Two Great Methods For Catching Lake Michigan Salmon From Shore

The most fun you can have in freshwater.
     Every year around this time I start to field a bunch of questions about the great salmon fishery we have here in the Midwest.  Specifically, people want to know how to go about catching these amazing fish from the Lake Michigan shoreline.  So in anticipation I thought I'd put together a post outlining the two techniques I most frequently use to put some great tasting fillets in my cooler.
     The first technique I use only in Port Washington and it's success rate is impressive.  Port Washington salmon fishing is unlike any other type of freshwater angling I've done.  It is done with 7-9 foot medium-light weight to medium weight rods, 2500 size reels, and 6-12 pound fluorocarbon line.  You can't use the common slip bobber setup because the fishing is shoulder to shoulder and the current coming out of the power plant discharge is constantly changing.  It involves not casting, but simply dropping your line twenty feet down to the water directly below you.  The action is fast with more fish lost than landed.  I tie up my salmon rigs 3 different ways depending on the terminal tackle I have with me.
     The first rig and most common is what I would call a 3 way swivel rig.  Bass fisherman would recognize it as a drop shot rig variant.  It involves a 3 way swivel tied to the main line.  A weight tied to a separate piece of fluorocarbon line 6-10 inches long.  With a final section of fluorocarbon line 12-18 inches in length attached to a #6 or #8 hook depending on personal preference.  All the knots in this setup are improved clinch knots.  Occasionally I'll use a palomar knot to connect my mainline to the swivel.  The obvious advantage of this rig is that your spawn sac stays free floating in the water column.  The negative is that it takes 5 knots to complete.  Those knots are a nightmare to tie on a cold fall morning.
     The 2nd rig I use is much simpler to tie.  It is the standard bottom rig most of us are accustomed to.  I myself have used this rig in different situations from catfishing in the local lake to targeting large blacktip sharks from the Florida shoreline.  This rigging uses 3 knots to complete.  First you put a weight slide on the mainline (I prefer the ones made by Team Catfish).  Then you add a bead or rubber bumper to protect your knot from the force of the weight slide hitting it.  Then attach your mainline to a swivel via a palomar knot.  Use a Trilene knot to attach 18-24 inches of fluorocarbon line to the other end of the swivel, then another Trilene knot to attach the hook. I have noticed a few issues with this specific setup.  First off if the weight gets snagged you may have to cut your mainline loosing the whole rig.  The other problem is if the swivel isn't pulled tight to the slide the fish may grab the spawn sac and rip it before you even notice the pick up.  I still needed something easier to tie that would put me into direct contact with my mainline.
     The 3rd setup has proven to be the quickest to rig.  It uses packs of pretied #8 hook snells, the ones you can commonly find in most tackle shops.  These snells have a manufactured loop on one end.  The way I tie the rig allows me to take advantage of this feature.  The mainline is tied to the weight with a palomar knot.  Then pass the hook through the weight, then through the loop on the snell.  Pull the rig tight and you have a rig that is tied with only one knot.  Since the snell is attached directly to the weight it stays in contact with the mainline.  This allows you to feel the slightest pickup of the spawn sac.  The biggest advantage is as long as your mainline is stronger than the snell line, if the hook breaks off you only have to loop another snell onto the weight and you are fishing again.  The only disadvantage I have found with this setup is that the hooks are normally poor quality and can straighten out on heavy fish.
     The second technique I use is just casting out lures and working them back to the shoreline.  It's extremely effective when the fish are inside or at least close to the harbor.  I've had really good success casting in the Milwaukee and Racine areas.  I love getting to chuck lures at salmon because it's surprisingly similar to fishing the surf on the coast.  Long rods are the obvious choice since they afford you the extra distance needed to reach the schools of fish.  I prefer to use medium to medium-heavy rods that are about 9-12 feet long.  Spinning reels seem to be preferred by most anglers usually in the 4000 size.  Fill the reel with 30 pound braid and attach a 3-6 foot 10 pound fluorocarbon leader.  The thinner braid improves casting distance while the fluorocarbon leader helps you trick line shy fish in the gin clear Lake Michigan waters.
Flicker Shads and Darter Jigs always a winner.
     When it comes to lure selection I keep it simple.  It's really hard to beat the darter jig/swimbait combination.  The Gamakatsu and Berkley Gulp! darter jigs are my go to favorites.  My soft plastics of choice are the Berkley Gulp! 2 inch minnow and the Powerbait 3 inch minnow.  Most of the time I use the Powerbait because the Gulp! products always seem to leak and make a mess in my backpack.  A quick tip when using Gulp!, always remove the soft plastic at the end of your fishing session.  It's impossible to get off the hook once it dries out.
Echotail in the wonder bread color.
     Finally, let's talk a bit about hard lure choices.  I use Flicker Shads and Echotails the most often.  The Echotail work great in the 3/4 to 1 1/2 ounce sizes.  Echotails are blade baits made right here in the Midwest by Vibrations Tackle (sponsor) with an interchangeable soft plastic tail.  I've used both the Gulp! and Powerbait on my Echotails and they work great.
     The other bait I use is the Flicker Shad in size 9.  You need to upgrade the stock hooks on these lures when dealing with king salmon, but it's a worthy investment.  Something about the Flicker Shad just seems to call the the fish.  I like to use the perch, fire tiger, or wonder bread color patterns when using either of these lure styles.  These two lures have become my go to baits, but I know a lot anglers that prefer to go old school and cast spoons.  Gold and silver/blue spoons seem to be the perennial favorites.
     Hope this helps to answer some of your questions about catching Lake Michigan salmon this fall.  It's really an amazing fishery with record setting potential.  I love the urban aspect that fishing in Port Washington, Milwaukee, and Racine provides.  Remember to pack light, bring some snacks, and of course a net (with a really long handle).  Fishing for Lake Michigan salmon is unlike any other freshwater fishing you've experienced.  Be careful though, as it can become extremely addicting.
     Tight Lines.

Broke My Tenkara Rod, "The Rest of the Story"

It's not you it's me, seriously.
     The other night I posted a photo of my recently broken Badger Tenkara rod on Facebook.  As the night wore on I got a few messages asking more about the broken rod.  The questions weren't asking me about the fish, but about the rod itself.  People wanted to know why it broke.  Mostly people wanted to know if it was my fault or the rods fault.  I quickly removed the post because that wasn't my intention at all.  So as the late Paul Harvey would say, "This is the rest of the story."
     Last fall I got a request from a local rod company.  Specifically, I got approached by the folks over at Badger Tenkara.  They were wondering if I could test out some rods they had on bigger fish.  Being a lover of tenkara I was happy to oblige.  Badger Tenkara gave me a collection of rods to fish with, some were in the current production lineup, some were prototypes, a few were just to experiment with.  The only direction they gave me was see what the rods can take.  You know what that means right?  I was given a bunch of rods to break, well actually I was given a bunch of rods that they wanted pushed to the limit.
     Fast forward to yesterday and the beautiful little gem that is Wingra Creek.  I was out fishing with my friend and mentor Darren.  We had gotten together to chase bluegills along the weedy margin of the waterway.  The rod of choice was the Classic by Badger Tenkara.  The Classic is the perfect rod for trout and panfish.  It was designed exactly for this purpose and it always performs well.
     This is were I come into the equation, with disastrous consequences.  I had just released a nice eating sized bluegill when I saw the biggest carp tail I've ever seen.  Now we need to pause for a second and think.  You see I had an 8 weight fly rod rigged up for carp on my backpack.  The smart thing to do would have been to put my tenkara rod down and make a cast with the 8 weight.  As I said that WOULD have been the smart thing to do.  What did I do?  You guessed it, I fired off a beautiful cast (with the tenkara rod) just to the left of that massive tail.
     I hooked up almost immediately and all hell broke loose.  That big stupid carp ran right and I went left and the Classic rod got bent around a sapling on the shore line.  By rights the tree should have moved because I really wanted to land this fish.  But as we all know trees just don't move very fast and my tenkara rod paid the price and broke on impact.
     It wasn't the rods fault, it was mine.  To their credit Badger Tenkara took the whole thing in stride and we've already made arrangements to repair my broken section.  It's not all bad really, they have another rod they want me test out.  Which is awesome because I'm really starting to believe that I might just be able to land a king salmon from my kayak with a tenkara rod.  Only time will tell I guess...  Oh I almost forgot, here's a picture of that bluegill.
They were hitting on dragonfly patterns.  Which technically I shouldn't have been casting on that Classic rod either.
     Tight Lines.

EP:17 Stalking Fish In Shallow Water

EP:17 Stalking Fish In Shallow Water














     In this episode of the Bluegills to Bull Sharks Podcast we covered some ideas to help you better stalk fish in shallow water.  Shallow water fishing can be a struggle whether you're in a Midwest back water or on coastal flat.  The techniques we discussed will help you sneak up on even the most flighty of fish species.  Don't forget that it isn't always about sneaking up on the fish you're chasing.  Sometimes using a Yak Gear Mud Anchor, Push Pole, or Micro Anchor, can be just the thing you need to do to get your hands some fish.  Give these theories and tips a try on the water next time you find yourself inside the "skinny" water.
So shallow I had to drag out the big green canoe just to access it.
     Thank you for listening to Episode 17 of the Bluegills to Bull Sharks Podcast.  You can subscribe to the podcast on ITunes and Podcast Garden.  If you do choose to subscribe take 30 seconds to leave a review.  The reviews are essential for getting the podcast recommended in the search results of our fellow anglers.  Before you leave please take a second to sign up for my free monthly newsletter.  It comes out on the 15th of each month and only on the 15th.  It's full of tips, tricks, some discounts, and of course subscriber only content.  So make sure you get yourself signed up today!
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South Central Wisconsin Chapter Heroes on the Water Event

So humid the truck was wet.
     The best way to describe the morning of the event was HOT, stupid hot.  I woke up extra early to get a little prefishing in with my buddy Spencer Jones.  We wanted to try and dial in a pattern before everybody arrived.  Today we were attending an event put on by the South Central Wisconsin Chapter of Heroes on the Water or H.O.W. as I've come to know it.  Heroes on the Water is a wonderful organization that pairs up veterans with kayak anglers to get them out on the water.  Spencer and myself were invited to help guide for the first event that was gonna be put on by the South Central Wisconsin Chapter.  We didn't want to disappoint so despite the crazy heat and humidity we launched our kayaks at dawn.  Heading out into the darkness we chatted about likely species, lure selection, and where to find fish holding structure.  It didn't take long for Spencer to find a cooperative pike.  So now that we knew the fish were actually here.  All we had to worry about was the oppressive heat.
Spencer Jones with a nice little Northern Pike.
     As the sun started to rise so did the temperatures.  I was marking a solid 80 degrees on my Garmin Echomap at the surface even under the bridge.  The stage was set for one of my hottest days on the water so far this year.  We continued casting for a bit as we waited for the H.O.W. organizers and their many volunteers to arrive.
Lottes Park made for a wonderful venue.
     Soon enough I noticed that a trailer full of kayaks had pulled up to the launch.  Rutabaga Paddlesports was nice enough to donate the use of their rental fleet for the event.  We paddled in and met up with Adam Howarth and Mike Young the organizers of this new chapter.  After some brief instructions on kayak safety, rod setup, and fishing expectations we all pitched in to get the venue ready.  The tent went up surprisingly quick and I think everyone of us brought at least one case of bottled water to share.  One by one the veterans started to arrive and after some introductions and a few fish stories we paired up and launched our little boats.
They almost look like there excited to get out on the water.
     The fishing of course started out fast and furious with a few bass and pike caught with in minutes.  Hooting and hollering was coming in over the radio and we were all having a great time.  Our group was small, but everyone was smiling and giving a thumbs up when they passed the launch.  The fishing slowed as we expected it would as the sun got higher overhead.  Still people were catching, okay losing fish on a pretty consistent basis.  You couldn't wipe the smiles off the faces of the vets in attendance.
Smiles all around for those in attendance.
     We continued on in the heat until lunch was announced over the radios.  Arriving back at the dock stories were being shared, fish pictures were being shown, and everybody was getting in line for some of the best catered food I've ever had.  I truly feel honored to have been asked to help out with the first ever event from the South Central Wisconsin Chapter of Heroes on the Water.  A huge THANK YOU to Adam, Mike, and I'm sure many more folks working behind the scenes for taking on the monumental task of getting a chapter started here in Madison.  Thanks also to Rutabaga Paddlesports for the kayaks, the Wisconsin DNR for the use of the fishing gear, and to all those who volunteered or donated anything to help make this event happen.  For more information about Heroes on the Water click the link here.  To get involved or donate to our local South Central Wisconsin Chapter follow the link here.
A great group of volunteers coming together for a worthy cause.
     Tight Lines.

4 Tips To Help You Beat The Heat Out On The Water

     The dog days of summer are upon us here in the Midwest.  Between the high temperatures and crazy humidity it's literally a melting pot every time you venture out on the water.  In the past you'd find me on the shoreline sunburned, dehydrated, and dripping with sweat.  However with a little planning and the help of some crazy advancements in garment technology, you'll find that the midsummer experience can be really enjoyable.  I thought I'd offer up 4 tips to help you beat the heat over the next few weeks.

  • Fish At Night:  I know this sounds like a no-brainer, but seriously give it a try.  Besides the obvious fact that the sun isn't over head, fish are just easier to catch at night.  Many species of fish move deep when the water heats up.  Those same fish though will usually come in shallow at night to feed.  They feel safer at night and many freshwater predators like bass, pike, and muskies, loose their inhibition and are more willing to strike lures in the darkness.
  • Drink Lots of Fluids:  This makes a lot of sense and shouldn't require a lot of convincing.  50-65% of our bodies are made up of water and if you're sweating it out, you need to put it back in.  I used to drink lots of fluids when fishing in the heat.  The issue was that I was normally drinking coffee and soda, both diuretics.  So even though I was consuming a lot of fluids they weren't the right fluids.  This caused me to struggle with headaches and nausea due to dehydration.  Next time you head out the door throw a water bottle in your kayak hatch or backpack and make sure to take a drink at least once every 20 minutes.
  • Cover Up:  The easiest way to beat the heat is to cover up your skin and limit your exposure.  Manufacturers are now offering lots of light weight long sleeve moisture wicking shirts.  These will help you stay cooler longer and make those annoying sunburns a thing of the past.  Also wear a Buff to protect your face.  Skin cancer commonly starts on the ears and nose.  Using a Buff protects these sensitive areas, and they're pretty freaking cool looking too.
  • Pack An Umbrella:  Portable shade is something I've started to experiment with a lot lately.  An inexpensive golf umbrella provides a ton of shade and is really, really, portable.  I use them when jigging from walls, watching a bobber, or even in my kayak.  All I have to do is stick it in a rod holder or strap it to my seat and I'm instantly cooler.  It's a great tip that doesn't cost a lot of cash and makes a huge difference.
     Put these tips to use as you venture out this summer.  They will make your angling experience much more enjoyable.  Dealing with the summer sun is nothing we should take likely as anglers.  Want a bonus tip?  Always keep some sunscreen in your tackle bag and a pair of sunglasses on your face.  Have any other tips you think will help your fellow anglers?  Leave them in the comments section below.
     Tight Lines.

EP:16 Photography Tips for Solo Anglers

EP:16 Photography Tips for Solo Anglers










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     In this episode of the Bluegills to Bull Sharks Podcast I shared 7 tips for taking better photos when out fishing solo.  Most of these tips came through frustrations I felt while trying to get decent pictures to grace these pages.  Hopefully these tips will help you better document your personal angling adventures.  I also spent a few minutes sharing the exact products that I when shooting pics on the water.  They include the OBD Smartphone Bluetooth Shutter Release, UKPro Floating Action Pole, Joby Gorillapod, and various kayak camera mounts from YakAttack.  Put some of these tips into use the next time you're out on the water and I guarantee you'll comeback with better photos.
Photo Credit: Spencer Jones
     Thank you for listening to Episode 16 of the Bluegills to Bull Sharks Podcast.  You can subscribe to the podcast on ITunes and Podcast Garden.  If you do choose to subscribe take 30 seconds to leave a review.  The reviews are essential for getting the podcast recommended in the search results of our fellow anglers.  Before you leave please take a second to sign up for my free monthly newsletter.  It comes out on the 15th of each month and only on the 15th.  It's full of tips, tricks, some discounts, and of course subscriber only content.  So make sure you get yourself signed up today!
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Tenkara Subsurface Fly Fishing Technique

     Recently I attended a Happier Hour Event put on by Orvis of Madison.  The speaker was Matt Sment co-owner of Badger Tenkara.  He covered all the basics of tenkara fishing in his presentation.  Then he showed us all something that blew my mind!  I can't wait to try this on a local pond or creek.  It might even work when drift fishing with an ultralight rod and casting bubble.  He says that to give streamer patterns a more erratic fleeing action just draw the letters of the alphabet with your rod tip.  Genius!
      It's a great idea that should work well as the water begins to cool.  Anything that's gonna mean more caught fish is a plus in my book.  To learn more about Badger Tenkara and the rods they offer check out the link here.  For more great tips and tricks sign up for the Shorebound Hero Newsletter.  You'll find it's full of tips, stories, and subscriber only content.
     Tight Lines.

EP:15 Fishing with Kids

EP:15 Fishing with Kids













     In this episode of the Bluegills to Bull Sharks Podcast we take a look at fishing with kids.  Taking kids fishing whether they're your kids, your grand kids, or the kids from the neighborhood presents some great opportunities to introduce your love for the sport to the next generation.  I offer some simple tips and insights I've garnered over the years.  Ideas like avoiding burnout, losing your agenda, keeping it simple, and how bringing them to your "A" spots is a must.  Of course gear selection is important and I offer some advice on choosing a fishing combo, and why you should avoid the Barbie or Iron Man combos at all cost.  Fishing with kids is a great way to share our passion with the future stewards of our sport.  Take the time to take a kid out fishing.  You might just ignite the spark that starts a fire in a little one you know.
     Thank you for listening to Episode 15 of the Bluegills to Bull Sharks Podcast.  You can subscribe to the podcast on ITunes and Podcast Garden.  If you do choose to subscribe take 30 seconds to leave a review.  The reviews are essential for getting the podcast recommended in the search results of our fellow anglers.  Before you leave please take a second to sign up for my free monthly newsletter.  It comes out on the 15th of each month and only on the 15th.  It's full of tips, tricks, some discounts, and of course subscriber only content.  So make sure you get yourself signed up today!
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Kayak Fishing Crate Shootout

     Regardless of what type of fishing you do from your kayak, you probably use a fishing crate.  For many anglers (myself included) the fishing crate is just as important as the kayak and paddle.  We can't live without them when we're out on the water.  As kayak anglers we have some great options when it comes to off the shelf fishing crates.  In this post will take a look at the most popular fishing crates on the market.  Over the years I've personally used crates from Native Watercraft, Hobie, Jackson, and YakAttack.  Hopefully my experiences with each of these crates will help you save some green when purchasing your first or next kayak fishing crate.


Jackson JKrate
     Let's start with the Jackson Kayaks JKrate.  This crate is made of high impact plastic and has a removable lid.  Featuring a carry handle, bungee strap closing system, 2 Ram Tough Tubes.  It even includes 2 YakAttack Gear Tracs for mounting any of your Gear Trac friendly accessories.  One really cool feature of the JKrate is it's ability to be setup to fit in any tank well.  You can remove the handles and swap them out with the Tough Balls so that the crate can be setup to face either direction.  It's a well built crate and you can tell that Jackson Kayaks really put some thought into the design.  Let's take a look at some of the Pros and Cons.

PROS:
  • Carry handle makes it very easy to transport crate when not on kayak.
  • Waterproof bottom keeps your gear dry and allows the crate to be plumbed as a live well.
  • Included Gear Trac allows for easy customization.
  • Recessed bungee lid closures allow the crate to be sat on when needed.
CONS:
  • Bungee lid can be hard to open when out on the water.
     The Jackson Kayaks JKrate is a really well thought out design with very few downsides.  It can be setup to fit in any kayak regardless of brand and can be easily modified to suit your fishing style.  It's a little pricey at $139.99, but if you already own a Jackson Kayak or any kayak with a smaller tank well it just may be the fishing crate you've been looking for.  To learn more about the Jackson JKrate follow the link here.


Native Watercraft Fishing Buddy
     Next up on the list is the Native Watercraft Fishing Buddy.  This soft sided crate is well thought out, even though it's one of the older crates in this shootout.  The Fishing Buddy features a 400 denier urethane coated nylon construction.  It has carrying straps, Velcro top closures, 2 side pockets for gear storage, and 6 rod holders.  It's made with closed-cell polyethylene insulation so it doubles as a soft sided cooler when needed.  It's definitely the least friendly as far as customizing goes, but it's well built and fits perfectly in the tank well of any Native Watercraft kayak.  Although I like the design it does have some quirks.  Let's take a closer look at the Pros and Cons of this particular fishing crate.

PROS:
  • Dual carrying straps make transporting this crate a breeze.
  • Velcro top closures make interior access user friendly when on the water.
  • 6 rod holders allow you to carry all your bass rods rigged up, a real advantage when tournament fishing.
CONS:
  • Over time the crate has started to absorb water making a mess in the truck after a fishing session.
  • Hooks can get caught in and on the nylon which is a pain in the A$%.
  • Can't be customized with common accessories like more modern crates.
     The Fishing Buddy from Native Watercraft is a well thought out if not slightly dated design.  It's works well as a cooler and is easy to transport with it's dual carrying handles.  If you're a tournament bass angler this just may be the fishing crate you've been looking for.  Being able to keep up to 6 rods pre-rigged and ready to go will be much appreciated when fishing against the clock.  With a price tag of $179.00 it's the most expensive of the crates in this shootout.  However it's the only crate in this line-up that doubles as an insulated cooler.  To learn more about the Fishing Buddy from Native Watercraft follow the link here.


Hobie H-Crate
     The third crate will take a look at is the Hobie H-Crate.  This fishing crate is definitely the most brand specific of the crates in this shootout.  The Hobie H-Crate is built like a tank and has a great list of features.  This crate is made from molded plastic that is full of mounting points for all your accessories.  It has 4 molded in rod holders and includes retractable bungee straps to secure those rods in even the worst of conditions.  It's the only crate on this list that comes standard with tie down straps to secure it to your kayak and has nonskid feet to keep it from sliding around.  The biggest feature of this particular crate though is the addition of the Hobie H-Rails.  These rails allow you to attach all the accessories you already use on your Hobie kayak.  Still, nothings perfect, let's review some of the Pros and Cons.

PROS:
  • Built like a tank, easily the strongest and sturdiest of the crates in this review.
  • Almost limitless modifications can be done to this fishing crate.
  • The rubber skid plates help dampen vibrations when accessing the crate, so you don't scare the fish you're trying to catch.
CONS:
  • Was a real nightmare to assemble.
  • Doesn't come stock with a lid.
  • H-Rails require special Hobie specific mounting hardware.
     The Hobie H-Crate is a wonderful fishing crate.  Especially if you already own a Hobie brand kayak.  It's design makes use of all the things that make Hobie a great fishing platform.  The rod holders worked wonderfully even if rough waters and since the sides of the crate is covered in holes you can easily mount almost any accessory to this crate.  The Hobie H-Crate comes in price wise at $139.00 making it one of the cheaper crate options in this shootout.  To learn more about the Hobie H-Crate follow the link here.


YakAttack BlackPak
     The final fishing crate will look at in this shootout is the YakAttack BlackPak.  The YakAttack BlackPak features a robust and heavy black plastic construction.  It comes with 3 rod holders and has the ability to have up to 7 more attached.  It features a bungee secured lid and has built drain holes to help keep your gear dry.  Two molded in carrying handles make it easy to transport when not on the kayak.  The BlackPak features so many different mounting points that the rigging options are almost endless.  It's got a solid build and seems to hold up well to the rigors of kayak angling.  This crate is billed to be the ultimate in fishing crate design, let's take a second to look at the Pros and Cons.

PROS:
  • Lid is easy to use when on the water.
  • Endless mounting options for your YakAttack accessories.
  • Drain holes keep your gear dry and your trunk clean.
CONS:
  • Lid is extremely loud when opening and closing.
  • Carry handles require 2 hands to stabilize the crate.
  • Kind of a pain to assemble.
     The YakAttack BlackPak is a great product.  It gives the kayak angler almost endless possibilities when rigging so you can customize it to fit your needs.  The BlackPak is a very simple design which is probably its greatest feature.  You can use almost any accessory with this fishing crate.  The YakAttack BlackPak has a retail price of $130.00 making it the least expensive of the four fishing crates featured in this shootout.  Couple this with everything listed above and I think you'll see why so many anglers are choosing this crate system.  To learn more about the YakAttack BlackPak just click the link here.
     So the final question is which of these fishing crates is right for you?  That answer obviously depends on what you do when you're out on the water.  I've used each of these crates at one time or another and now I use the YakAttack BlackPak almost exclusively.  I bought my BlackPak with the goal of having a pre-rigged crate that I could drop into the tank well of any kayak when I'm guiding clients.  Since that time it's quickly become my favorite fishing crate.  I now use it every time I'm out on the water.
     Tight Lines.

EP:14 The Catfish Episode

EP:14 The Catfish Episode













     In this episode of the Bluegills to Bull Sharks Podcast I talked about catfishing.  Specifically, I covered catfishing for Channel and Flathead catfish in and around the Madison area.  Fishing for cats is an absolute blast and since it involves minimum casting (mostly waiting) it's a great way to introduce kids and non-angling friends to our sport.  We covered a lot of different topics ranging from the difference in species, to rigging, finding the fish, and tactics to catch these amazing creatures from shore and from kayak.  If you get the chance you should definitely give catfishing a try this summer.  It's a ridiculous amount of fun!  Below are some links to the rods, reels, and terminal tackle I like to use when pursuing those whiskered brutes out on the water.
     Thank you for listening to Episode 14 of the Bluegills to Bull Sharks Podcast.  You can subscribe to the podcast on ITunes and Podcast Garden.  If you do choose to subscribe take 30 seconds to leave a review.  The reviews are essential for getting the podcast recommended in the search results of our fellow anglers.  Before you leave please take a second to sign up for my free monthly newsletter.  It comes out on the 15th of each month and only on the 15th.  It's full of tips, tricks, some discounts, and of course subscriber only content.  So make sure you get yourself signed up today!
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