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Three For The Books

With the fish safely returned to its home, we glided back to the landing over smooth water with big grins and a timeless memory. Preparing for the season to come also brings time to reflect on the season that was.  The 2014 open water fishing season came on the heels of our second consecutive brutal…

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  Even though they can become very spread out at this time, there are still fish to be caught near easily accessible shallower structures, and you don’t need to incorporate complicated techniques and technology to catch them. The 2013 fishing season definitely got off to a strange start with many of the Lakes in northern…

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Nate’s Grilled Northern Pike

Tired of fried fish?  My good friend Nate Berg from Babe Winkelman Productions shared this simple but outstanding recipe for grilled northern pike with me that has been a huge hit in my house.  This is a great way to make good use of those pike in the mid 20″ range that we periodically run…

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Muskies In The Corn Belt

This was no longer the post spawn situation we had prepared for.  The game had now changed, and we needed to re-think our approach. Musky fishing is about the journey, not the destination.  At least that’s the philosophy any die hard musky angler needs to have in order to pursue these evasive predators that show…

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A Day With Don

Despite having every reason to give up and cash in his chips, he has chosen to find meaning and purpose.  What would be considered a burden too large for most to bear has become a cause for the celebration of life, family, and friends.  Expressions like “it’s a small world” can be overused.  When Steve…

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Keep Your Options Open This Spring

Long time friend and legendary Hayward, Wisconsin fishing guide Terry Peterson instilled the value of an open minded approach in me years ago.   KEEP YOUR OPTIONS OPEN With snow and ice turning our lakes into frozen freshwater aquariums, I find myself reflecting on the past open water season.  Trophies landed, mistakes made, opportunities missed,…

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Grandma Doris

My childhood was full of distinct memories of my grandmother, and my connection to her will come as no surprise to anyone who knows me, FISHING!  Grandma loved to fish. Doris Elaine Meacham (August 16, 1925 – November 26, 2011) Matthew 4:18-23 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers;…

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Lake of the Woods – Rocky Point Pike

Certainly ice would begin to melt by the second week in April?  Guess again!   Lake of the Woods is well known for producing monster late ice pike.  Historically, March is the best month to catch twenty plus pound pigs as they put on the feedbag before spawning soon after ice out.  Increased sunlight, melting ice and increased…

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Rainy River Reunion

When we arrived at the landing around 6:30 a.m., the thermometer read 10 degrees with a stiff north wind hitting us in the face.  It was COLD!   My 2013 fishing season started out with a first.  I have always wanted to fish the early spring walleye run on the Rainy River, but the opportunity never presented…

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Huge Wisconsin Inland Smallmouth

My day on the water with Babe Winkelman a few years ago confirmed that the inland lakes in Northwest Wisconsin support word class bronzebacks as well. Everyone knows about the monster smallies that swim Chequamegon Bay.  My day on the water with Babe Winkelman a few years ago confirmed that the inland lakes in Northwest…

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