Go South for Winter Bass

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When January hits the snow country, what bass fishing addict doesn’t daydream about escaping to some awesome bass factory of the South? As a touring bass professional from Minnesota, I have had the opportunity to experience some primo bass fishing tournaments during the southern, winter months. In some cases, the fishing had been amazing, while other times, not quite...
Most emergency/survival kits include a small assortment of hooks, line and perhaps a few swivels and weights – but no fishing pole. Quite understandable since it’s assumed you’ll simply cut a branch off and use it like a cane pole.  There are, however, several ways to catch fish without the need of a rod and reel – and it doesn’t...
Could there be anything better in the bass fishing world than a great topwater, smallmouth bite?  When I know the topwater bite is on, I get restless and uneasy on my drive to the boat ramp.  And when I do get there and lay my eyes upon a mirrored lake, I can’t get my boat in the water fast...

Use Your Peepers

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I love fishing clear water and here’s why – I find it extremely exciting to target bass that I can spot with my eyeballs.  I can’t help but lose my mind and raise adrenaline when I happen across a decent-sized bass, unsuspecting my intentions. Not only for the excitement, but using eyesight can make for an efficient way to...
With every year there comes along a few fishing trips where I am taking out a very inexperienced fisherman. I’ve learned that I cannot treat such trips like any other trip due to their limited skills. I know that I have to make adjustments to the overall game plan for the day as well as make some equipment adjustments as...
Summertime largemouth fishing provides the opportunity to catch multiple bass, cast after cast, from a mega-school. Recently here in Minnesota, I had the good fortune of finishing second in a tournament thanks to one of these mega-schools where I caught over 40 bass! I failed to win in part because the champion also found a different mega-school that propelled...
We cull the internet in search of the latest outdoors-related tidbits, YouTube clips, photos, memes, you name it. Stuff you HAVEN’T seen before, hopefully. If it’s amusing, entertaining, educational or astonishing, you’ll find it here. Check back every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and see what’s new. What on earth is a fish like this doing in tiny Minnehaha Creek? The...

Ice Fishing with a Niksik

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Harvesting fish from beneath the frozen lakes and rivers of the Arctic/sub-arctic regions was a critical part of the subsistence lifestyle for most north-country native Americans. There were typically three methods for harvesting fish: traps/nets, spearing from “dark house”- like tents or simply kneeling down beside a hole and dropping a hand line down through the ice. Let’s look...
Before you set your alarm clock for 4:00am for your next fishing trip, you should read this. One of the most misrepresented concepts in bass fishing is the notion that the bass feed best at daybreak. This is so wrong, a majority of the time! Indeed, there are situations where this is true, but often it is...
A few years ago, Minn Kota introduced a new feature on their trolling motors called “spot-lock”.  Anyone who has operated one of these motors will no doubt tell you, that it is a game changer.  So much so, other companies have added the same feature on their products.  So what is going on here? Spot-lock uses GPS to automatically hold...

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