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Putting It All Together — The Art of Trolling by Capt. Dan Keating

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Putting It All Together — The Art of Trolling by Capt. Dan Keating

Over the course of the day, salmon and trout make vertical and horizontal movements in the water column. Horizontally they move between shallow and deep water. They also frequently make daily vertical movements in the water column. Their daily movements are governed by season and environmental factors such as weather, water temperature, structure, light penetration and forage availability. Are these movements random, or can we, the ever-inquisitive fishermen that we are, anticipate these movements? Kings and Steelies will often school in the same water. To catch both, you will have to run deep lines for the kings. When you fish your...

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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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The Stability Zone "Shangri-La for Kings" by Matt Straw

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The Stability Zone "Shangri-La for Kings" by Matt Straw

 There is another dimension, between time and space, between the swells and the lake’s floor. It’s the middle ground between emptiness and bait. It’s a place called…the Stability Zone. An average August day on Lake Superior. We trolled in flat-calm conditions through surface temperatures of 64°F into a huge bay. Behind walls of rock hundreds of feet high, we didn’t notice the wind came up. After deciding to head home, we picked up lines and rounded the point outside the bay to find 10-foot waves and surface readings of 40°F. Instability is common on the Great Lakes. Wind, waves, and...

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A Matter of Frequency by Allan Tarvid (Sonar Scanning - Angle on Electronics)

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A Matter of Frequency by Allan Tarvid (Sonar Scanning - Angle on Electronics)

  Garmin steps up sonar scanning detail. Garmin’s ultra-high-definition scanning puts higher frequencies to work to make a great feature even better. About the time you think something is as good as it can get, somebody figures out how to make it even better. This screen shot shows suspended fish detected by Garmin’s new UHD system. Both the bright fish reflections and the dark sonar shadows cast by them onto the bottom stand out well enough to be seen at a glance Today’s side- and down-scanning sonar screen pictures reveal underwater structure like rocks, trees, and stumps as well as...

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Spinner (Crawler Harness) Preparation for Walleye by Rob Barnes

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Spinner (Crawler Harness) Preparation for Walleye by Rob Barnes

One of the most effective live bait rigs of all time are spinners.  Also known as “crawler harnesses”, spinners are brutally simple but possess the utmost flexibility in terms of customization.  Therefore, they are extremely adaptable to a variety of conditions found throughout the Midwest and Great Lakes regions.  Whether drifted in river currents behind bottom bouncers or trolled with inline weights paired with Off Shore Tackle planer boards, spinners have proven themselves time and time again to walleye anglers.  The purpose of this article is to provide readers with an overview for tying their own spinner rigs. FOUNDATIONS In...

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