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Happy Holidays

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EP:37 T'was The Night Before Christmas, A Musky Tale

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EP:37 T'was The Night Before Christmas, A Musky Tale








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In this episode of the Bluegills to Bull Sharks Podcast I read an poem I wrote called A Musky Tale. I wrote it back in 2012 in the pros of the T'was The Night Before Christmas.  I always loved that story around the holidays each year and I was excited to read it for all of you.  I hope each and everyone of you have a great holiday season. Thank you for listening to Episode 37 of the Bluegills to Bull Sharks Podcast.  You can subscribe to the podcast on ITunes and Podcast Garden.  If you do choose to subscribe please 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 g…

Sailfish Smackdown 2017

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So this weekend I casually mentioned an idea to a buddy of mine on Facebook.  It was a simple enough idea, "Want to take a break in February and try to catch a sailfish from a kayak?"  That's all I asked, that's exactly what I said.  After reviewing my schedule I realized that I only had one weekend free from January to March so I might as well spend it driving to a saltwater tournament.  The Sailfish Smackdown 2017 Tournament is one of those bucket list events.  I've read about it, listened to it, and dreamed about it.  I don't want to win the thing or really even catch a sailfish.  I just want to be able to say I was there.
That's how this whole thing started.  Now it's actually happening and it's Spencer's fault.  I was just indulging in a fantasy.  He became fired up and started making phone calls.  Now I'm driving to Florida in  two months.  It should be a good time assuming none of us go broke trying to pull this off.  Spencer's o…

Kayak Sailfish, BlackTipH, Epic Shorefishing, and Catch The Vibe Outdoors

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So the trucks broke, it's snowing like crazy, and I'm trapped at the house.  Not a huge deal all in all, but that means I've been surfing the internet.  My mind tends to wander a bit when I have free time and this week has been no exception.  I stumbled across a few videos and an article or two and have become so enamored with them that I just had to share.

The first video I've been watching is from fellow Lucid Fishing prostaffer Christina Weber.  I know it's a couple years old, but I just love the footage of that sailfish jumping.

The second video is the one that got me going on the whole shark fishing from shore dream.  BlacktipH was in Wisconsin this week chasing brown trout so that's probably what led me back to his channel.  You should check it out either way.

Third up is a great compilation I've been watching to keep myself fired up by Dennis Verreet.  He's the guy that catches monster yellowfin tuna from the rocks and as a self proclaimed Shoreboun…

Tenkara USA Tenkara Line and Fly Keeper Review

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A few years back I got interested in a great fish catching technique called Tenkara.  It was started in small streams in the mountains of Japan.  The whole concept is simple, mostly because it was a style of fishing developed for sustenance instead of sport.  Tenkara uses a fixed length line and is cast in a loop similar to western fly fishing.  Many of the advantages I see in Tenkara are in its simplicity.  The rod is telescoping, the line is a set length (no management), and the flies are basic.  In all reality it's a great way to catch a fish on a fly.  There was however a few things that I didn't like about the system.  The first was the need to constantly remove the line to transport the rod.  This usually left the line coiled up and tangled.  It was a huge mess every time I loaded up to switch spots.  The second issue I had was that I still needed to carry a small assortment of flies which meant I needed to bring a fly box with me.  These issues weren't addressed by …

EP:36 An Introduction To Tip Up Fishing

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EP:36 An Introduction To Tip Up Fishing







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In this episode of the Bluegills to Bull Sharks Podcast I gave a brief introduction to the world of tip up fishing.  Tip up fishing is one of those angling techniques you can only do on the ice.  It's a specialty of those of us in the north and it can be ridiculously effective.  I cover basic tip up options, how to carry them, line choices, hooks, even baits and setup.  The tips I offer in this episode will help you catch a fish on a tip up this ice season. Thank you for listening to Episode 36 of the Bluegills to Bull Sharks Podcast.  You can subscribe to the podcast on ITunes and Podcast Garden.  If you do choose to subscribe please 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.  I…

SBH 2016 Survey

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The 2016 season is winding down, but 2017 is only a few weeks away.  Those of you that follow the blog or the podcast know that I've got some big ideas for 2017.  Many of those things cost a significant amount of money to make happen.  To help me determine how to best serve you in the upcoming season I'm asking you take a short survey.  It's only 10 questions and it goes stupid quick!  I'm hoping this will answer many of the questions I have about the 3,000+ readers who stop by every week to follow my random thoughts.  You can take the survey as many times as you want and if you'd be kind enough to share it with your angling friends I'd really appreciate it.  The link to the survey is here, in the sidebar to the right, and will be shared on my Facebook page throughout the rest of December.
Tight Lines.

New Ice Check List

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Iwoke up the other day and it turns out ice fishing season is already upon us.  The main lakes don't have enough ice for me to feel comfortable yet, so I have been out on the many ponds in the parks and recreational areas of Madison, WI.  These ponds get almost no fishing pressure in the winter and normally produce lots of bluegills so the fishing is fast and fun.  As I post the pictures online from my little fishing excursions I have been getting a lot of questions about how I know if the ponds are safe to fish.

Here is a quick list of the 6 things that go through my mind when venturing out on new ice:
Does this pond have any springs or feeder creeks?Only 1 person walks out to check the ice.Are my self rescue spikes around my neck?Untie my boots (Seriously!)Use the ice spud with some forceDoes the ice look spongy or fluffy?So why these 6 things?  Well to put it simply, I don't have any interest in dying to catch a fish.  Using Google Earth to check the satellite maps of a pond …

EP:35 Prepping Your Ice Fishing Gear

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In this episode of the Bluegills to Bull Sharks Podcast I talked about prepping your ice fishing gear for the upcoming season.  While out in the garage the other morning looking for my ice fishing gear I found that much of it needed to be fixed, replaced, respooled, or just found!   Instantly I thought about all my buddies that are going through this and thought it needed to be addressed in an episode.  So I laid out 8 steps that I'm taking to make sure my own gear is ready for the frozen water.  Use these tips and I promise your ice fishing season will get off to a great start too! Thank you for listening to Episode 35 of the Bluegills to Bull Sharks Podcast.  You can subscribe to the podcast on ITunes and Podcast Garden.  If you do choose to subscribe please 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 ple…

Big Brown Trout for SWTU

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Join me at the Southern Wisconsin Chapter of Trout Unlimited meeting on January 10th.  I've been asked to be the speaker and will be presenting my latest seminar on Lake Michigan Brown Trout From Shore.  Those of you that know me know that I don't get all that fired up for the small trout of the Driftless area.  I do however lose sleep in the fall thinking about the monsters that roam the Wisconsin shoreline.  Big Lake Michigan brown trout have really gotten under my skin over the last few years.  I've been lucky enough to catch a few with some size and I'm excited to share my stories and angling techniques.  The meeting starts at 7pm at the Coliseum in Madison, WI.  Hope to see you there!
Tight Lines.

Bass, Golden Dorado, and Epicness!

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Wandering through the interwebs this week I found a couple of gems that wouldn't get out of my head.  I love to fish, but when I can't, I watch other people do it.  So here's a couple links to some of my favorite videos that have spent some time on my browser.  Hope you enjoy them as much as I have.

 First off was this video from the guys of over at Capt Jack Productions.  It's a great video about the pursuit of Golden Durado in Argentina.  The video quality is always top notch and I've been daydreaming about what one of these fish would feel like on the end of my line all week.

Second is a sweet little number by Key West Kayak Fishing.  Mostly because it's about catching sharks from a kayak.  Also because it's finally starting to get cold here in Wisconsin.  I love his videos because he shares exactly what he's using all the way down to the knot he's tied the bait on with.  Check it out!


Third favorite this week is a kayak bass fishing videos from Wor…

5 Great Fishing Gifts For Less Than $50

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December is finally here and it's almost time for Christmas!  I absolutely love this time of year.  Getting to see the faces of family and friends.  Decorations hung in every window and my favorite songs are all playing on the radio.  Christmas is a special time of year.  I love getting to pick out presents for all those I care about it.  Soon though I start to get asked what I want for Christmas?  Or occasionally somebody will write and ask me what they should get for that special angler in their family.  The internet is full of great articles recommending a myriad of gift ideas.  I've probably read them all and although I'd love it if somebody would buy me the $500 fishing rod or new Nitro bass boat that these folks say will make my Christmas one to remember, I don't think many of these lists are very practical.  So here is a list of 5 Great Fishing Gifts For Less Than $50.  I already use each of these products and am happy to recommend them for that special angler i…

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