Author: Fishful Thinker

Fishful Thinker: Filled to The Gills With Holiday Spirit

By Chad LaChance Ah, December! As a fishing professional, I love December. Perhaps surprisingly, it’s not the fishing that I love about it, although there is some great fishing to be had. I mean, geez, ice is forming on many of our lakes and we all know how good first ice of the year can be. For those that love ice fishing, first ice is just about Nirvana. The fish are easy to catch and the conditions are generally still tolerable, even for those venturing out sans hut. If you don’t like ice fishing, many reservoirs are still open...

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Fishful Thinker: The Will To Win

By Chad LaChance 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 a super-casual weekender who defines winning as spending...

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Fishful Thinker: Casting Tackle

Customer to fishing department associate: “I want a spinning reel that doesn’t twist my line.” Intelligent fishing associate’s answer: “Sorry sir, but there is no such thing.” And then the customer walked out. The sad thing is that the associate is correct. There are spinning reels with features that help reduce line twist, but by their fundamental design, line twist is part of the deal. Anytime you wrap any filament around a spool of any sort at a 90 degree angle to said spool’s axis, you will twist said filament. Don’t believe me? Try it with your garden hose...

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Fishful Thinker: Gettin’ Jiggy With It

One of the most common questions I get is also the easiest to answer: “If you had only one lure to fish with, what would it be? My answer, without hesitation, is a jig. Why? Because a jig can be fished at any depth, can be worked vertically or horizontally, and comes in a ridiculous range of sizes, colors, and profiles. See, it’s an easy choice for only one lure. But what if I was allowed two lure types? Would the second choice be harder to make? Nope, I’d immediately answer with jigs and spoons. Why? For the same...

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Fishful Thinker: Little Boat Equals Big Rewards

By Chad LaChance   I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; size does not always count in fishing. I’ve oft stated that opinion in this very column, usually relating to either the size of the fish itself or the lures used to catch them. The pop-culture presumption is that bigger is better, but I contend that it depends on exactly how you define “better”. If, like me, you associate better with more fun in your fishing, than I guarantee you bigger is not always better when it comes to your fishing boat. Like many anglers, my first...

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