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The Changing Landscape of Fall Musky Waters

By Adam M. Glickman

A Few years back while fishing, a friend of mine, Cory Allen, brought up a topic that I have thought a lot about ever since. Cory was and is still a dedicated student of the teachings of legendary and revolutionary angler Buck Perry. Perry pioneered the concept of fishing off shore and often deep structural elements in natural lakes and reservoirs. What Cory and I spoke of that day was the concept of structure and how it is very different than cover. Many people use the words structure and cover synonymously. Until said conversation, I did as well, even in articles. It certainly is shameful for me to admit but facts are facts.            

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Pike, Muskie and the old, Twitchin’ Reaction

By JP Bushey

Cooling water reboots options for pike and muskie casters. Fishing twitchbaits consistently electrifies these fish, no matter what the temp gauge says. To me, esox species are the most fun and interesting fish of them all. They always have been. One part psychotic killer, one part pouting baby, these fish excite, engage and entertain me like no other. I’ll take them any way I can get them, from deadbaiting under a foot of ice, to speed trolling with jackhammer crankbaits or bucktails. By this time of year, lure styles that run with start/stop rhythm, offer huge triggering qualities and hook fish solidly can be some of the best. A lot of days, there’s nothing better than a twitchbait.

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Accidental Trophy Catches

By Cory Allen

We all hear the stories, all the time. Crappie angler has his intended buttermilk fillet turned into sushi boat side; Bass tournament angler catches a 52 incher during the eleventh hour and bitches at his poor luck. One man’s trash as they say, but so many of these accidents go completely unnoticed and without given proper warrant. My question has always been why?

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Doin’ That Stream Smallmouth Gig

By Jim Gronaw

I must admit…since I have become borderline elderly I have not had the chance to fish for stream and small river smallmouths like I used to. Things like arthritis, asthma, knee operations and bad table manners just get in the way of so many things. That’s why I recently jumped at the chance to fish for some stream smallmouths when my friend, Jud Larrimore, invited me for some ‘easy wading’. I had fished the area before, and thought that it had potential. But that lone, late summer effort produced only pint-sized smallies with a mix of sunfish and fallfish. Fun none the less, I was looking for bigger game.

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Drop Shot Tactics for Trophy Panfish

By Jim Gronaw

We weren’t on the bank long before I heard my son, Matt yell ‘got em’ and I looked over to see his long, 11 foot spinning rod arched heavily under the weight of a good fish. We were ‘drop-shot’ fishing…a way to present a bait or lure to deeper, weed-hugging panfish and bass. As he played the fish in, we could see that this was no ordinary sunfish. As we had often done when in quest of trophy bluegills or hybrid sunfish, we had a long-handled net ready and scooped the fish up when it had tapped-out. The fish was over 11 inches and pushed 1 ½ pounds…the first of several trophy hybrid sunfish we would catch and release that day.

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Rough Fishery Profiles: Pee Dee River, South Carolina

By David Graham

As a South Carolina native I have spent untold hours stomping through every manner of marsh-laden, mosquito infested, heavily forested terrain possible, all in search of the ‘perfect spot’.   Every angler recognizes my point – that ‘perfect spot’, which, given the right time and opportunity, would yield the moment that is an angler’s heaven – the swift, unmistakable jerk on the line, that adrenaline-inducing grab that might mean the catch of one’s dreams.

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