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December 2016

  • Hardwater Bassin’

    Hardwater Bassin’
    by TED PILGRIM

    Alternative Winter Activity Comes of Age Ice fishing for largemouth bass is sort of an economized version of its openwater counterpart. Hobbit-size rods. Little bitty plastic worms, micro hair jigs and small spoons, and even scaled-down "ice crankbaits," each worked with utmost finesse, mesme...

August 2016

  • Deep Drop Panfish

    Deep Drop Panfish
    by TED PILGRIM

    Mr. Bluegill's Late Season Prescriptions While many anglers fish shallow, trophy bluegills often linger deeper during late summer and fall. Photo courtesy of Custom Jigs & Spins After a full summer of chasing 'glamour fish'-the bass, walleyes, and trout of the world-a dude du...

February 2015

  • Dropshot Panfish

    Dropshot Panfish
    by TED PILGRIM

    The Best Rig You've Never Fished? Written in conjnction with Brian "Bro" Brosdahl Amazing that such a versatile rig- this prefect presenter of soft plastics and livebait- would be so little employed by panfish fans. In reality, a dropshot rig can be as productive as a bobber and bait, or even a ...
  • What Lies Beneath

    What Lies Beneath
    by TED PILGRIM

    Discovering Hidden Hotspots on Ice Written in conjnction with Brian "Bro" Brosdahl Right now, there's a hidden hot spot in your favorite lake, and most years it never gets touched. "There's this lake I've fished my whole life," says legendary ice angler and guide, Brian "Bro" Brosdahl. "Thought ...

June 2013

  • Underwater Surveillance

    Underwater Surveillance
    by TED PILGRIM

    Top Bass Pro Reveals Subsurface Secrets Written in conjunction with Joe Balog "I'll never forget the first time I got a peek at the underwater world on one of my favorite lakes," recalls Great Lakes bass pro, Joe Balog. It was the summer of 1997, and Balog had just acquired one of the very first...

October 2012

  • Bronze Triumvirate

    Bronze Triumvirate
    by TED PILGRIM

    Three Master Anglers Share Fall River Smallmouth Secrets For river smallmouth bassers, "fall" carries a wonderful meaning. Across their North American range, smalljaws are on the move. Whether their riverine travels take them on lengthy journeys or short sojourns, bass respond to shorter days a...

May 2012

  • "Artificial Intelligence" for Walleyes
    by TED PILGRIM

    Written in conjunction with Tony Roach Springtime arrived earlier this year than maybe anytime over the past century. It's been a truly remarkable season of prematurely warm weather - not that we're complaining. But even the old-timers, who were around to fish the Original Rapala Minnow, can't re...

January 2012

  • Bizarro World Walleyes

    Bizarro World Walleyes
    by TED PILGRIM

    Written with Tony Boshold Redefining "Classic" Ice Fisheries Some of the best walleye fishing you can imagine is occurring in places you might never think to look. Historic numbers of fish up to 10-pounds, even larger, are today living and thriving in lakes and reservoirs that only five...

December 2011

  • Resurrecting Deadsticks

    Resurrecting Deadsticks
    by TED PILGRIM

    Why "Live" Beats "Dead" on Ice The rodtip of the deadstick springs suddenly and energetically to life. 'Dead'stick? It seems at once a confusing mix of metaphors for a tactic so reliant on the vigor and vitality of a wild baitfish. Below the ice, dormant or just plain dead minnows take pike, mayb...

November 2011

  • Underwater Surveillance Mission

    Underwater Surveillance Mission
    by TED PILGRIM

    Co-authored with Tony Boshold Champion Ice Angler Discusses his Favorite 'Fish Finder' Ice fishing ace Tony Boshold sees the big picture. Give the world champion angler an auger and an underwater camera in the morning, and later that day, he'll have discovered the lion's-share of a lake's ...

October 2011

  • The Art of Triggering the Bite

    The Art of Triggering the Bite
    by TED PILGRIM

    Co-authored with Tony Roach Lure Moves for Walleyes in Reality Last February, fresh off a phenomenal trip to the current version of hog walleye heaven-Lake Winnipeg, Manitoba-Tony Roach could hardly keep himself from jumping out of his Snosuit. "Here we were," Roach exclaimed, jigging arm twit...

September 2011

  • Dirty Day Muskies

    Dirty Day Muskies
    by TED PILGRIM

    When "Cold, Dark and Damp" actually signal Comfort and Good Fortune If you're not careful, being on water when most everyone else isn't can quickly become the central theme of your muskie strategy. Since fishing during the closed-season months is automatically ruled out, what we're left with are ...

May 2011

  • "Fishing Platforms" - The Ultimate Foundation for Proper Presentation
    by TED PILGRIM

    Writen in conjunction with Scott Glorvigen Don't worry, this isn't a complex story about boat control. We promise not to make you read all about how to execute the perfect backtroll; slip-drift a steep breakline while quartering with a 30-knot gale; half-circle troll for king salmon with three di...

September 2010

  • Pixel Fish or Live Fish? Find Bass and Walleyes Fast with Reality TV

    Pixel Fish or Live Fish? Find Bass and Walleyes Fast with Reality TV
    by TED PILGRIM

    It's a little amusing to consider the level of technology that's been applied to the humble pursuit of angling. For a quest whose only core requirements are a hook, line, bait and sinker, the addition of military-level gadgetry can at times leave you feeling a little sheepish. Not that we mind the a...

May 2010

  • For the Love of Muskies

    For the Love of Muskies
    by TED PILGRIM

    Catch-and-Release lessons from a toothy-critter master - with Pete Maina Pete Maina has in his day handled thousands of big muskies. Ex-guide, lure inventor, TV personality, angler extraordinaire, Maina has worn many hats. Today, while he remains a zealous hunter of the big green fish, his real...

February 2010

November 2009

  • Joe Knows Panfish - Tournament Champ Talks Tactics and Tackle

    Joe Knows Panfish - Tournament Champ Talks Tactics and Tackle
    by TED PILGRIM

    The North American Ice Fishing Championship (NAIFC) team of Captains Joe Pikulski and Myron Gilbert are on to something. Last year, the dynamic Michigan duo—both Great Lakes charter boat captains in the “off season”—took home their fourth NAIFC Team of the Year title, in nearly as many winters. H...

September 2009

  • A “Power” Program for Walleyes

    A “Power” Program for Walleyes
    by TED PILGRIM

    With Tony Roach... Nearly fifty years after the inception of the modern live-bait rig-what's today known simply as the 'Roach Rig'-its sheer effectiveness still raises eyebrows and turns heads. Take a vigorously squirming minnow, nightcrawler or leech, and couple it with a hook, leader and slidin...

August 2009

  • Summer’s Triple Play

    Summer’s Triple Play
    by TED PILGRIM

    Top guides reveal three tricks for tagging fish at the plate Every guide worth his salt has one. You know, that sneaky trick up his sleeve that always keeps his clients' rods bent. Cold fronts, breathless firecracker days, July blizzards (it could happen)-the conditions are almost beside the poin...

May 2009

  • Big Water Humpheads—An Alternative Approach to Panfish

    Big Water Humpheads—An Alternative Approach to Panfish
    by TED PILGRIM

    For trophy panfish sleuths today, it's all about staying two steps ahead of the pack; going where crowds of anglers haven't been for a while. Sometimes, it's a simple matter of circling back to lakes that were hot several seasons back. But from a broader perspective, the game has changed. Most of th...

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