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Tackle the task

When it comes to fishing lures, the tool is only as effective as its delivery system. That’s why DeFoe takes great care in selecting the right tackle for his balsa crankbaits.

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November 15 at 6:00 am
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Tools and tactics

Swapping hooks is not a complicated process, but a little know-how facilitates the task. Invariably, the biggest challenge is flexing the split ring enough to remove and add a hook. Split ring pliers, made to separate the metal ring’s overlapping sections simplify the process, while providing a gripping device. However, in a pinch, your fingernail or a pocketknife blade will suffice.

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November 15 at 6:00 am
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Bettin’ on balsa - Benefits of balsa crankbaits to catch bass

Bassmaster Elite Series pro Ott DeFoe is a product of his environment, and a particular aspect of those positive influences from his East Tennessee youth prove advantageous across southern waters. 

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November 01 at 7:00 am
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Hooking it up - How to change hard bait hooks

You buy a bait, remove it from the packaging, tie it to your line and make a cast. Everything should work as expected, right? Yeah, that’s generally how it goes; and as long as you’re selecting reputable products, you should expect reasonable teamwork between the piece that attracts a fish and the piece(s) that make them regret their mistake.

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November 01 at 7:00 am
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Carolina concepts

It’s rarely the first choice for modern anglers boasting tackle bags full of the latest-and-greatest, but it’s always a good idea to keep a Carolina rig handy. Now, the slow drag may seem askew compared to more active presentations common to the fall season. But for those times between the craziness — for the dreaded bluebird days following a fall cold front or for those times when you just can’t seem to get ‘em going ­— the old ball and chain can be a straight-up day saver.

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October 15 at 7:00 am
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Helpful hints for fall crappie

For fall crappie work, consider these finer points, as needed:

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October 15 at 7:00 am
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Tail gunner

Spinnerbaits are one of the most productive baits you can throw during the fall feeding frenzy, as the big profile and flashing blades do a good job of attracting attention and fooling hungry bass into thinking they’ve cornered a mouthful of shad. But don’t assume that attraction automatically equals success.

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October 15 at 7:00 am
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‘Digging’ the ditches

It’s possibly the most oversimplified stage of a bass’ annual schedule, but get to know the fall feeding migrations and you’ll see there’s actually a considerable amount of strategy required to achieve consistency. For, while we tend to describe this season as a mass movement of bass to their pre-winter gorging, it’s not just a random rush to the buffet line.

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October 01 at 7:00 am
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