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Certain baits can be hard to find at times, but when you have them it’s almost a guarantee of catching fish. Here in Southern California, we refer to live squid as the “candy bait.” It catches everything.

Another one that comes to mind is octopus. If you happen to snag one by accident, it is deadly for several species of gamefish.

I’m always curious to find out what the candy bait is for other fisheries. When I came across the following article, I thought they were going to talk about soft body frog topwater lures. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that they weren’t. Read the article from NAFC and check out the video to learn how to fish live frogs for big walleyes.

Devils Lake, North Dakota-based guide Jason Feldner lets the frog out of the bag on a sleeper, old-school technique for catching walleyes in the fall.

Typically following the first frost of the year, frogs will start migrating from wooded areas toward water, where they’ll burrow into the mud for the winter. Soft-bottomed bays are typically a good area to look, but anywhere frogs enter the water can be key

Photo: NAFC; Video credit: James Edlund

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Check out these deer hunting myths to find out what’s fact or fiction.

Have you fallen victim to these myths? We hope you don’t believe any of these but you’d better take a look just in case!

1) Rubber Boots Prevent Scent Detection

This myth is probably one of the most common. Rubber boots are a popular item for deer hunters since most believe the rubber keeps the deer from smelling your footprints. The truth is that a deer is far more likely to smell your head or hands than your footprints.

2) Buck Scrapes Improve Hunting

The truth is, buck scrape hunting as a strategy is useless at best. Scrapes carry no information that is useful to skilled hunters. In fact, scrapes have nothing to do with breeding and are used by both genders. Scouting scrapes doesn’t mean you’ll land a larger buck.

3) Don’t Urinate Near Your Stand<

Urine naturally attracts other animals. It is a source of information and can even be used to attract deer near your hunting stand in certain circumstances. You might even end up attracting other kinds of wildlife that are curious about this different scent.

Shooting Does is Better Than Shooting Bucks

4) The Rut Begins When There Is A Full Moon

The moon does not affect deer movement at all actually. In fact, the opposite may be true. Deer tend to seek out more cover during nights with a full moon than a dark night.

5) Bucks Make Rubs To Determine Boundaries

The opposite is true. Does are the gender that mostly holds territories and boundaries, bucks do not limit themselves as much. Bucks travel around the territories to find the best mate. They only fight to determine who gets access to the does.

6) Gender Can Be Determined From Tracks

Dew claws are not a sign of gender difference. Determining gender from tracks is simply a wild guess by an inexperienced hunter.

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7) Store Bought Products Can Help Mask Your Appearance and Scent

The truth is that products can help, but they cannot completely cover up your human appearance and smell. Stillness and silence are the best camouflage, and cannot be purchased at your local outdoors store.

8) Rattling Is Only Beneficial During Pre-Rut

Rattling is actually effective any time a deer has antlers. Bucks will fight or rattle as soon as they have hard antlers until those antlers are shed.

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If you’re a saltwater angler along the Atlantic seaboard, white marlin represent the pinnacle of pelagic species to catch.

To the untrained eye, fishing for white marlin looks like a lot of driving around the open ocean and hoping you get lucky. What these people don’t know is that there is a science and preparation behind what may look like driving around and blind luck.

Ocean City, Maryland, is the epicenter of white marlin fishing. Each year, Ocean City hosts a big-money open tournament fished by the top boats and crews from the entire East Coast and beyond.

Captain Jimmy Grant is one of the top captains; in this Fish Track article, he divulges his secrets for stalking white marlin.

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The excitement of a white marlin bite makes the preparation and search worth every minute. To the outside observer, marlin fishing looks like a lot of driving around and staring at the ocean. Crews spend countless hours watching the baits, searching for birds, slicks or baitballs, and waiting for a sign.

But insiders know that every second of the day is filled with anticipation and excitement. By properly managing every step of the process, marlin pros can often turn a single white marlin bite into a double, triple or even a quad.

Capt. Jimmy Grant has made a career out of chasing white marlin from one end of the Atlantic to the other. Each summer the Ocean City, Maryland, native returns to the Mid-Atlantic to resume the hunt. “We have the best white marlin fishing in the world,” he says. “I hate to miss one minute.”

Photos: NOAA (top); Ocean City Blog (above)

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When you first start fishing, your only objective is to catch a fish, any fish. As you start to learn what you’re doing and become proficient at some of the essential skills, you start to learn how to target specific fish. Once you become proficient at catching your target fish, you start setting bigger goals.

For many bass anglers, that goal is to catch a big, trophy bass. For many trophy bass anglers, the weapon of choice are big wake baits.

These lures can be very expensive, and losing one is heartbreaking. Save the heartaches and read this excellent Tactical Bassin’ article detailing everything you need to know about wake baits.

wake_pileClack, clack, clack, clack, KABOOM! You set the hook, the line stretches, the hooks dig in, and the surface of the lake erupts with an explosion of water, bass, and treble hooks. The battle is on and you’re praying your knots, hooks, and line hold up to the fight. Moments later you’re holding a huge largemouth, the large Topwater still hanging from her mouth.

If you’ve ever experienced the way a bass draws out of cover, tracks, and erupts on a Wakebait, you already have the sickness. Those bites are what makes us bass anglers get up at 3 AM, drink gas station coffee, eat pastries before sunrise, and launch our boats before any sane person would even consider shedding their sheets.

Photos: Wired2Fish (top); Tactical Bassin’ (above)

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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