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  • The Amateur Chronicles

    The Amateur Chronicles

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    Several weeks before the WON Bass Delta Pro-Am, Rich and I were sitting in my office discussing whether I should enter the tournament as his amateur.

  • The Best is in The West....NOT!

    The Best is in The West....NOT!

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    Over the last 10 years, we out West have continued to cry out, "The West has the best anglers, we can compete with those Eastern and Southern guys", "We'll

  • The Budget-Busting Peripheral Canal & The Three Big Lies

    The Budget-Busting Peripheral Canal & The Three Big Lies

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    The proposal to build a peripheral canal around the California Delta, overwhelmingly defeated by the voters in 1982, has been resurrected many times since then

  • The California Delta: Do we love to hate it or hate that we love it?

    The California Delta: Do we love to hate it or hate that we love it?

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    In the world of bass fishing dreams, those of us that live on the Sacramento – San Joaquin River Delta are often considered the” lucky ones”. With one of the n

  • The Carolina Rig

    The Carolina Rig

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    The Carolina rig was one of my best kept secretes for many years back in the days that are now called “Old School”. For a two year period in Arizona, I had cas

  • The Continuing Saga of the Quagga

    The Continuing Saga of the Quagga

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    Boat inspections, today that’s a little more than a mouth full. How do you know which lake is going to require what type of inspection? If you only fish one lak

  • The darker side

    The darker side

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    As money increases in pro bass tournaments,controversy and accusations are increasing, too

  • The Devil down by the launch ramp

    The Devil down by the launch ramp

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    Maybe I’d seen his rig around a few times before, I’m not sure. Could have been up around the Delta or maybe at Castaic. But there he was: the Devil, himself, d

  • The Evolving Fred Hall Shows

    The Evolving Fred Hall Shows

    In 1946 Fred Hall helped produce California’s first “sportsman’s show”. For the next three decades other shows came into the market copying his shows. Imitation

  • The experience of being part of a tournament staff

    The experience of being part of a tournament staff

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    It was the summer of 2004, and I, along with my tournament partner (and cousin), Daren Lacher, were licking our wounds after a season of pastings at the hands o

  • The Fluorocarbon Advantage

    The Fluorocarbon Advantage

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    With top name pros like Gary Klein, Takahiro Omori, Kevin Van Dam, Tommy Martin, Gary Yamamoto, Aaron Martens and many others relying more and more on fluorocar

  • The Great Swimdebate

    The Great Swimdebate

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    Face it: you’re old-school if you remember the TV game show, “To Tell the Truth.” Its climactic catch-phrase, though, could easily be applied to the debate tha

  • THE GREATEST TEAM

    THE GREATEST TEAM

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    A few years ago Skeeter Boats asked me to join them in Florida on Lake Toho for their media days. Over the course of two days I would get to spend two hours

  • The Hack Attack Flipping System

    The Hack Attack Flipping System

    From the moment he hit the scene, Strike King Pro Staffer Greg Hackney has been dubbed “The Hack Attack.” His nickname comes from his all out assault on the pro

  • The Impending California Salmon Disaster

    The Impending California Salmon Disaster

    KeepAmericaFishing is leading the fight to preserve your right to sustainably fish on the waterways of our nation.

  • The Importance of Releasing the Biggest Fish

    The Importance of Releasing the Biggest Fish

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    Everyone has heard about “Catch and Release” for many years. In fact, it has become almost a knee-jerk reaction for many anglers, to the point where it has actu

  • The Inevitable Adjustment

    The Inevitable Adjustment

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    As bass anglers, we all are faced with the inevitable adjustment. The small decisions that are so important during a day on the water.

  • The Jig-N-Pig It's Time

    The Jig-N-Pig It's Time

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    It’s a cold, foggy morning here on the California Delta in January. Water temps have bottomed out at 47 degrees. My client and I, who has actually become my tea

  • The Lake Camanche Challenge

    The Lake Camanche Challenge

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    This is one of the finest lakes in the Mother Lode area. If you want to challenge your skills, this is your lake. For a lake, it has all kinds of structures

  • The Long Line on Long-Lining with Jeremy Starks

    The Long Line on Long-Lining with Jeremy Starks

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    Long-Lining is the latest technique to come along in professional bass fishing. It was so unknown that many Elite Series anglers had not heard about it until th