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The End Of The Shorebound Hero

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I've out grown these pages and have switched to a podcast format.  It's called the Human Angling Podcast and it's a biweekly show available on ITunes and GooglePlayMusic.  Hope you'll follow me on this journey.
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EP:50 Facebook Live Q&A

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The Bluegills to Bull Sharks Podcast EP:50 Facebook Live Q&A







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In this episode of the Bluegills to Bull Sharks Podcast I said thank you.  This show marks one year of the podcast and I'm grateful for each and every one of you that have taken the time to listen.  To commemorate the occasion I recorded the show while hosting a Facebook Live Q&A session.  That way I could answer more questions and interact directly with the audience.  It was a lot of fun and again, I thank all of you for following along.
   Thank you for listening to Episode 49 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 …

YakAngler.com Interview

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I was recently featured on the YakAngler website.  It's an interview about my thoughts on being an out of town angler competing in the Sailfish Smackdown Tournament.  The interview was conducted by their contributor Spencer Jones.  Keep in mind that I was exhausted because we had just wrapped up day one, so my mind wanders a bit.  I had a blast at this event and can't thank Spencer and the crew over at YakAngler.com enough for creating this video.  I've been a fan of the website for a while now and this is my first time to be featured.  You can check out the interview by following the link here.
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Running 2 Fish Finders On A Kayak

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For the last two years I've raved about my Garmin 73sv unit.  This fish finder has performed flawlessly and I love the 7 inch screen, SideVu, ClearVu, and all the preloaded maps (17,000+).  In fact the only issues I've ever encountered had nothing to do with the Garmin 73sv.  They can all be attributed to the mounting location.  I keep the Garmin 73sv on a Ram Mount that fits in the Slayer Propels integrated track system.  This way I can slide the unit towards or away from my seat while on the water.

This makes it easy to view the screen and adjust settings depending on conditions.  The problem is that it's really only convenient from the seated position.  Once I stand up, looking at or moving the screen messes with my balance.  We all know when standing up in our kayaks things can get a little tippy.  Even with the stand assist bar turning to look down at the fish finder can be a dangerous proposition.  After thinking about this for a while I decided maybe it's time to…

EP:49 Getting More Involved In Your Fishery

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In this episode of the Bluegills to Bull Sharks Podcast I talked about a few ways to get more involved in your local fishery.  One common question that gets asked is "How do I get a voice in what happens on my local lakes?"  The simple answer?  Join a club or organization that's full of like minded anglers.  Becoming more involved on a local or regional level is the best way to get your voice heard.  So find a club, attend a meeting, and take some time to give back to your favorite fishery.  Your grandchildren will thank you.
   Thank you for listening to Episode 49 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 pleas…

After 4 Years It's Time For A New Look

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It's been quite a journey over here at ShoreboundHero.com.  Over the last four years I've learned a lot about blogging and it's time for a change.  Although I liked the look of the overall site there was some things that I really wanted to have function better.  For starters the mobile interface of my original Blogger template was slow and cumbersome.  Also the sidebar layout made it difficult to determine the difference between the content and my advertisers.  Finally the search function was a train wreck.  Many times it was impossible for me to find older posts on a specific topic.  I can't imagine what it must've been like for you the reader. 

This past week Blogger released some new templates for the platform.  These templates have a more modern look and feel. They've integrated a bunch of new features and have made it much more user friendly.  I've still got a lot of things to arrange and update, but the new site is live as of this post.  I'll be gr…

Tenkara Fishing For Carp

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A few years back I was approached by Badger Tenkara.  They wanted me to test out a new rod they had designed.  Specifically, they wanted me to try and catch larger fish like bass or carp.  You heard that right, tenkara for carp!  For those that don't know about tenkara it's a form of Japanese high mountain stream fishing that uses a fixed length of line and a fly to catch fish.  I'm over simplifying the history a bit, but you can learn more about tenkara here.  What Badger Tenkara was after was proof that you could land larger freshwater species on this flexible, reel less, fly rod.  Now if you've followed this blog for any length of time you know that I've broken a few tenkara rods while attempting this task.  Some were my fault, some were a by-product of trees placed in bad locations by the City of Madison Parks Department.  I've managed to land quite a few fish with my tenkara rod over the years like the bass shown below, but I couldn't seem to bring a c…

EP:48 What Kayak Is Right For YOU

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EP:48 What Kayak Is Right For You







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In this episode of the Bluegills to Bull Sharks Podcast I rambled on for 45 minutes.  I talked about upcoming events, the Madison Musky School, spring fishing, and answered some questions from you the listener.  The topic for this week was how to pick the kayak that's right for you.  I covered 3 basic questions you should ask before choosing a kayak of your own.  Once you hit a certain a price point, say $750.00 up you won't get a bad kayak.  Although you may pick the wrong kayak if you don't ask yourself the right questions.    Thank you for listening to Episode 48 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 n…

Why I Ordered A Paddle ONLY Kayak

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Recently I ordered a new kayak for my personal fleet.  It's not because I really need one.  Nor is it because my Slayer Propel or Versaboard are worn out or need replacing.  I decided to order a new boat to help me become a better kayak angler, actually I ordered it to become a better kayaker.
Now don't get me wrong I love pedaling my Slayer Propel.  It's a great boat that's designed to excel in a variety of conditions.  In fact it may be to GOOD.  Over the last few years I've come to realize that although I have gotten much better at catching fish from a kayak.  My actual paddling skills haven't improved at all.  They haven't needed to because my choice of boat allows me to go out in conditions that are way past my ability.
This has become more and more apparent in recent months.  While paddling on the Wolf River in Northern WI I found that I lacked the required skill needed to safely negotiate whitewater rapids.  While out on Lake Michigan this fall I was s…

How To Take Your Prostaff Photos To The Next Level

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It's really important as Prostaffers that we always portray ourselves in a professional manner.  Whether in person or online the companies that allow us to represent them are counting on us to always to be at the top of our game.  I've noticed lately that many of us struggle to get past the lack luster images we use on our social media pages.  We either can't figure out the technology or just don't have the resources to build photos with our sponsors logos.  I know because for a long time I struggled with the same issue.  Then I discovered Canva while wandering around online.  I use Canva to build all the images I use on Facebook, Instagram, my blog, or in other promotional outlets.  Check out this video I made that explains the whole process step by step.  It's free and it will help you take your prostaff game to the next level.


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EP:47 How CHIRP Can Help You Catch More Fish

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EP:47 How CHIRP Can Help You Catch More Fish







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In this episode of the Bluegill to Bull Sharks Podcast I talk about how CHIRP technology can help you locate and catch more fish.  CHIRP is a relatively new tool in our fishing arsenal and even though I've been aware of how useful it can be on the water it wasn't until the recent expo season that I realized how much about the technology I didn't understand.  So I decided to study up on the topic and share that knowledge with you.  This episode will help you better understand how CHIRP varies from traditional fish finder signals.  It may even convince you to finally upgrade that tired old fish finder unit on your favorite kayak.    Thank you for listening to Episode 47 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 i…

My 5 Favorite Feeds On Instagram

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As much as I love writing for this blog, I constantly find myself getting sucked into the world of Instagram (you should follow me).  Wandering through the hashtags I've bumped into a lot of amazing photos and personalities.  I thought I'd drop a link to 5 of my favorites for you to check out.  You should look them up if you find some free time while scrolling through the feeds.

The first one on my list is local musky on the fly ace Austin Mitchell.  I fished against him last year in one of our local musky leagues.  He's an amazing fly tier and his passion for the craft shows in everything that drops from the jaws of his vice.  To check out Austin's feed follow the link here.

Second on the list of must follow favorites is a crew from down south.  The boys at Skinny Water Culture never fail to impress whether it's on the fly or on the flats.  They have a fierce devotion to their home state of Florida and the fish they catch are simply amazing.  Be sure to follow the l…

I Finally Saw The Native Watercraft Titan!

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That's about it, I'll shoot of a video of it soon and will get an on the water review as soon as possible.  For more information on this sweet new kayak from Native Watercraft check out my earlier post by following the link here. Tight Lines.

EP:46 Cold Water Kayak Safety

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In this episode of the Bluegills to Bull Sharks Podcast I offered up some tips about cold water kayak safety.  When the spring days are warm every kayak angler starts to get the itch to get out on the water.  However just because the air is warm it doesn't mean the water can't kill you.  I discussed the importance of wearing a PFD (sorry about the rant), the 120 rule, and why a buddy and a float plan are required this time of year.  Follow these tips to make sure you live long enough to get back out on the water.    Thank you for listening to Episode 46 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 o…

Native Watercraft Ultimate FX Propel On The Water Review

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Last year about this time I made up a quick walk through video of the Native Watercraft Ultimate FX Propel.  It was a pretty basic video that just included the specs as I walked around the kayak while filming.  It's bothered me that I never got the chance to get it out on the water.  Apparently it's also bothered those of you that subscribe to my YouTube channel because I've gotten a lot of messages asking me what it paddles like and if I could maybe shoot a video of it out on the water.  Well I finally got around to borrowing the Native Watercraft Ultimate FX Propel from my local rep and filmed this quick review while dodging chunks of ice on the Yahara River.  I really liked how this kayak handled even if it is a totally different boat than my faithful Slayer.



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Musky Release Tips

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Be My Buddy At Fishwithme.net

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As many of you are aware I'm pretty picky about who and what I support in the fishing industry.  Our sport is full of companies, products, and gimmicks.  Everybody's out to make a buck (myself included).  So when I met up with fishwithme.net at the FishX expo earlier this year I was skeptical of what they were pushing.  They talked about a network of anglers that were looking for fishing buddies.  Fisherman that wanted to find friends, share charters, split event costs, and share tactics.  Admittedly I was reluctant to sign up, but the free 1 year membership offer had me curious.  So I signed up, struck a deal to share with all of you, and setup my account.
I love the concept of this site.  One of the struggles I hear a lot from anglers is that they'd fish more if they had more fishing buddies.  This site solves that problem.  You can search for members in your area, check their bio, and then message or buddy them.  Instant fishing buddy for life.  It also allows you to pos…

EP:45 Still Exhausted

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EP:45 Still Exhausted







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In this episode of the Bluegills to Bull Sharks Podcast my mind was wandering.  I'm still trying to recover from the whirlwind weekend I had while attending the Sailfish Smackdown in Pompano Beach, FL.  It was an amazing event with some great anglers, big fish, and a lot of painful growing pains.  Still I survived it and had a great time and I'd like to thank Joe Hector and the crew from the Extreme Kayak Fishing Series for putting on the event.  I also answered some questions that were sent in and mentioned an old blog post about how I choose which fishing PFD to wear depending on conditions.  For a full recap of the 2017 Sailfish Smackdown though the eyes of a landlocked out of towner be sure to tune in to next weeks show.    Thank you for listening to Episode 45 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 …

How To Make A Kage Gaff

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While planning for the Sailfish Smackdown this year I realized that since I live in Wisconsin there was a lot of gear I simply didn't own.  Fishing in saltwater for pelagic species is a world away from the normal angling I do chasing muskies and bass from a kayak.  The rods, reels, and terminal tackle were simple things to acquire.  However one piece of gear I needed would have to be built.  That item was the Hawaiian Kage Gaff.  A cage gaff was developed by kayak anglers on the coast to subdue large fish species before pulling them over the side of a plastic boat.  This is extremely important because large struggling fish could break bones, destroy gear, or even capsize you.  Using a kage gaff solves this issue by killing the fish and allowing it to bleed out while in the water.  Much safer for you and much more humane for the fish.  After a lot of research I built a couple for me and my buddies.  Here's how I did it, step by step, one cold afternoon.
First you need to get all…

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