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Bellyboating for Buckeye State Bass

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I just finished an entertaining interview with Cornelius "Corn" Harris, a fishing guide with Hocking Hills Adventure Trek (hockinghillsadventuretrek.com)who specializes in taking anglers bass fishing via bellyboat on the remote ponds spread across the AEP ReCreation Lands (the old "Ohio Power Lands") in southeastern Ohio. It sounds like quite an angling adventure -- and for big Ohio bass to boot! It will air on the October 18 show, along with some excellent deer hunting tips from WTU's Brandon Showen, so tune in! -- Dan

Youth Waterfowl Clinic a Blast

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WFIN Station Manager Mike Holman and his son Mark joined my son Ethan and me Sunday at Ottawa NWR for the second annual Youth Waterfowl clinic and hunt. I learned a new way to clean ducks for the grill and got some calling tips; the boys now know how to ID ducks and set decoys, among other skills shared at the event. After the clinic sessions and a sack lunch they provided, we got to hunt the refuge from 4:30 until sunset and had ducks and geese and trumpeter swans in the air pretty much the entire time. The boys had shots at teal, woodies and mallards that came in to inspect our decoy spread, but none connected. It was a fun day and an event I recommend if they do it again next year. Watch for announcements in July to apply for a slot; I'll share news of it on the radio show. -- Dan

Ladies Day Out to Fish!

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I'll be at the Columbus Cabela's at noon Saturday, Oct 4, leading a basic fishing program as part of the Ladies Day Out event at the store form 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. I know, it's directly on top of the noon kickoff of the OSU v. Maryland football game, but if I can tape it so can you. In fact, I find myself taping most of the Buckeyes and Browns games anymore, to watch later and leave me time in the field hunting birds or deer or fishing for steelhead. Which is what I hope to do Tuesday to gather first-hand info for next weekend's radio show on steelhead fishing. Meanwhile, on Sunday I'll be sharing a blind with former BS producer Mike Holman, now station manger at Findlay's WFIN. Mike and I accompany our sons at the Youth Waterfowl Hunting program Sunday at Magee Marsh. I'll let you know how we do -- we're experiencing good weather for a duck at present, so it may be a good one! -- Dan

Bow Fishing and Tackle Selection Subjects

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Jon Fugate of Englewood, Ohio's, Hard Nocks Archery shares some great tips on getting started bow fishing on the upcoming show. From how to make your own practice targets (sinking milk jugs) to what kind of reel to use (bottle or spincast), Jon gives an entertaining interview on the fast-growing subject, including a segment moderated by the BS producer, Ryan Baker, a casual, bow-curious fan of the show... Next week we learn how to select the right fishing tackle for your particular angling needs with Cabela's Fishing and Marine Department Manager Brooke Hoffman. I hope you join us! -- Dan

Summer Travels & Super Ontario Fly-In Fishing

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Yep, I realize I haven't posted a blog in a bit, but my travels have taken me off the grid so often that it's been tough to stay up with the writing and radio show -- let alone the blogging! For a recent example, I am just back from ten days in Northern Ontario on an assignment for Midwest Outdoors magazine -- where I was at a fly-in outpost camp that didn't have electricity unless I wanted to fire-up a generator (I didn't), let alone internet access. What it did have was the best fishing for pike and walleye that I have ever experienced. I've been on a dozen such trips over the years and had some exceptional fishing for walleye and pike -- just never at the same time and in the same place. We were throwing soft plastic jerk baits for the pike and started catching walleyes in the same shallow, weed-strewn waters where we expected only to find pike. It was a blast, and each cast we never knew what we'd hook. I even used a fly rod and a bunny bug to catch my first walleye on a fly. We were with Buck Lake Wilderness Lodges & Outposts out of Hornepayne, Ontario: www.fishourlakes.com; info@fishourlakes.com; 807-868-2208. I'm headed to the Ohio State Fair this weekend to take in the attractions for outdoorsmen and women featured in last week's show. See you there!-- Dan

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