For years I wasn't actually aware that baitcasting reels were a thing, and a large part of that was due to Dad's preference to spinning reels, and was also in large part because we grew up in the Midwest where simple spinning reels just made more sense. However, once traveling out in the wider world, it became clear that in some places there was no question that high quality … [Read more...] about Best Open Face Baitcasting Reels
If you have been reading this site for a while, you probably noticed that I’m big into catch and release fishing. However, there is one species of fish that I will keep just about every time - and that’s walleye! Since I am big into catch and release fishing, I don’t normally get very bothered when I lose a fish pulling it from the water and into the boat. However, I do get … [Read more...] about Best Fishing Nets for Walleye Fishing
If you have been reading our work at amazingoutdooradventures.com for a while now, you probably realize we are huge fans of northern pike fishing. I think both my brother and I would agree some of our favorite fishing memories were catching large northerns, and gaining epic fishing stories by having our lines snapped & lures lost by giant pike as well. If you haven’t … [Read more...] about The Ultimate Northern Pike Fishing Guide
You have two choices when it comes to picking out the perfect reel for your fishing rod: open faced reels or closed face reels. While Jon and I have traditionally been all about the open faced reels growing up, as some fishing buddies have shown us: closed face has some pretty good options out there! Admittedly part of my early reinforcement bias came because many of the … [Read more...] about Best Closed Face Reels for 2018
Many of us have a special preference, some type of gear that we feel really attached to based on what we grew up with, and I feel that way about open faced spinning reels. While there's nothing against closed face reels or baitcasting reels, I grew up learning how to fish with spinning reels so those are the ones that hold that special place in my heart. That's why we really … [Read more...] about Best Open Face Spinning Reels
Just how expensive can a truly special fishing rod get? Does that extra money translate into better quality? What exactly are the differences between a $50 fishing rod and a $500 fishing rod? These are just a few of many questions we've received from readers when it comes to finding the perfect fishing pole and hey let's be honest: we often wondered the same things … [Read more...] about The Best Premium Fishing Rods Money Can Buy
There are several different ways to enjoy your time out in the ice when you go out for a fun day winter fishing. While some guys wait for the decently warm days to sit out on a bucket in the open, sometimes with half the town out on the thick ice at that point, and in some places once the freeze is confirmed you see seasonal shelters moved out onto the ice. While this can be … [Read more...] about The Best Portable Ice Fishing Shelters Reviewed
If you are new to the world of pike fishing, you might not be aware of how important having a wire leader is. Depending on the fishing technique you are using, not having a wire leader could lead to a lot of lost lures - and nobody wants to see you losing your favorite tackle. I was taught to fish by my grandpa and dad - usually going after bass or trout. So, imagine … [Read more...] about Quick Hitter: The Best Wire Leaders for Northern Pike Fishing
When taking fishing trips to Canada or Minnesota, my fishing buddies would often ask me why I wasn’t jigging for walleyes with them. The answer was easy – I felt my time was better spent trying to catch large northern! I also learned very quickly that trying to catch large northern was much easier when you had the right gear – including the right style of fishing rod. … [Read more...] about Best Northern Pike Fishing Rods
There seems to be some confusion around the difference between Kevlar line and Kevlar cord, and it's not too hard to see why. While these terms are often used interchangeably, they can actually be two very different things. Obviously this makes the potential confusion understandable, but that doesn't make it any easier for outdoor enthusiasts who need to figure out which one … [Read more...] about Short Answer Post: What’s the Difference Between Kevlar Cord & Kevlar Line?
I remember when Dad first tried out kevlar fishing line, all the way back in the early to mid 1990s when some of these "super lines" started coming out. Considering our annual high adventure fishing trip to Canada took us to a lake where we often lost several lures to likely 30+ pound northern pike and muskie slamming into the line, this seemed like a good place to try to the … [Read more...] about The Best Kevlar Fishing Line Reviewed
Whether you're an old hand at ice fishing who has learned to do things the old school way or an eager relatively new winter angler looking to get into this awesome recreational activity, the question of which ice auger is best will definitely come up more than once. Some people really like the traditional way with the manual auger, others swear by the added convenience and … [Read more...] about Short Answer Post: What Style of Ice Fishing Auger Is Best?