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How to Hot-Wire a King Salmon by Matt Straw

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How to Hot-Wire a King Salmon by Matt Straw

In recent years we learned king salmon range deeper in the water column than ever before believed.  Spooky kings commonly descend right to the bottom in depths of 700 feet or more in the clearing waters of the Great Lakes, according to a tracking study conducted by US Geological Survey biologists. Such extreme depths are difficult to access without specialized equipment. In the more commonly targeted depths of 60 to 160 feet, wire line helps you catch more kings than ever before—even with no downriggers on board. But technological advances in wire line and gear allow anglers to get down...

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The New Deep for King Salmon by Matt Straw

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The New Deep for King Salmon by Matt Straw

  Author with a brace of "sublime to ridiculous" steelhead taken on top while working other lines deep. Deep currents get the water moving just under the surface, too—and steelhead like it. Great Lakes salmon use the entire water column all year. All of it—right to the bottom. Until a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study proved that salmon swim around in the deepest areas of Lake Huron, nobody was aware salmon not only go deeper than 700 feet, they split time between ultimate benthic depths and shallow water every day. Nobody, that is, except Captain Mark Chmura. When we broke...

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Getting the Most from Sinking Lines by Mark Romanack

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Getting the Most from Sinking Lines by Mark Romanack

Sinking trolling lines have been around a very long time. Designed to help anglers fish deep without having to employ expensive downriggers or hard pulling diving planers, lead core has been around the longest and continues to be the most popular. The author is fighting a fish on a sinking line set up. Note that the board is tripped allowing it to be reeled in without having to fight both the board and fish. Great Lakes anglers who understand sinking lines are using them to supplement traditional set ups such as diving planers and downriggers. Lead core became popular soon...

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Recruiting New River Anglers by Jim Bedford

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Recruiting New River Anglers by Jim Bedford

It is no secret today that young people are really into electronic devices for use and recreation these days. In fact, I like to say that we are in our second generation of indoor kids. To get people back outdoors we will need to attract the parents as well as their children. I am biased but I think river fishing is a great way to expose people to the wonders of the natural world. And if they discover that they like fish, even better.  When I retired from my day job almost 20 years ago I gave thought to guiding...

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Fishing Teamwork by Tony Ensalaco

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Fishing Teamwork by Tony Ensalaco

Recently, Great Lakes Angler ran an article that I wrote in its October/November issue titled, “How to Beat Your Buddies Without Making it a Competition.” It discusses the competitive nature of people and its different levels that occur among fishermen. Friendly competition usually exists between regular fishing partners and might consist of some subtle joking and a little light-hearted teasing when someone is experiencing most of the action. To me, that is all in good fun. What I don’t like is when the competition is so intense that it becomes brutally uncomfortable when the lucky angler becomes belligerent about his...

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