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Patience is not a cliche when it comes to winter jig fish. Taking it slow and following the right winter jigging techniques can produce your biggest fish of the year. Photo Jeff Little

By Jeff Little

Everyone loves a powerful, rip the rod out of your hands, smashing jig hit. Keep your line taut, focus on the presentation and you usually have no problem feeling the bite. As the water temperature drops south of 40 degrees, however, those bone jarring hits seem to disappear.

Instead, the line just goes mushy, or if you’re lucky the line moves to the side, letting you know it’s time to bury the hook. Honestly, most anglers never feel the hit, and assume after a fishless trip that the bass just don’t bite in cold water. The winter jig bite is the most challenging to tap into, but those who have the right gear and frame of mind can pull it off and even catch their biggest bass of the year. Here’s how:

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What’s life if you don’t have your best friend along? David Bahnson is a retired orthopedic surgeon. He lives in Vermont and has two best friends in form of his adorable dogs, Susie and Ginger. After retirement, David found the best way to share his favorite hobby with his pets. You won’t believe how, but he did an amazing job. He built a kayak keeping in mind that he would take Ginger and Susie to his adventure trips.

Image Source: Linda Bahnson

Bahnson mentioned, “They seem to love it, they get excited when we’d pull the kayaks out and see that we were going.” It all started with taking Susie along. David built a kayak from kit by Pygmy Boats. Soon his wife and Ginger also joined the kayaking trips. Hence, it was time for another modification in the kayak.
Bahnson added by saying, “When we got Ginger, I just put in another hole. It’s like a triple kayak, only there isn’t enough room for the paddlers to put their feet — but it’s perfect for a dog.”

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By Kim Russell

River etiquette is just as important as table etiquette. Below are eight important tips to stay safe and happy both on and off the river.

1. River signals: Have you ever been on the opposite side of the river from your friends and played a game of charades as you tried to communicate amidst the roar of the river?
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Playing in your first badminton tournament can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. Luckily, you’ve come to the right place to learn everything you need to be fully prepared for tournament day. This guide will help give you an advantage over your opponents with tips for what to do before and during a tournament.

Play on a Consistent Basis

In the weeks and days leading up to the tournament, practice regularly to keep your level of play high. This might be an obvious strategy to some, but some players stop playing completely to ensure they’re well-rested.

While resting for injuries or health matters is an absolute must, you shouldn’t be worried about your energy level if you play often. Although the grind of a tournament can be brutal, how you maintain your body throughout will have a much greater effect than the rest you take a week before a tournament.

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A Line Drive Straight To My Face Written By Ashley Pais

The other day I received an email from a young girl named Ashley. She is a pitcher who was recently hit by a ball while in the pitchers circle. I am a big believer in protecting these young players from harm, so when I saw her email I knew I had to share it with all of you. It read as follows:

Did you know that the distance between the pitcher and the batter is only 43 feet away? Did you know that the average high school pitcher pitches 62-65 mphs? Did you know that it ONLY takes .4 seconds for the ball to reach the batter, and .3 seconds for the ball to get hit right back to the pitcher? That’s only .7 seconds for the pitcher to react for the ball. The facts are scary. Living it is even scarier.

July 23rd, 2011 was the day my life was changed forever. The sun was beaming down on the softball fields in Harrisburg, PA. I was in Pennsylvania for a tournament; two weekends left was all I had. I found out I was not going to pitch the first game; I was relieved. But then I heard I was going to pitch the second game; the relief quickly left. You see, the second game was during the hottest part of the day. The weather was already scorching a hundred degrees, so during my time on the mound the temperature will be at least five degrees higher. The first game came and went. Nobody wanted to play anymore. Everyone just wanted to end the season so we can enjoy the rest of our summer.

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When you think of taking a swim in Southern California, viagra 40mg the first thing that comes to mind is heading to the ocean. Instead of spending a day at the beach like everyone else, check how about heading out on a scenic hike that will lead you to some unexpected and spectacular SoCal swimming holes?! Here are 10 epic spots in Southern California where you will find the perfect place to refresh yourself in the water on a hot summer day.

Located in the San Bernardino Mountains, you will enjoy a short hike along the Pacific Crest Trail before you reach this splendid spot to take a swim.

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More than 37 million people watched the original Scott Sterling video, illness in which a soccer goalie manages to win a game all by himself, but only because every shot goes directly into his face.

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If you’re a football fan of the Washington State Cougars (Jesus Christ), sale I have some welcome news for you: you can finally buy beer at home football games.

That’s right, hospital Cougs. Martin Stadium will officially sell beer this season, which you will reallywant to consume if you actually care about Washington State football, because God help you, man. I know Mike Leach is the coach there, but the only other thing I know about Washington State is that it’s the home of Johnny Manziel’s father, Ryan Leaf. In fact, if you can name a single Washington State football player in the NFL without cheating, I’ll resign from Grandex today.

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In what has now become an annual tradition, the Oakland Raiders hosted their second annual Alumni Weekend at the team’s Napa Valley Training Complex.

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In what has now become an annual tradition, the Oakland Raiders hosted their second annual Alumni Weekend, with more than 100 former Raiders and their guests in attendance at the team’s Napa Valley Training Complex.

The alumni were invited to attend practice sessions, and participate in a variety of activities throughout the weekend including a luncheon, as well as a “Friday Night Kickoff” dinner in Napa.

“It was great to see all the former Raiders here supporting us, and obviously the military is out here today as well, but in particular the number of former players that have come back to support us , and we welcome them back,” said Head Coach Jack Del Rio. “I think the organization, [owner] Mark Davis, and [president] Mark Badain, and [General Manager] Reggie [McKenzie], I think to do that, and to have those guys come back for a weekend like this, I think is awesome. Great to see them, a lot of guys I grew up cheering for, so we welcome them and are super excited to have them out here.”

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Tim Twentyman tracks the performance of tackle Taylor Decker during Day 3 of training camp practice.

TAYLOR DECKER

Position: Tackle

Ht./Wt.: 6-7, 310

College: Ohio State

Experience: Rookie

Outlook: The Lions selected Decker 16th overall in this year’s draft, and have immediately placed him at left tackle. It’s allowed them to move Riley Reiff over to right tackle, which the Lions hope makes them stronger upfront.

Decker combines terrific size with good athleticism, but like any rookie, he’s going to go through some ups and downs, especially early on. He’s still adjusting to the speed at this level. He’s a player that should get better every time he steps on the field in camp.

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