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Sorry, my fingers have been to frozen to Blog, its been -15F here in MN for the past few days.
Many of you that are frequent readers have not been around for the whole 2 years, so I thought I would share my top read articles in the history of this Blog.

So, here is your chance to look back on the most popular entries!  Notice most of them center around popular tournaments or baits, kind of interesting.  I Think in the near future I will do a Top 10 Entries of 2007 as well.

I hope you enjoy looking back as much as I….

Top 10 – Bass Fishing Forums

Hey all,

Thought it was time for another list and since I spend a fair amount of time on the forums to get me through the winter, it seemed appropriate to list out my favorite places to read and post.  Again, just my personal preference and there are probably lots of good Bass Fishing boards I do not even know about.

1. Future Bass – Plenty of members, great knowledge base and moderators are pretty easy going.  Most members do not have much for hidden agendas and very little, if any bashing.  They have a very solid home site as well.

2. Tackle Tour – This is the place for the tackle and gear enthusiast.  You will find info on all the hot reels, rods and lures, plus many members post hot deals they found on other sites and eBay!  There also is a ton of info on Japanese tackle, rods and reels, if the words Steez, Scorpion, Pixy & Smak Red Tune mean anything to you, this is your forum.  If not check it out and learn….  Great home site as well.

3. Ish Monroe’s – Could use a little more traffic and users, but no where else on any other Bass Fishing Pro’s forum is there this kind of interaction.  Ish answers almost every question in every post, he does slow down during the touring season, but he still does a great job.  Plus there are a few other knowledgeable members that fill in for him.

4. – This site ranks high on shear size and volume, plus they have some great radio shows to listen to while you surf.  If it was a little more bass focused it would probably be higher on my list, just my preference.  The other great thing, is that they focus on youth and teaching kids about fishing, that always gets points in my book.

5. Rich Lindgren’s – Hey, I had to make my own Top 5   Seriously, I model my board after Ish’s.  I know I am not a touring pro, but I feel I have a lot of knowledge to share as an avid tournament angler, so if anyone posts a question, I will do my best to answer.  The other exciting thing, is membership is growing quickly, so I am poised to move up my own list.  No Axe Grinding Allowed!!

6. Fishin Fanatics – Good bunch of members, plenty of good information.  Sounds like they will be tightening down on there links policy at the end of the month

7. The BassHoles – Fun name, good topics and information with a growing membership.

8. ESPN Bassmasters & BASSInsider – I lumped these two boards together, lot of the same people on both boards.  Little less axe grinding on the Insider board.  Overall, good stuff, lots of traffic, but sometime too much bickering and soap boxing.

9. Marcia Rubin’s – WBT pro that has a nice little forum to go with her main site.  She does a great job of answering all the questions, good dialog.  Little different perspective on things from a lady’s point of view

10. Great Lakes Bass – It was hard to pick a #10, this is a solid site, could have switched this with a few others, its worth checking out, kind of a Michigan bias.

Here are a few other boards that I have been know to visits:
Billy Harris, Russ Lane, Mark Rogers, & MN BASS Federation Nation….  It would be great to hear from some of you on your favorite boards or your thoughts on this list. 

Rich’s Bassin’ Forum
Bass Fishing Tackle Blog

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10 Things to Keep in your Bass Boat

10 Things you may not have in your boat, but probably should.  These are some of the items that are beyond what is legally required and what is commonly carried by anglers.  Some stuff is more obvious than others and some items are quite unordinary.


Jumper Cables – Jumper cables have saved my day many a times as well as some other people I have run into.  Its even saved a few tournament days.  Sure you can always switch your cables over to the trolling batteries, but when you only have a minute or two to spare to get back for weigh-in, jumper cables save a ton of time.


Buoys – I know many a guys pass ob buoys for GPS, but on windy days there is nothing like a buoy for a reference point, especially in these Boater/Non-Boater tournaments where co-anglers are not allowed to run the boat, so if you are trying to hold on a deep hard bottom spot in the wind, its nice just to be able to motor back to that spot and start fishing, instead of trying to feel your way around for it again and again.  Bass Pro Shops carries a great selection of buoys.


Extra Life Preserver – Its nice to have for those impromptu evening fishing trips with a buddy or coworker.  You hate not to take someone because you only have one life jacket.  Also, you can make someone’s day at the tournament take-off when they forgot theirs and you can lend them one.


Old-Fashioned Ice Fishing Depth Finders – This is for fish health!  If you are not familiar with this item, it is basically a .5 – 1oz lead weight molded to a gator clip.  I use these to clip on to the pectoral fin of a fish in my livewell that is starting to turn on its side.  The basic premise, is that the fish does not have to fight and waste energy to stay upright and it recovers easier and you do not kill the fish and save on dead fish penalties at the scale.


Rope – Handy for tying up to docks, bridges & trees.  Also good to have when you need a tow or try to tow another boat back to safety.


Small Anchor – An anchor can make life easy on a windy day and you have a real tight group of fish.  Plus, I really like for sight fishing.  Once you locate a nice fish, back just far enough away so you can see what you are doing and gently hold the boat with the anchor.  Less trolling motor noise, more bites!


Toilet Paper – When nature calls there is not always a restroom available and often boat ramp facilities are often out of this key supply.


Cable Ties – I find these are handy for batteries that come loose out of trays, for re-securing transducers and many other things in the boat.


Multi-Tool – It’s a great single tool that can make those wireing repairs, loose screws and bolts.  Rather than a toolbox, this tool can do most everything and take up a lot less room.  You really cannot go wrong with a quality tool like the Leatherman Wave or Gerber 600 Fisherman.


Quality Side Cutters – Great way to remove really deep hooks from fish and can often save a fish that otherwise might go belly up in your livewell.  Its also handy for cutting hooks that are buried into your hand or skin.


Hopefully you find these tips useful and makes your future fishing trips safer and more productive.


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My 10 Least favorite fishing shows all-time

 On a lighter note, outside the spotlight of tournaments & world-records….  Here are my least favorite fishing shows off all time.  Hey I posted my favorites, its only right to point out the duds.

10. In-fisherman – Overall its really a decent show and well produced.  I had to stretch to get 10 shows.  I still like to watch In-Fisherman, but its pretty low on my priority list.  Main reason is too much multi-species and not enough bass.  Its easier to handle now that I have DVR technology, I just fast forward through the non-bass segments


9. Fishing with Bob Dillow – The Buckeye Basser!  The show had overall low production quality in early years.  Not that informational, I guess I can take it or leave it.


8. One More Cast with Shaw Grigsby – Wasn’t Shaw a bass pro once?  I would never be able to tell with all the bonefish and redfish shows.  Watching Saltwater fishing does nothing for me.  Get back to your roots Mr. Grigsby.


7. Fishing University – Charlie Ingram reminds me of my high school English teachers, he always puts me to sleep.  At least Charlie puts me to sleep on my sofa, rather than those old wooden desks that would leave a kink in your neck.


6. North American Fisherman – The show is over simplified, I rarely learn anything.  The waters they fish are boring and again way too much multi-species.


5. Jimmy Houston Outdoors – Outdoors is the problem, I do not care to watch Jimmy hunt pigs, turkeys and elk.  Not too mention he rarely leaves his private pond when he fishes.  Also there is a little too much crappie fishing with the wife.  I do like that he kisses his fish.  One more thing, do you think Jimmy will ever let his hair go natural?


4. Fishing with Roland Martin – The great American fisherman…   What a lame theme song.  Roland is guilty of too much saltwater fishing and does a fair amount of live shiner fishing, which does little for the imagination.  Have you ever caught anything on the Helicopter lure?


3. Bill Dance Outdoors – Has he ever done a show not in his private pond?  It is kinds of fun to watch the giant bass he catches, but my grandma could catch 8lb bass all day in that pond.  It does very little for his credibility.  Let also think back to the Dancin’ Craw, Dancin’ Eel, The Pork-O, do I need to continue will all the lousy products he has endorsed?


2. Beat Charlie Moore – Has there ever been a more annoying host in Bass Fishing Television history?  I like the concept of the show, but it really seems like they pick some chumps for him to fish against.  What is with the challenges at the end of the show?  Why don’t they just keep showing the fishing part?  It gets great ratings for some reason and now we have lost quality shows like Schooled by Denny Brauer and Loudmouth Bass because people for some reason cannot take their eyes of the train wreck that is Beat Charlie Moore!


1. Fishing with Orlando Wilson – I am not sure why, but from my early years of watching fishing shows on TNN, I have always hast this show.  I believe there was a annoying intro the show and he rarely had any good info to share about bass fishing.  He also put me to sleep, but I would usually change the channel first.

Review the my Top 10 Favorite Shows
Agree to disagree?  Let me know your thoughts.  Did I dis one of your favorites or did a leave a dud off my list?