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EP:34 Great Lakes Brown Trout From Shore

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EP:34 Great Lakes Brown Trout From Shore







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In this episode of the Bluegills to Bull Sharks Podcast I talked about chasing Great Lakes Brown Trout from the shoreline.  I recently got a chance to fish the Milwaukee harbor in pursuit of these amazing creatures.  Since sharing those pictures online I've gotten a ton of questions about how I caught them.  Especially from those that know how hard I struggle to catch salmon from my kayak.  I went over rod setup, techniques and tactics, and gave a quick list of places I personally head to when looking for brown trout from shore.  I also spent a few minutes talking about local guide Eric Haataja and the techniques he uses to catch monster brown trout.  I mentioned a great regional authority and tackle shop Lake Michigan Angler.  Be sure to check them out online if you find yourself curious about Lake Michigan fish species.  Finally, here's the link to making your own long handled net as promised is this podcast ep…

What Fish Has You Hooked?

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On a recent shorefishing trip in Milwaukee my mind started to wander.  While looking contemplatively at the water lost in my own little world a gentleman came over to ask how the fishing was going.  "Pretty good" I said, "You?"  The strangers face was over taken by a huge smile.  "It's amazing!"  "Look at the size of these fish!"  He was right, compared to the brown trout of the Driftless these fish were huge.  It was only after a little bit of conservation that I truly understood what he meant.  His name was Craig and he had flown all the way from California to catch a brown trout.  "Don't they have browns in California?"  I asked.  "Yup, but not like these, I fly out every year."  "Looking for a male over 20 pounds."  "Been trying for 12 years to land one."  Holy Crap!  I thought to myself that's some serious dedication.  The deeper the conservation went the more his excitement and enthusiasm…

Out And About

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So I've gotten some emails asking where I'll be in the coming months now that expo season is underway.  Here's a short list of some the events I have on my calendar.  More will inevitably be added as the season gets underway, but this is a list of currently confirmed bookings.  Be sure to say "Hello" if our paths cross at any of these great events.

Orvis of Madison Black Fly Day- 11/25/2016
I'll be the instructor for this event teaching the Fly Tying 101 class and tying the fly patterns for the bass class.  Will cover 2 popular bass on the fly patterns and discuss some tactics used when pursuing these species with a fly rod.  Space is limited so if you want a spot you'll need to contact the store at (608) 831-3181.

Fox Valley Trout Unlimited Cabin Fever Day- 1/14/2017
For this event I'll be giving a seminar on Selecting and Rigging A Fishing Kayak.  I'll also have a selection of fishing kayaks on display in my booth and will be tying carp fly patterns…

Portable Fly Tying Station

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Recently I've had a change of heart in regards to fly tying.  Don't get me wrong I'm still a big proponent of "Don't Tie What You Can Buy."  Though I have fallen hard for tying patterns that I can't get readily in stores.  Add to that the fact that I'm teaching a couple of entry level tying classes and will be speaking at numerous fly fishing shows this season and I guess this recent chapter in my life could be considered inevitable.
So lately my fly fishing tools and supplies have begun to multiply.  This has led me to the realization that a ziploc bag and the kitchen table are no longer adequate.  I needed a place to tie that could be moved around the house, would organize my tools, and could take a beating.  This brings me to the tray you see in the photos.  If you look carefully at the photos you'll notice the letters PMT.  This stands for Precision Mold and Tool.  It was a machine shop owned by my fathers family since the 1940's in Muncie…

How To Add Temporary Bulk To Fall Musky Flies

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Earlier this week I had the opportunity to take in a presentation by Larry and Wendy Mann of the Hayward Fly Fishing Company.  The talk was on musky fly fishing and to say it was informative would be an understatement.  His thoughts on setup, fish location, and mental fortitude while chasing the mighty musky even taught me a few tricks.  However it was after the seminar while rummaging through his fly box that I saw this gem of an idea.
Larry fishes for muskies on the fly with clients of all skill levels.  This variety of ability has forced his company to use flies that are smaller in size to allow anglers that are new to the fish of 10,000 casts to keep casting all day long.  Because as you know chucking flies of the size required to catch the attention of a musky can be a physically exhausting process.  To up the odds at a trophy sized fish in the fall they devised a clever way to add bulk, without adding weight.  Best part?  It's already available all over the Midwest and online…

EP:33 Choosing An Ice Fishing Rod

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EP:33 Choosing An Ice Fishing Rod







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In this episode of the Bluegills to Bull Sharks Podcast I talked about choosing an ice fishing rod.  When shopping for ice fishing rods there’s a myriad of choices and they can quickly get confusing.  What weight, what size, and what length are all important things to know and I cover each of these topics in this episode.  Choosing the right rod for your ice fishing application will make a big difference in not only your catch rate, but your enjoyment when out on the ice.  These purchasing tips will help you get the most out of your ice fishing experience.
   Here's the links to the slopmaster and hellhound lures as promised in the episode.

3 Keys To Locating Late Fall Largemouth Bass

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As the days shorten and the water begins to cool many have put up their boats as the open water season begins to slow down. However for those still looking to bag that last pre-ice trophy, many great days of fishing are still available. Finding these fish can be difficult, but with a little knowledge, and some lures that cover the entire water column you can effectively target America's favorite fish from the shoreline as your kayak is nestled safely away from the upcoming winter elements.  Lets talk late fall bass location. My favorite fall "hot spots" all have 3 things in common.  These three things are the difference between catching fish and talking about catching fish.  Let's take a look...

The first is structure it can be almost anything. Wood lay downs, rock piles, patches of submerged weeds, bridge pilings, even a storm water discharge pipe. In cold water bass aren't going to expend a lot of energy chasing down food. As long as the structure provides an am…

Blade Baits, Row Trolling, and Bonefish

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So I've done my best over the years to not just be one of those blogs that gives my readers links to things on the internet.  I try to provide content that informs, reviews you can use, or stories sure to entertain.  However this week I've ran into some cool videos that have gotten me all fired up so here's ShoreboundHero.com's first link post.
The first video is from one of my sponsors Vibrations Tackle.  They've been transforming their business model and have put a real emphasis on teaching the customer/angler how to use blade baits more effectively in different angling situations. This video is an introduction to the new Echotail Corner that I'll be contributing to soon in the coming months.



The second video is a cool piece from Wisconsin Public Television.  It's a video about row trolling that appeared in their Wisconsin Life program.  It features angler Jim Olson and his life long pursuit of muskies.  Those of you that follow the podcast are already awar…

EP:32 Dealing With Line Freeze

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EP:32 Dealing With Line Freeze







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In this episode of the Bluegills to Bull Sharks Podcast we talked about ways to deal with line freeze as we head into late fall.  Line freeze is not only annoying, but it can cause a lot of damage to your fishing gear.  I talked about how to choose which lines work best when dealing with the cold.  Also I covered what not to do as far as ice removal goes.  Finally, I gave up a couple of tips that have helped me keep fishing right until ice up.  Hopefully these tips will give you an advantage while out and about on these cold days leading up to the ice fishing season.      Here's the link to the snakehead fishing rod I purchase from Thailand as promised.
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Finally A Fishing Tattoo

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A year or so ago I was reading a post on one of my favorite blogs the Uncommon Angler.  It was a great story about fly fishing on Beaver Island.  Included in this post was picture of guide Austin Adduci with his hands on the oars.  Look closely at those hands for a second, see the tattoos?  I was fascinated by this as not only an obsessed angler, but as a fishing guide, and lover of tattoos.  After finishing the post my life went on as lives usually do.  Recently though...I've been going through a bit of a hard time mentally.  I've really relied heavily on my friends, my fishing, my writing, and lots of reading to help me through it.  Long story short that lead me to a recent post on The Fiberglass Manifesto.  Something changed in me when I saw that post.  For me my tattoos have always been a point of strength.  They mean something to me.  They remind me of a moment and how I felt in the days or weeks leading up to adding a new design.  I needed to feel that kind of confidence…

What Fly Should I Throw For Fall Muskies?

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A common question among fly anglers this time of year is "What fly should I throw for fall musky?"  Transitioning into fall isn't just something that conventional musky anglers have to deal with.  Every fall hundreds of musky on the fly anglers are faced with the very real truth that what worked this summer isn't working anymore.  In fact I was wrestling with this same issue while guiding earlier this week on Lake Wingra.  No matter what I threw at them the fish didn't seem to respond.  I bet I tied on fifteen flies that morning until I got a fish to finally follow.  Once that musky swung (and missed) I started to put it all together.
Conventional anglers this time of year make some changes to their lure selections.  First thing they do is go BIG.  Seriously big, one pound bulldawgs, big double 12 showgirls, the big baits are known to trigger fish so that what's they throw.  The second thing that most anglers do is to start tossing subsurface glide baits.  Big…

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