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Outdoors Tip of the Week

Outdoors Tip of the Week

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Genz Offers A Different Strategy For New Anglers

Once the lakes start freezing over, finding an open day in the busy schedule of ice fishing legend, Dave Genz, is not an easy task. However, I was able to catch up with him in-between fishing trips and sit down for a leisurely chat and breakfast.

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This dandy northern fell to a jig tipped with PowerBait on my very first cast of the day | Jerry Carlson
This dandy northern fell to a jig tipped with PowerBait on my very first cast of the day | Jerry Carlson
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Fishing From the Mixing Bowl

I arrived in Nevis, Minnesota early in the morning to begin a two day marathon fishing outing with guide and fishing expert, Kelley Cirks. Each summer, Cirks and I hit the lakes in the Park Rapids region in what has become an annual event.

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There are many variations that can be applied to live-bait rigging including floaters, colored hooks and even spinners | Jerry Carlson
There are many variations that can be applied to live-bait rigging including floaters, colored hooks and even spinners | Jerry Carlson
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Live-Bait Rigs Are Always an Option

I love to fish and I love to catch fish of all species. I enjoy scrappy panfish on light tackle. Watching bass squirt out of the water in an effort to throw the hook is always a treat. However, there is no question that there is something special about catching walleye.

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Focusing on edges with well presented plastic baits is a sure fire way to land plenty of largemouth. | Jerry Carlson
Focusing on edges with well presented plastic baits is a sure fire way to land plenty of largemouth. | Jerry Carlson
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Bassing the Basics for Largemouth

Summer is a time of plenty in the world of the largemouth bass. Food is abundant, weed cover is peaking and living is easy. Every day is a great day for feeding and the nights are even better.

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Jerry Carlson: Many times, the boat with the best control is pulling the most fish.
Jerry Carlson: Many times, the boat with the best control is pulling the most fish.
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Boat Control Still a Key Issue

In today’s world of big boats and powerful motors, it is easy to get caught up in the need to go really fast and have speed as a top priority. However, no matter how fast a person gets to their fishing hole, if you can’t control your rig to stay on top of the fish, speed quickly becomes a secondary issue.

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Jerry Carlson
Jerry Carlson
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Rainy Lake Walleyes

It was our sixth year in a row that our group of anglers had spent a week on Rainy Lake. As we pulled into the landing at Island View Lodge, anticipation was running high. We knew that within an hour we would have the boats launched, gear packed into the cabin and be ready to head out for an evening of fishing.

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Jerry Carlson
Jerry Carlson
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Adjusting to the Unexpected

The bluegill and crappie bite had been quite impressive on this Northern Minnesota lake. Although the fish weren’t record breaking in size, they were very respectable. Even though they weren’t stacked in every single hole we drilled, there were enough fish in the area that we never had to look long to find action.

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Jerry Carlson
Jerry Carlson
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Outdoors Tip of the Week: Many Lakes, Many Fish, Lots of Ice

During the course of a winter of chasing panfish, I like to roam. I find it difficult to return to the same lake again and again, even if there is a respectable bite taking place. New water and fresh ice just appeals to me.

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Jerry Carlson
Jerry Carlson
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Frozen Mornings and Crappie Fishing

There are a lot of outdoor activities I love to participate in. Hunting Canada geese is very high on my list as is sticking the walleye on Rainy Lake reefs. I never seem to mind a good pheasant flush and bass fishing a quality largemouth lake is pretty impressive.

However, as my mind roams through the volumes of outdoor adventures, it often stops for a rest at the chapter on winter crappie fishing.

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Abby Faulkner
Abby Faulkner
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Outdoors Tip of the Week: Proper Concealment for Goose Hunting [VIDEO]

It's that time of year - time for a new batch of outdoors advice from our resident expert, Jerry Carlson.

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Jerry Carlson
Jerry Carlson
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Searching for Roosters Brings Rewards

There is no question the pheasant numbers have dwindled across the Midwest. This is especially true in the regions that have suffered through a combination of tough winters and loss of CRP. Still, even though the numbers are down, pheasant hunting is not a thing of the past.

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Abby Faulkner
Abby Faulkner
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Outdoors Tip of the Week with Jerry Carlson: Using Slip Bobbers [VIDEO]

On this week’s installment of our series, brought to you by Del-Tone Luth Gun Club, Jerry demonstrates the ease and versatility of the bobber.

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