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EP:13 Musky Lure Basics

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EP:13 Musky Lure Basics








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In this episode of the Bluegills to Bull Sharks Podcast we covered the 5 basic types of musky lures.  This episode seemed appropriate based on the sheer number of musky lure questions I've been fielding lately both in person and on social media.  A lot of people seem to believe that you need a bunch of expensive lures to chase the mighty Muskellunge.  This just isn't true, I personally only own 6 musky lures and am able to catch fish just fine.  Braking the lure categories down to how they work the water column allows you to pick and choose which lures you actually need.  Knowing which lures to own can save you a ton of money.  As promised here's a few links to some of my favorite lures in each category.
Topwater-Lee Lures Waterchopper River 2 Sea Whopper Plopper Joe Bucher Top Raider Bucktails (Blades)-Mepps Giant Killer Musky Mayhem Cowgirl Bucher 800 Magnum Buck Glide Baits-Phantom Soft Tail                  Drifter Hellhound Jerk …

How To Stand In A Kayak

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For alot of kayak anglers learning to stand up and fish is the ultimate hurdle.  Standing up offers many advantages from improved casting, to better sight fishing, or even just the ability to stretch out sore and tired muscles.  Standing up is a game changer when out on the water.  Here's a few tips to help you get on your feet, when out on the water.
1. Use a Stable Platform- Make sure the kayak or SUP your using is big enough for you to stand comfortably.  This is more about the size of the angler than it is the size of kayak.  Take me and my Slayer as an example.  I'm a solid flabby 250 pounds.  It takes a much bigger kayak for me to feel comfortable standing than it does my 12 year old son.  He's a sprite 133 pounds and he can easily stand in the 10 foot sit on top that I started with a number of years ago.  I couldn't even kneel in that thing without flipping over, let alone stand in it.  So tip number is start with a stable kayak.
2. Get Some Assistance- There is n…

Shorebound Hero Tips and Tricks is Back

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So I admit I let the SBH Tips and Tricks Videos fall by the wayside.  I also admit that I know that consistency in any online medium is key to keeping the audience engaged.  So I'm bringing it back and will do my best to keep the videos coming on a regular basis.  Here is the 6th tip in the series on YouTube.  If you want you can even subscribe to my channel in the sidebar.  When the subscriber total reaches 500 will have our first give away here on the blog so be sure to share it with your followers.
Tight Lines.

EP:12 Your First Kayak Tournament

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EP:12 Your First Kayak Tournament







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In this episode of the Bluegills to Bull Sharks Podcast I talked about competing in your first kayak tournament.  I get asked a lot of questions about kayak tournament fishing.  These range from "How do I know if I'm good enough to compete?"  All the way to "How do they keep the fish alive all day?"  I've answered all these questions by looking back at my own experiences.  It wasn't that long ago that I was competing in my first tournament and I made a lot of mistakes.  Hopefully this episode will help you have a better showing then I did when you sign up for your first event.  I talked about prefishing, what to bring, using a Hawg Trough, and some basic participant etiquette during and after the event.  The important thing to remember is that tournament fishing is a lot of fun!  Testing yourself against the clock in a tournament setting is a great learning experience.  However the best part of t…

3 Tips For Topwater Muskies

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Sunday morning my buddy JJ from the Madison Musky Addict Guide Service invited me out for some early morning musky fishing.  While wandering around Lake Monona in the dark casting a water chopper we got on the topic of top water technique.  We both rattled off a bunch of different ideas.  That list would have went on forever.  Since I don't have that much time this morning, I thought I'd offer up a few tips to help those of you that are new to the sport of musky fishing.

Sharpen Your Hooks-  This should be a no brainer, but we all have that one buddy that never sharpens the hooks on their lures.  Muskies have an extremely hard mouth.  That hard mouth can deflect a dull hook resulting in a lost of missed opportunities heart break.  It only takes a few seconds to run a file over your hook points before you start casting.  Give it a try and you'll be amazed by the results.Look Behind The Lure-  Many times when guiding new clients they're aware that muskies follow, but stil…

Death, Blood, and Trout

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This past weekend I finally got the opportunity to head home to Iowa.  Unfortunately I don't make getting back to see family as big of a priority as I should, but they are always happy to see our family when we do make it back.  Anyways...I refused to let this visit mess with my fishing and I quietly snuck a Classic series rod from Badger Tenkara into my backpack (thanks again guys).  The tenkara rod being the only rod packed meant I would be chasing trout.  Normally I'm only a fan of pursuing trout on the Great Lakes or if I get invited out to a Driftless stream by Tristan Kloss.  When it comes to Iowa trout though, one stream is special to me because I grew up in the neighborhood it runs through.
Waking up early Saturday morning  quietly grabbed my gear so I wouldn't wake up my in-laws and headed to Walmart to buy an Iowa fishing license.  This was when I found out about the die off.  The clerk asked me where I was fishing, "McLoud Run" I said.  "What about…

EP:11 Saltwater Tactics for the Freshwater Angler

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EP:12 Saltwater Tactics for the Freshwater Angler









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In this episode of the Bluegills to Bull Sharks Podcast we talked about 3 saltwater tactics that can benefit the freshwater angler.  The use of saltwater tactics in freshwater is nothing new.  In fact some of the best anglers I've met in the industry don't see any difference between the angling disciplines.  They believe that experimentation across fishing styles is a sure fire way to stay ahead of the game.  So give surf weights, surf rods, and braid stacking a try.  You'll probably find that they work just as well for you as they have for others.  Remember to keep learning and experimenting on the water.  You may just find that catching more fish is a wonderful side effect.  Below are some links to the products I mentioned in this episode. AbuGarcia Revo NACL12 foot surf rodSt Croix Premier Musky Rod80 pound Power ProOrvis Lanyard   Thank you for listening to Episode 11 of the Bluegills to Bull Shar…

New Article In Midwest Outdoors Magazine

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This month I have reached a milestone in my angling/writing career.  I wanted to share my excitement with all of you first.  As many of my readers are aware I have no interest in fishing as a full time job.  For me the guide service is a teaching opportunity.  I do however want to write articles and books that will help other anglers catch more fish.  My long term goal is to become a speaker and writer in the outdoor industry.  I've made a lot of progress towards this goal in the last few years.  I've been blessed to be featured in multiple online media publications, but I still hadn't been published.
The getting published goal goes way beyond fishing, in fact it reaches all the way back to my high school days.  A number of years ago (like 20) I chased the dream of becoming a published nature photographer.  I won some photography contests, took photos for both people and events, even worked in a film development lab for a few years.  Unfortunately, I gave up on that dream b…

EP:10 Wading Lakes

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EP:10 Wading Lakes








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In this episode I answered some questions and gave some tips about wading lakes.  Wading lakes can be an extremely productive method of fishing.  No longer left to those who frequent rivers and streams lake wading is the final frontier for those on the shore line.  We talked about safety, how to determine where to wade, and I gave some personal gear choices.  Below are some affiliate links to the products I use day and day out on the water. Silver Sonic WadersPlano Tackle TraysWading BeltSUP waist PFD  Thank you for listening to Episode 10 of the Bluegills to Bull Sharks Podcast.  You can subscribe to the podcast on ITunes and Podcast Garden.  If you do choose to subscribe please take a second to leave a review.  The reviews are essential to getting the podcast recommended in the search results of fellow anglers.  Before you leave take a second to sign up for my free monthly newsletter.  It comes out on the 15th of each month and only on the 1…

Sailfish and Tuna On The Fly

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So recently my buddy Javier Guevara from Ecuador Fly Fishing Tours sent me this video.  It's a sweet compilation from his recent trip to Columbia in pursuit of sailfish and tuna on the fly.  To learn more about Javier's budget friendly fishing tours all over South and Central America check out the site here. Tight Lines.

DIY Truck Topper Rod Holder

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This weekend I finally got around to building my rod storage system for the back of my Silverado.  As a land based fishing guide I constantly struggle with where to keep all the rods that my clients bring for a fishing trip.  It doesn't take many rods to clutter up the cab of my truck and since the bed is usually filled with waders, tackle boxes, and kayaks.  I can't just lay the rods on the floor of the truck bed.  I needed a way to carry a lot of rods and keep them out of the way.  While doing my research I ran into this idea from the great John "Toast" Oast from Fishyaker.com.
It's really simple to build and so far it's performing flawlessly.  All you need to do is purchase 2 adjustable shower rods, a 12 pack of shower curtain rings, and a pack of zip ties.  Watch his video above for all the details and be sure to subscribe to his channel if you have any interest in kayak fishing.  This system let's me hold up to 12 multi-piece rods.  I've also foun…

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