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Walleye caught by angler

The feed bags are on… Walleye spawning season has ended, and fish are in beast mode. And, for the most part, smallmouth bass are wrapping up, and either are, or will be in a similar feeding frenzy. As you’ll see in this video, Northland pro and professional guide Brad Hawthorne has the luxury of pursuing both on the same body of water, Minnesota’s Lake Mille Lacs. Improving prospects, these species frequently inhabit the same climes: shoreline rock, shallow reefs and…

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Angler Holding Crappie

Don’t overthink it. Keep it simple stupid (KISS). Sometimes, there’s a reason the fullest buckets and livewells come at the hands of the most elementary approaches. Catching springtime crappies beneath a properly set bobber, with the perfect morsel, is one of those times. Watch how crappie ace Nick Cekalla intelligently blankets probable fish holding hangouts with a very simple plan. Bait or not to bait, that is the question. Cekalla, like other panfish aficionados forego live bait, rather relying on…

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Victory Fishing Rod

It’s easy to become overwhelmed by the sheer number of different fishing rods available today. In its quest to offer anglers the upper hand in any fishing situation, St. Croix Rod, the Park Falls, Wisconsin-based, family-owned American rod manufacturer, offers over 700 distinct rod models alone. So, how does one go about making the right choice? There are many variables that affect a fishing rod’s performance and price, including materials, components, engineering, manufacturing technologies, and much more. But, moving into…

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Ice Fishing Walleye

Rippled, open waters are rapidly flattening across the northern reaches of the country, igniting the passions of avid ice anglers as they freeze closed. Right now – as the arenas are formed – season goals are being set, local excursions and farther-reaching adventures are being planned, and all manner of ice-fishing gear is being prepped. Of course, many ardent hardwater anglers are also thinking about new equipment; specifically, they’re thinking about new rods to support the various tactics they’ll employ…

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Aqua-Vu Bass Prospecting

Beyond a few feet of water, bass and other fish avoid visual detection via the mere presence of the aquatic blanket. They’re further separated and shrouded from the terrestrial world by surface glare, wave action and planktonic veils that reduce water clarity. Providing even greater security, boat docks, flooded trees and matted vegetation invite angler curiosity, yet prevent us from seeing what actually lies beneath. The darker and more impenetrable the hideout, the greater its chances, it seems, that a…

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