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Musky Release Tips

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Tight Lines.

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…

EP:44 So You Want To Start A Fishing School

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EP:44 So You Want To Start A Fishing School







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In this episode of the Bluegills to Bull Sharks Podcast I sat down with Pro Duffy Kopf, Steve Reinstra, and Geoff Crandall, directors of the Madison Musky School.  We talked classes, process, and why they felt that an off the water musky school would benefit anglers.  Now in it's 16th year of operation the Madison Musky School has become the pride of the Capital City Chapter of Muskies Inc.  The classes are filling up fast so make sure to reserve your spot by the following the link here.      As promised in this episode here's the link for those rod leashes I use when out on the water.    Thank you for listening to Episode 44 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.  Befo…

Going Live, Packing For Florida

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The first trip of the year is coming fast!  In just a few days I'm leaving for the Sailfish Smackdown Tournament in Pompano Beach, Florida.  The crew that's driving down from Wisconsin is starting to pack up our gear and I want to share the experience with all of you.  I will be doing a live stream of the gear I'm using in the tournament, the gear I'm taking for shark fishing from shore, and just how I plan to get it all to Florida in a worn out truck.  The live feed will be at 7pm Tuesday February 14th.  Yes, I know it's Valentine's day, but I'm single now so I don't have anywhere to be and really need to get all this crap wrapped up and in the truck.  You can follow the adventure by following me on Facebook.  See you all Tuesday night at 7pm.
Tight Lines.

Sailfish Smackdown Facebook Live Mini Series

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Next weekend is the Sailfish Smackdown tournament.  It's part of the EKFTS tournament trail and I'm fired up to finally be in attendance.  This tournament is the only kayak sailfish tournament in the world and for a guy from Wisconsin it's going to be a once in a lifetime experience.  I'm traveling down to Florida with my good friend Spencer Jones and he's been working on something great.
Spencer is working with a series of sponsors to bring a Facebook Live Mini Series to the web.  He'll be filming each day of the adventure and you can follow the fun for free!  You can see how we pack for the trip, travel across the country, and how the tournament is going in real time.  It should be really cool because for the first time you can follow a group of anglers through a major fishing event as it happens.  It's more than just a recap, more than just a video, and it's way cheaper than making the trip yourself.  Here's the promo video, hope you can follow al…

EP:43 Herding Rabbits

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EP:43 Herding Rabbits







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In this episode of the Bluegills to Bull Sharks Podcast I talked about preparations that are underway for the upcoming Sailfish Smackdown tournament.  I also covered all of the upcoming events in the area.  This is the busiest time of year for myself and many others in the fishing industry here in the Midwest.  For more information on these and many other events be sure to check out the Out and About post.  It's a crazy couple of weeks and I wouldn't trade them for the world.    Thank you for listening to Episode 43 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 …

How To Make A Roof Mounted Fishing Rod Holder

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As my angling career has progressed so has my need for gear.  One piece of kit that I've been lacking is a convenient way to carry my fishing rods.  I used to just put my rods inside the cab of my truck.  That worked fine until I started guiding and competing in tournaments.  I needed a way to carry multiple rods outside of my vehicle to free up space for other things.  I really needed to buy a rod locker.  After a lot of research I discovered that rod lockers are EXPENSIVE!  All of the options on the market hover around $500.00.  That just doesn't work with my limited budget so I started exploring alternatives.  After lots of reading and of course some YouTube videos.  I discovered that many anglers are turning to a popular product from the construction industry.  It's a readily available and easy to build conduit carrier kit. This kit makes it possible to have a rod locker for less than $100.00.  Here's how to build it.
First you'll need to unbox the contents of t…

Which Brand Of Fishing Kayak Is The Best?

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One question that I always get asked when working a fishing expo or giving a seminar is, "Which brand of kayak is the best?"  It makes me smile because it leads to in depth discussions about hull design, stability, and accessories.  The conversation moves through brands like Native Watercraft, Jackson, Wilderness, and Hobie.  Even the Pelican name has been dropped in the mix lately.  The truth is brand doesn't matter, just don't tell my sponsors I said that.
You see once you hit a certain price point, the differences in the boats kind of blur together.  It reminds me of the old, "Ford vs. Chevy" argument.  If you've ever been to a car show then you understand what I'm talking about.  The supporters of each brand are fiercely loyal their favorite truck.  You'd think that they were getting a paycheck from the factory with how aggressively they defend the blue oval or yellow bow tie.  Lately, I've noticed that many kayak anglers feel the same wa…

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