When the topic of catching really big bass comes up, Florida and other deep-south states invariably dominate the conversation. California has monster largemouth as well. But the Midwest is often overlooked when it comes to world-class bass. The next time you plan a trip and are looking to raise your bass bar, do not forget to consider spots like Table Rock Lake, Bullshoals and Truman Lake.
In the Midwest, finding and catching big bass on a regular basis has very little to do with luck. If it did, then I would be considered very lucky. Instead, it is a matter of knowing your quarry, and adjusting your methods to meet the existing conditions. The bass are there every day. They are already home. They have not migrated south to the Gulf. Your job is to find them and figure out what they want to eat. Below is a list of tips that I think will help you catch bigger bass in America’s heartland, and catch them more often. I hope some or all of these tips make you more successful.
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The three-day New Year’s weekend was a good one. The weather was near perfect, my whole family was home, and the hunting was outstanding. I didn’t spend the entire holiday weekend in the field, but I did manage to sneak in a goose hunt on Saturday morning with my good friend and waterfowl-hunting expert, Kevin Brunstein.
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Because the majority of deer season for most states falls during harvest, many farmers are opting for muzzleloaders and the later seasons they provide. Every year thousands of farmer-hunters purchase their first muzzleloading guns. Some of these guys have used black-powder guns in the past by borrowing them from friends. The vast majority however have no actual experience with “front-stuffers”. If you are included in this group, or know someone who is, here are few valuable tips and advice.
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August has been hot this year. Good for the corn, ok for the soybeans, and great for fishing. I don’t know a single farmer who would turn down a walleye dinner. Think hot weather and walleyes do not mix? Think again. A walleye is cold-blooded. Like other fish, their metabolism rises along with the water temperature in summer, meaning they need to eat more, not less.
Conventional wisdom, all summer long, demands dragging leeches and minnows on Lindy rigs in deeper water for walleyes. Obviously, it works. Hundreds of thousands of walleye enthusiasts cannot be wrong, especially since it is still working after half a century.
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Man....it's hot! It is the middle of summer, and it feels like it. Heat and humidity are two things I have never built up a resistance to. Summer is my least favorite season. And a summer like this one, hot and dry, is a real killer. It’s so hot, yesterday I saw a dog chasin' a cat, and they were both walkin'. It is so hot even the ice cubes are sweatin'. The good thing about this time of year is that our farming friends can occasionally take a day off to catch some fish.
So much for my hot weather complaints. Summer has its good points, too. Mid-summer fishing can often be as hot as the weather. Summer patterns and habits for most game fish fluctuate drastically from day to day. There are several contributing factors that can make or break a day of summer fishing. Today we're going to look at some questions and give some advice on how to keep fresh fillets on your grill or in your skillet this summer.
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A very special time of the year is almost upon us. It is that great time when planting is done, the kids are out of school, and we can once again take some time for each other. Of all of the outdoor activities I write about, this is one of my favorites. It combines two of my top ten loves in the world; my children and fishing. In the past 18 years, since my wife Nancy and I married and combined our families into one, I have had five of the most enthusiastic young anglers a father could ask for. Now I also have four wonderful grandkids. Not only do they love to fish, they love the outdoors as a whole, and for that I am very grateful.
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Today I want to take a look at hunting in its purest form, through the eyes of a child. There are two ways that we can collect data on a child's perception of hunting. The first way is to remember. Take yourself back to the days when even a morning rabbit hunt was as big an adventure as an African Safari. The second way is much more precise. Just ask a kid.
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When you work at a company for nearly 20 years, you gain lots of stories. From humorous to heartfelt, many of the stories I’ve gained are actually learning experiences. My name is Doug Clouser and I’m the product lead at Beck’s Hybrids. I’ve been a part of the research team since 1996.
I’ll admit this first blog has me a little nervous. I can speak and write for days on product information, product placement, or even technologies. This whole idea of entertaining or educating in a blog format is a bit outside my comfort level.
Categories: Beck's Research, Looking Past the Numbers
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Hello, I’m Mike Roux and welcome to my outdoor column on Beck’s blog. It is my pleasure to be a member of the Beck’s Team. I have spent decades in the outdoors and I have a true passion to pass along what I have learned and experienced to my readers.
My blog will focus on fishing, hunting, boating, camping and all other outdoor activities that we all love. I will discuss how-to, where-to, why-to and introduce the places and people that can make your experiences in the outdoors more meaningful. I will spend quite some time dissecting the relationship that develops between the landowner and the hunters he allows to use his land. Farmers and hunters are partners with like conservation goals.
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