Getting ready for early season weaks and resident bass.

The Mets usually win their home opener, instilling a childish glimmer of hope. It’s a sort of welcome to the emotional roller coaster of 162 turns, curves, free falls, and gut jarring stops.  Today they were able to squeeze a month of heartache into a few extra innings.

striper bass

Last year, typical summer night bass fishing off Breezy Point, the true meaning of being a Mets fan came out loud and clear.  The guy with the radio offered to change from Get the Led Out night to the Mets game.  Guy two over from me says,

“Don’t do that, I’m enjoying myself. I’m out here because the game’s on.”

Not to turn this into a Mets rant but more times than not it’s individual breakdowns that catch on like wildfire.  First baseman’s not paying attention, pitchers get rattled, clutch hitters hit slumps.  Biggest reasons for these failures I’m always convinced is self doubt and being unprepared. [click to continue…]

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Starting now, all Fishidy members have the ability to view publicly marked catches and spots on waterway page maps, regardless of whether you’re connected to followers of that same waterway or not. This opens up a whole new level of great fishing information right at your finger tips!

By default, publicly marked catches and spots will pop-up on the maps. If you choose to do so, you can always remove this layer from the map, by un-checking the appropriate menu selection as shown in the images below.

Also, if at anytime you prefer to keep your catches and spots private, you can do so with Fishidy’s privacy options which allow you to alter the visibility only to yourself, or you and your buddies.

Sign in to Fishidy now and check out this great new feature!

public catches

public spots

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I was so young the first time my parents took me fishing that I can’t remember it.  I don’t remember the fish, the river, or the photo that followed.  I remember the Zebco 202 that was my first fishing pole.  I can still see it, green and white, dirty, leaning against the old plank wooden walls of the garage, and the bobber half attached.  I can still hear my mom’s voice reminding me as I would set it in the crotch of the stick that I had shoved in the ground that “don’t walk from that or you’ll lose it like I did that day”, referencing the memory of having her fishing pole dragged into the water while not paying attention to the bite she had.  There were many trips, and many fish, and many more that would come without my parents and with children of my own.  Fishing became my joy, my celebration, and my way to cope.

jim young [click to continue…]

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Brainerd, Minn. – April 1, 2014 – Babe Winkelman Productions is excited to announce a continued partnership with Fishidy for 2014. As a trusted fishing and outdoors personality for 35+ years, Babe Winkelman has helped generations of anglers hone their fishing skills through educational television shows, “Good Fishing” tips, and by building a strong appreciation for the outdoors. Fishidy, a website and mobile app connecting anglers to thousands of online waterway pages across the U.S. containing maps with proven Fishing Hot Spots®, local fishing reports, and advanced tools is the perfect complement in both partners’ goal of moving the fishing industry forward through education, stewardship and good old fashioned fun in the outdoors.

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Bringing Back Blades

How an Old-School Bait is Becoming a New-School Trend

Just about every serious Midwestern walleye angler has at least one rusty, bent, chipped up blade bait, silently corroding at the bottom of the boat. Whether it is a Sonar, a Cicada, or even a Zip Lure, it may only see water twice a year; spring and fall. For most anglers, that is pretty typical. The common perception of the blade bait follows the idea that it is only good for triggering reaction strikes in the spring and fall. That’s all. Tie it to your favorite heavy jigging rod, let it hit bottom, then rip it sharply upwards. What most anglers’ seem to overlook, is how versatile blade baits can be all year long.

By design, most common blade baits only allow for vertical jigging or a straight cast-retrieve method. However, a new blade bait is changing the way these baits are perceived, and fished.  The Echotail, made by Vibrations Tackle is the creation of Justin and Rob Blanchar. This bait turns heads at almost every sports show and tackle shop, because there is simply nothing else like it.

echotail

Image courtesy of Vibrations Tackle (1/2 oz “Crazy Perch” custom pattern)

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