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Secrets of Longtime Bass Fishing Pro Larry Nixon

Day 3: Top Bass Fishing Pro Larry Nixon Uses Satellites and Fishes with the Best Line for Success

Editor’s Note: Larry Nixon of Bee Branch, Arkansas, began guiding fishermen before he was in high school. He joined the professional bass fishermen's ranks 37 years ago. Nixon became professional bass fishing's first $1 million winner and today has earned more than $3 million fishing B.A.S.S. and FLW circuits, not including sponsorship money. He was named Bass Angler of the Year twice and won the Classic. A member of the Arkansas Outdoor Hall of Fame, Nixon, also is one of the most-respected anglers in tournament bass fishing history and still is ranked in the top 50 bass anglers in the world by Nixon’s favorite technique generally is fishing a worm, and his favorite body of water to bass fish is Toledo Bend. When he’s not fishing, Nixon can be found deer hunting.

Click for Larger ViewClick for Larger ViewSecret No. 7: Use Satellites

Nixon mentions that because he fishes so many different lakes all across the nation he enjoys using his GPS (Global Positioning System), which works through a network of satellites. On most of these lakes, he fishes some type of underwater offshore breakline. He logs some of his best fishing sites as waypoints in his GPS receiver.

“Because I can pull up sites I want to go to from the memory of my GPS, regardless of where I am on any lake, I can move to that spot by the shortest route, which saves me a lot of time in competition fishing,” Nixon explains. “Then I don't waste much time looking at a map or trying to position my boat properly to find the place.” Logging a spot he wants to fish in his GPS receiver allows Nixon to stop 50 to 75 yards short of that area, kill his big engine and approach his fishing region with only his trolling motor. “By not having to use a big motor to find the bottom break I want to fish, I don't spook any of the bass I'm trying to catch,” Nixon says.

Secret No. 8: Fish with the Best Line

Click for Larger ViewClick for Larger View“I've found that Berkley's Trilene lines have all the properties I need whenever I fish,” Nixon states. “The Trilene XT is a universal line and great for most applications, although I can't say it's the best when you're fishing underwater crankbaits and spinner baits. But, all-around, Trilene XT is an excellent choice. I like this line in clear simply because it's easier for me to see. Since I've hit 60, I can't always see green line, because it blends in so well with the water. However, I think you can use either the clear or the green and get about the same results when bass fishing. Both lines work extremely well with a wide variety of lures.”

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John Phillips, winner of the 2012 Homer Circle Fishing Award for outstanding fishing writer by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) and the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA), the 2008 Crossbow Communicator of the year and the 2007 Legendary Communicator chosen for induction into the National Fresh Water Hall of Fame, is a freelance writer (over 6,000 magazine articles for about 100 magazines and several thousand newspaper columns published), magazine editor, photographer for print media as well as industry catalogues (over 25,000 photos published), lecturer, outdoor consultant, marketing consultant, book author and daily internet content provider with an overview of the outdoors. Click here for more information and a list of all the books available from John E. Phillips.

Tomorrow: Bass Fishing Pro Larry Nixon Tells Us to Eliminate Mistakes and Have Confidence in Fishing

Check back each day this week for more about Secrets of Longtime Bass Fishing Pro Larry Nixon"

Day 1: Pro Larry Nixon Shares Some of His Bass Fishing Secrets
Day 2: More of Pro Angler Larry Nixon’s Secrets – Fishing Fast and Prospecting for and Connecting with Bass
Day 3: Top Bass Fishing Pro Larry Nixon Uses Satellites and Fishes with the Best Line for Success
Day 4: Bass Fishing Pro Larry Nixon Tells Us to Eliminate Mistakes and Have Confidence in Fishing
Day 5: Pro Larry Nixon Says Don’t Choose a Favorite Lure and Remember to Always Have Fun Fishing

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Entry 772, Day 3