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  • Confessions of a fly-tying addict Apr 30, 2014 5:08 PM
    Fly-tying can be a most absorbing passion, and in the most extreme cases becomes something very much like an addiction.

  • A sudden chill in the hot spring fishing Apr 16, 2014 11:21 PM
    The spring fishing warm-up took a few steps back with the chilly wintry conditions early this week.

  • Guides can be great, but not all are created equal Apr 16, 2014 11:21 PM
    Guides can be a great way to help you learn a new body of water and refine and improve your fishing techniques. But not all guides, as experience has shown, are created equal.

  • So, here’s the story: Every fishing trip is an adventure Apr 9, 2014 7:33 PM
    Fishing is fun, but the best part just may be the stories that come from it, and Mike Jackson explains in his weekly outdoors column.

  • Some early surprises from the Chicago River Apr 3, 2014 12:39 AM
    In his weekly outdoors column, Mike Jackson uncovers some surprising results while fishing the Chicago River.

  • Montrose harbors some good early spring fishing Mar 26, 2014 7:44 PM
    Hang in there — our time is just about here for soft-water angling.

  • Protect yourself in the great outdoors Mar 26, 2014 7:44 PM
    Protecting one's self from the sun is easier than ever thanks to new sunscreens and lightweight clothing, but prevention still is up to the individual.

  • Seeling: A world-class angler, journalist and friend Mar 12, 2014 11:56 PM
    Mike Seeling made his mark as a journalist and angler, and managed quite a friendship with Daily Herald outdoors writer Mike Jackson. It turns out he was world-class in all areas. Seeling gave the Daily Herald 43 years of his professional life before retiring in 2007 from his position as director of photography. He was 67. We shared a lifetime of fun in the great outdoors. So, yes, I’m mourning the loss of a great pal.

  • The cold truth: Still plenty of opportunity in Illinois Mar 6, 2014 9:05 AM
    Illinois is missing an opportunity to market its many great fishing locales, especially in a year when northerly states will have delayed start to the season.

  • Havasu’s heating up for record redears Feb 26, 2014 10:17 PM
    My recent conversation with Frank Byrzicki included our never-ending passion to find jumbo smallmouth and huge bluegills. I have written a number of columns as to how I’ve stumbled upon ponds containing bluegills weighing over a pound. Most of these “gold mines” are situated in the metro area, but there are a couple that lie situated alongside several major highways. Frank and I have ultralight setups that have been put together specifically for big ’gills, and when we hook the hump-nosed bulls the catching turns in to what I’ve described as a rodeo event. Some of the sub-species I’ve caught, like redear sunfish, rarely come up to the sizes of the regular and hybrid bluegills. I’ve managed to coax the local fish to the hook buy using a Mini-Mite jig tipped with a small piece of worm or a juicy spike (maggot). But the real reason I called Frank was to alert him to some news I received from a friend in Arizona. A week ago Ron Lindner informed me he was traveling to Lake Havasu in Arizona to meet with brother Al. These super-sharp anglers mapped out a strategy to locate and catch jumbo redear sunfish from Lake Havasu. I implored Ron to call me when they located the big fish. The call never came. But it was dramatic news that subsequently came from another friend who lives in Phoenix. His rapid-fire sentences and shortness of breath suggested to me I’d better allow him to get his story out. He told me a potential world record redear sunfish, 5.78 pounds, had just been caught and weighed on a certified scale. The lucky angler is Hector Brito, who first thought he had a big catfish on the end of his line. Wildlife officials say Lake Havasu is home to a population of unusually large sunfish because of the existence of invasive quagga mussels. Redear sunfish, also known as shellcrackers for their habits of snacking on shellfish, are a favorite of many anglers because of their rich flavor. While they usually dine on snails, biologists have found that the fish is a useful ally against quagga mussels, which damage local ecosystems. Redear sunfish meander along the bottoms of lakes searching for these tasty morsels, which the fish then crack open with powerful jaws and swallow in chunks. The mussel is forced through its hardened throat, where an additional set of teeth destroy the shells. Hector was using a drop-shot rig, a small hook, and a piece of worm. Arizona Game and Fish Department spokesman John Galbraith was the guy who weighed the fish on a certified scale. “I don’t know what the genetic potential is for redear,” he said. “But this record fish was not even a spawning fish. There’s some out there (in Lake Havasu) that are in the mid 6 range, easy.” The previous record was a 5.55-pound fish caught by Bob Lawler in 2011. While certainly a state record, Brito must now wait for his fish to be confirmed as the world’s largest by the International Game Fish Association. And now I understand why the brothers Lindner were eager to catch some of the big fish and capture the action on digital video for their television show. • Contact Mike Jackson at angler88@comcast.net, and catch his radio show 6-7 a.m. Sundays on WSBC 1240-AM and podcast at www.mikejacksonoutdoors.com.

  • Pet peeve: Wild critter on the prowl Feb 20, 2014 3:14 PM
    Here's another example of how not to treat a wild animal.

  • Late-blooming Skarlis diversifies — with crappies Feb 20, 2014 3:14 PM
    Tommy Skarlis made his name as walleye tournament pro, but he's added to his repertoire with success in crappie tournaments lately.

  • Outdoor notes: local fishing and Waukegan Harbor Jun 25, 2014 6:52 PM
    In his weekly outdoors notebook, Mike Jackson updates the dredging at Waukegan Harbor and offers an update on fishing hotspots.

  • Time to reflect on a contemplative endeavor Feb 5, 2014 10:22 PM
    Fishing has the unique ability to be both relaxing and a huge kick in the pants - frequently at the same time.

  • For tackling shore fishing, light is right Jan 29, 2014 10:25 PM
    Shore fishing is a lot more fun when you have a specific tackle box dedicated to the essential stuff. It puts the fun back in the pursuit, and makes it a whole lot easier to get around, too.

  • Double the fun as show season reaches its peak Jan 22, 2014 7:29 PM
    With two simultaneous outdoor sports shows vying for attendees and loose change this weekend, the show-going public may have a tendency to scratch its collective head and wonder why? Well, we know the reason — there just isn’t an adequate cure for the ills of a winter-time angler.

  • Take a break, and head for the Show Jan 15, 2014 6:17 PM
    If you need a break from winter, Mike Jackson has a remedy: come meet some new faces and angling legends at the Chicago Outdoors Sports Show Jan. 22-26 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.

  • Solution to invasive species a long time coming Jan 8, 2014 11:35 AM
    Finally, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has proposed what concerned citizens have advocated for a long time now: We need more than an electric barrier to prevent invasive species from entering the Great Lakes via the Mississippi River drainage.

  • The pulse of the Keys becoming more faint Jan 1, 2014 6:08 PM
    The fishing in the Florida Keys is a far cry from what it once was, and anglers — along with anyone who cares about our collective future — should take note.

  • Battling barracuda in Keys an angler’s delight Dec 25, 2013 8:49 PM
    It was the only time to sneak away for a few days of sun and scrumptious Florida stone crabs. It was a perfect time to recharge our batteries. So, to the Flordia Keys we drove from Boca Raton, full of anticipation and hopes that the puffy, white clouds wouldn’t obstruct some of the sun’s rays.

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