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HOW TONY ADAMS CATCHES WARM WEATHER CRAPPIE

I’m strictly a structure fisherman when I fish for crappie. I look for underwater trees and logs and places where the current has piled-up limbs, sticks and brush and find those spots on my Humminbird Helix 12 depth finder. The small dots on my screen are crappie. I can see where those crappie are holding, perhaps on the edge of an underwater creek channel where it runs into the main river channel. I’ll have the underwater trees where I’ve caught the most crappie tagged as waypoints. I also

FISHING WITH PINK WORMS

I grew up in the ‘70s and '80s in South Carolina, and my dad fished every Saturday. He fished with friends from church a lot and would drive 90 miles to fish as far away as Lake Murray or Lake Hartwell. Until I got a little older, I usually fished with him on the closer trips to Lake Bowen, a smaller municipal lake. One of my most vivid memories from those days was when my dad started fishing with "floating worms." Pink floating worms. It was springtime, and the fish, big ones, were just

THREE BAITS THAT CATCH BASS IN THE SPRING

Springtime bass fishing involves days that question your sanity. Cold temperatures, high winds, and unpredictable weather can impact where and how you fish from one weekend to another. However, the odds of hooking a giant are high this time of year. As water temperatures slowly creep up and fish begin staging for the spawn, anglers can cover a majority of a lake with very few bites. I feel bait choice is most crucial this time of year over any other time. Fish can still be sluggish from harsh

PLASTIC BAIT RIGGING TIPS FOR SPRING BASS

Rigging plastic baits for bass fishing has evolved over time, along with tactics and the baits themselves. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular plastic bait rigging strategies that will help you adjust your presentation to be the most life-like and effective offering possible. TEXAS RIG Tried and true since the early days of bass fishing, Texas rigging allows the angler to precisely position the bait anywhere, especially in dense vegetation or heavy cover. The Texas rig can be used on

TURKEY TROLLING: HOW TO HUNT SILENT TURKEYS

Some days in the turkey woods are better than others. We all live for and relish those magical mornings when the treetops ring with the rattle of gobblers, and revile the days when the birds seem afflicted with a serious case of lockjaw. In the latter case, you have a couple options. One is to go old school: camp out in one spot, rapping on a box call every 30 minutes and hoping something slips in silently. The other is to strike out in search of a more willing adversary. One variation of this

SETTING UP TURKEY DECOYS EFFECTIVELY

After realizing that I was not in the proper position at first light, I had to painfully listen to a tom gobbling his head off in the river bottom opposite of where I had set up. My only hope was that he could potentially fly off the roost in my direction. When things did not start in my favor, I began walking back towards my truck in hopes of striking up another gobble on the way. After heading down another river bottom ravine, I could hear a faint gobble in the far distance. The gobble sounded

TURKEY SOUNDS: HOW & WHEN TO USE THEM

Good communication skills are a big part of success in the human world, and likewise when turkey hunting. If there’s one facet of hunting the grand bird that thrills hunters most, it’s being able to “talk turkey” with wild turkeys. The term actually originated with wild turkeys. Historical accounts suggest the origin of “turkey talk” derives from colonial times when the first contacts between Native Americans and settlers often centered on the supply of wild turkeys and the day-to-day haggling

HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR LAND FOR WILDLIFE

Good wildlife management and increasing wildlife on the properties you own or hunt on involves much more than just planting food plots. To have more wildlife on your property, consider planting fruit trees and nut trees and various types of grasses and shrubs that produce food and cover for wildlife. We’ve asked Raley to tell us why we need to consider planting trees, shrubs and native grasses to increase food and habitat for wildlife. By starting now, you can decide where and when to plant

The State of the Union

Podcast Transcription: The State of the Union Speakers: Billy McOwen Bryan Dehart Click Here to Listen to the Podcast Announcer Hey folks, I'm Cuz Strickland and welcome to find your favorite place presented by Mossy Oak properties land and farms realty, the podcast dedicated to a life lived on the farm, in the woods or by the water. Each week we'll talk about hunting, fishing, the outdoors and land ownership throughout the Carolinas and Virginia. Our goal is to help each of you live your best

EASEMENTS 101: HOW THEY IMPACT A LAND PURCHASE

When you are buying land, knowing what can be legally used by your neighbors via an easement should weigh heavily on your decision. Likewise, if you are buying property, knowing what ways you can use a neighbor's property via an easement is also essential. Easements give a person the right to use someone else's land for a particular reason. There are a variety of reasons land would have an easement, from ensuring utilities get to your property to simply allowing you to pass through a neighbor's