Fishing Hook Extractor Buying Guide

Thursday, January 22 2015 8:30 am - for Saltwater
Sometimes it's more of a trick to get the hooks OUT of a fish than it is to get them in. When practicing catch and release, removing hooks quickly and with minimal damage is important.  It's a big determinant in whether or not the fish survives to fight again.   Good dehookers can make a huge difference in freeing a fish without lasting damage, either to you or to the victim. While standard long-nose pliers will often do the job, there are now much better tools on the market. Here's a quick look at several types I've found to be…
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Great Ice Fishing Buys for Under $5

Wednesday, January 07 2015 4:00 pm - for Ice Fishing
Don’t let an empty bank account keep you from a great hard water outing.  These items can make all the difference on tough days, and at under $5 each you can still afford to pack some beverages! Berkley Bucket Rod Holder: A steal at $3.99, I regularly use this rod holder for securing my dead-stick rod when soaking a minnow for walleye, perch or crappie. I highly recommend it. Bass Pro Shops Depth Finder Weights: Depth finder weights are traditionally used to quickly find bottom when setting tip-ups and other stationary lines. I also like to use them to add…
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Happy Holidays Trout

Saturday, December 27 2014 9:52 pm - for Ice Fishing
Trout provide fine ice fishing action across the North, but in many areas of the country, large, deep lakes don't develop a trustworthy coating of ice until well after Christmas. Good news is, opportunities abound to enjoy fast action on smaller, quick-freezing lakes guaranteed to deliver a welcome dose of holiday cheer. "In Colorado, our big, high-mountain lakes generally don't freeze until Christmas and this year, because of high water levels, they might not be passable until after New Years," reports veteran Rocky Mountain trout guide Bernie Keefe. Based in the high-altitude nirvana of Granby, Colorado, Keefe connects clients with…
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Icing walleyes and saugers at Baudette MN on Lake of the Woods this time of year is a very popular activity.  Visitors from all over the world come to experience an adventure and fishing experience like no other.  There are many parts of an ice fishing trip that make it enjoyable, and for many, catching fish is certainly one of the most important.  There are a few basic tips ice anglers can use to catch more fish. 1.  Use electronics.  Whether you own your own or choose to rent a unit like a MarCum or other ice electronics from a…
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If you are not lucky enough to live in an area that has a year-round trout fishery, then winterizing your fly gear should be an annual undertaking. Thorough cleaning and storage will keep all your gear performing and looking like new for years to come.   First off, your rods, reels, nets and waders should be thoroughly washed.  If you don’t get sand, silt and debris off of your equipment, it may harm your gear to remove it once it has fully dried.     Rods Thorough cleaning and storage will keep your fly gear performing and looking like new…
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There is a certain joy in potential. After applying a coat of super glue to the collar wrap, I removed the bucktail jig from the vise and hung it on the edge of a cup.  It joined a dozen others I’d tied during the evening session.  Some would end up buried in a stump or boulder, lost forever.  Others would endure a great day of fishing, then be retired.  There’s always the chance, however, that one could even end up hooking the fish of a lifetime. I couldn’t help but wonder what adventures lay in store.    During a guide…
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8 Tips for Wading the Saltwater Flats

Wednesday, December 10 2014 8:00 am - for Saltwater
Wading is, by far, the best way to approach spooky flats species such as redfish, bonefish, permit, and sometimes snook and trout. When the fish are in water that's barely ankle deep, stealth is critical, and that gives wade-fishers a big advantage. Your profile is low and small, you can move very slowly, and you have complete control of those breathless moments when you need to stand stock-still as a fish comes by within a rod-length. But there are a few things to know about being part of the wet-pants brigade. Here are some tips, gleaned over decades of tromping…
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Gear Guide for Shrimping

Monday, December 08 2014 12:00 am - for Saltwater
Smother this little fellow and a couple dozen of his friends in garlic and butter, and you have a feast you caught yourself. Shrimping. It’s simple really. Especially if you have the right saltwater equipment; or better yet, a friend who does. Here is the account of my first experience and a few simple ways you can catch a mess of these delicious crustaceans. We launched my friend Margaret Ellen’s 17-foot boat just two hours before low tide; right around 3:00 p.m. Out through the creek and into the expanse of Bull’s Bay just off the coast of South Carolina,…
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Some anglers destroy the fish on topwaters, some manage only a few, fishing the same waters with the same lures. Why might this be? Fishing a topwater bait is a lot like Dancing with the Stars. You have to have all the right moves to be successful. The zig-zag action that drives fish crazy takes the right lure, rod, line and leader, not to mention a "10" in technique.  1. Choose a lure that's easy to walk. Most look like a tapered cigar. The Heddon Spook was one of the first and it's still great, but now there are many…
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Gulp Alive minnows are a great alternative in the winter months. They are durable and convenient to store. Plus, they are much easier to hook than a wiggly minnow when your fingers are frozen. Best of all, walleye love ‘em! While using minnows to tip jigs is a proven combination when fishing for river walleye during fall and early winter, the colder temperatures can make that strategy a challenge.  So instead, I rely on artificial minnows such as Berkley Gulp! Alive! minnows to spice up my leadheads. From a tactics standpoint, there’s not a lot to say regarding using Gulp…
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