Holiday, errr…Fishing Season

Conventional wisdom says that the Holiday season is to be spent with friends and family, spreading cheer, reminiscing on the years past, and planning for the coming ones. While I don’t disagree with this theory and do enjoy the Holiday season, it does sound a lot like...

You Can Never Go Wrong Fishing

A "bottom feeder” by most accounts, this flathead catfish bit a spinnerbait just under the surface. After 40+ years of participating, I’ve decided that fishing is a sport built on fallacies. Yep, the most written about pastime in the history...

Crankin’ Lucky

Crankbaits are great fish catchers and often perceived as easy to fish…but as with many great things in life, just because it appears or occasionally is easy, a little Mojo and some details go a long way towards avid anglers’ success. Here’s five ways to...

White Bass, Pike and Shrimp Etouffee

Fish and Shrimp étouffée, (video here) Prepared on the Camp Chef Pro90X stove and cast iron Dutch Oven. The fish and shrimp were pre-seared in a 10” cast iron skillet in this recipe but we recommend doing all of it in the Dutch oven. This is a...

Spicy Potato Fish Cakes

This recipe will work with just about any fish you have on hand, fresh or frozen. I find it a great way to utilize frozen fish past its prime. We cook on the Camp Chef Pro 90X stove which has three 30,000 btu burners, and Camp Chef cast iron skillets. www.campchef.com...

Fun With Fish

Fishing is supposed to be fun, and while fun can be defined many ways, a big part of the definition for the vast majority of anglers involves catching. Fishing without catching ceases to be fun at some point, no matter who you are. Sure, given the right venue or...

2016 Ranger Z521c For Sale

Fully factory loaded, this is a 2016 Ranger Z521c media boat with less than 60 hours on the Evinrude E-TEC 250HO G2 and in perfect condition. ICON 3.5 engine control including selectable foot/hand throttle, self-winterization, auto trim assist, and variable power...

Fishful Thinker TV, now streaming!

You asked for it…a lot. Like, 50 times per year, a lot. We’re slow, but we eventually catch on… …so you can now watch full episodes of Fishful Thinker TV online. Yep, stream or download to any device you want, commercial free, at any time. Here’s the details. It’s a...

Practicing What I Preach…

The column written below first appeared in Sportsman’s News magazine in October 2016. I wrote it with the same intentions I have for any other piece I write; namely to empower others to succeed in the outdoors, whether it be through technical knowledge or drawing...

Big fish eat little fish…

Fact number one: Big fish eat little fish. They might eat other stuff too, but big fish of almost any sporting variety prefer to eat little fish if they’re available. And big is definitely relative in that the predator fish need only be big enough to catch and swallow...

Pickin’ Winners

I’ve seen it a thousand times; an angler walks into a Sportsman’s Warehouse, heads straight for the fishing department, and then stares blankly at the huge wall of lures as if waiting for one of them to jump out at him and yell “pick me, pick me!” Since that never...

It’s good for the soul…

Vacation in Mexico. I know what you’re thinking. All-inclusive resorts flooded with drunk and sunburned Americans, Jose Quervo by the shot, and street vendors vying for your dollars. But Mexico isn’t all like that. In fact, most of it is nothing like that. Take the...

Living on the Edge

I recently saw a T shirt that said something to the effect of “if you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much room”. Interesting thought, even though T shirts aren’t where I normally look for tidbits of wisdom. Why, you ask, is this simple thought of...

New Mojo? Yes please.

BNG. It’s marketing lingo for “Bold New Graphics” which is what a company advertises a product now has when they have no actual improvements to hype. When I was in the motorcycle racing biz, it was a term we hated to see in press releases from manufacturers because we...

Observations From The Left Seat

For about 12 years or so I was tournament bass fisherman. Some of the time I fished as an amateur or non-boater, meaning that I did not own or operate the boat from which I angled. For the uninitiated, these tests of man versus fish are typically draw events where the...

Different Strokes for More Fish…

Fishing is very simple. Take a rod, attach a reel spooled with some line, tie on a bait, and commence casting in a likely looking spot. In no time at all you’ll be filleting your prize catch for dinner. Ahhh, if it were only that easy…. For the record, as a fishing...

Hard Lessons…

“When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.” I just returned home from coaching the Costa Bassmaster High School Championship tournament. One hundred and thirty six teams, each consisting of two high school students and a coach, qualified for this derby and they made the...

Holiday Season or…?

Conventional wisdom says that the Holiday season is to be spent with friends and family, spreading cheer, reminiscing on the years past, and planning for the coming ones. While I don’t disagree with this theory and do enjoy the Holiday season, it does sound a lot like...

Cred Counts…

Being a professional in the fishing business is not exactly a career choice with an obvious ladder to climb. There are no promotions, no yearly evaluation meetings with your boss, and no real defined path to follow. While there are a few ways to make a living in...

Inshore Revolution

These days, in-shore fishing is all the rage. Sunday morning TV is loaded with shows featuring anglers plying their skills against redfish, snook, seatrout, jacks and a bevy of other shallow water fish. It’s a happy coincidence that many of the same skills developed...

The water is falling!!

The water is falling! The water is falling! Yes, I’m paraphrasing Chicken Little and like the fable from which this famous outcry has passed into the English language as a common idiom indicating a mistaken belief that disaster is imminent, the moral to my story is to...

No So Manly Anymore…

Face it…fishing is a man’s sport. Fishing is manly men doing manly things; a tradition to be passed down from father to son. It’s man against the fish, against nature itself even, in an epic battle with roots to our ancient past whereby the man would prevail and the...

Are anglers really athletes?

In a nutshell, yes...at least some are athletes. One of the beauties of fishing is that there are many ways to undertake the pursuit of fish. For some, relaxing lakeside while drowning worms and basking in the sun is what it's all about. For them to be called...

Best Rods on Earth means something…

As a professional angler, my tackle is my tool set. At the core of those tools are the rods…and there is a bunch of them. There are rods ranging from ultra-light to extra-heavy power, fly and conventional, for nearly any angling situation. They are different colors,...

Welcome to Fishful Thinker dot com

“Fishful Thinker is a state of mind, pure and simple. Not a person or genre, rather a mindset that besets those who think fishy thoughts. Primal yet sophisticated, it’s knowledge skillfully applied in a wave of success and failure. It’s youthful exuberance and ageless...

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