Rattle Baits and cold weather gear

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Some hard core anglers have been doing extremely well this fall using jigging spoons and jigging hard baits like The Shiver Minnow and Jigging Rapala to catch late fall walleye. At Pine Falls one of the hottest baits has been the Live Target Golden Shiner. This is a direct transferal from the winter use of these baits on Lake Winnipeg. If you haven’t fished with one through the ice over the last five years, you have missed out on probably the hottest ice lure out there. These rattlebaits drive big Lake Winnipeg walleyes crazy, and this has transferred to open water fishing.

Now the manufacturer has come out with a new series of colours, four new glow colours.  Available from retailers this fall will be a Glow/Blue, Glow/Black , Glow/Gold, and Glow/White.   These models feature the same sizes and weights as the popular existing models, with the enhanced paint patterns. I can hardly wait to get my hands on some. When you fish these baits in the river, choose your spots carefully. If there are a lot of snags, you will be donating some fifteen dollar lures. From an anchor spot in the lake, you are usually good to go. There are also many spots in the river that will allow you to use them. Check these spots out with a jig first before you donate too many.

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FXR Excursion Gear works in all weather

Speaking of new gear, I had a chance to try out the new FXR Excursion Suite on this trip. Having used a number of different cold weather products over the last 36 years, this gear impressed me with not only warmth, but maneuverability.  It didn’t stiffen up in the cold weather, a huge improvement over a lot of the cold weather gear out there. It also has floatation assist technology which will allow you to stay on top of the water if you fall in. Friends Ian Krahn and Josh McFaddin are now helping with the marketing of this Canadian company, famous for its snowmobile and motocross racing apparel. Owned by Manitoban Milt Reimer this company continues to expand its product line to include other activities including ice fishing.

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Publisher Kevin Stobbe catches a Lake Winnipeg white bass

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Don Lamont

Don Lamont - The Complete Angler Don Lamont has been a full time professional angler for 34 years, hosting and producing the award winning “The Complete Angler” television series for fifteen of those. Don has received several awards for his commitment to public education and the future of recreational fishing in Canada. Those include a 2000 Canadian Recreational Fisheries Award for his work with Manitoba’s Urban Angling Partnership. In 2003 he received a Manitoba Tourism Award for his promotion of Manitoba and western Canada. In 2004 he was a finalist at the Tourism Industry Association of Canada National Award for Tourism Excellence, presented by The Globe and Mail. Don has been a regular fishing columnist in the Winnipeg Free Press since 1992 and is currently editor of Hooked Magazine.

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