Author: Fishful Thinker

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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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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