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In 2020 we are increasing our focus on bass, crappie and walleye fisheries. From welcoming two-time B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year Gerald Swindle to the AFTCO family, to our support of the National Walleye Tour, we are committed to connecting our 10% Pledge to Protect and Conserve to more anglers. According to AFTCO President Casey Shedd, “The past few years...
  There are few events in the fishing universe that rival the excitement of a bass crushing a topwater lure. Indeed, the entire visual experience of presenting a frog, popper, or walking bait on the surface creates a palpable sense of nervous anticipation among topwater devotees, which can only be relieved by a positive hookset that sends an unsuspecting largemouth...
There’s no denying it: the open water season is winding down. With attention shifting to ducks, deer, and the holidays, there is precious little time in our busy schedules to continue the hunt for bass, crappies, or walleyes. And let’s be honest – even if we find a few hours at this time of year to hit the lake,...
Bass Master
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — After a 2019 Bassmaster Elite Series season that was widely regarded as one of the best ever, the entire field has decided to come back for an encore. B.A.S.S. announced the field for the 2020 Elite Series today, and all 75 anglers from the 2019 roster are returning, along with 10 qualifiers from the Basspro.com Bassmaster Opens,...
Pro Kayak Angler John Deshauteurs discusses how he crankbait fishes out of his Kayak.    
As waters cool during the fall, toothy critters – musky, pike, and walleye – enter into their annual feeding binge, devouring sufficient baitfish and other aquatic prey to kick-start the maturation of their reproductive tissues and to fortify the energy reserves needed to sustain themselves during the dark winter months. Walleye anglers present live bait in deep water, and...
Manage the angle of the dangle Horizontal and vertical soft plastic presentations for bass True revolutions are rare in fishing, and even when we see something deemed “revolutionary”, that product or technique is, more often than not, a simple adaptation of an existing presentation or piece of equipment. In the recent past, one such “revolution” was the Alabama Rig, a castable...
Panfish occupy a special place in the hearts of nearly all freshwater anglers. Most of us can trace our fishing roots back to childhood days spent staring at a classic red-and-white bobber in anticipation of the next bluegill’s nibble. With age and experience, many of us pivot our fishing passions toward larger, more glamorous finned adversaries; yet, fond memories...
We need to take more kids fishing. Those of us who have been fishing since our youth recognize the joy and fulfillment that accompanies time on the water. Organized fishing leagues and teams at the high school and college level are helping to bolster participation by teenagers and young adults, but the youngest anglers need individualized introductions to our...
There are no magic bullets in fishing. No single lure is guaranteed to work every time, under all circumstances. Having said that, a very limited collection of lures with broad, multi-species, season-long appeal does exist: these are lures that you can tie on, no matter when or where you’re fishing, with the reasonable expectation of success. Lipless rattlebaits are...

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