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Best Fishing Trips: Have Some Fun in Canada

Posted by Walt & Poppee Matan on May 9th 2019

Best Fishing Trips: Have Some Fun in Canada
We’ve had some great fishing trips in Canada. We’ve gone to drive-to destinations and brought our own boat and we’ve taken all inclusive fly-in trips. With few exceptions, they have all been great trips. A week fishing in Canada still carries a mythical quality. A Canadian fishing vacation is still the holy grail of angling to the Midwestern angler! For our money, nothing beats bringing your own boat loaded down with all the right gear. Whether you have a 16 footer rigged with the basics or an 18 footer loaded up with all the latest gadgets, chances are your boat will be better than using …

Jig 'n Twister Lure Scores Big in Canada

Posted by Walt Matan on Apr 15th 2019

Jig 'n Twister Lure Scores Big in Canada
If I had the choice of one lure and only one lure to use in Canada, it would be the jig’n twister. Many anglers might choose a Daredevlil, Doctor Spoon or a Rapala Minnow but give me a jig’n twister every time! Why is it so effective, because it is so versatile. A jig’n twister can be used shallow, deep and everywhere in between! It can be used on all species from walleye to muskie. It can be crawled along bottom, swimmed at a brisk pace or even bulged just under the surface. My favorite jig’n twister combo is a little bigger than most anglers use. I like to use the 5" K-Grub made by B- …

The Ever Versatile Naked Jig! Catch More w/ Live Bait

Posted by Walt Matan on Apr 12th 2019

The Ever Versatile Naked Jig! Catch More w/ Live Bait
There are so many ways to use a jig that the average angler could be overwhelmed. But, let’s take a look at the basics, here is a great way to use a jig that will help you catch more walleye... it’s time to get NAKED! The NAKED jig is by far our favorite jig. By NAKED, we mean there is no plastic added, but we will add a minnow, leech or nightcrawler. In spring, leeches are not an option, since they are not available. Fathead minnows are the norm, but in many regions nightcrawlers are moving up fast. There are a lot of ways to hook a minnow but are two favorites are through the …

Use Glowing Jigs Under The Ice to Catch More Panfish

Posted by Dan Galusha on Mar 5th 2019

Use Glowing Jigs Under The Ice to Catch More Panfish
Color selection is always a hot topic when it comes to any sort of fishing. In ice fishing there are basics that seem to work for many species, but one that is very different, and extremely productive is a selection of "glowing" lures. My first choice for panfish is Custom Jigs & Spins glowing colors of Glow Brite/lime, Glow Brite/pink, Glow Brite/blue and plain Glow Brite. While there are several models in which these colors are available, a good selection would consist of the Rat Finkie, Demon, Ratso, Shrimpo and Nuclear Ant, in sizes 12 through 4. The sizes that I use most are 10 and 8, …

Turning on Negative Panfish: How to Catch More

Posted by Matthew J. Breuer on Feb 15th 2019

Turning on Negative Panfish: How to Catch More
If you’re an avid ice fisherman, no doubt you’ve encountered negative panfish. Bluegills and crappies that you can mark on your electronics, but can’t for the life of you get them to bite! There are many factors in why a panfish will suddenly turn negative. Panfish, unlike walleyes, are very effected by cold snaps. With the invention of portable shelters that go up and break down with ease more and more people are venturing out on those colder than average days, with this, more and more people are encountering negative fish beneath them. Hands down the Custom Jigs and Spins Shrimpo in a …