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Mimic Swim Jig

  Swimbait fishing has its origins on the southern reservoirs of California. Back in the 80’s, anglers learned to mimic the looks and locomotion of trout. Why? Like stripers on mid-state reservoirs, gigantic black bass realize the full-meal-deal these stocked fish provide. Over time, bassers around the country applied the presentation to their local quarry, regardless if trout were on the menu, because swimbaits can emulate everything from bluegills to shiners and shad. Now, improving on what the market has…

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Capt. Barbara “Mouse” Witherell, the only female guide on the Santee Cooper lakes, has earned the respect of her male peers by making consistently outstanding catfish catches. by Terry Madewell With a signature moniker of “Mouse”, making a living as a professional catfish guide can lead to some interesting discussions about flipping the script and having a mouse catch a cat(fish). Capt. Barbara “Mouse” Witherell has been a highly successful fishing guide since 1998.  She is perhaps the best-known guide…

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by Brent Frazee You won’t find many crappie-fishing boats like the one guide Joe Bragg operates. In the nation’s heartland, crappie fishermen use everything from bass boats to john boats to aluminum V-hulls to chase the speckled gamefish. But a 24-foot, 4-inch long bay boat? Let’s just say Bragg defies customary behavior when he takes his customers fishing on Milford Lake in northeast Kansas. But Bragg says there is a method to his madness. His “Crappie Yacht,” as he calls…

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The Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Blue Ribbon Commission held its first listening session on Thursday, July 21. Yamaha Pro Anglers and Commissioners Mark Menendez and Ish Monroe discussed the negative effects of aquatic invasive species on state fisheries management, boating and fishing access and revealed the complexities of the invasive species issue. “The bass and crappie fishing in Kentucky is starting to recover as the Asian carp population levels out, thanks to harvesting efforts and a push to limit the…

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Youth Anglers Catch Fish

If research reveals that today’s youth represent the biggest ROI for recruiting new anglers, then what’s the best way to reach those kids who spend most of their time watching media or learning in school? PBS and the Future Angler Foundation have cracked that code by joining forces with their Getting Families Fishing television shows and classroom curriculum series. Harnessing an unprecedented distribution network of 165 channels with the Emmy-winning impact of the Into the Outdoors Education Network, the program…

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