Fishing Articles — Boats

Leader of the Flies by Capt. Mike Schoonveld

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Leader of the Flies by Capt. Mike Schoonveld

  I catch dozens and dozens of fish each year on trolling flies, sized from little “tied on the hook” coho flies to big ol’ laker takers. All of these are pulled behind some sort of dodger or flasher made of metal or plastic. Myself and other fishermen I know spend hours contemplating and hundreds of dollars acquiring various sizes, models and colors of dodgers and flashers. Should I use an eight-inch or ten-inch? Should I use a silver and blue one or a blue and silver one? Do the fish really give a hoot? Maybe the green and silver...

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Putting It All Together — The Art of Trolling by Capt. Dan Keating

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Putting It All Together — The Art of Trolling by Capt. Dan Keating

Over the course of the day, salmon and trout make vertical and horizontal movements in the water column. Horizontally they move between shallow and deep water. They also frequently make daily vertical movements in the water column. Their daily movements are governed by season and environmental factors such as weather, water temperature, structure, light penetration and forage availability. Are these movements random, or can we, the ever-inquisitive fishermen that we are, anticipate these movements? Kings and Steelies will often school in the same water. To catch both, you will have to run deep lines for the kings. When you fish your...

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A Matter of Frequency by Allan Tarvid (Sonar Scanning - Angle on Electronics)

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A Matter of Frequency by Allan Tarvid (Sonar Scanning - Angle on Electronics)

  Garmin steps up sonar scanning detail. Garmin’s ultra-high-definition scanning puts higher frequencies to work to make a great feature even better. About the time you think something is as good as it can get, somebody figures out how to make it even better. This screen shot shows suspended fish detected by Garmin’s new UHD system. Both the bright fish reflections and the dark sonar shadows cast by them onto the bottom stand out well enough to be seen at a glance Today’s side- and down-scanning sonar screen pictures reveal underwater structure like rocks, trees, and stumps as well as...

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Safety Chains - Safe Enough? by Mike Schoonveld

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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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