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EL NINO proves to be one rude dude.

EL NINO proves to be one rude dude.

Kind of rude, you know. With so many expecting you for the spring event, but what do we get? Nothing, not a word of explanation.

Hey, we’ve been steeped in drought for almost five [stinking] years. My lawn looks like the Sahara, and I can barely see the top of the launching ramp from the lot. Heck, everywhere else, I can see the bottom of the launch ramp.

I went out and got the roof repaired, the yard drains cleared and painted everything wood on the property. I can’t believe you would act like this! We got your early tease, then a week or so back we got a nice one-day shower.

So where are you? (more…)


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Who owns the spot

WHO OWNS this spot?

UPDATED–One of the great dilemmas of fishing small lakes is trying to reconcile basic instincts. Like observing the environment with respect to other anglers present, and catching your fish.

Yet, once you’ve spent 20, 50 or a hundred hours on the same thousand surface acres, for example, isn’t it a fair question to ask: which part of it is yours, and which part of it belongs to that guy, or that guy over there? (more…)


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The topics actually cross paths. Get the electronic version of the Matt Kramer work for free!

The topics actually cross paths. Get the electronic version of Matt Kramer’s book for free!

UPDATE: The offer for a free copy of the new book has been extended two more days.

Here’s something a little different. And while it may not be an exact fit for every upcoming professional angler, it still could help.

I’ve seen the idea put forth by others on the fishing websites–that somebody looking to break into the industry would greatly help their own cause by taking a public speaking course. The idea is to improve your marketability by working on your communicative skills, whether in front of an audience, clients or company heads.

Being a successful angler is good, but probably not enough to sustain a year-round income. Being able to confidently carry the product/instructional message, (more…)


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A bit of a furor over Zoom’s infringement on the nation’s preferred handpour, the West’s own Roboworm, may have unexpected consequences. Despite the resentment many of us hold for Zoom’s bold move in the marketplace, maybe it’s not all bad. (more…)


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Summer of the Bass coverI ask the question since most of what I read anymore are message board entries and FB posts. However (and maybe it’s due to that generational gap) I still like a story, told without the use of a text message glossary, sharing someone’s individual thoughts.

Such is Summer of the Bass, a new book that lands (wouldn’t you know it?) right in the gift-buying season. This ain’t a “Pop it twice and let it sink” kind of volume. Yet, it’s hard to pin it down with regard to regions or regional bias, but for people who still have libraries, this might be worth a look. (more…)


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True, it is somewhat of a ritual migration, going to the annual Bass-A-thon in Anaheim. However, there are no crocodile-filled rivers to cross, no risk of starvation (especially with the In-N-Out truck present) and there is always an array of bass fishing celebrities and bass catching products on display. (more…)


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THE ODDS look good, but are they?

EDITED 1:06 p.m.–I know we continue to get ripping predictions on this winter’s rainfall–ooh, actually this winter’s El Nino condition that has in the past, brought rain. But as I look at the long range forecast for Southern California–even a couple of weeks out–and there is nothing on the board for the rest of November.

My concern is that past patterns (and we are sure putting a lot of stock in past patterns) say that typically we get a little precursor blast of precipitation, followed by a month-long lull, and then come the consistent and regular storms. (more…)


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MATT ALLEN rises to the top in California.

Take nothing away from our skilled cadre of tournament anglers—well, maybe just a little. This year there just was no unbeatable, don’t-even-bother-to-try, indisputable competitors to dominate on the California Top 40 Bass Angler List. For that very reason, you can roll out the red [deck] carpet for 2015’s very best–Matt Allen!

Each year, with diverse help statewide from the Bass Angler Assessment Team (BAAT) we try to discern the very best throughout the Golden State and present them on the Top 40. And by virtue of that effort, Allen, who paraded an almost unimaginable number of trophy largemouth and spotted bass from the likes of Clear Lake, Berryessa, the Delta and even the under-rated Bullard’s Bar, is the man in the spotlight. He’s clearly #1. (more…)


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TWO HOT SELLERS: Clone Fry and Whopper Plopper. How long will they sizzle?

While neither bait is new, the fact is, both are currently on the radar–in high resolution! The Jackall Clone Fry and the River2Sea Whopper Plopper are leading the league in empty shelf pegs and Internet backorders.

The Plopper, a noisy, floating buzz bait with the clever use of its “tail” as the blade will likely peak in national attention, given it catches everything (more…)


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THIRTEEN inches right? Or so?

THIRTEEN inches right? Or so?

The fact we don’t hear of many instances of tournament anglers being docked for bringing in “short” fish (those less than the prescribed minimum size for an event) is a departure from earlier days. It might even reflect a stronger ethical climate in the West.

And after agonizing a few times, myself, over fish that barely make it, or maybe don’t, I understand there is a crisis moment. When you need that fifth fish, even if it barely adds a pound or so to the total weight.  There’s that risk. (more…)


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