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Handling Walleyes by Robert Gwizdz

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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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Lake Huron Chinook by Josh Choronzey

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Lake Huron Chinook by Josh Choronzey

If I had to choose only one area of the Great Lakes on which to focus my late summer salmon angling attention, it would be a simple choice.  I was born and raised on Georgian Bay, I cut my teeth on Huron Chinooks when I was just a toddler, and no matter the current year, bait supply, or return rates, Huron Chinook get my nod come late August.  Caption: This Georgian Bay Chinook was taken along a bluff wall of the Bruce Peninsula in August.  The fish was caught on a GlowFrog pattern Hotfish spoon. Clean water, hard fighting salmon,...

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Apex Marine acquires Polar Kraft in 2019

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Apex Marine acquires Polar Kraft in 2019

Mark Dupuie, owner of Apex Marine, stands by a new Polar Kraft. Move will mean more efficient production and expanded footprint   St. Louis, MI- On July 15, 2019, Apex Marine, Inc. expanded their brand offering by acquiring Polar Kraft Aluminum Boats. The move will benefit Polar Kraft by providing efficiency in production thanks to the strength of Apex Marine’s two additional lines in Qwest Pontoons and Angler Qwest Pontoons. The acquisition will mean that Apex Marine will now provide a vessel in the aluminum boat segment for nearly any on-the-water activity from fishing, to pleasure boating, to even hunting. ...

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The Art of Two Motor Trolling by Mark Romanack

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The Art of Two Motor Trolling by Mark Romanack

Originally featured in Great Lakes Angler, August/September 2018 I’m old enough to remember when anglers put a kicker motor on their fishing boats for two reasons. The primary reason for the kicker motor was to handle trolling chores, but outboard motors weren’t as reliable as they are today. That kicker motor was also looked upon as being a life line should the main outboard break down. I’d like to say I’ve never had to depend on the kicker motor to get in, but that wouldn’t be the truth. Thankfully, these days outboard motors (big and small) are trustworthy to the...

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