Category Archives: Do-It-Yourself

Rattlin’ Hair Jigs? YES PLEASE

Yesterday I was doing a podcast for the Mike Avery’s Outdoor Magazine for Lure Lipstick live from Jeff’s Bait and Tackle by Sterling State Park.  After we taped everything, I started talking to the owner Eric about an idea I … Continue reading

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Layering Hair Jigs

When the weather outside is frightful, which translated means after three days of east winds all the docks on the west side of Lake Erie are flooded out and as I look outside, Mother Nature has turned the landscape into … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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Greasing Your Ice Reels…..

….DON’T DO IT! I had a customer ask me at our local outdoors type store, what was the best grease to use with his spinning ice fishing reels.  I told him none of course.  If your reels are dedicated to … Continue reading

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Snapweights and Fall Trolling

Snapweights give walleye anglers an added tool in the tackle bag when it comes to going after the big fish that show up in the fall months prior to the winter freeze.  Big baits, small baits, rattling, suspending, all of … Continue reading

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The Hottest Perch Rig on Erie…

….for me anyway, is a rig/concept I came up with a couple of years ago.  The standard perch rig, also known as a crappie rig, consists of two perch arms called lears with two snells attached at the end.  Since … Continue reading

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Busting out the Weapons

Its perch fishing time out on Lake Erie, but its also one of those times where I like to break out an old friend, the Weapon Rig.  Sometimes referred to as a Mayfly Rig, this simple contraption is a walleye … Continue reading

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