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The four hours or so before sunrise are the best times to catch bass during the heat of summer.

Get up extra early to beat the heat

August temperatures can be pretty rough on fishermen, and not just because of the heat. Lakes and rivers are full of recreational boaters, which can be as big a headache as 95-degree days with 80-percent humidity and no wind.

August 16 at 5:40pm
Good bass like this are helping Louisiana’s Brett Preuett make a big splash on the pro circuit.

The making of a pro bass angler

Being flexible and determined are necessary for success in fishing, but to understand how Preuett has developed those traits, a little background is necessary.

August 15 at 7:00am
Rapala’s Shadow Rap Shad

Rapala’s Shadow Rap Shad

Rapala, one of the most-recognizable and respected brands in the artificial lure manufacturing business, introduced a jerkbait at the 2015 Bassmaster Classiic.

This spring, the company followed up with another jerkbait in the series that stands out from any others: Bass haven’t seen an artificial lure move like the Shadow Rap Shad.

August 12 at 11:47am
Accomplished Delta bull fighter Capt. Mike Frennette shows off a big’n.

Bull stampede — Fishing for bull reds in the Mississippi Delta

Gary Abernathy was sure he saw a fish move off the tip of a grassy point on the south side of a little cut between islands.

August 01 at 7:00am
A fat Toledo Bend bass taken deep by Kyle Guidry using a swim jig.

Heat advisory — How to catch Toledo Bend’s summer bass

Bass fishing in temperatures exceeding 100 degrees is not for the faint of heart.

But those willing to brave the sultry temperatures know August can deliver sizzling bass action — especially on America’s No. 1 bass fishery.

August 01 at 7:00am
Broken up concrete, rock jetties and other concrete structure provide good largemouth habitat in the summer.

Fishing the Dream — Bassmaster Elite Series angler shares Ouatchita River bass secrets

Louisiana’s Brett Preuett is living the dream. Or should we say, “Fishing the dream.”

But don’t worry: Even when somebody pinches him, he’s still there.

“There is no doubt about it: This is a dream come true for me,” the 23-year-old Monroe angler said.

August 01 at 7:00am
Bridges become important targets for bass anglers when the summer heat really cranks up.

Focus on bridges for summer bass

Summer heat sends most bass to the depths, looking for cooler waters and food sources. Bass pile up around deep-water points and ledges, but one of the most-overlooked structures comes in the form of bridge pilings.

July 18 at 5:38pm
Gonzales pro Greg Hackney knows burning crankbaits, topwaters and spinnerbaits can deliver tremendous strikes.

Fast and furious gear

Quick on the handle — yeah, that’s the basic premise of burning baits. But the proper tools greatly facilitate this tactic.

July 15 at 7:00am
Dylan Poche celebrates his 4th place finish — with a 22-pound, 8-ounce bag — in the Cowboy Division of an FLW event on Toledo Bend just weeks before he died in January.

Young angler’s memory lives on through ‘Fishing Around the World’ Program

Dylan Poche’s life may have tragically been cut short at the Sibley Lake boat launch in January, but his memory still lives on — thanks to the power of social media and a simple gesture started by his mom that’s literally now taking the name of a young man who aspired to be a bass pro around the world.

July 11 at 1:25pm
Big bass aren’t the only fish waiting to be caught at Toledo Bend. Crappie also are stacking up.

Heat is on at Toledo Bend

When the national spotlight turned to Toledo Bend in May, the lake really showed off.

And a week later, with even more pressure on this lake ranked No. 1 by Bassmasters Magazine, the reservoir flexed its muscles again in the Sealy Big Bass Splash.

July 06 at 9:36pm
The spinnerbait is probably the most popular

Bassmaster Elite Series pro fishing tips for summer bass

You know the deal: You’re chillaxing by the pool and some goober cannonballs the crowd — not once, but twice.

He’s climbing out to reload and, even though you really don’t feel like moving, you just have to lay down the law.

July 01 at 7:00am
Greg Hackney's Day 1 catch on Cayuga Lake was disqualified after he fished in an off-limits area behind a marina, according to B.A.S.S. tournament director Trip Weldon.

B.A.S.S.: Hack’s Day 1 Cayuga Lake catch DQ’d

It looked for a while that Gonzales’ Greg Hackney had maintained his Angler of the Year lead after the Day 1 weigh-in on Cayuga Lake, with a solid 17-pound, 8-ounce bag good for 36th place.

June 24 at 1:28am
Toledo Bend Reservoir on the Texas/Louisiana border has been named the No. 1 bass fishery in the country for the second year in a row by Bassmaster Magazine.

Toledo Bend retains Bassmaster’s No. 1 ranking for 2016

For the first time since Bassmaster started creating a Top 100 Best Bass Lakes ranking, a fishery has managed to claim the honor in back-to-back years. And 2016 also marks the first time the coveted title has been awarded to the same location twice.

June 21 at 10:51am
Learning to skip a jig is just a matter of practice and the right equipment.

Skipping jigs

If you’ve ever seen an angler that really knows how to skip a jig under a boat dock, you’ll see why they are so good at catching bass around these structures.

June 16 at 6:00am
Sportsman TV host Greg Hackney pocketed $100,000 and a 2017 Bassmaster Classic berth Sunday (June 12) by winning BASSfest at Lake Texoma.

Hackney wins BASSfest and 2017 Bassmaster Classic berth

Sportsman TV host Greg Hackney bagged 17 pounds, 15 ounces of bass today to win the Bassmaster BASSfest Championship at Lake Texoma. His four-day total was 66-2, which bounced him from third to the top spot.

The Gonzales pro, who is leading the B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year race, earned $100,000 dor the win — and an automatic berth in the 2017 Bassmaster Classic to be held at Lake Conroe outside of Houston.

June 12 at 8:17pm
Casey Ashley of Donald, S.C., moved back into the lead after Day 3 of BASSfest on Lake Texoma. Gonzales' Greg Hackney is in third place heading into the final round of competition on Sunday, 4 pounds and 13 ounces out of the lead.

Ashley back on top at BASSfest, Hackney slips to 3rd

On the strength of a 17-pound, 5-ounce bag, Casey Ashley reclaimed the lead after Day 3 of BASSfest on Lake Texoma, with Gonzales’ Greg Hackney in third after a day without a big bite.

June 11 at 4:46am