River Valley Outdoors

Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun August 31, 2014
PHOTO BY: James K. Joslin

Nathan Sugg of Little Rock gives a big smile after landing a largemouth bass that struck a small spinnerbait. Sugg had been having a slow day before switching from a chunky buzzbait to the little spinner. That move allowed him to catch the biggest bass of his life and about two dozen smaller ones.

Match the hatch

Sometimes downsizing can bring more bass bites

I grew up reading the saying on the pages of publications like Field & Stream and Outdoor Life. I also heard it on outdoor television shows when anglers traded in their casting and spinning gear for tiny creature baits and long whippy fly rods. This great tip of the week? Match the hatch. Just those three words. Choose a bait that matches or closely compares to the size, color, shape and/or action of the insect, fish or other creatu... READ MORE

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