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Remember how proud of the old lures we used to be? How confident we used to be in old reliable? Well, just because these new lures have come out doesn't mean our old lures won't catch bass. It could mean they even work better than the new lures. What a shame we put them away!

I use to use a little lure called a Kelly's Striper. It is a lure that a friend and I both used and have caught hundreds of bass on over the years. Some of these bass were big, 7, 8, and 9 pounds. Jim, my friend caught the 9 pounder on one, this is in Ohio by the way. They were a good little lure and all of a sudden I quit using it. I talked to other anglers about it and one said he lost a big bass on one and it bent the hook so I quit using the Kelly's Striper. Besides, it was already rigged with hooks in it and no pro would use anything like that lure.

Well, wait a minute, Jim and I have caught thousands of bass on this lure. We have caught 7, 8, and 9 pound fish and never bent the hook. Maybe, just maybe, something else bent the hook besides a big bass on this other anglers lure. So, why did I quit using the Kelly's Stripe? I don't know! I just don't know! I really don't care that the pro's aren't using them, they caught bass for me. I don't care if they are already rigged with hooks, they caught bass for me. Here's the bottom line ... they caught bass for me!

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There are various types of fishing knots commonly used around the world by anglers; however, knots and their tying styles vary from region to region or location to location where conditions like the lay of water, type of fish, kind of fishing line and technique used etc. Differences also exist between first-time anglers and experienced fishermen who have learned to perfect the art of tying fishing knots mainly through experience and the number of fish 'they have let go'! That simply can not be overlooked in a fisherman's angling experience.

Experts' advise the use of complex knots such as the Bimini Twist, Surgeon's Knot etc., assuming perhaps that every angler can easily get the intricacies of knot -tying soon enough. But that's easier said than done because a fishing knot is only one feature of assembling fishing line and tackle in its entirety. Joining line to swivel, a swivel to trace and then to hook calls for practiced perfection in any type of condition.

Some of the popular fishing knots are: