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Zerust Dividers for Your Plano Tackle Trays

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I spend a lot of time during the winter getting my gear organized for spring.  Each year I rinse out my tackle trays to clean out any grime and since I fish with a minimal amount of lures I like to replace and sharpen all my hooks.  Last season I noticed that my new hooks were looking a little dingy by the opener. Some even had a little surface rust!
To help protect my lures in 2015 I splurged a bit and bought some of the Zerust replacement dividers.  These handy little dividers are an exact replacement for the Plano tackle trays and as an added bonus they are made in the USA.  How do they work you ask?  Well it turns out that the special Zerust polymer emits a harmless vapor that forms a protective layer around metal surfaces that prevents oxidation from occurring (RUST).  This should be especially useful for my boxes since everyone of them holds multiple Echotail blade baits.  Hopefully it will also cut down on the surface rust I get on the metal bits protruding from my Nauti Lures.
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The Serial Specialist, looking back at an adult life.

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Iam turning 35 next week and was recently introduced to a new term, Serial Specialist.  The basic idea was somebody who devoted all of themselves to a hobby or profession until they got about 70% proficient, then something else caught their attention and they moved on before ever actually mastering anything.  This little phrase has described my whole adult life perfectly.  Don't believe me?  Lets review...
That's me on the mandolin with my 2 year old son back in 2005.  All I did was practice the mandolin.  If I wasn't working I had a mandolin in my hands.  I learned to read music, took lessons, bought expensive instruments, lead jam sessions, and even joined a band and wrote songs.  I got pretty good too.  We played at fairs, theaters, and even recorded a couple tracks for a CD.  I was known as a mandolin player and loved the fact that I was finally getting somewhere when I became interested in yoyoing from a video I saw on YouTube.
Yup, yoyoing became my new passion.  I spe…

Fly Box Update December 2014

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For Christmas I got a Cabelas gift card from one of my sisters.  I fired up the interwebs and started looking for something I could use.  I ended up finding a 5 piece bait fish fly assortment.

The kit included:

Captain Ray's SilversideClouser MinnowCowen's Bait fishDeceiverMidnight MinnowThe large Orvis fly box still has the other flies mentioned in the previous posts.  I believe that with my goal of chasing more predatory fish in 2015 these flies are welcome addition.
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Happy Holidays

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St Croix Legend Gold Ice Series Rod Review

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For the past few seasons I have been panfishing with the St Croix Legend Gold Ice rods exclusively.  I have really enjoyed the rods due to their durability, handle design, and unbelievable sensitivity.  Factor in that they're made in the USA and I had found the perfect rod.  Then last year the Legend Gold I had been using was knocked down a notch and rebranded as the Legend Silver Ice rod.  When St Croix released the new Legend Gold Series in 2014 I decided I had to have one.  I just had to know if it was actually any better than the original or if it was just progress for the sake of progress.
 So I thought it would make sense to take a look at the original and what I liked about that rod.  When I first made the decision to purchase the Legend Gold Ice rod it was because I specialize in shallow water panfish.  With this in mind I wanted an ultra light model because it's sensitivity would greatly increase my ability to detect those subtle bites.  I also needed a shorter length …

This is where it all begins...

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Lucid Fishing 10 Liter Dry Bag Review

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Last summer I made the progression from standing on the shoreline to actually standing in the water.  That's right I started wading to access areas that I previously couldn't reach.  Although the introduction to new waters was exciting, it also exposed some weaknesses in my fishing system.  I quickly realized that tackle trays and electronics full of water were simply put, a royal pain in the ass.  I needed to find a waterproof bag if I was gonna keep up this wading chest deep thing.  I started looking around online for a bag that was easy to use, large enough to hold my Plano tackle trays, and as my wife pointed out, it needed to stay within budget.  What I found was a 10 liter dry bag from my friends over at Lucid Fishing.

I placed my order and a few days later I had a box on my doorstep.  Upon opening the package I found the dry bag and some bonus stickers (I'm a sticker addict).  I quickly pulled out the bag for inspection and was surprised at how well the bag was const…

How We Rig Our St Croix Rods for Echotails Under the Ice

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I believe quality lures, catch quality fish.  I also believe that in certain conditions like ice fishing for shallow water bluegills a great rod can make a real difference.  Here is a quick video that Justin Blanchar of Vibrations Tackle made with yours truly, explaining why we prefer and how we setup our St Croix rods when fishing the ever popular Echotail through the ice.
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Milwaukee Ice Fishing Expo Experience

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One of my jobs as a prostaffer for different fishing companies is helping out at events throughout the year.  Last weekend I was given the opportunity to help out in the Vibrations Tackle booth for the Milwaukee Ice Expo.  I enjoy expos for many reasons, from helping to promote sponsors products, to sharing my personal tactics, the countless seminars, and meeting the industry pros I look up to and respect.  The Milwaukee Ice Fishing Expo had decent attendance for an event in its first year.  Their was to much going on to try and explain it all in 1 post so I thought I would just drop some quick photos. That about wraps up my weekend at the Milwaukee Ice Fishing Expo.  All the big names were in attendance, Clam, Northland, HT Enterprises, Striker Ice, and Thorne Bros.  I would like to give a shout out to Vibrations Tackle and Justin Blanchar for allowing me to help out in the booth.  I got a bunch of new blog post ideas and had a great time. Tight Lines.

2014 Milwaukee Ice Fishing and Winter Sports Show

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This weekend is the 2014 Milwaukee Ice Fishing and Winter Sports Show.  I will be working in the Vibrations Tackle booth #221.  Stop by to see the new Ice and Disco series of the Echotail.  Talk tackle, learn some new tips and tricks, and get some new lures to round out your tackle box for the 2015 fishing season.  Hope to see you there!
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Limit Your Catch, Don't Catch Your Limit.

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A Rare Request

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This weekend I finally made it out for a little panfishing.  I am still in denial that ice fishing season is starting up, so I headed out with the hopes that I could still find some open productive water.  While packing my gear I got an uncommon request.  It was from my daughter and she wanted to go fishing.  Now for those of you who don't know my kids are not big fans of fishing.  They know the rules, if dad is going out in the summer they have to come with.  They don't have to actually fish, but they have to join me.  You see as a child my family was into competitive horse showing (it's a thing).  Whether you wanted to or not you were taking lessons, riding, and showing horses too.  To this day I still can't stand being around horses and I don't want my kids to grow up hating fishing so they know that they don't have to fish.  They don't even have to bring a pole.  I just want them to get outside, do some exploring, and take in the little bit of nature le…

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