The Charlie Brewer Slider is a Hall of Fame Plastic

We just cannot believe how good these baits work - for everything!  Caught lots of walleyes on them, trophy pike, crappies, gills, bass - you name it - they eat it.  We like a lot of different plastics that Charlie pours, but the one that is our pick to click is the 3" slider grub.  We have tried all kinds of colors, with most being highly successful.  But our top five are as follows:  Watermelon red, gold, black, pumpkin black flake, green pumpkin, green pumpkin black tail, and watermelon.

Without exaggerating, I'll bet we went through 10 bags in the last three days.  We put them on a 1/8, 3/16, or 1/4 oz Old Fart Lures walleye jighead and they get bit.  You'll have to try it for yourself.  You can go to their website and order some for yourself!  

Old Fart Lures New Detroit River Jig Design

If you're tired of buying junk jig heads, it's time to check out Carl's creations with Old Fart Lures.  There's a reason that hundreds of people bought these jigs at the Novi Fishing Show just a couple of weekends ago - it's because seeing is believing!

Carl's jigs are hand poured, using high end lead.  Then he powder coats them - leaving a finish that'll stand up to all the junk on the floor of Trenton Channel.  His colors are awesome.  And every jig eyelet is cleared so that tying them on is cake (which is a big deal when you can't feel your hands in early April on the river)!

His new design this year is spectacular - nothing new in one sense - but made with all the attention to detail that is Old Fart Lures.  His new river jigs are made to cut through river current, helping you stay vertical, resulting in more fish and less snags.  If you have something you want custom made, he's excited to work with you on that too.

If you haven't tried them yet - you need to.  You can either check 'em out on his website or make it a point to stop by the booth at the Grand Rapids show.  If you do, I'd love to meet you and show you the product.

Attention to detail - all on a super high end Mustad 4/0 hook.  He even has a long shank hook so that you have more metal near the tail of your plastic for short biters.

Attention to detail - all on a super high end Mustad 4/0 hook.  He even has a long shank hook so that you have more metal near the tail of your plastic for short biters.

Old Fart Lures Continue to Shine

Fished the Saginaw River today and had a blast catching all kinds of fish (walleyes, white bass, sheephead, crappie).  But I have to tell you that one of my favorite aspects to fishing the river is using the quality jig heads that Carl pours at Old Fart Lures.  Jigs don't lose their paint, hooks are super high quality Mustad's (4/0) with a big ole' gap to put the odds of a hook up in the fisherman's favor.

He just started to pour a 5/8 oz. size after good friend Matt Lafond told me that's his favorite size for the river.  River was moving pretty good today and was a bit off color after the big rain from Sunday.  But the fish were biting.  We caught them using citrus shad, blue flake, and red flake.  Couple interesting things to note:  water temp was 42 degrees, hot bite was from like 10:30-12:30, big fish moved up to feed and then shut off,  everything was biting at the same time.

Saltwater Fun

Fished over the last couple of weeks out of a kayak around the Sarasota area in Florida and had a blast.  We caught red fish, speckled trout, snook, ladyfish, grouper - all fishing with similar tackle as we use for walleyes back up north (of course Micah caught the biggest ones!).  Savage Gear makes the TPE Manic Shrimp - awesome bait for all fish that swim in saltwater - looks more real than a real shrimp looks and acts in water!

Learned a lot about saltwater fishing, but also discovered many parallels between salt and freshwater fishing.  Fish still relate to structure and bait.  The obvious big difference was the tidal currents.  

Had the privilege to fish with Capt. Bill Muirhead down there and had a blast - caught tons of fish and learned a lot.

Can't wait to go back!

Late Fall on Leelanau

Had a remarkable couple of days up on Lake Leelanau.  Caught numbers of walleyes cranking and jigging.  We have had a blast learning some new ways to fish walleyes.  Wandered onto pods of smallies and some jumbo perch as well.  Caught fish all over the place in lots of different depths.  

Had a chance to fish with Karl and his dad, Leon.  Both of these guys are phenomenal fishermen.  Spanked fish both days - probably ended up with over 60 eyes for the two days we were out.  Water temps were 51-52 degrees.  

Summer 2016 Product Review: Minn Kota 12' Talons - Asset to Walleye Fishermen

I put Talons on my boat this spring hoping to improve boat control and hold me as I helped my own children learn to fish.  They proved far more effective than what I would have imagined.  These shallow water anchors allowed me to hold in 15-20 mph wind and allow clients to access pods of walleyes and perch.  

Every time we made contact with fish this fall, we Taloned down.  Time and time again we would catch a second and a third walleye because the Talons stopped our drift.  The shallow water anchors have become a prime feature in my fishing presentation - they have radically changed the way I fish (and as a guide, they have made boat control way easier!).

Most people that use shallow water anchors are serious bass fishermen, but these tools are a huge asset to the walleye and panfish angler as well.  This past week was a prime example of how helpful these tools are to the trade of walleye and perch fishing.  

I knew of general areas that had held walleyes and perch in past seasons.  I (or someone in the boat) would catch a fish and I would put the Talons down.  On one spot, we caught 12 walleyes fan casting a flat.  On another spot, we plucked really nice perch (10-12") on jerkbaits with a 15 mph at our backs.  On another spot, we worked an edge for perch and were able to move 10 yards and Talon down, covering ground and finding great numbers of beautiful jumbo perch.

As I was thinking about buying the Talon's, several people encouraged me to buy two.  One Talon, while still being helpful, would allow the boat to spin in the wind.  The Talons were also a blessing for launching, loading, and dropping family and clients off at docks.  

Overall, I would highly recommend these babies for anyone who is tired of being dominated by the wind.