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It’s a magical mark that only a handful of anglers can say they have accomplished: a double-digit bass.

Fresh or saltwater, a double-digit bass is a feat that many anglers may chase their whole lives and never successfully achieve. I know a handful of anglers who have done it. To a man, they will all tell you that to catch a ten-pounder, you can’t fish for them like you do to just catch any bass. To catch a trophy, you have a to fish for a trophy.

What does that mean? Well, today is your lucky day! In this article from Bass Resource, they lay out exactly what it takes to catch a 10-lb. bass.

big-bassEveryone wants to catch big bass, but fishing specifically for them requires dedication and careful planning.

Of course, a lot depends on your definition of a big bass. In some parts of the country, anything more than 4 pounds is big. While I share that same thought, I’m talking about catching really big bass – like more than 10 pounds.

To have a fair shot at 10-pounders, you have to fish where they live and where the annual growing season lasts long enough to get them to the magical number. That includes Florida, Texas and California, where the faster-growing Florida-strain largemouth bass live.

Although I prefer to use artificial lures for bass, shiners are tough to beat in Florida. I’ve fished tournaments there where the anglers around me were catching 8- to 12-pound fish on shiners while I was catching 1- to 2-pounders on lures.

Photos: Ariel Biley for Jackall Lures (top); Bass Resource (above)

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Wahoo (aka “ono” in Hawaii) are big, aggressive fish with scary teeth. They’re a tropical water fish. They’re also one of the fastest fish in the water, able to reach bursts of speed up to 60 mph. At that rate of speed, they can launch themselves out of the water when chasing their prey.

Because of their airborne ability, fishing for them can be an extremely dangerous affair. Despite the danger, many anglers try for them, because they are also one of the best fish in the sea to eat.

If you’re brave enough to fish for them, here are some tips and techniques from Sport Fishing magazine to help you have a successful trip.

wahoo-fishing-05Two universal truths about wahoo make the pelagic species so popular: raw speed and pack mentality. Those two characteristics also make ’hoos a prime candidate for high-speed trolling. Capable of speeds up to 60 mph, wahoo have little trouble attacking lures trolled at 15 knots. Additionally, fast trolling speeds allow anglers to cover large swaths of water.

But what if you don’t want to pay the gas bill to speed-troll all day, or you don’t have the proper gear to handle it? High-speed trolling is just one effective way to catch wahoo, but it’s not the only way. I spoke with five accomplished captains, probing them to reveal their own proven tactics.

When Capt. James Robinson, of Wound Up Charters, targets wahoo along the Bermuda coast, he favors trolling live baits such as frigate mackerel and robins (scad). Large wahoo are attracted to bait schools that hang on the up-current sides of the steep island and offshore banks.

Photos: Sport Fishing

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Wounded Warriors Kevin McMahon (left) and David Guzman pause for a photo before fishing in Alaska.

Wounded Warriors Kevin McMahon (left) and David Guzman pause for a photo before fishing in Alaska.

It’s day five of Nissan’s Project Titan Wounded Warrior Project and the enthusiasm of the vets and public support for them has been fantastic. The day began with the roar of an aircraft engine as Dave Guzman and Kevin McMahon squeezed into the back seat of Casey Long’s Cessna. Soon we were skimming along the surface of Lake Lucile like some speedy skipping stone and then off for a quick silver salmon safari before the events of the day began.

“This is something I’ve always wanted to do,” said McMahon.  “I’m loving it.”

Weather for the trip was marginal as rain fell and dense cloud cover kept us close to the deck. In fact, Long signaled that the river for silvers was fogged in, but he knew of another nearby lake for northern pike. The skilled pilot dropped the craft on the water with aNisssan AK 4 059 landing as soft as a pillow and we were soon casting from the pontoons and small boats stored along the shore.

This was Lake Alexander with fly-in access only. The pike in the small body of water were so aggressive that they have completely eliminated the salmon that used to spawn there. “Game and Fish is netting pike and encouraging the public to catch them all,” Long said.

Guzman was the first to hook up and brought in a small pike while standing on the pontoon of the plane. Aaron Rock, social media director for the Wounded Warrior Project, caught the fish of the day with a 10 -pound pike that was destined for the dinner table.

We had to be back at the lodge by 11:00 a.m. so the fishing was brief, but the adventure high. Casey Long, of Airventures Alaska, donated his services for the trip and the vets were indeed grateful.

The morning’s events were awe-inspiring from the air, yet the afternoon held a quest for a small lake deep in the mountains. Just getting there would be an adventure.

Mike Flowers and a member of the Alaska Four Wheeling Club offered their services to guide the vets to the remote spot and to give the new Titan truck a thorough testing.

Five other members of the club would help transport crew members who filmed the event for a video to be released next month when the project is complete. Nisssan AK 4 076

Nisssan AK 4 138I rode in Mike’s super-high 1984 Chevy Suburban (shown here), a rig as functional as it’s awesome appearance.  “We’ll use this truck to hunt moose next week. It allows me to cross a river where other vehicles can’t,” he said.

Several of the other four-wheel rigs had snorkels, which allows them to cross rivers and streams with water up to the windows.

The ride up the mountain was like riding a bull for 8,000 seconds as we went over boulders, drove through mud holes, and squeezed between trees. I wondered if the mildly modified Nissan Titan could keep up with these giant rigs, yet it towed its trailer and arrived at the lake first in line.

The exact details of the project will be released soon, but I can add that there was a fish dinner at the end.

You can follow the events of Project Titan on Facebook at the Wounded Warrior Project and Nissan Trucks pages.

I’m in Alaska this week with the Nissan Corporation and their project to treat two wounded warriors to the trip of a lifetime, where they’ll drive one of the coolest trucks ever.

Dave Guzman and Kevin McMahon are having the times of their lives to assist with Project Titan and to bring attention to the Wounded Warrior Project. We’re ready to fly to a remote lake to fish and I’ll be coming back with lots of pictures to share. Here’s a quick video overview of the project and there’s lots more to come.

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Last weekend, archers from across the globe converged upon Lausanne, Switzerland, competing in the Men’s Compound event in the World Cup Final. Winner Bridger Deaton, an American rookie, entered the finals with a fifth-place ranking and eventually faced the world’s number-one ranked shooter, France’s PJ Deloche.

BridgerDeatonDeaton emerged victorious, but what makes his showing even more impressive is his pedigree: Deaton is the third Mathews Pro Staffer in a row to win this event. The U.S.-based bowhunting-equipment company is well-known to outdoorsmen, and its commitment to the sport and its team members should come as no surprise.

Mathews works closely with its Pro Staff members to find the right set up for each individual to compete at their highest level. For Bridger Deaton it didn’t take long to get there. “Once we got Bridger set up, his confidence grew quickly,” said Phillips. “Seeing Mathews Pros dominate the world’s most prestigious outdoor archery event for three years running, proves we have the best shooters and the best bows in the world.”

Read more about the event and Deaton’s exciting win.

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Malibu isn’t known as a fishing community. Most people know it as a playground for the rich and famous, and as the backdrop for popular TV shows like Two and a Half Men.

Personally, I like to fish there off the sand, because many beachgoers are discouraged from going there by facades erected by the rich residents to disguise the public access points. It’s a relaxing way to enjoy the sun, sand, and surf and catch a few fish without the thick summer crowds found just south of Malibu in Santa Monica.

Recently, a Malibu resident made the news by catching a bluefin tuna on the beach — with her bare hands! Read about her remarkable catch in this article from The Malibu Times.

Malibu resident Diana Armstrong caught a 37-pound bluefin tuna with her bare hands Saturday night. She noticed birds diving into the water off of her deck and that there were large fish chasing smaller fish so close to the shore they were almost beaching themselves.

Photo: Alan Armstong