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In-Fisherman August/September 2020

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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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8 Issues

in this issue

5 min.
riggings that work as august slides into september

I continue to use Eco Pro Tungsten Pro Wacky Weights to fish wacky-rigged stickworms and other softbaits deeper than they could otherwise be fished. The weights range from 1/16- to 3/16-ounce and have a hole for a center wire loop and outer-edge grooves for two wire legs, all of which gets pushed through the softbait. Your hook goes through the loop as it protrudes from the other side. The body of a thick bait rests tight against the loop to hold the hook in place, but I make sure by using one of the smallest Bait Buttons plastic discs over the hook point and barb to ensure that I don’t lose the tungsten weight while I’m fishing. It’s hard to beat a wacky-rigged stickworm in some instances when fish like largemouths…

5 min.
bits & pieces

Muskie Feeding Mechanisms Select Science— In a laboratory setting, researchers examined when and to what extent muskies use their sight and lateral-line senses during feeding.* Different muskie groups were tested, including those with eyes and lateral lines that functioned normally, and others that had their sight, lateral line, or both senses suppressed. When presented with a minnow, normal muskies began feeding in distinct phases. First, a muskie oriented toward the prey and then slowly stalked it. Once in position, they concluded with a fast and furious lunge. Normal muskies had successful prey captures 73 percent of the time. Muskies with suppressed eyesight didn’t orient to or stalk prey and lunged only if an unsuspecting minnow trespassed too closely. Muskies with suppressed lateral lines stalked prey longer, closing a narrow gap before striking. Muskies…

2 min.

LOWER UMPQUA RIVER OREGON Salmon » The run of Chinooks starts in August in the 10 miles of tidewater near the coastal town of Reedsport. Cohos begin by mid-September, with both species lasting through October. Casting to schools of coho is an option, with 20-plus fish days and a bonus Chinook or two. Contact: Capt. Todd Harrington, 541/459-2276, fishinglivingwaters.com. In-Fisherman LAKE CASCADE IDAHO Perch » This 27,000-acre impoundment of the North Fork Payette River in central Idaho continues to offer anglers a strong population of perch in the 13- to 16-inch range. Contact: Tackle Tom’s, 208/382-4367; Birch Glen Lodge and Motel, 208/382-4238. Steve Ryan OZARKS SCENIC RIVERS MISSOURI Multispecies » Smallmouth bass, rainbow trout, goggle eye, walleyes, and other species are plentiful in August, from the cool, flowing Current and Jacks Fork rivers in the Missouri Ozarks. Contact: Billy Smith,…

3 min.
staff noteworthy & new

The Hit Stick A breakthrough in design, the Berkley Hit Stick delivers maximum rolling action and flash even down to a speed of .1mph. At higher speeds, an Integrated FlashDisc gets the lure tracking true, delivering a snappy balsa-like action. The hard-plastic construction allows long-distance casts and provides durability, along with a high-pitched internal rattle. The Hit Stick 3.5 sinks, while Hit Stick sizes 5 through 15 float. Check pricing at berkley-fishing.com SpyderLok Tracking Anodized aircraft aluminum construction with stainless-steel hardware, SpyderLok Tracking is available in 5.5-, 16-, and 32-inch lengths, making it easy for rod holders, rod pods, trees, and other accessories to slide into and out of place on board your boat—$22.99 to $69.99, millenniummarine.com Wraptor Tackle Rolls Save room and keep tackle organized with Wraptor Tackle Rolls in six configurations, including Classic…

13 min.
the book on bass

One of the most remarkable developments of my years at In-Fisherman was already underway when I joined the staff in 1988. That summer, we received prototype samples of the first Berkley PowerBait softbaits to test. This marked the beginning of my familiarity with Berkley’s involvement in producing lures specifically designed to appeal to fish through their sensory systems. As I’d worked as a fishery biologist myself until 1988, I was eager to meet the man who had been chosen to lead the company’s biological research into the use of taste and smell attractants. Dr. Keith “Doc” Jones had been hired in 1985, at the recommendation of Dr. Herman Kleerekoper, who had served as Jones mentor and graduate advisor at Texas A&M University where Jones earned his Ph.D. Kleerekoper was one of…

11 min.
tiny lures, big bass

The transformative nature of light tackle aimed at big bass has been compared somewhere to the “Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” a gothic novella by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, first published in 1886. The comparison sounded like this passage from In-Fisherman back in the June 2012 issue: “Mr. Hyde is the dark side of a new trend in light tackle. He’s the antithesis of Dr. Jekyll’s smooth-casting, mild-mannered ultralight rods. Jekyll is the light, trim, erudite stick that feels like it will float away. But, match those rods with braid and Hyde pops up. Even very thin braid. Matched with low-stretch, very light (3- to 6-pound) super-lines, Hyde shows up to set surprisingly large hooks from amazing distances and consistently wrangle big bass to the boat. They…