August 2022



Maintaining our outboard motors, no matter the size, make or model is very important.  Several years back, I was asked by Yamaha Marine to be an advocate for this very important message.  It was easy for me to fulfill that role as I was passionate about it and still believe in it.

The Great Outdoors

The Great Outdoors by Larry Whiteley   TIME FOR TAXES  As you fill out your tax returns or pay to have them done, I thought you might like to know where some of your hard-earned dollars go when the government gets them from you. $384,989 of our tax dollars was spent on a research grant […]

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4-Wheeling Crappie

4-wheeling into a remote pond in the White River National Wildlife Refuge provides crappie fishermen with a rare escape from the hustle and bustle of most crappie lakes. (Photo by Richard Hines)   Four-wheeling for Oxbow Crappie by Richard Hines   If you had told me years ago, I would be riding on the back [...]

Crappie Basics: Future Fisherman

The FAF supports and directs a massive digital outreach program that reaches tens of millions of potential new anglers and boaters each year under the “Getting Families Fishing” initiative.   Have you ever heard of the Future Angler Foundation (FAF)? Some tackle and marine industry members have, but a surprising number can’t put their finger […]

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TTI Blakemore Making a Mark

No matter what species they’re fishing for, nothing beats the joy of introducing a youngster to fishing. As often as not, the teacher gets as much joy as the student. (Photo: Richard Simms)   TTI Blakemore – Working for Crappie Anglers by Terry Madewell    For decades the legendary fishing tackle company, TTI Blakemore, has […]

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Hot-Weather Crappie

Finding areas with flowing water can lead summer crappie fishermen to a mother lode of slabs this season. (Photo: Keith Sutton)     9 Crazy Tricks for Hot-Weather Crappie by Keith Sutton Out-of-the-ordinary Crappie Tactics   For those resilient anglers who can tolerate the sweltering heat, mosquitoes and sunburn that often are part of summer […]

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Electronics by Wiegmann

Traditional 2D sonar pings a single echo and is available in 200kHz or 83kHz.  (Photo: Brad Wiegmann)     Is Traditional 2D and CHIRP Sonar Obsolete? by Brad Wiegmann   Is traditional 2D and CHIRP sonar obsolete? Do you need traditional 2D and CHIRP sonar? It seems like the surge of anglers buying units just […]

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Oxbow Bonanza

Planer boards are a good way to separate baits for a wide area of coverage. Getting them away from the boat will get bites from fish that may be spooked from under the boat, too. Crankbaits, jigs or a combination can be trolled to trigger bites. (Photo: Tim Huffman)   Alabama Oxbow Bonanza by Tim […]

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The Reel Deal

The Reel Deal: Trout or Crappie by Lindsey Lucas   When I am writing and watching videos of fishing, there are always things that are missing – in my mind anyway. For example, you rarely see anyone getting a hook embedded in their shoulder. Let me tell you a story about a time my dad, [...]

Not Always Deep-Water Oriented

Ohio angler Jason Koesters has developed a shallow-water approach to crappie fishing that works just about anywhere. (Photo: Greg McCain)   Summer Crappie – Not Always a Deep-water Affair by Greg McCain   The notion that crappie always go deep in the summer just does not always hold true. Ask Ohio tournament competitor Jason Koesters, […]

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Fan Casting for Locating & Catching Fish

A simple strategy is fan casting. It helps locate fish by systematically fish all the water. After fish are found, casts can target the spot where fish are active.

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Team Crappie Kit for Any Water Situation

The new 25-piece Team Crappie kit provides a light, medium and dark shade jig body to match any condition and fish mood. The kit includes Road Runner heads to provide flash.

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Crappie Basics: Transitioning to Live-imaging Sonar

Live imaging sonar has revolutionized crappie fishing. But some anglers have a difficult time adapting to the new style of fishing required. (Photo: Richard Simms)   More and more anglers are installing live-imaging sonar (LIS) on their boats these days. But many find out quickly that there is sometimes a steep learning curve in figuring […]

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Vernon’s Recipes

Ceviche Crappie Salad by Vernon Summerlin   Ceviche is a salad, however, sometimes it’s served as a cold soup. Gazpacho and vichyssoise are certainly cold soups designed especially for summer dining.  Ceviche is typically made from fresh raw fish cured in citrus juices, such as lemon or lime and spiced with ají or chilies. Additional […]

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