Jigs Versus Dropshotting

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As a professional competitive angler and having competed in over 150 tournaments for all manner of fish species, I know my strength and it’s fishing vertically. Most people would automatically think of jigs, as did I for decades, but over the past 15 years I’ve been leaning ever more towards fishing with a dropshot rig. Here’s why. Fishing with jigs is quite possibly one of the oldest forms of fishing using artificial baits. While the first reference to using metal…

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My ICAST Fishing Trade Show Votes for Best in Show

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As the producer and host of Blue Fish Radio since 2013 and a member of Outdoor Writers of Canada, I have an open invitation to attend ICAST – the world’s largest sportfishing tackle show. This year it’s virtual, and I’m blown away by just how well their virtual tradeshow technology works with my blind access voice synthesizer software. The ICAST annual show is where fishing companies come together to show off their latest innovations. I was proud to be a…

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Tying Fishing line Knots Blind

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Hey my name is Jonas, I was looking for some resources  to teach myself how to tie better fishing knots, don’t what to be stuck with the old fisherman’s knot! I found 1 or 2 YouTube videos that are somewhat descriptive but not very many. I do not have any one that can see to show me! TH! Jonas Hi Jonas, sorry for the delay in getting back to you. Try this Uni-knot for a starter: https://blindfishingboat.com/another-knot/ or this one…

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My Adventures on the Water with the Late Tred Barta

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I was saddened to learn of Tred Barta’s passing in August 2019 in an automobile accident. So many memories came flooding back – his desire to do everything the hard way “the Barta way” could certainly bring out the worst and best in people. People either loved him or hated him, but no one could deny his tinasity and love of the outdoors. Tred’s own personal challenge of overcoming a life-threatening disease at the peak of his TV NBC Sports…

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Blue Fish Radio Celebrates Five years and 250 Episodes

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I started the Blue Fish Radio show five years ago to provide a medium where people of special interest to the future of water, fish and fishing could tell their stories. Over 250 episodes later and it’s now ranked as one of the top 30 fishing podcasts on the internet. Each week I interview Canada’s “giants” in the fishing industry,  CEO’s of conservation and sport fishing organizations,  leading fish biologists and researchers, government scientists and politicians, and people with local…

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Competing Blind in the America Cup International Fly Fishing Tournament

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(First published in Bob Izumi’s Reel Fishing Magazine) Few who know me would disagree that I enjoy fishing more than most.  Having been registered blind at age eight and then living through a gradual and now complete loss of sight has done little to dampen my enthusiasm.  In fact, some might say my enhanced sense of touch and ability to focus has even given me a slight advantage.  But, am I capable of fly fishing?  The question arose when my…

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Blind Fishing Sailfish Using Bait-and-Switch

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I first crossed paths with Tred Barta in Colorado where we teamed up to compete in the American International Fly Fishing Cup. I had the chance to witness Tred catch five-pound plus rainbows on a one-weight fly rod. Tred told me later he knew I was good for a challenge when I insisted on trying his infamous 150lb long bow. Personally, I think Tred just wanted to get back at me after my guide dog stole his sandwich. I next…

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Walleye Opener and the Law

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Getting out on the Upper St. Lawrence River for the opening of Northern Pike and Walleye season has become a sort of ritual. It entails arriving at the launch around 1 a.m. after the crush of boats are launched, and there truly are a lot. This year it was my buddy John joining me for the opener. I know that part of the river pretty good, so even with a partner who was unfamiliar with the hazards taking the helm…

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Walleye Dropshot fishing Tips and gear

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This article was first published in Northern Ontario Tourism in March 2018 As North America’s only totally blind professional angler, I’ve competed in well-over 75 Walleye tournaments and most often finish near the top. When I’m not competing, I over-see Blue Fish Canada, a charity dedicated to the future of fish and fishing. All this to say, the tips and gear suggestions in this article will mean more Walleye in your net, and the ones released will go back healthy….

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Setting up the Depth Whisperer with a Lowrance Fish Finder

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Hi Lawrence, My name is Teri and my husband is legally blind and used to love to fish just recently he decided to give it another try. While on the internet he found your site with your product the Whisperer. My question is will the Whisperer work with any fish finder or just certain models and brands like the Lowrence brand? If so which model number do you use? Also, how do you hook them together to talk with one…

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