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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!
Photo of fishing line in a tangle... Read More

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!
He improv...... Read More

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

Fish Travels
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Posted: January 21, 2014
What a wild week! In my off-season I travel for shows and fishing trips. Last week I did both. I flew to Raleigh on Friday to emcee the Bass University. We had a super two-day show with Mike Iaconelli, Ott Defoe, Kevin Short, Pete Gluszek, Brandon Palaniuk, and Ish Monroe. Nearly 100 guys took notes as these top bass pros presented Power Point seminars on everything from electronics to using specific lures.
A flight on Monday landed me in Erie, PA for an ice-fishing trip. I had never done this before. It was tough to pack for Raleigh's 70-degree days and Erie's 20-degree days. FLW Kellogg&rsqu...... Read More

It’s Tool Time!
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Posted: December 18, 2013
It was another week where the water was cold, the wind was blowing and ice formed on the boat ramps. Not a good week to get out, so it was time to continue work on my gear for next season. I took all of the bearings out of my bait casting reels and soaked them in lighter fluid and after drying out, oiled them with a slight drop of Quantum's Hot Sauce.
For some of the reels, I took them down to the frame and cleaned every part in the reel. This takes some time, but will put any reel back into perfect condition. I learned how to work on my reels out of necessity, but perfected my confidence in t...... Read More

Still Fishing and Working
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Posted: December 12, 2013
This time of the year, weather plays a big role in fishing on the Potomac. Windy conditions can either dictate fishing locations or keep you off the water altogether. Last week we were able to hit the water a couple of days. Fish are moving around transitioning from shallow grass flats as the hydrilla continues to die off. Most of the plants are dead, but stalks and stems still offer some cover for fish as the water is in the upper 40s. Fish were in areas that had grass with hard edges near deeper water. Slowly crawled crankbaits produced along with small soft plastics. Expect next week to be s...... Read More

Fishing For A Holiday Gift?
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Posted: December 03, 2013
OH NO! It’s that time again! Finding a gift for the angler on your list is not only frustrating; but for the person receiving it there’s a guaranteed stint in the return line!
Woolrich shirt... Read More

Stay The Course
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Posted: November 27, 2013
I always wanted BoatUS Insurance coverage, but they didn’t offer guide coverage. My desire was based on my bass buddy Jim Wrenn’s experience. His outboard had blown a power head three times in 6 months. At the end of his patience he contacted BoatUS. They went to bat for him and the outboard manufacturer stepped up with a new engine. While this was commendable, it happened about 2 weeks before the manufacturer filed for Chapter 11 protection. The engine manufacturer likely was aware of the impending bankruptcy, but with BoatUS looking over their shoulder, they did the right thing. B...... Read More

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