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Thanks For A Great Season

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Sunday's guided fishing trip marked the end of my open water guide season.  I would like to thank everybody that made 2016 a success.  We had a lot of fun chasing everything that swims in the lakes and ponds around Madison, WI.  I'm still a long ways away from being able to do it full time, but this year proved to me that it's worth pursuing for 2017.  For that I want to say THANK YOU.
I've got big things planned for the 2017 season.  To start it off I'll be speaking at numerous events throughout this expo season.  Also I'm working out the details to expand my kayak guide service by adding a tandem kayak to the fleet.  This will allow me to handle the paddling and positioning duties so that anglers not familiar with kayak fishing can get more out of their time on the water with me.  This kayak purchase means I get to rig up another boat!  That's my favorite part of playing with kayaks, so keep an eye on these pages throughout the winter to see what I've …

EP:30 Understanding Lake Turnover

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EP:30 Fall Lake Turnover








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In this episode of the Bluegills to Bull Sharks Podcast we talked about understanding lake turnover.  For many this is just a term that they hear thrown around as the leaves start to change.  There's a lot of myths associated with this time of year.  These myths started because as anglers we know of the turnover, but we don't know what it actually is and how it affects the fish.  From the thermocline, to the epilimnion, to the cold and heavy hypolimnion layer we discuss what they are and how they work.  Using this information you can make better informed decisions on where and when to fish during this transitional time in the Midwest. Thank you for listening to Episode 30 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…

What The Hell Is Urban Fly Fishing?

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Do you really want to know?  Then stop by the Badger Fly Fishers meeting tonight at 7pm.  I'll be giving my urban fly fishing presentation at the clubs monthly meeting.  This seminar will focus on finding urban waters, gear selection, and two popular fly species you can find right here in Madison.  If you're thinking I'll be talking about carp and musky than you'd be right.  I'll be sharing all my favorite tips, local hot spots, and the best flies you can use right now to get your hands on these amazing fish.  For more information on tonight's event or to learn more about the Badger Fly Fishers follow the link here.
Tight Lines.

Lucid Fishing Grips

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As human powered anglers we are often limited in what we can carry with us and still stay mobile.  When working the shoreline many times I am forced to decide on which items I take with me and which I am forced to leave behind.  Actually I find myself with this dilemma most of my fishing situations.  Everything I carry must serve more than one purpose if it's to accompany me on the water.  One item that has earned its place on the very short list of "must haves" are my Lucid Fishing Grips.
I discovered the Lucid Fishing Grips at the Madison fishing expo four years ago.  I was browsing the aisles looking for a replacement net.  I stopped by the Thorne Bros. booth and asked them to show me a net that could fold down to under a foot, but with a bag big enough to land a musky.  As you can probably imagine they got a good chuckle out of my request.  Then a gentleman walked over and said that 2 ladies were selling lip grips at a booth near the main entrance.  I headed over to c…

EP:29 Kayak Fitness An Interview With Spencer Jones

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In this episode of the Bluegills to Bull Sharks Podcast we interviewed Spencer Jones from Jonesin' to Get Fit.  Spencer is a kayak angler, writer, and personal fitness trainer.  He recently started an online business that caters to practical exercises for the outdoorsman.  He offers up a weekly newsletter that shows you exactly what you need to know relieve common issues such as a sore shoulder, lower back pain, even that numb leg feeling you get after hours in a kayak.  The guy even has a weekly cooking show that will help you with make healthy eating choices (and it's funny).  I would like to thank Spencer for taking the time to talk with us this week.  You can learn more about Spencer Jones and follow all his crazy adventures and exercises at spencermjones.com. Thank you for listening to Episode 29 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…

Wolf River Smallmouth Part 2

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What was I talking about again?  Oh right,


Certain Death!
We were dropping into the first set of rapids.  Spencer's NuCanoe slid right through the whitewater.  He was hooting and hollering with only the slightest correction needed for that big heavy boat.  Once through he backed into an eddy and yelled, "You're clear!"  At this point every possible scenario had gone through my head.  In fact I was starting to seriously regret my decision.  I was about to go into whitewater for the first time.  Worse, I was about to go into whitewater for the first time in a kayak I wasn't familiar with.  So I took a deep breath, checked my life jacket, and nervously paddled towards the rapids.
What happened next is still kind of a blur.  It seemed fine when I started into the first chute.  The water was fast, but it wasn't unmanageable for my paddling skills.  Sure I was swearing a lot, but I always swear when I'm asked to do physical activity.  My biggest problem was the …

Wolf River Smallmouth Part 1

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Rolling down the highway I was really fired up to get out on the water.  Fishing in northern Wisconsin is not something I get to do on a regular basis.  Add to it the fact that we would be fishing the iconic Wolf River and I was in high heaven.  Even though I can count all of my river fishing experiences on one hand my sponsor Rutabaga Paddlesports was nice enough to loan me a rental kayak (Ultimate FX12).  I had it all rigged up and ready for a relaxing day on the water.  I was head to the Appleton area first though so I could join up with my buddy Spencer.  He was the mastermind behind this particular adventure and found us lodging, worked out the shuttles, and provided the food, all I had to do was fish!  Arriving at his house I sat down for dinner and was immediately asked this question.

"You're okay with Class 1 and 2 rapids right?"

I wasn't of course, but I quickly replied "yes."  Again I have almost zero experience fishing on rivers.  I've drank be…

EP:28 Cold Water Largemouth Bass Fishing

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EP:28 Cold Water Largemouth Bass Fishing








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     In this episode of the Bluegills to Bull Sharks Podcast I discussed cold water bass fishing tactics.  Not so much the tactics and skills required to catch those strong and bullish smallmouth bass most associate with cool water.  I'm talking about the scourge of the waterways the largemouth bass.  I love to chase this species of fish and the fall transition can yield some quality fish, if you know where to find them.  We talked about locating largemouth bass, rod and reel setup, and even went into some specifics on lure selection.  I tried to give you an explanation of why squarebill crankbaits, echotails, and swim jigs, work so well on America's favorite fish.  So be sure to give these tips a try as we enter into fall here in the Midwest. Thank you for listening to Episode 27 of the Bluegills to Bull Sharks Podcast.  You can subscribe to the podcast on ITunes and Podcast Garden.  If you do choose to subscribe…

3 Tips For A Better Hook Set

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You've made the perfect cast, worked the lure through the water column, then suddenly you feel the bump.  Swinging back on the rod you feel the weight of what's sure to be the next state record.  Then after a quick struggle...it's gone.  It's a crushing blow, I know because it's happened to me.  I have nightmares about fish I've lost.  Honestly though sooner or later it happens to everybody that wets a line.  However you can do a few things to help stack the odds in your favor the next time a fish finds himself on the end of your line.
The mechanics of a hook set are actually very simple.  Just apply pressure, bury the hooks, and don't lose tension.  See simple, but then why do so many fish still get away.  It doesn't matter if you're casting frogs, trolling, lure fishing, or ice fishing.  If you don't set the hook properly, you are going to lose fish.  With this in mind I thought I'd offer up 3 tips that will help improve your hook set and l…

Casting for Carp

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I recently had a post about a little pond I found on Google Earth.  I caught some bass that day and had an absolute blast.  As I was leaving I noticed some bubbles and a little brown tail tip on the surface of the water.  I knew exactly what I was looking at, feeding carp!  Their were tons of them all eagerly feeding in the shallows without a care in the world.  I knew that I had to come back soon, and with a fly rod.
The days passed and soon I found myself back on the banks of that little pond.  I had my trusty 7 weight in hand and started scanning the surface for signs of active fish.  After a little work I found them, a pod of about 5-7 fish.  Sneaking up to the edge of the pond on my knees careful to not make any sudden movements I fired off a cast to the center of the pod.  As the fly began to sink the line touched the back of one of the fish.  The water erupted as it spooked them and they took off for cover.  I sat on the shoreline a broken man.  What a stupid mistake I thought, …

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