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Michigan Game & FishMichigan Game & Fish

Michigan Game & Fish

March 2019

Every month in Game & Fish, you'll discover the best hotspots throughout your region for hunting and fishing. We'll also bring you your state's latest outdoor news, plus plenty of how-to tactics and special strategies designed to make you a more successful hunter and angler.

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United States
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KSE Sportsman Media, Inc.
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in the field

Wolves Moved To Isle Royale FOUR WOLVES (two of each sex) from Minnesota were trapped and relocated to Isle Royale National Park during fall 2018 in an effort to rebuild the island park’s wolf population. The park’s original wolf population was down to two during the previous winter. A fifth Minnesota wolf trapped for the project died while waiting to be moved to Isle Royale. Park superintendent Phyllis Green reported that six island moose (three bulls, two calves and one cow) were killed to feed the reintroduced wolves to make sure they remain healthy. One of the reasons wolves are being reintroduced to the park is to help manage the booming moose population. More wolves are supposed to be brought to the park in the future, but the moose…

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calendar

MARCH 8-10 DEER & TURKEY EXPO The Deer & Turkey Expo will be held at the Lansing Center in Lansing during March this year instead of February. deerinfo.com MARCH 14-17 ULTIMATE SPORTS SHOW The Devos Place in Grand Rapids will host this hunting and fishing show on these dates this year. showspan.com MARCH 15-17 GAYLORD ULTIMATE HUNTING EXPO The Ellison Place Event Center in Gaylord will be where this new show will be held this year. gaylordhuntingexpo.com MARCH 20 DIP NETTING SEASON BEGINS The season for dip netting smelt on Great Lakes tributary streams starts today. Although smelt might be running now in the southern Great Lakes, it will be April before they enter streams to spawn in the north. Refer to a current fishing guide. mi.gov/dnr MARCH 31…

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baitcaster show down

THE TEAM, ON THE WATER 1. John Geiger 2. Captain Todd Seither 3. Captain Jamie Harris 4. Captain Joe DiMarco 5. Todd Ceisner 6. Captain Cody Obiol 7. Dr. Todd Kuhn WINNERS Kistler's Z Bone, Abu Garcia's Revo Rocket, Denali's Fission and Academy's Mettle. BAITCASTING REELS are marvels of me chanical engineering. These diminutive machines manage a vast array of baits, from petite plastics to slammer swimbaits on a wide variety of lines. They do so while remaining nearly bulletproof, and capable of weathering harsh use under demanding conditions.Likewise, contemporary casting rods benefit from decades of material science advancements. Their blanks are engineered supramolecularly: resins and carbon fibers are amalgamated on a nanotechnology level. Their componentry is equally impressive, as it is virtually inde structible yet it remains unimaginably…

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how we test and who tested

The GAME & FISH tackle test utilized a comprehensive 10-criterion matrix to evaluate each rod and reel. Our test team is comprised of salty veterans of the fishing industry, professional guides and editors. Scores were tallied after each day on the water; once we crunched the numbers (and after some heated debates), winners in each gear category were named. The Editor’s Choice award goes to the best all-around gear, and the Great Buy award goes to those products in each category that performed the best and provided the greatest value. THE TESTING TEAM CAPTAIN JAMIE HARRISConsidered a master of Florida’s Mosquito Lagoon and has been fishing for more than 40 years. CAPTAIN JOE DIMARCOSpends more than 220 days a year fishing and guiding fishermen to reds, bass and…

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the winners: reels and rods

ABU GARCIA REVO ROCKET The ROCKET , fueled by 10.1:1 gearing is fast, really fast. This hungry cranker gulps line at an absurd 41-inches per turn. Testers were enamored with this reel’s hustle. You can cover considerably more water while making substantially more casts per day than its more leisurely counterparts.The Revo’s blistering retrieve will not be a drawback for those who opt for slower reels: You can turn the handle slower for less pace. (While you can slow this reel down, you cannot comfortably speed up a slower reel.)The Revo turns as smoothly as the best in the business. The drag has plenty of gristle, enough to grind the hardest charging bass to a halt or haul buried fish from the thickest slop.At $299, some will find the…

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testing flexure

Each tester threw lures in a variety of weights to get a feel for flexure within each rod's lure rating. A FISHING ROD'S flexure, or load on the cast, is directly proportional to lure weight. Mismatch these and the rod will not perform optimally. Surprisingly, there are fishermen who are still puzzled by lure-weight ratings. Don't be that guy.Rods are rated by engineers who are intimately knowledgeable about the blank's performance parameters.Light-action rods perform best with light lures, while stiffer actions prefer heavier lures. Keep in mind, the lure’s weight is what loads the rod — and it's this loading that propels the lure.Most of us have tried throwing too light a lure and have found it just won’t cast well. This is because the rod isn’t being…

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