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Practice, practice, we’re talking about practice?  Yes, practice.  The saying goes practice makes perfect and it’s true, things become easier the more time you do them.  In this blog, we’re not talking about the time you spend on the water directly before the tournament.  This is not that kind of practice.  This is the practice you can and should do before you every hit the water. From an early age I was obsessed with bass fishing.  So much so by my 8th or 9th birthday I went around telling everyone that’s what I was going to do for a living.  I had made up my mind I...

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Rattlebaits   The bait commonly referred to as the “rattletrap” has had a long history in the sport of bass fishing but I believe largely unheralded outside of a few major victories.  Sure, you will find them located in everyone’s tackle storage but their use is largely undervalued.  When I think about the baits and the names associated with it, I think of Rick Clunn, Marty Stone, Kevin VanDam, Dickey Newberry and Chris McCall.  Guys that have consistently called upon this lure to beef up their checking accounts.  But what makes this bait so special and so largely overlooked?  It’s...

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  Red is no stranger to popularity in the spring across the country.  But why?  Why has red become such a mainstay in anglers tackle boxes?  Like every trendy technique or bait it has to start somewhere and just kind of catches on.  My first memory of red or as everyone affectionately called it “Rayburn Red” was the 1995 Texas Invitational Jim Bitter won on a red double willow leaf spinnerbait.  I’m most certain there were instances before this of the color being a major factor in victories, this is just the first one I recall.  Since then red has...

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