I had the chance to sit down with Dan Quinn, the new field promotions coordinator over at Rapala. Dan's the son of longtime writer, editor and fisheries biologist Steve Quinn from In-Fisherman. I ask Dan an interesting question: What does he and look for when he decides which anglers to sponsor?
I recently came across this photo from my nephew Bill again, and it got me thinking: How well does catch and release work?
I found a recently study that's very interesting. It's a 27-year recapture study of largemouth bass in Wisconsin by biologists Kitchall and Hodgson. It was published this year and it seems to indicate that catch and release results are pretty darn good!
By my reading, of the 1,054 bass caught (average 10 inches or more), about 40% were never caught again. However, of the remaining 60%, 21% were caught one more time. The remnant 39% were caught anywhere from twice to as much as 22 times over. By any measure that's a bunch, and it shows a resource that's used many times over.
By the way...
Al and Ron Lindner have a fascinating discussion that centers on the mid-1960s musky-fishing revolution. Al recollects winning a tournament, then shipping off for Vietnam shortly thereafter. And the two legendary brothers discuss a musky bait they sold as part of Lindy tackle. Only a few hundred units were produced and only a few remain today.
We were pleased to see that FLW Outdoors recently rated the Frabill FXE Stormstuit as the best rainsuit on the market. We at Linder Media Productions put a lot of work into that suit for our sponsor Frabill, and we think it's the best suit out there too. Plus, we had a lot of fun making the commercial. Check out more about the suit over at Frabill.com.
Legendary educator and communicator Dave Csanda has helped teach several generations and millions of people to fish. In this instructional video, he talks about one of most incorrect and over-hyped beliefs in fishing – that you always need to be fishing some type of structure. Use his tips for finding fish instead.
Jon Q. Wright is a great American artist and nowhere is his fishing art better represented than on this Lures of the Past playing card set from Rivers Edge. Ron Lindner thumbs through the deck, reminisces a little and in the end is a little surprised at how long he's enjoyed the gift of life.
Author note: This installment comes from my nephew – West Coast tournament pro Troy Lindner.
Years ago, before the introduction of underwater cameras, anglers had "peeking tools." These were primarily boxes or tubes with glass on the bottom.
With the expansion of zebra and quagga mussels across North America, and the resultant super-clear water, we're seeing a resurgence of this oldie-but-goodie fish-finding tool.
Because or progressive management methods, musky fishing is better today than ever before. Concepts like catch and release, strong slot limits and stocking efforts that encourage expansion have ensured that muskies are more widespread and available to anglers than ever before. At the same time, unparalleled trophy fisheries have arisen like we've never experienced.
This video clip, produced by my son James Lindner along with Jeremy Smith of Lindner Media, is a small part of a larger documentary which chronicles the bust then boom of this fantastic corner of the sportfishing world.
Be sure to check out the heart-stopping strike...
I've watched the growth of tournament fishing since its very first days way back in the late 1950s. And here at Lindner Media Productions we're out filming bass and walleye tournaments all the time. So I've seen it all. But I still get excited about the competitions and the competitors and something happened reacently that I feel is important.
Brent Ehrler won that first Major League Fishing (MLF) tournament, which was broadcast last week on Outdoor Channel. That's of interest to me, at least, because the lone FLW Tour pro in MLF beat 23 of the best B.A.S.S. Elite Series pros, which included the biggest of the big guns like KVD, Ike, Skeet and everyone...
Note from Ron: This week's blog entry comes to you from my son James Lindner, host of Angling Edge Television.
With the advent of catch-and-release musky fishing, not to mention extensive stocking into new waters, big lunker 'skis are no longer that rare. Fish in the 50-plus-inch range and some near the 50-pound weight mark are becoming more and more common. In fact, a new Minnesota state record was recently caught in a gillnet. Unfortunate as that was, it proves that potential record fish are out there.
It wasn't always that way. As I paged through some...
about the author
Ron Lindner is a living pioneer. A book author, magazine publisher, TV producer, tackle designer, industry analyst and radio host, Ron and brother Al founded the In-Fisherman Network. Ron still fishes close to 200 days a year and co-owns and operates Lindner's Angling Edge.