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Thursday, May 23rd, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Thursday, May 23rd, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Mike Schoonveld

Bulging costs cloud carp plan outlook as threat to Great Lakes continues

It’s nearly unanimous.
Invasive Asian carp shouldn’t have ever been allowed to be imported into the United States. Once they were imported, safeguards should have been in place to make sure they couldn’t escape. Sadly, now that they’ve escaped, something needs to be done to curb their expansion.
Something must be done! The problem is that the word “something” seems to have different meanings.

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Here’s how to rig up double duty diver reels

Anytime I can get dual service (or more) from any of my fishing tackle, I’m a happy camper.
If I can use the same rod to troll using planer boards and then switch it to trolling with downriggers, great. It saves money (rods are expensive), and it reduces clutter on my smaller-sized boat when my rods are multi-taskers. The same thing goes for the reels I use for fishing with directional diving planers, like Luhr Jensen’s Dipsey Divers, Dreamweaver’s Deeper Divers, and other brands.

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Big groups, big fish, big fun on Michigan’s Great Lakes

Fishing is many things to many people. That’s one of the allures of the sport.
For some, the solitude of the game is what’s important. It’s man against fish. The angler chooses when, where, and how to fish, and success is a quiet joy.
But occasionally, fishing can be the star of the party and even become the party. With a little work and planning, a summer fishing outing on one of Michigan’s Great Lakes can be a memory maker.

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Know your emergency contact possibilities when on the Great Lakes

I came out of a popular Lake Michigan harbor a few weeks ago and spotted a person in a boat a few hundred yards away waving a boat cushion.
“Something’s wrong,” I said to the people with me and headed my own boat closer to see if this was an emergency situation. I stopped near the distressed boater and learned his motor had unexplainably conked out. “Could we help,” he asked?

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SPF, the FDA and the best numbers to keep you protected from the sun

I pulled a tube of sunscreen from my boat’s glove compartment to slather on a layer of protection for my lips, face, ears – about the only portion of my skin exposed to the day’s sunbeams since I was wearing long sleeves, long pants and a wide-brimmed hat.
I asked a friend fishing with me if he wanted some. “Yes, please,” he said. Then when he looked at the tube he said, “I don’t think this stuff will work for me.”

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Do brown trout have any self respect?

I’m a boat fisherman when it comes to fishing the Great Lakes. 
Tom, a friend of mine, prefers fishing from the shore or on one of the piers to catch his share of salmon and trout. We decided to trade trips one weekend. I’d take him fishing on the boat on Saturday; on Sunday, I’d walk out on the pier with him and we’d fish the same general area with solid footing.

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Lake Michigan brown trout are heading north

Before there were salmon in the Great Lakes, there were brown trout.
Before Dr. Howard Tanner took the reins of the Michigan Fisheries Department with the mandate, “Do something spectacular,” Michigan’s fish biologists had tried to do spectacular things in the Great Lakes by stocking them with both steelhead and brown trout. The results were mixed, but certainly not up to “spectacular” standards.

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