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Hydrogen Peroxide?

Tournament fishermen have to make every effort to keep their fish alive. There are plenty of fish additives on the market, but something most anglers don’t realize is they hydrogen peroxide my be the best additive for a livewell. We started using hydrogen peroxide last year and saw a difference in our fish. This video from bass resource will explain why hydrogen peroxide should be in every tournament anglers boat.

 

 

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Berkley Havoc Subwoofer

Watch this video by Mike Iaconelli about the Berkley Havoc Subwoofer. I have been using these baits for a while now with great success. My favorite style of fishing them is to Texas rig them and slow roll them through heavy cover.

 

 

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Berkley Flicker Shad

Check out this video with Chase Parsons showing off the new colors of the Berkley Flicker Shad. These are great lures when it comes to walleye and smallmouth bass fishing.

 

 

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Willow Leaf Vs. Colorado Blades

Willow LeafColoradoSpinnerbaits offer a ton of options and are a very versatile lure. You can change the skirt color, skirt size, weight of lure, blade size, blade style, number or blades and more. The most common thing we hear is willow leaf blades or Colorado blades? Our answer to that is simple, both, and depends on water conditions, weather, species being targeted, and type of baitfish in the body of water. We can’t get into all the details in options for different blades on this tip of the week, but here are a few rules of thumb. First, in clear water it is better to use willow leafs because you can pull them through the water faster. This is especially true if you have a bluebird sky and calm conditions. If you have stained or muddy water you should go with a Colorado blade because it puts out a bigger vibration and causes more of a disturbance. Another option is to use a combination of the two blades. That is a quick reference guide and if you wish for more information visit our old article Picking the Right Spinnerbait.

 

 

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Ready to be a Tournament Angler?

Tournament MorningAre you ready to make the jump to fishing competitively? The best and most common way to become a tournament angler is to join a local club. Most clubs offer a 6-12 day tournament schedule throughout the year that are fairly inexpensive to fish. A lot of club tournament are held as team events to help minimize cost and to teach anglers that have less experience. Most guys fishing in a club are willing to share information and help each other grow as anglers and competitive fishermen. Don’t expect them to tell you how they are catching fish or where, but you can expect to be shown rods, reels, boating equipment, on occasion techniques, and most importantly what happens at each stage of the tournament process. Check out our local clubs page for some of the local clubs in our area.

 

 

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Save fish with Soda?

SpriteAs a competitive bass fishermen I am also looking for a way to take better care of my fish in the livewell to assure a live release after weigh-in. A follow competitor told me about using Sprite or Ginger Ale to stop a fish from bleeding. When you catch a few that took a bad hook you have to make a decision to either release it immediately or try to keep it alive in the livewell. Several occasions now I have hooked a fish in the tongue or the gills and the fish was bleeding excessively. In each instance I held the fish over the side of the boat and pour about 1/2 of a 20oz sprite into the fishes mouth and through the gills. I gave the fish about 10 seconds and placed them in the livewell. The fish never bleed again and was released unharmed after weigh-in. I am not saying this is a full proof solution to a fish in distress, but if it helps save one fish it is worth keeping a soda on board.

 

 

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Battery Terminals

dirtybatteryAre you having trouble with your electronics or charging system on your boat? There is a good chance that your battery terminals and or connections are corroded. Corroded battery terminals often lead to failed or insufficient charging. Also, it will reduce the connection between the battery and the fixture whether it would be your lights, electronics, or even trolling motor. If there is corrosion the solution is simple. Clean the terminals with a wire brush or adapter for a cordless drill that goes over the terminal. With the same items and perhaps sandpaper clean all connectors. After that is done and you are still having trouble have your battery tested and your local auto parts store.

 

 

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Versatile Fishing Rods

Abu Garcia has come out with a fishing rod that may be one of the most versatile I have ever seen. I have not used the new Verdict series rod yet, but I promise you that I will have one in my boat for the spring. Watch as Mike Iaconelli talks about this new rod and what it could mean as far as saving time on the water.

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Sebile Magic Swimmer

If you are not a swimbait guy that’s ok. They are expensive, hard to find locally, and take a lot of practice to get to know when and how to use these lures. I have been using soft swimbaits more than hard swimbaits, but I can honestly say that these lures can produce a good number of strikes and more times than not they are quality strikes. Check out this video about the Sebile Magic Swimmer. Remember these are preditor lures that catch pike, muskie, walleye, bass and striped bass.

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Moon Phase

The moon phase has a lot to do with the way fish feed, spawn, and react to conditions. The most noticable time of year is when fish are spawning. I have experience this myself at Chautauqua a few years back while I was fishing for fun. I spent 3 days out on the lake fishing and the first 2 days I was catching prespawn fish for the most part, but the full moon hit the night between the 2nd and 3rd day and all of the sudden there were fish on beds everywhere. Watch the video clip below because it goes into detail about how the moon phase should tell you how to adjust your fishing day no matter what the species you are targeting.

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