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Custom Pluggin’ by Mark Romanack (Fishing 411 TV)

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Custom Pluggin’ by Mark Romanack (Fishing 411 TV)

I’m just old enough that wooden and plastic hard baits that wobble will forever be called “plugs” in my play book. The modern name of “crankbait” has become the mainstream lingo used among hardcore fishermen. No matter what an angler calls these lures—plugs or crankbaits—this class of fishing lure has become legendary for the ability to catch literally everything that swims. Pike, musky, bass, walleye, trout, salmon and even panfish slurp up these body baits with reckless abandon. Right out of the package plugs are “fishy” lures and for the most part don’t need a lot of special attention. The...

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Trolling Plastics and Hair for Walleye By Matt Straw

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Trolling Plastics and Hair for Walleye By Matt Straw

 The transom slaps into the waves with rhythmic percussion. The light rods load slightly, their soft arcs reaching out over the water. At the tip, the line takes a right angle, pointing back into the gentle chop behind the slowly progressing boat. Somewhere back there, a long, slender hair jig and a realistic, minnow-imitating plastic body progress slowly along, undulating with the rise-and-fall of the boat. Backtrolling allows each wave to slow or sometimes stop the boat, and the baits angle slowly toward bottom, tails fluttering. On each turn the outside baits rise and accelerate, while the inside baits parachute...

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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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