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In-Fisherman June 2021

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In-Fisherman is for the avid freshwater angler. Each issue provides detailed instructions and demonstrations on catching, cleaning, and eating your favorite species of fish, and reports on the latest scientific studies concerning fish and habitat conservation. This is the source for finding fishing hotspots, new tackle, effective equipment, and more!

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8 Issues

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1 min.
tv june

MAY 31 Muscling the Mobsters > Life & Times in Catfish Country > Staff Boats in Action > Grinding Big Fish JUNE 7 Tenacious Tactics for Tough Times > Vibration Triggering Factors > The World of Giant Lake Trout > Jig Secret Largemouths JUNE 14 Select Strategies Revealed & Refined > Trendlining Big Blue Cats > Classic Lures for Gator Pike > Finesse Factoring Smallmouths JUNE 21 Pick-Your-Pocket Presentations > North America’s Toughest Sportfish > Jigworming Largemouths > Trigger Time River Muskies…

5 min.
inside angles

It’s standard to tip guides for their services, beyond their base fee. A typical tip range, it seems to me, is from 10 to 20 percent of the base fee. The exact tip also is a matter of the quality of the guide’s services. Evaluating such services isn’t entirely subjective. Certainly, though, the tip amount shouldn’t hinge entirely on whether or not you catch a lot of fish—also shouldn’t necessarily depend on whether or not you catch the big fish you hoped for. That, even with the best of guides, is beyond absolute control. You hire a guide for the potential of it all—hire him or her for their expertise in helping you, who knows little of the area or conditions (sometimes little of anything having to do with anything connected…

4 min.
bits & pieces

100 Years, 100 Fisheries Famed Fisheries—In celebration of its 100th anniversary, famed fishing equipment maker Abu Garcia has developed a list of the country’s Top 100 Fisheries. The list, designed to inspire curiosity and exploration as well as debate, includes natural and manmade lakes, as well as rivers and sections of rivers, across 38 states. Selected in collaboration with a panel of fishing-industry experts, these fisheries were chosen because they stand out in a host of areas, whether it’s world-record-class redear sunfish on Lake Havasu, flat-heads on Santee-Cooper, or bass on Lake Guntersville. “In truth, whatever fishery makes an angler excited to be fishing, that’s the top fishery in the country,” says Abu Garcia Senior Vice President of Marketing Jon Schlosser. “But the fisheries on the list, especially those in the Top…

2 min.

DOGTOOTH LAKE NORTHWEST ONTARIO Walleyes » Year after year, these clear waters produce 30 inch walleyes, once the season opens later in May. There’s easy access right off Highway 71, not far from Kenora. Contact: Dogtooth Lake Resort, dogtoothlakekenora.com. Jeff Gustafson FORT PECK RESERVOIR MONTANA Pike, Walleyes, and Lake Trout » There may be no better place in the Lower 48 to do a trifecta of big fish on one trip, with 20-pound pike, 10-pound walleyes, and lakers pushing 20. From the marina at the dam you can get at all three species. Smallmouths, too. Contact: Eddie Mindt, Lake Ridge Lodging and Bait Shop, 406/526-3597. Jason Mitchell PYRAMID LAKE NEVADA Cutthroat Trout » Anglers fishing from shore and boats catch native strain Lahontan cutthroat trout from this lake on the Paiute Reservation, 35 miles north of Reno. The fish run 5…

3 min.
staff noteworthy & new

Built for Battle At 14 x 9.75 x 3.75 inches, the Cal Coast Fishing Battle Box is a stackable tackle storage system made from durable plastic with a triple-latched O-ring-sealed transparent lid. Ammo Cans, which are of two sizes, are transparent squeeze-top containers with stoppers to keep tackle items stored tight. Dividers allow anglers to change the configuration on the left side of the box—$49.99, check more features at calcoastfishing.com Terminal Connections New terminal-tackle options from SPRO include Duo Lock Snaps in red and five sizes, from #00 to #3. Also consider the Power Split Rings made of stainless steel, in stealthy black (no shine) and eight sizes from #2 to #9—$3.75, snaps (11 count); $4.58, split rings (20 count), spro.com Big Cat Value From Gamakatsu, 25-count bulk packs of Big Cat Circles, a wide-gap…

13 min.
rockin’ rigs for big bass

When I got into bass fishing in the early 1970s, it seemed that we had plenty of techniques. For fishing soft plastics, there was the Texas rig, which has stood the test of time. The Carolina rig was a whole different animal, but all who learned to adjust sinker selection and leader length found it deadly on structure or flats lacking thick cover. It became a fixture, even for anglers who dreaded spending the day “draggin’.” Wacky Developments Then some offbeat angler got the nerve to hook a worm through the middle and the wacky worm was born. I first encountered it at a Bassmaster tournament on Cayuga Lake, New York, in the late 1970s. I chuckled as my partner hooked a 6-inch Mann’s Jelly Worm through the egg sac. But when…