Archive for March 2011

NMMA to Produce Rosemont Sportfishing, Travel & Outdoors Show

It’s official.  The outdoors show in Rosemont will contunue.  Congratulations goes out to the NMMA and Keith Ogulnick who will manage the new show.  A press release announcing the new show came out today.  Let me share it with you here… CHICAGO (March 29, 2011) – The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) today announced it... Read more »

Bowfishing State Record Gar taken from Wabash River in IL

Here’s an email that I received from Ed DeVries, President Bowfishing Assoc of Illinois regarding a state record fish. Here is something you might like Don; New IDNR Bowfishing Record Set For Longnose Gar A new Longnose Gar record was set by Jeremy Leu of Norris City Ill. last saturday . The fish was harvested in... Read more »

Spring Coho Action Heats Up

It’s that time of year again when the south end of Lake Michigan starts to clear of ice and the feisty and tasty coho start to feed heavily.  The time to cash in on this great action is now. There are several places to take advantage of the Spring Coho bite, both from shore and... Read more »
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Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters Tournament

Pictured left to right , First Place and Big Fish Rich Monti, Naperville, Illinois, and Shawn McGinnis, Bartlett, Illinois from local 839, second place team from local 434 and 272, Mike Thomas and Bob Horvath, and third place honors go to the team of Don Johnson, local 1889 and Stephen Hunter , local 1. This... Read more »

The Illinois River Sauger bite is fantastic

Pictured left to right: Mark Meravy, Dave Zurawski, First Place, Marty Burns, Maury Schmerbach, Second Place, and James Pressing, Paul Drudan, Third Place This came in from Bob Kidd of the Illinois Walleye Trail regarding last weekend’s Tournament on the Illinois River. The Illinois Walleye Trail had 59 teams participating on Sunday 3-20-2011 at Barto... Read more »

VJA Bass Team Newsletter

This came from the Victor J Andrew High School Bass Fishing Team.   Their April newsletter is out.  To see it, CLICK HERE  Looks lIke it’s time to eat wings….  see the newsletter for details. Hello VJA Bass Fishing Supporters, Attached is the April edition of the VJA Bass Fishing Newsletter.  Feel free to send this newsletter... Read more »
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BAI is opposed to have Carp recognized as a gamefish

This came in from Ed DeVries of the Bowfishing Assn of Illinois.  Looks like some people are against bowfishing and feel Carp should be a gamefish.  What are your thoughts on that?   Here is Ed’s email… Hey everyone; The BAI has a big favor to ask every one of you who are on our E-Newsletter list. Recently... Read more »

Illinois River Sauger are on fire

Matt Angel with a nice Illinois River Sauger This came from Jay Angel of Jay Angel’s Guide Service.   He took his son fishing on the Illinois River this evening (3/21).  Sounds like he did well.   I was out on the Illinois River tonight. Water temperatures were in the high 40’s to low ’50’s. We fished... Read more »

Baudino and Mathias take 1st place in NBAA tournament

This came in from the National Bass Angler’s Association… Don, NBAA had their first tournament of the season Sunday March 20th at the Des Plaines River launching out of Big Basin. The team of Baudino/Mathias brought in a limit of five bass weighing in at 11.08 with a big bass of 2.90. The team of... Read more »
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Why more boats sink in the spring

Why more boats sink in the spring
Clamps break, hoses leak, and things just seem to go wrong with our boats especially in the spring. Use these checklists to esure safe boating. This came in from BoatUS.  It’s a good read and makes a lot of sense.  Check your boat before launching.  Read this and use the checklists…. ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 17,... Read more »