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SBH Tips and Tricks Video Series

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I've started a series of ongoing simple tips and tricks on my YouTube channel.  The goal is to have a new video uploaded on a regular basis.  The videos will be short and limited to 2 minutes or less.  This will be an ongoing project, and currently it has no real direction.  I have tons of random information on all types angling, that doesn't really require an entire blog post to explain.  I've set up all of these videos to appear on a dedicated play list found here.
Tight Lines.

Mazo Trout and Trail Fest

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Last week I was given the wonderful opportunity to setup a booth at the Mazo Trout and Trail Fest.  I first heard about the event through the Orvis store here in Madison.  The store was hosting a fly fishing triathlon, an event I was eager to compete in.  I may not be overly competitive in life, but I was curious to see how I stacked up against some of the best local fly fisherman.
Admittedly, the final decision to attend was kind of last minute.  I had a guided trip on Friday morning, and was leaving for Ontario at 2:30am on Sunday morning.  I still needed to rig rods, pack my clothes, and figure out how I was gonna get across the border without a passport.  Still...it was a local event and I wanted to be in attendance.  I fired off a few messages online and was put into contact with Ben one of the brainchilds behind the event.  He was quick to let me know that the festival was in it's first year and that he didn't want to mislead me.  When I asked what he meant he said, "…

Exhausted Surprises

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I'm not gonna lie the last few weeks have absolutely worn me out.  So when my buddy Mike called to see if I wanted to join him and his dad for some shorefishing in Port Washington, WI I politely declined his offer.  After a few more texts back and forth catching up on each others lives, I decided I still had a few more hours of fishing left in me.  So I dragged my sorry butt off the couch and started rigging up a rod to chase King Salmon.
Mike arrived bright and early as promised (coffee in hand).  While driving up to Port Washington in the dark we talked kids, jobs, married life, and of course fishing.  Once in the parking lot we noticed that our favorite spot was still open and made the mad dash for the railing, narrowly beating out a few others that were gunning for the same spot.
We quickly double checked our knots and dropped our lines over the side of the wall.  It didn't take long before Mike was hooked up to a nice king, but as you all know, just because you have a fish …

Orvis Fly Fishing Triathlon

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Ever been curious about which one of your buddies is the best fly fisherman?  Looking for an athletic event that's more angling related?  Then get your friends together and sign up for the Orvis Fly Fishing Triathlon brought to you by Orvis of Madison during the Mazo Trout and Trail Fest.  That's right, a triathlon for fly fishing!!!

The 3 events will consist of:

Distance CastingCasting AccuracySpeed Rigging/Rod SetupThis event promises to be epic and the fact that it's held in conjunction with the Mazo Trout and Trail Fest means lots of fly fishing fun.  The event is both kid and bike friendly with lots of booths, tenkara rod demos, fly rod casting, net dipping, fly tying, and plenty of experts on hand to answer all of your fly fishing questions.
For more information on the Orvis Fly Fishing Triathlon or to sign up for the event follow the link here.  To learn more about the Mazo Trout and Trail Fest you can find them on Facebook.
Tight Lines.

Great Lakes Kayak Fishing Tournament Series Part 4

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Standing on the dock of the marina, I was suddenly face to face with the one event I was honestly nervous about.  It was the last stop on the Great Lakes Kayak Fishing Tournament Series and we were chasing king salmon, on Lake Michigan.  As most people are aware I have very little experience paddling kayaks on big bodies of water.  The waves were bigger and the water was rougher than any water I had paddled in before.  Add to it the fact that I had very little experience trolling for any species of fish and I knew I was in for a couple of hard knocks.
I slowly paddled out into the harbor trying to remember what I had read online and watched on YouTube the night before.  I told myself to keep my speed down, to let the lines out slowly, to keep the nose turned into the waves, and don't turn to fast or the lines will tangle, the list went on and on.  As I turned the final corner and headed for the open water I was shocked to see how big the rollers were.  "The waters pretty calm …

King Magnet Trolling Series Test Color

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Okay everybody I need your help with something.  For the last few years we've been asking Vibrations Tackle to release their sweet King Magnet Trolling series lure in the ever popular salmon color pattern wonder bread.  We all know the effectiveness of this color scheme on the flicker shads and it just seems fitting that a lure designed specifically to catch the mighty King Salmon should be available in this pattern.  I've been talking to the folks over at Vibrations Tackle and am hoping you can help me get them on board.  If you're interested in the pattern to add to your King Salmon trolling arsenal let them know by commenting below, asking them through the store, or hit them up on facebook.  I think this color pattern has a lot of promise and was able to get them to make me up a few for this weekends tournament.  For information on the King Magnet Trolling Series of lures just follow the link here.  To learn more about the Echotail please visit www.vibrationstackle.com.

A Couple Tips for Installing a Fish Finder on a Native Watercraft Slayer Kayak

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Over the last couple of weeks I have answered a decent number of questions through Google+, YouTube, and my personal email about how I have my Garmin EchoMap setup on my Native Slayer Propel.  I started working on a long in depth blog post before I realized that it would be easier to just lay it out in a video.  Hope this helps those that were wondering how I have it setup.  If you have anymore questions about fish finder setups on Native Watercraft kayaks, or any kayaks for that matter feel free to leave to a comment below.
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Great Lakes Kayak Fishing Series Final Stop

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This Saturday is the final stop of the Great Lakes Kayak Fishing Tournament Series.  The target species is King Salmon and all kayak anglers are encouraged to attend.  This is a total payout tournament and the winner is sure to take home a decent chunk of change.  Lots of door prizes will be given away thanks to some very generous sponsors.  Cost is only $35.00 and can be paid in person the day of the event.  For more information on this and other tournament stops go to www.kayakfish247.com and while you're there, be sure to check out the sponsors page.  Hope to see you on the water!!!
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