Author Archives: Mason

About Mason

Born off the Detroit River, raised in Ida and on Lake Erie. Anything fishing holds my interest from Walleye, Pike and Muskie to a 10 year run on the Ice Fishing Circuits around the MidWest.

How to catch walleye in the Night Time

Even though I am talking about an accessory for Church Tackle’s planer boards that will help you fish for walleye at night,  cannot help but think of the song, “Night Time” by the J. Geils Band. One of my favorite … Continue reading

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How to lose ZERO jigs in the Detroit River

I take this…. …and put it on this! Somebody was asking this morning on one of the walleye group pages on Facebook, just how many jigs people typically lose in a day while fishing the Detroit River.  My answer was … Continue reading

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Gearing Up for the Hair Jig Bite

Been in the lab the last few days, getting some of the basic colors tied up, and playing with some combinations to get a few new wrinkles added into the mix.  First I poured a new batch of 3/4 ounce … Continue reading

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Spring Jigging on Erie is around the Corner

With the current monsoon taking place in lower Michigan, I cannot help but think about jigging on the lake come springtime. Don’t get me wrong, trolling his highly effective and I will still get that rush of anticipation when the … Continue reading

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Hair Jig Nation: Jigging on Lake Erie

I am still in total ice mode, but things are starting to creep into my thoughts, like catching walleye on Lake Erie in the spring.  First thing I want to do is check the line on the reels that will … Continue reading

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A Collaboration Article for Ice Fishing…

…and helping anglers catch more panfish.  Below is a link that takes you to an article that I helped edit and co-author with  Jim Ahonen, who like myself, is also a member of Church Tackle’s staff. ODUMagazine/Gilling Up Copyright, 2018

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BB Fishing; the Double XL Ice Reel

That iconic ice fishing reel made famous here in Michigan gets a “sizable” upgrade with the introduction of the BB Fishing ice reel. I sat down with owner Bronson Burch from Manitou Beach, Michigan…that’s Devil’s Lake south of Brooklyn where … Continue reading

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My Twist on The Michigan Rig

Anglers in Michigan have been adding a small dry fly to their ice line set-ups for decades.  It consists of either a lead or tungsten jig at the bottom of your line and about 12 inches above that, the fly.  … Continue reading

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The Great Tungsten Ice Jig Debate…

First off, that is a waste of time, call this a size guide and when to fish them. Secondly, not a word about the heater in the corner, it was cold that winter 🙂 Thirdly is actually a word and … Continue reading

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Tightline, Free Fall, Spinning or Schooley?

This seems to be the big debate the last few years in the ice fishing world, so this is my take on it. As far as spinning reels, love my Daiwa’s but when it comes to fishing for panfish through … Continue reading

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