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(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.

(May. 16, 2012 - Tyler, TX) In the spring time we have three portions of the spawn and they are, pre-spawn, spawn and post spawn. Pre-spawn is when the fish are getting ready to begin the spawn which will normally take place in the later part of February. The big females will have put on their big egg rolls during the winter and then making their way up to the shallow.

(Apr. 17, 2012 - GEORGE TOWN, GRAND CAYMAN) Recent scientific evidence shows that a ten-year effort to protect the spawning aggregation sites for the endangered Nassau Grouper has resulted in a growing and healthy population of the species on the reefs near Little Cayman-a harbinger that the recovery of the species may spread throughout the Caribbean.

(Apr. 09, 2012 - Tyler, X) Lake levels are almost back to normal and fishing is great. Lake Palestine is now only about 10 inches low and the surface temps are in the 70's with the spring spawn up and running.

(If We Don't- We'll Lose Them Forever)
(Mar. 23, 2012 - Bolivar Peninsula, TX. ?) A Loud sucking gasp suddenly shattered the still of the night that only comes at 4:am. Startled, I glanced up to see a HUGE sea turtle with basket ball sized head and saucer eye on the surface inhaling a gulp of fresh air. Totally surprised by this sight the turtle then submerged as swiftly as it had appeared. All I could respond was WOW!!!

(Mar. 02, 2012 - Braham, MN) Things have changed over the years and definitely for the better, at least when it comes to today's modern fishing boats and motors. They ride better, have more effective floor plans, and are definitely more comfortable to fish out of.

Covering water trolling crankbaits with leadcore is the perfect ploy to fool fickle fish in the spring
(Mar. 02, 2012 - ) They're fish stereotyped for ever marauding. But it's now early spring and Great Lakes and other big water and reservoir walleyes, instead, are gathered together in tight-knit schools in preparation of procreation, which makes the chore of figuring out their whereabouts within these giant waterways easier now than ever.

(Mar. 01, 2012 - Tyler, TX) March, Is the month of magic or miracles! The weather begins to warm up, our grass begins to green up our yards, our trees and flowers begin to bloom and the lakes begin to warm up and with all this our spring spawn gets in high gear so if that aint magic it must be a miracle from God.

(Feb. 22, 2012 - Florida) March is prime freshwater fishing season for many species of fish, because bass and bream are getting geared up to hit the shallows. During spring, sunfish such as bass and bluegill move close to shore to find suitable spawning habitat.

(Feb. 14, 2012 - Tyler, TX) First before I get into talking about the spawn and spawning areas let's talk a bit about water levels. At this time we have had some rain and the lakes are beginning to come back up little by little. Lake Palestine is at this time about five and half feet low and just before our last rain it was little over six feet low.

(Feb. 07, 2012 - Bolivar Peninsula, TX. ?) Winter fishing in Texas could mean dodging 30 degree snow flakes in the West Texas panhandle while fishing for "whatever" or wriggling toes in 70 degree sands along the Southeast Texas Gulf waters of the Bolivar Peninsula while surf-fishing for "whatever".

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