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5 Tips To Better Salmon Fishing From A Kayak

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Last spring I decided I'd finally had enough and it was time to get serious about trying to catch a salmon from my kayak.  I figured that the best way to shorten the learning curve would be to learn from somebody that already knew what they were doing.  I drove to Illinois and sat through a great presentation on kayak salmon fishing put on by Hobie Pro-staffer Rob Wendel.  He covered everything and I took almost three pages of notes by the time the event at Lake Michigan Angler was over.  Unfortunately by the time salmon season came back around this fall I had all but forgotten about those notes.  So I decided to just do some of the things that I remembered and then just "Guess" on the rest of it.  As you can see from the photo below, I was doing it wrong.
Although the kayak and rod and reel were setup to go trolling, they were not setup correctly.  I also failed to put some of the mechanics into place while I was out on the water.  Since that time I've been out on so…

EP:26 Fishing Clubs

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In this episode of the Bluegills to Bull Sharks Podcast we talk about Fishing Clubs.  Joining a local, regional, or national club is a great way to get more involved in the angling scene.  Many of these clubs offer meetings, outings, and group fishing trips for their members.  One big perk of joining clubs like Muskies Inc. or Trout Unlimited is the ability to make one payment to belong at both the national and local level.  This allows your funds and input to be used not only locally for the bodies of water you fish, but also to fund larger projects that can improve every one's fishing nation wide!  So make sure to join a fishing club when the opportunity presents itself.  You won't regret the difference you'll make. Thank you for listening to Episode 26 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 re…

To Many Fishing Poles? Is That Even Possible?

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I've seen this guy multiple times.  The guy on the bank with so much gear you would think he's a professional angler.  A 50 pound tackle box, huge net, a bunch of rods.  He can barely walk ten feet without dropping something.  You'll know you've spotted one of these guys because he is either stuck in one spot or is making so much noise moving his gear that he maybe scaring the fish.  You don't need half gear you take each time you hit the water.  In fact once you take a look at what you actually do need for each particular trip you'll find that downsizing makes a lot of sense.  
So how many rods to take?  Well most of us have two arms, some of us have less.  Logic says I can take 2-3 rods and fish with 1.  I used to carry 4 rods fully rigged.  So when I arrived at my fishing spot I sat down my gear, picked up a rod and started to cast.  If I moved along the bank I could only move 20 yards or so, and then hustle back.  Why hustle?  Well a decent rod, reel, and lu…

Kayak Angler Choice Awards (We Got Nominated)

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Each year Yakangler.com hosts The Annual Kayak Angler's Choice Awards.  This year ShoreboundHero.com has been nominated for kayak fishing blog of the year!  It's an amazing honor to have these pages nominated by my readers and my peers.  Still to even have a chance at winning I need your help.  These awards are given based on votes throughout a series of rounds.  If nobody votes then their isn't any competition.  You can cast your vote by following the link here.  The blog category is the last question you're asked in the survey.  All you have to do is check the box next to ShoreboundHero.com.  Thanks in advance for taking the time to vote.
Tight Lines.

EP:25 Dealing With The Skunk

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In this episode of the Bluegills to Bull Sharks Podcast I gave some of my personal insights into Dealing With The Skunk.  Sooner or later everybody blanks when on the water.  If it keeps happening it can affect your thought process and even your confidence.  I talked about some of the things that help me when I get stuck in a rut.  Also discussed is the use of a log book. A log book is an easy thing to implement that will improve your fishing.  We talked about how it can help you discover patterns that will limit those fish-less days when out and about.  What do you do when get skunked on the water?  Leave a comment below. Thank you for listening to Episode 25 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.…

EP:24 Fighting Big Fish

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In this episode of the Bluegills to Bull Sharks Podcast we discussed a few tactics to help you successfully fight bigger fish.  We talked about the importance of keeping your gear in top condition.  Spent some time going over why line tension is so important and talked about how to steer a fish by controlling its head.  Employing these tactics when you hook your next trophy will surely help stack the odds in your favor. Thank you for listening to Episode 24 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 subsc…

How To Borax Cure Great Lakes Salmon Skein

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One of the best baits you can use this fall to catch Great Lakes salmon and brown trout from shore is egg skein.  However you have to preserve or "cure" skein in order to store it for use throughout the season.  The best method I've used to cure skein is commonly known as the Borax Method.  All you need is paper towels, a spoon, a box of Borax, and some Ziploc Freezer Bags.
Actually the first thing you'll need is obviously a female King Salmon that's still full of eggs.  Luckily for me I've got a few buddies that are getting really good at catching these magnificent fish from their kayaks so getting my hands on the skein is actually the easiest part.  If you're not so lucky then check out my post on salmon rigs that you can use from shore.  Then go catch a fish and get the eggs.  Take your time...I'll wait for you.
Got the fish?  Good, once you have the egg skein rinse it off really good and set it out to dry on old newspaper or paper towel for a bit.  …

How To Rig A Swimbait

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This past weekend I was in Manitowoc, WI for the final stop of the Great Lakes Kayak Fishing Series.  As most people know I hate trolling for fish.  I get especially board trolling for salmon on the Great Lakes.  I decided to switch up tactics and cast and jig swimbaits for most of the day.  I was able to hook into a couple salmon as the event progressed and it occurred to me that I haven't mentioned much about how to rig or fish swimbaits on the blog.
So here's a quick video (not really quick) I made up to explain some of the basic rigging I use to effectively work swimbaits all year.  They're probably the most versatile baits you can have in your arsenal.  I prefer to use swimbaits by Bog Baits and Berkley.  I like the Bog Baits brand when dealing with warm water species and the Berkley Gulp when chasing coldwater species.
Next time you're out on the water try throwing a swimbait.  Walleyes chase them in the river, bass destroy them on drop offs, pike and musky follow …

How To Catch A Shark In Wisconsin

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Iremember the exact moment that the idea got stuck in my head.  It was ridiculously slow on 3rd shift.  I had no reason to be at work that night except to get the "Performance Bonus".  The "Performance Bonus" as they call it just means that if you clock in on time, you get $50.00 added to your paycheck.  I know it sounds stupid, but it became necessary with the hiring choices that management had made.  I'm getting off track, I was at work and was really bored.  As I sat at my desk wandering through the endless fishing videos on YouTube I came across something that literally woke something up inside me.  You all know what I am talking about.  Something you experience, something you hear, something you see, lights a fire.  It gets your brain running, your pupils dilate, you may even start to tremble a little.  I remember jumping up out of my chair and pumping my fist when that thing hit the beach.
Ihad just witnessed something I never knew was possible.  This guy …

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