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Chicagoland Fishing, Travel, and Outdoor Expo

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This weekend I was invited by the owner of Lucid Fishing to attend the Chicagoland Fishing, Travel, and Outdoor Expo.  Once I figured out where the hell I was going (got lost again).  I made my way into the Expo and found Ted to pick up my badge.  This is the second time I've been able to attend this expo and it didn't disappoint.  I'm always blown away by the number of people waiting outside the doors in the morning.  So much energy in such a small area, lots of laughter, excitement, and of course fish stories.  I nodded to the regulars as I made my way to the booth and got settled in to the routine of product demos, stories, and lots and lots of handshaking.
     Ihad a great time and would like to thank everybody that stopped by the booth.  Lots of Lucid Fishing Grips were sold, and the new On-Track System generated a lot of interest.  A big THANK YOU to the crew at Lucid Fishing for allowing me to be in attendance.  It's been great being a part of the Lucid Fishing.…

Join Me In Chicago!!!

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This Saturday I'll be at the Chicagoland Fishing, Travel, and Outdoor Expo.  I will be spending the day helping out my sponsor, Lucid Fishing.  Stop by the new booth, say hello, purchase a lip grip, and check out all the products that Lucid Fishing has to offer.  While you're there be sure to check out the new Lucid On-Tracks.  Designed to let you mount your gear almost anywhere.  The possibilities are endless with the On-Tracks system and you can see it first at the Chicagoland Fishing, Travel, and Outdoor Expo.
Tight Lines.

5 Tips for Catching Bigger Bluegills

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So lately I've had the bug to catch some big bluegills, or bullgills as the panfish aficionados call them.  Not your normal eating size fish, the trophies, the ones that make the other guys out freezing in the cold jealous.  I had a pretty good idea where they would be, all I had to do was catch them.  After I released a dozen or so and posted the pictures online I got some messages asking how I caught them.
So here's a few tips to help you catch a couple of your own. Leave the Crowds Behind.Find the Secondary Weed LinesDownsize Your BaitLearn Bite DetectionLimit Your Catch, Don't Catch Your Limit
Let's take a look at the first tip, Leave the Crowds Behind.  I ducked out of work a little early the other morning (1 hour before sunrise) and headed for the lake.  To my surprise all the parking lots were already filled to capacity.  The bay I planned to fish however wasn't full, everybody was fishing in the same general area.  They were all in the first section of weeds r…

SWTU Ice Breaker 2016 Recap

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This past weekend I spent my Saturday at the Southern Wisconsin Chapter of Trout Unlimited's 33rd Annual Ice Breaker event.  This was my first time to attend this wonderful gathering of fly fishing enthusiasts and it didn't disappoint.  The energy in the building upon arrival was amazing.  Everybody was hustling about and setting up tables, organizing rooms, and swapping fish stories.  Once I figured out where I was supposed to be setup (I was teaching in the Stream Explorers Program) I made my way out to the main gathering area.
The Ice Breaker marked the first time I have personally donated raffle items to an event.  On behalf of ShoreboundHero.com I donated two packages.  The first was an 8 weight Orvis Encounter combo and a collection of my hand tied carp flies.  The second item was a half day guided carp on the fly trip around the Madison area.  If you're thinking it was a strange choice to donate fly carp'in gear to a trout event you might be right.  However, the …

MadFlyCasters Event

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The crew at MadFlyCasters are throwing another indoor fly casting event on February 6th at the Keva Sports Center from 10am-12pm.  The cost is only $5.00 and it's worth every penny.  You can bring your own rods or test out some new rods that are being provided by Fontana Sports.  It's the perfect opportunity to test out the new fly fishing rod you picked up this winter or to work out the kinks in your double haul.  Just remember NO BLACK SOLED SHOES are allowed on the courts.  I'll be in attendance with a few 8 and 10 weight rods if you want to try them out and will have the new Knee Deep Crew sticker from ShoreboundHero.com available free to anyone who asks for one.  For more information on the event click the link here.
Tight Lines.

Ice Breaker

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This Saturday is the Ice Breaker event put on by the Southern Wisconsin Chapter of Trout Unlimited.  This will be my first time attending a trout fishing event and I must admit I'm extremely excited!  This years event looks to be a great one since one of my favorite anglers on the international angling scene Jeff Currier will be the featured speaker.  Jeff has been fishing for over 40 years and has caught fish on the fly in over 50 countries (more than 325 different species).  They will also have expert fly tiers on hand and many wonderful items available for people to bid on.  Also remember to bring the kids so they can learn about fly fishing in the Stream Explorers Workshop.  From basic rigging, to fly tying, even casting, and insect identification, they will learn it all.  Best of all it's hands on so the kids will be actively engaged.  So make sure the kiddos are in attendance, they're the future of our sport.  For more information on this great fly fishing show, just…

Bending Branches Angler Optimus

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I rarely get excited about products I haven't personally used.  Normally when I see something in a store I go through a series of thought processes before I consider making a purchase.  Don't believe me?  It took me almost 4 months to pick out the rod I use for shark fishing from the beach.  My purchase of a Revo Toro Winch was almost a full year in the making.  This didn't happen with the Angler Optimus from Bending Branches, it was an almost instant purchase.
The Angler Optimus is a complete system that works with the Bending Branches paddle you already use.  It's a series of fiberglass snap together sections and a comfortable T grip.  The system allows you to turn your standard kayak paddle into a SUP paddle, a canoe paddle, or a push pole.  It uses snap button ferules for a secure connection and since it's from Bending Branches, you know it is built to last.
For me though the ability to use it as a push pull is what caught my attention.  I learned over the course…

Happy New Year

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