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Daiwa Technology:  Monocoque Reel Bodies
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Daiwa Technology: Monocoque Reel Bodies

Cypress, CA  – In the history of the reel, it was only natural that the housing was a combination of two parts: the body and the body cover. However, when Daiwa launched the MONOCOQUE BODY in 2016, it destroyed this conventional truth. In the monocoque structure, the body itself is a rigid frame, durable to...

Tactics for Spring Crappie
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Tactics for Spring Crappie

Is there an angler alive who doesn’t thrill to the sight of a bobber twitching, then slowly descending out of sight as a crappie nails the minnow below? Bass and trout may be the “glamor” species, but for Virginia fishermen, the crappie is king. There’s little cause for wonder why. Crappies are plentiful throughout the...

Gussy Talks Aqua-Vu Underwater Cameras
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Gussy Talks Aqua-Vu Underwater Cameras

Crosslake, MN – “It’s always in my boat,” affirms Bassmaster Elite Series angler, Jeff “Gussy” Gustafson, referring to a particular fish-finding tool that’s been popping up in recent conversations among hardcore bass fans. You might be tempted to believe the ‘it’ in Gustafson’s statement refers to forward-facing or 360-degree sonar. But you’d be incorrect. “From...

Casting for Early Season Walleye
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Casting for Early Season Walleye

Casting shorelines for trophy walleye with stick baits has been a favorite of mine for years. (Now that I think about it, I actually say that about a whole lot of presentations! But I seriously enjoy this style of fishing.)  Each spring we look forward to casting suspending jerk baits in shallow water for post...

Artificial Reefs Create Habitat, Better Fishing
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Artificial Reefs Create Habitat, Better Fishing

“If you build it, they will come.” That is more than a movie quote—it is an axiom in fisheries conservation. Create habitat and the fish will follow. It’s a take-home message from offshore reef creation well underway, thirty years now, by the Coastal Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Excise taxes paid...

Private Trout Farm Works with USFWS for Conservation
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Private Trout Farm Works with USFWS for Conservation

When you think of a private fish farm, you don’t typically think of conservation, but through a new partnership that is changing. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Coleman National Fish Hatchery and Mt. Lassen Trout Farm have come together to raise endangered Sacramento River winter-run Chinook salmon and release them into Battle Creek as part...

Florida’s Charlotte Harbor: The Next Domino?
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Florida’s Charlotte Harbor: The Next Domino?

By Aaron Adams, Ph.D., BTT Director of Science and Conservation The cancer of too many nutrients is spreading throughout Charlotte Harbor. This does not bode well for the long-term future of its legendary fisheries. I lived on Pine Island for 12 years, starting in 2001. The flats from southern Pine Island Sound to Punta Gorda...

Rooster Tails for Big Trout
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Rooster Tails for Big Trout

Why spinners for big trout? You must cover far more water to find trout, especially larger ones when bites are far between. You need a technique that is effective as well as being one that covers the water thoroughly at a fairly fast pace. Spinners, especially Rooster Tails, feature flash, and that “pop” is the...

Shimano, G. Loomis and PowerPro: Gustafson’s Winning Combination
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Shimano, G. Loomis and PowerPro: Gustafson’s Winning Combination

“I’ve been waiting a long time to be able to do this in a tournament down here,” was the phrase repeated many times by Shimano Pro Jeff “Gussy” Gustafson as he described a decidedly Canadian approach to chasing smallmouth bass. “This is something we do back home all the time, especially as smallies follow big...

Spending by Hunters and Anglers Generated $1B For Conservation in 2020
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Spending by Hunters and Anglers Generated $1B For Conservation in 2020

Thankfully, when it comes to funding for maintenance and improvement of fish and wildlife habitat or sportsmen’s access, all our eggs aren’t in one basket­—here are the major conservation funding sources that every hunter and angler should know. Sportsmen and women know that the money we spend hunting and fishing not only drives an $887-billion...