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How to make the most of the shad spawn

When working docks, Bassmaster Elite Series pro Mark Davis said it’s important to cover all the angles — down both sides of the walkway, across the face and tracing the T ends.

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May 15 at 7:00 am
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Follow-up baits important on fry-guarding male bass

Sometimes, a fry guarder will boil, follow or just push a bait without committing. Toledo Bend guide Darold Gleason said those fish are catchable — but you might have to work at it.

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May 15 at 7:00 am
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Spawn sensation How to catch bass during the shad spawn

It might sound rude, intrusive, bad form, but in lakes, ponds and rivers throughout the state it’s apparently just fine to interrupt the intimate moments of others.

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May 01 at 7:00 am
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Fry daddies Best bets for catching male bass guarding fry

Ponder the local playground: Kids laughing and chatting as they enjoy swing sets, merry-go-rounds, play sets, etc., while parents watch with a blend of heart-thumping pride and diligent protection.

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May 01 at 7:00 am
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Top chinquapin baits

Aggressive and gluttonous as any schooling fish, chinquapin are hardly picky. Nevertheless, catering to their tastes and preferences will earn you more love.

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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Nighttime fishing for chinquapin

Panfish aficionado Glynn “Catch” Cormier reminds anglers not to overlook the species’ after-hours potential.

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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Best tactics for bedding chinquapin

When chinquapin move in shallow to spawn, the ensuing game of tempting and taunting them to bite can become much like bed fishing for largemouth bass.

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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When to throw a spoon

During the shad spawn in April and May, Johnston fishes spoons around Styrofoam docks or muddy banks where the baitfish do their thing.

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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Coastal fish love spoons, too

In coastal marshes, a gold weedless spoon like the Johnson Minnow or Bomber Saltwater Grade Who Dat is standard issue for redfish seekers.

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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Modifications to get the most out of spoons

While spoons will definitely put fish in the boat, there are some modifications that help make them even more effective — and can eliminate a nagging problem inherent with the lures.

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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Cracking the code Expert tips for catching chinquapin

It’s a well-founded piscatorial propensity: Tell someone you’re heading off for a panfish mission and you’ll typically hear some bluegill-related reply.

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April 01 at 7:00 am
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Bass by the spoonful How and when to fish with a spoon

There lurks in every bass angler’s subconscious this question: If you could have only one lure, what would it be?

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April 01 at 7:00 am
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Tackle tips for bass fishing in grass

FLW Pro JT Kenney likes a bladed swim jig around prespawn grass, but if the fish aren’t fully committed — maybe because of post-frontal blues — he finds himself missing a lot of short strikes.

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March 15 at 8:00 am
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Adjust to prespawn bass-fishing volatility

When a cold front boogers up the prespawn scene, colder temperatures and bright, bluebird conditions will push the fish back off their staging positions.

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March 15 at 8:00 am
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Veggie variables How to fish for prespawn bass

Grass equals bass — yep, we got that. But getting to know the specific makeup of vegetation is essential, especially during the early spring before the it grows tall and thick.

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March 01 at 7:00 am
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Moving up How to catch prespawn bass

There’s a fine line between prespawn and spawning movement — get it wrong and you’ll be wasting time by fishing ahead of or behind the fish.

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March 01 at 7:00 am
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