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The tributaries of Chesapeake Bay are home to millions of catfish, including trophy-class blue cats that reach weights exceeding 100 pounds. For catfish anglers, that sounds awesome. Who wouldn’t want the opportunity to catch a whiskerfish the size of a steer? Or to fill a stringer with smaller yet delicious catfish destined for the skillet? Not everyone is thrilled that the catfish introduced by state and federal fisheries managers decades ago are thriving, however. In fact, a serious movement is…

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Alex Palmer opened a storage locker on his dad’s fishing boat and began rummaging through six tackle trays chock-full of colorful plastic crappie jigs. “We don’t have to worry about running out of baits,” the 17-year-old said with a laugh. Palmer sees to that. A junior in high school, he operates a business making crappie jigs. When he isn’t in school, he is hand-pouring plastic baits, then handing them off to his mom, dad and sister for quality control and…

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Anglers landing muskie

Musky anglers don’t always agree on the best ways to catch the fish of 10,000 casts. Variations in today’s lures and tackle mean there’s more choices than ever to support multiple musky techniques and presentations, any of which can decrease that 10,000 number to something a lot more reasonable. That said, at least three of the most successful musky anglers in the Upper Midwest do agree on something: the month of September is one of the best times to be…

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Angler with Smallmouth Bass

As New Berlin, Wisconsin angler William “Bill” Schultz looks back over his life and athletic career, he doesn’t always focus on the victories themselves. Instead, he tends to remember the individual goals that led to those victories. “The process of setting goals and then putting in the effort to achieve them is what makes winning possible. This is how I approached my swimming career at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as my almost 50-year career in the sport of…

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Muskie splashing while angler reels in

So far this month, we’ve discussed how length, power, and action combine to define the basic performance characteristics of a fishing rod. Last week, we specifically asked our bass experts to share personal thoughts and insights on their favorite rods. This week we dive into the panfish, walleye, and musky categories. We asked our pros the same maddening question: If you could carry just one rod, what would it be? We’re hoping their answers will help the rest of us…

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