Hair Jigs And Spring Pike.

Hair Jigs And Spring Pike.

In cold water early in the season, jigs are a top-choice for all species of fish. When pike are the primary target, the characteristics of baits dressed with natural hair, in particular deer hair,...

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New Spring, Same Old Stuff For Pike.

New Spring, Same Old Stuff For Pike.

Is there anything better than having a thick, mad pike on the end of your line when the trees are just starting to bud? Compared to those eighteen inch winter rods, feeling that seven footer buck...

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Cutting Edge Boat Rigging – Bow to Stern

Cutting Edge Boat Rigging – Bow to Stern

This time of year the boat-show season is winding down and anglers are pumped to get past the point of “thinking” about fishing and get out and actually do some fishing. Many of you are especially...

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Slip Bobbers At Slush Time.

Slip Bobbers At Slush Time.

Inside the shack, waves of heat unfurled from our iron stove's belly full of hardwood. I looked like a half-peeled banana, sitting in my sweatshirt after shucking off the top half of my one-piece...

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Three Kinds of Ice Fishing Jigs

Three Kinds of Ice Fishing Jigs

When it comes to buying ice jigs, anglers are faced with dozens of choices, including: colours, brand names, hook and jig sizes. One of the most basic features of an ice fishing jig is its style....

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Serve Up Spoons for First-Ice Pan Fish

Serve Up Spoons for First-Ice Pan Fish

First ice is an exciting time to fish. Panfish are often willing biters and relatively easy to locate during the initial weeks of freeze-up. Jigging spoons are a deadly bait for the start of the ice...

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Walleye Fishing Technology

Walleye Fishing Technology

The advancements in technology and equipment being developed these days in the sport of fishing are mind blowing. From lures, to locators, boats, motors and “boat control” systems – it’s all...

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Catch and Release Muskies After Dark

Catch and Release Muskies After Dark

Night fishing is in many ways – exactly the same as fishing during the day, when it comes to structures, lures, tactics and such. Yet, it does pose some unique issues for handling the landing and...

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Five Steps to Selecting the Right Bait

Five Steps to Selecting the Right Bait

Over the past ten years fishing has witnessed a revolution brought on by the merger of technological innovation, scientific research and knowledge passed on by generations of fishers. The result has...

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Fishing Fall Walleyes in Big Water

Fishing Fall Walleyes in Big Water

There are a lot of good reasons to love fall walleye fishing, not the least of which is the fact that once the first signs autumn appear, most walleye anglers call it quits for the season. At least...

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Topwater Fishing For Muskie

Topwater Fishing For Muskie

I’ll take a muskie anyway 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...

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Let Them Go, Let Them Grow

Let Them Go, Let Them Grow

I’ll start this topic off with a strong opinion that I have – there is no reason to keep a muskie. If you’re looking for a meal, there are easier fish to catch to put food on the table. If you want...

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Using Spinners for Hot Summer Walleyes

Using Spinners for Hot Summer Walleyes

We’ve all been there; it’s one of “those” kind of days on the water; hot and muggy, and your attitude is melting like the ice in your cooler. You're out in the open water, trolling over loads of...

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Rigging Refinements For Soft Swimbaits

Rigging Refinements For Soft Swimbaits

Change your approach this season and turn lookers into takers. Soft swimbaits took the fishing world by storm a number of years ago. They instantly became a game changer. Primarily thought of as...

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Shallow Water Walleye

Shallow Water Walleye

There’s a lot of different ways to catch walleye - trolling cranks, pulling bottom bouncers with harnesses, vertical jigging and lindy rigging – just to name a few. They all have their time and...

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The Little White Jig

The Little White Jig

Your wife or girlfriend probably owns at least a couple little black dresses. It’s a garment that fits almost any occasion, at any time of year. Looking at lures for anyplace or anytime, a white,...

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The Basics of Releasing Muskie.

The Basics of Releasing Muskie.

The basics can never be emphasized enough. In the act of fish-catching, it is not the bells, whistles, tricks, twists, scents or latest lures that really matter. Gadgets help. And, at times, fish...

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Summer is a Time for Walleye Action

Summer is a Time for Walleye Action

We all want the same thing this time of year. Whether you’re a tournament fisherman looking for the big score, or a week-end angler out to enjoy your time on the water – when it comes to summer...

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Early Trout and Salmon

Early Trout and Salmon

It’s still unknown to many and it’s a fabulous and booming fishery that exists very close to home and it’s much more accessible and easier to tap into then you think. It’s the spring salmon and...

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The Bonus Features Of Trolling Boards

The Bonus Features Of Trolling Boards

Right from ice-out, inline planer boards are a multi-use, multi-species trolling tool I usually don’t fish without. They do a lot more than just spread lures away from water disturbed by the boat’s...

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Grand Cats

Grand Cats

One type of fish I don’t get to chase after at home in northwestern Ontario is catfish. But whenever I’m visiting southern Ontario in the spring I make a point to try and get out for cats on the...

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Edging Into a Good Walleye Bite!

Edging Into a Good Walleye Bite!

There are a multitude of walleye anglers, particularly those that concentrate their efforts fishing natural lakes and mid-sized reservoirs, asking the same question this time of year … “Where are...

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Brook (Speckled Trout) by the Dozen!

Brook (Speckled Trout) by the Dozen!

Chasing brook trout throughout Ontario’s inland lakes brings many to the thoughts of wild adventures chasing quite possibly Canada’s most beautiful fish species. Small ponds to giant inland lakes...

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