Product Review: Boga Grip

Thursday, April 29, 2010 0 Comments

I love the Boga Grip. The Boga Grip has two main functions: serves as a tool to land and hold fish while removing the hook while keeping the mouth open, and secondly it accurately weighs your fish. So accurate that you can send it in to be certified so that fish caught and weighed on the Boga Grip can be submited for World, National, and State records, as well as fly line tippet class records. For example: record largemouth caught on a 6x, or 12x so forth fly tippet. Records are kept for each class. 

A major benefit of using the Boga Grip to land fish is that when using a net the lure will often get caught up in the net. Currently they make the Boga Grip in three sizes: 15 lbs, 30 lbs, and 60 lbs. I have the 30 lb version. Typically the 15 and 30 lbs versions are the same price but you have quite a price jump for the 60 lbs. There are other brands similar but from the reviews I have read as well as talking to other guys at the fly shop say they are worthless when compared. You will see me using it in many of my pictures. 

The website for Boga Grip is:


Wiper Run II

Saturday, April 24, 2010 , , 3 Comments

Wow, what can I say. Tonight was by far the best night of fishing yet this year. I caught five Wiper over 4 lbs, two Walleye, and well over a dozen smaller Wiper, not to mention my first Wiper on a fly rod. The Walleye were around two pounds and the biggest Wiper was 4 1/2 pounds. Bret also caught his first Walleye but we forgot to take pictures with it. The key to the big Wiper we discovered this evening was to wait until dark and to use floating crankbaits 3-5 inches long. Walleye were still caught on spoons. Pictures below. 

Pulling Fly Line

First Wiper on a Fly Rod

Nice little Walleye

Bret Fishing

4 lb Wiper from an F11 Original Rapala. 

Nice Wiper from Bret. 


Wiper Run

Friday, April 23, 2010 , , , 0 Comments

Well the Wiper have started to run on the face of Clinton Lake's dam. So far most have been small but within the past few days both myself and others have started to catch some larger ones. Wiper, also known as a hybrid Striped Bass, is a cross between a male Striped Bass and a female White Bass. Even though they are infertile, they still hold onto their genetic heritage and attempt to "spawn" on rock faces and around river inlets. What makes this exciting is for the rest of the year Wiper are suspended in large schools in open water making them difficult to find in great numbers and all but impossible to reach from the shoreline. The Kansas State Record is 22 lbs so they can get of substantial size around here and are more than able to put up a spectacular fight. To the right is one of the smaller ones and below are the size of the ones that are starting to hit now. Bigger fish remain I am sure of it. Also I apologize for the quality of these photo's, I took down my real camera earlier this week but of course my batteries were dead so I had to snag these shots on my phone.

On spinning equipment I have been catching them on Mepps #2 and #3 Agilia Spinners with a silver blade and either a white or natural fur bucktail. Also I have had great luck and less hookup's with the rocks using small silver spoons. I haven't tried for them on my fly rod yet but guys at Yager's are swearing by white, red, and yellow Clauser Minnows. My best is 6 in a few hours but some of the guys in the Fly Club claimed 12-15 Wednesday night with a max weight of 6 lbs.

And finally, though I found the Walleye spawn to not be as spectacular this year I as would have hopped there still remain Walleye on the face of Clinton Lake. Two to three inch plastic grubs in chartreuse and white on a 1/4 oz jig seem to be producing the best results. Your retrieve should be just fast enough to avoid the top of the rocks. Though I caught the Walleye pictured below on a Dardevle (spelling correct) midget silver spoon. 

Below: Clauser Flies to the Left and Mepps Spinners and Dardevle Spoon to the Right


Herping Clinton Lake

Thursday, April 22, 2010 , 2 Comments

I haven't been herping yet this year, but here are some shots of the last Copperhead I caught last year. Found him at Clinton Lake State Park between Camp Site 3 and the Public Beach. Thanks to Andrea and Travis for their help. As always the snake was released unharmed after the shots were taken. 


Photo's From Bass Lake, Minnesota 2009

Thursday, April 22, 2010 , , , , 1 Comments

To get things rolling here are some photo's from my last trip up to Bass Lake in Minnesota last year. Also included are some shots from day outings to Round Lake and the Mississippi in Itasca County. Pictured are myself, my father, and cousin Chris.

First Walleye of the Trip.


Fish of a lifetime. Tiny Yellow Perch Caught on a Salmo Crankbait. 

Largemouth Bass Caught on the Mississippi, while fishing for Muskelunge. Sadly no Muskie were caught on that trip. 

My Dad with his ever sought after Walleye. Round Lake. 

Largemouth Caught on a Yazuri Crystal Minnow, I love that lure at night. I caught three large fish in a few minutes before we had to head back due to nightfall. 

Smallmouth Bass, caught on a slip bobber. 

Me fishing on the Jon Boat. 

Evening on Bass Lake

Rock Bass caught on Jitterbug. 

Dad Jigging for Walleye.

My Cousin Chris's first fish on a Fly Rod. 

Keepers for the Day, Walleye and Yellow Perch. 



Thursday, April 22, 2010 0 Comments

This is my second blog, my other one Atlas focus's mainly on the Arts and Politics/Economics. This one: The Rogue Outdoors, will focus on Fishing, Target Shooting, Outdoor Photography, and Herping. I hope you all enjoy and check back often. The link to my other blog is: