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Bassmaster Northern Open

Lake Champlain, Plattsburgh, NY Things have been pretty hectic leading up to us leaving town for the third and final stop of the Bassmaster Northern Opens. Held on none other than the absolute freak of a smallmouth and largemouth fishing

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Bassmaster Northern Open

James River, Richmond, VA The second stop of the Northern Opens was a BIG tournament for me. After a good finish at Oneida, I desperately felt the need to back it up here with a even better finish on the

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Kruger Farms Don Nelson Memorial Tournament

This year was the first annual Don Nelson Memorial Tournament presented by Kruger Farms. Don was owner and operator of Kruger Farms before his untimely passing and though I never knew Don personally, he helped some of my good friends and

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ICAST 2016

Leaving New York, Chad and I had a little time to kill on our way to Chicago where he was meeting a buddy to head back down to Winona and me down to Florida to take part in ICAST. Coming

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Bassmaster Northern Open

Lake Oneida, Syracuse, NY The Bassmaster Northern Opens are finally upon us! I get pretty stoked for any and every tournament I fish, however none more so than the Northern Opens. Traveling around the country, I get to dissect some

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The Heart of Guide Season – Lake Mille Lacs

The 2016 guide season has been absolutely rocking with anglers from all over the country traveling north to take on one of the very best smallmouth bass factories in the country, Lake Mille Lacs. The Big Pond has been owning

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Bassmaster Central Open #1

Arkansas River, Muskogee, OK It took me a while to get around to writing about this event. I’m still having a tough time swallowing the jagged pill of completely blowing my opportunity of qualifying for the Bassmaster Elite Series through

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Sturgeon Bay Open

Lake Michigan, Door County, WI Last spring was my first time to Sturgeon Bay, a quite community nestled along Wisconsin’s Door County Peninsula. An area known for it’s tremendous smallmouth fishery located in the Green Bay side of Lake Michigan.

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Bassmaster Southern Open #2

Lewis Smith Lake, Jasper, AL First off, I must apologize for my lack of posting lately but we’ve been revamping a few things here on the back end. No worries for those who’ve followed my blog over the years, I’m

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Practice Can Make Perfect

If not perfect, than as close as one can be to it anyway. I may never be perfect but I sure do try to prepare as if I could be. After a rough start to the year in the Sunshine

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Bassmaster Southern Open

Lake Toho/Kissimmee Chain, Kissimmee, FL January is the perfect time for a Florida tournament if your a dude from Minnesota. In fact, in case we’re not on the same page, just look back and scroll through the lists of pro’s

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The Ultimate Bass Fishing Christmas List – JD Style!!

Everyone surely has a die hard outdoorsman in their family. Being we’re in the heart of the “giving” season, I’ll be quick to point out that they’re the simplest to holiday shop for. There’s always something we’re dying to get

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Hunting Season Fall 2015

Allow me to quickly preface this entry with a jump back in time. When I was in High School, my father owned a small piece of wooded property up in northern Minnesota. From the ages of 14 to 15, I’d

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Bassmaster Southern Open

Lake Seminole, Bainbridge, GA With both the Central and Northern Opens wrapped for 2015, I still had one last event of the year, the Bassmaster Southern Open on Lake Seminole, down on the Florida/Georgia border. I wasn’t going to fish

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Bassmaster Central Open #3

Table Rock Lake, Branson, MO Headed back across country to Table Rock Lake and I’ll be 100% honest, I was tired. The emotional roller coaster that was Lake Erie, combined with the literal roller coaster that is also Lake Erie,

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Bassmaster Northern Open

Lake Erie, Sandusky, OH I love ALL types of bass fishing. If they’re biting, I don’t care what I have to throw, whatever they’re choking, I’m casting for them. However with that said, there’s several ways I REALLY like to

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Bassmaster Central Open

Lake Ft. Gibson, Wagoner, OK The Bassmaster Central Opens are far and away the biggest grind of a tournament schedule by a freakin’ long shot. The venues we go to may or may not be good in spring and summer

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Bassmaster Northern Open

Lake Oneida, NY There’s a whole bunch of states I get excited about fishing and New York is most definitely one of them. To me fishing New York is like fishing Minnesota on steroids. New York has an abundance of

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ICAST 2015

Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL I wasted very little time getting on the road and out of Virginia. Just as soon as Bill Kohls and I wrapped up our video shoot on Virginia’s other famed fishery, the Potomac River,

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Bassmaster Northern Open

James River, Richmond, VA I swear my anticipation for this event has been off the charts! It’s seemed like an eternity since my last Open event down on Ross Barnett Reservoir back in March where a solid 26th place finish

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Hardly a “Dead Sea”

My apologies for the lack of posts over the last month. Things have been going a mile a minute and the smallmouth bite has been truly world renown. So good, a bassin’ junkie such as myself has zero percent chance of

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NABC Event #1

Sturgeon Bay, Lake Michigan, WI I seem to have a rolling bucket list. I check one off and I immediately add another, maybe two. Either way, I’ve been fortunate to have checked off a bunch of my original bucket list

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Okoboji Open

Lake Okoboji, Okoboji, IA Been a few years since I got the opportunity to drive down to Iowa and partake in the annual Okoboji Open. In fact, I fished it back in 2009 with good buddy Ryan Brant and we

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Open for Business

The show season is officially wrapped for the year and it’s timing couldn’t be better, Spring has officially sprung here in Minnesota. Most the lakes throughout the central part of the state and down to Iowa have completely shed their

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A Minnesota Tradition

Minnesota is a great and a wonderful place to call home. A state known for it’s abundance of natural habit that’s littered with endless lakes, rivers and streams. A society filled with hardcore outdoor enthusiasts ranging from shed hunters, snowshoers,

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Bassmaster Central Open

Ross Barnett Reservoir, Jackson, MS Life has been good! Traveling all across the country is something I enjoy, no doubt, however this trip has been a long one as it’s been almost a month since I’ve been back home and

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JD Fishing Teams with Mud Hole and MHX!

Yes Sir! You heard that right, I am now a proud member of the Mud Hole and MHX Rod Blanks Pro Team! If this comes as a surprise, I completely understand cause I never saw this one coming either, that

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2015 Bassmaster Classic

Lake Hartwell, Greenville, SC. One day……. I don’t know much in this world but I do know one thing, if I continue on the track I’m on and continue to strive for greatness, one day I will compete in a

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Fishing Electronics Webinar Coming in April!!

When: April 15th, 2015 Time: 8pm Central Title: Utilizing Today’s Electronics for Better Tournament Results I’ll be hosting a Fishing Electronics Webinar with Bassmaster Elite Series Rookie, Seth Feider! Our main goal is to help anglers better understand their fishing electronics

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Looking for Better Maps?

Only Navionics accepts sonar logs from all major plotter brands and mobile devices! Millions of boaters all over the world can contribute to enhancing SonarCharts HD bathymetry map using many of the leading plotter brands, as well as mobile devices.

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Bassmaster Southern Open

Toho/Kissimmee Chain of Lakes, Kissimmee, FL Talk about being excited for an upcoming tourney. It’s been well over two months since I competed in a tournament and the anticipation to get the ball rolling this season was at it’s all

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Navionics SonarCharts LIVE

Enjoy the convenience of mobile sonar! Starting with Navionics Boating version 7.3 for iPhone and iPad, the new SonarPhone feature allows you to have a fishfinder on your screen and create your own personal HD bathymetry map with SonarCharts Live!

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Hydrowading

It’s officially official, Minnesota winter is in full swing. This time of year used to send me into a reclusive depression that only springtime could heal with the first site of open water. In fact, it got so bad that

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Before the Ice…

I’ve always enjoyed fishing in the Fall. It’s the time of year a guy can pick up a big jig and hit shallow targets for fat ornery bass. I catch some big sows every spring too, but I just prefer

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2015 Bassmaster Opens

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t enjoying the off-season a little bit. It seems every year my travel obligations get more and more hectic, meaning my time away from family and friends suffers greatly. I try to stay

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SEOPA Writer’s Conference

Fontana Village, NC I was given the privilege to represent Navionics at the 50th Annual SEOPA Conference held where it all began for SEOPA, on the top of the Smokey Mountains at Fontana Village, North Carolina. This was my first

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Bassmaster Northern Open

Lake Norman, Charlotte, NC Here we go, last derby of the year. I’d be lying if I said that I’m not ready for the 2014 tournament season to wrap up. Of course I love tournament fishing, but after stubbing my

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Navionics + and SonarCharts

The 2014 tournament season is one North Carolina trip away from being wrapped for the year. On my second full season fishing the BASS Opens on all types of venues, all across the country, I can say that in two

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Madison May Douglas (2000 – 2014)

I had only known my future wife Bri for a few short weeks when she talked me into going on a day date to the Humane Society. We were literally still teenagers. I was completely head over heals for my

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Bassmaster Central Open

Arkansas River, Muskogee, OK Since I was a kid I wanted to be a Bassmaster. I used to sit in my basement, watching recorded episodes of The Bassmasters, as well as staple shows like Roland Martin and Bill Dance and dream

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“Professional” Bass Fisherman

I’ve been traveling a lot and traveling for me is proving it can be a distraction. I work better when I have rhythm in my life, when I’m working out, eating right, fishing often and just living life at 100%,

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Bassmaster Northern Open

Lake Champlain, Plattsburgh, NY Leading up to this event, the Bassmaster Northern Open #2 had been very much on my mind. I was sitting high in the points after a solid performance at Douglas Lake in Tennessee a couple months prior

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The Reaping

I LOVE this time of year! My birthday was just a few short days ago, we get to party all week in celebration of our nation’s independence and the big bass are chewing all over the country! I’ve been lucky enough

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Logging Navionics SonarCharts

It’s been a while since Navionics first created lake mapping for SD cards to be used in correlation with different chartplotters throughout the globe. This development at the time went down as revolutionary and still to this day ranks way

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Heavenly Mille Lacs

Lake Mille Lacs, MN What a fishery! I’ve been lucky to fish some powerhouse bass fisheries throughout the United States but Mille Lacs, located in north central Minnesota, has got to be one of the best all time. So good,

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Lake Chickamauga Smack Down

Just as soon as the Bassmaster Open tourney wrapped up on Douglas Lake, I took advantage of a powerhouse fishery located just two hours south and pointed the rig south toward Lake Chickamauga. I guess one shouldn’t be too surprised,

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Bassmaster Northern Open

Douglas Lake, Dandridge, TN In the weeks and possibly even months leading up to the first stop of the Bassmaster Northern Opens on Douglas Lake, located up in the Smokey Mountains of northeastern Tennessee, I had my fair share of

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Bobber Down – Lake Minnetonka Crappie Report

It finally feels like spring in Minnesota and in my eyes the timing is perfect. Bri and I are officially all settled into our new home and I’m well on my way to enjoying the lake life here for a

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Bassmaster Central Open

Red River, Bossier City, LA The good ole’ Red River. There’s no other place in the world quite like it. Despite the alligators, snakes, dirty red water, old rock levees, submerged rebar and millions upon millions of stumps that litter

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Home Sweet Home

Life can pass you by in the blink of an eye. What a year and a half it’s been since Bri and I packed up everything we owned to head south in search of greener pastures in the hills of

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Bassmaster Southern Open

Lewis Smith Lake, Jasper, AL After leaving Birmingham, I didn’t have much of a drive to get to Jasper for my maiden voyage on Smith Lake, a sprawling highland reservoir in northern Alabama. Smith Lake is known for it’s spotted

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2014 Bassmaster Classic Expo

Navionics Booth, Birmingham, AL Always on the go! Lately it seems like I go from zero to one hundred on a drop of a dime, however it’s the life I’ve chosen for myself and honestly I’m happiest when I’m going

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Bassmaster Central Open

Lake Amistad, Del Rio, TX I didn’t waste much time sneaking across the panhandle and into south Texas to start preparing for the first stop of the 2014 Bassmaster Central Opens on Lake Amistad, located along the Mexican Border, in

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Bassmaster Southern Open

Kissimmee Chain, Kissimmee, FL Let me start by saying, I love me some Florida. Since I was a kid, I’ve always had an infatuation with the sunshine state, everything from the sandy beaches, to the sunny skies and of course,

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Off and Running

The New Year has officially kicked off and 2014 is well on it’s way. I gotta say, this year’s shaping up to be a busy one. I’ve been doing a lot of running and gunning and the first tourney is

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Here’s to 2014! Wishing you all “boat loads” of happiness and success! Happy New Year and thank you for another year of support from JD Fishing!!  

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Christmas on The Chick

Lake Chickamauga, Chattanooga, TN Christmas is officially in the rear view and I have to say I’m excited about it. Don’t get it twisted, I appreciate Christmas, it’s just that this one lacked the traditional flair that you come to

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A Rocky Mountain Christmas

Limon, CO It’s been a good while since I took to the countryside without a single intention of slinging around a rod and reel and exercising a few bass. When fall gives way to winter, I’m usually still well into

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Preparation for 2014

I’m officially registered and confirmed for all 9 of the 2014 Bassmaster Opens, guaranteeing another wild year full of ups, downs and a whole lot of bass lipping! Last year was indeed a true test, both physically, emotionally and financially.

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Reading Navionics Mapping – Culverts

This morning, while on a run with my wife Bri, I came across something that got me thinking about bass fishing. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, in fact, it’s commonplace for me to come across something that

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Bassmaster Central Open

Ross Barnett Reservoir, Jackson, MS Mixed emotions overwhelmed my head as I headed toward Mississippi to take part in the final tournament of the 2013 season. As a whole, I’ve been very disappointed in my year. First off, it’s my

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Bassmaster Central Open

Arkansas River, Muskogee, OK Cruising west, I did my best to make up for lost time. Generally, I’d love the fact that I wasn’t leaving Lake Erie until Saturday night as that would mean I made the top 12 cut

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Bassmaster Northern Open

Lake Erie, Sandusky, OH I will happily go on record and state that if you’ve never been to a Great Lake before and attempted to fish out of a standard twenty foot bass boat, you are in for a serious

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Great Expectations for a Great Lake

It’s strange saying, especially being I’m originally from Minnesota, but things have been pretty laid back for me here as of lately. This is something of an anomaly for a true northern angler. Generally, I’d still be in the thick

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FLW Turns Head on the Umbrella Rig

A major decision came today out of Minneapolis, MN that sent shock waves through the bass fishing community. FLW, one of the country’s top bass fishing tours, banned the use of the umbrella rig for tournament competition. A surprise decision

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The Fairy Wand

I hear it all the time, “I don’t use one dem there fairy wands,” exclaims an angler, clearly referring to my spinning set up that I just pulled from my rod locker. In fact, I’ve heard this exact line time

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Tackle Update: Lowrance 2.1 Software Update

I’ve been using the new Lowrance Touch series for the past year now and am proud to say just how impressed I really am. Thoroughly impressed to say the least! These units offer me everything I’ve come to expect from

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Swimming the Deep

No place like home… It’s a necessity actually. After fattening up on some of my wife’s home cooked meals and catching up on some much needed sleep, I was off to the lake. Chickamauga is everything I was looking for

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Bassmaster Northern Open

Oneida Lake, Syracuse, NY First derby out of my new boat! Well, almost first derby, I did take a 3rd place finish in a little Wednesday night dogfight while back home on Lake Minnetonka with good buddy, Ryan Brant. Always

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The Hiatus

Hiatus – a break or interruption in the continuity of a work, series, action, etc. I had a long and semi-serious post written on where I’ve been and why I haven’t been posting, instead I figured I’d just let the pictures

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Bassmaster Northern Open

James River, Richmond, VA After coming off a good finish at the final Bassmaster Southern Open on Alabama’s, Lake Logan Martin, I was very excited to hit the water and test myself against the tidal waters of Virginia’s, James River.

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Get Up to Speed with Lowrance 2.0 and Navionics WebApp

Things have been busy for me, been anxiously preparing for the upcoming Bassmaster Northern Open on the James River, in east Virginia. One of such preparations was to be sure I updated all my Lowrance Touch’s with the new 2.0 Update.

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The Bluegill Bounty

The days are getting warmer and in the southern part of the country, the bass are moving off their beds. At the same time in the north, the bass are just moving on. It’s rare to find similarities between anglers

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Making Waves from Japan to the U.S.!!

Bass fisherman in the United States are accustomed to seeing tons of innovative tackle come from all parts of the world. This is definitely the case with Japanese products, we all love the genuine innovation that comes with true JDM tackle

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Bassmaster Southern Open

Logan Martin Lake, Pell City, AL There was good reason why I moved from Minnesota to Tennessee and believe it or not, it wasn’t just the warmer climate. I know I’m a guy that cusses the very thought of winter

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Welcome to the New JD Fishing!

I’m excited the day is finally here and I can welcome you to the new and improved JoshDouglasFishing.com! This site means so much to me and what started years ago as a way to gain clients for my small guide

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Bassmaster Central Open

Red River, Bossier City, LA This past weekend was the first stop of the Bassmaster Central Opens, a derby I was looking very much forward to and one I’ll soon not forget. The site was none other than Louisiana’s historic

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American Legacy Fishing Company

I’ve been a diehard G Loomis and Shimano supporter since I was a little kid. I remember going to the different consumer expo shows with my Uncle and eyeballing them when I wasn’t even old enough to understand the value

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Bassmaster Southern Open

Douglas Lake, Dandridge, TN Douglas Takes Douglas! This headline has been going through my head since I first registered for this event. Strictly for name sake reasons as I didn’t know the first thing about this puddle except that Jeremy

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Northwest Sport Show

Minneapolis, MN It’s surely a tradition. Since I was a kid I always got excited for the annual Northwest Sport Show to roll into town and now living 1000 miles away and I still wouldn’t dream of missing it! The

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FLW Everstart Central

Lake of the Ozarks, Osage Beach, MO First off, let’s just get down to brass tacks and call a spade a spade. I never had a chance. Completely lost from start to finish. Initially, I was eager and optimistic about

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FLW Everstart Southeastern

Lake Guntersville, Guntersville, AL Since I moved so close to Guntersville, I decided to throw my money in for this event even though I wasn’t fishing the entire series. Being that Guntersville is an awesome fishery and only about two

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2013 Bassmaster Classic Expo

Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees, Tulsa, OK The 2013 Bassmaster Classic has come and gone and left the naysayers searching for words to explain how the best of the best managed big sacks of fish everyday while fishing in water

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A GRAND Classic Preview

All I heard over the past year and a half since BASS announced the 2013 Bassmaster Classic would be held on Oklahoma’s Grand Lake was what a horrible venue this was and that the guaranteed frigid weather would surely make

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C’Mon Maine!

You know me, or well maybe you don’t, but one thing you should know is I frown on political jargon here on JoshDouglasFishing.com. Not that I don’t have my opinions and beliefs, cause God knows I do but I don’t

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Bassmaster Southern Open

Lake Toho/Kissimmee Chain, Kissimmee, FL Frustrated and Heartbroken may just as well be the title to this blog post. No matter how hard you prepare for something, no matter all the precautions you take or the desire you have, in

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2013 Tournament Schedule…..Almost.

I’m so happy it’s 2013! This is the year I’ve dreamed of for a long long time. Literally since I was a little kid I wanted to fish tournaments at the national levels. I got a small taste last year

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Looking Forward to 2013!

Happy New Year! The year 2012 is behind us and the new chapter titled 2013 is now underway. Reflection can be a double edged sword, you remember the good but are forced to face the bad. This past year was

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Recipe’s Off the Water

Blackened Crappie Fish Tacos This is one of my all-time favorite good eats and one that requires zero guilt for enjoying. Crappie is a wonderful dish and ever since leaving Minnesota for the warmer climates and flowing water of the

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A Very Merry Christmas

My first Tennessee Christmas has come and gone and will be one I’ll never soon forget, summing up all the reasons why my wife and I packed everything and now call the Tennessee River home. There’s no denying that the

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Tackle Update: Biovex USA PRESS RELEASE

   BIOVEX™ Lures from Japan, Now Available in U.S. BIOVEX™, one of Japan’s highest quality lure companies announces its launch of their freshwater lures in the U.S. About BIOVEX™ Since 1997, BIOVEX’s success in Japan comes from the precise calculation

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Holding Off on the Winter Blues!

What a change of pace! This time last year, I was day dreaming through a Minnesota winter with thoughts of four pound largemouth choking my Biovex Stay80 jerkbait on a cold December afternoon. I was well aware that this winter

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Tips of the Trade – Say NO to Rust!

What pisses a guy off more than one of his high end crankbaits getting rusted out? I’ll tell you what’s worse, when his entire crankbait box gets rusted out! That high end Japanese Biovex Crankbait and that old school Bagley’s

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Tackle Update: TVA Lake Info APP

There are certain factors that bass anglers need to consider while out on the water looking to achieve success. Weather patterns, seasonal migrations, forage, these are all very important things to consider and when fishing the Tennessee or Cumberland Rivers

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Home Sweet Home

It started as a pipe dream, slowly but surely morphing into a tangible thought. A lofty thought nonetheless but the deep desires that tore into my visions developed into a reality. A reality that needed to be planned, something so

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Tackle Update – The Advantages of Seaguar

2013 is slated to be the biggest tournament season for me to date. I’ve worked very hard to get myself here but thanks to my family and sponsors, I’ll be competing in the Bassmaster Opens, FLW Everstarts and PAA Tour

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Tackle Update: Lowrance HDS Gen-2 Touch

The future is officially the present as Lowrance, leader in all fishing and water electronics has just announced the new HDS Gen-2 Touch! Everything has been upgraded into what is sure to take the fishing world by storm and why

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NABC World Championship

Mississippi River Pools 4 & 5, Red Wing, MN I’m a numbers guy. Plain and simple, I’m cut from the cloth that believes the numbers will never lie. So there should be no denying that when you give me odds

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Bassmaster Central Open

Fort Gibson Lake, Wagoner, OK I arrived down in Wagoner, Oklahoma just in time to run smack into another visitor in Tropical Storm Isaac. Honestly I was hoping we were in track for lots and lots of rain as I

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5 Lure Challenge

I was checking in on my buddy Rich Lindgren’s website when I noticed he was asked to partake in the challenge, the 5 Lure Challenge. Basically, if you could only fish with 5 lures for the rest of your life,

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