Author: Fishful Thinker

Pro’s Tips: Beginner Tackle

By Chad LaChance You’ve thought about it for a while but haven’t taken the plunge. The weather is nice and the word on the street is that now’s the time; you’re finally going to dabble in fishing. But wait, you don’t have a rod and reel or a tackle box or waders or any of that other paraphernalia you see other anglers draped in. Don’t despair oh fledgling fisher, I got’cha covered in this very column. And in case you’re not independently wealthy or possibly fear commitment, we’re going to outfit you at your local Sportsman’s Warehouse for a...

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Fishful Thinker: Fishing For Fun

Why do you fish? I recently posted that seemingly simple question on social media and got bombed with responses. Some of them were snide, others very simple and yet others were long, drawn out dissertations of some innate drive or instinct that needs to be satisfied. The most common answer is the correct one; fishing is fun. Yes there is something primal about pursuing fish and game and sure we may get some dinner out of it but, at least in terms of modern times in the good ol’ USA, we do it because it’s fun. Well, if some...

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Fishful Thinker: Truck Tackle

How many times have you driven over a bridge or by a pond and thought to yourself, “Man, that looks awfully fishy, sure wish I had my fishing tackle?” Yea – don’t do that! There is no reason that you should not be ready to fish at all times. In fact, even as a professional angler, some of my favorite catches have been those that occurred when I wasn’t on a fishing trip per se, just out and about and spotting a good place to fish. The key of course is being prepared and I’m always prepared to fish....

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Fishful Thinker: Take It To The Bank

I’m guilty. Bill Dance is guilty, too. Hank Parker is guilty and for that matter so is the majority of other fishing TV show hosts. We all know better, yet we still find ourselves doing it over and over again, and there appears to be no end in sight; most of us will not change our evil ways. We all started innocently enough, but now we’re pretty much all guilty. No alibi, simply guilty. What are we all so guilty of, you ask? Neglecting a huge portion of this great country’s anglers. Most of us got into fishing for...

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Amazing Beasts of the Kodiak

By Chad LaChance Reverence. That is the only word to describe my feelings immediately upon approaching the half-ton brown bear I’d just harvested. The ancient old bear’s final resting place was oddly serene; she laid face down, half floating in the lake that had been her major source of salmon – and thus body fat – that sustained her for two decades and probably 15 cubs. The evening air was dead calm, the water clear as glass, and the bear was still and peaceful. My brain; well, my brain was a mess. I couldn’t decide whether to cry, rejoice...

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