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Bobbing for Echotails

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The game fish opener is only a week away, so I am still chasing panfish on the local lakes and streams here in WI.  The cold water temps are causing the crappies and bluegills to look for structure that warms up due to sun exposure.  The crappies in particular are stacking up next to break walls and bridge pilings.  Casting to these fish can be tricky since they are stacked vertically next to the structure.  Here is a quick tip to get your lure in front of the fish longer, at the correct depth, with every cast.
What you needto make this work is an Echotail, a slip bobber, and the stop knots and beads to rig the bobber correctly.  Why an Echotail?  This blade bait allows you to get fish attracting action while it is standing still.  Also the ability to change the location that the line connects to the lure, makes it possible to go from subtle to wild action with a quick hole change. 
Attach the Stop Knot to your line.Slide the bead onto the line to keep the knot from sliding into the bob…

Grand (Isle) Let Down

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"Don't mistake who you are, with the results  that you produce." -Les Brown
  About 6 months ago I was told by my kids and their grandparents that we were going on a trip.  That we were going down to New Orleans over spring break.  My dad brought it to my attention that we would only be an hour or so from the Gulf of Mexico and that he thought it would be pretty cool to try some of that "SHARK" fishing I talked so much about.  My mind started racing with images of my dad and I proudly kneeling behind a massive bull shark on the beach.  One that I caught, with his help of course.  It was gonna be an amazing moment, a once in a lifetime experience.
So once the dates were set I started to plan the day of surf fishing.  I read everything I could get my hands about the gulf, the tides, and the shark migrations.  I knew about every pier, rock cropping, and shelf along the coast of Grand Isle, LA.  I spent hours on shark fishing forums comparing the locations and backgro…

Braid Stacking

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With the opener only 2 weeks away here in southeastern Wisconsin I have turned my attention to replacing line on my reels.  Now most of you know the trick of taking the braided line off your spool and reattaching it from the other end to get another season out of the line.  But what do you do with line that has seen to many seasons or is now to short to fill the spool?
The saltwater community uses a technique called braid stacking.  They commonly use this to increase the line capacity of a reel.  The basic idea is simple, use smaller line at the bottom of the spool, then attach larger diameter line at the top of the spool. Let's get started...
Istarted by emptying my Okumas spool and reeling the line onto my Penn.  Next I attached the 80 pound line from the Revo to the 50 pound line on the Penn using a Albright Knot.  This knot is nice and small, it moves freely through the levelwind and line guides.  For information on this knot see www.animated knots.com.  
Next I added the leftove…

Packing for Adventure

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Today at work while discussing my angling plans for my first trip to the State of Louisiana, a coworker asked how I even knew what to pack?  Well to be honest I don't really, I do know that I will be shorefishing in both freshwater and saltwater.  So after researching where I am going to fish and what I might run into while there I compiled this list.

Packing List for New Orleans/Grand Isle Lousiana:

12 foot medium heavy surf rod
7 foot heavy inshore spinning rod
7 foot medium 3 piece spinning rod
6 foot 50-100 pound line rod (shark fishing)
Penn Senator 14/0 reel (shark fishing)
Okuma Baitfeeder 90 with extra spool for braid/mono option
Okuma Baitfeeder 30 with extra spool for braid/mono option
2 large shark leaders (shark fishing)
1 medium shark castable leader (shark fishing)
2 surf spider weights (shark fishing)
Miscellaneous container with snaps, hooks, weights, etc.
Large Bobber (gar fishing)
Rod holders
Long Handle Pliers
Short Handle Pliers (belt sheath w/strap)
Lucid Fishing Lip Grippers
M…

Tossing Tubes to the Weed Demons

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A few weeks ago I attended the Capital City Musky School.  I signed up for a class called muskies in the weeds.  The class was led by Dr. Ronald F. Schell a Lyme disease researcher at the University of Wisconsin.  I sat down in the auditorium expecting to hear about some new lure that was gonna revolutionize the way we fish in weeds.  He started the presentation by stating that he was a shore fisherman and that he had developed a rigging method for muskies in the weeds.  When the first slide came up on the screen I said to myself, "Tubes? they don't hold up in the weeds."  I have tried and tried to make them work in the past.  You see tubes are one of the greatest soft plastics you can use to fish for musky.  The tentacles wave and pulse like crazy, and their slender rounded head allows you to hop them along the bottom or even walk the dog.  The problem with tubes, even the ones built well, is that since they are hollow, once you start to skin hook them they fall apart. …

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