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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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Recruiting New River Anglers by Jim Bedford

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Recruiting New River Anglers by Jim Bedford

It is no secret today that young people are really into electronic devices for use and recreation these days. In fact, I like to say that we are in our second generation of indoor kids. To get people back outdoors we will need to attract the parents as well as their children. I am biased but I think river fishing is a great way to expose people to the wonders of the natural world. And if they discover that they like fish, even better.  When I retired from my day job almost 20 years ago I gave thought to guiding...

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Fishing Teamwork by Tony Ensalaco

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Fishing Teamwork by Tony Ensalaco

Recently, Great Lakes Angler ran an article that I wrote in its October/November issue titled, “How to Beat Your Buddies Without Making it a Competition.” It discusses the competitive nature of people and its different levels that occur among fishermen. Friendly competition usually exists between regular fishing partners and might consist of some subtle joking and a little light-hearted teasing when someone is experiencing most of the action. To me, that is all in good fun. What I don’t like is when the competition is so intense that it becomes brutally uncomfortable when the lucky angler becomes belligerent about his...

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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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The Winter Fishing Lay-Off by Tony Ensalaco

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The Winter Fishing Lay-Off by Tony Ensalaco

Baby, it’s cold outside! And just when the fall steelhead fishing started to heat up for you, mother nature has other plans. She decides to send an arctic blast over the fishing grounds, completely shutting down the hot action that you have been recently enjoying. Then she decides to deposit a foot or more of snow a day or two before your next scheduled trip. It gets worse. The forecast will be calling for sub-freezing weather for the following two weeks. The cold spell will surely drop the river to unnervingly low levels which will cause unwanted ice to form,...

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