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Ohio Bass Blog is Back!

It’s been a while since I last blogged. My wife and I had our first child three months ago, a little girl named Tinsley, and to say I’ve been busy is an understatement! I never thought that anything could pull me away from wanting to be on the water, chasing bass. As it turns out,

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Looking to catch a new personal best bass? Try a guided trip to the AEP ReCreation Lands through Hocking Hills Adventure Trek

If you follow the Ohio Bass Blog AEP Reports, you know that the 300 public ponds and lakes situated within the AEP ReCreation Lands hold some of the biggest bass in the State of Ohio. The fish are there, but with over 60,000 acres of pristine wilderness to explore, where does an angler begin their quest of landing a new

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Tips for Fishing in a Crowd

One of the most challenging aspects of fishing tournaments on Ohio’s small lakes and reservoirs is having to share the water with so many other anglers. On those days when it seems like there’s a boat covering up every spot you want to fish, what can you do to differentiate yourself, and outfish the competition? Here are a few tips

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Tips for Cranking Nonemergent Grass and Lily Pads

Spring is a great time to pick up a crankbait and work it through the grass and lily pads before they get too thick.  I recently re-read an article I wrote for FLW Bass magazine where I interviewed Ohio tournament angler Curt Fiessinger about cranking nonemergent grass and lily pads.  Fiessinger had used the technique to target

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Fall Bite Heating Up!

If you have a favorite big bass lake, it’s about time to start hitting it hard.  The recent cool nights have fired our lakes up.  Want proof? Check out some of the big bass photos that have been submitted to me over the past few days by Ohio anglers.  For more on hunting for big

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Catch and Release in Ohio – Signs of Success

Many scientific studies have been conducted to evaluate the survival rate of bass that are caught and then released at the conclusion of bass tournaments.  Because many environmental factors can come into play (water temperature, how the fish are handled and cared for by the anglers, and the weigh-in methods used by the tournament organization), the survival

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Ohio Crawdad Varieties and Colors

There are 17 different species of crawdads living within Ohio’s waters.  Although at first glance they appear quite similar, on close inspection you’ll find that each species exhibits unique qualities that sets them apart from the rest, such as orange or red highlighted pinchers.  Take a minute to check out the crawdads that live within

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Upsize Your Summer Topwaters

July is prime time for throwing topwater baits in Ohio.  Oftentimes, anglers in Ohio think that downsizing their topwater baits is the right move this time of year.  Sometimes that is the case.  But over the last few years I’ve found that giant topwater walking baits regularly elicit more and better quality blowups than their smaller counterparts. The concept of

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Game of Ounces

Take a minute to peruse the weekly Ohio tournament results, and you will notice a common trend – in almost every competition, mere ounces separate the champions from those who barely missed a check. Tournament anglers are more skilled than ever before, creating ultra competitive fields, and making it extremely difficult to pull off a win. Couple that with

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Livewell Lesson and Weekly Ohio Tournament Results

I’ve often stressed the importance of fish-care in the articles I post on Ohio Bass Blog.  I go to great lengths to make sure my fish remain healthy during my tournaments. But I made a rookie fish-care mistake while competing in the BFL tournament on Mosquito Lake Saturday that cost me, and my co-angler, some valuable points in the

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