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A father and son with a double catch of smallmouth bass

Catch Following Fish

Watch for followers of a hooked fish, and have your partner cast quickly to catch these “shadow” bass. Hooked smallmouth that have been feeding heavily often have following fish.  These followers “shadow” the hooked fish closely, looking to grab the hooked fish’s regurgitation.  Most likely it will be just one follower of similar size, but […]

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Dan Johnson in winter with a big smallmouth

Late Fall & Winter is Big Bronze Time

The cold water seasons of late fall and winter produce high percentages of big fish with the right techniques. Certainly big smallmouth can be caught all year long.  However, if you really want to up your odds of hooking the largest specimens, fish during the late fall or winter periods.  Strangely, most river anglers don’t […]

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Working the Jungle Stream

Adventure Tale: Jungle Smallmouth

BOOK EXCERPT—- Hawaii– sun, sand beaches, sea breezes, snorkeling, palm trees and tourists everywhere, right? For that reason it was never high on my list of “must see” places… until I discovered Hawaiian jungle smallmouth. Hawaii. Sun, sand beaches, sea breezes, snorkeling, palm trees… and tourists everywhere. These jewels in the Pacific sure have plenty […]

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sketch of Tim wade-fishing in Lake Michigan

Adventure Tale: Drowning by Smallmouth

BOOK EXCERPT– This wasn’t good.  I was coughing and spitting water, and I could see blood—mine– below the surface… Let’s start at the beginning. It was late summer on Lake Michigan years ago. My wife and I had reached the lake shore via a little county road in Hiawatha National Forest. From there we tossed […]

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3 Falls Smallmouth Bass

The Three Falls: Fall Smallmouth Bass Fishing

In fishing there’s no such thing as “Fall.” There are actually 3 different falls. “FALL FISHING FRENZY! SUPER FALL ACTION!” Over the decades, I’ve seen a multitude of magazine articles with titles like these, raving about fall smallmouth bass fishing. And it’s true. At times, fall can offer some of the most spectacular fishing of […]

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