Hunting & Fishing

In-Fisherman May 2019

In-Fisherman is for the avid freshwater angler. Each issue provides detailed instructions and demonstrations on catching, cleaning, and eating your favorite species of fish, and reports on the latest scientific studies concerning fish and habitat conservation. This is the source for finding fishing hotspots, new tackle, effective equipment, and more!

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1 min.
tv may

MAY 6 Into the Wilderness Close to Home > Mississippi Delta Slab Crappies > Secluded Largemouths & More > Small-River Wilderness Catfish MAY 13 Presentation Secrets to Share > Snapjigging Ice-Out Smallmouths > Big-Water Walleye Giants > Swimbait Hooks: Bass/Pike/Redfish MAY 20 Language of the Predator > Wading for Smallmouths > Pike in the Shallows > Grinding Largemouths MAY 27 Rock-Solid Seasonal Strategies > Spring-Run Redhorse > Longline Secrets for Crappies > Bed Time Bluegills COMING NEXT ISSUE È Bass and Sound; Secrets for Big Smallmouths; Crankbait Nuance Walleyes; Pike Trickery; Rush-Time Crappies; Prime Time Catfish; Smallmouth Options North; and Much More! in-fisherman.com THE LARGEST SOURCE OF FISHING INFORMATION ANYWHERE! Exclusive Online Columns Huge Video Library Master Angler Solunar Tables Adventures Mobile Friendly Species Landing Pages And Much More! ON THE COVER Slashbait Assault! BY LARRY TOPLE…

4 min.
secret weapon

I’ve had a lot of success the past two decades, fishing with weighted swimbait hooks, especially Eagle Claw Lazer Sharp L111s and, more recently, Eagle Claw Trokar TK170s, coupling them with boottail swimbait bodies like the Berkley PowerBait Split Belly and Hollow Belly; but also many other options, especially tubes (produce beautiful glides), and what I call grinder baits like the 5-inch Berkley Havoc Grass Pig and the newly introduced PowerBait Power Swimmer. They also couple superbly with craw-imitating options such as the Berkley Havoc Pit Boss and the Powerbait Chigger Craw—and with another overlooked craw-imitating option, the Berkley Gulp! Shrimp, which can be a killer at times, for large-mouths and redfish. These mainly fish best in shallower water, but adding a tungsten worm weight ahead of the rigging gets them fishing…

5 min.
bits & pieces

Tooth and the Wedge Science into Action- As predators like pike and muskies get larger, the average size of prey in their diet also gets larger. At the same time, however, the range of prey sizes consumed also expands substantially with predator size. So while the upper limits of prey size rises as a function of mouth gape, smaller items also can be retained in the diet. This phenomenon causes a wedge-shaped pattern in the relationship between prey size and predator size. While larger lures catch larger fish on average, downsizing can bring catches of big fish, a pattern that seems most noticeable for esocids in spring and early summer. Pike, for example, have been shown to key on leeches in shallow bays in spring, where smaller baitfish also are vulnerable to…

2 min.

NEW RIVER PEMBROKE, VIRGINIA Muskies » Plenty of mid-40-inch fish with a shot at one surpassing 50 inches, fishing with fly or conventional tackle, typically via jetboat, during May and June—plus excellent options for smallmouth bass. Contact: Britt or Leigh Stoudenmire, 540/921-7438, southernmuskyguideservice.com. Kristine Fischer CLEAR LAKE CALIFORNIA Largemouths » It’s a solid choice for bass from 3 to 7 pounds, and there’s a good chance for something much larger. This 44,000 acre natural lake is 100 miles north of San Francisco. Contact: Guide Larry Hemphill, 530/674 0276, lunkerlarry.com. Steve Ryan LAKE GUNTERSVILLE ALABAMA Largemouths » Arguably the shining star of the Tennessee River system, with mega-schools of bass up to and surpassing 8 pounds. Contact: Guide Casey Martin, 256/653-3019; lodging at D&E Landing, 256/506-BASS, delanding.com. Jeff Gustafson GRENADA AND ENID LAKES MISSISSIPPI Crappies » We feature these two lakes a lot because the…

2 min.
staff noteworthy & new

Garmont Tactical T4 Century-old Italian expertise combined with the finest materials and manufacturing methods, Garmont builds boots to extreme specifications for the military, so the lightweight mid-rise T4 Tour GTX does double duty on land or in the boat. Waterproof, comfortable, tough—$190, garmont.com Pro-V Ball Head Wonders Lazer Sharp needle-point Pro-V hook increases penetration and holding for a potent combination in the Eagle Claw Lazer Pro-V Ball Head Jig, in six colors and sizes from 1/32- to 3/8-ounce—25 jigs from $6.59 to $8.99, eagleclaw.com Ricochet Rabbit The shallow-diving square-billed flat-sided Bagley Flat Balsa B2 (2.75 inches and 3/8 ounce) stops on a dime during a grinding retrieve and ricochets off cover while sending out flashy vibrations to call in and trigger big bass—$8.99, bagleybait.com Tungsten In-Lines Tungsten’s denser than lead, allowing anglers to fish smaller, cast farther,…

11 min.
spring transitions for big bass south to north

Calendars work fine for making sure you don’t miss a doctor’s appointment or your wedding anniversary; not so much in planning for fishing trips. This year, March 20 ushered in the spring season or vernal equinox. That defines the point in spring when the sun stands directly above the equator and day and night are about equal in length. In Florida, most largemouth bass have completed their spawn and moved into feeding patterns by that time. In Texas, late March can bring the height of the spawn when giant females move onto beds to drop their eggs, though the spawn season there may last for another six weeks or more. And in Minnesota and other regions near the northern boundary of the bass’ range, lakes are covered with a foot or…