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The River Monster Approach

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I am a River Monsters addict!!!  For those of you haven't heard of it, River Monsters is a television series found on the Animal Planet channel.  The host Jeremy Wade travels the globe in search of some of the "deadliest" or as I see it most amazing fish species found in rivers.  I started fishing 4 years ago as a byproduct of seeing that program.  While viewing the program I started to notice something that was uncommon among the fisherman I have met on the shores here in Wisconsin.  What I noticed was that rather than having dedicated combos like bass and musky fisherman, he used different combinations of reels and rods to accomplish his angling.  I soon realized that if I adapted this idea I could chase a multitude of different species without having to own and maintain a large amount of gear.
So what do I mean?  How about we take a look at the 6 reels and 8 rods I currently own and how by swapping them around I can chase almost anything that swims.  The starting point…

Salmon Rigs, as Promised

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In my last post I promised to reveal the rigs used to catch salmon and brown trout.  Port Washington salmon fishing is unlike any other type of angling I've done.  It is done with 7-9 foot medium light weight to medium weight rods, 2500 size reels, and 6-12 pound fluorocarbon line.  You can't use the standard slip bobber setup because the fishing is shoulder to shoulder and the current coming out of the power plant discharge is constantly changing.  It involves not casting, but simply dropping your line twenty feet to the water directly below you.  The action is fast with more fish lost than landed.
The first rig and most common is what I would call a 3 way swivel rig.  Bass fisherman would recognize it as a drop shot rig variant.  It involves a 3 way swivel tied to the main line.  A weight tied to a seperate piece of fluorocarbon line 6-10 inches long.  With a final section of fluorocarbon line 12-18 inches in length attached to a #6 or #8 hook depending on personal preference…

Hi my name is Israel, and I have ETS

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I have seen it before, actually I see it all the time.  Fishing gear tucked into corners and left to rot, replaced with new gear, better gear, the must have gear.  Most of us suffer from ETS (Excessive Tackle Syndrome), myself included.  We all started with whatever we had.  Maybe loaned from a friend, or handed down from family.  Guess what?  We caught fish with it.  We did just fine, we laughed, smiled, and maybe bragged a little.  I started 4 years ago with a Zebco 33, you may have too.  They are inexpensive combos and probably account for more fish caught than any other reel and rod combo in history. So what happened?  One day I bought a magazine, maybe you met a new fishing buddy and before you new it the gear you had wasn't good enough.  I almost felt an addictive need to get a new rod and reel combo (lots of combos).  Something better, something that could handle bigger lures, something that would catch bigger fish!!!  So I bought my first baitcaster because the pros used th…

Frustrated from Shore

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I spend a ridiculous amount of time chasing trophy fish (Seriously, I primarily chase muskies).I get lots of questions from people that catch “whatever is biting” as to how I manage to find fish so big when I don’t even own a boat.I call it the Shorebound Hero method (hence the name of the blog).The idea came to me after finding out that the 2nd boat I had purchased needed significant work done.Now as a father of 2 and husband of 1, I didn’t have the money.So I started fishing from shore only to feel bad every time I saw a boat leave the dock.I was losing the battle in my head before I even casted a line.I couldn’t carry all my gear, the high end combos I had to own were getting damaged, I had to battle with other anglers for limited spots on crowded urban lakes, I didn’t believe I could cast a line out far enough to find fish, the list went on and on.As I liked to say it wasn’t my fault, I needed a boat.Truth is I was the problem.I was so caught up in the articles, advertisi…

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