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I’ve always loved living on the Gulf Coast. Our summers are hot, but there’s always a beach or waterway nearby to help beat the heat. Spring provides great scenery in the swamps and fields as flowers begin to bring new life, and wildlife are back in full force! Autumn brings a crisp, cool relief to the summer heat, along with football, tailgating, and bonfires. Our winters are usually quite mild compared to the northern states.

Thursday, 03 January 2013 14:32

Fishing Report for December 2012

Winter has set in for us here in the Midwest. One major blizzard has passed through, and a couple light snows have provided for a white wonderland. The lakes are frozen over, with many of them having 5-6” of ice which provides for some dandy fishing through auger made fishing holes. I tried it myself last week, and found it quite interesting. Some friends invited me out to an ice-covered pond just outside of Lincoln, NE, and it didn’t take long for fish to appear from the depths below.

Published in West North Central
Sunday, 08 January 2012 16:21

Winter Fishing Tactics

The winter season is upon us here in Southwest Florida.  This can be a great time of year to fish from the kayak. During the winter months we deal with cold fronts, negative low tides, windy days and cold water temperatures. These conditions can be tough, and I wanted to share my thoughts on a few techniques, lure choices and the best times to be on the water for the top four targeted species in my region - snook, redfish, speckled (or spotted) trout, and flounder.

Wednesday, 04 January 2012 01:00

Last Kayak Fishing Trip of 2011

For my last kayak fishing trip of 2011,I made the decision to go to a location that I hadn’t visited in quite some time. This New Year’s Eve trip would serve two purposes: finishing off a great year, and hopefully giving me some content for my next magazine article. I made the some calls and rounded up the usual suspects. Chris and Tom would be there, and I would pick Greg up along the way. As we drove over the Skyway Bridge enroute to Fort DeSoto, we could tell it was going to be a good morning. Flat calm conditions greeted us at the launch. We were soon on the water, casting Heddon “Super Spook, Jr.” topwaters into schools of mullet, looking for redfish.

Published in South Atlantic
Thursday, 29 December 2011 01:00

Day After Christmas Kayak Bass Fishing

Well, the chaos of another Christmas is behind me, and I decided to do something I rarely get to do... TAKE A WEEKDAY OFF TO GET IN THE KAYAK AND GO BASS FISHING!!!!

It was absolutely gorgeous here Christmas day and I drooled all day at the prospects of hitting the water. 58 degrees, bright sunshine, and no wind - perfect! Unfortunately, it wasn't as nice Monday. I wanted to try a new bait, however, and didn't have any loads booked to haul until Tuesday night. There was no way I was staying off the water. Another layer of fleece under the dry top and waders, and to the river I went.

Published in West South Central
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 12:48

A Day I Will Never Forget On The IRL

As in most of my kayak fishing trips I had a hard time sleeping the night before, so I spent some time going over my gear to make sure everything was in good working order and packing my tackle bag with the items I would need for the next day’s trip. The person joining me on this trip was someone who I enjoy spending time with on the water more than anyone else and who introduced me to fishing some thirty years ago my Dad!

Published in South Atlantic

After my last two dismal trips, I wasn’t sure if I should answer the phone when my buddies Walt and Greg called me. After all, they were the administrators of the beat downs I got fishing with them last. I figured “What the heck, at least I could get some good pictures if this trend continues”. So as we all met at the launch, we were met by another friend of mine, Chris, who has also recently put me to task while fishing.

Published in South Atlantic
Tuesday, 29 November 2011 07:36

A River Runs Through It

Ok, so I took some liberties with the title, but like the movie, I’m haunted by waters. I want to know what’s around the next bend in the mangroves, that hidden pond in the back country, or up the river I used to fish when I was a younger man. So when my buddy Walt called me and said “Let’s go see if they are biting up the river”, I jumped at the chance. This time of year the snook head up the rivers in search of warmer water, so this would be a perfect opportunity to see how well they are making a comeback after our terrible winter of a few years ago.

Published in South Atlantic
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 19:46

Ready or Not, It’s Time for Some Winter Fishing

Now that we are squarely in the shadow of an all-too-rapidly approaching winter, I’ve been re-evaluating my “go-to” baits and reorganizing for colder conditions.  After all, it doesn’t make sense to be clinging to my larger or faster baits when we know the fish are much less active.  That’s not to say I won’t throw a 6” worm if nothing else is working, but as a general rule, my tackle is much smaller for this time of year. 

Wednesday, 19 January 2011 08:56

Ice, Snow, Kayaks, and Smallmouth Bass

What do these four things have in common? Well...I don't know because i'm just a dumb kayak fisherman...not a philosopher  

Thanks to a fellow winco's pro-staffer I located a "new to me" warm water discharge and hit the Susquehanna River this past Saturday in search of smallmouth bass.

Published in Mid Atlantic
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