MISSILE BLOG

Fishing Versatility Balance
John Crews December 20, 2022

Fishing Versatility Balance

It’s great to have a dozen rods with different baits on the deck of your boat. Actually, it looks pretty cool. The thing is, though, it doesn’t always help us catch bass. That many combinations will only work if we know how and when to use them. Most of us would be better off with three or four combinations that will catch bass under a wide array of conditions, and that we really know how to use.  

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Tackle Time
John Crews December 14, 2022

Tackle Time

In a few days Christmas will be behind us. Then comes the long wait for spring. That’s a tough time, but you can shorten it by tinkering with your tackle and, at the same time, make next year’s fishing more efficient.

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Sometimes It Doesn’t Go Your Way by Justin Largen
John Crews November 21, 2022

Sometimes It Doesn’t Go Your Way by Justin Largen

The Bassmaster Kayak Series traveled to Pickwick Lake for the final event of the 2022 season. This tournament would determine the first ever Bassmaster Kayak Angler of the Year, and I had the official lead...

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Creating a Bass Jig
John Crews November 15, 2022

Creating a Bass Jig

Creating a new bass jig is not an easy process. Creating a bass jig from an established design is not that hard. 

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A Game of Decisions by Justin Largen
John Crews May 27, 2022

A Game of Decisions by Justin Largen

Lewis Smith Lake hosted stop four of the Bassmaster Kayak Series.  It’s a 21,000-acre lake with a whopping 500 miles of shoreline.  Most of the lake is clear with steep banks and a riverlike feel.  

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Grand Lake: Know When To Fold 'Em by Justin Largen
John Crews May 05, 2022

Grand Lake: Know When To Fold 'Em by Justin Largen

The Bassmaster Kayak Series headed to Grand Lake on April 16th for the third event of the season.  After two events, I sat in second place in the AOY race, so my goal was to secure a solid finish at Grand and stay in contention. 

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Extensive Practice Lessons by Kyle Patrick
John Crews April 13, 2022

Extensive Practice Lessons by Kyle Patrick

Stop number one of the Bassmaster Southern Opens on the Kissimmee Chain of
lakes was a tournament we as bass fisherman look forward to all year. Its Florida
after all... Big Bass, Warm weather, and Flippin'.

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Positivity Perseveres - Justin WINS!
John Crews March 28, 2022

Positivity Perseveres - Justin WINS!

On March 19, 2022, The Bassmaster Kayak Series visited the Harris Chain of Lakes in Leesburg, Florida for the second stop of the year.  The official practice period started on Wednesday, the final day of the MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit event and just a few weeks after the Bassmaster Elite Series visited the chain.  This recent fishing pressure made fishing a little tougher for the kayak anglers. 

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Recovering From A Bad Start by Justin Largen
John Crews March 24, 2022

Recovering From A Bad Start by Justin Largen

The BASS Kayak Series kicked off the 2022 season on legendary Lake Fork on February 5th and 6th.  When I visited the lake for the first time a year ago, I had my best tournament of the season, so I was pumped for this event. 

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Excited to Get Yak At It! By Justin Largen
John Crews December 30, 2021

Excited to Get Yak At It! By Justin Largen

I can’t wait for the 2022 tournament season to begin!  2021 was my first year competing in kayak tournaments, and I decided to jump straight to the big leagues: B.A.S.S. Nation Kayak Series, Hobie Bass Open Series (BOS), and the Kayak Bass Fishing Trail (KBF).  

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Holiday Gift Ideas For Fishermen
John Crews November 21, 2021

Holiday Gift Ideas For Fishermen

The holiday season can be great for sportsmen. You can ask for things that you really want to buy yourself but feel guilty doing...

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No Flipping Bites? Think Thin by Kyle Patrick
John Crews November 08, 2021

No Flipping Bites? Think Thin by Kyle Patrick

Stop number two of the Bassmaster Central Opens on Lewis Smith Lake proved to be an extremely challenging tournament. With water levels dropping throughout practice, it made finding a consistent pattern very difficult.

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jig fishing
John Crews November 02, 2021

Jig Bites with Kyle Patrick

Stop number 3 of the Bassmaster Central opens on Grand Lake set up perfectly for me. The fall transition was happening as we arrived, and the jig bite was on! My strength is catching fish on a jig. It doesn’t matter if it’s in grass, on rock, deep, shallow, or anywhere in between – I have confidence that it will produce big fish.

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BEST BAIT BETS IN OCTOBER
John Crews October 18, 2021

BEST BAIT BETS IN OCTOBER

The month of October can be a tough bass fishing time period. The fall often means the bass are in transition from their deep water or summertime haunts to their fall feeding patterns. Well, they should be in their feeding patterns by October, right? 

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Fall Fishing Strategies
John Crews September 27, 2021

Fall Fishing Strategies

In the south and middle part of the country, the air temperatures are starting to drop with the beginning of fall and the bass are changing. In many of our beloved bass lakes, the late summer timeframe can be one of the toughest times of the year to catch fish. 

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ALL ABOUT ELECTRONICS
John Crews September 16, 2021

ALL ABOUT ELECTRONICS

It has taken me a full season on the Elite Series to evaluate and learn about all the available electronics on one boat. That is right. I ran Lowrance, Humminbird, and Garmin on my Bass Cat in 2021. 

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Confidence at All Costs
John Crews February 22, 2021

Confidence at All Costs

Confidence is a major player when you want to compete in anything. Bass fishing is no different.

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Top 5 Bass Fishing Soft Plastic Colors of All Time
John Crews February 01, 2021

Top 5 Bass Fishing Soft Plastic Colors of All Time

Let me preface this piece by saying that I am big believer in action being way more important

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Why Big Bass Get Away
John Crews January 25, 2021

Why Big Bass Get Away

The short answer: Bass lures and most of the rest of our tackle are designed to catch 3 to 5 pound

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Fishing Friends
John Crews January 18, 2021

Fishing Friends

Fishing cleanses the soul. There is something about it that makes me more complete.

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Cabin Fever?
John Crews January 11, 2021

Cabin Fever?

Bass anglers across the country know the term cabin fever. It happens to most of us every winter.

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New Year, No Fear
Andy Thomasson January 04, 2021

New Year, No Fear

My whole life I’ve been obsessed with fishing. Whether it be wading rivers for smallmouth, trolling the lake for striper...

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Fishing Won 2020
John Crews December 28, 2020

Fishing Won 2020

There is not much that can say won 2020 other than some crazy virus. I say fishing won 2020.

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I Got Skunked
Noah Beckley December 21, 2020

I Got Skunked

We heard the winter bass bite was on. Being home from college means I am ready to hunt or fish.

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