Initially available for the Apple iPad, Looking Glass is now offered as an app for the iPhone as well. A free version provides a preview of how the extraordinary video enhancer works. And from now through January 1, 2014, the complete Looking Glass version is being offered at a new low price of $9.99.
The USA Ice Team, comprised of the top ten ice anglers in the country, will come together for two intense days of training this weekend in preparation for the 11th World Ice Fishing Championship (WIFC) in Minsk, Belarus, Feb. 22-23 2014.
The steelhead harvest season is open on the Boise, Clearwater, Salmon, Little Salmon and lower Snake rivers through the end of the year.
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is asking that those leftover Christmas trees be used to help improve the state's fisheries by dropping the trees off at several sites around the state.
In September, ASF hosted an Atlantic salmon workshop called "What Works and What Doesn't." It brought together scientists from across North America to discuss restoration projects and to what degree they helped populations of Wild Atlantic salmon.
Arctic Ice, manufacturer of high performance thermally regulating cooler panels is proud to partner with Ace Hardware in Cordele, GA to bring their innovative product offerings to outdoorsmen in and around the south central Georgia area.
Bass Champs, the leading team tournament trail in Texas announced today that Minn Kota has signed a continual multi-year deal and added an incentive program in 2014.
Arctic Ice, manufacturer of high performance thermally regulating cooler panels is proud to partner with The Bargain Barn in Jasper, GA to bring their innovative product offerings to outdoorsmen in and around the Jasper area.
The new University of Outdoors will be opening its doors summer 2014 in two locations -- Altoona, Ala., and Mesa, Colo., and will be providing its students with useful skills and knowledge essential for developing a career in the out of doors.
Of the 51 whales originally stranded near Everglades National Park, 22 have died and 29 are still missing.
Team Fish, Inc. has just introduced the CastMate™ System for expanding the capabilities of any float tube - an innovative, affordable new platform that makes it easy for float tubers to store, access and use essential fishing equipment while on the water.
Available in 200 lbs, 300lbs, 600lbs, 1,000 lbs, and 2,000 lbs, Varmint Proof Feeders from Diamond Feeder are the first 100% varmint proof feeders that provide a truly effective way to keep pesky raccoons and other varmints out of your feeders.
The Okuma Fans' Photo Contest offers some $1500 in product prizes for fishing photos.
A new state record rainbow trout was caught recently from Lake Watonga at Roman Nose State Park, reminding Oklahomans that this non-native, cold-water fish is in season and providing plenty of angling action across the state.
The 17th annual Northeast Fishing & Hunting Show presented by STIHL(R) Solutions will take place on Friday, February 14 through Sunday, February 16, 2014 at the Connecticut Convention Center at 100 Columbus Blvd. in Hartford, Conn.
The National Rifle Association is proud to announce that Outdoor Channel will be the Presenting Sponsor of the Great American Outdoor Show, the largest sports and outdoor show in the country, Feb. 1-9 in Harrisburg, PA.
Border View Lodge (www.borderviewlodge.com) from Lake of the Woods will be displaying a working Bombardier at this year's WI Ice Fishing Show in Rothschild, WI on December 13 - 15th.
ICE FORCE team at the Arrowhead Ice Fishing and Winter Show December 13-15 at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center
Walleye whisperers Tony Roach, Tom Neustrom and Brad Hawthorne and fellow ICE FORCE pros Steve Sutherland and Grant Sorenson will trade stories, answer your questions about the gear they use to find and catch fish, and hand out free ICE FORCE decals and fish rulers.
The 2014 Progressive Insurance® Chicago Boat, Sports & RV Show® transforms McCormick Place into an outdoors enthusiast and boater's paradise January 16-20.
The regional outdoor sportsman's shows scheduled for January - April 2014 have set their dates and some have changed locations.
The Rose Lake Access Area managed by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game will be closed to public access this fall and winter with closure beginning Dec. 16.
The next round of evening razor-clam digs is set to begin Saturday, Dec. 14, just in time to take home some clams for the winter holidays.
With the first winter steelhead of the season arriving at some coastal rivers, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife today released its 2014 Winter Steelhead Guide.
The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department stocks trout every year during the fall months, mostly to bolster the winter ice fishery.
Over 77 million homes will be able to watch this year's Toyota Texas Bass Classic (TTBC) when it airs on the NBC Sports Network. TTBC, the world championship of professional bass fishing, was held on Lake Conroe (Conroe, Texas) on October 4-6, 2013.
Following this week's announcement by House and Senate leaders of a successfully negotiated budget for fiscal years 2014 and 2015, sportsmen are uniting to advocate for strong funding for conservation initiatives as the details of the budget agreement are resolved.
Rethink Spoons as a Deadly Bait for Cold-Water Smallies
In terms of fall locations, key on isolated rock piles, gravel flats, points and secondary points, especially those that plunge into deep water.
Not all spoons are created equal. Hall of fame angler Doug Stange divides them into three main categories: slab spoons, horizontal spoons and "big butt" spoons, which are heavily-cupped and bottom heavy, like Johnson's popular Sprite.
Horizontal spoons, like the Johnson Thinfish, are longer, with a narrow profile, and often built thin; "flutter" spoons fall relatively slowly with a pronounced side-to-side fluttering motion.
Stange's so-called "big butt" spoons are typically fished on a straight retrieve, but can be counted down to deeper structure and fished with aggressive jig strokes.
These spoons fall with a pronounced, almost zigzag wobble.
The main thing to remember when selecting spoons for fall smallmouth is to select baits that effectively target fish at the depth they are holding, and still allow you to fish at speeds that both cover water and trigger strikes. In most cases during late season that means concentrating on slab spoons, but not always, which is why it makes sense to bring a selection of spoons and let the fish tell you what they like best.
Fishing spoons is about depth, fall rate and jig stroke; get these things right and everything else will follow. Sticking with a small selection of colors will shorten your search as these other considerations are more important.
Personally, I am a fan of the Johnson Splinter Spoon, a slab spoon that casts easily, falls fast, and offers an erratic darting action on the retrieve thanks to its asymmetric, flat profile. The slender Slimfish offers a tight, erratic action on a straight retrieve thanks to built-in fins. When jigged or allowed to fall on slack line, the lighter spoons flutter slowly and horizontally.
As a general rule of thumb, I fish the Slimfish in waters 3 to 10 feet deep, but anything deeper than that I turn to the Splinter spoon. Both the ¼- and ½-ounce models are deadly, with the ½-ounce getting the nod most often, especially when working water deeper than 15 feet.
For smallmouth, it's tough to beat FireTiger or Gold, while Chrome or Perch get the nod in clear natural lakes. The most important factor of color selection is simple: Match it to what they're eating.
Experiment with both the speed and length of the lift. There are times when smallmouth respond well to aggressive jig strokes. Most strikes come on the drop. You feel the typical "tick" or simply the weight on the jig stroke.
Last fall on the Great Lakes, we caught several smallmouth to over 6 pounds on Splinter spoons by working rocks in 15-30 feet. We also caught walleye, whitefish and lake suckers (yes, caught in the mouth). The experience reiterated the triggering power of spoons when fished this way.
I prefer throwing spoons on spinning gear for longer casts. A medium-heavy 7'3" to 7'6" Abu Garcia® Veritas fast-action rod with a soft tip is perfect. A larger spinning reel like an Abu Garcia® Revo SX 30, which takes in a full 33 inches of line per turn, is perfect for giant smallmouths.
It's really tough to beat a superline like FireLine® for this technique. It casts well, and with its thin diameter it works well in deeper water. In situations where I've used a baitcaster to fish spoons, fluorocarbon has proven the best choice.
Spoons are a class of baits that are hard to fish if you've never fished them before. My advice? Take a selection of them in different weights and colors out on the water and fish nothing else that day. Spend enough time with them and you'll discover there's really no mystery to these old-school baits. They are very much an overlooked producer of both quality and quantities of late-season smallmouth.
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