Author: Fishful Thinker

Fishful Thinker: June is For Jiggin’

Here around LaCueva del Fishful – aka my fishing garage shop – we have a saying that I look forward to applying every year; “June is for Jiggin’”. The saying stems from more than 12 years of guiding and filming FTTV shows, and our constant efforts to simplify and categorize (at least to whatever extent that natural elements can be categorized) fishing patterns. After all these years, I know with supreme confidence that here in The West, if I do a good job of finesse jigging, I’ll be in the hunt for any predatory species that swims. It’s true...

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PacWest Outdoors: Left-handed Rockfish on the Oregon Coast

Want fish and chips for dinner? Catch it yourself. Prospecting the ocean floor with hardware and spinning gear. By Gary Lewis We wonder how much color a fish can see 30, 60, 90 feet down. How much difference does it make if the grub on the end of the line is green or white or red or blue? Is it more important to the angler than to the fish? When I broke off the red bait that had been working, when I stuck it to the bottom of the Pacific off Newport on the Oregon Coast, I grabbed another...

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Bass Fishing Roundup

By Chad LaChance St Croix Rods Bass X series I bet you didn’t know that competitive bass fishing is the fastest growing segment of the fishing demographic and it’s being driven by organized high school and collegiate fishing programs that feed the pro ranks. Skilled bassers know they need a wide range of rods to match different presentation scenarios, so the family owned company, St Croix Rods, launched Bass X; a line of high quality, technique specific rods affordable to many anglers. The series features 10 casting rods and four spinning rods to cover all the bassin’ bases and...

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Fishful Thinker: Supersize ‘Em

These days, down-sizing is all the rage. Whether you’re talking carbon footprint, food portions or consumption in general, less is more. In one particular case, I disagree completely and that’s of course in fishing. We humans might be worried about getting fat or over consumption of our resources, but the fish definitely aren’t. In fact, the most sought-after gamefish in the country is named for the size of his mouth, not his brain. And its name starts with Large – you can guess the rest. In a fish’s world, less is definitely not more when it comes to food....

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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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