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Ice Fishing for Perch by Matt Straw (Space Invaders, Spoons, and Portly Perch)

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Ice Fishing for Perch by Matt Straw (Space Invaders, Spoons, and Portly Perch)

The screen lights up. Missiles are launched. They’re locked in. In the old Space Invaders video game, missiles rain from the heavens. Survival demands getting out of the way or destroying missiles in flight. Perch launch from below. “It’s like Space Invaders in reverse on your sonar unit,” says guide Brian “Bro” Brosdahl. “Missiles are being launched. That’s what you want to see—what you’ve been hunting for. That’s when you want a spoon.” Which spoon? And when do you gear down to a more subtle approach? We pose varying opinions, here. Spoon wars? If so, certainly mild-mannered. In the end,...

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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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Cranking Winter Steel by Matt Straw

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Cranking Winter Steel by Matt Straw

After years in the wide-open Great Lakes, steelhead suddenly run upstream. The walls close in. Steelhead are jacked up on speed as it is, but just being in a river is enough to drive them up the phobia scale. Hit one with a hardbait bristling with trebles and waders better be strapped on tight. Kevin Morlock of Indigo Guide Service knows a thing or two about cranking salmonids. Travel any big river in West Michigan during the height of the salmon run and you’ll see cranks dangling from spinning rods designed for pitching on almost every jet and drift boat....

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The Winter Fishing Lay-Off by Tony Ensalaco

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The Winter Fishing Lay-Off by Tony Ensalaco

Baby, it’s cold outside! And just when the fall steelhead fishing started to heat up for you, mother nature has other plans. She decides to send an arctic blast over the fishing grounds, completely shutting down the hot action that you have been recently enjoying. Then she decides to deposit a foot or more of snow a day or two before your next scheduled trip. It gets worse. The forecast will be calling for sub-freezing weather for the following two weeks. The cold spell will surely drop the river to unnervingly low levels which will cause unwanted ice to form,...

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Snap (Swivel) Decisions by Capt. Mike Schoonveld

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Snap (Swivel) Decisions by Capt. Mike Schoonveld

  Multiple choice question: Snap swivels are: A) Important B) Not important C) Useful D) Inexpensive E) All of the above If you answered all of the above, you guessed the answer I would choose, but there are other answers about these remarkable little products I could have listed and still chose “all of the above.” L – R, Duo Lock, Interlock, Cross Lock and Coast Lock. I could have added: “colorful” “strong,” “expensive” or a variety of other possible answers to the question. The correct choice would still be all of the above. It’s surprising how much time many...

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