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Consistent Winter Methods for Catching Catfish: How to Fish for Cold Weather Trophy Blue Catfish

Fishing for catfish is usually associated with the nostalgic hot summer days and nights spent on riverbeds and lake shores anxiously watching the movements of your bobber.  This often overshadows the preference of many guides and professional anglers to fish for catfish, especially blue catfish, during the winter. Winter is a prime time for anglers […]

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Clear Lake’s Big Cats

Clear Lake deserves its reputation as big bass water. No other lake in California offers so much cover and such superb management. For the fish in Clear Lake come from the local merchants and others concerned about Northern California’s most prolific fishery. Crappie fishing is a winner here too. However, when Annette sends me to […]

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Best Baits for Smallmouth Bass in Summer: Lures that Work in Rivers in the Warmer Months

Smallmouth bass (Micropterusdolomieui) prefer colder, more oxygenated waters than do largemouth bass, and they usually live in rivers and deep lakes. They may be found throughout much of the Eastern United States and Southern Canada, making them available to anglers in many regions. Some of the best places to fish for smallmouth are in rivers of […]

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Fly Fishing for Brook Trout: Colorful Char are Often Overlooked by Long Rodders

Unfortunately, in many of these small, austere streams, brookies multiply beyond the capacity of the habitat, causing them to stunt and create huge populations of really small fish. In the West, brookies have the opposite impact–they thrive, even to the detriment of native cutthroat trout, the original native to the West’s trophy trout waters. In pristine […]

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Basketball in France: An Overview

The history of basketball in France began not long after Europe created its own governing body for the sport, the Fédération Internacionale de Basket-Ball or FIBA.  French teams have played nationally and internationally since 1936, when men’s basketball first became part of the Olympic Summer Games, according to FIBA. French basketball history features many ups and […]

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