Mark Romanack

           

As a guy who has made a good living in the fishing industry, I never complain about the countless hours spent behind my desk. Almost on a daily basis someone asks me advice on how best to find work in the outdoor industry. I always start my answer by reminding folks that nothing is impossible if you want it bad enough and are willing to work hard to get it.

In respect to our friends who are Michigan State fans, there is no green like the iridescent green of a drake mallard.

            In the fishing business the individuals who rise to the top all have something in common. Each and every one of these individuals are so passionate about the outdoors, they are willing to work as hard as it takes to find success. Being a self starter and having an unwavering work ethic is a good thing for any career goal, but it’s absolutely critical for those who want to work in the outdoor industry.

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            The world of sport fishing is often one big cycle of events. Lures and presentations that work in the spring also tend to work again in the fall. Classic example, in the spring just about the time walleye are moving up onto the spawning reefs, subtle action crankbaits are one of the best ways to catch these fish. Late in the fall when the water temperatures are about the same as early spring, those very same crankbaits get red hot again.

Walleye are opportunistic feeders. Currently the Saginaw River is chuck full of gizzard shad and many fish from Saginaw Bay have made a “feeding run” into the river to capitalize on this abundant and protein rich forage base.

            It’s nice that as fishermen we have these dependable fishing cycles we can count on year after year. Sometimes however the cycles that impact on walleye fishing success or failure aren’t as easy to predict.

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             One of the things I like about jig fishing is the simplicity of using a simple piece of lead and a hook to trigger walleye into biting. The thing that makes jigging a little more frustrating is the fact that becoming an efficient jig fisherman isn’t as easy as simply tying on any ole jig and dropping it to bottom. Sometimes subtle design features often make all the difference in catching walleye on jigs.

Rob Jones is a master walleye jig fisherman who has refined his craft by spending countless days on the water and by also understanding how jig design impacts on jig fishing success.

UNDERSTANDING JIGS

            One of the problems with jigs is they come in every size, shape and hook configuration imaginable. Sorting through the options can seem a daunting process, but the rewards are well worth the effort. Many of these jig designs are built to solve specific problems or challenges s...

            For those who have not fished them, blade baits are an animal all of their own. My first experience with a blade bait was on Lake Erie and the results were impressive to say the least. I was fishing out of Cranberry Creek Marina near Huron, Ohio and both walleye and smallmouth bass were eager to do business with the Reef Runner Cicada.

            Blade baits have been around a long time, but the Reef Runner Cicada can be credited with giving this timeless lure a face lift. It was an article published by In-Fisherman magazine that got me thinking I needed to try my hand at blade bait fishing.

            Since that first introduction to the “magic” of the blade, I’ve fished these lures often and caught impressive numbers of walleye, smallmouth bass, northern pike and lake trout using them. Blade baits are fish catchers, but there is a learning curve in getting the most from these rather unusual baits....

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