Author: Fishful Thinker

Pro Member Update: Alaska’s Boardwalk Lodge

By Chad LaChance Ok, be honest anglers. Who hasn’t dreamed of going fishing in Alaska? I mean it’s Alaska and we have all heard the stories of rivers teeming with salmon, bays loaded with halibut and other crazy bottom fish and the lodges, those rustic lodges that are quintessentially Alaskan. Now, what could be better than a fishing trip to Alaska? A free fishing trip to Alaska, of course! That’s exactly the scenario my new friend Randell was in. You see, Randell had the foresight to recognize a good bet when he saw it, prompting him to sign up...

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Fishful Thinker: Jerkbait Primer

Fishermen have been described as “a jerk on one end waiting for a jerk on the other”. In my case, it’s more accurate to say, “a jerk on one end fishing a jerk on the other”, because the jerkbait is probably my favorite presentation for enticing gamefish. From diminutive to gargantuan, floating to sinking, subtle to gaudy, there are literally hundreds of jerkbaits available to anglers. It’s a good thing too, because predatory gamefish of all description will fall for the charm of a well presented jerkbait. Did you notice I said well presented? It’s because a jerkbait, more...

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Fishful Thinker: Simple Spots

Some of you loyal readers may know that ‘yours truly’ hosts a TV show titled Fishful Thinker TV. We’re now in our 18th season, meaning we’ve filmed 234 episodes so far and all of them, with the exception of three, were filmed on public water anyone can fish. Not only were they filmed on public water, the vast majority of them were filmed at places I’ve never fished or haven’t fished in many years, without the use of a local guide or even much information other than current conditions like water level or access points. And in an effort...

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Fishful Thinker: A Clue from the Dog

My dog is giving me a dirty look. It’s a look I’ve seen lots of times before. I used to think it was selfish of him, but I’ve since decided that he’s really just looking out for my best interests. That his desired outcome from said look is of benefit to him too is irrelevant; it’s me he’s looking out for. Good dog! “The look” occurs after several hours of me pecking away on this very keyboard, and it means that it’s time to take him for a swim for both his sanity and, as I’ve more recently discovered,...

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Fishful Thinker: Prep Now!

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win‚” is a quote that is commonly associated with coach Bobby Knight. While Mr. Knight didn’t pen the line (actually it was Bud Wilkinsin), he is in fact a fisherman and would probably agree with me that the wisdom is as equally at home in a boat as on the court. In most fishing, winning can be defined in many ways, but preparing to win is paramount to all of them. Maybe you are super-casual weekender who defines winning as spending some time outdoors with...

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