Author: Fishful Thinker

Inflatable Stand-up Paddleboard

By Chad LaChance There is a progression in angling. It starts innocently enough with standing on the side of the lake, casting out from one spot and hoping a fish comes by and makes your day. As we grow as anglers, we start moving around the bank more, sampling casting spots until we find one that our target fish apparently prefer on that day. We also begin to notice that our tackle needs to be mobile along with us and at the same time, our tackle has also grown in volume; we have more stuff to carry to match...

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Fishful Thinker: The Art Of The Angle

When it comes to angling, I’m definitely an angler. In fact, I’m all about the angle so much so, that at times I obsess over it, not casting at all until it’s just right. And when I get my angle figured out, my inner angler soars in a way that can only mean my pattern is dialed. Yep, the art of the angle is a critical part of my angling. Ok, ok, enough with the play on words; what the heck am I talking about? Casting angles of course. And while the term “angling” is originally derived from the...

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Fishful Thinker: Cover Concepts

Catching fish is not nearly as hard as finding them in the first place. After all, it doesn’t matter how good your go-to, top-secret, uber-lucky lure is. If you don’t put it in front of fish, they won’t bite it. Seasoned anglers know that the way to locate fish – any kind of fish – is to first study the “structure” – the bottom contour and composition – and then locate the best “cover” on the best structure. In last month’s Fishful Thinker column, I detailed structure concepts, so now it’s time to talk about cover. If structure is...

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Fishful Thinker: Defining The Playing Field Part I

In my opinion, fish are not terribly difficult to catch. I mean, geez, they have tiny little brains and great big mouths – how hard could it be to trick them into eating? Not very in many cases, but the real trick and ultimate key to consistent success lies not in getting them to bite. Nope, not even close. The real trick is finding them in the first place. It won’t matter how perfect your bait and presentation are if you’re not deploying it around fish. So, let’s talk about finding fish, fast. There are lots of things to...

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Fishful Thinker: Guide Tips

Given my moniker “Fishful Thinker”, I usually reserve this monthly space for some sort of deep down knowledge gleaned from years of steely-eyed woodsmanship, an in-depth breakdown of fishing’s mental game or some other equally robust topic. Not this time. Nope, keeping it simple this month with some tips I’ve managed to learn that make my time on the water go a little smoother. First things first – take care of your tackle. If you fish much, your tackle will get dirty. Fish slime, water deposits and general filth will work their way into the reel handles, bails, level...

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