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Blue Bank Resort On Lake Reelfoot

American Press Travel News July 7, Bob and Barb “On The Road Again”-  this time, “nesting” at Blue Bank Resort, at Lake Reelfoot in Horn Beak, TN.

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For the Cold Country Outdoors Folk!

Monthly News & Updates
The ground hog has told us, six more weeks of winter. This means six more weeks of big panfish, pike, and drag pulling trout through the ice! Even with the warm winter we have had, many days have been spent on the ice targeting panfish, pike, and lake Michigan trout. Ice conditions are holding steady on most of our lakes and harbors in Wisconsin. There is still time to give us a call and get in on some of the action we have had all winter.
March 8th-12th Wolf Pack will have a booth at the sport show in Milwaukee. Keep an eye out for any show specials we might have. Captain Tyler Chisholm will be giving a seminar on Mississippi River duck hunting on the 8th at 4:30pm and another seminar about field duck and goose hunting on the 11th at 7:30pm. Come check it out, its going to be a good show.
Blackhawk Lake Kids Event
In recent weeks we helped host 27 kids on Blackhawk Lake near Highland, WI. Each kid was taken through our program including ice safety, species identification, tip-up fishing, panfishing, electronics, and shelters. At the end the event each kid was given a bag of product from our sponsors at Frabill, Custom Jigs and Spins, and Jiffy. Outdoor Wisconsin, Ultimate Outdoors Radio, and Outdoor Junkies where there as well covering the event for TV and radio.
If you have an event that you would consider us hosting, whether on the ice or on the water. Our team would love to help. Give us a call at (920)-207-1212 for more information.

Crappie Fishing Times 4 with Guide, Mark Travis


Guide Mark Travis
Guide Mark Travis has his own way of going after bush crappie.
Note: Pole holders that hold 16-poles fore and aft of this 20-foot fishing platform, loaded with electronic bottom finding equipment.
Guide Travis and the first crappie of our day!    
Up and down with a weight, a bobber and a swimming minnow! Yep, crappie run out of their cover and bite!

AAPtravelnews-Gallatin, TN.-May 1st-Bob and Barb “On The Water Again.”  Fishing with writer buddies, just behind Johnny Cash’s burned down home.  Guide, Mark Travis fishes 4-crappie poles per angler and has some uniquely developed strategies to put crappie in his boat. GuideTravis says that the 1-ounce weight keep the line straight down, the bobber keeps the bait out of the brush-pile and crappie grab and run, so any movement on the bobber must be a quick response of lifting that rod straight up, most often with a hooked crappie in tow. 

Get in touch with Mark for a fishing good time at www.crappieguideservice.com   and call him at: 615-542-9888


Aim for the O2 Move regularly, change offerings often: you’ll crack midwinter’s code

Ice-Fishing-300x200APtravelnews-February 2nd,Provided and shared article by Mitch Eeagan Imagine your home growing darker by the day, to the point you haven’t seen sunlight in over a month. Moreover, your surroundings are growing colder by the day. In fact, it’s so frigid that your muscles have become rigid; to the point it’s all you can do to muster moving a few feet…even to eat. And you’re hungry.

Oxygen is diminishing, too. Some areas are completely void of oxygen, while other pockets have just enough to sustain life. So you migrate to where respiration is still an option. To say life’s registering a zero on the fun-o-meter is an understatement. And with that lowly scenario in place, you now know what it’s like to be a fish living in the Ice Belt during the dead of winter. It’s been a long time since light penetrated the surface and temperatures are at the coldest they will be all year. To boot, the lack of vegetation, rain and wave action have oxygen levels dwindling rapidly.

And it’s this combination of factors that make midwinter a difficult time to catch fish. But if you’re game to put in the time, find those oxygenated zones, rewards are paid in bites and fillets. The safest place to avoid suffocation is sometimes right under the ice. In the bowels of winter, if oxygen levels are critical, crappies, bluegills and perch could be hanging right under your feet. Photo by Bill Lindner

Minnesota Ice-Fishing Guide Brian “Bro” Brosdahl is no stranger to fishing shallow, heavily snow-covered lakes. The Grand Rapids, Minnesota resident moves around a lot. And uses specialized electronics to find panfish other anglers often overlook. “I drill a lot of holes and check every one for any signs of life,” said Bro. “If fish are right under me I’ll see ‘em on the ‘Bird, and, because of the ultra-sensitivity settings on the Humminbird ICE HELIX 5, I can put my jig right in their faces.

“But I’ll also lower my Aqua-Vu Micro DT down every hole, as well; especially if I am not marking anything. Fish might be just inches under the ice during the heart of winter, following the oxygen. The camera is able to spy those fish.” Paying close attention to the underwater viewing system’s screen the moment its camera hits the water, Bro starts spinning the lens right the bottom of the hole. Oftentimes, panfish will be literally inches away, curiously inspecting the corded device. Once fish are revealed, Bro removes the camera, strips off a couple feet of line and lowers his jig—tipped with either spikes, wax worms or mousies. Al’s Goldfish Ice Fishing Wobblers are designed for this job!
“A lot of anglers have no idea those fish are even there,” Bro added. “These suspended fish get totally overlooked this time of year. It’s cool when you can see your jig and watch a fish swim over and gobble it up.”

If there are a lot of fish just under the surface, Bro will operate out of his Frabill flip-over. The darkness not only allows Bro to see the fish better, but also camouflages the fact he’s above by muting his silhouetted movements.

When oxygen levels are low, and fish lethargic, Bro uses tiny jigs with a slow fall. His preferences are Northland’s new Impulse Helium Mayfly, Stonefly and Waxyfly. Custom Jigs & Spins’ Nuclear Ant, Ratso and Shrimpo are another trio of lifelike lures that sink slowly.When Walleye Tournament Pro, Mark Brumbaugh targets pike, walleye and jumbo perch late in the season, he searches out river and creek mouths.

“Anywhere water’s flowing into a lake there will be more dissolved oxygen,” the Brownstown, Ohio, resident said. “And because fish spawn in these same rivers, they’ll be here staging to reproduce, too.” Because there’s more dissolved oxygen near inlets, fish will be spread throughout the water column. Subsequently, Brumbaugh likes larger, heavier jigs that can move up and down quickly. Bladebaits are one of Brumbaugh’s go-to lures in stained water, as they produce a lot of vibration. Reef Runner’s Cicada is one of his favorites. He also employs Custom Jigs & Spins’ B3 Blade Bait and new Rotating Power Minnow (RPM) swimming bait. As avid anglers will tell you, late winter can be one of the toughest times of the year. But maybe that’s because they weren’t looking in the right places.

Some fish might be right under foot; literally, mere inches under the ice. If this is the case, use light lures with a slow flutter and fall. In waterways with inlets, search out the entire water column with lures that sink fast so you can get the lure to fish before they turn tail. Al’s Ice fishing lures work great for this!

When fish are tucked tight to the ice, Bro employs Aqua-Vu optics and fishes in real-time with an AV Micro DT in a Micro-Mobile Pro-Vu Case.

Al’s Goldfish set for ice fishing
Al’s Goldfish 3/16 oz Ice Fishing Jig
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The original Al’s Goldfish, one of Field and Streams greatest 50 lures of all time, set with a J hook on the nose to draw the fish in. The lure works great with trout, salmon and panfish. see all lures at www.alsgoldfish.com