BassWestUSA - Spring, 2012, Page 76

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freakin’ years! It doesn’t seem pos- sible, but that’s how long I’ve covered America’s bass fishing scene in words and photos. It’s been quite a ride, and along the way I’ve spent thousands of hours picking the brains of professional anglers and passing along their insights to bass addicts nationwide. What fol- lows is a sample of the knowledge and wisdom they’ve taught me – factoids that you would do well to remember if you aspire to become a better bass fisherman.

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by Don Wirth

Mississippi pro Cliff Pace lays into a lunker bass that sucked in his craw-colored football jig on the bottom of a muddy lake. Pace believes that realistic colors rule, regardless of water clarity.

from America’s T op Bass Pros

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It was a warm, sunny morning in late May. I was doing a photo shoot with Louisiana pro Greg Hackney, and he was off to a slow start – he’d had no bites in the first hour and fifteen minutes of fishing. Hack had been combing shallow flats and pockets with a jig and shallow crankbait, gunning for bass around submerged laydowns and stumps. But the skinny-water strategy wasn’t pay- ing off. Figuring the water temperature (77 degrees) was probably

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