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Rayjus Jerseys

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So this year I decided I wanted to try my hand at a few local fishing tournaments.  My plan is simple, compete in tournaments to help advertise my sponsors.  I am not a competitive person by nature so whether or not I win doesn't really matter.  I just want the opportunity to give back to the companies that have helped me out with this crazy dream I'm chasing.  While most anglers that start fishing tournaments spend the off season worrying about gear, or fishing strategy.  I spent my off season guiding anglers on the ice and working fishing expo booths.  I already own the gear I need to fish tournaments, and I have a pretty solid strategy for catching fish.  The only thing I didn't have was one of those fancy jerseys.I started to look into how one gets a jersey made and found the Rayjus company.  After going through the site I was able to design a jersey and send in the form for a digital proof. I liked this first layout, but you see the Shorebound Hero logo was small.  Why…

Truth

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Spiderwire Utility Box Backpack

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I spend a lot of time talking about the need for mobility when shore fishing.  The ability to move freely over terrain while casting is quite possibility the most important aspect of covering water effectively.  So how do you do it?
I have tried lots of tackle boxes and found that they just didn't work.  They are usually hard to carry, heavy, and impossible to hold onto when casting.  I used a cart for a while and although they were more mobile and allowed me to take extra rods.  I still couldn't cast while pulling it around and I was constantly forced to leave it behind if the terrain got rough.  Around that time I was introduced to land based shark fishing and one of the first things that the guys mentioned was that they used backpacks to haul gear from their cars to the beach.  Using a backpack allowed them to keep their hands free so that they could carry the heavy rod and reel combinations at the same time, saving them multiple trips.  So then I wondered, would this work i…

The lake is still FROZEN.

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"Continuous effort-not strength or intelligence-is the key to unlocking our potential." -Winston Churchill
As I headed down the highway my head was full of thoughts that revolved around the idea of casting from the shoreline.  I had gotten a call a few days earlier from none other than my mother.  She called to let me know that Pleasant Creek lake was thawed and I could leave the grand kids with her and spend the whole weekend fishing.  I was skeptical that a lake only 3 hours away would be thawed when all the lakes around Madison were frozen with over 20 inches of ice.  She assured me that the lake was open, and I must admit that I am pretty burnt out on vertical jigging. The air temperature was a balmy 29 degrees when I exited my vehicle.  As I surveyed the lake I quickly realized that my wonderful mother was mistaken.  Pleasant Creek lake was still frozen.  My heart sank, I was so hoping for an early season musky.  Now what?  I was gonna get to try out my new backpack and w…

Hang in There

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Tight Lines.

Modified BuzzBait Rigs

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While helping out at the Vibrations Tackle booth at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sportsmans Show, I was approached by a man that I expected to ask me a about the Echotail lure I was working in the display tank.  He came up and said "Are you the guy from the frog booth at the Madison Fishing Expo?"  I replied that I was the guy from the "Bog Baits" booth (I even did air quotations to help lock in the name).  He said that he had bought a buzzbait from the booth, and he asked me what I did to modify the rig so that I could fish with bigger soft plastics.  So this begs the question, how do I modify a buzzbait rig?
It all starts with a Bog Baits buzzbait rig.  He makes these from vinyl coated steel cable crimped to a hook at one end and a tying loop on the other.  The 4/0 hook that is included is great for throwing small to medium baits, and the multiple blades make a real ruckus in the water.
But what if you want to throw a BIG frog?  I mean if you put a big bait on a …

A chance to be in the history books? IGFA Trout Royal Slam Club

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So I admit that my goals are weird.  I have a tendency to set my mind to things that are a little random.  This past fall my buddy invited me to go fishing for brown trout.  Long story short I caught one.  That single fish has been swimming around in my mind ever since.  At the time I thought it was just a trout, people catch them all the time.  It wasn't till I showed some people the picture that I found out it would be considered a trophy to many fisherman.  That fish was 31 inches long and weighed in at 16 pounds.  When I posted the picture online I got lots of comments ranging from "how lucky I was", "to how many years did it take to get one that size"?  I realized at that point that for many anglers, large trout were the pinnacle of fishing success.
Around that same time I joined the International Game Fish Association or the IGFA.  I was interested in the history of angling on a global scale and these were the guys that kept those records.  I researched ev…

3's a Crowd

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As my BMW slid sideways across the bait shops driveway, I knew it was gonna be one of those days.  JJMuskie and his girlfriend Heather had invited me out to do some perch fishing on Lake Mendota.  Normally I avoid Lake Mendota like the plague.  You see Lake Mendota is huge, to get to the 80 feet deep water you need to walk out almost a mile.  I always have issues with overheating on walks that long so I try to fish other local lakes.  JJ said not to worry because he would have his ATV so it would be a quick ride to productive water.  I unloaded the car and made my way over to the atv.  It was at this point that it dawned on me that JJ owned a 2 person shanty.  It was gonna be a cold, windy day for me on the ice.  I loaded my bucket in the sled and off we went across the lake.  We must've looked hilarious as we crossed the ice.  All three of us on a little four wheeler bouncing over ice heaves and laughing hysterically as we tried not to spill our coffee.
When we arrived at our spot…

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