Hot Summer Bass Tactics!

Hot Summer Bass Tactics!

Hot Summer Tactics To say this has been a hot summer is an understatement. With countless scorching days along with little rain, this bass season has truly been a grind for many anglers. Low water levels, high water temperatures and nothing but sunny days means tough, hard to predict fishing right? Well, not really. Are bass easy to predict? Yes. Are they less than agreeable? Kinda. Don’t cuss me out just yet. At this point of the season there are a few key variables that make for a seemingly difficult equation to solve for the best of anglers. Really, the variables or unknowns are where and when do these ghost-like fish show up? Feeding windows become dramatically shortened and strike zones shrink which can make for a pretty frustrating day on the water. Smallmouth will suspend at various depths in relation to the thermolcline (a steep temperature gradient marked by a layer above and below which the water is at different temperatures) and where the forage they are targeting are located. Their green cousins, largemouth bass, can be found on deep weedlines, under trees, docks or buried beneath undercut banks. Now, we are talking about mid-day, but what about dusk periods? What about cloudy days with a falling barometer? Put that stuff on the backburner for a moment. These are the dog days of summer so just focus on the things you can control. As smallmouth “suspend” does that mean they aren’t oriented to the bottom? No – not at all. One great tactic right now is dragging on bottom. This is a great option because you can cover... read more
Product Review: Tuck N Tackle

Product Review: Tuck N Tackle

Date: 7/5/2016 Product type: Two Piece Rod Transportation System Manufacturer: Tuck N Tackle Reviewer: Exist To Fish         Introduction: Rod transport has never been so safe, snug and efficient. Protect the tips of your rod, while preventing your line from knotting. Tuck N Tackle utilizes tension to give anglers a smart solution that takes seconds to secure.     (Two Piece Rod Transportation System) Specifications Type Fish Rod transportation Length 1×2” Weight Very Lightweight Material Plastic Hooks NA Colors Black Origin USA MSRP 14.99 USD       Quality/Construction: Tuck N Tackle is designed to cover the tips of the rod during transport to protect against them from damage. Once the tips get damaged, the rod will rarely function the same. Tuck N Tackle is the only product designed to use  line tension to maintain proper system alignment, keeping the line free from detrimental contact. Other products put unwanted stress on the line which can lead to damage. Due to the amount of tension that the Tuck N Tackle is built to allow, the line avoids the risk of loosening. A loose line results in knotting or bunching at the reel point. Quality Ratings for (Two Piece Rod Transportation System) Finish(1-5) Level of Detail(1-5) Hardware(1-5) Craftsmanship(1-5) Total Possible Rating (10 being highest ) 4 4 4 4 16 20 8     Performance: Tuck N Tackle allows you to transport your two-piece fishing rod at half length without removing your tackle. The best part is the simplicity. The cap and clip use the tension of the fishing line to hold the system securely in place. Tuck N Tackle is... read more
2016 Alumacraft Competitor Sport LE FOR SALE!!!

2016 Alumacraft Competitor Sport LE FOR SALE!!!

  2016 Alumacraft Competitor 205 Sport LE, paired with a 2016 Evinrude 250 HO G2 outboard, Shorelander tandem axle surge brake trailer, two hummingbird 800 series graphs and a Minnkota Terrova 24V with US2 and Ipilot link installed.  BOAT IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR PICKUP UNTIL SEPT 30, 2016. TALONS ARE NOT INLCUDED Features included with this package are listed in detail below. Serious inquires regarding price,  please call 705-761-2510, or email chrishuskilson@gmail.com. Sale will be finalized through Leatherdale Marine and price does not include HST. Full Hull and Motor warranty included.  Package will have less than 100 hours of use.  Mint condition. Incredible rig. Boat can be viewed in Peterborough ON. will work with potential buyers to meet for test drive etc..     Product Review: 2016 Alumacraft Competitor 205 Sport LE     LIMITED EDITION Sport (LE) Mica Black Sonic Red Sport Windshield (SPT) VINYL COCKPIT ONLY (CV) BRP Engines Evinrude E250HPX G2 PRE-RIG, BRP G2 200HP (15′ NEMA) GROW BOATING INIT-BMCA No Kicker COVER, TRAVEL (COMPETITOR 205 SPT) MINNKOTA,TERROVA US2 112-60 IPLTLNK BRKT,MOUNT,MKA-32 ELC STR QRB WCVR HUMMINBIRD 859CI HD COMBO COMPLETE HUMMINBIRD 859CI HD DI COMPLETE ACCY, RADIO INFINITY 350 (CS/SPT) SHORELAND’R Trailers SHORELAND’R TRLR ALB40TABXLW-03 BLK   Length 20’ 8” 6.3 m Beam 96” 2.4 m Transom Width / Height 95”/25” 2.4 m/0.6 m Max. Horsepower 250 hp 186 kW Max. Depth 45” 1.1 m Max. Hull Thickness 0.200” 5.1 mm Freeboard Thickness 0.080” 2 mm Weight 1,616 lbs 733 kg Max. Capacity 8/2,450 lbs 8/1,111 Fuel Capacity 45 gal. 170 L Livewell Aft 33 gal. 125 L Livewell Bow 22 gal. 83 L Instruments speedometer,tachometer,voltmeter,fuel gauge,horn  ... read more
Product Review: LFT Magic Shad

Product Review: LFT Magic Shad

Date: 11/3/15 Product type: LFT “Magic Shad” Manufacturer: Lake Fork Trophy Lures Reviewer: Jamie Wilson         I, for one, love fishing soft plastics. Tubes, stickworms, grubs and paddle tails all have their time and place and so do shad/minnow/baitfish bodied plastics known as fluke style baits. The subtle realistic action can turn heads during the toughest of bites in the colder months and cold fronts alike. They can also be used in the dog days of summer and in a variety of situations as well, which makes this style of bait a well-rounded choice. The LFT “Magic Shad” is salt and garlic impregnated with a unique spade shaped tail that creates a great fluttering, vibrating action even on the fall. Seven staple color choices, along with durability, will make for many good days on the water ahead.       (Lake Fork Trophy Lures “Magic Shad”) Specifications Type Soft plastic shad/minnow body Length 5” Weight N/A Material Plastic (Garlic and salt impregnated) Hooks N/A Colors 7 colors in this line Origin Texas, United States MSRP $5.49 U.S funds (8/pack)     The LFT “Magic Shad” stands eye to eye with the top fluke style baits on the market. The detail, craftsmanship and color choices are true selling features, along with quality plastic of course. These are top shelf, top flight all the way.   Quality Ratings for (Lake Fork Trophy Lures “Magic Shad”)  Finish(1-5) Level of Detail(1-5) Hardware(1-5) Craftsmanship(1-5) Total Possible Rating (10 being highest ) N/A 5 N/A 5 10 10 10   The LFT “Magic Shad” gets top performance marks from me. Being a salt impregnated plastic,... read more
Bottom Bouncing for Lake Trout

Bottom Bouncing for Lake Trout

Bottom Bouncing Lakers   When talking to people about fishing I get excited and passionate like most of us do! But when I talk to people about lake trout, watch out, my excitement is thru the roof! I can’t help but to be fascinated by this specie, I become a totally different person when I get in the lake trout mode, almost like a hockey player gets during game 7 of the Stanley cup playoffs, determination. For those who know me, this isn’t new to them, but for those who are reading this and thinking, is this guy nuts, I have to say yes I am! I wrote an article on downrigging basics a while back and I had a hard time writing that article without talking about lake trout because it’s what I do so I am super pumped to share with you one of the biggest success I have had fishing for big Larry’s! For those of you who don’t know, Larry is what we call Lake Trout!   If I told you to bounce bottom for lakers, you would probably say, sure no problem, but if I told you to bounce bottom for lakers using your downriggers, you would say, no way dude! Settle down, I am here to tell you that there is a safe and successful way to do it without breaking or losing expensive gear! Step 1, the set up. Whether you are using electric or manual downriggers, this method works with both. Make sure you have some good steel downrigger cable spooled on your downrigger, I use 250 pound steel cable. Next,... read more
Product Review: Beaver’s Baits Regular Baby Beaver

Product Review: Beaver’s Baits Regular Baby Beaver

Date: 6/15/2016 Product type: Beaver Imitation Manufacturer: Beaver’s Baits Reviewer: Exist To Fish         Introduction: Ok folks.. At first glance this may seem like a novelty bait. But we are here to tell you that these are absolute BIG MUSKIE MAGNETS!   Each bait is hand crafted to absolute perfection. Not only are you getting a one of a kind bait but a product that will last and catch a lot of fish     (Regular Baby Beaver) Specifications Type Baby Beaver Imitation (muskies) Length 12” Weight 6oz Material Rubber and Hair Hooks 8/0 Mustad Treble Colors 5 Standard (custom colors available) Origin USA MSRP $44.99 USD     Quality/Construction: The Baby beaver comes in two sizes, The Baby Beaver is 12″ long and weighs 3.5 ounces (dry weight) and uses 6/0 hooks.  The Baby Beaver XL is 14.5″ long and weighs 6 ounces (dry weight) and uses 8/0 hooks. Both sizes are available in 5 standard color patterns.  The Baby Beaver is constructed of plastic with .051 wire molded into each body piece. Each body piece is hand tied with deer hair and connected together with split rings. The rubber tail is molded onto the hook and is attached to the bait with a split ring making it replaceable. The blade attachment (sold separately) clips onto the front eyelet of the bait, turning the Baby Beaver into a buck tail with a little attitude…it can be easily removed to go back to the natural swimming action of the Bait. Also available separately, are replacement rubber tails. At some point a little more detail in the head and... read more
Downrigging 101

Downrigging 101

Downrigging 101 When fishing a big body of water, you often feel intimidated and somewhat afraid, don’t feel bad, those were my emotions too! The mistake most people do is look at a map of the whole lake and start planning the spots you want to hit, there is nothing wrong with that at all, in fact that’s what we should all do, but in reality, most of us try to do too much at once. Instead of looking at the whole lake, cut it into pieces, just like a pie! Concentrate on a certain area, learn it, fish it and master it! Downrigging can be scary for some, and for others, they call it “the lazy man fishing” I call it “Strategic Fishing”! Why is downrigging so fun? I’m glad you asked! All thru the summer I spend time trolling Lake Simcoe in search of big lake trout, but what I am also doing is using this time to find unmarked shoals, humps and potential jigging areas for summer and winter. As much as we think the lakes are well mapped and we can see every shoal or hump from a smartphone sitting on the couch eating pie, you can always find unmarked areas, trust me, I have found a few in my days and they still produce fish to this day! As much as we like to think we know the lakes like the back of our hand, there will always be that one spot that you found that no one knows about, or at least no one else talks about, in that case, it’s still your... read more
Drop Shot Crappie!

Drop Shot Crappie!

Fishing during the month of May here in the Ontario Kawartha’s Northumberland region is truly an exciting time of year for any angler.  The trees are finally starting to show their leaves, birds are returning from their southern seasonal residence and the lakes and rivers seem to be buzzing with fish activity.  This particular trip was no different. Aside from the nasty approaching cold front we were seemingly caught directly in the middle of. Let’s take a trip back to the previous weekend… A weekend that yielded beautiful warm weather, moderate winds and great company from a couple of very old friends.   We had planned to target Pike during this trip but upon launching the boat I quickly discovered that I had forgotten to load my two carry on tackle bags. The bags that literally contained ALL of my Pike fishing arsenal.  We made due with what we happened to have tied on and landed half a dozen nice Pike before deciding to venture to the other end of the lake to check “the spot” in hopes that the Crappie had moved in.     Now.. Most of you have caught crappies.. And in most cases they are in numbers in shallow back bays this time of year. A pile of cookie cutter fish in the 10-12″ range with the occasional 13+ incher. Always a great time! This particular lake is different. The fish behave the same for the most part. Suspend in the basin during the ice season, stage prior to spawn and move shallow when the time is right. But they are not in the big schools that we... read more
Product Review: Kamooki Smartcraw

Product Review: Kamooki Smartcraw

Date: 5/13/16 Product type: Lipless Crankbait Manufacturer: Kamooki Lures ltd. Reviewer: Jamie Wilson         We all have our top five favorite baits, or go-to presentations that we have come to count on throughout the season that will get minor tweaks and adjustments to suit our needs. Generally, we have abundance of sizes, weights, colors and techniques in our back pockets that we deem useful that can actually convolute the situation and overwhelm us. As an angler that has been around the block a few times I look for baits that can be presented in a variety of ways without the having to re-rig constantly to ultimately deduce a “pattern”. Imagine one rod/reel/line combo with a multitude of possibilities at the end of your line. Can a single bait type achieve this? Well, this one can. Kamooki Lures Ltd. has created both the “Smartfish” and “Smartcraw” to cover just about every possible baitfish imitation and presentation an angler might consider. Let’s take a closer look at where the “Smartcraw” fits into our repertoire shall we?       (Kamooki Smartcraw) Specifications Type Lipless crankbait/rattlebait Length 3” Weight ½ oz Material Hooks Premium black nickel VMC treble Colors 6 colors Origin Alberta, Canada MSRP $12.99 Canadian funds   The Kamooki Smartcraw is incredibly innovative and beyond unique, but as far as quality is concerned I can’t speak highly enough about it. So much thought was put into creating this fine crankbait as it has become, in my opinion, the gold standard in modern hardbait manufacturing. The finish and level of detail are what you would come to expect from... read more
Outdoor Therapy

Outdoor Therapy

Outdoor Therapy     The outdoors means so many different things to so many different people. Sure I like to hunt and fish but I also rely on the outdoors to provide me with means to recharge and reboot the internal hard drive. Sometimes in life, you need these moments more than others. The great outdoors and Mother Nature is always there to provide me with my “outdoor therapy.” On one such occasion when I was starting to feel worn down and not myself, needing a little break from the rigors of work. It was time to get outside and play. But what should I do?! Go explore a new lake, hike to a new destination, drive down a dirt road to find a campfire spot, fish some rivers, or rent a canoe for the weekend and paddle to an island to sleep under the stars. I though the last option was just what my soul needed to satisfy my sense of adventure. It was a beautiful day near the end of September. The bugs were just starting to taper off, and the forecast for the weekend was looking perfect. My girlfriend and I packed up all of our gear and our faithful huskies into the car. I was already starting to feel myself again just from packing up the vehicle knowing that our next destination is out of the city limits. This was going to be a great adventure surrounded by the sights and sounds of wildlife and fish and the smells of the trees and campfire. Looking through the back roads map book, we picked a new... read more
Product Review: Deeper Fishfinder

Product Review: Deeper Fishfinder

Date: Jan.29, 2016 Product type: FishFinder – Sonar Manufacturer: Deeper Reviewer: Dean Schenk           Introduction: Deeper fish finder is the first of its kind portable, wireless sonar, compatible with 7000+ iOS and Android devices, specially designed to find the location of fish, depth, water temperature, bottom contour and much more. Let’s see how it works on the ice!       (Deeper Fishfinder) Specifications Type Bluetooth Wireless Sonar Length 65mm (2.6 inches) Weight 100 grams (3.5 oz.) Material ABS Hooks N/A Colors Black Origin USA – Lithuania MSRP 299.00 CA     Quality/Construction: The quality and construction of the Deeper Fishfinder is very good. The ABS plastic held up to being dropped on the ice in -30C weather as well as dropped into the hole and hitting the sides of the ice when a fish was pulled through the hole. The markings on the deeper to ensure you have a proper seal were a nice addition. With a built in Bluetooth antenna and no power switches or cords to worry about makes the Deeper very mobile and versatile.   Quality Ratings for (Deeper FishFinder) Finish(1-5) Level of Detail(1-5) Hardware(1-5) Craftsmanship(1-5) Total Possible Rating (10 being highest ) 5 5 4 5 19 20 9     Performance: The Deeper performed as advertised. Right out of the box and into the water after a quick charge the deeper was easily connected to my Ipad and Iphone. The Deeper app is easy to navigate and is full of additional features beyond the sonar screen. The sonar screen was easy to read and view without any adjustments. There is a slight... read more
Product Review: Magnum Pro Bulldawg

Product Review: Magnum Pro Bulldawg

Date: 12/11/2015 Product type: Magnum Pro Bulldawg Manufacturer: Musky Innovations Reviewer: Alex Meletis         Introduction: The Pro Dawg-Mag Dawg is always a top favorite for me when targeting Muskie and Northern Pike. Diversified bait that can be toiled or cast, this bait has a past history of nothing short of successful catches when targeting essox. Presentation is everything with this lure type. Because of its body style and balanced weight the bait is able to stay up right when paused allowing for a window of opportunity for predator type fish. This bait comes in numerous colors and can be used by anglers at all levels of experience paired with the proper gear, making the Bull Dawg so successful.     Magnum Pro Bulldawg Specifications Type Magnum Pro Bulldawg Length 12” Weight 8oz Material Soft plasic Hooks Mustad Colors Blk/Orange Origin Cleveland,WI MSRP  24.99 USD     Quality/Construction: It’s over all construction and quality is over all good. If I could change any quality aspect of this bait it would be the durability of the rubber and hook quality. Because Muskies and Pike have razor sharp teeth and these baits are of a soft plastic construction it does not take many fish to destroy them. Although the action of the bait remains the same with some altering of the wire harness and patch work with soft plastic glue, the overall density of the plastic could be better. For hooks I usually swap out the Mustad’s for VMC or Gorilla 4X. I have had Mustad’s snap multiple times or bend resulting in loss of fish.   Quality Ratings... read more
Product Review: The Original Rod Sox

Product Review: The Original Rod Sox

Date: December 3, 2015 Product type: Rod Cover Manufacturer: Rod Sox Reviewer:  Conley/Fuchs – TheBassassins Introduction: How is it possible that rods get so tangled? For us fishing time is the most important time, so we try to eliminate unnecessary steps on the way as much as possible. The night before all rods get rigged and neatly stored in the truck just to get to the boat launch and find a fine mess. While loading up the boat the hustle begins again, fiddling with tangled lines and rod tips quickly adds time to your tight schedule. Well knocking your Sox off is a lot more fun!  This open water season we covered all rods with the Rod Sox and what a difference it made, it only takes a few seconds at the end of each day to put them back on. Which results in easy storage and the next launch is a breeze. (Rod Sox) Specifications Type Rod Cover Length Variety Weight NA Material Rubber/Mesh Hooks NA Colors Red/Blue/Yellow/Green/White Origin USA MSRP $7.99-$9.99US Quality/Construction:  The construction of the Rod Sox are great – the mesh is woven perfectly which allows you to store them quite easily by rolling them up when not is use.  One of the best features is also the very sturdy rubber band at the beginning which allows you to not only guide the sox on quickly but keeps them locked down below the largest ring – very smart! Quality Ratings for (Rod Sox) Finish(1-5) 5 Level of Detail(1-5) 5 Hardware(1-5) 5 Craftsmanship(1-5) 5 Total 20 Possible 10 Rating (10 being highest ) Performance:  Lived up to all... read more
Exist To Fish Christmas Wish List

Exist To Fish Christmas Wish List

Well it’s that time of the year again.  The boats are put away for the winter as the ice starts to form. With Christmas around the corner, many of us are starting to think about  what we would like for Christmas or are looking for gift ideas for friends or family. If you are anything  like the Exist To Fish Staff, you probably lost a few baits this year. We are all excited about new and existing fishing product’s that we have not had an opportunity to purchase or test out. They just were not in your budget at the time or perhaps you are thinking about trying a new lure this winter or in 2016!! I asked the Staff at Exist to Fish what they where going to ask Santa for this year. Here are the top picks on their wish list! Dean Schenk  : “On my Xmas wish list would be a pair of Smith Backdrop sunglasses to protect my eyes when on the water and ice”.  Product Features: A perfect medium-sized complement to the Touchstone, the Backdrop incorporates the same great features like stainless steel spring hinges and megol contact surfaces at the nose and temple tips. ChromaPop™ polarized lenses provide the highest level of enhanced color and clarity, or choose Techlite glass lenses for unparalleled optics and scratch resistance. “Also a tube of liquid mayhem walleye attractant in my stocking as I use it on the hard water all winter”. ​Product Features: Made with real minnows in a super concentrated form. Contains natural baitfish enzymes infused with powerful amino acids and other bite stimulants formulated to target a fishes olfactory glands and trigger big strikes. Fish hold on to artificial bait longer meaning more... read more
It’s all about the “Eyes”

It’s all about the “Eyes”

It’s all about the “Eyes”     I was able to get out just after the spring and I achieved one of my main targets, to catch my first nice sized Walleye. Walleye typically are found in deep water and are easier to fish for very early in the morning or early dawn, dusk and into the nighttime hours. Their eyes are situated on the sides of their head and have a luminescent glow when light is shined upon them. Their eyes are very sensitive to light so anglers prefer dusk fishing for this particular reason. In the spring they make their way to the deeper waters after spawning in creeks and rivers, and subsequently I caught mine at the base of a river mouth.   I had put on a Rapala lure and covered it with Liquid Mayhem attractant. I thought that I would try something unconventional with my attractant that I had done in the past and it paid off. When we started trolling, my rod instantly had a large hit on it. There was no consistent fight that I am used to having with bass so I was unsure of my catch until I reeled it in. I was thrilled when I saw the size of my first ever Walleye.   The following weekend, with the excitement still running through me, I decided to set up the dipsy divers on the Shimano Telora rods and reel combos. The boat was set up with pickerel rigs and we set out for a day to find the Walleye. I ventured to an area known to seasoned anglers for... read more
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