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Double Duty Diver Reels by Capt. Mike Schoonveld

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Double Duty Diver Reels by Capt. Mike Schoonveld

 Fishing tackle is expensive and I’m a cheapskate. Anytime I can multi-purpose the gear I use on my boat, I’m happy. One of the easiest things I double-duty is spooling the reels I use for running Dipsey Divers or other brands of diving planers. I spool them once then keep them in the game almost all season long. In the spring, I want monofilament on my diver reels. During the first weeks of the season, I may only be deploying 15 or 20 feet of line between rod tip and diver with the directional weight adjusted to make diver and...

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Belly up to the Niagara Bar by Mark Romanack of Fishing 411 TV

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Belly up to the Niagara Bar by Mark Romanack of Fishing 411 TV

Great Lakes Angler, originally featured June/July 2018  The Great Lakes have no shortage of classic fish holding structure. While trout and salmon are pelagic or open water creatures, it’s the terra firma of the lake bottom that provides the foundation for some of the best fishing the Great Lakes have to offer.   When dramatic bottom structure combines with prevailing currents and consistently occurring schools of bait fish, the stage is set for epic fishing. This is exactly the situation found on the iconic Niagara Bar, located on the west end of Lake Ontario near the mouth of the Niagara...

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Skinny Water Walleye by Bob Gwizdz

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Skinny Water Walleye by Bob Gwizdz

 It was a warm morning—hot even, for early June—when I climbed into Mark Gwizdala’s boat in Linwood for a walleye excursion on Saginaw Bay, and you could see the flotilla of walleye boats trolling around a mile or two off shore. But as soon as we cleared the channel markers, Gwizdala took a hard right and headed southeast. We rigged up, mostly with planer boards and crankbaits, and within 30 minutes or so of trolling, we’d boated five keeper walleyes. That wasn’t extraordinary; Saginaw Bay is just full of walleyes these days. What was unusual is that we had them...

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Michigan’s Summer Run by Robert Gwizdz

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Michigan’s Summer Run by Robert Gwizdz

The sun was still attempting to rise on a warm July morning, as my buddy Jim Lyon and I made our way down a steep hill to the Rogue River. When we got there, we found Paul Barrett, an oft-times fishing partner of Lyon’s, knee-deep in the river fishing.  “I hate to tell you, but I’m zero for two already,” he said.  I took that as good news; it meant the fish were there and were biting.  We rigged up with bobbers and small jigs that we tipped with wax worms. Lyon, who prefers wax worms over spawn bags pretty...

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Erie’s Central Basin Lost Perch by Paul Liikala

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Erie’s Central Basin Lost Perch  by Paul Liikala

The Lost Perch of Erie's Central Basin “For the past three years, the perch fishing has been bad. I’ve been running half the perch trips that I ran four years ago,” said Vitas Kijauskas, Captain of the Cleveland head boat, the Linda Mae. “This past spring looked promising, and then the perch fishing from June through November was dismal.” This has been a common refrain from the perch fishermen in Lake Erie’s central basin. Ohio’s central basin runs from Cranberry Creek, in the west, to the Pennsylvania line, in the east. While the caught perch tend to be huge, their...

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