Fishing & Boating News
(Feb. 27, 2013 - Chandler, TX -Neches River) Can spring be far away if we are talking about putting in for spawning Sand Bass and planning a turkey hunt? You may remember last year I told you about putting in to fish Kickapoo Creek and catching a large number of sand bass and catching four different species on the same bait from the same hole. That put in was on February 27, 2012.
(Feb. 26, 2013 - Gilchrist on Bolivar, TX.) The odor was almost tangible, stirring the adrenalin and alerting the reflexes. The smell of watermelon was strong followed by the splashing sounds of feeding specks. The first cast went out and its retrieve hooked up with the first speck of the morning.
(Feb. 6, 2013 - Ontario, Canada) Pure isolation - Harsh elements - Hundred fish days. At Thunderhook Fly-Ins of Ontario, our fly-in only fishing destinations offer an experience unlike any other fishing trip. Catch a flight into Minneapolis or Thunder Bay, and our small aircraft brings you the rest of the way - deep into Ontario's Wabikimi Wilderness. Some fear the isolation, others indulge in the serenity.
(Jan. 01, 2013 - ) As guide Dave Escamilla with Sparky's Guide Service eased the big thirty foot striper boat out of the harbor at Alberta Creek Marina, the sky was full of gulls. Gulls, as far as the eye could see, dive bombing the surface of the lake, picking up hapless shad that were driven to the surface by greedy striper's intent upon eating every baitfish they could catch.
(Jan. 01, 2013 - Lake Istokpoga, FL) Lake Istokpoga is often overlooked by bass anglers seeking the notoriety of the Kissimmee Chain of lakes to the north or Lake Okeechobee to the south. However, 28,000-acre Lake Istokpoga, in Highlands County just south of Sebring, is turning into a top lunker producer.
(Jan. 01, 2013 - Gilchrist on Bolivar, TX.) Black and Red Drum are cousins when considering their twin genetics, traits and habits of the species, BUT, that's as far as it goes when actually looking at the two. On recalling the popular movie "TWINS" the resemblance between these two species are about the same as the stars of the film.
(Dec. 29, 2012 - Devil's Lake,ND) There may be no better place right now to catch big walleyes, giant northern pike, and behemoth perch than Devils Lake in North Dakota. This sprawling freak of nature has been running red hot and is giving it up big time including plenty of dandy walleyes, northern pike that can reach the 16 to 20lb plus range, and perch that can average a pound and a half or better with some weighing in at well over two pounds.
(Dec. 29, 2012 - Tyler, TX) Now that Christmas is over and the new year is here I hope everyone had the best Christmas of all and I hope you got plenty of fishing stuff from Porters Sporting Goods on Lake Palestine so that you can join me this year fishing two of Texas best lakes ever Lake Palestine and Lake Fork.
Getting down to the wire can mean more fish this winter
(Dec. 28, 2012 - Grand Rapids, Mn) If you're not using spring bobbers?or only one kind?you're probably missing fish. But expand your ice arsenal to include three different kinds of wiretapping technology and I'm certain you'll ice more fish this winter.
(Dec. 07, 2012 - Braham, MN) January in Minnesota means plenty of ice fishing and there are many great opportunities available for doing some serious pole bending. Walleye anglers have more options now than at any other time during the hard water season and can be a real mixed bag from the first of the month to the end. Basically; active fish can be found from shallow to deep and are ready and willing to co-operate if you know the where and the when.
(Dec. 07, 2012 - Woodbury, MN) Mike Tietjen likes thin ice. No, he isn't keen on falling through it. What Tietjen likes about thin ice is the action below it.
(Dec. 07, 2012 - ) Holiday season is upon us. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or simply enjoy having a few days off to celebrate with family and friends, coming up with appropriate gifts is a challenge for all of us.
(Dec. 06, 2012 - Tyler, TX) December is a month when most of your outdoors man are still hunting and others getting ready for Christmas and then there are the ones that have already taken their bag limit of deer and are now thinking about fishing and getting ready for the spring spawn.
(Dec. 05, 2012 - Gilchrist on Bolivar, TX) Tedious, skittish, and wary at times, flounder fishing can be difficult but rewarding if you know what to do. Whether you're a live bait enthusiast or hard corps jig angler there are many methods to use for enjoying catching flounder.
(Dec. 05, 2012 - Nacogdoches, Tx) I made it back! I left home at 5:12 am this morning and was ready to put in on Lake Naconiche at 6:17 am. The weather was warm, cloudy, little foggy and with about a 10 mph breeze. There was only one other boat which was leaving the ramp as I arrived.
(Nov. 28, 2012 - Woodbury, MN) It has been rumored that walleye tournament fishing is so much fun. In most cases, there is too much water to fish and you often have too little time under all sorts of conditions. Let me describe to you a situation I faced a few years ago.
Downsize to microplastics for more panfish this ice season
(Nov. 27, 2012 - ) In the 1990s we discovered the benefits of downsizing to 1- to 2-pound test and using Rat Finkies and Hornets for hardwater panfish. It was incredible?we began to experience unprecedented bites on tiny horizontal jigs while guys near us fishing minnows struggled to put fish on the ice.
(Nov. 08, 2012 - Tyler, TX) The next couple of months we will see the majority of the fish make some transitions from the fall to their wintertime patterns. To stay with the fish, the smart angler will make adjustments in their techniques to give them the best chance for success.
Three Master Anglers Share Fall River Smallmouth Secrets
(Nov. 04, 2012 - ) For river smallmouth bassers, "fall" carries a wonderful meaning. Across their North American range, smalljaws are on the move. Whether their riverine travels take them on lengthy journeys or short sojourns, bass respond to shorter days and cooling waters in one very important way: with great hunger and aggression.
(Nov. 03, 2012 - Tyler, TX) Let's talk turkey since it's turkey season. For the most part a lot of fisherman stop fishing in November because of a little thing called deer season. Can you believe it? They stop everything their doing and put deer hunting first and you will never guess what that does for me.
(Oct. 25, 2012 - East Bay, at Gilchrist on Bolivar, TX.) Some of this seasons most exciting fishing action is about to happen on the Galveston Bay System, especially on East Bay, near Rollover Pass. In fact, it's happening right now as of this writing. It's called "working the birds!"
(Oct. 08, 2012 - ) There's no doubt most of my time on the ice is spent in a portable shelter but there are exceptions, one of them being an overnight stay in a permanent shack. A big comfortable sleeper on a hot honey hole can make for a lot of fun and is a great way to get together with friends and family and spend some real quality time.
(Oct. 09, 2012 - Woodbury, MN) Walleyes are great fun to catch in open water, but when the water turns to ice, it's hard to keep from looking for yellow perch. They can be found in abundance and are awesome in a fryin' pan.
(Oct. 08, 2012 - Braham, MN) There's more cool stuff available for angler's plotting against this fish this winter including new electric augers, more insulated houses, and super sweet fishing rods. Not to mention more itty bitty baits.
(Oct. 07, 2012 - Lake Palestine, TX) Fishing in October has always been good in the past years and this year won't be an exception. At this time we are about 1 1/2 feet low, but when it comes to fishing it is good.
(Oct. 02, 2012 - Rollover Pass, Gilchrist on Bolivar, TX.) In a futile effort to keep their bending fishing poles hidden from the eyes of others, the anglers attempt to hide their wriggling catches out of sight in hopes of keeping the flounder run quiet, however, were soon undone as anglers quickly spotted those wriggling flatfish?whispering?."Pssst, the flounder are running!!!"
(Sep. 28, 2012 - Rollover Pass, Gilchrist on Bolivar, TX.) Small in size but HUGE in popularity as a food fish, then add FUN to that attraction and the Golden Croaker becomes a key enjoyment here for fishing folks when explaining the Annual Fall phenomenon of the Rollover Pass Golden Croaker run.
(Sep. 25, 2012 - Bullard, TX) Ever wonder why professional anglers have so many rods stacked up on the front deck of their boat? Just like in golf where different shots require different clubs, different fishing situations and different lures require different rods.
(Sep. 13, 2012 - Gilchrist, TX) Stepping into warm waters of the Texas Gulf coast, the novice wade-angler stepped towards a likely fishing spot, but before he could make his first cast, a deep, jabbing sting struck like lightning causing him to double over in excruciating pain!
(Sep. 13, 2012 - Lake Dardanelle, AR) Lake Dardanelle is a popular fishing destination located on the shores of a 34,300 acre man-made reservoir on the Arkansas River near the cities of Russellville?and Dardanelle Arkansas.? Lake Dardanelle State Park offers outdoor recreation opportunities with state of the art facilities and technology.
It's the time of year Great Lakes anglers can catch a stringer full of fish too weighty for one man to carry
(Sep. 05, 2012 - ) More often than not, the best way to find fish in big water is to fish it small. With that said, ponder the enormity of the Great Lakes. To say these waterways are massive is the understatement of a lifetime. Each of the five is literally hundreds of thousands of acres of water encompassed by thousands of miles of shoreline.
(Aug. 20, 2012 - Lake Palestine, TX) September, can you believe it? Where has our year gone? Why it seems it was just yesterday that I was getting ready for spawning bass and now the fall fishing is about to begin.
New Swim Jig Bass Methods Earn Medal Status with North American Anglers
(Aug. 29, 2012 - ) When recently asked to identify his best bass tricks, professional bass fishing star Troy Lindner didn't hesitate. "Lately, I've been fishing this new swim jig combo and really dropping the hammer on some good fish.
Unique bait and technique takes advantage of walleye biology
(Aug. 30, 2012 - Grand Rapids, Mn) Why? A fish's biological imperative is to conserve energy at all costs. Potential food has to yield a certain level of caloric return to validate the energy cost of its pursuit.
Florida Fish Busters' Bulletin
(Aug. 27, 2012 - Florida) This past spring, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologists tagged 136 trophy largemouth bass greater than 8 pounds in Florida's public waters. Each trophy bass had a yellow plastic dart tag inserted into the back of the fish just below the dorsal (back) fin.
(Aug. 20, 2012 - ) The largest sport-fishing industry tradeshow in the world was held in Orlando last month. The International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, better known as ICAST, was produced by the American Sportfishing Association and attracted 9,000 representatives from the global sport-fishing community, including a broad spectrum of fishing-related businesses, manufacturers, retailers and outdoor media.
(Aug. 19, 2012 - Rollover Pass, Gilchrist, TX.) It's wafting aroma is unmistakable! An aromatic fusion of watermelon and fish is like an intoxicating perfume to us speckled trout anglers, causing our predatory eyes to glisten and our ids to run amuck.
(Aug. 03, 2012 - Woodbury, MN) When do walleyes like bass lures? An obvious answer to this question is... when they eat 'em! Professional walleye anglers John Campbell of Florida and Ted Takasaki of South Dakota both used white-and-chartreuse 1-ounce Booyah Blade spinnerbaits to win separate tournaments this past summer at Lake Oahe reservoir in South Dakota.
(Jul. 30, 2012 - Little Rock, AR.) The Arkansas River starts in Colorado with the melting of the snow and rainfall through four states and winding its way southeast to join the mighty Mississippi River and continues to the Gulf of Mexico.
(Jul. 19, 2012 - Rollover Pass, Gilchrist, TX.) The silent hissing of Coleman Lanterns are long gone now, replaced by the noisy WRRR of the generators of those who enjoy fishing the cool of the evening after a day of sweltering 100degree summer heat!
(Jun. 16, 2012 - Tyler, TX) Have you ever tried to beat the heat in July by fishing for big bass? Well I sure do and when I get that big giant on the line I forget about the heat. That's right you can be burning up and when you get that big bass you will instantly forget that there is any heat that day and the best thing is that those big trophy bass don't care because they have one thing in mind and that is to eat a big meal.
(Jun. 14, 2012 - Bolivar Peninsula, TX) Archosargus Probatocephalus, or Sheepshead, are often mistaken for black drum due to their similarity and lack of fish knowledge by anglers. To be sure of what you have just check out the teeth. Drum have no jaw teeth but Sheepshead have a very impressive set of molars resembling rabbit teeth.
(Jun. 04, 2012 - Chandler, TX) My faithful son warned me that folks might not like hearing fishing stories, especially on weekdays when they are at work. Well, I informed my work ethically conscious son that I had gone to school for 19 years and I have been employed for 40 years and I am still employed and if I am efficient enough to fish on weekdays, I will.
(Jun. 04, 2012 - Lake Athens, TX) Sometimes you just get these obsessions.? This is a semi-call shot.? The sun is out; I am off to Lake Athens.
(May. 29, 2012 - Lake Palestine, TX) June and what it has to offer us. First of all did you know that June is the official month to take a kid fishing? Thats right every year the Parks and Wildlife Dept set up a special weekend for you to take a kid fishing and if you don't have your license well thats OK
(Jun. 04, 2012 - Sabine Pass, TX) Here is the call-shot report. A call-shot is when you call it and it happens.
(May. 29, 2012 - Athens, TX) I had to go across "the pond" and that has taken the last 4 weeks. I hadn't caught a fish in a while and that's too long. So, I am going to try to do something about that.
"Boat Ramps are Like Security Checkpoints at Airports: Nobody Wants to Wait in That Line"
(May. 23, 2012 - ) Memorial Day is coming up. It's a time to slow down and remember every soldier that has made a sacrifice, suffered death or a life changing injury so that goobers like me could run around covering bass tournaments and filming fishing shows. Two simple words: "Thank You."
(May. 20, 2012 - Bolivar Peninsula, TX. ?) Forty nine teams signed up to compete in the 3rd Annual Bolivar Slam Fishing Tournament event held on Saturday, May 19, 2012, which allowed teamed anglers to fish for slam limits of three (3) speckled trout, two (2) redfish, and one (1) flounder. Those that managed to catch a slam limit won cash prizes and were granted a free entry into next years 4th Annual Bolivar Slam Fishing Tournament.
(May. 17, 2012 - ) Fisheries biologists often refer to a three-pronged approach to fisheries management: habitat, fish and people. To develop and sustain high quality recreational fisheries, all three components need to be addressed.
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