SAILFISH OF THE NORTH

Mike Howe and Tom at Rogers Lake. I possess an inherent love for mountains. I’m not exactly sure where this infatuation began, but to the best of my recollection it…

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TENDING TIP-UPS ON TOBIN

The day dawns gray and cold, but my mood can’t be dampened by the conditions. After all, I’m standing at an access point on Saskatchewan’s Tobin Lake, accompanied by several…

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CHAR-STUDDED EVENT

The Alaskan landscape is immense and majestically surreal. The trip begins a bit rough: Our film crew has been bumped from a flight to Denver, where we already had a…

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EAST BAY DAY

The drive to Devils Lake, North Dakota is fairly long, but the roads aren’t bad for January, so we make good time and arrive at Ackerman Acres, a resort on…

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TO EVERYTHING, TURN, TURN, TURN…

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…there is a season… …and for TGO, Tom Gruenwald Outdoors, another now comes to an end–not only for our fourth broadcast season, but sadly on a larger scale (at least in its present format), our television series as well. The experience has truly been wonderful.  I’ve enjoyed sharing many incredible moments on the ice throughout…

END OF THE SEASON GEAR INSPECTION

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Across North America and beyond, the ice fishing season is coming to a close—in fact, with this year’s abnormally warm weather, in a number of areas, it’s already over. However, don’t store that winter equipment and ice tackle away just yet! Now is the time to clean, inspect, maintain, repair, take inventory and replenish so…

THERMAL TIP-UP TIPS

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With this week’s TGO topic focusing on Tobin and tip-ups, I thought a tip-up tip might be appropriate–and this one relates specifically to thermal designs. When it’s really windy and cold, nothing matches the efficiency of a thermal tip-up. The hole cover frames block blowing snow while sealing in thermal energy from the water below,…

LATE ICE SAFETY

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It’s late February. I’m driving from central Wisconsin, where the ice is nearly a foot thick, to Michigan, and surprised to find very little accessible ice remaining in northern Illinois, open water throughout most of northwestern Indiana, and only limited or poor quality ice across the border in southern Michigan. Traveling into the central portion…

WHEN ICE FISHING, WE ALL ENJOY TIPPING A FEW…

…ice jigs that is, and there are many different ways of doing so! Not only do we have the usual assortment of live baits: Minnows, red worms, wax worms, spikes, mousees, mealworms, hellgrammites, poppers and golden rod gall grubs to choose from, but also scented imitations like HT’s Ice Scentz, and a plethora of wild…

IF I HAD TO CHOOSE JUST ONE ICE ROD…

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My good friends from FishingSaskatchewan.ca recently added a special segment to their ever-active digital media, one called “Ask the Pros.” It’s designed to let their followers send in questions, which are in turn directed to various fishing personalities with their video responses posted on the site. Recently nominated as a talking head, I received a…