Fishing & Boating News
(Nov. 30, 2010 - Woodbury, MN) There's nothing like a midwinter fish fry with crappie fillets as the main course-unless it's catching them in the first place. A day on the ice nabbing one crappie after another is enough to thaw anyone's chilly mood. It's a sure cure for that bad case of cabin fever.
(Nov. 26, 2010 - Tyler, TX) December is a month when most of your outdoors man are still hunting and others getting ready for Christmas and then there are the ones that have already taken their bag limit of deer and are now thinking about fishing and getting ready for the spring spawn.
(Nov. 23, 2010 - Temple, TX) The weatherman is telling us our first freeze of the season is headed to Central Texas over the Thanksgiving weekend so let's talk winterization. This is a job you can do yourself or take your boat to your local marine dealer, but do not think you have nothing to worry about.
(Nov. 21, 2010 - Gilchrist, TX) What do tides have to do with fishing and what are the importance of tides? This is probably one of the most asked questions from anglers.
Bottom-Bound Tactics for Tough Times on Ice
(Nov. 09, 2010 - ) Sitting nice and snug inside the Frabill, it was hard to believe what had just happened. Jigging for walleyes at the end of a sweet little point, I'd watched on the camera screen as a good fish had swept in for a closer look at my spoon. Just as I began to anticipate a bite and hookset, a curious thing occurred.
Master Angler Talks Slick Strategy on Ice
(Nov. 08, 2010 - Isanti, MN) Ice fishing tournament ace Tony Boshold sweeps through jungles of panfish plants like a carpet cleaner. Proprietor of a highly successful, professional steam cleaning business, Boshold vacuums the flats with an ice auger, long rod, and box of his favorite little jigs.
(Nov. 08, 2010 - Braham, MN) Ice anglers have a lot to be excited about this season, especially if they're chasing walleyes. Here in Minnesota it looks like the stars have lined up for what should be a lot of serious pole bending and a good chance for stinking up the pan. Our biggest and best walleye lakes like Mille Lacs, Leech, Winnie, and Lake of the Woods are prime examples and are chock full of fish (big and small) and have been red hot all year which is an indication of what's to come.
On the Dock with Rick Smith
(Oct. 27, 2010 - Austin, TX) It seems that you cannot turn on the news anymore without hearing of someone seeing an Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) or having a close encounter with some alien life form. Texas has a real life alien that has already invaded and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is asking for our help in stopping this invader.
(Oct. 26, 2010 - Tyler, TX) Let's talk turkey since it's turkey season. For the most part a lot of fisherman stop fishing in November because of a little thing called deer season. Can you believe it? They stop everything their doing and put deer hunting first and you will never guess what that does for me. I love it too.
(Oct. 25, 2010 - Galveston East Bay, Bolivar Peninsula, TX.) Piercing shrieks and feathered splashes alerted me to the melee, one minute I was casting sea-grass looking for a bite and the next I was at full throttle looking for a fight! A gaggle of shrieking, feeding seagulls diving over a watery expanse of Galveston's East Bay was my focal point.
(Oct. 18, 2010 - Braham, MN) It seems a little insane to actually look forward to getting back on the ice but that's where I'm at, can't be helped. Not with the equipment that's available to the modern ice angler, not when there are so many fish that have it coming. Warm clothes, comfortable super portable shelters, electronics loaded with unbelievably accurate maps, and stocking programs that have lakes on the rebound and you can see how it's all downright exciting. I'm telling you it's getting good, real good.
(Sep. 29, 2010 - Bolivar Pensinsula, TX) Unhurried at first, a few here, a couple there, they begin easing from the cooling waters on the flats into the deeper depths of the channels. Like ghosts they come, silently gliding from out of their summer haunts of grassy bayous and mud-flats, assembling in considerable numbers before moving "en masse" towards the Gulf.
(Sep. 26, 2010 - ) As I write this, the Minnesota archery season is just starting. It's a tortuous time of year, because the urge to hunt is so strong after a long off-season. And while the woods beckon, the lakes are still there --promising what is arguably the best fishing of the whole year!
(Sep. 20, 2010 - Lake Palestine, TX) Fishing in October has always been good in the past years and this year won't be an exception. At this time we are a bit low but fishing is good. I have had several fisherman calling to ask is Lake Palestine safe to run on when it gets down low like it is now, is fishing any good and how do I catch them when it drops like it has been.
(Sep. 15, 2010 - Galveston Bay, TX) With rod bowed and pulsating, the lady angler squealed with joy reeling in her first fish EVER. A flash of gold splashed into the net as her husband landed a small, but chunky Golden Croaker. The menu for their supper table tonight would include crispy filets of golden brown.
(Jul. 09, 2010 - Woodbury, MN) Boat traffic on lakes and rivers typically slows down after Labor Day. Kids are back in school. Moms and dads are thinking about putting deer meat in the freezer.
(Sep. 10, 2010 - Woodbury, MN) Though the calendar doesn't say so yet, weather forecasters count the time around Labor Day as the start of autumn. Walleye fishermen can attest to the truth of that. Fish are no longer scattered in their summer haunts. Trolling structure or fishing shallow weedlines produce fewer and fewer walleyes. Days are shorter. Nights are cooler. The transition has come.
(Aug. 31, 2010 - Tyler, TX) September, can you believe it? Where has our year gone? Why it seems it was just yesterday that I was getting ready for spawning bass and now the fall fishing is about to begin.
(Aug. 31, 2010 - Braham, MN) With all the hustle and bustle of the summer bass fishing season it's a relief to get back to a simpler and more peaceful place and time. Gone are the hordes of anglers as well as the jet skiers and pleasure boaters churning the water to a froth.
(Aug. 24, 2010 - Rollover Pass, Gilchrist, TX.) As 1,000 watt lights penetrated luminous beams deep into the depths of Rollover Pass, a cry of "FISH-ON" sharply breached above the noisy whirr of generators. Then other cries began to echo through the nights air, alerting anglers to the escalating action.
(Aug. 21, 2010 - ) There's always been something hypnotizing about water. Imagine the way it shimmers and shines like diamonds on a bright, breezy summer day. Picture the perfect pace of a moving river, churning along as if driven by something more powerful than gravity.
(Aug. 06, 2010 - ) Opinions on what role color plays in making fish bite are as varied as the colors of the rainbow. Color, when it comes to fishing, can be a controversial topic. One thing for sure is that every single angler has his or her favorite color and they typically have an opinion on which color makes fish bite.
(Aug. 02, 2010 - Temple, TX) Water safety is important to all of us: power boaters, sailors, fishermen, swimmers, divers and hunters. For this reason the marine industry has made a commitment to bring the water safety message to everyone. Common sense is common only if you have had the experience.
(Jul. 28, 2010 - Tyler, TX) August usually brings very low water conditions but this year looks good at this time. Normally we will be down anywhere from one foot to as much as three feet in August due to the droughts.
(Jul. 14, 2010 - Bolivar Peninsula, Gilchrist, TX.) Squeals and laughter filled the air with children splashing and playing in the cool waters of the bay. Busily preparing a family picnic not far away, their parents taking peeks of the kids at play, then smiling after watching their childish enjoyments. But little did they know of the insidious creatures lurking below the surface waiting for one to come near!
(Jun. 18, 2010 - ) While I've been out on the road filming fishing shows, the guys in the office have gone trolling crazy for walleyes after work. The fishing reports have been great, so I must admit that I'm a little jealous that I'm not back in Brainerd, MN joining them.
(Jul. 08, 2010 - Braham, MN) It will wear you down, give you a headache, test your character and maybe even your equipment. In fact; it may even force you to throw in the towel and head home early. There's no doubt that a hard wind and monster waves can take the fun out of just about everything, but if you're a hardcore walleye fisherman it's part of the program.
(Jul. 02, 2010 - Tyler, TX) Have you ever tried to beat the heat in July by fishing for big bass? Well I sure do and when I get that big giant on the line I forget about the heat. That's right you can be burning up and when you get that big bass you will instantly forget that there is any heat that day and the best thing is that those big trophy bass don't care because they have one thing in mind and that is to eat a big meal.
(Jun. 23, 2010 - East Galveston Bay, Bolivar Peninsula, TX.) Flipping a wacky rigged worm towards a grassy edge, letting it sink, then using my rod-tip to make it wriggle, WHAM!! The water exploded and the fight was on. This action wasn't on a freshwater reservoir, nor in a patch of hydrilla, nor was my wacky hook impaled in the jaw of a black bass, but set in a crunching maw of a saltwater redfish.
(Jun. 18, 2010 - Woodbury, MN) Other fish might fight better, pound-for-pound, than smallmouth bass. We just don't know of many. They're like copper-colored missiles shooting from the water when they're hooked. It's a blast catching smallies with a medium-light St. Croix rod and Ardent S2500 spinning reel.
(Jun. 18, 2010 - ) OK, beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, because bullheads might be one of the homeliest fish in fresh water. But there are a lot of reasons to think they're attractive.
(May. 27, 2010 - Tyler, TX) June and what it has to offer us. First of all did you know that June is the official month to take a kid fishing? Thats rite every year the Parks and Wildlife Dept set up a special weekend for you to take a kid fishing and if you don't have your license well thats OK to because everyone gets to fish that weekend for free, and now that you know then theres no reason to not take your kid and any of his or her friends with you so get out on the water.
(May. 27, 2010 - ) OK, beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, because bullheads might be one of the homeliest fish in fresh water. But there are a lot of reasons to think they're attractive. First, bullheads look wonderful when fried to a golden brown color. And when taken from good clean water, they're one of the best-tasting fish around!
(May. 21, 2010 - Braham, MN) When it comes to finding midsummer bass you better throw in a heaping helping of green weeds. They can provide everything an adult bass needs including cover that can hold plenty of baitfish, as well as nooks and crannies where bass can set up and fill their bellies.
(May. 21, 2010 - Woodbury, MN) This may come as a surprise - open-water crappie season lasts far longer than April and May. Sure, boats crowd the shallows when crappies are spawning and the morel mushrooms are popping up in the timber.
(Apr. 28, 2010 - Tyler, TX) In the spring time we have three portions of the spawn and they are, pre-spawn, spawn and post spawn. Prespawn is when the fish are getting ready to begin the spawn which will normally take place in the later part of February. The big females will have put on their big egg rolls during the winter and then making their way up to the shallow.
Flounder Revolution published a new entry entitled "Monday Flounder Update: Rollover Pass meeting, ice chest conversion" on 4/19/2010 6:40:14 AM, written by Flounder Revolution.
(Apr. 19, 2010 - Rollover Pass, Gilchrist, TX.) Monday Flounder Update: Rollover Pass meeting, ice chest conversion ---Greetings fellow flounder fanatics!
(Apr. 16, 2010 - ) One of my favorite things to do is to catch big walleyes with a vertical presentation. Setting the hook on a giant bottom-hugging OEeye, directly under the boat, is one of the best sensations in the world.
The hair transplant was a success: Bucktail Jigs make a big comeback with the walleye bigwigs
(Apr. 15, 2010 - ) I was a twelve-year-old dock boy living the dream at a resort in Northern Wisconsin. By day, I'd hang out with minnows and men who tell fish stories, while earning a little walking around money for my efforts. It was there one summer that I met Hans, an unassuming Swede and regular at the resort.
(Apr. 04, 2010 - ) Some anglers waste their early spring days twiddling their thumbs while waiting for word that the bite has begun at their favorite lake or "Walleye Opener".
(Apr. 01, 2010 - Braham, MN) It doesn't seem that long ago (but it is) when flasher style depth finders were all the rage and anglers finally had a way to actually see the bottom. Not only the bottom but whether it was soft or hard, if there were any fish down below, and even weed growth and maybe what type is was.
Help Us Save a Lifestyle ---- Help Us Save a Texas National Treasure
(Apr. 01, 2010 - Rollover Pass, Gilchrist, TX.) After the devastating storm of September 27, 2008, when Hurricane IKE bulldozed its way over the Bolivar Peninsula, flushing our beachside community of Gilchrist into East Galveston Bay, (and beyond), WE, the GCA, have been struggling to survive and rebuild our community.
(Mar. 26, 2010 - Tyler, TX) What a year we have had with the weather. Can you remember us having this much rain,snow or just plain old cold weather? Well with all the wet weather we have had our lakes are all full and ready for our spring fishing. Bass have been very good with good nubers and size just about every week since the middle of Febuary.
(Mar. 26, 2010 - Alexandria, VA.) In recreational boating today it's a buyers market and used boats represent great value. "Finding your dreamboat is easy," said BoatU.S. Vice President of Boat Finance Charm Addington, who heads the association's Settlement Service .
(Mar. 20, 2010 - ) One of the most important lessons I learned from years of tournament fishing is how to "run and gun."
(Mar. 19, 2010 - Lake Sam Rayburn TX) Braving enemy fire to occupy a critical firing position the young soldier engaged and neutralized six insurgents at close range. Then the soldier, still under relentless fire, ran into a burning vehicle to retrieve an automatic weapon and successfully defended his platoon's position, bringing great credit to himself, and to the 1st Calvary Division.
Multiple Tournament Trails Emerge To Give Ladies Options After Discontinuation Of The WBT, Including The American Lady Anglers
(Mar. 08, 2010 - Red Oak, TX) Rod Baker, husband and Bass Caddy of WBT Pro Boater Dr. Terri Elkins was shocked to hear from one of his buddies, Lake Fork Guide Lee White, that ESPN/BASS had announced the discontinuation of the Academy Sports and Outdoors Women's Bassmaster Tour on Monday, January 4, 2010.
-Texas Targets Rollover for Closing-
(Mar. 02, 2010 - Gilchrist, Bolivar Peninsula, TX.) Since 2008, when satanic winds and the 27 foot tsunami storm surge of Ike destroyed the fishing community of Gilchrest TX, quite a strain was put on the survivor's ability to rebuild their community. But now, an even more sinister ill wind is threatening the very life of this quiet beachside community.
(Mar. 02, 2010 - Braham, MN) Opening day isn't all about catching fish. Just getting on the water and enjoying what Mother Nature has to offer is part of the opening experience. It's also a great opportunity to spend quality time with friends and family and maybe even start a new tradition. To that end it still wouldn't hurt to put a few fish in the boat and can help get your program off to a good start.
(Feb. 25, 2010 - Tyler, TX) March is the month of magic or miracles! The weather begins to warm up, our grass begins to green up our yards, our trees and flowers begin to bloom and the lakes begin to warm up and with all this our spring spawn gets in high gear so if that ain't magic it must be a miracle from God.
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