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Saturday, June 25, 2011

A Big Thank You!

Hey everyone if you didn’t already know I found a job in the hunting industry working for a company called North American Membership group. My position is the Social Media Editor for North American Hunting Club. I have had the job for about a month and a half, so far and I love it.
I first of all wanted to thank everyone who has read Ben G. Outdoors for the last couple of years and helped me along the way you all are great. I couldn’t have done it without you.  There are so many people I want to thank; I hope I don’t miss anyone.

 Number one on my list is my Wife Amber without her support I would have never been able to do any of this. In around about way my boys had an influence on me starting Ben G. Outdoors, so thank you Wyatt and Nolan.
In the blogging world I would like to thank Elisabeth Peterson of Deer Passion . She was one of the first people to support me in my blogging effort, giving me great feedback about blogging in general, becoming my first friend on twitter, and as well as my very first guest post so thank you Elisabeth.
Jim Bratten of the Sportsman’s Blog  has been so nice and forth coming with advice, support, and friendship I don’t know what I would have done without him. Jim is a great guy; I actually had the chance to meet him and was part of the Midwest Blogger Summit planning team. Jim Thank you a ton for your help, support, and friendship!
Next we have a couple of fellows who run great bogs Albert Rasch of The Rasch Outdoor Chronicles who helped me answer, so many questions, helped me spread the word about my contest,  and was/still is a great person to bounce ideas off of. Thanks Albert!

Then there is Rick Kratzke of Whitetail Woods. He has giving me so much support over the last couple of years I can’t begin to say thanks enough. When no one else would comment on my posts I could be sure to get feedback and comments from Rick. Thanks so much Rick!
Jody Narantic of the Hunter’s Wife. Jody has helped me sort through Ideas and given me great advice on how to market my blog. As well as giving me a chance to do a guest post for her blog and try out my comedy writing (I think I’ll stick with outdoor writing). Thank you bunches Jody!
On the fishing side I can’t for get to thank Mel Moore, he was another great influence and gave me some great feedback as well as helping spread the word about Ben G. Outdoors. Thanks a bunch Mel!

I also have to give a huge thanks to Eddie Lee Rider of Land Report , and Sportsmans Life , without Eddie’s help I would have never had the chance to connect with Bill Miller of the North American Hunting Club in the first place. Eddie introduced me to Bill through email and gave me a stellar recommendation. Thanks Eddie I owe you one or more!
On the business blog side of things I have to thank Dayne Shuda. With his hunting business marketing web site (which I miss greatly) I learned so much about the industry and how to effectively present my blog. Because of his article The 50 best blog posts of 2009 where I received a 14 ranking I realized I may have under estimated myself as a blogger/writer. Thanks so Much Dayne!
Most of you in the outdoor blogging world will know this lady she has a blog called BulletProof Media  Michelle Scheuerman.  She is also the Director of Communications at The Sportsman Channel. Michelle invited me to Hunt Fish Feed in St. Paul, MN in 2010. She has helped me out greatly. Especially when I was about to give up on writing and blogging Michelle asked me to do a couple of articles for the Sportsman Channel's newsletter. I was like holy crap I must be able to write if she is giving me this chance. Thanks for everything Michelle!
Adam Dunnom of MyBuckStory.com  has helped me out any time I sent him and email, or called him for advice. Adam has been a very big part of me learning how to market, advertise, and monetize my blog. Thank you Adam for all your help!
The boys at Foremost Media/Foremost Hunting Jon Ballard and Chris Larsen, these guys are; well awesome no other word can describe them. Jon basically redesigned my blog for me, and Chris has been a great help on twitter. I won’t forget to mention the fact that I was asked by both Chris and Jon to write a couple of articles for their site and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks a heap Guys!
I also would like to thank Joe and Rebecca of the Outdoor Blogger Network There were a couple of times when I started to lose interest in blogging, when their great site got me back into it. Not only do they provide a great service to outdoor bloggers around the web, but they are wonderful people too. Thanks greatly Rebecca & Joe.
A few others I would like to thank Kari Murray, Mike Agneta of Troutrageous! , John Delaney of  Fish Creek Spinners , Cory Glauner of International Hunting Consultants , Matt of The Functioning Fishaholics, Nicole Calleo of Hanks Clothing , Alexis Nascimento of Magnum Boots , Josh Mann of Some Fishing Blog , Lisa Jane of Hunt Like You’re Hungry, and Elle of Bullets & Biscuits  I know I have missed more than a few people, so if I left you out I am deeply sorry.
Without every last one of these people I would have never had the opportunity to make it in the industry, so thank you all from deep down inside me for everything you have shared, shown, helped with, provided, advised, supported, responded, read, and done to help me on my journey. YOU ALL ROCK!

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Friday, May 13, 2011

Human Planet Review


Warner Bros. Entertainment was kind enough to send me a copy of the Human Planet DVD for review. When I first received the offer I thought well you know this is semi related to the theme of my blog. Well after watching it I proved myself wrong. It was more related to Ben G. Outdoors than I thought. Follow along and I will explain why you should get your own copy.

As I started watching this I first realized it was right up my alley I really enjoy learning about how other people, their cultures and where they live.  This DVD Series has seven different episodes each focusing on a different places and how humans live in each of them.  It soon dawned on me a lot of the human planet DVD showed how these different Cultures hunted and fished for their food.  The more of these hunting and fishing stories I heard the more I knew that I would not hesitate to put this review up on the blog.  I will give you a brief review of each episode and you can decide for yourself if you want to purchase the Human Planet DVD or Blue Ray disc. (I say two thumbs up for sure).

Episode one

Oceans

Wow I couldn’t believe some of the stuff I saw here, spearing whales the old fashion way with harpoons that were man powered. (They were crazy).  My wife actually sat down to watch some of this with me and started to get into it too. Neither one of us could believe how one fellow free dove down 20 meters to the bottom of the ocean to catch a fish. He was under water longer than I thought a human could hold their breath it was just plain amazing. The Pa-aling fishermen were nuts. These guys used a diesel engine to pump air through small plastic hoses, so they could stay under water and chase fish into a net. Oh and they didn’t make very much money for risking their lives.

Episode two

Desert

I have never been to a real desert before so this episode was the one I had the hardest time relating to. At the same time I learned the most from this watching it. It starts out with a young fellow trying to find water for his cows, but has a run in with a herd of elephants.  Another cool part is the Dogon people who don’t fish in the dry season except for one day when thousands of fisher men try and catch fish in a tiny lake filled with fish seems easy right; not at all you will have to get the DVD and see for yourself. The Gobi desert in Mongolia is the scene where a family winter their camels. The only problem, they have to deal with desert wolves (huh kind of sounds familiar doesn’t It.) and pregnant female camels not a good combination.

 Episode 3

The Arctic

From Ice fishing for four days to catch a Greenland shark just to feed you dogs. To a polar bear patrol in Canada this episode hit home the most, being from Minnesota I could relate to some of the stories, but not nearly to the extremes these folks go through. A couple of my favorite parts of this episode were Narwhal hunting/fishing it’s crazy how stealth these guys have to be to get their prize. My other favorite part is the guy who catches Auks (birds) in a net as they fly past his hiding spot. Oh and he catches at least 500 in a day. This is something I think I would like to try.

 Episode 4

The Jungles

One of the best ways to survive in the Jungle is to hunt for food and there plenty of examples of that in this episode, but hunting in the jungle is very difficult.  Kids learn to hunt goliath trantultia so they can eat, but they have to watch out for the hair on the spiders back.  These hairs when they get on your skin itch like crazy. Then you have a fellow climbing a giant tree with nothing more than a vine to secure him to get honey for his family. He also has to deal with bees when high above the forest floor. (This one kind of scares me).  One of my other favorite parts is logging with elephants. Not only is it safer for the jungle, but it is cool to see how strong these elephants are.

 Episode 5

Mountains

I miss the mountains I sometimes wish I live back in north Idaho. The first part of this episode is set in western Mongolia a father and son grab a baby golden eagle chick so they can train it and hunt foxes and wolves with it. You have to see this young boy protect his family’s fields around harvest time from monkeys.  Another of my favorite parts is the guys who catch bats in a giant net. The create a path in the forest which makes a short cut over the mountain for the bats then they put up their net which can’t be detected by the bats.

 Episode 6

Grass Lands

The grass lands typically mean bigger animals, like lions and kudu.  One part of this episode I just don’t understand it the part with the Dorbo people of Kenya. These guys attempt to steal meat from a pride of lions (they are just plain nuts in my book). One part of this episode did remind me of hunting deer here in the states. A couple of fellows set up a blind near a water hole and waited for the kudu to come in close enough to shoot with their bows. This is the part that I don’t think I could handle they stayed in the blind for at least four days. Now that’s what I call a dedicated hunter. Last but not least the Maasai children speak to a bird called a honey guide and the bird leads them to honey of course if they do end up finding honey the share some with the bird.

Episode 7

Rivers

This episode starts out with a very dedicated fisher man who uses nets on the very treacherous  Mekong River in Laos he risks his life everyday to catch only a few fish and feed his family. The other story in this episode that really sticks in my head was the Father, son, and daughter team who follow a frozen river for quite some distance in order for the son and Daughter to go to school.

Episode 8
Cities

This episode has a lot to do with pests New York City kind of takes the cake here with rats. I didn’t realize how many rats actually live there. Let’s just say I won’t be eating in any restaurants there ever. The story about the guy who uses a Peregrine falcon (which by the way is the fastest flying bird in the world) to chase away pigeons has some very awesome camera shots. The falcon however sometimes gets caught up in the game of chasing the pigeons and doesn’t like to come back to its keeper.

Over all this is a great DVD series and I want to thank WB for sending me out a copy to review if you get the chance go buy a copy and see for yourself all of the amazing camera footage. Oh I almost forgot to mention the behind the lens stories after each episode they seem to pick the stories that were the hardest to shoot and show you behind the scenes footage of how they made it happen.

The series is now avalivle on DVD and Blue-ray at www.humanplanetblog.com


Thanks Ben G.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Wyatt Learning to Call

My oldest son Wyatt wanted to start using some of my turkey calls so I grabbed my locate call and let him give it a try. It ended up being about a half hour ordeal and he had a blast. He'll be locating Toms for me in no time. Watch out turkeys here comes Wyatt.

This is just a short clip of Wyatt blowing on the call.


Do you know what call he is using?
Saturday, March 26, 2011

Review of Stuffitts Shoe Savers

My good friend Nicole at Hanks Clothing sent me this new interesting product to try out. They are called Stuffitts Shoe Savers. When Nicole first asked me to do the review I was like what the heck are these funny looking things. After I did a bit of research I agreed and thought they would be great tool to make my wife not cringe every time she walked by my shoes and hunting boots.
Monday, March 14, 2011

Review of the Magnum Work Pro Ultra WPi CT boots

*note: Magnum Boots supplied me Free of charge with a Pair of Work Pro Ultra WPi CT boots to test.*

To tell you the truth I have never been much of a boot guy other than of course my hunting boots. After wearing these boots for almost two weeks straight I think I’m beginning to like boots more and more. Follow along as I fill you in on how I put these brand new pair of Magnum Work Pro Ultra WPi CT boots through a series of tests to see how they would hold up.



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Saturday, March 12, 2011

The Leap Frog Bloggers Prompt (1.2)

image credit dmushrush
Okay if you don’t know how this works here are the details. I am going to post a prompt whether it is writing, photo, or recipe (not likely as I’m not a good cook). If you would like to partake just fulfill the topic I select, link back to this post, leave a comment with the link to your post and I will pick my favorite one by Thursday of next week. Then who ever I pick will do the next prompt with the same rules. By the way this was started by Rory at R-Dub Outdoors. I hope you enjoy.

My topic is
Lost, Stolen, or Malfunction Gear which altered your hunting or fishing trip, and how did you overcome it?
I know this has happened to me on several occasions. Having my gun jam or my reel not function properly when I have a big fish on. The one that sticks in my mind the most is my first trout fishing trip with my Father-in-law and Brother-in-law.
It was about three years ago and I was super pumped to go on this fishing trip, so I went out and purchased a bunch of  new gear, a small tackle box, a bunch of new spinners, a new net, a fishing rod that came apart in the middle, a new reel, and some new sun glasses.
After a four hour drive we stopped at the first river. I was so excited to use all of my new gear I forgot to zip my back pack all the way.  I was fishing and having a blast when I decided to change my spinner. I looked into my bag and realized the top half of my new fishing pole was gone. At this point we had already walked a mile and a half up the river bank and let me tell you it wasn’t an easy walk.
Feeling rather deflated I walked back down stream looking for the top of my new pole with no luck. At least I had my ultra light which I had been fishing with the first hour of our trip and would have to use for the next three days.
On the way back down river I look all over again, but nothing I was so bummed. I was so looking forward to using my new pole.
What did I do to overcome this unfortunate situation? I was thankful I had brought two rods along, and concentrated on trout fishing and enjoying my time with my pals.

Good luck and let's generate some traffic to each others blogs.
Saturday, March 5, 2011

A Brush with the Other Side

Rory over at R-Dub Outdoors has a cool little thing going on called a Leap Frog bloggers prompt. For more details about the Leap Frog bloggers prompt check out Rory’s post The Leap Frog Bloggers Prompt.
I could go into great detail about my near fall into raging rapids last fall while trout fishing, or the time I almost got run over by a bull moose while deer hunting in Idaho, but I’ll leave those for another time besides they aren’t nearly as chilling as the story I am about to tell.
If you don’t know I hunt public land very often I would say about 90% of the time. 

image credit mr.smashy

Gosh it must have been about five or six years ago now.  It was just like any other deer season except for the fact that I had actually harvested a deer opening weekend.  Typically when I take a deer early in the season I spend more time walking around trying to sneak up on deer and scouting for new areas to place my stand. 
Wednesday, March 2, 2011

My favorite outdoor Tool: OBN Photo Prompt

Over the years I have had many different guns, boots, coats, hats, fishing rods, and reels the list could go on and on, but one thing I seem to never go without no matter where I go is a pocket knife. I have had a lot of them and they seem to always be the most used tool I have. Here is a picture of my most current favorite tool.



In the past I have always gone the cheap route and just gotten something that will work, but about four years a go for Christmas my Wife Amber got me a Kershaw pocket knife. After I wore that one out I had to purchase another one. I guess you could say I'm on a Kershaw kick.  Anyway what is your favorite outdoor tool.
Oh don't forget to check out other bloggers favorite tools on the Outdoor Blogger Network.
Ben G.
Tuesday, March 1, 2011

BREAKING CABIN FEVER An Outdoors- Inspired Scavenger Hunt START HERE

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Hello Everyone and welcome to our little contest Breaking Cabin Fever. I hope you are ready for a fun ride. When you are on the scavenger hunt you will be directed to some great blogs. Just a warning you may like them, so feel free to get side tracked and look around.

Here is what you do. I will be giving you a question and a link to a different blog follow the link and find the answer to the question. You will know you've found the answer because there will be a new question and link to the next blog.

 What do you do with all of your answers. Either keep them in your head or write them down on a piece of paper because when you hit the last blog you will be directed back to this post. Then just leave a comment on this post with your answers and you contact info. Sounds easy right. Well then here is your first question. 

Where is the best place to hang a Flat Deerheads wall graphic?  Find your answer here on  Flatdeerheads.com Blog

PS Make sure to use the archives and search bars when you can.  GOOD LUCK!

For rules and regulations & prizes click here Breaking Cabin Fever
all participants with correct answers will be put in a random drawing.

Monday, February 28, 2011

BREAKING CABIN FEVER An Outdoors- Inspired Scavenger Hunt

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Snow swirls outside, making the world look like vast tundra. Venturing out for a carton of milk or some bread seems a daunting task in the bitter chill. The only other alternative to adventuring outdoors is staying indoors, which can be as much, if not more so of a challenge. But fear not, friends! The cure for your cabin fever is here!


Ben G. Outdoors, along with a handful of his best blogging compatriot buddies have teamed up to provide some entertainment to break this cabin fever that plagues so many of their chilly readers. The rules are simple if you’ve ever taken part in a scavenger hunt.

On March 1st, Ben G. will be posting the first clue. Once a participant finds the answer within his blog, then he or she will be directed to the next blog; so on and so forth. The following blogs will be participating in this scavenger hunt give-away.

Somethings Fishy
Bullets & Biscuits
Ben G. Outdoors
Abnormal Outdoors
Hunt like You’re Hungry
 Flat Deerheads

The contest will conclude on March 10th. Winners will be announced on the 14th. The prizes are as follows:

1st place: Magnum boots Work Pro Ultra WPI CT , $50 Bass Pro gift card, The Complete Trail Food Book - 300+ Recipes for Campers, Canoeists and Backpackers, and two packs of jerky from House of Jerky*

2nd place: Flat Deerhead XL wall graphic of the winner’s favorite photo, a Flat Deerheads camo cap, $25 Bass Pro gift card, SEEMZ Scent Elimination and two packs of Jerky from the House of Jerky*

3rd place: 3 Trout lures and 3 Bass lures From Fish Creek Spinners, Catch of the Day - 200+ Recipes for the Everyday Angler and a some great Jerky snacks from the House of Jerky*

Happy Searching and Good Luck!

Rules and Regulations:
• Participant must live in the US and Canada to participate.
• Contest begins March 1st and concludes March 10th, EST
• Participant must be 18 years of age or older.
• Only one entry per contestant.
• Participant MUST leave comment with answers on starting blog.
• Only participants that have provided an answer for each of the blogs may be eligible to win the            aforementioned prizes.

Start the Hunt here Breaking Cabin Fever
Saturday, February 26, 2011

Interview with Matt of Functioning Fishaholics

I am excited to introduce to you a recent friend of mine Matt from Functioning Fishaholics. I recently had the pleasure of writing an article for Matt and his site. If you would like to read it here is Spring Crappie Excitement in Minnesota. Until I did that article I was so into writing about hunting I forgot about the fishing aspect of my blog. Any way Matt's site is one of the best around so if you are a fisherperson I urge you to check it out.

As you read the interview you will find that at first Matt didn't even know how much fishing was ingrained in him. So, Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale, A tale of a fateful trip....wait I mean. Sit back and you'll get inside the mind of not only a great blogger, but a fisherman who loves the sport down to his core and it shows. I now introduce to you Matt.


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Reminiscing About My Fishing Past

image credit  joedferg

Fishing opener has always been one of my favorite times of the year. Now with two little one’s, opener seeming to always fall on Mothers day here in Minnesota, and my recent obsession with Turkey hunting taking me away form the family. I don’t have much time for fishing on opener. I want to share with you some of my most memorable times on Minnesota’s fishing opener.


My first opener I was around the age of 11 or 12 my good friend Matt and his dad Art asked me to go up to Milacs Lake and have our bobbers hit the water at 12 AM opening morning. It sure did sound like a good idea at the time, so I tagged along.
Saturday, February 19, 2011

Writing

Hey everyone I just wanted to let you know why I haven't been posting too much lately. I've been spending a lot of time writing for others so here are a few links to my latest articles.

Earth Sports January 26, 2011
Ice Fishing Tips


NWO PRODUCTIONS January 28th, 2011

How Internet Hunting Videos will affect Hunting Television

The Functioning Fishaholics February 6th, 2011
Spring Crappie Excitement in Minnesota
Foremost Hunting.com January 27th, 2011
My Best Days Afield

February  2011
Converting An Ordinary Shotgun Into The Ultimate Turkey Gun



 
Monday, February 14, 2011

Featured Blogger Albert A Rasch of The Rasch Outdoor Chronicles

I am pleased to introduce to everyone one of my blogging mentors Albert A Rasch. Albert has helped me out on a number of occasions answering some of my crazy questions about blogging and posting some of my contest stuff. Needless to say Albert has been a great influence on me the past couple of years. Thanks Albert.

So cozy up to you laptop and learn more about one of the outdoor blogging greats. If you haven't already I suggest you check out his blog The Rasch Outdoor Chronicles I think you will enjoy it.




Ben, thanks for having me on Ben G Outdoors! As you know, I'm a big fan of both Ben G Outdoors and Abnormal Outdoors, I only wish there were more hours in the day to read not only your blogs, but the other few dozen I follow!

1. Why did you start Blogging?
Albert relaxing lakeside at Ed's TavernBesides the fact that I like to hear myself wax eloquent on any number of subjects, I really thought that I could share some of the things I've learned and experienced. I don't know about the rest of y'all, but I have a hard time getting together with like minded folks in my neighborhood, and blogging is much like kicking back at the neighborhood watering hole and talking with friends. You know Ben, so much happens to us on a daily basis that we many times just file it away and ultimately forget about it. With some luck - and a good back-up system - this will be available to educate and entertain my great-grandchildren, and to guide important world leaders years henceforth!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Winter Tackle Maintenance

Yeah, yeah, we know—you’ve seen a thousand articles on winter tackle maintenance. That’s why we’re not going to do another one right now. Instead, we’re going to clue you in to what NOT to do. Winter tackle maintenance can lead to more harm than good if you make these faux-pas, so as you get your gear into shape, make sure you don’t:


- Fill your spool with fresh monofilament, and then leave it near a window. Sunlight is the number-one enemy of mono; it degrades it and weakens the line. Leave a rod and reel where the sun beams through, and by the time you use that rig, the line could have lost 10 or 20 percent of its strength. Read the rest of Winter Tackle Maintenance at Earth Sports.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Ice Fishing with Whip-ups

Most everyone who has spent time fishing through the ice has used or at least seen tip-ups at work. These are the heavy-duty rigs for ice fishermen, using heavy line, usually a large live bait, and a flag that pops up and signals a fish is dining. The angler trots over and hand-lines the fish up through the hole.


Whip-ups, relative newcomers on the ice scene, work altogether differently. They are akin to a snare trap one might see in a jungle movie, where the mighty Bwana steps into a noose and triggers a bent-over tree that whips him up in the air and leaves him hanging upside down, held by the ankle. Follow the link to read more Ice Fishing with Whip-ups





Friday, February 11, 2011

Review of Manzella Tracker Gloves

Thanks To the Outdoor Bloggers Network & Manzella

When the box arrived at my house I knew exactly what it was and I was excited to try out My New Manzella Trackers. Before I even had a chance to use them I noticed a few things about the Manzella Tracker Gloves.

1. They have the Real Tree AP camo pattern (they also come in Mossy Oak Treestand). Camo is always a plus no matter what you are hunting.


Realtree AP Camo



Mossy Oak Treestand

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

World’s Best Largemouth Lakes

Ask 10 expert anglers around the country for their pick of the world’s best bass lake and you’ll get 20 opinions; everybody has one or two or three candidates. And to make things more complicated, some lakes that were great five years ago are not all that good today; changing water conditions can turn a world-beater into an also-ran—and if you arrive on the best lake in the country just after a cold-front, forget it—fishing will be tough, no matter how abundant they are. That said, here are a few lakes where you’ll have a great shot at success if the Fates smile on you. Follow the link to find what the World's Best Largemouth Lakes are




Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The Old Buck






By Chris Larsen  who writes for foremosthunting.com.

Despite the title, this story isn't about an wily, experienced buck. In fact it's not about a deer at all. My Grandpa was affectionately known as "The Old Buck". And you'll notice I didn't call him my grandfather, he was my Grandpa. He was a tall, slender man with wide shoulders and Danish likeability. He didn't have a braggart style confidence. He carried himself with a calm coolness.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Hi-Tech on Ice: How Many Electronic Gizmos Do We Really Need?

Almost 25 years ago, Lowrance brought back a limited edition of its Green Box Flasher sonar, the world’s first sonar unit for recreational anglers, and I had to have one. As a child, I’d seen a guy on the ice with one of the original Green Boxes and held him in same awe I’d have held a time traveler from the future.



In my own first experiment with a Green Box, I drilled a hole near concrete pier pilings in the swimming area of a summer camp, put the transducer in and watched, enthralled, as the teardrop baited with a mousie appeared as a red bar and sank lower on the screen. When a thicker red bar appeared on the sonar’s dial below the lure, a shot of adrenalin got my heart beating faster. Excitement built as the thicker red bar merged with the thin one. Anticipation of a big crappie flopping on the ice turned to frustration as the big bar faded, reappeared and faded again, this time for good. After another fruitless hour, I returned fishless and disappointed. Read the rest of the article here How Many Electronic Gizmos Do We Really Need?



Friday, February 4, 2011

The Baby

Just a quick little up date our baby Nolan turned 1 on the 21st of January. I wanted to post these the day after the his party, but being busy, and getting my wife's camera away from her. I had a little trouble getting the pictures.


Nolan is our little monster


He didn't care for cake. He must take after his mother.

Thanks for taking a look.

Ben G.

PS he's a climber
Thursday, February 3, 2011

Featured Blogger: Mike Agneta of Troutrageous!


I haven't done any interviews in quite some time so I thought it was time for another one. Being I have done mostly interviews with people form the hunting industry I figured it would be nice to talk with someone from the fishing side of things. So Here is Mike Agneta of Troutrageous!


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Bright Lining Panfish on Ice

Successful ice fishing for bluegills, crappies and perch means good bite detection, and some ice anglers have improvised super-sensitive spring bobbers at the end of their rods that twitch at the slightest touch from a panfish. Or so they think. Fact is, panfish can nab a bait and spit it with such finesse they might never move a spring bobber or pull down a float down.


Some 20 years ago, a fellow from the upholstery department of the automotive plant where I worked as a catalog copywriter introduced me to ice fishing with unbaited flies and highly visible light line—two-pound Golden Stren was the top choice. A 12-inch leader of clear monofilament added a bit of stealth.... Read more here Bright Lining Panfish on Ice







Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Fantasy Fishing, Win Big Bucks!

You’ve played Fantasy Football, but what about Fantasy Fishing? You can win big bucks playing in the
FLW’s Fantasy Fishing contest – but enter fast, because it all begins at midnight tomorrow!

If you miss the deadline, don’t despair – you can still play in each individual tournament for top prizes
up to $15,000—but the first tournament in the series is the FLW Tour opener on Lake Okeechobee,
which begins on February third.     Read more Fantasy Fishing, Win Big Bucks!
Saturday, January 29, 2011

Mr. Tom It's so nice to meet you

Hey everyone I have been thinking about turkey hunting non stop since deer season was over. I couldn't help myself. I had to write a poem about how optimistic I am about this coming season. So here goes


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Spiral Wrap Fishing Rods

Just what the heck is a spiral wrap rod? This unusual form of fishing rod has eyes that don’t line up—which looks mighty strange upon first glance, but often becomes a love affair after first use.


All rods have a spine running in a line from tip to butt, which is stronger than the rest of the rod. High-quality rods are assembled with the guides directly overtop (for casting) or underneath (for spinning) the spine, but in many cases, they’re a tiny bit off. And in low-cost rods, the spine is often ignored completely. As a result, whenever the rod is under load, it wants to rotate slightly to the left or the right. Because of the weight of the reel and changing directions of the fish, you might never have noticed this, but you’ll feel it in your wrist after a long day of fishing because your hand is always working a bit to keep that rod straight. In some rods you can even see this rotation. The tip of the rod may “fold” over and rotate noticeably; as a result the line can rub against the rod itself instead of only the guides, causing friction and eventually, a break-off.

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Friday, January 21, 2011

B.A.S.S. Helps Save the Bass

Here is a great article from the folks at Earth Sports

We know you’re psyched for the 2011 Bassmaster Classic we are too, and EarthSports will be at the Classic Expo in the Ernest N.Morial Convention Center, in full strength next month—but B.A.S.S has found a way to make the classic work out in the fish’s advantage, too. They’ve partnered up with the Louisiana Wildlife Federation (LWF) and the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) in campaigns to promote the restoration and protection of Louisiana’s imperiled coastal wetlands and reconnect the Mississippi River to its delta.

To read the rest of this article go to Earth Sports

Ben G.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Trout Fishing September 2010 (Part 4 Final)

Our last morning came way too quick. We were up early and loaded all our things into the truck. Then we went to go eat breakfast in the hotel once again. It was exactly the same imagine that. Then shortly after that we were on the road to find the new fishing spot.

View of Grand Marais from the gun flint trail

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Trout Fishing September. 2010 (Part 3)

On our way back to the truck we met an older gentleman and his wife on their UTV. It turned out that they liked to ride all of the old logging trails he use to use when he was a logger in his younger days. He also told us about a fishing spot way back on the trails near one of his last logging trips.
He went into great detail on how to get there using the trails, but as he kept explaining he started confusing himself and me. Gary however was able to get the correct directions from his or so we thought.
After our lunch we set out to go find this place that had a canoe and a couple of nice fishing holes. George and I let Gary take the lead because he was the one who understood the directions. We just kept riding and riding, but form what this gentleman had said we seemed to be on the right path.
Saturday, January 8, 2011

Trout Fishing September 2010 (Part 2)

Day two started out nice and early. We ate a quick breakfast in the hotel. It was pretty good, but not great. Afterwards we headed up to the secret spot to try and catch some brook trout. It was a bit chilly out so that meant the four wheeler ride was going to seem longer than it should.

When we got to the 4x4 trail we hurriedly unloaded the ATV’s and packed all of our fishing gear on the four wheelers. I was so excited to get back to this stream we discovered the year before I almost went the wrong way a couple of times. When we arrived at our destination George, Gary, and I all grabbed the gear we would need from the ATV’s and started fishing.

Cast one, two, three, four, and five all produced nothing. I didn’t hear any excitement from George or Gary either. “Oh no” I thought to myself “had our great fishing hole dried up?” The just as the thought had crossed my mind I heard the splash of Gary catching a rather nice Brookie. Then shortly after it was my turn to catch one. All together I caught about five nice trout before we decided to move on and look for some new fishing holes.


Gary's 1st Brook Trout

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Trout Fishing September 2010 (Part 1)

For the past two years I have been able to go on a great little trout fishing outing with my Father- in- Law George and my Brother-in-Law Gary. Both times I’ve had a ton of fun and can’t wait till next year. Sit back and read my journal of another amazing trip.
Just like last year we started out early Saturday morning the weekend after Labor Day. This time I was getting over a bad cold and the night before wasn’t even 100% sure I was going to be able to go (I actually almost stayed home).  The five and a half hour drive took much longer this time because of road construction (Minnesota’s other season) and some sort of an inline skate race in Duluth.
We finally reached stop number one the Cross River.  This was the same stop we made last year, but this time things were very wet and the river was much higher. Which in my opinion would mean better fishing right?

It was a bit foggy as you can see

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