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Slipping Away! The new Bobber Fishing By Gary Howey

We all remember bobber fishing, how we fished when we were youngsters, you would snap a plastic bobber onto the line at the depth you want your bait to be. You would cast it out and when the bobber goes under the water, you set the hook.
It was a great way to catch fish, at times a real pain as your hook, weight and bait would tangle up with your bobber.
You’re probably wondering why I’m writing about bobber or float fishing? Everyone knows about bobber fishing, right!
It really does not take a nuclear scientist to figure out this fishing method. This is true but there are several problems with this type of bobber fishing, especially if you are fishing deep water.
First off when your bobber or float as they’re called today is set at six or seven feet, it’s darn near impossible to cast without bouncing the bobber off your fishing partners head or piercing your ear with the hook.
Secondly, once you have reeled the bobber up to your rod tip, you’ve still have six or seven foot of line and your fish dangling below the bobber.
With the really tough part being, how can you land or net a fish at the end of that six or seven feet unless your net man has super long arms or at least a net with nine foot of handle!
Slip bobbers have solved these problems allowing you to fish areas that you were not able to fish with the old style bobbers!
They allow you to fish for suspended fish at any depth and not have to worry about the bobber being “attached” several feet above your hook. These bobbers slide down against the weight, jig or hook allowing the angler to cast the line with ease.
Slip bobbers are simple to use; they slip or slide up and down your line until stopped by the bobber stop.
The stop is adjustable, sliding up and down allowing you to set it at any depth and small enough to allow you to reel it up into your reel.
These bobbers’ stops are simple. They can be fancy or as simple as braided line or rubber band tied around the line. [Read more…]


Farm ponds offer bass, bluegill action By Larry Myhre

Reprinted from the Sioux City Journal
HARTINGTON, Neb. | One thing I like about farm pond fishing is that ponds are generally loaded with fish.
And the one Gary Howey and I were fishing just southwest of town was proving that it was no exception.
When it comes to bluegill fishing in ponds, there is no more effective method than using a fly rod. And I was proving that fact today. Seven-inch bluegills were taken on practically every cast.
The tiny black ant that I designed for bluegill fishing more than 40 years ago had not lost its charm. While the ‘gills weren’t monsters, they were giving a good account of themselves on my light tackle.

Howey, meanwhile, was casting a spinnerbait for bass. He had caught and released three before I decided to tie on a bass fly. I chose a black wooly bugger in size 6. The black marabou tail behind the black chenille body made the fly nearly 2 inches long.

Wouldn’t you know it: The first cast produced a nearly 2-pound largemouth. After several airborne leaps I brought the bass to hand and then released it.
We weren’t keeping any fish, but if we were, we still would have released the bass. Bluegills, on the other hand, would have been fair game. They are very prolific, and if there are not enough bass in the pond to keep their numbers down, they will overpopulate and become stunted.

If that happens, any largemouth still in the pond will find it difficult to bring off a spawn. The tiny ‘gills will attack the nest in an effort to eat the eggs, and the male guarding the nest doesn’t stand a chance against hundreds of hungry mouths.

In fact, the old rule of removing 10 pounds of bluegills for every pound of bass from a farm pond is still pretty good advice.
I’m not sure how many farm ponds there are in Nebraska, but the Iowa Department of Natural Resources says there are about 110,000 in Iowa providing about 1.6 million fishing trips annually. The local economic impact is estimated at $7.5 million.

That’s pretty good considering farm ponds are on private property and the angler must get permission to fish from the landowner.

Farm ponds also produce big fish. [Read more…]


South Dakota National Guard Converge on Dry Lake Gary Howey

Not far from Madison, S.D., you will find Dry Lake 2, one of the numerous Glacial Lakes located in Northeastern South Dakota
In mid July, members of the South Dakota National Guard converged on this lake, they weren’t there to assists with some natural disaster as they have on many other occasions, they were there to find out who would have the bragging rights for the 2015 SDNG Pro-Am Walleye Tournament. The 2nd annual event was sponsor by Berkley, the South Dakota National Guard, Lake Area Walleye Club, The Walleye Guys and others.
Members of the Guard, along with potential Guard members joined with members of the Lake Area Walleye Club, Madison, S.D. and several professional anglers to compete in the one-day SDNG Walleye Fishing Tournament.
Cameraman Bill Miller and I were fortunate enough to film the event for one of our shows on our Outdoorsmen Adventures television series. Our job would be to move from boat to boat, recording the event, which would air during our 2016 Outdoorsmen Adventures television season.As we arrived at the lake, it looked to be a great day for fishing; overcast with a slight breeze, perfect walleye fishing weather.The ten teams had their boats lined up along the fence line as they made plans on how to attack the lake. Dry Lake 2 is a 6,500-acre lake with a maximum depth of fifteen feet like many of these shallow northeastern South Dakota lakes and has a healthy weed growth coming out from the shoreline.
Prior to the start of the tournament, president of the Lake Area Walleye Club, Mike Dorris introduced the teams and explained the tournament rules, with each team’s top five largest fish used for heaviest weight to decide the winning team. [Read more…]


Too much Good thing Can Be Bad Gary Howey

A warm sunny day can bring a lot of warmth to people, especially those of us who long to be outdoors after a long cold winter.
I know you have heard the old saying “too much of anything is not good for you!”
That holds true when it comes to spending too much time in the sun.

Sure, a good tan looks nice, but there is a thin line between a tan and skin cancer.
If you do not take some precaution too much sun can a life-changing event. It is a no brainer, as too much sun can and will lead to skin cancer!
I know what you are saying; skin cancer is something others get but not me. Do not believe it, because it can happen to anyone at any age.

When a patient hears the word cancer, it will scare you to death, literally.
Death was the first thing came to mind when they said I had skin cancer. I remember it like it was yesterday. I had gone in for an annual physical, thinking I was home free when a dermatologist stopped in to talk with my doctor.

He recognized me since he had seen our television series. We talked about hunting, fishing and the show. He asked how things were going and I told him things were going very well and during that conversation, he indicated if there was anything, he could do for me to let him know.
I mentioned there was a spot on my lip that had been there for some time. It was not a big spot, it did not hurt, just a spot that would break open from time to time.
He looked at it, talked with my doctor and told me he thought it was “Cancer”.
Of course my first thoughts were, I must have not heard him as my hearing isn’t the best, so I asked him to repeat it, the next words out of his mouth were “Cancer” and we’d better get a biopsy on it.

Say What, I thought, this can’t be as it’s been there forever, since I was in Viet Nam, it never really hurt and really hadn’t gotten any larger, at least on the outside.
I thought he had to be mistaken, but when he ordered me back in a couple of days for a biopsy, I really started to worry. [Read more…]


West River stock dams yield big bluegills By Larry Myhre

Reprinted from the Sioux City Journal

PIERRE, S.D. | The prairie swept away to the west like an endless sea of waving grass. It was shortly after dawn and antelope and deer scampered away from our vehicles as Gary Howey and Steve Nelson guided their trucks down the gravel roadway.

We were on our way to fish one of the hundreds, if not thousands, of stock dams which dot these grasslands. The ponds are built to provide water for cattle, an industry which anchors the incomes of most who live in this region.

Steve Nelson, Pierre, S.D., has been a friend of mine since we attended the University of South Dakota a generation ago. After graduation, our paths went separate ways until we made contact about 10 years later. Pierre, Steve told me, was an outdoorsman’s paradise. I needed to come visit. Of course I knew that, but my tunnel vision was fishing. It was hard to drive farther than Lake Frances Case, a Missouri River reservoir a lot closer than Lake Oahe. Oahe had bigger fish, but Case had the numbers. Decisions, decisions.

But, I needed to see an old friend.

And ever since then, Pierre has drawn me like a moth to a flame.

No one has a better handle on stock-dam fishing than my friend, Steve. He’s guided me on many memorable trips to these dams for bass, bluegills and perch. And I’m not talking about run-of-the-mill fish. I’m talking about pound-plus ‘gills, perch and bass of nearly state record proportions.

So when Steve called and said we should come out and seek big bluegills, we went.

The pond we were intending to fish is on private land. And that’s the case of many West River stock dams. You must have permission of the landowner to fish them, but that’s not difficult to obtain.

But, there are also a lot of ponds and small reservoirs on public land. More about that later. [Read more…]


Jigging the Big Lake, Lake of the Woods, MN. By Gary Howey

Lake of the Woods is a pristine 50,000-acre lake along the Minnesota and Canada borders. There you will find, 65,000 miles of shoreline, numerous bays and over 14,000 islands, and some of the finest fishing available in North America.
This would be our destination where we Team Outdoorsmen Adventures member Larry Myhre and I would join Nick Painovich, Zippel Bay Resort to walleye fish on the big lake.
When we arrived, shortly after noon, our plans were to spend a couple of days fishing on Lake of the Woods, but as we looked at the extended forecast, it looked like it could be a one day trip and we had better not waste any time, as a severe weather pattern was heading our way.
It didn’t take us long to stow our gear in one of Zippel Bays thirty foot charter boats and make our way out of Zippel Bay into Lake of the Woods.
Nick motored out to one of the areas where they had been picking up some nice fish during first week of the Minnesota walleye season.
Dropping anchor, we positioned ourselves along the edge of the rock pile, tied on our jigs, tipped them with salted minnows and begin jigging. We were fishing along the edge of the rocks, hopping to pick up some of the post spawn walleyes making their way out into the deeper water.
The smaller males as well as the sauger were eager biters, some of which would join us at our fish fry that evening. As Nick and I were catching our dinner fish, Larry set the hook on what appeared to be a good fish and after a short battle, a twenty-seven inch slot walleye slid into the net, had her photo taken and then was released. Larry, who claims to be a multi-species angler, also landed a smaller northern. Not to be out done, Nick hooked another good fish, another of the slot fish, twenty-five inches that had her photo taken,
As the bite slowed, Nick would bring up the anchor and move onto another rock pile where we would work our baits off the rock pile down along the edge where it dropped off into deeper water. [Read more…]


The Artwork of Terry Redlin A Step Back in Time by Gary Howey

Terry Redlin’s artwork and the Redlin Art Center are amazing! They attract collectors and visitors from throughout the world. There has been no one with the talent to capture the outdoors on canvas as Terry Redlin has done.

I was very fortunate to have filmed two of our Outdoorsmen Adventures television shows with Redlin and spent numerous hours going through his Redlin Art Center in Watertown, S.D.

Each time I make my way through the Art Center, I am amazed at the how beautiful it is and Terry’s paintings hold me in awe.

For those of you that haven’t heard of Terry Redlin, he’s a Master Artist, one of the country’s most popular and widely collected wildlife and Americana artists. For eight years in a row 1991-1998 Redlin, voted, America’s Most Popular Artist by U.S. Art magazine and in 1992 inducted into the U.S. Arts Hall of Fame.
Terry stormed onto the wildlife artist scene with his 1977 release of “Winter Snows.” Terry Redlin enthusiasts have collected 2 million art prints and an even greater number of collectibles and home décor products were sold — all inspired by his unique artistic talent.

This beautiful structure, the Art Center, designed by Terry’s son Charles Redlin is the home of Terry Redlin’s collection of original paintings. It opened its doors in June 1997 and is located on the east side of Watertown just off I- 29 (Exit 177) on U.S. Highway 212.

The structure is a 52,000 square foot brick building with white granite columns reaching 38 feet skyward. The design was inspired by the Egyptian Revival period and its huge granite columns resemble those you would see on some of the large southern mansions. [Read more…]


If you want to catch fish It has to be Fresh By Gary Howey

Over the years, I fished with several anglers that would use his “Not” so live bait until it would no longer stay on the hook. It wasn’t that they didn’t have the money to buy fresh bait, I think they over did the “If you don’t have your hook in the water, you aren’t going to catch fish” bit. It amazed me why they refused to understand why others caught more fish than they did.
Fresh live bait will catch fish, bait that is beat up, torn or damaged may catch a few fish, but not as many as fresh live bait will.
I know you have heard the warm weather excuse, when it is hot; bait is just hard to keep alive. I know that is true, but by spending a little time and a few bucks, you are going to save money on live bait as when you want to use it, it will be there swimming or squirming around not floating belly up or decaying before your eyes.
Where I live, there are hundreds of nightcrawlers out when it rains and we can pick our own.
To keep my crawlers fat and healthy I keep them in Frabill Fat N Sassy Worm Bedding, it’s pre-mixed so you don’t need to add water, you don’t need to worry about adding to much water to your mixture as it’s ready for your bait. Unlike some bedding that may mold or get sour, Fat N Sassy is biodegradable, it has a built in food source with a one pound box large enough to hold three dozen night crawlers or nine dozen of the smaller worms.
I empty the box into a Styrofoam or some other type of cooler, place the worms on top of the bedding, checking them the next day and any worms left on the top, I discard, as they are hurt and will kill all of the worms once they start to die. [Read more…]