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November 2012

Episode 44
Wisconsin Fall River Fishing
Air Date: November 3rd & 4th, 2012
Location: Wolf River; Fremont, Wisconsin
Guide:  Pro Ice Guide Larry Smith [920-361-4996 | walleyeguide.com]

For those that want to continue fishing throughout fall, rivers are a great place to keep the rods bent.  This week we join Larry Smith on the Wolf River for some walleye and crappie action.  We join Larry on a guide trip, so big thanks to John & Dave for letting us join them!

We start out on a walleye drift, near a shoreline casting mostly jig & minnow and the Vibrato, catching a good bunch of eater-sized fish.  Just up the river is a bonanza of crappie spots, just about anywhere there is a downed tree on the shoreline.  Larry ties his boat up to a thick tree branch, and we cast right into the submerged branches where the crappies are hiding.  The crappie congregate in very small spots, so when you catch one, make sure to cast right into the same spot.  We experienced this in one spot, noting that one end of the boat was catching all the fish, and the other end didn’t have a bite.

Rivers have a wonderful diverse fishing population, and you rarely need to pull your boat out of the water to target a different species.  

Episode 45
Chequamegon Bay
Air Date: November 10th & 11th, 2012
Location: Chequamegon Bay (Lake Superior); Ashland, Wisconsin
Guide: Charter Captain Jim Hudson [715-209-6431 | fishchequamegonbay.com]

Ashland Wisconsin is a great place to visit, and of course, go fishing!  Whether open water or ice, our guide Jim Hudson has a spot to target just about any species.  Little did we know that our bass fishing outing would yield many species in just a few spots.  Day one is a beautiful high-blue sky, day two unfortunately gives us a bit of rain, temperatures were in the mid-60’s both days.  

We start out for smallmouth bass casting Gulp or Powerbait and a jig or a sucker minnow on a dead-stick rod.  However we end up landing trout, walleye and northern pike in addition to some beautiful smallmouth bass.  We have a fantastic trip, and can’t wait to return for some ice fishing action later this year!

 

Episode 46
Just in Time!
Air Date: November 17th & 18th, 2012
Location: Big Muskego Lake, Waukesha County, Wisconsin
Guide: Pro Bass Angler & Guide Matt Bichanich [414-331-1681]

The title of this episode refers to us just barely getting a show for this week.  We were all set to fish on Saturday, and John had some serious heart problems just before we launched out boat.  He was wearing a hear monitor, and got a call from his doctor, who told him to head to a hospital right away.  Upon arriving at the Milwaukee Heart Hospital, he found out that his heart was beating at 250 beats-per-minute, which is about 4 times what is should be beating at.  After four days in the hospital, and some new hardware in the form of a pacemaker/ defibrillator, John wanted to keep the streak of not airing a repeat episode going.  Which brought us to shooting Wednesday, a mere 36 hours before the show needed to be shot, edited, and duplicated before being sent off to the stations on Thursday evening. Thank God John is alright, and that we got a great show to bring to you.  Now onto the show description...
    -Ryan (The Photographer)

This week we join our favorite bassin’ angler Matt Bichanich and his cousin Mark for a last effort bass trip on Big Muskego Lake in Waukesha County, Wisconsin.  We say las effort, because this show was filmed on Wednesday, and the edited piece needs to be out the door on Thursday night.  After everything John went through with his heart, he didn’t want to be worrying about not getting the show.  We break ice to get to our spot, but it was all worth it.  The fish hit just about every reactionary bait that we put in front of them.  We use fast-moving baits like spinner-baits and rattletraps.  Mark and John get off to a fast start, and after a bit a teasing, Matt joins the fray for an excellent day on the water. 

 

Episode 47
Big Dave’s Night Bite
Show Date: November 24th & 25th, 2012
Location: Wisconsin River, Wisconsin Dells
Guide:  Pro Guide Big Dave Ehardt [414-803-7160]

One of our favorite guides to see, and as of lately, to see on the water; is Big Dave Ehardt.  Dave is always a guy we can go to and have a great time on the water, and we know he’ll find us something to catch.  This week his hot bite doesn’t come until after the sun sets, and in November that’d usually be a chilly proposition.  But the day we head out we see temperatures in the mid 50’s, which is truly a blessing this late in the month.  

With the nice weather we decide to make a day of it and see whats happening during the day.  We have a great time catching up with Dave, who says he is feeling a lot better, and told us to thank everyone for their prayers during his difficult times.  We do catch a good number of walleye and sauger during the day, but nothing in the size range that Dave is expecting after dark.  As we note in the show, the bite is literally and figuratively night and day once the sun goes down, with all the keeper sized fish being boated during twilight and later.  Most of the bites come on Kalin’s Tails and crankbaits, casting along the current line, while the boat is anchored. 

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