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Thursday, March 05, 2015

OK, you're out on Lake Ontario and are suddenly boarded by a band of Canadian pirates who say stuff like "ARRRR, EH?" and turn your day into a possible script for "Die Hard 17: Die Like an Alewife." Fortunately for you, you stowed a Glock 9 mm semi-automatic handgun in the ditty bag underneath the splashwell access plate you use to frequently check for golden retriever fur in your bilge pump. You write the rest of the script from there, but before you do, check out this release on this handy item from Beckson Marine to install on your boat. – Dave Mull  Read Full Story


Wednesday, March 04, 2015

As some of you know, an inflatable Personal Flotation Device I brought along on a Lake Michigan fishing trip saved a fellow crew member's life a couple of summers ago when our boat took on water and sank five miles from shore. If there's one habit you need to change in the upcoming season, it's to wear a PFD every time out, and it goes without saying that you should make sure all the kids aboard are wearing them too. Here's a release from our friends at Full Throttle (the folks who made the PFD that saved my buddy) about a new PFD design for smaller kids. – Dave Mull  Read Full Story

MULL BLOG Get your cold weather suit deals now

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Hard to imagine, but long-term weather forecasts for Southern Michigan say we're going to see 50 degrees within about two weeks. That means that all the ice fishing gear, including clothing is going on sale. Now's the time to buy to get out on the ice for the next two weeks and to have handy for next season. Here's some info from Frabill on one of their top-line suits.  Read Full Story

MULL BLOG Keeping Swimbaits Straight

Monday, March 02, 2015

One of the newest lures that's taking off in the world of salmon and trout trolling is the soft plastic swim bait. If you haven't tried it yet, get yourself some Z-Man Scented PaddlerZs or Strike King Shadaliscious baits and give them a try. All you need to do is rig them with a treble hook on a weighted bass hook, tie them on to a lead core, copper or diver rod and start trolling. They work especially well in the cold water of spring--my personal-best brown trout, which weighed 19 pounds, 4 ounces, came on Lake Michigan out of St. Joseph in April. It hit a swim bait!  Read Full Story

Merc TV Show Hosts Educate Viewers About Invasives

Friday, February 27, 2015

FOND DU LAC, WI – Mercury Marine has teamed up with three of its television partners to educate boaters on how to prevent the spread of invasive species.  The initiative is part of National Invasive Species Awareness Week across the country.  Read Full Story

New Costas for Lady Anglers

Thursday, February 26, 2015

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Mercury Pro Ashley Wins BASS Classic

Monday, February 23, 2015

St. Croix Anglers Discuss BASS Classic Strategy

Monday, February 16, 2015

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Free Fishing in Michigan This Weekend

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Just a reminder that all Michigan residents and non-residents can fish without a license this Saturday, February 14 and Sunday, February 15. Please note all other fishing regulations still apply.Free Fishing Weekend

Saturday and Sunday make up the Winter Free Fishing Weekend – an annual effort to encourage folks to get outside to experience Michigan’s winter water wonderland. While many individuals and families will head out to fish for free on their own, the DNR is pleased to point out there are numerous organized events scheduled throughout the state to celebrate this weekend as well. 

Various counties throughout Michigan will host scheduled events; including Arenac, Baraga, Bay, Chippewa, Emmet, Gogebic, Huron, Ingham, Iosco, Mackinac, Muskegon, Oakland, Otsego, Presque Isle, Roscommon, St. Clair, Van Buren, Washtenaw and Wexford. Please note most events are weather dependent. 

If you'd like to see all of the events occurring this weekend, visit the official event chart online.

For more information about the 2015 Winter Free Fishing Weekend please visit

New to the sport of ice fishing? Check out this video! 
If you’re a novice angler who’s anxious to head out onto the ice you’ll want to make sure you take the appropriate equipment with you! Join the DNR’s Tom Goniea as he shows you what you’ll need to have a successful trip!

Screenshot of ice fishing how-to video

Join the fun – sign-up for Fish Bites!
Do you know a young person who would love to receive his/her own email? Are you a teacher looking for fishing-related ideas for your students? Are you a parent wanting to expose your child to more outdoor fun? Sign up for Fish Bites, a quarterly e-newsletter from the DNR that is made specifically for students, parents and teachers to share all things fishing! 

Each email includes fun facts, stories and games! Just visit the Fish Bites sign-up page to get started. 

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MULL BLOG Money Back with Cannon Downriggers

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

MULL BLOG: I've used Cannon Downriggers for the past 7 years so telling you all about these about rebates isn't exactly objective blogging. I've been able to use a lot of different riggers over the past 15 years, and really liked my Big Jons and my Scottys, too, but I sure don't have a bad thing to say about any of the Cannons that I owned. I'm putting a pair of manuals on my new 17.5 MirroCraft Aggressor that I should be picking up in the next few weeks; might switch them to electrics, but we're going to keep things simple at the outset. Here's the release on what you can save when you get Cannons between now and July 1. –Dave Mull  Read Full Story

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