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The Art Of Knife Sharpening
The Art Of Knife Sharpening

Written By: Cal Kellogg, August 18, 2014
Species:N/A,

“A dull knife is a dangerous knife.”… When I was a youngster this old saying confused me. In theory, how could a dull knife be more dangerous than a sharp knife?

In practice the answer is simple. With a sharp knife you can perform jobs with minimum pressure and maximum control. A dull knife...

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Trolling For Deep Water Mackinaw
Trolling For Deep Water Mackinaw

Written By: Cal Kellogg, August 6, 2014
Species:Mackinaw,

Deepwater trolling, shallow water trolling and jigging are the three most popular approaches used for subduing macks throughout the year at most western mackinaw lakes, yet before you can fish for them you’ve got to find them and this can be one of the biggest challenges.

Even in lakes that...

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Pitching For Bass
Pitching For Bass

Written By: Larry Nixon, August 4, 2014
Species:Bass,

If a bass could build its ideal habitat, the specs would be something like this: shallow water, in or near heavy cover with quick access to deep water nearby. While the nearby deep-water access is good news for anglers (you need some place to float your boat), pulling bass out of water in or...

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Target Sacramento Salmon From The Bank With Spinners
Target Sacramento Salmon From The Bank With Spinners

Written By: Roland Aspiras, July 23, 2014
Species:River Salmon,

The salmon season will be in full swing when this article appears in The Fish Sniffer. There are two popular ways to fish spinners from the bank on the “Old Sacramento River” in the California Delta.

The first rig is what's called in the bass fishing world as the "Carolina Rig." The rig begins...

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Heavy Metal For Trout And Landlocked Kings!
Heavy Metal For Trout And Landlocked Kings!

Written By: Cal Kellogg, July 20, 2014
Species:Landlocked Salmon, Trout,

Take a look at the tackle assortment of a trout and landlocked king salmon troller and you’ll see a lot of spoons, such as Sep’s Pro Secrets, Vance’s Sockeye Slammers, Hum Dingers, No. 1 Needlefish and 1/8 ounce Phoebes…

What do these spoons have in common? Well they have a lot of things in...

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Salmon, Trout, Lingcod, Kokanee, Halibut And More: Are YOU Using Gulp! And PowerBait?
Salmon, Trout, Lingcod, Kokanee, Halibut And More: Are YOU Using Gulp! And PowerBait?

Written By: Cal Kellogg, July 12, 2014
Species:River Salmon, Saltwater Salmon, Kokanee, Trout, Lingcod,

I’m of the opinion that in most situations well-presented natural baits will outperform artificials. Following this philosophy, when the going gets tough or when big fish are the objective, I typically reach past the artificials and rig up with natural baits.

For example, if I’m after a derby...

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Color: Do Bass Have A Favorite?
Color: Do Bass Have A Favorite?

Written By: FishSniffer Staff, June 29, 2014
Species:Bass,

If you're like me, your tackle box is a color kaleidoscope. With my endless assortment of soft plastics sporting colors never seen in nature, it's enough to make my head spin.

A reasonable angler might sit back and ask, Why all these colors? Wouldn't we do just as well to focus on a small...

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Back Bouncing For Salmon
Back Bouncing For Salmon

Written By: Mike McNeilly, June 26, 2014
Species:River Salmon,

To a back bouncer, there is nothing like feeling the rhythmic thump of your sinker as you slowly walk it downstream with the current.  Your bait may be a cluster of roe, or it may be a Kwikfish or Flatfish.  Either way, the key is to feel the weight touch bottom every time.

In the example I...

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Targeting S.F. Bay Halibut With Live Bait
Targeting S.F. Bay Halibut With Live Bait

Written By: Cal Kellogg, June 24, 2014
Species:Halibut,

After an absence of a couple years, big numbers of halibut are once again holding within the confines of San Francisco Bay. With live bait in the form of live anchovies widely available, live bait drifters are landing halibut ranging up to 35 pounds. Here’s how to catch them…

All things...

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What Do You Know About Largemouths?
What Do You Know About Largemouths?

Written By: Cal Kellogg, June 24, 2014
Species:Bass,

Among anglers, black bass are one of the country’s most popular gamefish. Black bass are really not bass at all, but rather represent the largest member of the sunfish family.

There are three major subspecies of black bass. These include the largemouth, smallmouth, and Alabama spotted bass. Of...

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The Art Of Knife Sharpening
The Art Of Knife Sharpening

Written By: Cal Kellogg, August 18, 2014
Species:N/A,

“A dull knife is a dangerous knife.”… When I was a youngster this old saying confused me. In theory, how could a dull knife be more dangerous than a sharp knife?

In practice the answer is simple. With a sharp knife you can perform jobs with minimum pressure and maximum control. A dull knife...

read more ››
Salmon, Trout, Lingcod, Kokanee, Halibut And More: Are YOU Using Gulp! And PowerBait?
Salmon, Trout, Lingcod, Kokanee, Halibut And More: Are YOU Using Gulp! And PowerBait?

Written By: Cal Kellogg, July 12, 2014
Species:River Salmon, Saltwater Salmon, Kokanee, Trout, Lingcod,

I’m of the opinion that in most situations well-presented natural baits will outperform artificials. Following this philosophy, when the going gets tough or when big fish are the objective, I typically reach past the artificials and rig up with natural baits.

For example, if I’m after a derby...

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Surf Striper Lures
Surf Striper Lures

Written By: Steve ‘Hippo’ Lau, July 11, 2014
Species:Saltwater Stripers,

It wasn't too long ago (or so it seems to old guys like me!) that surf fishing for stripers was a "manly" sort of endeavor.

The ten to thirteen foot fiberglass rods coupled with reels capable of holding 250 - 350 yards of 30 pound monofilament line were quite weighty, and it took a bit of...

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Halibut: You Know How To Eat Them, This Is How To Catch Them!
Halibut: You Know How To Eat Them, This Is How To Catch Them!

Written By: Cal Kellogg, April 2, 2014
Species:Halibut,

Ask Bay Area saltwater enthusiasts what their favorite gamefish is and you’ll get several different answers. Some guys will point to the chinook salmon that traditionally roam the waters outside the Golden Gate. Others will name the voracious lingcod that lurk amongst coastal reefs. Still...

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How To Mooch Up A Salmon Dinner
How To Mooch Up A Salmon Dinner

Written By: Cal Kellogg, March 25, 2014
Species:Saltwater Salmon,

The conditions were ideal. It was late summer and a dense fog hung over the dark water. The groundswell was low and the surface was dotted with hundreds of marine birds. The screen of the sonar unit was cluttered with yellow and red masses punctuated by multiple arches indicating tightly...

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Deadly Salmon Trolling Techniques Using Hot Spot Flashers!
Deadly Salmon Trolling Techniques Using Hot Spot Flashers!

Written By: FishSniffer Staff, March 23, 2014
Species:Saltwater Salmon,

Designed and produced by successful fishermen, Hot Spot’s deadly trolling approaches have been proven to catch more and bigger salmon time and time again. The Hot Spot trolling system was originally developed with for commercial salmon anglers.

Rigging techniques and tricks provide the vital...

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Using The Right Jig
Using The Right Jig

Written By: Steve ‘Hippo’ Lau, March 23, 2014
Species:Rockfish,

Jig fishing for rockfish off of our coast shouldn't be such a difficult thing to do. After all, aren't rockfish the dumb blonds of the fishing world?

Aren't these fish so stupid and unrefined that anybody at any time can catch a limit without even trying? Aren't these fish so easy to catch that...

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Bank Fishing The Fantastic Waters Of San Francisco Bay!
Bank Fishing The Fantastic Waters Of San Francisco Bay!

Written By: Cal Kellogg, March 3, 2014
Species:Saltwater Stripers, shark,

I grew up in the Bay Area and learned the productivity of fishing the rich waters of San Francisco Bay at an early age. Indeed, some of my earliest fishing memories dating back to the early 70’s concern accompanying my dad and uncle Bob on outings along the Alameda, Oakland and San Leandro...

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Drop Shotting For Rockfish
Drop Shotting For Rockfish

Written By: Steve ‘Hippo’ Lau, November 20, 2013
Species:Rockfish, Lingcod,

Drop shotting for freshwater bass has been an especially deadly technique that has been practiced for a few years now, for which a growing amount of tackle is being developed specifically for this technique.  

Special extra light tipped rods, featherweight reels, precision light lines, and...

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Anchovy, I Love You!
Anchovy, I Love You!

Written By: Cal Kellogg, November 18, 2013
Species:Catfish, Sturgeon, Stripers, Saltwater Stripers, Saltwater Salmon, Saltwater Sturgeon, River Salmon, Halibut, Rockfish, shark, Steelhead, Trout, Tuna,

Just the other day I found myself setting on a deer stand on a ridge high in the Tahoe National Forest. The hunting was great except for one thing, deer sightings were few and far between.

As I waited and watched my mind started to wonder and soon I was contemplating different fishing baits. My...

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