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Two Great Methods For Catching Lake Michigan Salmon From Shore

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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 w…

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

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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…

EP:17 Stalking Fish In Shallow Water

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EP:17 Stalking Fish In Shallow Water








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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. 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…

South Central Wisconsin Chapter Heroes on the Water Event

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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 oppressi…

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

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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…

EP:16 Photography Tips for Solo Anglers

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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. 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 …

Tenkara Subsurface Fly Fishing Technique

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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

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EP:15 Fishing with Kids







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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 …

Kayak Fishing Crate Shootout

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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.


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

EP:14 The Catfish Episode

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EP:14 The Catfish Episode






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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. St Croix Triumph Ultra LightUgly Stick Catfish RodSt Croix Catfish RodRevo Toro WinchTeam Catfish Lead BumperBerkley Big GamePowerPro Braided Line

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