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Laker Basics: Dodgers & Candy + Laker Tubes by Dave Mull

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Laker Basics: Dodgers & Candy + Laker Tubes by Dave Mull

 A metal dodger pulling a No 2 Yakima Spin-N-Glo spinning in front of a tinsel fly has been a long-time, dependable laker catcher. It has been used to take Lake Michigan lakers from “The Hills” off Racine, Wisconsin for many years, and is now becoming a standard tool across the region for charter captains who want to put some lake trout in the box. As my friend Mark Davis, a transplanted Hoosier living in South Carolina and producing the Big Water Adventures TV show, “A laker would eat himself if he could grab hold of his own tail.” This was...

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Walleye Fishing: A Big Spin on the Big Water by Keith Jackson

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Walleye Fishing: A Big Spin on the Big Water by Keith Jackson

For a walleye fisherman, few things are as intimidating as a big body of water the first time you fish it. That is certainly true of the Great Lakes where bays are bigger than many inland lakes. Part of the intimidation is a lack of confidence, not knowing that you’re using the right gear at the right time. Snelled spinners can help because few lures work better at catching walleyes during the open-water season. “There’s something about a spinner-and-crawler rig that walleyes can’t resist,” says walleye pro, guide and educator Mark Martin of Muskegon, Mich., “It doesn’t seem to matter...

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Spoon Tuning Trickery for Browns (Brown Trout) by Ernie Lantiegne

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Spoon Tuning Trickery for Browns (Brown Trout) by Ernie Lantiegne

Spring brown trout stuffed to bursting with bait have always been a challenge for trollers in the Great Lakes, but in today’s crystal clear water “bulgies”,  are tougher than ever to catch consistently.   Successful anglers have had to crank it up another notch, sharpening trolling techniques to the keenest edge, and learning how to tune their favorite lures for best results. This 20.3 lb. brown hit a tuned Smithwick trolled from a planer board in choppy seas With 34 years of spring brown trout trolling experience in eastern Lake Ontario under my hat, flutterspoons are one of my favorite fish...

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