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Chuck's Sport Shop
630 N. 4th Street
Tomahawk, WI 54487
Phone: 715-453-3101

July 23, 2014

“Preparation, Presentation, and Persistence Produce the Prize(s)!”

Recently, we had quite the change in weather with temperatures as low as 37 degrees in the morning during the first part of the week. Then along came the north winds and temperatures in the mid 80’s and humidity the second half of the weekend. The weather has been like a rollercoaster and so has the bite. Clients and I searched for walleyes and crappies on a cold morning with temperatures in the mid 30’s. We used minnow heads and crawlers on our jigs and tails for ‘scent’ to help catch the fish that were biting slow. This technique helped improve our situation, but the bite really didn’t get going until things warmed up. Then “POW” … just like that during the minor feeding window, the boys were catching some quality fish on the plastic. Nice healthy sub-legal walleyes, legal walleyes, slab crappies, and pike were caught. Congratulations to my new friends, Larry, Steve, and Scott with the biggest walter of the day…a beautiful 18 inched!

The warm front over the weekend got things going again, once the front started to warm up the water a little. Clients and I were out early in the a.m. Water temperatures were only around 68 degrees on the surface. We started out fishing mud bottom areas and young Dalton got things going with a nice 17-½ inch walleye with a good release. His prize was caught on a ‘twister tail sandwich’. Then Howard and Scotty joined in on the fun catching more legal walleyes and slab crappies. With darker skies and south winds, the crappies seemed to be on the bite. Pretty much wherever we went, the crappies were caught and released, fishing relatively shallow. Later deep and shallow weeds were fished. Walleyes and more crappies, along with a handful of pike and a couple of descent small mouth bass came out of the weeds. Just ask Dalton and Scott, they will tell you, and especially Scotty as his pole was on fire, catching fish in the boys’ “stale water”. Congratulations to the boys for an excellent day of catch and release! A 20” ‘Golden Beauty’ was the big walleye of the trip!
With the warmer air the muskies are on the move. A friend and I went out and made two drifts for them. We fished a channel edge near shallow weeds. I got a bump on a suick and then at the boat, a big head came out of the black water, but it did not strike. The fish looked like it was at least 46” long, and even though it did not eat, it was still exciting! I want to send a big shout-out to my friend, “Bob-O” as he stuck a beautiful musky on the same day, measuring in at 49” and weighing 33 pounds, with a great release. Great job, Mr. Bob!

If you are looking for a day out on the water, give me a call at 715-966-1821. Remember to check out my Facebook page at Buck’s Taxidermy and Guide Service. Well, that wraps it up for this time. This is Roman Derleth reminding you, “Don’t slack off and always keep your line tight!”




July 15, 2014

“Walleyes: Ready or Not Here We Come!”

Over the weekend, clients and I searched for walleyes and crappies. Conditions were overcast with a warm front coming in and the winds were out of the west 5-10 mph. The water temperatures were around 70-74 degrees on the surface. We started fishing an underwater hump, throwing jigs and plastic, and we snagged a few small walleyes. Then we concentrated our efforts fishing the shallower mud, because of the dark skies. It did not take long and everybody was “ripping lips”! We caught plenty of sublegal and legal golden beauties, along with some slab crappies too. Congratulations to Joel and Brian for catching and excellent batch of some of Wisconsin’s finest.

Later we switched to the weedy areas. Walleyes were caught on the weed edges. A nice keeper was harvested in the shallow cabbage. You have to fish in and out to find the fish that are willing to eat. Northern pike were also caught in the weeds in 6-9 foot depths. Not great numbers of the pike, but most were a decent size to get some nice filets. Pike are good eating fish and it is always a good thing to thin out the population, as most local panfishermen will tell you, because the pike eat a lot of panfish and walleye.

This week the major cold front will affect the bite. Look for the warmer weather towards the weekend to get things going again

If you are looking for a day out on the water, give me a call at 715-966-1821. Remember to check out my Facebook page at Buck’s Taxidermy and Guide Service. Well, that wraps it up for this time. This is Roman Derleth reminding you, “Don’t slack off and always keep your line tight!”



July 8, 2014

“Weiders Win Out Over the Wind & the Walleyes!”

Over the holiday weekend, clients and I searched for walleyes and crappies. Conditions were partly cloudy and the wind was out of the southwest 10-20 mph plus. The water temperature was 70-75 degrees. We started fishing the mud bottom areas in the morning. We concentrated our efforts in and around eight foot depths throwing jigs and plastic and the old reliable beetlespins. The bite started off a little slow, then the a.m. major got things going and along with the wind picking up, we managed to reel in some sub-legal walleyes. During the peak of the major, we snagged many nice keeper walters as they sucked down the jigs and the slab crappies joined the party too! Congratulations to Amy as she showed her dad how to get “R” done! She scored two nice keeper golden beauties and a couple slab crappies in about half an hour! Way to go!

Later that day, I took out group 2. We banged more walleyes and crappies. By this time the wind was really gusty and making it very difficult to fish. Weed lines were fished in the tough wind. Crappies were biting in the weed beds, but were hard to catch because they were deep in the cover. The pike action was slower on this day due to the white caps and the time of the day. We caught smaller pike in the shallow weeds. We had one larger pike on in the deep weeds, but it threw the 20 pound test line and got away! That’s fishin’ for you!

After getting beat up by the wind for hours, we decided to call it a day. Congratulations to the entire Weider family as we had an outstanding outing!

If you are looking for a day out on the water, give me a call at 715-966-1821. Remember to check out my Facebook page at Buck’s Taxidermy and Guide Service. Well, that wraps it up for this time. This is Roman Derleth reminding you, “Don’t slack off and always keep your line tight!”



June 25, 2014

Winter Hangs On and So Do the Fish!

This past week, clients and I searched for a variety of fish. We first searched for musky on a northern Wisconsin boundary lake. The water was 65-72 degrees with the wind northwest to north. The weather did not cooperate on this day, but the effort was good. We used mainly bucktails and jerk baits. Seven muskies were spotted and three fish followed the bucktails. The active “skis” were all around the panfish. Smallmouth bass were everywhere in the shallows. This would be a bass fishermen’s dream if you were fishing for bass!

Congratulations to David as he caught a 19” smallmouth on a Rizzo tail and congratulations to Dewey as he caught a nice largemouth on a crankbait.

During the middle of the week, skies were dark and the wind was southeast. Nice keeper walleyes were caught on plastic, fishing the mud in 6-8’ depths. Crappies were pretty aggressive at times hitting the big jigs…that’s my kind of bite! These slabs are great fighters and are pretty tasty in the old frying pan too!

The northern pike action was pretty good as well. The boys caught plenty of pike on their jigs in 6-10’ depths. Some good pike were kept for eating. Thanks to my good buddy, Jerrod, for showing me how to get the “Y” bone out. Congratulations to Peyton, Jackson, and Bob; we had two great days of fishing.

Over the weekend, we fished the Wisconsin River. Our main target was walleye and northern pike. With a dark afternoon, the pattern was finding the good healthy weeds shallow near a deeper edge. Jigs and beetlespins were cast in the weeds and next to the stumps. The result was a lot of walleyes (a few keepers), jumbo perch, nice hearty pike, and some smallmouth bass. Congratulations to Tim and Matt as they were ripping lips!
This weekend look for a warm front and changing weather conditions which should equal some good fishing.

If you would like to contact me to experience a wonderful day out on the water in the beautiful Northwoods, call me at 715-966-1821. Also, like my Facebook page at Buck’s Taxidermy & Guide Service to keep up on all of my updates and pics.
Well, that raps it up for this time. REMEMBER: Don’t slack off; always keep your line tight!Last updated: July 25, 2014


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