I love the old Road Runner cartoons with Wile E. Coyote. He was a smart old dog, capable of concocting elaborate schemes, traps and contraptions to try to catch his nemesis — the speedy but patient Road Runner.
When fishing, islands always pull fish and fishermen in like magnets. After all, they are the most obvious mid-lake structure you can find. But did you know that islands also attract game animals? And deer included! Obviously, some regions of north America are more island-rich than others. Due north of my home in central Minnesota, the border waters of Minnesota-Canada and up into Ontario have thousands upon thousands of islands. Maybe tens of thousands. Heck, maybe hundreds of thousands!
One of the most thrilling experiences on fresh water is when a chunky bass, be it a largemouth or smallmouth, blows up on a surface bait. When there’s a hot topwater bite, chances are you’ll also catch some of the biggest fish of the season. So to help you enjoy more success on top, here are some tips that have helped me score throughout the years.
It’s been said that fish have a 3-second memory. Wrong! Many years ago I had a pet largemouth bass in an aquarium. He was my pal, as well as my teacher. I learned a lot about fish behavior from watching him, and he gave me a special respect for a fish’s intelligence.
Consider the ritual among most deer hunters on opening weekend and beyond. The alarm goes off at Dark:30. Hunters either spring from bed excitedly, or groan and reluctantly pour themselves off the mattress. They throw back hot coffee, eat some breakfast, grab their gear and head off to the stand in the dark. They settle in and hunt patiently, being particularly attentive from legal light to about an hour after sunrise. As 9:30 approaches, something happens to hunters if they haven’t had an action-packed morning.
Consider taking a family of five to dinner and a movie. For cheap fast food at six bucks per person, you’re already at $30. Movie tickets, conservatively speaking, will run you about $40. Throw in popcorn and a Coke for everybody and that’s another $30 easy. Add it up and you’re looking at a minimum of $100 for just one night out. And both the movie and the grub will probably stink!