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Jeff Gustafson - Livewell

Fishing options still out there

This time of year is always a little bit depressing for me—and I’m sure other anglers across Sunset Country feel the same way.

We are running out of time to fish out of the boat as soon our lakes will be blanketed with ice for the next five months.

I like ice fishing, but I think it’s just something about how great our summers are that brings on the depression from the end of another season.

Area deer population in need of help

Over the past week, I’ve gone from one extreme to the other seasonally.

Last week, for instance, I was fishing in Texas in shorts and sandals. This past week, I’ve been dressed in long underwear and boots, tromping around in the woods looking for whitetail deer.

Each fall I run a little deer guiding camp that keeps me busy for about a month. I guide American hunters until their season ends on Nov. 15.

Optimistic about next year on FLW Tour

If you’ve been reading my column over the past month, you know that I’ve been in the southern U.S. fishing in some bass tournaments.

The last event took place this past weekend at the Sam Rayburn Reservoir in Texas.

This was the fourth of a series of four FLW Tour Opens. I fished in all four events this year and had the time of my life competing against some of the best bass anglers in the world on some famous bass fisheries.

Checking in from Sam Rayburn

They say everything is bigger in Texas and when it comes to bass, they’re right!

I’m on my fourth week away from home this week, but the good news is I get to come home in a few days.

I’m fishing in the final FLW Tour Open of the year this weekend at the Sam Rayburn Reservoir in Texas and have been pre-fishing here the past few days getting ready for the tournament.

My friend, Jamie Bruce from Kenora, is down with me and is fishing the tournament as a co-angler. We’ve had a great time so far on Rayburn and the fishing has actually been pretty good.

Life on the road is mostly fun

I write my column this week from the shores of Lake Fork, Tex.—one of the most famous bass fisheries in the world.

I left Kenora on Sept. 12 to fish in the FLW Tour bass tournament at Wheeler Lake, Ala. I’m taking in two events on this trip, with the final FLW Tour Open of 2012 taking place next week at the Sam Rayburn Reservoir in Texas.

Anglers are allowed to hit the water on Rayburn to begin practicing this Sunday (Oct. 7).

Thanks for all the memories, Frank

A few weeks ago our region lost a great dude that many of you probably knew, Frank McClymont.

Those of you that like to fish surely knew Frank because he was active in all aspects of the fishing industry around Sunset Country for many years, whether it was participating in area fishing tournaments, helping out with charity events to get people on the water that otherwise might not have the opportunity and he was always willing to use his experience to help educate others on how to catch all species of fish.

‘Smallies’ the key for Bassin’ champs

Some 114 teams hit Lake of the Woods this past weekend to take part in the 16th-annual Bassin’ For Bucks tournament in Sioux Narrows.

This event is the favourite of many anglers across the region for a number of reasons—and this year didn’t disappoint.

People love the format, which rewards teams for daily catches as well as aggregate totals, they enjoy spending time in Sioux Narrows (one of the most laid-back communities anywhere), and the fishing usually is really good.

Lots of options with trolling motors

Over the past 30 years, one piece of boating equipment has become a staple for serious anglers: trolling motors.

Mounted on either the bow or the stern of the boat, trolling motors provide anglers with a silent motor that allows them to sneak up on fish and have much better boat control in many situations than they would have with a regular gas motor.

People ask me about trolling motors all the time, with frequent questions being what size do I need for my boat, should I get a bow- or rear-mounted model, and how long of a shaft do I need?

Plenty of ups and downs in tournament fishing

If you’ve ever fished in any type of competitive event, you surely will have experienced the ups and downs that go along with this activity.

Tournament fishing can be highly-stressful when things don’t go right, yet they also can give you the highest of highs when things work out and you catch big fish.

I spent last week in Detroit, Mich. fishing in the second of four FLW Tour Open tournaments that I am doing this year.

Back on FLW tour

One thing about where we live in Sunset Country is if you like to spend time in the outdoors, there isn’t a much better place to be.

In fact, you couldn’t pay me to live anywhere else. I just love everything about Lake of the Woods and Rainy Lake too much! Not to mention all of the smaller lakes and rivers across the region, which offer endless opportunities for doing anything you could imagine on the water.

The only problem we have is that the summer goes by way too fast!