Author: Fishful Thinker

The Fishful Thinker: The Line On Lines

By Chad LaChance Classic emailed question: “What kind of line do you use?” Standard answer: “In what application?” Friends, there is no cut and dry answer for that question these days! Today’s angler has an almost overwhelming variety of line types, weights and colors to choose from which is great; that way we can match our line to our fishing. It’s also a bummer, because deciding exactly which line will help you catch more fish can be very confusing. Many take a head-in-the-sand approach and fish with whatever happens to be on their spool. Not me. Nope, I take...

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Fishful Thinker: Playing Favorites

By Chad LaChance What’s your favorite lure? We get this question all the time, so much so that it has become a running joke around La Cueva del Fishful. It seems folks have an infatuation with “what’s our favorite” anything in general; fish species, lake, line, etc, and there is no single answer to any of them for me. Having said that, there are a few favorites of mine that can be easily and unequivocally stated, and the answers can almost always be found on or around me on any given outing. They are the things that make my...

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The Fishful Thinker: Finesse

I love the big stuff. I love the fast stuff. I love the shiny stuff. And I really love the super-erratic stuff. Fortunately, so do the fish…most days. But I don’t guide to catch fish “most days”, and the camera guy get paid everyday, not just on most days when the fish do want my big, fast, shiny or erratic stuff. In my line of work, consistency counts and therefore versatility is the name of the game. So what do we do on those days that aren’t part of the most days group? Well, we break out the small,...

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Catching Bass And Taking Names

By Chad LaChance As of 2011, 19,569,000 or 59.3% of all licensed anglers in the United States placed the largemouth bass at the top of their list of favorite species to pursue. That’s 23 percent higher than the next closest fish, the humble sunfish family and 34% above third place, the smallmouth bass. Americans don’t always fish, but when we do, we prefer largemouth. Now, before I go on, don’t hate on me. I know this is ‘The West’ where trout are king and bug slingers are the regionally stereotypical anglers.  But are they? After all, a full 85%...

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Fishful Thinker: Bass Rod Roundup

Ahhh, the fishing rod — such a simple concept. Take a long skinny stick, tie a hook and string to it and commence to fishin’. Maybe back in Andy and Opie’s day, but not for today’s angler! Rods, poles, sticks, whatever you call them, the modern fishing rod has evolved into a very technically advanced tool constructed of space-age materials and computer designs to achieve a very specific combination of length, power, action and weight. Many rods are technique-specific (spongy crankbait rods are a good example of this) while others are designed to be general purpose catchers. This diversity...

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