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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TIP-UP DEPTH SETTINGS

I’m asked a lot of questions about tip-up sets, and among the most frequently asked are those involving depth placement. Are tip-up presentations best positioned directly on bottom, or just above? How do you keep your bait out of weeds? Do you ever suspend your presentations? How far up? Understandably, this can be especially bewildering…

NEW WATER VENTURE

On days my husband, Aron, doesn’t have booked guide trips, we often go scouting. These scouting missions to “new water” can be nerve racking, as we must carefully test ice conditions in unfamiliar areas while trying to “find fish” for upcoming guide trips. The majority of our Unlimited Trophy Outfitters ice trips are taken on…

“LOBSTER CLAW” MITTS

Over the years, I’ve been surprised how many TGO viewers have contacted me about the camo “lobster claw” mitts I often wear while filming. There are those who’d like to give them a try and want to know where they’re available, some who are already using them and simply looking for a second pair, while…

EMERGENCY HEAT SOURCES

Even on the most carefully planned ice fishing adventures, things can happen. A person never plans to get excessively cold, wet or break through the ice, but these are inherent risks taken each time we venture onto frozen water—and something that recently happened to our good friend Zach, who broke through ice while negotiating his…

SOMETIMES IT PAYS TO STAY SINGLE

When it comes to tip-up rigging, some say treble, some say single. A few stalwarts will remain neutral and claim neither is really right or wrong. As a whole, they’ll say, it comes down to personal preference–and there is truth to that sentiment. But let’s review some benefits of staying single. First, from a common…