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The job of any good jighead is to bring out the unique talents of baits that best match its design. Dissimilar jighead styles deliver softbaits at different speeds, actions and depths, each performing a singular, premeditated presentation. Collars and keeper configurations are made to match and pin certain baits firmly in place. Jig-hooks vary by anatomy: size, gap, throat, shank length, wire gauge and more; with justifiable reasons for each. While a mismatched jig and bait might still catch fish, a perfect pairing can stimulate an onslaught of bites.

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The eighth annual Michiana Outdoors & Sportsman Show will be held at the Michiana Events Center (MEC) in Shipshewana next weekend.

The show runs Friday, Jan. 18 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 from 8-5.

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New Tackle for 2019

Missile Bait’s “Ike’s Micro Jig” is going to start a new category of super compact jigs and new way to finesse fish for bass.

Built on a No. 1 Gamakatsu light wire jig hook, the Micro Jig will come in 3 sizes - 1/16, 1/8, and 3/16 ounce.

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(Provided by Bass Pro Shops)

SPRINGFIELD, MO - Bass Pro Group announced today an agreement to acquire Fishing Holdings, LLC, a manufacturer of fishing boats that include Ranger Boats and the Stratos and Triton boat brands from Platinum Equity.

The agreement combines popular fishing boat brands that are recognized internationally. It also creates another connection between two industry leaders, Bass Pro Shops founder/CEO Johnny Morris and Ranger Boats founder Forrest Wood, who are dedicated fishermen, conservationists and entrepreneurs. Years ago the iconic outdoorsmen both began fishing on the White River and White River Chain of Lakes in the Ozarks and even fished together in the first National BASS Tournaments.

"This partnership brings added long-term stability for both companies and for the dealer networks that provide customers with quality boats at exceptional values," said Morris, who also is founder/CEO of Tracker Marine Group. "I've had the pleasure of knowing Forrest Wood many years, and I deeply respect him and his family that founded and built a solid performing business with excellent products."

Morris added that: "It's also important that our companies share comparable cultures and values and are dedicated to manufacturing quality products in the USA."


(Provided by Minnesota DNR)

The Minnesota DNR will be using three zebra mussel-sniffing K-9 teams for the first time this year to help combat the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS).

Minnesota is the second state in the country to use trained dogs to prevent the spread of AIS. They will be used throughout the state during the open water season.

A video of the dogs is available here.


(Provided by the U.S. Dept. Of Interior)

MILWAUKEE, WI – Highlighting the reversal of decades of declining numbers, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced the results of a comprehensive national survey of outdoor recreation showing a significant increase in hunters and a double-digit increase in anglers over the past five years.

“Seeing more people fishing, hunting, and getting outdoors is great news for America’s economy and conservation heritage,” said Salazar. “Outdoor recreation and tourism are huge economic engines for local communities and the country, so it is vital that we continue to support policies and investments that help Americans get outside, learn to fish, or go hunting. That is why, through President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors initiative, we have been focused on helping Americans rediscover the joys of casting a line, passing along family hunting traditions, and protecting the places they love.”

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