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‘Fish invisible’ and leave No Trace

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

CHAMBERSBURG, PA. – Someone once said that it’s better to be lucky than good, but the reality is, luck’s got nothing to do with it. What anglers call ‘good luck,’ in fact, is often little more than your ability to give off positive or neutral scent vibes. Deer hunters go to great lengths to eliminate offensive, unnatural odors that make big bucks bolt. Chemical odors, such as tobacco, gasoline, bug spray or even cologne can put fish off the feed as fast as clanging an anchor on the boat floor. Some humans are doubly unlucky, with body chemistries that put off natural pheromones undetectable by us, but as foul to fish as fetid cheese (with apologies to catfish.) Hunters even go so far as to bathe and wash clothes with special scent-elimination products.  Read Full Story

A Snappy Solution: New InvisaSnap Swivel

Friday, July 27, 2012

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL – Admit it, you’ve frequently avoided using traditional brass or metal snap swivels because of their clunkiness, unreliability and lack of stealth. Most of the old school fasteners on the shelf are not only difficult to secure, they also like to pop open spontaneously. These bulky terminal tethers stick out like an angry boil on your line, removing the element of surprise from your presentation as well.  Read Full Story

‘Superman X-Ray Vision’ Now Within Reach Of All Anglers

Monday, July 16, 2012

ORLANDO, FL – Since anglers first glimpsed Humminbird’s 360 Imaging at this year’s BASSMASTER Classic, the buzz has been electric. Of course, it didn’t hurt that the biggest name in bass fishing, KVD, took the podium and said fishing with 360 Imaging is like having “Superman X-ray vision.”  Read Full Story

Bass Tactics For Hot-Weather Walleyes

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Think hot weather and walleyes don’t mix? Think again. A walleye is cold-blooded. Like other fish, their metabolism rises along with the water temperature in summer, meaning they need to eat more, not less.  Read Full Story

Cranking ‘Eyes with Authority

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Slam dunk crankbaiting techniques for busting the backs of summer walleyes. By Tom Neustrom  Read Full Story

Skarlis wields St. Croix and Rapala arsenal to conquer FLW river event

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

PARK FALLS, WI – Probing the heartbeat of a river requires a fine set of instruments. Some dudes call them “structure-scopes”—ultra-precision fishing rods that ping pebbles, sand and mussel beds, and even transmit what legendary angler Ron Lindner calls “drive-by’s”; those subtle walleye nudges that barely brush the bait. When St. Croix Rods walleye pro Tommy Skarlis visited Red Wing, Minnesota, for the National Guard FLW Walleye Tour event in April, he brought with him a virtual golfbag of fishing rods, knowing in advance that success would likely hinge on versatility in the perpetually changing current conditions. “I wield fishing rods like pro golfers use clubs,” said the perennial walleye winner. “Prerequisite to consistent success, you’ve got to have access to a full range of rod lengths, actions and powers. And there’s no doubt that St. Croix gives me the most complete bag of walleye rods I’ve ever used.”  Read Full Story

MarCum Marries Fishing Kayaks

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – There’ll be no holy matrimony, but the Troller and kayak are fixin’ to get hitched. There’s a certain “getting back to nature” feel when parting the serene surfaces in a kayak or canoe. Let yourself go; become one with the water. Read the shoreline and make a cast. Catch the cut of a current break and paint it with a jig. Ah, the tranquility and private reunion with the natural world...  Read Full Story

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