Fishing Articles — Boats

Safety Chains - Safe Enough? by Mike Schoonveld

Boats Product Reviews

Safety Chains - Safe Enough? by Mike Schoonveld

I don’t know the statistics but most days and most places I’ve been on the Great Lakes there are more fishermen riding around in boats they towed to the lake and launched than anglers out in permanently moored boats. Trailered boats outnumber bigger, permanently moored boats in most of the Great Lakes.  Almost every boat manufacturer offers trailerable models, small enough to tow, but geared for big water safety and fishability. They make sense; plus, trailerable boats are less expensive to buy and operate. I’m sure you’ve seen dozens of articles about fishing small boats on the Great Lakes, setting...

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Niagara River’s Simple Yet Deadly Rig by Paul Liikala

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Niagara River’s Simple Yet Deadly Rig by Paul Liikala

I was fighting something that was whipping my butt. It surged downstream, went skyward, and then raced upstream. It appeared to tire as it neared the boat. Wrong! It turned tail and ripped 50 feet of line from the reel’s spool. Finally, the exhausted salmon came to the boat where John DeLorenzo expertly netted it. She tipped the scales at 30 pounds, the biggest of the nine that I caught that day. What a day for my first trip on the Niagara River! A couple of months later, I returned to the Niagara. We fished the bar at the river’s...

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Give Yourself an Edge by Captain Mike Schoonveld

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Give Yourself an Edge by Captain Mike Schoonveld

I was a hunter first and a fisherman only when there were no hunting seasons open when I was young. I was mostly a self-taught hunter and there’s no lesson plan for the “school of hard knocks.” Only with time and experience did I learned the best places go as I traipsed over field and forest in quest of whatever was my quarry that day. I learned the lessons, I just didn’t know what to call them.  A few years later, as I was studying to become a wildlife biologist, some of the lessons I learned at Purdue reinforced what...

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Handling Walleyes by Robert Gwizdz

Boats Walleye Fishing

Handling Walleyes by Robert Gwizdz

 Detroit is the kind of place where people work with their hands. Back in the day, when most folks worked in the auto industry, everyone knew how to make things. And that experience served sportsmen well; they could take old machines and turn them into fishing gear. And a unique fishery grew up around Detroit, where guys learned that you didn’t even need a fishing rod to catch walleyes. You could do it with a hand line. Hand-liners hold on to a line (usually of wire) that’s dragging a lure or two (or in some cases three) near the bottom...

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Are You Ready for a Breakdown? by Mike Schoonveld

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Are You Ready for a Breakdown? by Mike Schoonveld

Launching a boat from a trailer isn’t supposed to be an exciting task. Getting in the boat, heading out to the lake, catching some fish, now that’s fun and exciting. But just backing down the ramp and floating ol’ Wave-Whacker off the bunks is a rather mundane chore. Unless the brakes on the tow vehicle decide it’s time to malfunction! All of a sudden the slow descent down the ramp, the boat floating free and the rest of the procedure turns into a power launch. That’s what happened to me. I suppose I was lucky. A few minutes earlier I’d...

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