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The Great Outdoors: Bass Biting On the Upper Mississippi

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PRAIRIE DU CHIEN -- Heavy fog greeted Bob Garman of Center Point and Joel Van Etten of Walker as they headed out of Praire du Chien. The game plan was to find some early fall bass.

"They're moving into these bays and feeding on shad," Garman said. "We're looking for where they are feeding on the surface. We're throwing light-colored bait."

The fog soon burned off, and the surface temperature warmed to 63 degrees. Garman and Van Etten continued to find fish. There were also many friendly barbs between the two longtime fishing friends. Van Etten complained that Garman had blocked his cast. Garman responded, "Years of practice."

Very shallow water produced the biggest thrill of the day when a northern jumped out of the water and bit off one of the fisherman's hooks.

The sharp teeth do it every time.

But Garman, who is president of the Iowa Bass Nation, figures they have a few more good weeks with largemouth bass and then the smallie action should pick up.

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