27 Best Crappie Lures and Best Crappie Bait

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Crappie fishing has come a long way since minnows on a float being the preferred method to catch crappie. Crappie has become a highly desirable sportfish that are a blast to catch on light tackle and are a good fish to keep for dinner. Black crappie and white crappie are the only two types of … Read more

17 Best Tarpon Fishing Lures and Baits

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Some charter captains spend their whole career only fishing for tarpon. People do this because fishing for tarpon is both challenging and exciting. Tarpon are found in both the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. Most tarpon travel south of the United States during the winter months. Some tarpon remain in the US year-round. … Read more

12 Best Arctic Grayling Fishing Lures

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Arctic Grayling are really cool fish and are known as the sailfish of the salmon species. Native grayling are found in rivers, streams, and lakes in Alaska, Canada and Montana, and Michigan. Many other states have introduced Arctic Graying. These fish are fun to catch using light spinning tackle and fly gear. Arctic Grayling are … Read more

17 Best Boat Anchors and Best Fishing Anchor Types


As a charter boat captain, I frequently anchor in 300 plus feet of water. Having the proper anchor setup saves time and frustrations on the water. If the anchor does not hold or slides when setting the anchor it results in extra work and lost fishing time. Fishing boat anchors hold the boat over the … Read more

9 Best Salmon Fishing Lures for The Great Lakes

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Lake Michigan and Lake Ontario have large populations of king salmon and coho salmon. Lake Huron started stocking Atlantic salmon starting in 2013 and also has steelhead and lake trout. In Lake Erie, there is mostly steelhead but occasional coho salmon get caught. This article focuses on catch freshwater salmon in the great lakes. If … Read more

17 Best Salmon Fishing Lures and Salmon Baits

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There are five different types of salmon that can all be caught from a boat or from shore. The style of fishing and type of lure to use vary depending on location and type of salmon being targeted. Trolling for salmon, mooching for salmon and fishing for salmon in rivers and streams will be discussed … Read more

17 Best Downriggers in 2020


Downriggers allow anglers to troll with fishing lures and baits up to 400 feet deep. As a charter captain, I have used downriggers to catch salmon, wahoo, king mackerel, halibut, rockfish, lingcod, and sharks. I have used both electric and manual downriggers. In the great lakes, I have used downriggers to catch king salmon, coho … Read more

10 Best Trolling Motor Batteries 2020


A good trolling motor battery is durable and can store a large amount of charge. How much a battery can store is measured in amp-hours.  I have highlighted there values in bold throughout the article. Battery weight is important when using small boats where it must be loaded and unloaded for each use.  More information … Read more

10 Best Trolling Motors for Boats, Kayaks, and Canoes in 2020


Trolling motors are a great way to power a small johnboat, canoe or kayak. Larger pedal-operated trolling motors are used extensively on bass boats and ocean shallow running boat to fish near the shore. A trolling motor allows the boat to quietly sneak into the best fishing spots. Without a trolling motor, fishermen have to … Read more

7 Best Bluefish Lures and Fishing Tips

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Bluefish are an extremely hard fishing fish and their ferocious nature makes them the piranha of the ocean. These are fun fish to catch! Bluefish typically swim in schools so when you start catching bluefish there is often lots of excitement. These fish have sharp teeth so it is a good idea to use a … Read more