Back on the Water, SonarPhone at the Ready

Since I hadn't had my pontoon out all summer so far, I decided it was time for it to hit the water for the first time on a recent trip to Stockade Lake in the southern Hills. Though it can be a tough lake to find fish on this time of year, due to the warmer water and high concentration of weeds lake-wide, there's always a chance at pulling in a good sized large or smallmouth bass as well as pike. Having realized I'd forgotten the trolling motor as I left town, I decided to fish in areas close to the launch area where I'd had success in the past finding bass. The one piece of equipment I did not forget was my SonarPhone T-Pod Sonar Bobber from Vexilar. Since using it last summer, it has help

Just Get Outside!

Many of the stories and reports we post here at HSM Outdoors feature us with catches of fish, successful hunting trips, ways to process and prepare game, or training and techniques tips. We are always trying to help readers be more successful doing what they love in the outdoors. But there is one thing they have in common that is probably one of the most overlooked things that most of us probably take for granted -- the healing and renewal properties that just being outside in the fresh air does for us. I was in this boat too until recently. The birth of my daughter, back in June, was not the easiest operation for my wife. Aurora was born via C-section, which is, of course, not uncommon in t

Electronics

Fishermen these days are very blessed with hi-tech electronics. Using the new Mega SI, on the Hummingbird Helix, has helped me put more fish in the boat this year. The side imaging has broadened our horizons and I mean that literally! Now we can see a very sharp image of what is not only below but also to the sides! I use this early season when searching out the cabbage beds that I will fish through the year. It makes you way more efficient covering a very large section of the lake very quickly. As seen in the pictures, I also use it to locate fish! Also, when the waters turn over and follows are not easily seen many times you will see the follow on the side imaging. The technology is there.

NEW from Vexilar - The “Glo-Ring”

Charge Your Glow Lures in Just Seconds Several of the jigs that we fish with these days have the glow paint on them for added fish attractants, especially for deeper and darker colored waters. Typically, we would carry along a camera flash or a small flashlight to recharge these baits and this can be cumbersome, to say the least as you would need to hold these in one of your hands. When you need to recharge your lure, which can be anywhere from 1 to 5 minutes between jigging times, this shows you that having a handheld charger, can be cumbersome, especially when fishing outside and having gloves on. Vexilar is releasing a NEW product called the “Glo-Ring”. The “Glo-Ring” will recharge your g

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