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Meat Hooks: How Not to Kiss Your Dream Walleye Goodbye
May 1, 2020
Hogs. Toads. Donkeys. Pigs. Whatever name you prefer, these are the fish you really want to catch. Quantity fills the freezer, but trophies earn the bragging rights. This series is dedicated to the pursuit of the true heavyweights across all species. The meat eaters. So set your drag and sharpen your hooks as we lament the most common reasons trophy walleyes elude the net.
I have charter clients call me all the time and say something to this...
Don’t Forget the Plugs: Essential Tools and Parts for Every Boat
Mar 19, 2020
Any self-respecting angler organizes and restocks his or her tackle or fly boxes on a regular—if not obsessive—basis. But for those of you with boats, when was the last time you took inventory of your onboard toolbox and spare parts? Too many of you haven’t dug in that box or compartment since the last time you were in some kind of trouble on the water. Don’t make that mistake again. This is a task that needs to happen often and long before you...
Catch More Fish with Drunken Minnows
Mar 12, 2020
Cheap vodka is good for a lot of things. It can cure almost anything that ails you. If one of those things happens to be a lack of fresh minnows, it can fix that too. A few of the old timers in the Lake Erie perch and walleye scene have told me preserving minnows with Russian vodka was a trick carried over from, well, Mother Russia. I have no idea if that’s true, but I know it works better than salting, and provided you’re not using Grey Goose...
Five Easy DIY Ice Fishing Projects Your Gear Needs
Jan 8, 2020
Ice fishing materials and equipment are light years ahead of where they were a decade ago, but that doesn’t mean there’s a commercially available solution for every gear need. Plus, ice fishing enjoys a long tradition of tinkering and build-it-yourself contraptions like tip-ups and shanties. There’s just something about spending long nights in the shop, building tackle in anticipation of the next adventure on ice.
We came up with five helpful...
Night Wading for Big Fall Walleyes
Nov 14, 2019
Full disclosure, most of the season I make my living driving up and down the lake in an expensive, sparkly disco sled of a boat with the intention of catching the biggest walleyes around. But, truth be told, my favorite time of year is actually when I can leave the boat on the trailer and grab a pair of waders to look for big walleyes at night.
Regardless of where you live, leaves starting to fall off trees signals some of the best fishing of the...