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Sun Protection
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Posted: August 05, 2014
When I started guiding in the late 80s, a tee shirt and shorts were appropriate attire. Sunglasses were a fashion statement. And we didn't wear sunscreen; we lathered up with sun tan oil! A sunburn was a sign of a healthy lifestyle. While my skin tone never really resulted in the bad peel and burn of overdoing sun exposure, I began to take note. I even began to get an annual check up with a dermatologist! I have opted for maximum eye protection as well with Maui Jim polarized sunglasses with superior UV protection for my eyes.
Most of the clothing in the early part of 2000 was beginning to co...... Read More

A Classic On Top
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Posted: June 16, 2014
Several years ago, at a fishing expo, I passed a booth where a video showed a topwater plug I had used as a kid, but hadn’t seen in decades. I talked to the owner who was very enthusiastic about his single lure lineup! He handed me a couple and I packed them away, forgetting about the lure and where I had stashed them.
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Say No To 3 In A Boat!
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Posted: June 09, 2014
A lot of people ask a lot of questions about my guide service when they are booking a trip. They want to know what kind of boat I have, what we will be using and how the fishing has been. Parents wanting to expose their kids to the outdoors inquire about my willingness to take kids on my boat.
Of course I love taking kids out. In one day I can teach them skills that will put them light years ahead of other kids in the sport! I focus on teaching while building self-esteem, enabling them to learn the basic skills to achieve success. It is here that kids, if not already, become hooked on fishi...... Read More

You’re Never Too Old
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Posted: May 27, 2014
Fathers with sons or daughters, mothers with sons or daughters, husbands and wives...fishing is a family affair! I have to admit when I was asked to take a son with his 85-year-old mother, I was skeptical. It’s tough to fish all day. Bass fishing requires a lot of casting. At 85, man or woman, it could be a long day! I anticipated having to do a lot of extra work, helping her to the back deck, making casts and other extra work. I agreed to book a full day, 8-hour trip.
Miriam was a bit shaky coming aboard, but settled in like a pro. She bundled up and buckled her Mustang auto-inflatable ...... Read More

Sorry, We Can’t Go Fishing!
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Posted: May 07, 2014
For the first time in my career, an injury has sidelined me for an extended period of time. In my former work lives I prided myself in never missing a single day of work or even school. It doesn't matter what it was that forced me to cancel 3 weeks of guiding...so far.
It's the worst thing that a guide has to do. I hate canceling trips. In the past 15 years I have only cancelled due to weather or fishing conditions. Never due to my personal issues. It's bad enough calling off a trip due to high winds or storms, completely understandable due to safety, but for any other reason it's
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Zero to 100 MPH!
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Posted: April 14, 2014
That’s what I am going to need to do, as the winter and early spring have been very slow for my guide business! High winds, cold weather and muddy water have kept clients on the sidelines. Not anymore. I will be fishing 5 days a week for the foreseeable future! I am getting booked as fast as the weather changed! I try to stay in fishing shape through the off-season, but that is really tough to do. I work out and keep my weight down, but there is nothing that compares to standing for 8 hours a day and making a thousand casts while servicing my clients…retying, giving instruction and...... Read More

Line Up To Fish
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Posted: April 01, 2014
It's time. Time to go fishing! The weather says "yes" and you say, "Let’s go"! Grab the rods and head to the water. But before you do, respool! Nothing says, 'I'm not ready to fish' than line tightly coiled with winterized memory!
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March Coming in Like a Lion!
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Posted: March 04, 2014
Nasty weather again this week. For a guide, it just means more time to get ready. I think I am now more than ready! I drove to Chesdin Marine in Petersburg last week, while we had a break in the icy weather, to pick up my new Skeeter bass boat for this season. It was ready to roll! Almost that is!
After getting a new boat for every season for the past 18 years, there are a few things I insist on doing myself. I rely on my batteries more than most, especially my deep cycle trolling motor batteries. After several seasons of having to replace failed batteries mid season, I looked into newer bass ...... Read More

Arvid Knutsen
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Posted: February 17, 2014
After guiding full time for 15 years, some clients become very good friends. Two weeks ago I lost one of those friends. Arvid Knutsen always made me laugh. Sometimes I would fall to the deck laughing so hard. His was a self-deprecating humor. Booking his first trip with me many years ago, he told me he had never caught a bass with a guide. He was willing to learn and researched me as the guy for the job. Our first trip Arvid did catch “a” fish. I did see that he had a long way to go. Once or twice the first year, then eventually every Friday, we hit the water and had fun!
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Ice Fishing Gadgets and Gizmos!
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Posted: February 13, 2014
Watching Grumpy Old Men leads to an impression that ice fishing is only for grumpy old men! I had never ventured onto a frozen pond, so this off-season; I thought I’d give it a try. I called FLW Kellogg’s pro Dave Lefebre about a crankbait story and he invited me to come up to Lake Erie to ice fish. He’s really into it! When you fish with a bass pro, they have every new product on the market, and Dave had everything!
Photo of FLW pro Dave Lefebre with a nice catch.... Read More

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