Fishing & Boating News
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Lake
(Jan. 25, 2011 - Temple, TX) All of us have had some embarrassing moments associated with our boating. As they're happening the experiences don't seem humorous, but time heals all wounds, even those self inflicted. Today's article highlights some of the funny things that I've seen in my 50 plus years of boating and fishing.
Cold Weather Fishing
(Jan. 18, 2011 - Temple, TX) lunker fish. The spring spawn produces the large sows full of eggs and the foraging fall fish are fattening up for the winter. You have lots of structure where the fish will gather and on many lakes the grass is plentiful giving the fish plenty of places to hide.
(Jan. 12, 2011 - Bolivar Peninsula, Gilchrist, TX.) GPS located the fishing hot spot, electronics located the oyster bed, an impregnated lure attracted the redfish bite, my cell-phone snapped an image of the fish, then the cell phone's photo program e-mailed that image to a friend fishing nearby.
A frank discussion on what it takes to get more kids into the sport.
(Jan. 04, 2011 - Woodbury, MN) To Jason Mitchell, introducing kids to fishing and hooking them on the sport ideally takes place on the same day. It's a specialty that takes a commitment from an adult that goes beyond "letting 'em come along."
(Dec. 30, 2010 - Woodbury, MN) It's been 19 years this month when I first met Ted Takasaki. Since then, we've been one of the most prolific outdoor writing teams in North America. We've regularly appeared in Midwest Outdoors, Fishing Facts and a host of other top angling publications and web sites.
(Dec. 30, 2010 - Braham, MN) Mirror mirror on the wall; what lake produces the biggest perch of all? A fairer question might be; "What lake produces the largest number of giant perch?" Some of the biggest perch I've ever seen have come from Lake of the Woods, but the action is usually pretty spotty.
(Dec. 30, 2010 - 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.
When the Right Flash and Flutter Out-Produce All Others
(Dec. 27, 2010 - Isanti, MN) Pulling panfish from frigid water with tiny treats is, no doubt, the modern ice angler's most popular ploy. But while fishing in micro-mode is a most excellent tactic, there are periods when the flash and flutter of a falling spoon will out-produce any ultra-miniature jig - especially during feeding furies near the end of winter.
(Dec. 14, 2010 - Gilchrist, TX) Cutting through 30 degree wind-chills kept us hunkered deep within our coats, when finally rounding a corner of the marsh we came upon a scene that put the brakes on the throttle. About 300 seagulls and terns were dipping, diving, and flaring over a huge school of surface feeding fish.
(Nov. 30, 2010 - Braham, MN) By January; ice fishing opportunities really open up and there's usually no place for walleyes to hide. With colder temps and the arrival of safe ice you can typically get to every conceivable spot.
(Nov. 30, 2010 - Woodbury, MN) There's nothing like a midwinter fish fry with crappie fillets as the main course-unless it's catching them in the first place. A day on the ice nabbing one crappie after another is enough to thaw anyone's chilly mood. It's a sure cure for that bad case of cabin fever.
(Nov. 26, 2010 - 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.
(Nov. 23, 2010 - Temple, TX) The weatherman is telling us our first freeze of the season is headed to Central Texas over the Thanksgiving weekend so let's talk winterization. This is a job you can do yourself or take your boat to your local marine dealer, but do not think you have nothing to worry about.
(Nov. 21, 2010 - Gilchrist, TX) What do tides have to do with fishing and what are the importance of tides? This is probably one of the most asked questions from anglers.
Bottom-Bound Tactics for Tough Times on Ice
(Nov. 09, 2010 - ) Sitting nice and snug inside the Frabill, it was hard to believe what had just happened. Jigging for walleyes at the end of a sweet little point, I'd watched on the camera screen as a good fish had swept in for a closer look at my spoon. Just as I began to anticipate a bite and hookset, a curious thing occurred.
Master Angler Talks Slick Strategy on Ice
(Nov. 08, 2010 - Isanti, MN) Ice fishing tournament ace Tony Boshold sweeps through jungles of panfish plants like a carpet cleaner. Proprietor of a highly successful, professional steam cleaning business, Boshold vacuums the flats with an ice auger, long rod, and box of his favorite little jigs.
(Nov. 08, 2010 - Braham, MN) Ice anglers have a lot to be excited about this season, especially if they're chasing walleyes. Here in Minnesota it looks like the stars have lined up for what should be a lot of serious pole bending and a good chance for stinking up the pan. Our biggest and best walleye lakes like Mille Lacs, Leech, Winnie, and Lake of the Woods are prime examples and are chock full of fish (big and small) and have been red hot all year which is an indication of what's to come.
On the Dock with Rick Smith
(Oct. 27, 2010 - Austin, TX) It seems that you cannot turn on the news anymore without hearing of someone seeing an Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) or having a close encounter with some alien life form. Texas has a real life alien that has already invaded and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is asking for our help in stopping this invader.
(Oct. 26, 2010 - 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. I love it too.
(Oct. 25, 2010 - Galveston East Bay, Bolivar Peninsula, TX.) Piercing shrieks and feathered splashes alerted me to the melee, one minute I was casting sea-grass looking for a bite and the next I was at full throttle looking for a fight! A gaggle of shrieking, feeding seagulls diving over a watery expanse of Galveston's East Bay was my focal point.
(Oct. 18, 2010 - Braham, MN) It seems a little insane to actually look forward to getting back on the ice but that's where I'm at, can't be helped. Not with the equipment that's available to the modern ice angler, not when there are so many fish that have it coming. Warm clothes, comfortable super portable shelters, electronics loaded with unbelievably accurate maps, and stocking programs that have lakes on the rebound and you can see how it's all downright exciting. I'm telling you it's getting good, real good.
(Sep. 29, 2010 - Bolivar Pensinsula, TX) Unhurried at first, a few here, a couple there, they begin easing from the cooling waters on the flats into the deeper depths of the channels. Like ghosts they come, silently gliding from out of their summer haunts of grassy bayous and mud-flats, assembling in considerable numbers before moving "en masse" towards the Gulf.
(Sep. 26, 2010 - ) As I write this, the Minnesota archery season is just starting. It's a tortuous time of year, because the urge to hunt is so strong after a long off-season. And while the woods beckon, the lakes are still there --promising what is arguably the best fishing of the whole year!
(Sep. 20, 2010 - 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 a bit low but fishing is good. I have had several fisherman calling to ask is Lake Palestine safe to run on when it gets down low like it is now, is fishing any good and how do I catch them when it drops like it has been.
(Sep. 15, 2010 - Galveston Bay, TX) With rod bowed and pulsating, the lady angler squealed with joy reeling in her first fish EVER. A flash of gold splashed into the net as her husband landed a small, but chunky Golden Croaker. The menu for their supper table tonight would include crispy filets of golden brown.
(Jul. 09, 2010 - Woodbury, MN) Boat traffic on lakes and rivers typically slows down after Labor Day. Kids are back in school. Moms and dads are thinking about putting deer meat in the freezer.
(Sep. 10, 2010 - Woodbury, MN) Though the calendar doesn't say so yet, weather forecasters count the time around Labor Day as the start of autumn. Walleye fishermen can attest to the truth of that. Fish are no longer scattered in their summer haunts. Trolling structure or fishing shallow weedlines produce fewer and fewer walleyes. Days are shorter. Nights are cooler. The transition has come.
(Aug. 31, 2010 - Tyler, 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.
(Aug. 31, 2010 - Braham, MN) With all the hustle and bustle of the summer bass fishing season it's a relief to get back to a simpler and more peaceful place and time. Gone are the hordes of anglers as well as the jet skiers and pleasure boaters churning the water to a froth.
(Aug. 24, 2010 - Rollover Pass, Gilchrist, TX.) As 1,000 watt lights penetrated luminous beams deep into the depths of Rollover Pass, a cry of "FISH-ON" sharply breached above the noisy whirr of generators. Then other cries began to echo through the nights air, alerting anglers to the escalating action.
(Aug. 21, 2010 - ) There's always been something hypnotizing about water. Imagine the way it shimmers and shines like diamonds on a bright, breezy summer day. Picture the perfect pace of a moving river, churning along as if driven by something more powerful than gravity.
(Aug. 06, 2010 - ) Opinions on what role color plays in making fish bite are as varied as the colors of the rainbow. Color, when it comes to fishing, can be a controversial topic. One thing for sure is that every single angler has his or her favorite color and they typically have an opinion on which color makes fish bite.
(Aug. 02, 2010 - Temple, TX) Water safety is important to all of us: power boaters, sailors, fishermen, swimmers, divers and hunters. For this reason the marine industry has made a commitment to bring the water safety message to everyone. Common sense is common only if you have had the experience.
(Jul. 28, 2010 - Tyler, TX) August usually brings very low water conditions but this year looks good at this time. Normally we will be down anywhere from one foot to as much as three feet in August due to the droughts.
(Jul. 14, 2010 - Bolivar Peninsula, Gilchrist, TX.) Squeals and laughter filled the air with children splashing and playing in the cool waters of the bay. Busily preparing a family picnic not far away, their parents taking peeks of the kids at play, then smiling after watching their childish enjoyments. But little did they know of the insidious creatures lurking below the surface waiting for one to come near!
(Jun. 18, 2010 - ) While I've been out on the road filming fishing shows, the guys in the office have gone trolling crazy for walleyes after work. The fishing reports have been great, so I must admit that I'm a little jealous that I'm not back in Brainerd, MN joining them.
(Jul. 08, 2010 - Braham, MN) It will wear you down, give you a headache, test your character and maybe even your equipment. In fact; it may even force you to throw in the towel and head home early. There's no doubt that a hard wind and monster waves can take the fun out of just about everything, but if you're a hardcore walleye fisherman it's part of the program.
(Jul. 02, 2010 - 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. 23, 2010 - East Galveston Bay, Bolivar Peninsula, TX.) Flipping a wacky rigged worm towards a grassy edge, letting it sink, then using my rod-tip to make it wriggle, WHAM!! The water exploded and the fight was on. This action wasn't on a freshwater reservoir, nor in a patch of hydrilla, nor was my wacky hook impaled in the jaw of a black bass, but set in a crunching maw of a saltwater redfish.
(Jun. 18, 2010 - Woodbury, MN) Other fish might fight better, pound-for-pound, than smallmouth bass. We just don't know of many. They're like copper-colored missiles shooting from the water when they're hooked. It's a blast catching smallies with a medium-light St. Croix rod and Ardent S2500 spinning reel.
(Jun. 18, 2010 - ) OK, beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, because bullheads might be one of the homeliest fish in fresh water. But there are a lot of reasons to think they're attractive.
(May. 27, 2010 - Tyler, 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 rite 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 to because everyone gets to fish that weekend for free, and now that you know then theres no reason to not take your kid and any of his or her friends with you so get out on the water.
(May. 27, 2010 - ) OK, beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, because bullheads might be one of the homeliest fish in fresh water. But there are a lot of reasons to think they're attractive. First, bullheads look wonderful when fried to a golden brown color. And when taken from good clean water, they're one of the best-tasting fish around!
(May. 21, 2010 - Braham, MN) When it comes to finding midsummer bass you better throw in a heaping helping of green weeds. They can provide everything an adult bass needs including cover that can hold plenty of baitfish, as well as nooks and crannies where bass can set up and fill their bellies.
(May. 21, 2010 - Woodbury, MN) This may come as a surprise - open-water crappie season lasts far longer than April and May. Sure, boats crowd the shallows when crappies are spawning and the morel mushrooms are popping up in the timber.
(Apr. 28, 2010 - Tyler, TX) In the spring time we have three portions of the spawn and they are, pre-spawn, spawn and post spawn. Prespawn 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.
Flounder Revolution published a new entry entitled "Monday Flounder Update: Rollover Pass meeting, ice chest conversion" on 4/19/2010 6:40:14 AM, written by Flounder Revolution.
(Apr. 19, 2010 - Rollover Pass, Gilchrist, TX.) Monday Flounder Update: Rollover Pass meeting, ice chest conversion ---Greetings fellow flounder fanatics!
(Apr. 16, 2010 - ) One of my favorite things to do is to catch big walleyes with a vertical presentation. Setting the hook on a giant bottom-hugging OEeye, directly under the boat, is one of the best sensations in the world.
The hair transplant was a success: Bucktail Jigs make a big comeback with the walleye bigwigs
(Apr. 15, 2010 - ) I was a twelve-year-old dock boy living the dream at a resort in Northern Wisconsin. By day, I'd hang out with minnows and men who tell fish stories, while earning a little walking around money for my efforts. It was there one summer that I met Hans, an unassuming Swede and regular at the resort.
(Apr. 04, 2010 - ) Some anglers waste their early spring days twiddling their thumbs while waiting for word that the bite has begun at their favorite lake or "Walleye Opener".
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