Friday, September 30, 2011


Every fall in NW Wisconsin, I have found big walleyes to feed on perch in deep water mud flats. The best technique I have found to land these monsters is to utilize leadcore line. Leadcore line is a large diameter nylon coated lead wire which changes colors every 10 yards. The leadcore comes in various sizes of which I prefer 18lbs test. I use a large spool level wind reel such as those from Penn to put on approximately 6 colors of leadcore. I first tie onto the reel some heavy mono line as backing then attach the leadcore. I then attach the leadcore to a small barrel swivel. I then attach about a 6ft mono leader attached to a Berkley cross-lok snap. I normally troll in about 25ft which requires about 4 1/2 colors of leadcore to reach the bottom. A factor in determining how much line is required to reach bottom is the boat speed. I try to troll between 1.8mph to 2.2mph. I use a stiff 6ft musky rod of which I replaced the tip with a roller tip to help let out the leadcore more easily.
Some of the best lures of me are small Storm Hot-N-Tots, Normark deep baby N, Jointed rapala shad raps, Cotton Cordell deep minnows, plus a few others. My favorite colors are perch, green/black herringbone, firetiger, and black.
Give leadcore line trolling a try on your next trip as the more options you are comfortable with, the higher your catch rate will be!

Saturday, September 24, 2011


During September 10th to the 17th, I had the oppotunity to revisit the best silver salmon fishing in the world at Gary LaRose Pumice Creek Lodge. Pumice Creek Lodge is located down the Alaska Peninsula about an hours flight out of the town of King Salmon. I had the pleasure of fishing with friends Cole Lundquist and Rob Nevin.
At Pumice Creek you are given the option of flying to the Cinder River for a day of monster arm busting silver salmon or flying to Lava Creek for a day of char fishing.
We fished for silvers everyday but one when we headed to Lava Creek. Both silvers and char were in abundance as my best day was 72 silvers at the Cinder and 62 char on Lava Creek of which many were spawning males in their brillant coloration up to 26 inches. My largest silver was estimated at 17lbs.
This was my 23rd year fishing on the Alaska Peninsula. The Cinder has some of the largest silvers found and in abundance. Here you will see no other fishermen other than the local Brown Bears.
Gary runs a great lodge and guide Todd Byard does a great job of putting clients onto the fish!
Have already make plans to make my streak at 24 as booked for another great fishing week in September.
To get more info on Pumice Creek Lodge, you can either get in touch with me or get in touch with Gary LaRose directly at

Tuesday, September 6, 2011


Argentina friend, Enzo Rico, had a fantastic fishing trip for monster tarpon at Rio Parismina Lodge. The Rio Parismina Lodge is located on the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica. The lodge is in a jungle setting located on the banks of the Parismina River. Quality service, great meals, and top notch guides and boats have made Parismina perhaps with finest tarpon lodge in Costa Rica. Here fishing is world class for monster tarpon and huge snook plus numerous other species.
Enzo, perhaps the finest golden dorado guide on this planet, says nothing can compare to the jumping ability of the silver king! He caught numerous monster tarpon during his stay.
Fishing schedules are very flexible and can be a few days up weeks depending on your preference.
Check out the lodge's neat website at
For more information contact Steve Yatomi at or call to get more information call 18003385688

Friday, September 2, 2011


Friend John Cross and his wife Kelly Fitzgerald recently experienced fantastic monster bull redfish action with Capt. Keith Kennedy of Born to Fish Charters.

On the 1st day and 2nd day, over 50 bull reds were landed. ON the last day and the last cast, Kelly hooked into the biggest bull red of the trip tipping the scales at over 40lbs. Not bad to say the least for a first time redfish trip!

Capt Keith has been producing monster redfish all season long. There are a few remaining prime dates open for this season and act now to get the best dates for 2012.

Contact Keith at (504) 908-3108 to get into this fantastic fishing!