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Fish are fish. Some live in saltwater, some in fresh and some live in both.

Every chance I get I watch fishing shows. Doesn't matter what they are about or how small the fish are that are caught. I have at least a dozen new tactics I want to try this year that I picked up watching freshwater shows.

Some of them may not work all the time but with a twist and fine tuning there will be times when they could make a difference.

I know some guys who just won't watch shows about largemouth bass fishing. They have been done to death and they aren't exactly the greatest fighters around. They are however fish and more money and time is spent fishing for them than any other fish around. When I watch the pros every once in a while something will be said that hits a nerve. With a little work I can see where this could help me out. I file it away and on a day when things are slow I will give it a try. Sometimes I'm amazed at how little tips from Kentucky can help me out in New Jersey.

Want to learn about throwing artificials then watch bass fishing. These guys have more lures and ways to retrieve them than I could ever mention. They are doing exactly what you want to do. Throwing something fake to look like and act like something real.

Casting a lure out and reeling in isn't fishing artificials correctly. These shows will teach you how to make a lure move to entice a strike.

They may be Billy Bobs in boats with glitter in the gell coat but they catch fish. I watch them all and they help more than I like to admit. :D
 

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I agree with you 100% Fred. The freshwater guys know how to work artificials and really understand structure from shadow lines to underwater roadbeds and currents... but if you make it out on the fmTuna this year (I owe you one from the flourocarbon thread this winter) and scream "OOOOOOOO son" just once, you better be wearing Sospenders :D :D :D
 

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an open mind is always the best tool...you can always learn something.....one should always on the lookout for new ideas, then use knowledge already stored and apply it to the present situation... always looking to improve (catch more fish)...
 

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Hey fm. How about this.

Wow thats a giant bass. Must be a four, five, six pounder. Really a two pounder.

Drag the bass back and forth trying to get one last sad jump.

Reeling in so fast that the bass is skipping across the surface while they say great fight.

Lifting a two pound bass into the boat while they say "It don't get no better than this"

I make fun of the shows just like guys make fun of mine. The abuse I take at the dock is incredible. Bottom line is that the freshwater shows can teach us a lot. Like the things you mentioned. Just need an open mind and be able to apply their tactics to our area.

We may snub these shows but look at it this way. How many of us could score well using nothing but artificials.

Every time I watch a show where a freshwater fisherman trys saltwater I see one thing. They fish well and catch a lot. How many of us could move into a freshwater lake and do the same. ;)
 

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Throw in 5 or 6 "Product Showcases" in a 30 minute show, and you've got it down!
 

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Have to agree with you Fred, many of us got our feet wet in freshwater. Part of being a successful fisherman is always willing to learn and adapt. Watching and reading anything about fishing helps us to learn when we can't be on the water.
The tackle I use now for fishing for weakfish and stripers is not much different than what most would use for largemouth bass. The freshwater drop-shotting has to work in the backbays, I plan on trying it a few spots this year. :D
Over time it seems the learning curve slows but any little info you pick up can be used to it's full potential. A few of us still believe fishing is a science and not just luck!
 

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I love watching the fishing shows. You also get an idea on where you can go for fish that are not in your neighborhood. I also enjoy watching grown men kiss bass on the lips. HAPPY DAYS.


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Originally posted by Ding:
I also enjoy watching grown men kiss bass on the lips. HAPPY DAYS.


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I was waiting for this and Ding said it for me. LOL When are we going to see you kissin' a flattie on your show? BTW I agree with you 100%. I always can find something to learn on all the shows fresh or salt. Even ice fishing shows teach you SLOWWWWWWW and dress WARM! :D
 

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LOL
 

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I admit I'm one who laughs at these bass guys but when I fish Cape Cod or anywhere up north where there is an abundance of sandeels a 6" Arnkas Shiner Sluggo rigged on a Gami 4/0 offset worm hook outproduces everything else I've tried.

It toss em' on a 6'6 Loomis and 10 pound test mono or 20lb. power pro like I do for smallmouth. Deadly!!!!!!!
 
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