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Early Season Panfish Secrets

Winter has released its icy grip and lakes, reservoirs and rivers are once again open for springtime fishing. And that means prime time for panfish, especially crappies and bluegills as they make their migration from deeper waters into the shallows before the annual spawn. We talked with several St. Croix...

Late Summer Walleyes in the Weeds

Conventional wisdom calls for walleyes to be found in cool, shallow water during spring and fall, and lurking in deeper water during the heat of summer and the dead of winter. However, this binary distribution of walleye locations is far too simplistic; indeed, modern electronics and contemporary presentations have worked...

Karl Erickson: Quiet Professional

Green Beret, sniper team leader, oxen medic: Sergeant Major (Ret.) Karl Erickson wore many hats throughout his nearly three decades of service in the U.S. Army. Now retired from military duty, Erickson is using his unique skills and experience—and a new relationship with FLIR Systems, Inc.— to help keep...

Stretching the Truth on Topwater

By David A. Rose When I daydream about catching bass, my initial vision is of mist rising off a lake’s dead-calm surface, followed by the most primeval eruption as a big ol’ bucketmouth viciously attacks my topwater lure. And I’m guessing it’s a very similar image for most anyone that...

Fish Monkey Gloves: Hand-to-Hand Combat from Marlin to Muskies

Destin, FL (June 27, 2018) – Fishing is a hands-on sport. Been that way since before the first rod-and-reel; prior to the earliest cane pole—heck, even when the pursuit of fish involved little more than hook, line, bait . . . and your bare knuckles. At the extreme end of...

Linking Two of Bass Fishing’s Most Iconic Techniques

By David A. Rose Every few years, one of the best bass-tournament pros in the nation sweeps the competition during a major derby, landing the largest limit of fish while rigging their favorite soft plastics in an innovative way. After that, what was once their secret technique suddenly becomes all...

The Year of the ChatterBait

By Ted Pilgrim On morning strolls up and down Lake Hartwell’s boat-launch docks, repeated murmurs and quiet nods toward casting decks appeared to form a pattern. "Look, there’s another one.” “Yep, it’s that same ChatterBait.” “Man, seems like everyone’s throwing that thing.” After the last sack of bass hit the scales at the 2018...

A Real-Life Snake Charmer

Crosslake, MN (November 3, 2017) – Put an underwater camera in people’s hands and you never know how they’ll use it next. “The past couple years, the folks from Discovery Channel’s Bering Sea Gold have been using our Aqua-Vu HD cameras to prospect for underwater treasure,” says Ben Gibbs,...