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  • DATE:April 24th, 2017
        The Artificial Walleye Angler More walleye anglers turning to artificials…but don’t think live bait is dead Minneapolis, MN (April 11, 2017) – Target Walleye recently surveyed readers about their favorite walleye-fishing tactics. The most interesting statistic is the amount of walleye fishing now done with artificial lures. Anglers from every corner of the walleye world were surveyed about how often they fished various tactics. Three-fourths of Target Walleye...
  • Inside The WildSide – By Chip Leer Don’t Get Stuck Without Sticks

    DATE:April 19th, 2017
    Inside The WildSide - By Chip Leer Don't Get Stuck Without Sticks   Jigs are popular springtime walleye lures, but don’t overlook versatile, slim-profile stickbaits in your quest for early season success. Also commonly called minnowbaits or jerkbaits, these baitfish-imitating hardbaits are deadly weapons when schools of spring-run walleyes flood into tributaries and bottlenecks between lakes. So many fish gathered in a small area creates opportunities...
  • How to find a title sponsor

    DATE:April 17th, 2017
    How to Land the Biggest Fish of Them All: A Title Sponsor Looking at all the wrapped boats at a tournament one starts to wonder how to get a sponsor of their own. Sure, you can start by looking in your tackle box and start blindly contacting the manufacturers of your favorite products. But, this will only get you so far.  It’s time to think outside the boat. When it comes to marketing Steve Kuchenberg knows a thing or two.  As an associate director of global strategic marketing for a life...
  • 5 Hotspots For Spring Trout

    DATE:April 17th, 2017
      5 Hotspots For Spring Trout With cool water temperatures giving them free reign to roam, lakers, rainbows and brown trout could be virtually anywhere in the lake during the springtime. More often than not, however, a few key areas hold the majority of the fish. Check out these five surefire hotspots from veteran trout guide Bernie Keefe to make this your best spring yet. Main-Lake Points Points attract forage and baitfish,...
  • Former Classic® Winner Jones Has a New Competitor on the Water FISHIN’ VOL. 10, NO. 3

    DATE:March 17th, 2017
    Former Classic® Winner Jones Has a New Competitor on the Water FISHIN' VOL. 10, NO. 3 This Season Alton Jones Jr. Joins His Father to Fish the 2017 Bassmaster Classic® and the Elites Never, in all of his previous 26 seasons of bass tournament competition, has Alton Jones been concerned with how many fish any other anglers may be catching, but that will change this year. That’s because the Yamaha Pro’s 24-year old son, Alton Jr., will be joining him on both the Bassmaster® Elite circuit...
  • Surefire Spring Trout Strategies

    DATE:March 16th, 2017
      Surefire Spring Trout Strategies Late winter is a time of transition for trout and the anglers who pursue them. Admittedly, figuring out productive patterns while shifting from ice fishing to open-water mode can be intimidating, but those who know where and how to tackle spring trout can enjoy some of the year's best fishing.  "Rainbow trout are a great example," says veteran trout guide Bernie Keefe. "They're active, hungry and willing to bite." Keefe...
  • Inside The WildSide – By Chip Leer Fish Flashers And Droppers For Winter Success

    DATE:February 23rd, 2017
    Inside The WildSide - By Chip Leer Fish Flashers And Droppers For Winter Success One of the secrets to late-season ice fishing success is being able to attract fish from greater distances than we did earlier in the winter. While you can often use a large, flashy lure to call fish into striking distance, these attractor baits are sometimes bigger than what the fish want to eat. To turn these lookers into biters, you need to add something smaller to the presentation. Dropper rigs Dropper...
  • Beat a tough bite on ice

    DATE:February 22nd, 2017
    Beat A Tough Bite On Ice When fish come easy in early winter, it's easy to get spoiled. But that all changes when fishing pressure, changes to the underwater environment and other factors make fishing tough. Rather than throw in the towel, tackle a tough bite with these proven tactics. I'll use lake trout for an example, but the strategies hold water for other gamefish as well. To beat a tough bite for lakers on my home waters in Colorado, I start by checking classic cover and structure,...
  • Boat Sonar Buying Tips

    DATE:February 4th, 2017
    Boat Sonar Buying Tips It’s that time of the year, many are getting a new boat with electronics or are outfitting an existing boat with new electronics. Here are some things to think about when looking at purchasing new electronics by Doc Sonar and Lowrance staff Kirt Hedquist. Keep in mind Lowrance is used a reference but these can be applied to any sonar brand. Here are a few questions he presents to people at a show. Use this as a checklist to help you make a educated decision. And...
  • A Boyd’s Eye View: Conservation format fishing tournaments – The new wave.

    DATE:February 4th, 2017
    A Boyd's Eye View: Conservation format fishing tournaments - The new wave. When you have been working in and around the fishing industry as long as I have you understand the "love-hate" dichotomy with fishing tournaments. On one hand, its a kick in the gut when you show up at your favorite lake early in the morning anticipating a peaceful day of fishing only to find a line of 20 or more boats waiting to take off in a frenzy of competitive vigor. On the other hand, virtually every major innovation...
  • Bass Pros Enjoy Their Off-Season in Variety of Ways YAMAHA PRO JARED LINTNER CELEBRATES 20TH ANNIVERSARY A YEAR LATE

    DATE:January 29th, 2017
    Bass Pros Enjoy Their Off-Season in Variety of Ways YAMAHA PRO JARED LINTNER CELEBRATES 20TH ANNIVERSARY A YEAR LATE Ever since the conclusion of the 2016 Bassmaster® Elite season this past September, Yamaha Pros have been spending the off-season in a variety of ways, but none, perhaps, quite like veteran Jared Lintner. The California-based pro and his wife Keri celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary by taking a week-long cruise in the Bahamas. “The only problem was that we had to wait until...
  • Optima Batteries Tech Tip- WHAT DOES COLD CRANKING AMPS (CCA) MEAN?

    DATE:January 4th, 2017
      WHAT DOES COLD CRANKING AMPS (CCA) MEAN? "I'm going to buy the battery with the most cold cranking amps I can find," say a lot of people when they decide to go battery shopping. Is that really the best way to pick out a battery? Oftentimes, the answer is, "no." To explain why, we should first explain exactly what cold cranking amps are. The Battery Council International has come up with a series of standardized tests that allow all battery manufacturers to list specifications for...
  • TOTAL RECON- Pre-season scouting for first-ice success

    DATE:December 22nd, 2016
    TOTAL RECON Pre-season scouting for first-ice success With ice fishing season right around the corner, hardwater warriors across the Ice Belt are gearing up for the season ahead. Organizing gear and stocking up on tackle are critical concerns, but veteran guide Bernie Keefe reminds us that pre-season scouting is another great way to pave the way to first-ice success. “It’s a lot easier to find fish-holding cover and structure now than after freeze-up,” he says. “With a little...
  • Inside The WildSide – By Chip Leer Power Fishing For Early Season Walleyes

    DATE:December 22nd, 2016
    Inside The WildSide - By Chip Leer Power Fishing For Early Season Walleyes The magical first-ice period presents a unique opportunity for anglers to target hungry, active walleyes that in most cases haven’t seen serious fishing pressure in several months. And that opens the door for one of my favorite hardwater approaches of all—power fishing.   This style of fishing is a fast-paced, fun way to quickly find and catch aggressive walleyes...
  • SAFETY FIRST by Bernie Keefe, Fishing. Guide-tested tips for fishing smart and staying safe

    DATE:December 8th, 2016
    SAFETY FIRST by  Bernie Keefe, Fishing. Guide-tested tips for fishing smart and staying safe Thanks to an extended stretch of unusually mild weather, anxious anglers across the Ice Belt are starting to venture out on winter’s magic carpet in force. But even at this late date, ice conditions are far from perfect. In some areas, warm weather is weakening the fledgling icepack, while in others, fresh snow is cloaking it with an insulating blanket that puts the brakes on the formation...
  • A Boyd’s Eye View: Now might be the time to “down-size” your marketing efforts.

    DATE:December 7th, 2016
    One key thought I try to keep fore-front in my mind when I am working on any type of promotional campaign is to remember exactly who my audience is I am promoting to. It sounds simple enough, but in reality, I think its a concept that gets lost in the hype and fever of the moment and ends up ruining more well conceived promotional efforts that anything else. Obviously, with my background, I am most familiar with the types of promotions one sees in the fishing industry, so that is the realm...
  • Inside The WildSide – By Chip Leer Top New Products On Ice For 2017

    DATE:December 4th, 2016
    Inside The WildSide - By Chip Leer Top New Products On Ice For 2017 As ice anglers we are inundated with new gear each season as if last years gear doesn’t work. To speed your search for great gear for the hardwater season ahead, I’ve compiled a short list of my top picks based on ideas or products that will make your ice fishing experience better. Personalize Your Portable Shelter Tricking out your fish house and making it fit the way you fish is key to efficiency and comfort...
  • First Ice Trout by NPAA member Bernie Keefe

    DATE:December 3rd, 2016
    First Ice Trout First ice is a magical time to pursue many species of gamefish, and members of the trout family are no exception. Just ask veteran trout and salmon guide Bernie Keefe, who plies the high-country lakes around Granby, Colorado.  "Rainbows, brookies and browns are all hungry right now," he says. "The spawn is over and trout are feeding up before the winter crunch settles in."   As a bonus, a lack of fishing pressure in recent months often has trout at ease. "Nobody's fished...
  • A Boyd’s Eye View: Finding a way to get kids into fishing.

    DATE:November 28th, 2016
    A Boyd's Eye View: Finding a way to get kids into fishing. For the past few years or so I have been asked to speak to a group of youngsters in a local summer-school class that are learning all about fishing. It's honestly one of the funnest things I get to be a part of and I look forward to it every year. The first few years I did this I spoke primarily about what was involved in producing a fishing TV show. I told a few entertaining stories, talked about how they could go about making their own...
  • The Story behind the Fishing’s Future Logo

    DATE:November 23rd, 2016
    The Story behind the Fishing’s Future Logo  Recently, Fishing's Future was awarded the 2016 Roland Sigurdson Outstanding Aquatic Education Program Award naming Fishing's Future as the #1 Aquatic Education Program in America by the Aquatic Resources Education Association (AREA). Award ceremonies took place on October 26, 2016 at the U. S. Fish & Wildlife National Training and Conference Center just outside of Washington DC. Competition was strong as many other programs throughout our...