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EP:42 Ice Fishing For Deep Water Perch

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EP:42 Ice Fishing For Deep Water Perch







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In this episode of the Bluegills to Bull Sharks Podcast I share how to locate and catch perch in deep water through the ice.  I covered all the basics including: Locating Perch Holding WaterRod and Reel SetupPopular Lure and Bait SelectionJigging patterns and TipsUsing this information will help you get more of these delicious little fillets on your table.  Ice fishing for perch is a lot of fun.  Although it can be challenging at times it's definitely worth trying out this winter.  Also as promised here's the link to my review of the 13 Fishing Wicked Long Stem Spinning Reel.
   Thank you for listening to Episode 42 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 pl…

Creating a Spark Hoping for a Fire.

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Awhile back I had the opportunity to take 4 ten year old boys out to experience salmon fishing from shore.  I couldn't wait to share my fishing passion with these young men.  Now these are real boys, burping, laughing, running, yelling video game playing boys.  The plan was to take them up to Port Washington WI and use 3 way swivel bottom bouncing rigs to pull some of the last eatable salmon coming in from Lake Michigan.

We started out the door at 3am to work our way up state so we could secure our spot on the harbor wall by 4:30am.  This was no small feat when you consider that I last heard the boys laughing and talking around midnight.  Finally on the road I found myself alone with my thoughts as all 4 boys quickly fell back asleep for the 2 hour trip.  When we arrived at our destination I found that we had just made it in time and would be in a good location as we saw fish rising in the darkness.  The tributaries of  Lake Michigan have start time restrictions and that gave me t…

Remove The Hook Or Cut The Line?

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Last summer while messing about in my plastic boat I had a hit on my topwater fly.  I set the hook and dragged an angry largemouth bass to the side of my kayak.  Lifting him out of the water I noticed that he'd taken the fly really deep into the esophagus.  While trying my best to dislodge the hook he started to bleed.  Quickly placing the fish back in the water I reviewed my options.  Should I keep trying to remove the hook?  Maybe I should just cut the line?  What was best for the fish?  If I did cut the line would he even survive?  The questions kept rolling through my brain.  I had no idea what the best plan of attack was to save the fish.  I decided to remove the hook and let him go.  It was a messy job to say the least...I'm guessing he died.  These kinds of situations happen to every angler if you fish long enough.  I'm sure it's probably happened to you too.  So what's the answer?  Cut the line or remove the hook?
Recently while reading the latest issue of I…

EP:41 Sailfish, Fishing Rods, and Drinking With Scissors

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EP:41 Sailfish, Trailers, and Drinking With Scissors







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In this episode of the Bluegills to Bull Sharks Podcast I talked about everything.  These past few weeks have been extremely busy.  I've been working tons of overtime, preparing for an upcoming tournament, and spending a bunch of money.  I've got a new rod coming from Stingray Tackle, a new kayak coming from Native Watercraft, and have pissed off a lot people with a recent post about the use of fishing grips.  I'd be lying if I said I wasn't loving every minute of it so be sure to check out all the fun on this weeks episode. Thank you for listening to Episode 41 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 fo…

How To Choose A Fishing Grip

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One of the most common set of questions I answer is in regards to the use of fish grips.  People are always curious about-

Why I use them?Do they hurt the fish?The differences in design?How to handle the fish?
Although I'm normally more than happy to answer them I thought there has to be a better way to spread the knowledge I've gained after using Lucid Fishing grips for the few years.  With that in mind I sat down the other day and recorded this video.  Hopefully it answers these questions and many more that I've received from you the reader.  If you can think of anything this video is missing drop me an email or leave a comment below.  Oh yeah, if you want more tips and tricks be sure to subscribe to the YouTube Channel.

Tight Lines.

Loon Outdoors Fly Tying 101

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This week I finally sat down and checked out the Loon Outdoors Fly Tying 101 class.  It's a live streaming fly tying show that will teach you all the ins and outs of getting started in this great hobby.  It features simple and well known patterns that will make sure you have a solid foundation.  My favorite part is the downloadable material and tool list so you only have buy the materials for what you want to tie.  That way you don't waste money on stuff you'll never use.  It's very a cool concept and I'll definitely be back every Thursday in January.  For more information on this free live class follow the link here.
Tight Lines.

The Fishing Nightmares Are Back

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A while back I was haunted by nightmares of giant fish.  Not them attacking me or anything crazy.  I would just suddenly lose them in my dreams.  I'd have them on and then for whatever reason the line went slack, or I missed the hookset, or the circle hook would pull out.  They were vivid almost surreal dreams.  So realistic that I could still smell the water and hear the bugs buzzing around my face after I woke up. The scary part?  They always involved the same fish, the gargantuan Arapaima.
I first saw this fish at an aquarist auction in my early twenties.  Way before I started fishing I had some huge aquariums.  In those aquariums lived big fish that I adopted from pet stores.  People would drop off fish that had grown to large for their tanks and the stores would call me to pick them up.  My tanks were full of arrowanas, pacus, and redtail catfish that needed a new home big enough to turn around in.  What I longed for though was an arapaima.  Luckily, I never acquired one becau…

EP:40 Prostaff vs Professional Angler

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In this episode of the Bluegills to Bull Sharks Podcast I covered the differences between being a prostaffer and a professional angler.  I talked about what each one means to the angler, the companies they represent, and the general public.  I also took sometime to discuss the ways both fit into the industry and how they are compensated for their time.  Hopefully this episode will help you make the jump into being a "PRO" or at the very least it will explain what sponsorship really means. Thank you for listening to Episode 40 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…

Beaver Grip Tip Up Rod Holder

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I love to customize things, actually I change pretty much everything I own.  From vehicles, to reels, to lures, to my tattoos.  I change stuff so that it is definitively mine.  When I got my ice fishing bucket, the first thing I did was cover it in stickers.  Next I added a sit and store so I could organize small items.  Then I added a fishing rod holder.  I thought that was about all you could do, but then I found the Beaver Grip.  The Beaver Grip is a 3 pack of molded plastic holders that allow you to store your Beaver Dam tip-ups tangle free.  This handy storage device lets you keep them on the outside of your bucket.  I loved this idea because I already fill the inside of the bucket with my rods, skimmer, and gaffe.
So on to the Beaver Grip bucket installation.  As you can see in the pictures installing this system is easy.  I only attached 2 of the 3 holders that came in the kit.  They can be easily separated by cutting along the seam with a utility knife.  If I want to add the ot…

Blue Fin Tuna, Cobia From Shore, and a Van

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This week while wandering around the internet I bumped into a few things.  I've been going a little stir crazy with the upcoming Sailfish Slam, expo season, and the serious lack of safe ice in the area.  So I've been reading and watching a lot of things lately.  Here's a short list of some my favorites. Fly fishing for anything huge is pretty crazy.  Yet alone blue fin tuna!  Here's a teaser I keep watching over and over again from BFT Media.  You should probably just press play.
Teaser BFT M├ędia - Blue Fin Tuna on the Fly from BFT MEDIA on Vimeo.

The next thing that's been destroying my brain is this video from Morning Tide Fishing.  These boys are legit and in this video they land a massive Cobia from shore.  If you're not subscribed to their YouTube Channel you should be.



Finally, I thought you'd all get a kick out of this sweet little video from Live Work Wander.  Some of you probably know that I have long term goal of moving into a van and traveling the co…

Come Hang Out With Me In The Fox Valley

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This Saturday from 9am-4pm is the Fox Valley Trout Unlimited Cabin Fever Day.  This is the 16th year for this event and it's gonna be great.  I'll be speaking at 10am on choosing and rigging a fishing kayak.  I'll have a booth setup with different kayaks from Rutabaga Paddlesports.  My personal tournament kayak the Native Watercraft Slayer Propel 13 will be fully rigged and on display.  I'm also lucky enough to have Spencer Jones the newest Jackson Kayak Pro in the booth with me throughout the day to help answer your kayak fishing questions and his kayak will also be fully rigged so you can see the myriad of options that exist in kayak fishing today.  The event will feature fly tiers, casting clinics, and many other vendors!  Be sure to stop by and say hello if you're in the area.  For information on the Fox Valley Trout Unlimited Cabin Fever Day follow the link here.
Tight Lines.

EP:39 Lake Michigan Brown Trout Seminar

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In this episode of the Bluegills to Bull Sharks Podcast I shared the recording of a recent presentation I did for the SWTU.  I really enjoyed giving this seminar and would like to thank everybody that braved the weather to attend.  This seminar covers everything you need to know catch a brown trout from Lake Michigan in the fall. Thank you for listening to Episode 39 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 get yourself signed up today! Ti…

5 Ways Community Can Improve Your Fishing

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Recently I joined a group on Facebook to help me stay accountable for my workouts.  I was skeptical at first because of my long track record of failed attempts at exercising and losing weight.  I've always struggled to keep going because after awhile I just ran out of steam and then since no one was watching I would just stop all together.  However lately, I've had measurable success and I know it's because this time I have a community of people helping push me towards my goals.  This got me thinking a lot about the anglers I know.
Almost every angler I respect has some sort of community.  It could be a fishing club, a tournament series, a cause, a species, or even the style of fishing.  All of this comes together to bring out the best in you as an angler.  So I thought I'd offer up 5 ways community can improve your fishing.

Number 1: Conservation
     Anglers working together have a louder voice.  Groups like Trout Unlimited and Muskies Inc. depend on their members to ma…

EP:38 Used Fishing Gear and Kayak Registration

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EP:38 Used Fishing Gear and  Kayak Registration








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In this episode of the Bluegills to Bull Sharks Podcast I gave my thoughts on purchasing used fishing gear and talked about registering recreational paddle crafts.  The WI DNR is facing a 4 million dollar budget deficit this year and one of the proposals to close the gap is to require the registration of kayaks and canoes that are to be used on the waterways.  I know in neighboring states this is common place, but I certainly have mixed thoughts about this as an angler, guide, and owner of multiple paddle driven boats.  What are your thoughts on the idea of having to register a kayak or canoe to be able to use it?  Have an opinion on purchasing used fishing gear?  Drop me a line or leave a comment below. Thank you for listening to Episode 38 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…

Stupid Brown Trout

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The morning came quick, like stupid quick.  I'm transitioning into a new position on first shift so I've been playing with my sleep schedule and to say the least my butt's been dragging.  Add to that the fact that JJ and myself were once again attempting to catch a brown trout through the ice and that alarm seemed to arrive a little too early.  I was exhausted and the day was just getting started. 
I had spent the previous evening trying to tie up a jig/fly hybrid that would allow us to vertically work the water column while mimicking a medium sized shiner.  This meant that my mind was shot because all I had to work with was a blurry screen shot I had taken from a video I found online.  Still since JJ agreed to drive (it was his idea) the least I could do was solve the "What lure to use?" issue.  After arguing with the alarm for a few minutes I got out of bed, made some coffee, and watched out the window for JJ to pull in the driveway.  We loaded up his truck with…

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