One of my favorite times of the year to hit the lake has always been during the winter months if I am south where there is open water. In most parts of the country, the recreation traffic is finally gone until spring, and that usually means a lot less fishing pressure as well. Fish are most likely on their way to wintering areas of the lake which means fishing in deeper waters. Normally, I find myself fishing anywhere from 40 to 70 feet in the winter months, but this will vary depending on where you live and what body of...
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October is one of the best months for bass fishing all around the country. With water temperatures cooling, bass will spend as much time in the shallow water as possible and feeding primarily on shad and baitfish. The next 30-45 days present a window of opportunity to capitalize on some fantastic fishing.   Once the water gets too cold, fish activity slows, vegetation dies off and bass move deeper which makes them harder to catch forcing slower lure presentations. Because bass are feeding primarily on minnows, a spinnerbait is an excellent choice this time of year. Spinnerbaits are relatively easy...
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  At a recent National Professional Fishing League event in Wisconsin on Lake Winnebago, Ron relied on a topwater frog almost exclusively for a top finish and payday. When it comes to topwater frogs there is a wide variety of colors and styles to choose from. Ron breaks down his setup and how to choose the right frog. Frog fishing is not only exciting and explosive but throwing a topwater frog can be the best way to catch giant bass in the summer months and it can be more versatile than most people think. For many, the only time they...
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To become a complete well-rounded angler takes years of dedication and countless hours of learning much like any other sport. As a guide and tournament Angler, one of the most frequently asked questions I get when traveling around the country would be, “Do you prefer Spinning Gear or Baitcasting?”. This is an area we could discuss for hours, but one that is imperative to understand if you are looking to stay efficient on the water and maximize your success when fishing. Each set up has a place and time, and a good angler will be able to recognize when the...
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The harsh desert conditions in Arizona aren’t the most conducive to a flourishing vegetable garden. High temperatures, lack of rainfall, low humidity, and alkaline soil present a unique set of challenges for those looking to grow their own crops in the Grand Canyon State. However, with some careful planning, even novice gardeners can bring their dream garden to life. Here are tips you can use to start a vegetable garden in Arizona. Find the right location You know what they say—location, location, location. Finding an ideal location to start your garden is the best way to set it up for...
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