Brian "Bro" Brosdahl's Articles

April 2012


The Great Perch Wakeup
by Brian "Bro" Brosdahl
While most boats leave the landing in pursuit of other popular sport fish, I slide aside and pounce on perch Historically, perch have been known as "the other fish." You can see it within livewells throughout the Midwest. Walleye anglers are more than happy to keep a clutch of jumbos that happened to be mixing with their primary quarry; crappie catchers aren't quick to release a stray 'eater' ... more

January 2011


Late Ice Panfish Only a Spoon Feed Away
by Brian "Bro" Brosdahl
When the Right Flash and Flutter Out-Produce All Others Pulling panfish from frigid water with tiny treats is, no doubt, the modern ice angler's most popular ploy. But while fishing in micro-mode is a most excellent tactic, there are periods when the flash and flutter of a falling spoon will out-produce any ultra-miniature jig - especially during feeding furies near the end of winter. Pluckin... more

April 2010


The Deadly Drag
by Brian "Bro" Brosdahl
Dumbing-down to a crawl dupes springtime crappies for panfish pros Brian "Bro" Brosdahl with Tom Neustrom "Slow and steady wins the race." I'm a disciple of the philosophy. In real life, the examples are countless. Consider the marathoner. The guy who paces himself for 26.2 miles is sure to pass the jackrabbit before reaching the tape. Same can be said of investing. Principle plus inter... more

March 2010


Walleyes Come as No Fluke
by Brian "Bro" Brosdahl
Brian "Bro" Brosdahl with Mark Courts Admittedly, I'm a meat and potatoes sort of guy. I'm eyeing the porterhouse steak on the menu long before the canary food, organic "meals under 500 calories". In fact, I'll take the whole right side of the menu, please. This instinctive weakness for hearty meat translates to my walleye fishing as well. Nine out of ten times I'm elbowing my way to the bigg... more

February 2010


Baiting Technique Turns Fish to Stone
by Brian "Bro" Brosdahl
Creating "Medusa's Head" with maggots popularized by ice fishing pacesetter Brian "Bro" Brosdahl Warning to panfish everywhere: Don't look into her eyes, or at that living crown of writhing maggots for that matter. If you're lucky, it's Stonehenge for you, and a safe sink to the bottom of the lake. If you're unlucky, it's a treble hook in the maw and a one way ticket to the frying pan. Wh... more

January 2010


Hand to Fin Combat
by Brian "Bro" Brosdahl
A proven pattern for hooking gargantuan pike during early ice Up above, I tiptoe across the frozen shallows maintaining a low profile. Stealth is a big part of the game. Down below, however, it's more like lions in the Coliseum tearing and tossing-down everything with blood running through its veins. That's what it's like in early winter when northern pike slash through the shallows with heart... more

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