Author: Fishful Thinker

Pro’s Tips: Gear for Brown Bruins Part 2: Tools

By Chad LaChance As a professional outdoorsman and host of Fishful Thinker TV for the last decade, I’ve learned the importance of preparation for success, be it for a day trip on the lake I guide on or a cross-country trip in the Tundra to some river or bay I’ve never seen. Same holds true for hunts or even camping trips; preparing to win, as cliche as it sounds, is paramount to success. This includes everything from cloths to gear to rods, reels or rifles. The less that is left to chance, the lower the odds that some scenario...

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Fishful Thinker: Move Out Day

Move out day. What visual does that conjure up for you? Do you picture a pile of cardboard boxes and furniture stuffed in a truck as you change homes? Maybe you picture a single box full of pens, note pads and assorted cubicle goodies as you move out of your job space? I picture a huge pile of rods and reels, Plano boxes, ropes, PFDs, tools, spares and the rest of the stuff that normally resides in my 21-foot Ranger bass boat. You see, for me, move out day means emptying the boat for the season and that typically...

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Fishful Thinker: Paleo Principles

As an outdoorsman, I have a fundamental belief that harvesting our own food is paramount to some sort of inner paleo contentment. By that I mean, I’m a whole bunch happier deep down to consume meat that I had a hand in capturing, processing and preparing. Because of this, I’ve spent my life in pursuit of “fast food” in the form of fish, big game, small game, and feathered game and I take every step in the process very seriously. Here’s a few things I’ve learned along the way that really help when deciding exactly which game or fish...

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Pro’s Tips: Brown Bear Hunting Essentials – Part 1 Clothing

By Chad LaChance As a professional outdoorsman who travels to film TV for a living, you’d think I’d be ready for any kind of trip. I mean, geez, I spend half my time packing for various destinations and have all the gear to be prepared for nearly any wild destination, be it woods or water. Planning and packing has become second nature for just about anywhere I may travel. But notice I said “nearly any” and “just about anywhere”? Yea, that’s because some places are just plain different. Enter Kodiak Island Alaska; in November; hunting giant brown bears. Yea,...

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Fishful Thinker: Topwater Tidbits

Quick, what do smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, spotted bass, white bass, wipers, stripers and pike all have in common? If you said they’re all fun to catch we’d agree in principle, but that’s not what I’m reaching for, at least not specifically enough. What I’d say is that is they all love to nuke a topwater lure in summer and fall and that for sure drives home the point that they are all indeed fun to catch. For the record, any fish that is fun to catch is simply more fun to catch on the surface. Truth. Given that...

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