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THINK AHEAD: Unless your board is staked out or tied off, it is going to move. It blows with the wind and drifts with the tide. Even small fish will tow a board during a fight. Tupat constantly considers these factors and comes up with a plan before making a cast. Sometimes, finding wind-shade in the lee of landscape is necessary to fish. Other times, the wind or tide can be used to set up drifts. When you do hook up, you must adapt to the situation. “It’s spur of the moment to decide what you have to do to land the fish.” Tupat said. “You have to use your common sense.” If you’re in open water, it’s possible to play a fish out. The board serves as a secondary drag system in this situation. In shallow water and tight confines, it sometimes makes sense to step off the board and battle a fish on foot. In other situations, it can be necessary to hold the rod in one hand and paddle with the other to find a more advantageous place to land large fish.

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I mean, the family camping trips etched on your mind are the ones when gale-force winds destroyed the camp and raccoons stole the last bag of marshmallows. Life is what you make of it, whether it is on the road or at the end of a cul-de-sac. It’s all about your disposition.

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Q: Tell us about being a successful woman in a male-dominated industry. KF: Successful women in fishing are a rarity, and therefore it’s much easier to get noticed. That fact has never sat well with me. I’m the type of person who needs to know I’m absolutely earning opportunities and that they aren’t coming to me simply because I’m a female with a big smile and blonde hair. I wanted to be recognized as a talented angler who is capable of winning any tournament on any given day. I set my sights on that. The sport is inundated with people who pose as anglers to take advantage of the industry. I’ve had to work to overcome negative stereotypes associated with women in the sport. Over the years, it’s gotten easier. The ability to record my tournaments has helped prove that I’m the “real deal.” Q: What are your goals for the 2021 season and into the future? KF: I’m gunning for AOY in the Hobie series, and I want to make “The TEN” for KBF. Future goals: qualifying for the Bassmaster Elites certainly has lingered on my mind. It’s a lofty goal, but I always appreciate a good challenge. Keep up with Kristine Fischer and her life on the tournament trail at her YouTube channel and through Facebook @kristinefischerfishing and Instagram @midwestfishergal.


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Grouper fishing is a more slow pace and relaxing fishing technique. Bottom fishing for grouper, tilefish or other bottom dwelling fish can be exciting due to the wide variety of fish species you may catch such as this Snowy Grouper. Depending on the size fish you are targeting, you will have to determine what size rod/reel outfits you’ll need to use. Stand up hand crank tackle or electric reels are the typical outfits ill use targeting grouper and other bottom fish. If I want to catch numerous fish on one drop especially in deeper waters, I’ll rig up bottom rig with branch connections with size 8/0-9/0 circles at the end of each. This saves alot of energy instead of hand cranking from the deeper depths over and over again. On shallower waters around 200250ft if I want to catch one grouper at a time, ill sometimes rig up a single hook Carolina style rig on a hand crank conventional reel with an egg weight, leader and the same 8/0- 9/0 circle hooks. After rigging up the tackle ill tip the hooks with a whole, fresh squid or a Nelson Outdoors live bait. Once I mark my location and the fish, I’ll send is your one stop shop the bait all the way to the bottom and reel up about for all your hunting and 3-6ft. If the fish are in the area, it won’t take long to get a strike. Prepare with plenty of terminal tackle and baits fishing needs. as you’ll tend to have alot of hangups on bottom struc2034 Market St. tures and will have to sacrifice the tackle and re-rig to Pascagoula, Ms 39567 make another drop.

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