Resolve to teach a kid how to fish in 2024

If you’re teaching a kid to fish forego the cheap fishing equipment…   Want a New Year’s resolution? Teach a kid how to fish this year. I met 10-year-old Ben in November. His mother, Mindy, and I sometimes work the same front desk shift at the YMCA, and...

Reel Maintenance

The thought of disassembling a fishing reel to thoroughly clean it brings on something close to a panic attack. I live with haunting memories of prior DIY reel cleaning attempts. While taking a reel apart, I’ve had the tiniest pieces fly off with such velocity that...

KAYAK FISHING NOVEMBER (and beyond)

Growing numbers of kayak anglers are leaving behind the notion that kayak fishing in Michigan is a fair-weather sport. The fact is, an ice angler’s loss is a kayaker’s gain. As winters (especially in the lower tier of The Mitten) produce less ice, fishing the open...

Small thoughts on ‘Finesse for Bass’

As we head into fall, throwing small baits on light line can catch more bass than anything else in your arsenal. Not always, but pretty often. Also, as we prepare for the autumnal season that most outdoorsmen say is their favorite time of year with its many fishing...

A Power Twist for FINESSE

Zip small lures through those early season cruisers…   Perhaps the most frustrating period for Michigan bass anglers occurs in April and May as our waters warm, and bass come up shallow from their winter haunts. You can see schools of them, largemouth, in...