Concentrate on summer smallies

Steam was rising from the warm river into the cool morning air when we launched. Trout were actively rising in the cooler morning flows. Grant manned the oars on the johnboat, and Leon and I cast from our perches on the bow and stern. Grant instructed us to cast at a...

ICE FISHING:

Cover All The Bases…   I used to tell my kids, “The secret to fishing is to keep your line in the water.” The tip stated the obvious, but the intent was to convince them that they had a much better chance of catching a fish if they let their bobber sit...

‘Slinging In The Rain’ FOR BASS

In general, anglers do not like fishing in the rain. Can you blame them? It’s uncomfortable, sometimes cold, and not the best of conditions. Or is it? The bass don’t care. They’re not getting any wetter! And a good soaking rain can trigger largemouth bass to a...

Avert Panfish Blunders

Things are certainly different than they were during my formative days of ice fishing. I remember using sewing thread because it was the only line thin enough and subtle enough to fool winter panfish. A hand auger was the main tool for making a hole and if the ice was...

Fair-Weather Waterfowling

Adescription of the perfect waterfowling day would undoubtedly begin with wind. Wind makes waterfowl uneasy, fidgety. Rather than raft up in big flocks and loaf on open water, wind and the resulting waves forces ducks to seek shelter. Usually they move in small,...