Fishing & Boating News
(May. 31, 2009 - San Luis Pass, TX) The incoming tide looked good pushing green water into the shallow bays. Swimming against the tidal rift were large schools of mullet with shrimp skittering the surface. Although I didn't smell the scent of watermelon mixed with fish oil telling me that speckled trout had been feeding, I just knew they were here.
(May. 22, 2009 - ) I was flipping through some photo albums with my daughter the other day, looking at fish pictures taken over the years. Naturally, most of the photographs were of camera-worthy specimensS big bass, pig pike, mambo muskies, walleyes, trout and other trophies.
(Apr. 30, 2009 - ) Bobbers, corks, floats depending upon where you live, fishermen have different names for the buoyant device that suspends a bait below the surface. But no matter where you go in North America or what you call it, the venerable bobber rig is one of the most popular presentations in fishing. And deadly too!
(May. 08, 2009 - Woodbury, MN) When you picture fishing educator and former Fishing Facts Editor Spence Petros, an image of man with a large grin holding a huge muskie will likely come to mind. After all, Petros has five 'skies over 40 pounds to his credit. He also loves to travel to places like Costa Rica for 150-pound tarpon.
Forget commonsense and head deep for early season bass
(Apr. 30, 2009 - ) Too often early in the bass fishing season, I read how-to story after how-to story with excruciating details about targeting the ever-so-ubiquitous spring shallow bass.
(Apr. 30, 2009 - Braham, MN) The early summer walleye menu has a little of everything; shallow fish, deep fish, rock fish, and weed fish. Walleyes and weeds, weeds and walleyes.There's something about that combination that just doesn't sound right, or even natural.
(Apr. 30, 2009 - Tyler, TX) Every year in the winter months our female fish begin to grow their eggs and then to get ready to lay them in the spring. This first part when they begin to put on eggs and gain weight is called pre-spawn and their next step will be the spawn and this is when the water temps move up into the 60 degree mark the females will then be pushed in by the male bass to the nest he has made for her and this is when the process of the spawn begins.
All bass anglers can benefit from the pitch man
(Apr. 09, 2009 - Tulsa, OK) Veteran professional bass angler Tommy Biffle gets teased a lot by today's younger pros, some making fun of his throwback shorts, others wanting to know if he's heard from Grecian Formula about a sponsorship yet, and a few offering to help carry his bag of fish from the boat to the scales.
(Apr. 07, 2009 - Tyler, TX) Every year lure company's introduce new products to the fishing industry and try to be better than anyone else so that they can have the number one most wanted lure or lures of the year to put them on the top of all sales across the country. This year I believe that a company that has been one of the top manufacturers of soft plastic lures since the early seventy's has done it again.
(Apr. 07, 2009 - Woodbury, MN) A boat is a fisherman's tool chest. You can't grab the right tool at the right time if things are in the wrong place. "The user has to control the systems of the boat," says rigging expert Jim Wentworth. "The systems can't control the user. Wentworth's Minnesota-based company, Fish Lectronics, has been rigging boats for everybody from everyday anglers to TV fishing stars for more than 40 years.
(Apr. 03, 2009 - Lake Sam Rayburn, Tx) Casting the red trap with pinpoint accuracy then clicking the retrieve for a steady, but bumpy return through submerged timber, Guy suddenly felt the "thump" of a hit and immediately arched his rod for the hook-set. This was to become a battle of skill vs. nature, a skirmish that he was well familiar with.
Enjoy This Excellent Rite of Spring
(Mar. 26, 2009 - ) As these words flow through my keyboard, fresh reports of a hot bite electrify my senses. The crappies, you see, are biting in southern Missouri, a sign they will be active everywhere.
(Mar. 26, 2009 - Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Mexico) The Costa Grande is defined as the 150 mile stretch of coastline from Acapulco to the South, and on up to the Rio Balsas at Lazaro Cardenas to the North. The fishing fleet of Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo is almost centered in the best section of this year round game fish producing water. In my opinion, the 40 days from after the 1st week of May, until the middle of June, the Costa Grande is the best fishery on the planet to have a chance at a marlin.
(Mar. 26, 2009 - Braham, MN) There's a good reason jigs get called on so often early in the walleye season; fact is they always work! That doesn't mean they'll always work for you, but it's a lead pipe cinch that somebody somewhere is putting a hurt on ol' marble eyes and is doing it with the right jig in the right place, doing the right thing.
(Mar. 25, 2009 - ) From April 25 to May 1 on our 'Good Fishing' television program, we go to Wisconsin for some of the biggest smallmouth bass I've ever caught. They are absolute FOOTBALLS! I hope you have as much fun watching the show as we had filming it (even though that would be impossible).
(Mar. 23, 2009 - Temple, TX) There are some words in the English language that should not be used when enjoying the outdoors. One that comes to mind is "probably". We have all been guilty of using it in phrases like "we can probably make it before dark' or "the winds will probably lay in a little while" or my favorite "we probably have enough fuel onboard." Probably means that you have assessed the situation and have made a mental decision to go ahead anyway even though there is a chance you could fail.
(Mar. 02, 2009 - ) Do you believe that walleyes don't fight? Try manhandling a 7-pound walleye that slams a jig in five feet of water. Now try doing it in spring. "In the spring of the year, they are really quite feisty," said South Dakota fishing guide Gary Gangle.
(Mar. 02, 2009 - Braham, MN) If you're serious about catching walleyes then you're going to have to get serious about finding them.
(Mar. 02, 2009 - Tyler, TX) Every month I tell you about bass fishing and a little about crappie. Well this month I want to ask you do you like fishing for Crappie and if so do you build places where you can go and catch crappie most every time you fish for them? I know I do.
Tactics for early spring, multi-species fishing - north or south
(Feb. 18, 2009 - ) Most sportsmen and women consider the month of March the true dog days of outdoor recreation. The dead of winter settled across the northern half of the United States months ago, and now with April upon us the predator hunting and ice fishing seasons are winding down. Frankly, this time of year I try to get motivated for what's ahead of me here in the north country.
(Feb. 23, 2009 - Shreveport-Bossier City, LA.) Thirty years ago when I fished my first Bass'n Gal women's pro event on Toldeo Bend Reservoir a few hours south of here, I would have never imagined one day seeing a women grace the stage of the Bassmaster Classic. But today, it happened.
(Feb. 19, 2009 - Sam Rayburn, TX) Tracy Pace is her name and bass fishing is her game. After launching her Ranger Commanche/Evinrude "pond rocket" into Rayburn waters we rounded Crash Island with all of her 200 horses screaming making a bee-line straight to Farmers Flats. This first stop would be but one of many we would make as Tracy enlightened this writer/angler about finding bass fishing patterns on Big Sam.
(Feb. 18, 2009 - ) Every once in awhile I get a phone call or email that really moves me. It happened just the other day, in an email from a fellow named Philip Metz. Philip wrote a touching article about a determined youngster and angler, Tanner Hrobak, who is battling cancer. Philip shared the article with me and asked if I could perhaps help him get the story out to the media. How could I say no?
Excerpts from: Fishing, Methods, and Incredible Stories - Fishing the West Coast of Mexico
(Feb. 18, 2009 - Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa, Mexico) What is Blue water? Highly migratory game fish (the pelagic species) are found predominately in the blue water. World wide, when heading out in the morning, this is the destination where the big game fishermen know they are going. This is where they will have the best chance for hooking a marlin, sail fish, dorado, or large yellowfin tuna.
(Feb. 12, 2009 - Sam Rayburn, TX) "The Key to successfully fishing Rattle Traps on Rayburn, explained one of the Lakes top Bass/Pros, is when wind meets grass in mid-February, when the lake is low and the grass is shallow. He then continued to enlighten this writer/angler on the how's and whys of one of bass fishing's favorite techniques on one of Americas favorite bass lakes.
(Feb. 06, 2009 - Ava, MO) George Perry caught the current World record bass of 22 lbs. 4 oz. in Georgia during very tough times in this countries history. Even during those hard years people could still justify fishing as a means of putting food on the table.
(Feb. 02, 2009 - Sam Rayburn, TX) January 31st dawned with the promise of 70 degree temps with light south winds. Taking advantage of such a non winter-like day was met with a few hundred other anglers with the same idea who lined up at the boat ramps to launch into Lake Sam Rayburn.
Where do we find bass when they begin their pre-spawn and what should we look for?
(Jan. 29, 2009 - Tyler, TX) This is one of the most asked questions I get each year while working shows and doing seminars ? Now let's talk about that and let's see if I can explain what I think and how I go about finding bass when they begin to go into pre-spawn.
(Jan. 27, 2009 - Braham, MN) It doesn't take that much to get started. A big high powered rig loaded with all of the latest gadgets isn't what it's all about. Sure I have one now, but some of the best times of my life were spent in a plywood boat powered by an old SeaHorse and without any kind electronics.
The folly of letting weathermen plan our lives
(Jan. 13, 2009 - ) Hunting or fishing, camping or skiing, one factor consistently affects our experience and sometimes even our success afield: weather. Some folks go overboard here – blaming every tick of change in barometric pressure for their lack of success. And other folks too often forego quality time out-of-doors because the TV news "weather terrorists" (and their ultra-high-tech systems) convince the general public that stormy Armageddon is an imminent, ever-present threat.
(Jan. 13, 2009 - ) Some of the best walleye fisheries have gin-clear water, which makes them challenging when targeting daytime walleyes. A spooky fish by nature, the walleye will often be "boat shy"in transparent water. Add afternoon boat traffic and landing a limit becomes even more difficult.
(Dec. 31, 2008 - 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.
(Dec. 30, 2008 - Braham, MN) Late winter is the perfect time for chasing jumbo perch. By then the walleye fishing can slow down, (maybe way down) so why not keep a good thing going and make a switch to a fish that keeps on biting, and biting.
(Dec. 27, 2008 - ) During my collection of data for this article I was very lucky to be able to ask Local Gainesville Tournament Angler Tripp Ward, who fishes various regional and national tournament circuits, what he could recommend for crankbaiting during the pre-spawn. Tripp has been a long time member of the Bassmasters of Gator Country bass club based in Gainesville, Florida.
(Dec. 14, 2008 - ) A four-wheeler went through the ice the other day near Brainerd, Minnesota where I live. Luckily, no one was hurt or killed. When news like that surfaces, you really scratch your head and wonder OEwhat in the world was that person thinking!?' Sure, most of the lakes around here have made good ice for walking, but as I write this, most lakes are not ready for a heavy machine.
(Dec. 14, 2008 - Woodbury, MN) Dave Genz, the recognized father of modern ice fishing, gets excited when he talks about ice fishing for walleyes. Just below the hard surface lies one of his favorite winter fish, even if his reputation was build on chasing down big bluegills.
(Dec. 11, 2008 - Lake Sam Rayburn, Tx) In a bold move by Angelina County Lake Sam Rayburn is about to enjoy a new lake facility that is expected to increase tourism by a wide margin. Located west of the Hwy-147 bridge, near Zavala and centered within Cassels Boykin County Park, the 200 acre events facility is expected to draw major attention from corporate, local, regional, and national interests alike, which includes major fishing tournament organizations.
(Dec. 10, 2008 - ) Christmas shopping doesn't have to be hard - especially if you have a mix of men and women who fish and a few "casting kids" on your list. Forget the crowded malls and stop by your local tackle store instead - then watch your shopping list disappear faster than a school of baitfish around a hungry bass.
An Interview With Rick Loomis, A Top Guide on Lake Fork, Texas
(Dec. 10, 2008 - ) What's more fun than a warm winter day on the lake crappie fishing? In the southern U.S. where the season is often full of mild winter days, anglers don't sit home wishin' they were fishin' - they grab a rod and go!
The technological advances in clothing, tackle, and electronics have made ice fishing as comfortable and efficient as open water angling.
(Dec. 02, 2008 - ) Soft water has disappeared across the northernmost climes of the Upper Midwest. Within weeks, maybe days, legions of outfitted ice anglers will start trekking onto the new, clear ice to enjoy early season winter ice fishing.
(Nov. 27, 2008 - Minnetonka, MN ) When you mention the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame (HOF) to someone they typically think of a record-keeping operation. This must be where those world records for all the different fish species are kept.
(Nov. 24, 2008 - Braham, MN) There's no doubt that the first ice period is probably your best bet for hooking up with hyperactive walleyes. And it's been said that; "It ain't over till it's over" and it's far from over.
(Nov. 18, 2008 - ) If you live and fish in the northern states, one of the toughest decisions we make is WHEN to winterize the boat/outboard. It's so sad to put it away for the season. There's always the thought that warm weather will hold through November, and even into December, and lengthen the fishing season.
(Nov. 08, 2008 - Braham, MN) There's a lot of talk about just how good first walleye angling can be and that maybe so, but what follows can be every bit as good. In fact there's some really hot action left for those that stay with it and are willing to make the moves necessary to catch up with a fish that can't seem to stay in one place for very long. Mid season walleyes aren't all that tough to find and are usually still plenty active and that plays right in to the hand of those willing to stay the course.
(Nov. 04, 2008 - ) Co-angler, amateur, anchor weight, whatever the term preferred for us lowly creatures waiting at the dock with our rods and tackle in hand waiting for our pro partners with breathless anticipation for a day on the water and a glimpse of greatness...I am one and it's an adventure to be sure. Why do I say"when luck meets opportunity"?
(Nov. 04, 2008 - Angelina River - Lake Sam Rayburn, TX.) Located south of Lake Sam Rayburn, below the Dam where it generates power for public utilities, the Angelina River meanders some 28 miles down stream towards Lake Steinhagen. Hidden among the twisting, turning bends of the river are several backwater sloughs that provide some exciting fishing action as well as some superb opportunities to test your fly fishing skills.
(Oct. 29, 2008 - ) There is a powerful, natural force in the fall air, and I, for one, cannot turn my back on it. I know the origin of "conservatism" and the pragmatic, rugged individualism logic that drives it and us.
(Oct. 17, 2008 - Woodbury, MN) Crappies can be tough to find all summer long. Like walleyes, crappies tend to suspend and chase shad when the weather is hot. Locating them can be a midsummer nightmare.
(Sep. 30, 2008 - Braham, MN) Some of the best the ice fishing season has to offer comes in the form of giant yellow perch ( a.k.a. jumbos ) and can make for some exciting angling. Even the most ardent walleye anglers can find the challenge of finding and catching jumbo perch through the ice to be well worth the effort and something to actually look forward to.
(Oct. 15, 2008 - ) I recently returned from the northwest bay on Rainy Lake in Ontario where we were walleye fishing. Boy were we excited going into that trip, because anglers were hammering big walleyes under stable autumn conditions. Multiple 30-inchers in one day was not uncommon.
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