catch a winning stringer. Dan was able to best the rest of the field by several pounds, begging the question, how did you overcome the home town jinx. Dan was quick to say that over-all there was a home lake advantage; it was not a curse this time. “Once I figured out what was going on, I was able to use my knowledge to duplicate the structure that was producing throughout the lake.” Dan went on to say, “on the last day of practice I figured out what was going on, and because I know this lake so well, I had endless places to fish.”
Conditions for this tournament were typical fall fishing.
Water Temperature: 59-62 Degrees
Water Clarity: 4-5 feet visibility in the areas he was fishing
Water Level: Normal scheduled winter pool
Weather Conditions: Rirst two days were overcast, third day was sunny and no wind, last day sunny with gusts to 15 mph.
Dan had a great pre practice for this event. Pre practice is the time on the water before official cut off. With the help of a local friend, Dan caught 5 fish limits upwards of 25 pounds on a Zara Spook over stump covered flats. Dan told me, “I 100% felt this pattern would hold up through the summer and into fall; bass were there, food was there, all the conditions were right for this to last.” Dan continued, “I spent my first two days of practice working this pattern, trying to force it, make it work; it didn’t.” On his third day of practice, he realized he needed a change. Competitors were catching plenty of fish in the backs of coves. Smaller fish had large balls of bait fish pushed up into the bays. However, this pattern did not have the size to win this event. Dan said, “This tournament was not for points, go big or go home.”
Knowing the lake as he did, along with the fall feeding in the backs of the coves, Dan started working the deeper breaks on the way out from the backs of these coves. “On the third day of practice, I found that there were quality fish hanging on the first deep water breaks as you headed back to the main lake. I was able to catch a couple tournament quality fish on a Zara Spook.” The 4th and final practice day is where it all came together for Dan, “The sun came out, and we had some wind. This is when the Alabama Rig can really shine, and it did.”
Having already ‘spotted’ the rest of the field, of competitors, three days of practice time Dan’s home field advantage began to shine. Because he fought so long to find quality bass, Dan didn’t have much time to duplicate his findings throughout the lake. However, he was confident with his knowledge of the lake and put it to good use, culminating in winning the Championship. I asked Dan what his thoughts were about why many anglers fall to the home town jinx. He replied, “Anglers fish memories and not patterns, you have to stick with the pattern. Use your knowledge of the bass fishing water to duplicate what you’ve found.” As you have read, Dan almost got caught up in the memory fishing, hitting the flats that he had found bass on prior to cut off. I asked Dan about this, he replied, “that’s a loaded question, yes I was fishing an area I had found fish before; however, this pattern and that area set up right for the fall. The pattern just wasn’t there.”
Okay enough with my personal quest to find out how Dan beat ‘The Curse’, let’s find out about the Alabama Rig. Dan started fishing the Alabama Rig back in May of this year, seeing the potential for catching schooling or suspending fish. Dan told me that he spent many hours on the water learning this bait, from how to cast and retrieve it, to how to maximize its potential.
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As winter rapidly disappears, spring is practically upon us. New things begin to blossom, and another season of bass fishing is one of them. I have caught some lunker bass at this time of the year by merely, but carefully, monitoring the water temperature. When the water warms to about 42-45 degrees, big bass will move into extremely shallow flats to sun themselves.
In this article, I am not going to concentrate on just one technique, but several, in hopes that you can utilize all of them and make your spring fishing experience an enjoyable, and productive one.
One of the techniques that I prefer using would be waking a spinnerbait in the shallow water. Using a spinnerbait with a Colorado blade is very productive in the shallows because the melting snow that washes into the water creates a muddy water situation, and the Colorado blade produces enough hard-thumping vibrations to help bass hone in on it when their visibility is limited. As the water warms and clears up, I would suggest using willow leaf blades because they produce less vibration and give your bait a natural appearance.
Another thing that should be taken into consideration is the fact that not all the big bass are shallow. Have you ever fished the warmest water that you could find, and caught nothing but short fish? This is usually a sign that the small males are cruising the shallows looking for nest-building areas, which tells you it is also pre-spawn time. The larger fish are probably under your boat or behind you suspending in deeper water. Well, when this happens, I would suggest switching to a suspending jerkbait.
Wood, rocky bluffs, and points, are other places where bass often stage prior to moving into the shallow spawning areas. Fishing these areas with a suspending jerkbait will not only trigger a reaction bite, but will also give away their location.
Now another tactic would be to fish 8- to 10-foot breaklines. I would start fishing for active fish by using a medium running crankbait, and fishing parallel to the breakline. Now when the fish are at this depth you can cover a lot of water by throwing a lipless crankbait, paralleling the breakline. Be sure to remember that in the spring the bass’ attention will turn back to crawfish, just like in the fall. So I would suggest using some type of crawfish-colored pat-tern. One of my favorite would be the Mann’s Baby 1 Minus for shallow water in a chartreuse craw color, and the Spro Prime crankbait slow floating model in the gold/black color.
If this does not produce then I would switch to a jig & pig combination or a plastic craw, and cast it onto the top of the drop and slowly inch it off the edge. I would continue this until I locate them, then refine the technique that was used.
Now these are just a few techniques that have really helped me catch big bass during the early spring season. If you stay versatile, and concentrate not on what the fish should be doing, but what they are doing, you will find your arms getting tired from catching those springtime lunkers.
Until next time, stay focused, stay warm, and keep the line tight.
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I’ll bet you have heard of Lake Fork in deep East Texas. Maybe you have even fished there. If not, try to think back to the day before Christmas at your local shopping mall and recall all those shoppers pushing and shoving to get in line. Now, picture all of those good fishing folks in bass boats within the same confined space and you will have a clear picture of what most coves and creeks look like when the fish are biting at Lake Fork.
One day in March I was greeted by just such a situation when I pulled my big Skeeter into a popular creek on the north end of the lake. Several boats were fishing the grass line in front of me and at least five boats were leaving the creek, having no doubt hit the same water I was about to fish.
Mepps Puts the Bite on Big Bass
A heavy hydrilla bed ran down the bank, and each boat I observed was fishing the outside edge of the grass. Common sense dictated that all the feeding fish on the outside of the grass had already been caught by the “angling platoons” which had passed before me, so I was going to have to use a lure or method that would give me a chance to catch the fish lurking in the hydrilla and timber-choked cover. Today I had both, as the bass were about to find out. Before I reached the back of the creek, five bass ranging between 3 and 7 1/2 pounds had been caught and released from my boat while I observed only one other small fish being landed by the dozen or more boats I could see. “OK man, I give up,” said a man in the boat closest to me. “What in the heck kind of lure are you using?” I smiled and held up my “secret weapon,” a 1/2 ounce gold colored spoon…”It’s a Timber Doodle.”
“Who makes it?” he asked.
“Mepps,” I said. “Mepps??!!, I thought all they made were trout lures,” said the man as he looked at his partner.
Mepps Puts the Bite on Big BassAs I zinged the Timber Doodle back into the dense cover that would have instantly fouled his jerk bait’s treble hooks, I couldn’t help saying, “Well, for those five bass you just saw me catch and the other ones I intend to catch today, that’s unfortunately not the case anymore!”
That day another angler learned what thousands of other fishermen around the country are quickly discovering, Mepps lures go after bass in a big way. Long recognized as a leader in the tackle industry, especially in the production and design of trout and salmon lures, Mepps has clearly stepped up to the plate and delivered a home run to the serious bass angler with the introduction of the Timber Doodle.
This weedless spoon is designed to be fished in the heaviest cover you can find. Aquatic grass, brush, just plain slop or anywhere you could never fish a conventional lure, is the perfect place to fish the Timber Doodle. The patented Mister Twister Keeper hook holds a Mister Twister Split Double tail trailer in place while making the bait absolutely weedless. A laser sharp VMC hook lies buried in the trailer, waiting to bite back when that trophy largemouth assaults the spoon as it swims through the cover.
Effective in fresh and saltwater, the Timber Doodle comes in genuine silver plate, and 24 karat gold finishes. They are also available in Frog, and Fire Tiger. These computer-age epoxy finishes won’t chip or flake. 1/4 and 1/2 ounce sizes, the Timber Doodle can be fished from the top while swimming through cover, or vertically jigged to tempt deep or suspended fish.
I’ll tell you this about the Timber Doodle, the next time you’re fishing down a bank and the fellow in the boat next to you has one, just make sure you’re in front of him, not behind him!
Mepps has made a solid commitment to the bass angler with the design of the Timber Doodle. Pick up a selection, head out to the lake and try them for yourself. Believe me, when that big largemouth explodes from the water with your Timber Doodle stuck firmly in his jaw, you’ll agree with me that, “Mepps means bass!”