On a cold, dark, rainy October morning here in Wisconsin, I find myself with a hot cup of coffee watching the world go by in what is supposed to be a “sunny” sunroom. Completely at peace, I am simultaneously drawn from my reading chair to my computer like a sleep walker headed toward a refrigerator. I recognize the feeling drawing me from the comforts of my reading chair because it happens every year.
Fall has many distinct memories for different individuals, some think of the leaves changing colors, others think football, but for me I think BIG BASS! With cooler temperatures, less boat traffic and grouped up bass that are feeding heavily before winter, fall is a great time to get out and catch a lot of bass that are big.
Every fisherman with a smartphone or electronic tablet knew that touchscreen sonar/GPS navigation was bound to arrive soon—and it finally did. Lowrance just announced that it has expanded its HDS Gen2 lineup with three models (7-, 9- and 12-inch) that feature a wide touchscreen multi-function display.
If you’re a walleye fisherman there’s a good chance your dream trip is finding a Canadian lake where you can catch one walleye after another until your arms get sore. Maybe you’ve experienced it yourself or heard stories about a lake so full of walleye that it’s a surprise when your jig actually makes it to the bottom without a strike. I call these lakes Canadian walleye factories and I’m here to tell you they do exist and offer a few tips to help you find them.
Every year anglers are always looking to upgrade or add something new and hi-tech to their boats. The electronics on boats now were unheard of and just dreamt about years ago. One of the newest items and commonly sought after accessory that anglers, especially bass fisherman want on their boat is a shallow water anchoring system.
The weather patterns have not changed in months. A quick look at the forecast—Hot with little chance of rain has been the script for the weathermen. The second Professional Anglers Association (PAA) event was held in the Alabama at Lake Neely Henry. I knew the forecast before I left my home. I made adjustments on my tournament strategy.
Big water isn’t a requirement for catching trophy pike, not by a long shot. Smaller lakes and rivers will produce trophies every year. But, what I’m talking about is water with the potential of catching a trophy on EVERY cast.
Slop as it is referred to by anglers, is when vegetation forms a large blanket like coating over the water. There are several forms of vegetation that can create these vast regions of slop fields. Lily pads that were once scattered across the water have taken an area by storm and now have other forms of vegetation filling in the open water pockets that once existed. Duck wart is another example of vegetation that can make up some prime areas for slop fishing. These areas look like a sea of green floating a top the water. Duck wart can either be very thin or thick, based on how much vegetation is bunched up below. The other forms of slop are either grass lines that been folded over and are now lying across the top of the water and the last sloppy area are areas where the wind blows any form of debris into a secluded pocket or corner.
Finally, I make it home to the family. My children have missed me most of the summer. It is a part of my job that I really don’t like. We spent a day having fun. The kids and I went to the Wickliffe Indian Burial Mounds State Park. We learned about Indian culture and how they lived. Max and Caroline were shocked to see ancient fish hooks. Caroline said, “Daddy there is no way the Indians had fish hooks! They look like some of yours.” I replied, “The Indians did make their own hooks. They were made out of bone.” The other feats of engineering were amazing too. Pottery, arrowheads, and drills took us back to those days. Max topped it all off with a perfect statement from a six year old, “Daddy, can we go back to the air condition now?” So we packed up and headed to Ya Ya’s Island. It is an indoor playhouse with club houses, blow-up slides, and tons of fun things for the kids to do.