Fishing and Tackle News

New from Chaos Tackle is the Shadillac

The Shadillac is a swimbait/crankbait that used to be very hard to come across and when you found one they were expensive. Well now that Chaos Tackle is manufacturing them they are readily available and at an affordable price. This bait is double hinged with a lifelike swimming action. This bait is 10" long and weighs 5.5 oz. It's perfect for almost anyway you like to fish musky. Troll it, rip it, crank it..just fish it. Find your new Chaos Tackle Shadillac HERE.

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New for 2018 the .22 Long from Llungen Lures

This year seems to consist of baits that are smaller or bigger than their predecessors and the 22 Long is no different. This bait is about 2" bigger than the 22 short which came out 2 yrs ago. The deep diving lip gets this bait down to places not many crankbaits this size can reach. The 22 Long has super loud rattles to really get this bait noticed. A great addition to the angler who likes to cast and troll. Check out the video below to see this bait in action. 

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8" Regular Swimmin' Dawg from Musky Innovations

It's new for 2018... the Regular size Swimmin' Dawg from Musky Innovations. This bait is the smaller brother to the 11" Mag Size Swimmin' Dawg that came out last year. This new bait will make a great addition to your early season arsenal. Team this with either a Llungen Osprey or Kramer Bros Revo Attachment to add another dimension to these baits. You can find these baits by clicking HERE.

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Great new Crank from Leo Lures

Here is a great new trolling or casting option from Leo Lures. The MoJoe Shad has a great shimmy to really drive the big musky crazy. Available in 17 color options. Check them out HERE and view the video below. 

 

 

 

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Just added Slammer 10" Deep Minnow and Shads

These 10" Deep Minnows and 10" Deep Shads are perfect for fall fishing. Slammer Tackle baits are built from solid plastic with through wire construction and will last many seasons. Available now in 6 exclusive TRO custom colors. Find everything from Slammer Tackle by clicking HERE.

Find the running depths for many Slammer Tackle Cranks below. 

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New Products from Drifter Tackle

We are always trying to expand our lineup and give musky anglers what they need and want to help put more and bigger fish in the net. We recently add a few new products and colors from Drifter Tackle to the website. Now available in exclusive Team Rhino Outdoors custom colors are the 10" Straight Believers, 10" Hell Hounds, 12" Super Believers, and 9" Super Believers. We also added new colors in the 20" Squirrely Jake and 12" Super Stalker. Those are all great products to help you have more success musky fishing this fall. Good Luck on the water. 

10" Hell Hounds

10" Straight Believers

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Kevin Pischke talks on and off the water tips

We asked Kevin Pischke with Lay in a Line Guide Service  (1) What is something you do off the water to help catch more fish? and (2) When your on the water and not contacting muskies what is 1 change you'll make. Below you'll the answers to these questions.

 

If you’re not contacting fish on the water what’s the one adjustment you make?

Boat position:

Where are the fish in relationship to the area / structure you are fishing? If it’s a spot that regularly holds and produces fish I’ll change my boat position before I do anything else. Has something like wind, current, sun, clouds, bait location or boat traffic caused them to change their position? Do I need to work the deepest edge off of a weed bed because high blue skis have pushed them deep? Do I need to cast parallel to a weed edge or rock bar because a wind driven current has them positioned in a different direction nosed into the current? Do I need to get up tight in the weeds or on a bar because heavy boat pressure has pushed fish into the areas? Maybe it’s as simple as the fish have seen baits being retrieved in the same manner all day and by working it deep to shallow versus shallow to deep is the simple change that will initiate a strike.

 

What is something you do off the water to help you succeed

 Maintain and organize fishing records.

I keep detailed records of my fishing and on my off time I will compile that data to track day to day fishing and also trends and results drawn out over a season. This can also be taken a step further to compare trends over several seasons. This helps you fine tune your fishing efforts to specific weather, season, and regional patterns. A good example would be tracking a change in fish behavior for a season with slow warming water temperatures that inhibited weed growth on a body of water that fish are heavily weed related because of a lack of other types of structure. A simpler day to day example of records would be how a certain direction wind affects the fish on a specific body of water.

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Phil Schweik talks on and off the water tips

We asked Phil Schweik with Hooksetters Guide Service  (1) What is something you do off the water to help catch more fish? and (2) When your on the water and not contacting muskies what is 1 change you'll make. Below you'll the answers to these questions. 

 #1 I work with several other tournament anglers and the guides that are on our Hooksetters staff and we share information as to what is working and what is not working to help each other become more successful when we are on the water. We share information as to what lures or baits are working, locations where we are catching fish, water temperature,  current flow rate, water level, and other different conditions that are pertinent to us catching fish. I also read a lot. 😄


#2. My first adjustment if I am not catching fish is changing locations . I'm a firm believer in the fact that the fish are always biting somewhere, you just have to find them. Secondly would be changing my presentation

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Gregg Thomas talks on and off the water tips

We asked Gregg Thomas with Battle The Beast Guide Service  (1) What is something you do off the water to help catch more fish? and (2) When your on the water and not contacting muskies what is 1 change you'll make. Below you'll the answers to these questions. 

(1) Off the water preparation can be very important.  Making lure alterations can be key to putting more fish in the boat.  Adding weight, taking weight out, reshafting spinners or even repairing broken lips all needs to completed off the water.  I mess with my baits a lot and after hours is the time for me to do that.  One thing that I do is add insert weights  to my crankbaits and jerkbaits.  By adding weights to lures it is a way to get a certain action deeper where the fish haven’t seen it before.  An example would be adding weights to twitch baits.  Normally these lures only go down 2 to 4 feet by adding weight you can get these lures to depths in areas where this type of action my not have been seen before.

(2) If I am not contacting fish there are number of things to try.  The one go to for me is changing depths. With the electrics that are available now fishing deeper and shallower water is even easier.  Depending on conditions making depth adjustments can be the key to boating more fish.  If you are experiencing a heat wave or long periods of high pressure moving the boat out and fishing a cast length off the structure may pay off.  If the area that you are fishing is a known “Good Area” and no fish are moving then moving off can be key.  If it is a strong cold front or low light situation. Going shallower can be good.  A sudden drop in water temperature either from a cold front or shade created by sun angle will trigger shallow water migrations.  Both of these migrations are something to consider when on the water.

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Jeff Van Remortel talks on and off the water tips.

We asked Northern Wisconsin Guide Jeff Van Remortel with WDH Guide Service (1) What is something you do off the water to help catch more fish? and (2) When your on the water and not contacting muskies what is 1 change you'll make. You'll answers to these questions below. 

1) With the exception of time spent with family/friends, it is rare for me to be off the water for any significant amount of time during the season. When I do find myself with an afternoon or day off the water, I may spend time on gear or boat/trailer maintaince. Keeping reels spooled and leaders and split rings fresh is something I try to as the issues arise, but from time to time, I do accumulate a "to-do" list. 


2) When I am on the water, it is rare that I do not have a good understanding of the structure I am fishing or other key pieces of structure available in the system. That is part of the home work that should be done ahead of time before attempting to catch fish. Having this information at your disposal allows for a fluid change from one type of structure to another as conditions change on the water. The hardest decisions come when you are fishing in good or above average conditions and you have confidence in you bait and spot selection but are failing to produce results. When I know I am presenting to fish and switching baits or techniques does not produce action, I will often switch lakes. A seasoned angler will have that "gut feeling" conditions are good to get bit, but in some cases those good conditions may not be good for the type of water you are on. The reason for this are numerous and there is often no one root cause. The easy solution is to cut your losses and change water/lake type before the next feeding window opens.

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