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GARUDA – ACTION VIDEO

Wide, powerful lip stiff-arms gnarly timber and submerged structure, allowing GARUDA to be deployed where other big baits so often foul. With rod tip held high and a slow retrieve, GARUDA is a monster wake bait ready to challenge the biggest fish in your waters. Drop your tip and speed up your retrieve, and GARUDA …

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VATALION – UNDERWATER ACTION

The Vatalion is a combination big vibration bait and glide bait. Slow retrieves will show off its rolling, snaking action. Pause the retrieve, and Vatalion harnesses its 1-3/8oz weight to power a sudden slide out to the left or right, triggering key follow-bites. Speed up the retrieve, and Vatalion’s action tightens up, behaving more like a traditional …

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Understanding Late Pre-Spawn Patterns

Without a doubt, April is one of the favorite months for bass anglers throughout most of the country. The fish are moving shallow in large numbers and therefore tend to be easier to catch this time of year than at just about any other time. Depending upon which area of the country you live in, …

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Top Hook Swimbait Modification for Big Bass

When your big bass targets are holding in shallow weeds, vegetation, or relating to bottom structure, sometimes you need to get rid of that belly treble in order to reduce snags and hangups. Follow along as Oliver Ngy shares his top-hook modifications for the Magslowl 9″ and Magdraft 8″, turning these deadly open-water swimbaits into versatile …

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Best Times to Catch Big Bass on Jerkbaits

While you can catch fish on jerkbaits all year, there is a specific window of time on each body of water across the country when you stand the best chance to catch a huge bass. This window varies depending what part of the country you live in, and it may vary from year to year …

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DESTROYER® RODS ARRIVE IN NORTH AMERICA

Drawing upon decades of Japanese design evolution and expertise, the long-awaited Destroyer rod begins its journey anew in the United States. First released in Japan in 1996, the Destroyer rod series ushered in an era of unrivaled performance, innovation, and craftsmanship that reverberated throughout the angling world. Built to Japanese specifications, each generation of Destroyer …

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When Small Jerkbaits Shine

One of the biggest mistakes I’ve seen many anglers make is that they get locked into throwing only a standard-size jerkbait like the Vision 110. If they fish it for a while without any success, many simply make the determination that the bass simply aren’t biting jerkbaits that particular day. Often just switching the size will …

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Targeting Grass Flats & Points with Swimbaits

Chris Zaldain shares a few key tips to maximize your productivity with the Magdraft swimbait! Head-thumping action (in addition to tail kick) is key 15lb Fluorocarbon line Realism is key, especially in clearer waters Target windblown banks and points Pair with F7-72XX Perfect Pitch or Levante F7-72C To see how Zaldain used the Magdraft 6″ to …

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Best Wintertime Jerkbait Locations

Jerkbait fishing may be one of the most difficult techniques to master, but on those occasions when you put the puzzle together there’s almost nothing in fishing that’s more rewarding. Even if you manage to dial in the proper colors, sizes, cadences and equipment, there’s always the additional challenge of locating the best water. The best …

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A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO GLIDEBAIT FISHING

Bassmaster Elite Pro Chris Zaldain shares his approach to glide bait fishing. From his background in California to bodies of water across the country, Chris shares a few key tips to help you get the most out of your glide bait setup. Good luck and good fishing, and be sure to tag @megabassamerica in your fish catches …

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Jerkbaits in 40-degree Waters

Traditionally, most anglers have viewed winter as the prime time for jerkbait fishing. The conventional wisdom indicated that suspending jerkbaits were only effective for sluggish bass in cold water. This myth has been dispelled greatly over the past 10 years, but the fact remains that jerkbaits shine when the water temperatures are in the forties. …

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Understanding Jerkbait Conditions

In my opinion, jerkbait fishing can be one of the most complicated techniques in bass fishing, but if practiced correctly it can also be among the most rewarding and fun. There are many variables that are crucial to fine-tuning this technique, but determining the best conditions in which to use it may be the first …

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2017: NEW VISION ONETEN COLORS

Introducing four new patterns for the vaunted Vision Oneten Jerkbait! From the semi-transparent metallic finish of the MG SEXY STREAM to the deep, multi-faceted pearls of KAMEYAMA GHOST PEARL and MB GIZZARD, these new patterns have earned their place on the front deck and go-bags of serious anglers. Be sure to check out the video below, to …

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Four Seasons of Jerkbait Fishing

While it’s true that jerkbaits are the dominant prespawn lure throughout much of the country, subtle and not so subtle variations in design make them consistent year-round producers for all species of bass. Elite Series pro Chris Zaldain has a Megabass jerkbait tied on at every event across the country, and attributes the lure category …

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MEGABASS OF AMERICA WELCOMES 30-YEAR VETERAN TO SALES TEAM

Megabass of America, the North American arm of Japan’s premier builder of high-end fishing tackle, is pleased to announce the appointment of Roy Gray as sales representative in the United States, to begin immediately. Roy will manage multiple accounts nationwide, working under National Sales & Product Manager, Kenichi Iida.   “With nearly a decade of …

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Northern Smallmouth: Early-winter jerkbaits for shallow water

Up here in Canada and the Great Lakes region, I like to target shallow flats, where Smallmouth feed on small baitfish before descending into their wintering holes. Although I catch Smallmouth on jerkbaits from Spring to Fall, this is truly the best time to catch a big one! The Vision Oneten jerkbait has been my …

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KANATA: ACTION VIDEO

The Kanata is a large, slim-profiled jerkbait, perfect for those predators targeting larger forage. With a Triple Tungsten Moving-Balancer System (PAT.), the Kanata is capable of tremendous casting distance and exhibits the industry-leading action anglers have come to expect of Megabass jerkbaits.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcDlfOhmXVY

S-CRANK: HUNTING CRANKBAIT

Born of our STW (Support To Win) development program, the S-Crank was built to do two seemingly impossible things: combine true square-bill action with an erratic “hunting” retrieve that darts off-course erratically and returns to center without losing track. This is the kind of action that our pro staff used to comb through hundreds of competitor …

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I-LOUD IN ACTION

The i-LOUD’s patented Rudder Action Balancer System (RAB) throws weight from the left to right side with a resounding ‘knocking’ sound. This creates a ton of noise, but most importantly, powers a rolling action that displaces water and creates monumental flash. Jointed body and propellor combine to deliver a lively bubble trail and sinewy S-curve retrieve.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brUjhabUrIU

A Guide to Replacing Jerkbait Hooks

The world of treble hooks can be a confusing one, even to the experienced angler. Manufacturers offer a wide range of models, including round bends, EWG’s, heavy wire and light wire–not to mention different colors, point grinds and barb sizes. Jerkbaits–especially Megabass jerkbaits–require very specific hooks to maximize the performance of each lure. Katsuage hooks …

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How to Fish the Bottle Shrimp

Bassmaster Elite pro-Chris Zaldain shares his tips on how to rig and fish the Bottle Shrimp, a craw imitation softbait perfect for Texas rigs, jig trailers, and punching applications! Made with the finest Hon-Jikomi material, BOTTLE SHRIMP’s salt-impregnated flavor compound features baitfish and shellfish powders in a proprietary blend, for unmatched taste and key bites.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_4Qwu2c-xc

MAGDRAFT UNDERWATER VIDEO

The Magdraft is designed for a hard tail-kick, and vigorous head-shaking action, for a natural presentation that moves a surprising amount of water. There is a specific retrieve speed to achieve this unique action, and we recommend a 5.3:1 or lower ratio reel, with a medium-slow retrieve. Your Magdraft will tell you if you are reeling too …

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MAGDRAFT SWIMBAIT REVIEW: WIRED2FISH

Check out the Wired2Fish review here to see why the Magdraft has quickly become one of their go-to swimbaits! The ideal retrieve speed How to rig for skipping docks and overhangs Benefits of the Maghold (PAT.) harness system Head-shaking and tail-kicking action Products mentioned: Orochi XX F10-711LV | Levante F10-711LV 711 | Magdraft 10″ | Magdraft 8″ | Magdraft 6″

POWER FISHING THE VISION ONETEN JERKBAIT

The Vision Oneten has long been dominant in colder pre-spawn waters, but the real secret of its effectiveness is that it produces all year long. Check the front deck of many pros, and you’ll see a Vision Oneten, Oneten+1, or Oneten Jr. within reach all year long! The clear waters of Minnesota are no exception, and the guys from Wired2Fish …

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DOG-X DIAMANTE TOPWATER ACTION!

The Dog-X Diamante walking topwater lure is designed for fast-walking, sharp cutting action. Developed through our Support To Win (STW) program, the Diamante is performance-tuned to cover water quickly and effectively, bringing sharper action to tournament angler’s arsenals. The Diamante is available in both RATTLE and SILENTversions. Check out the video for some great underwater footage and topwater action in …

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MAGSLOWL SWIMBAIT – UNDERWATER ACTION

The MAGSLOWL is a swimbait that was designed to kick at a crawl. With a thinner body and tail section than the MAGDRAFT, the MAGSLOWL will deliver a seductive tail-kick at the first crank of your reel, for effortlessly naturalistic action. Perfect for clearer waters that require a more subtle presence!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qx4sUh8xMk

Healing Heroes: Anglers learn from service veterans

MADILL, Okla. — It sounded like the opening scene of the movie Saving Private Ryan, said Levi Crawford, in describing the 2010 attack in Afghanistan that nearly took his life. That’s all Crawford could do – hear it, because the initial rocket propelled grenade explosion blinded him when it struck his Buffalo mine-protected vehicle. Source: …

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