Aluminum vs. Fiberglass Bass Fishing Boats

Ok, I’m building a wooden boat soon.  I suppose I go against all the appropriate choices.





If you’re in the market for a bass fishing boat, considering the key differences between aluminum and fiberglass boats will help you make a more informed and confident decision.

I’m routinely asked about the differences between aluminum and fiberglass fishing boats from prospective buyers. Today’s boats are exceptionally well built and the quality of aluminum boats is rapidly catching up to an area that had been home to only fiberglass in years past.

New techniques in boat building on the aluminum side of things has allowed for more rounded edges, more advanced coatings and paint and creature comforts that fiberglass manufacturers had been utilizing for years.

More here


Best Bass Lakes 25 Best Bass Lakes: Northeast

This is a followup on the top 10 Best Bass Lakes posted earlier by Bassmaster, found here.


Lake Erie wins as top bass lake.  No surprise there.  Read about Lake Erie and all the other 24 here.


Hook, Line and Threader

This is a pretty neat product,  for those that use live minnows.  


  • Holding the bait upside down, carefully insert the Threader into the mouth of the live bait. Slide the Threader through the body, making sure to follow the digestive tract of the bait. Continue feeding the Threader through the body until the hook of the Threader emerges through the anal opening (Figure 1).
  • Attach the loop of the pre-tied leader to the Threader hook (Figure 2).
  • Pull the Threader back through the body of the bait until the shank of the hook is set inside the body of the bait (Figure 3), and the leader is pulled through the mouth (Figure 4). NOTE: You can rotate the hook for weedless applications.
  • Attach the leader to a swivel to quickly change baits. FOR DEEP WATER: Attach a split shot weight 12″ to 16″ from the bait onto the fishing line.

Dream Big



Harnessing Solar Power On The Water

This is kinda neat :


By Todd Ceisner
BassFan Editor

Troy Lindner was in the midst of a cross-country drive early last year with his father, iconic fishing personality Al Lindner, when the idea started to take shape in his head.

“We were calling motels trying to find a place where we could plug in the boat to charge our boat batteries,” Troy recalled. “My dad was like, ‘I’ve been dealing with this sort of thing for 40 years.’ That’s when it dawned on me – we have this giant boat floating in the middle of a lake or river and we’re getting blasted by the sun. Why not harvest the power of the sun and put solar panels on the boat?”

The elder Lindner, who knew very little about solar energy, responded with intrigue and words of encouragement.

“If you can figure that out, go for it,” Al said.

When he returned home to southern California, Lindner reached out to solar companies to see if anyone offered anything that could be installed on the deck of a bass boat or possibly on the outboard. It needed to be durable, waterproof and efficient enough to charge 36-volt batteries and an outboard cranking battery.

His search came up empty until he came across Ocean Planet Energy, a Maine-based solar company owned by Bruce Schwab. Schwab tipped him off that there was another individual asking the same questions about solar panels and bass boats.

Schwab put Lindner in contact with Brian Meyer, an Iowa angler with an automotive background. Meyer was already a couple steps ahead of Lindner in the search for a durable and efficient option to utilize the sun’s rays to charge his boat’s batteries. He’d already outfitted his outboard with a small solar panel that allowed him to trickle-charge his cranking battery while on the water.

Map of The Day: July 5, 2016

From Angler’s Atlas :


One of the top Lake Ontario destinations for chinook fishing lies between Jordan Harbour, 32 km from Port Colbourne, and the Niagara River. The Niagara Escarpment, as the headwaters of five major rivers, offers richly productive fishing waters. Muskie are fished in the upper Niagara River. And, of course, the lower Niagara River is home to a world-class steelhead fishery with fish ranging up to 20 lbs, caught right through the winter.

Steelhead fishing is exciting. The feeder streams flowing into Lake Ontario are productive, and tend to produce more fish than those of the other Great Lakes. Use a slow troll for steelhead, close to the shoreline in 15-30 ft. of water. Rapalas work well. Trolling spoons on the lake is another popular method of steelhead fishing. Kwikfish, minnows and egg sacs are useful as well. When the steelhead are feeding heavily, even worms can entice them.

Brown trout and lake trout are also popular sportfish in the harbour. Brown trout can be huge, and ice fishing for them can be very rewarding. In the early spring, stay close to shore and at the creek mouths. They generally hang out under cover and underwater structure. If you’re casting, try to find the logs and rocks and cast right to those spots. Get as close as you can.

Lake trout can be very large as well, some topping out at over 20 lbs. They generally prefer the cooler open water, but can sometimes be found closer to shore. Spoons and bombers are good lure options to hook these lunkers. Steelhead and bass seasons run through summer from July to September. Try fishing for largemouth bass by trolling crankbaits along the shore over rocky shoals and submerged logs. These bass prefer the cover areas.

Smallmouth bass prefer sand and gravel, and more open water areas. Both will go after bait such as minnows, and lures can even imitate small frogs with success.
In general, bass fishing in the Great Lakes is changing somewhat. Jason Barnucz, fishing guide and biologist, says that zebra mussels and gobis have changed the ways that bass behave.

Read more of the article here

Liquid Mountains

I’ve been away at a fishing, golfing, euchre tournament and so, posting has been non-existent.  Hopefully this makes up for it.  These pics from Dave Sandford, a professional photographer for 18 years, are kinda neat :




You can find more of them here 


Holy Carp

Or, is that “Oh crap”.


Jeff Lagerquist,

Wildlife officials are activating an emergency plan after two fishermen hauled a massive Asian grass carp out of the St. Lawrence River.

The catch was a shock to the fisherman and biologists. The 29-kilogram specimen of the invasive species known for its super-sized appetite is believed to be the first one found in the river.

Wildlife experts warn the Asian carp’s voracious intake of plankton and underwater vegetation could choke out Canada’s native fish species by eliminating their food supply. The foreign fish have already replaced native species in the Mississippi River, and make up more than 50 per cent of fish by weight in parts of the Illinois River.

Quebec’s Forests, Wildlife and Parks Ministry will spend $1.7 million over three years to detect the carp and to educate commercial fishers.

Asian carp were introduced to North America in the 1960s and 1970s. Since then, they’ve migrated north through U.S. waterways and into the Great Lakes. Asian carp typically weigh between two and four kilograms, but can reach up to 40 kilograms and up to a meter in length. They reproduce rapidly, and once grown, can eat up to 20 per cent of the body weight in plankton each day.

Last summer, nine grass carps were found in the Toronto-area and some were found in Lake Erie. Teams of wildlife officials were deployed in Ontario to search for more as part of the province’s response plan.

Officials in Quebec are analysing samples of the carp to determine how long it has been swimming in the St. Lawrence, and if it could have migrated from the Great Lakes.

“I think it’s more likely it was introduced to the St. Lawrence originally either as an adult fish or that was in a bait bucked, a small fish that was mistaken for a minnow,” said Anthony Ricciardi, an invasive species biologist at McGill University.

College Angler Die in Boat Accident


The FLW College Fishing community mourns the loss of Humboldt State University bass angler Alex Robbins, who passed away on June 2 during a boating accident off the coast of Catalina Island in California. Robbins was 22 years old.

Currently, efforts are underway to recover Robbins’ body. He was fishing with his brother, Brent, who sustained some injuries in the accident but has since recovered.

A GoFundMe memorial has been set up by friends of the Robbins family at Money raised in the campaign will help the Robbins family with funeral and travel expenses. Any money remaining will be used to set up a fishing foundation in Alex’s honor.

From the site:

“Alex was a true inspiration to everyone he met. He was the type of person who would light up a room, using his genuine kindness and humor to make everyone smile. He had a heart of gold and would do anything for his friends and family. Alex lived an incredible adventurous life and was deeply loved and cherished by those who knew him, especially his family.”

Alex fished 10 FLW College Fishing tournaments from 2012 to 2016, including the entire 2016 Western Conference schedule.

Illegal Sturgeon Fishing Target of New Awareness Campaign


Police and fishermen are cracking down on illegal sturgeon fishing in Ontario by launching a new awareness campaign on the weekend.

Crime Stoppers in both Canada and the U.S. have teamed up with the Great Lakes Fishery Commission for the campaign that aims to make people aware that killing and selling wildlife is illegal.

The campaign is good news to people like Trevor Pitcher, an associate professor of biology at the University of Windsor who has studied the successful return of sturgeon in the Detroit River.

The fish nearly disappeared about 10 years ago when decades of dredging ruined natural spawning beds.

“Sturgeon existed in fairly reasonable numbers, but no offspring were produced for the next generation because they had nowhere to spawn,” Pitcher told CBC’s Windsor Morning.

But, artificial reefs were dropped into the river, which created new spawning waterbeds. The fish are now thriving.

“With the right habitat, they can do quite well,” Pitcher said.

Illegal figures

The Fishery Commission estimates the number of sturgeon caught illegally every year is equal to the number caught legally.

“The illegal trade of wildlife is the fourth most lucrative criminal activity world-wide, only exceeded by the trade of narcotics, counterfeiting and human trafficking,” said David Forster, president of the Ontario Association of Crime Stoppers.

The awareness campaign encourages the public to report illegal fishing in order to protect the sturgeon populations, explained Robert Heckey, chairman of the Fishery Commission.

“We are at a crossroads,” he said. “Decisions that people make to break the chain of illegal activities will decide the fate of this species. I believe people, given the information, will do the right thing.”


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