Posted by: Debbie Hanson
February 7, 2016

Debbie Hanson

5 Clever Fishing Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Fishing Valentines Day

Instead of the usual “ho-hum” Valentine’s Day dinner routine, why not plan a fun fishing date instead? In fact, this is the perfect year to come up with some fishing date ideas for Valentine’s Day since the holiday falls on a Sunday. That means you won’t have to limit your Valentine’s Day fishing date to just a few hours. If you’re unsure about how a fishing date would be received by your significant other, don’t…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
January 31, 2016

Debbie Hanson

7 Tips For Catching More Midwest Winter Walleye

winter walleye catch by young angler

Due to the fact that winter walleye continue to feed at near-freezing temperatures, they are an ideal target species for cold weather anglers in the Midwest. This species isn’t known for acrobatic leaps or showy fights, but they are finicky biters that put up a strong fight and stay deep when hooked. These qualities, combined with the fact that they are one of the most popular table fare fish in the Midwest, make walleye well…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
January 25, 2016

Andy Whitcomb

Tips for Cold Air Exposure for Anglers. And Fish!

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If you live in northern states, there may be enough safe ice for some ice fishing opportunities. If you’ve never tried it, this is an odd activity, braving the cold and sitting on a bucket, peering down a hole… but it can be FUN. However, before venturing out, consider these tips regarding exposure to cold air. For the Anglers Start Warm. There is an old saying, “start warm, stay warm.” If you are already shivering…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
January 10, 2016

Debbie Hanson

What To Know About Using An Ice Fishing Rod Holder

Ice Fishing Rod Holder

If you’re relatively new to the experience of ice fishing, you might wonder about using an ice fishing rod holder. After all, isn’t it sort of like cheating if you aren’t holding the rod and don’t have the opportunity to “feel” the bite? The answer to that question is certainly subject to opinion and can depend on how much time you plan to spend on the ice. There are a few things you should know…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
January 6, 2016

Tom Keer

Cheap Fishing Tackle Works Well for Less

fish caught with cheap fishing tackle

  Cheap fishing tackle used to work along the lines of “you get what you pay for.”  Anglers who paid less for gear usually got what they paid for, and their rods and reels usually performed poorly.  For those of us on a budget we’re glad that this is no longer the case.  Here are 5 reasons why today’s gear performs well but costs a lot less! Improvements in technology.  Computer-aided product development streamlines the…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
January 3, 2016

Debbie Hanson

5 Key Ice Fishing Reel Features

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If one of your resolutions for the upcoming year is to do more ice fishing, then you’ll want to know about a few key ice fishing reel features that can help reduce issues related to the cold weather, and keep your bait presentation as natural as possible. As you begin your ice fishing reel research, remember that spinning reels, spin-casting reels, and bait-casting reels are the three types of freshwater reels that are most often…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
December 30, 2015

Tom Keer

New Year’s Fishing Resolutions; It’s That Time!

This year I resolve to fish more!

    It’s hard to believe that the holidays are winding down and that New Year’s fishing resolutions time is on the horizon.  Most years I look at myself and arrive at boring and ordinary resolutions; lose weight, catch up on chores around the house, and get my taxes done early so I don’t stress out. Enough of that.  This year I’m taking a different approach and it’s one based on a line my fishing…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
December 28, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Traditional Fishing Equipment: The Trotline

fish caught with traditional fishing equipment

  The trotline is a primitive piece of traditional fishing equipment where the angler doesn’t need to be present all the time. It does not require a skill in casting or presentation, just lots of bait. This line often is a heavy nylon with a hook tied to it every couple of feet or so. Depending on the bait and target fish species these hooks can be treble, single, or better yet, circle hooks which…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
December 27, 2015

Debbie Hanson

5 Traditional Fishing Tackle Hacks

traditional fishing tackle hack

When it comes to traditional fishing tackle, there’s nothing wrong with finding different or more resourceful ways of using it. Sometimes you can save time and money by making a few modifications to traditional tackle or by using everyday household items. Check out these five traditional fishing tackle and gear hacks that just might help make your life easier.         Use wine corks as an easy and snag-free way to transport flies.…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
December 22, 2015

Debbie Hanson

Catch More Largemouth Bass in the Great Lakes States

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When you’re planning to go fishing for largemouth bass on a new waterway in one of the Great Lakes states, there are a lot of questions that you’ll want to get answered in order to have a successful trip. While you won’t have in-depth knowledge of every waterway in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin; you just need to find some good online and offline resources that can…




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