Hunting Camp Recollections; Smooth Stones and Shirttails

Smooth stones

At this point in my life, most of my memories are well rounded. Like a rock in a river, life has worn away the rough edges and left memories that are smooth, untainted by discomforting recollections.

Some unpleasantness remains, dimly lit for the most part. Without a decided effort to the contrary, much of my childhood is recalled with the big fish I caught, and not the ones that got away. While I have no big bucks to ponder from my early days in the woods, hunting still holds the most precious places in my heart.

Peacock Bass, Tactics and Strategy

Author Frank Ross shows off an 11 pound peacock bass.

When my guide for the week, Raphael Valenzuela, looked at the Luhr-Jensen "Wood Chopper" that I proudly removed from my tackle box, he shook his head and pointing to my lure declared, "This is a problem".

After my thorough research, I was not mentally prepared to be rebuffed, upon pulling out what I was sure was the best lure to use. Baffled, I watched as he produced a Leatherman and promptly removed the front propeller. After reassembling it, he tied it onto my waiting Ripcord, and handed it back with words of approval and encouragement, "no problem now".

Denny Brauer on Fall and Winter Bass Fishing

Fall is a time of transition. Every wild creature is tuned into one innate urge that drives them to load their corpuscular larders for the winter months, when both insulation and stored fat will be required for survival. This is a time when bass begin to school together and attack baitfish on the surface, and for many anglers, a time for their favorite option -surface action.

Early Eyes

Lindy rigging and walleye angling in the early weeks of spring, when water temperatures are still cold and fish are slow to respond, is an inseparable combination. Lindy rigs are one of the most basic presentations for walleye, and although it's a simple concept there are those who always seem to take its effectiveness to unheralded heights.

Crankbaits, the how and the why.

Ever since man first became fascinated with catching fish, the urge to design artificial lures that accurately simulated natural baitfish has been an obsession. Artificial lures are made from every conceivable substance from wood, metal, lead, plastic, soft plastic, natural yarn, synthetic fibers, feathers and animal fur. Basically, if there was even a remote chance that it might fool a fish, anglers have tried it.

Lunker Lakers Near The Circle

This 50-pound lunker was all all I could hold.

When it comes to fishing for lake trout, an angler would be hard pressed to find better action than that which exists near Canada's Arctic Circle. In this barren and formidable environment, awash in pristine lakes and streams, life is on an exaggerated schedule with feeding cycles compressed into a season of soft water that is measured in weeks.