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You're Unique, Just Like the Rest of Us

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You're Unique, you're an individual, you're one of a kind...we are all get fed these lines a lot.  I roll through all of this on a pretty regular basis in my mind.  We all spend time thinking about how we are different from our fellow anglers.  When I first started actively pursuing large freshwater species from shore I was unique.  At least that's what I was told by others in the industry.  I even believed it for awhile until I gave my first seminar and realized that a lot of other anglers did the same thing.  Then when I started casting for carp with a fly rod, the anglers I met told me I was crazy.  That I was doing something that nobody else in my area was doing.  I believed that too, at least until I started to get more active in local fly fishing circles and found that many other fly fisherman in Wisconsin also spend a ridiculous amount of hours in pursuit of the "Golden Bonefish".  When I decided to start a kayak guide service and that I would go over …

Carping Chaos

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Launching my kayak into the shallows of Babcock Park on Lake Waubesa I was fired up and ready to fling some flies.  I was after my new favorite fish and the conditions seemed more than favorable.  The weather pattern had been stable the last few days and I had been seeing a lot of carp in the shallows while testing a new lure prototype for bass.  Everything was adding up to be a great morning in pursuit of the ever present golden bonefish (carp).
I paddled across the shallow water and was blown away when I rounded the corner into the clearing.  Looking down the channel the water was exploding!  Normally when I am scouting for carp I look for subtle mud clouds, shadowy outlines, or broad tails breaking the surface of the water.  Today I was staring at multiple carp jumping, crashing, and waking all over the place.  It was surreal, "Heaven?" I said to myself, "Nope, their spawning".  I've seen this before and I knew getting a carp to eat my fly today was gonna be …

Kayak Guide Service

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Still have some dates available for kayak trips this summer.  The water is warming up and the days are getting longer.  Guide fee includes kayak rental, paddle, dry bag, and 4 hours of angling fun on the Madison Chain of Lakes.  For more information, drop me a line at shoreboundheromadison@gmail.com.
Tight Lines.

River Monsters/Reel Monsters

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I have been a fan of River Monsters since it started 7 years ago.  While watching the latest episode they asked for fans to send in pictures of fish they've caught for a chance to see it on national television.  My kids thought it was pretty cool to see my photo on tv.  I thought it was pretty cool too...
Tight Lines.

Which PFD is right for me?

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It goes without saying that you should have a life jacket on when your out on the water.  It's estimated that about 10 people a day lose their life to accidental drowning in the U.S. alone.  Last year over 372,000 people died of drowning worldwide.  I'm not writing this to convince you to put on your life jacket.  If you have half a brain, and care about your family you already use one.  If you need a refresher on life jacket use or fitment follow the link here.  The reason I'm writing this is to explain the different types of PFD's (Personal Flotation Devices), and how I decide which one to wear on the water.
Back when I first started kayaking I just used whatever PFD I had around.  To be honest I never really gave them much thought.  However, as I've progressed through the years I have found that I prefer to wear different PFD's depending on the angling situation and water conditions.  What am I talking about?  Let's take a look at 3 different life jacket …

St Croix Avid X Rod Review

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The release of the new Avid X line of rods from St Croix has generated a lot of buzz lately.  Everyone from industry insiders, to sponsors, to club members have been talking about what a great addition these rods are to St Croix's lineup.  Normally I don't get sucked into this kind of hype.  I have always been able see through the whole, "this didn't exist last year but you can't fish without now" horse and pony show.  This time however, I let my guard down for a split second in Chicago and BAM, I owned a new fishing rod.  Owning another rod isn't necessarily a bad thing.  Summer frog fishing is coming up and the snakehead rod that I imported from Thailand a few years ago is broken starting to look a little worse for wear.  With this in mind I picked up the Avid X in a 7 foot Medium Heavy Casting.
The Avid X lineup of rods feature a lot of the same things that we already love about the Avid line.

SC-3 Graphite BlanksIPC Tooling TechnologyFuji reel seatSelec…

Madison Musky Outing 2015

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Dropping the Native off at the launch I had mixed emotions about signing up for this event.  This outing was being hosted by the Capital City Muskies Club of Madison, WI.  I had the choice of fishing two lakes, Lake Monona or Lake Waubesa.  Since most of the other anglers where fishing Lake Waubesa I decided that I should too.  It was a difficult choice for me since I have a love/hate relationship with this particular body of water.
Waubesa is the only lake on the Madison Chain that I struggle with.  It is more or less a giant weed bed.  It has structure, I just don't have a good enough grasp yet as to how the fish use it.  Pedaling away from the dock I stared at my Garmin hoping to find any clues as to what was going on under the water.  The only thing I knew for sure was that the fish would be shallow.  This time of year most of the muskies in my area are either already spawned out, or just finishing up.  They are rarely in the chase it down and kill it mood.  Still the water con…

Fly Box Update, May 2015

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Finally visited the new Cabelas that opened up in Sun Prairie, WI.  I grabbed myself a few musky, pike, and bass patterns that I haven't found anywhere else locally.  With the season now in full swing I am sure these will be in the water shortly.

Here's a quick list:

1x Tequila Popper1x Fire Tiger Femme Fatale1x Game Changer in Rainbow Trout2x Barry's Pike Fly in Chartreuse and Black1x Dahlberg Diver in Red/ White1x Granato's Chartreuse El Chupacabra1x Jared's Outlaw in Orange/BlackRainy's PSP Bubble-Head in White
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Lucid Fishing Pro Team

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I am excited to announce that I have joined the Lucid Fishing Pro Team.  Lucid Fishing makes the best fishing grips in the industry.  To find out more about this great product click here.  If you need a little more convincing, read the review from a past post here.
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Great Lakes Kayak Fishing Tournament Series Part 1

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Waking up the morning of the event I was full of nervous energy.  It was 4am and I was off to Lake Delavan to compete in the first stop of the Great Lakes Kayak Fishing Tournament Series.  We would be fishing for northern pike and although I have plenty of experience with this species of fish, I had never been in a tournament situation before.  My attempts to pre-fish the lake didn't work out and much to my dismay I couldn't even scout online since the most recent Google Earth images showed a lake locked in ice.  I was gonna be fishing blind and needed a game plan.  I decided that I would look for emerging weed growth and target pike the same way I do here on the Madison Chain of Lakes.
Arriving at the launch I checked in at the registration table and surveyed the lake.  It was a lot bigger than I anticipated.  My Native Slayer would definitely have an advantage.  That Propel pedal drive can really eat up water and I was confident that this was gonna be a great day.  At the ver…

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