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In-Fisherman

In-Fisherman October/November 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!

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
KSE Sportsman Media, Inc.
Frequency:
Bimonthly
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8 Issues

in this issue

9 min.
suspending disbelief

One of the curiosities associated with fishing, particularly today with the plethora of presentation options we have to choose from (no matter the species), is that on any given day anglers with contrasting approaches to the same situation may all find a solid way to catch fish. My approach typically is to begin searching somewhat aggressively on a new water, or in a situation where I haven’t been on an otherwise familiar water in many weeks or months, and then let the fish suggest if I need to temper back. In the case of largemouth bass, the period from mid-September into about week-three October is one of the best times of year to fish bigger and bolder than you have all season. That’s the time frame in the North. In the South,…

4 min.
bits & pieces

Largemouth Bass Hook Wounds From the Field— Anglers often catch fish and observe what appear to be hook wounds on their mouths, presumably due to being previously caught. Questions concerning hook wounds include how long they last, how easily they’re detected, and if they can be used as an index of angling pressure? To answer these questions, we angled largemouth bass from a pond using a crankbait with two treble hooks and a soft-plastic worm with a single hook.* After capture, bass were held for six days to examine hook-wound detection and healing rates. Hook wounds were detected in 100 percent of angled bass on the day of angling and were still observed on greater than 90 percent of bass seven days after capture. In May, 27 percent of hook wounds were…

2 min.
bass vision—another look

Select Science— An article published in Current Zoology sheds new light as well as confirms some previous findings on largemouth bass vision.* The study focused on the visual system and visual perception of color in largemouth bass and involved three research components: determine the number and spectral sensitivity of photoreceptors in the eye; model visual perception; and test color perception using behavioral experiments. The study utilized both northern and Florida subspecies of largemouth bass, so the question of whether there were differences in photoreceptor sensitivities between the two subspecies was also addressed. The northern and Florida bass tested showed similar visual sensitivities. Results confirmed a dichromatic visual system with green-sensitive single cone cells and red-sensitive twin cone cells, in addition to rod cells. Vision models indicated that the bass’ dichromatic vision…

3 min.
staff noteworthy & new

Rooftop Rod Box Designed to fit on most vehicle roof racks, truck racks, and trailers, Yakima TopWater keeps fishing rods safe, organized, and provides fast access to rods without the need to break them down. It also has room for low-profile tackle boxes, and safely transports eight fully rigged rods up to 8 feet long—$549, yakima.com. The Edge A revolution in tackle box storage, four different Plano EDGE boxes are built for storage in standard, thin, or deep-box configurations. Additional boxes are designed for specific lure styles such as spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Super sturdy, with clear lids, Rustrictor infusion to eliminate rust, and many more features, including a Water Wick system for water absorption—check pricing and more at planomolding.com Glowing Streaker The Lindy Glow Streak comes to life with glow from a replaceable lightstick that…

2 min.
adventures

ST. CLAIR RIVER MICHIGAN Lake Sturgeon » Plenty of big fish in the river between Lake Huron and Lake St. Clair. Contact: Finn’s Sport Fishing, finnssportfishing. com; Rods a Poppin Charter, fishanywhere.com/ charters-guides/rods-a-poppin-charter-service; Fish in the Zone Charters, fishinthezone.com; Brian’s Blue Water Bait and Tackle, lakestclairguide. com/service/blue-water-bait-tackle. Jim Felgenauer & In-Fisherman LITTLE BAY DE NOC UPPER PENINSULA, MICHIGAN Walleyes and Smallmouths » This northern bay of Lake Michigan has few crowds come late fall, yet produces walleyes topping 13 pounds and smallmouths surpassing 7 pounds most years. Renewed walleye stocking has strengthened year-classes and increases in vegetation make for great casting opportunities. Contact: Capt. Paul Delaney, 920/421-0896, lateeyessportfishing.com. Steve Ryan BROKEN BOW LAKE OKLAHOMA Largemouth Bass » This scenic hill-land reservoir about 100 miles south of Fort Smith offers consistent fishing for bass from 4 to 8 pounds, with a shot at…

12 min.
fire up for fall largemouths

A the seasonal blessings we anglers enjoy, I’d rank a fine fall at the top of the list, especially if you place special emphasis on bass size, fishing conditions, and what lies ahead. In more southern latitudes, stifling heat gives way to pleasant weather that can last almost to Christmas. And in the North Country, a mild fall with gradually cooling conditions guarantees outstanding action for bigger-than-average bass, without the number of anglers and boaters of the spring and summer seasons. There’s an old angling adage that bass stock up for winter by feeding heavily before cold conditions arrive, which reduces their metabolism. Studies of bass feeding in fall are scarce, but their plump appearance and the way they typically attack lures suggests there’s truth to this theory, particularly in waters…