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Confessions of an Absent Angler

Posted by MNAngler On September - 25 - 20112 COMMENTS

Forgive me, bloggers, for I have sinned. It’s been nearly three weeks since my last blog entry. I have no excuse, really. Life has just gotten in the way of… well, life. I’ve only fished a half hour since doing my fly fisherman impersonation in Oregon. I have a bunch of posts half written and haven’t been able to get back to finish them. With Lego League ramping up, I’m not sure when I’ll be able to wrap them up. But I didn’t want to leave you all in... (more...)

Dry Spell

Posted by MNAngler On August - 1 - 20111 COMMENT

My July was horrendous, fishing-wise. The Minnesota weather really put a damper on fishing opportunities. Other than my July 4th weekend on the Gunflint Trail, I only got out one other time. I tried float tubing on a new lake in the Twin Cities Metro a few weekends ago and came away with nothing. Not even a bite. All other weekends were just too damn muggy. On more than one occasion, it was more humid here than in the tropical rain forest. In fact, the news just reported that we had 98 hours... (more...)

Another Almost Fish for MNAngler, Jr

Posted by MNAngler On July - 20 - 20111 COMMENT
Another Almost Fish for MNAngler, Jr

When Ken and I returned from our Dead Moose Adventure, my wife relayed the afternoon’s events at the homestead to us. Before we left, my son said he wanted to practice casting, so I tied on a speed craw to my son’s fishing pole. It was just like the one he used when he almost caught a fish. On his very first cast the line tightened. He told my wife that he caught a fish. My wife thought he got it hung up on a rock and couldn’t believe he did it on his first cast. She thought... (more...)

Father-Son Fishing

Posted by MNAngler On June - 28 - 20112 COMMENTS
Father-Son Fishing

After a somewhat productive Saturday morning, my 6 year old son wanted to join me in fishing. Up until now he only play-fished by casting off the dock with a casting plug that came with his Spiderman rod and reel set. I thought it was time for him to throw a real lure. So I hooked him up with a scum frog. The hooks are somewhat protected so there would be less of a chance of him hooking into someone and it would also be less likely he hook into a weed where someone (me) would have to get him... (more...)

Happy Bloggaversary to Me

Posted by MNAngler On June - 24 - 20117 COMMENTS
Happy Bloggaversary to Me

Today my blog turns 2. I’ve mentioned many times before how I am in disbelief in how my blabberings have been received. Just this week, my traffic this year has matched all of last year, so I’m on track to meet my goal of doubling last year’s traffic. Thank you, all, for coming by to visit. I hope to continue to keep you entertained, or at least interested. Which means I have to get out and fish more. This year has been a bust so far for me, sans 1, but I’m off to my... (more...)

Action Shot

Posted by MNAngler On June - 16 - 2011ADD COMMENTS
Action Shot

The Outdoor Blogger Network had another great photo prompt that I had a good answer for: Show Us Some Action. Last fall, my brother finally got me out on the float tube that he bought for me several Christmases ago. At the same time, he introduced me to jig and pigs (jigs with plastic trailers). We were at my dad’s cabin in Northwestern Wisconsin and headed out about an hour before sunset. I bottom bounced my jig and trailer as we kicked our way toward a channel that leads to another lake.... (more...)

An Unusual Spoon for Northern Pike

Posted by MNAngler On June - 10 - 20111 COMMENT
An Unusual Spoon for Northern Pike

Last weekend, when I went fishing with my father-in-law (Ken), brother-in-law (George), and his friend (Greg), we all told our own fish stories. This one was particularly entertaining: Greg owns a cabin outside the Twin Cities metro area. He has a neighbor that routinely asks him about how he’s doing and what he uses when he’s fishing. Being a little annoyed at this, he created a special lure and put it in his tackle box, ready to take it out when the time was right. One day, he saw... (more...)

Minnesota Bass Opener

Posted by MNAngler On May - 24 - 20112 COMMENTS
Minnesota Bass Opener

The day is almost upon us. Minnesota Bass Opener is this weekend and I can’t wait. I had plans to go up to my father-in-law’s place on the Gunflint Trail, but my wife is planning a ginormous garage sale next week and I have to help get the garage ready. I was disappointed at first, but decided to make the most of it and go fishing around the local lakes. But then Mother Nature decided to throw me a curve ball. As of yesterday, it was supposed to be nice this weekend, but in the last... (more...)

Minnesota Fishing Opener

Posted by MNAngler On May - 14 - 2011ADD COMMENTS
Minnesota Fishing Opener

It’s about 12:30am on May 14, 2011. The crazies truly dedicated are already on lakes across the state drowning worms, leeches, and minnows pursuing the ever elusive walleye. Others will be on the lake by 4 or 5am. Traditionally, this day has always been a big deal in Minnesota. It’s in our blood. It’s in our psyche. (Are you listening, BassProShops?) Me? I was going to head to my dad’s place in WI where the catch and release bass season opened last weekend. Bass season... (more...)

Open Letter to BassProShops

Posted by MNAngler On May - 8 - 201116 COMMENTS
Open Letter to BassProShops

Dear BassProShops, Last fall, I visited one of your stores when visiting my brother in Colorado. If all your other stores are like the one near Boulder, you have amazing stores. The store was clean, well organized, and had an amazing selection of products. So I ask you, Why do you not have a store in Minnesota? Minnesotans eat, live, and breathe fishing. Our state is the #1 in sales of fishing licenses per capita in the nation. We also have the most boats per capita. We fish year-round. And... (more...)


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