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Great Lakes Trolling - Making it Simple & Fun by Darryl Choronzey

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Great Lakes Trolling - Making it Simple & Fun by Darryl Choronzey

The magic words… “Fish On!” came screaming out from John McKessock’s lips. My rod was pumping and bucking. The Ambassadeur was screaming and moaning. John jumped for his rod to get the gear out the way. I threw the motor into neutral and I freed and hauled back on my rod. The big king 90 feet under the boat was obviously annoyed with the sting of the 2/0 Mustad barb buried firmly in his jaw. First the brute headed for safety going deep, then would turn tail, rise and begin heading towards the horizon. From the minute I grabbed the...

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Jerkbait Bass - Building Suspense by Matt Straw

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Jerkbait Bass - Building Suspense by Matt Straw

Largemouths cruise over dense weeds they use for bomb shelters later in the day. Long cast. Twitch, pause. Snap, pause. The lure hovers over the weed tops and neither sinks nor rises until it emerges in a spray-blasting explosion, fixed to the jaw of a largemouth bass. Midday. Smallmouths suspend away from a rocky point. They came up for a Pop-R at daybreak, but not now.  Long cast. Snap, snap, pause. The bait hovers like a paralyzed baitfish, terrified at the approach of so many bronze shadows from below. Rapala Husky Jerks, Smithwick Rogues, Lucky Craft Pointers, Megabass Vision OneTen—the...

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Sponge Balls (for Steelhead) by Tony Ensalaco

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Sponge Balls (for Steelhead) by Tony Ensalaco

While walking to retrieve my vehicle at the take out’s parking lot, I was unexpectantly approached by an older gentleman. “Mind if I ask you a few questions partner?” the man said with a detectable southern drawl. My initial thought was, “Yeah, not a good time.” I had just completed a grueling, ten-hour, semi productive shift on the river, so I wasn’t really interested in starting a conversation. Also, I was more concerned about making it back to the Chicagoland area in time to put my kids, and then myself to bed. “What can I do for you sir?” using...

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Great Lakes Record King Salmon Caught! by Capt. Mike Schoonveld

Great Lakes Record King Salmon Caught! by Capt. Mike Schoonveld

A new Michigan state-record Chinook salmon has been verified by Jay Wesley, Lake Michigan Basin coordinator with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, with Scott Heintzelman, the DNR's Central Lake Michigan Management Unit supervisor, also present. This Facebook photo shows Capt. Bobby holding the record fish just after it was boated.   Not only is this fish the largest king salmon (Chinook) ever caught in the State of Michigan, it’s the largest ever caught in any of the Great Lakes. This record setting king was  47 1/2 inches long and weighed 47.86 pounds, topping the Wisconsin record (44 lbs. 15oz), the...

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Walleye and the High-Action Plug Bite by Mark Romanack (Fishing 411 TV)

Walleye and the High-Action Plug Bite by Mark Romanack (Fishing 411 TV)

In recent times crankbaits have ruled the roost on Lake Erie, and also on nearby Saginaw Bay. Population explosions fueled by back, to back, to back successful spawning year classes have both of these fisheries literally crawling with catchable fish. Walleye often T-bone high action plugs. It’s common for fish to be hooked on the front treble or to have the entire plug choked down their throat. Natural reproduction can be a fleeting gift, but fortunately for those who enjoy targeting walleye, the fish Gods have shined brightly on these fisheries. To say recent fishing success for walleye on Erie...

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