I’ll take a muskie any way I can get one – whatever the method, if it results in a successful catch and release of a nice muskie, I’m all for it. And while I guess my favorite lure to use overall would be a jerkbait, nothing compares to seeing the surface of the water pushed upward behind a top-water lure seconds before the seas part and teeth slash. Regardless of how laid back a person may be, anyone experiencing this will also experience accelerated heart rate, significant excitement and immediate reactionary gushing of some type … or, they’re dead. There…
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Fish as a back boater and learn a ton about bass fishing. Steps to fishing vary for different people, but if you have a desire to be a tournament guy or girl, join Bass and fish a year or two on the open tournaments as a back boater, and you can learn a ton about bass fishing. I have seen a great group of young fisherman move up the ladder by starting out here. Learn to fish plastics, and you will have a big portion of the game won. Get a “Worming with Woo” DVD and study it closely. Additionally: …
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  Fishing Pro Woo Daves likes Bass Pro Shops fishing tackle and NITRO bass boats. Over the years, bass fishing has become a more technical game and each year seems to have even more innovative fishing equipment to use and new techniques to try. Here are five of my must-haves for fishing. Hope these help you as much as they have helped me be a better angler. 1. Great Electronics: That is why I use the Raymarin E Series fishfinders with its hybrid touch, as it gives you awesome 3D graphics and instantaneous chart release. And with the chirp technology,…
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Dan with walleye Trolling: There’s more to it than just pulling.  Most of you are no stranger to trolling for your favorite species of fish.  What some of you may not know is technology advancements have changed the basic setup of trolling. In this article, I am going to focus on walleye and salmon setups and show you how the industry has evolved in bait-delivery systems and has drastically increased the success in the art of trolling.  I call this setup “Trolling Full Circle” – it’s really all about presenting as many baits to the school of fish as you…
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NWTF Catfishing Event On May 16, 2014 I was invited to participate in a catfish round-up for the special needs children in schools from Union, Chester and Spartanburg counties in South Carolina. The event was sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service and Piedmont Chapter of NWTF. (Go to NWTF.org and learn how to put one of these events on in your area.) The Union High School fishing team participated in this event by baiting hooks, casting rods and removing fish. There were also a number of volunteers from the SCDNR, The U.S. Forest Service and various churches around the county.…
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 Keith Kavajecz, walleye fishing. There’s been a huge shift the past few of years when it comes to cold-water river walleye fishing. It was once considered that the “jig and minnow” was the only bait to use on rivers like this. Walleyes and Saugers are not necessarily real active in these colder water environments, but they do tend to be concentrated in good numbers in relatively defined areas. The subtle attraction of the jig and live minnow fished right in front of their noses has historically proven to be both effective and efficient for catching fish.  These days, however, river…
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 The thrill of the hunt. The peace and quiet of a mountain hike. The priceless feeling when you take kids to fishing for the first time. None of the above can exist in the future without conservation. To care for the land, it’s essential that we adhere to the following principles, as outlined by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics: Plan Ahead and Prepare What you do before you leave home can greatly influence the impact your trip leaves on the outdoors. Plan ahead so you can avoid your destination’s most crowded times, and when you arrive, properly store…
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I was contacted by the Outdoor Dream Foundation in early February to guide one of the participants on a turkey hunt at Shady Groves Plantation, located in Orangeburg, S.C. Ten hunters were chosen for this event.  All I can say is WOW! What a great experience! Tony Chachere and I arrived Friday afternoon to meet the hunters. Some of the hunters were patterning their guns; I even got to shoot a gun that had the Burris FastFire ll on it. (Go to www.burrisoptics.com for more information on this scope.)  Later that evening, we enjoyed BBQ chicken with all the fixings.…
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Power-Pole Boat Control

Thursday, March 27 2014 5:00 pm - for Boat Rigging
Last month, I covered how I rig the bow of my boat for optimum boat control. This month, let’s look toward the back of the boat.  One thing on our boats the past couple seasons that stands out (literally), is our Power-Pole Shallow Water Anchoring System. When these first came out, you only saw them on bass boats and in-shore saltwater rigs, but walleye fishermen are learning every year that these can be an invaluable tool to help you in so many walleye fishing situations.  Not only is the Power-Pole an awesome shallow water anchoring system perfect for keeping you…
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This is a tremendous little fishing tip for use with spinners that is easy and I really believe increases strikes. Whether in-line or blade-above-body types, most folks retrieve their spinners straight in.  These are straight retrieve baits, right? Some folks will jig spinnerbaits, but in general, a speed is picked and the bait is brought in.  Regardless of skirt material, I always "puff" a spinner on the way in. Basically, I go twice as fast on part of my revolution with the reel handle on the front side as compared to the back. This way, the retrieve is always mildly…
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