2012 Trolling Season in Review

Posted by Runnin' Bare on 02/10/13  •  2 feedbacks »

As the snow flakes fly, it is time to take a look back at the 2012 trolling season.  This is my 8th annual year-end summary, so I hope you find it useful.  The Runnin’ Bare had a really solid season; ranking about 5th best since 1999 in most categories.  Without further ado, here is the Runnin’ Bare review of the open water trolling season out of Waukegan Harbor for 2012.

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Spring Kings (and how to catch them)

Posted by Runnin' Bare on 02/06/12  •  5 feedbacks »


For many anglers, spring on Lake Michigan means coho salmon.  Now don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with coho; they are relatively easy to catch, the fast action is fun and they are very tasty.  But they are also usually kind of, well, small.  If you’re looking for a fight, coho are usually not the answer.  For that big fish fix, you need to find Mr. Chinook.

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Photographing Your Catch

Posted by Runnin' Bare on 12/09/11  •  1 feedback »

One of the best ways to preserve the memories of a successful day on the water is with photographs of your catch.  Pictures really are worth 1000 words, and can add color and excitement to an online fishing report.  They also make great mementos for your crew, especially first-time anglers.  Here are some tips and tricks to capturing images that you will be proud to share.

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2011 Trolling Season in Review

Posted by Runnin' Bare on 10/07/11  •  2 feedbacks »

Another trolling season has come and gone, so it’s time to look at the results and see how 2011 stacked up.  Aboard the Runnin’ Bare, we had one of our best years ever.  I have been keeping records since 1999 and, overall, I have to call this my 3rd best season.  Now that the boat has been hauled out, I have run the numbers from my logbook and would like to share the results.  So, without further delay, here is the 7th annual review of the open water trolling season out of Waukegan Harbor onboard the Runnin’ Bare…


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Fishing with Dad

Posted by Runnin' Bare on 04/08/11  •  5 feedbacks »

It all started on the St. Joseph River near Buchanan, Michigan.  Uncle Bob had a cabin on Bachelor Island, and that was where my father first introduced me to fishing. I was only 3 years old, and dad could not have known what he was starting.  Back then, the river was a lot different; not as clean as it is now, and the primary fish species were carp, catfish and stunted bluegill.  We fished from a home-built pontoon boat; a platform floating on old oil drums.  I didn’t know any better or even care.

When my dad presented me with my very own Zebco 202 combo, my life changed forever.

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