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The Baitcasting Float Rod by Darryl Choronzey

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The Baitcasting Float Rod by Darryl Choronzey

 Something New and Very Effective  My timing and location were almost perfect. It was the last weekend of April. The Saugeen had an attractive flow. The water around me was clear, deep, running fast and the river’s temperature was hovering just over 45 degrees Fahrenheit. It was also the first weekend of the steelhead season in the mid-section of Ontario’s most famous trout highway. The previous day’s scouting had revealed plenty of fish movement. The fishways downstream had been passing thousands of pre-spawners intent on reaching the mating grounds to propagate. Upstream, a few hundred yards above me at the...

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Catfishing Lake Erie’s Sandusky Bay by W.H. Chip Gross

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Catfishing Lake Erie’s Sandusky Bay by W.H. Chip Gross

In one of Hank Williams, Jr.’s more famous songs, titled A Country Boy Can Survive, he claims, “I can plow a field all day long; I can catfish fish from dusk ‘til dawn.” Applying that same logic, Captain Scott Heston must be a country boy, too, because he can definitely catch catfish from dusk ‘til dawn—all day long for that matter. Of course, he is fishing Lake Erie’s Sandusky Bay. Located at the south edge of the Western Basin just west of the town of Sandusky, Ohio, Sandusky Bay is catfish heaven. Shallow, muddy, and full of natural fish food,...

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Salmon Roads And Jigging Spoons by Matt Straw

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Salmon Roads And Jigging Spoons by Matt Straw

Water courses from a salmon river into pulsing Great Lakes currents. River-scented water flows this way then that, at the behest of wind, gravity, and a spinning world. Eventually, river sediments mix with deeper, twisting currents that always point eventually to the Atlantic. These are the salmon roads. “Mature kings out in the big lakes begin to split off from the feeding year classes at some point in July,” says Captain John Oravec of Troutman Charters on Lake Ontario. “They find their own feeding grounds and water temps as they’re drawn to inshore staging structure.  But kings don’t stage around piers...

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Adjusting the Trolling Spread by Capt. Dan Keating

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Adjusting the Trolling Spread by Capt. Dan Keating

  Enthusiasm was not in short supply as my six clients came down the dock for their morning charter. Whether it was the influx of caffeine coursing through their veins, or just the pre-dawn promise of a new day; these guys were just pumped! Or maybe, it was as simple as the fact that they didn’t have to follow the same-ole-same-ole routine of going to work. Today, they were going fishing on a vast inland sea and their imaginations were filled with visions of reel screaming drags and fresh fillets for the grill. OK, if I’m honest at this point,...

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Laker Basics: Dodgers & Candy + Laker Tubes by Dave Mull

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Laker Basics: Dodgers & Candy + Laker Tubes by Dave Mull

 A metal dodger pulling a No 2 Yakima Spin-N-Glo spinning in front of a tinsel fly has been a long-time, dependable laker catcher. It has been used to take Lake Michigan lakers from “The Hills” off Racine, Wisconsin for many years, and is now becoming a standard tool across the region for charter captains who want to put some lake trout in the box. As my friend Mark Davis, a transplanted Hoosier living in South Carolina and producing the Big Water Adventures TV show, “A laker would eat himself if he could grab hold of his own tail.” This was...

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