Westside Shows Their Excitement To Learn The Fishing Basics!!!

On Friday March 29th, Captain Greg visited Westside Elementary which is located in Kimberly, Wisconsin.  Captain Greg presented his Basics Seminar to the thirds graders.  Captain Greg recorded a video so you all could see how excited the youth were for the Fishing Clinic!!.  The third graders learned about all the skills and equipment needed to begin.  Captain Greg shared his biggest walleye he has caught as he had it mounted.  He reviewed how old the walleye was, there special eyes, lateral lines, gills and how to properly hold a fish for a picture.  Captain Greg then talked about safety while fishing, spin cast and spinning fishing combos, knots, different fishing presentations, fish identification, live and artifcial bait and the Aquatic Invasive Species message of ‘Clean Drain Dry’.

Thanks to the National Professional Anglers Association each youth received a Future Pro Shirt.and to Greg’s and Learn 2 Fish With Us sponsors each youth also received a fishing hat!!

An Awesome Afternoon at Woodland Elementary

On Friday March 22nd, Captain Greg visited Woodland Elementary and presented his Fishing Basics seminar to the third graders.  Woodland Elementary is located in Kimberly, Wisconsin.  Due to all the third graders attending the Fishing Basics seminar Greg held two seminars.  The Third graders learn about all the skills and equipment needed to begin.  Captain Greg shared his biggest walleye he has caught as he had it mounted.  He reviewed how old the walleye was, there special eyes, lateral lines, gills and how to properly hold a fish for a picture.  Captain Greg then talked about safety while fishing, spin cast and spinning fishing combos, knots, different fishing presentations, fish identification, live and artifcial bait and the Aquatic Invasive Species message of ‘Clean Drain Dry’.  Greg also talked about the Shakespeare My Fishing Journal which is a fishing educational book that each of the youth received.  Captain Greg talked about recording your fishing trips in the journal such as the date, where fished, what caught, what bait and presentation used.  He said if they could record the water temp that would really help.

Thanks to the National Professional Anglers Association each youth received a Future Pro Shirt.

Learn 2 Fish With Us Host Fishing Basics Seminar At The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sport Show

The past Saturday it may have been gloomy but that did not stop future anglers from coming to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sport Show to attend Learn 2 Fish With Us Fishing Basics Seminar.  The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sport Show is held at State Fair Park in West Allis, Wisconsin.  Our Fishing Basics seminar was held on Saturday March 9th at 11:30 AM and 4:30 P.M.  Future Anglers both young and old learned about all the equipment and skills needed to begin fishing.   The skills included safety while fishing, how to use a spin cast and spinning fishing combo, casting, how to tie knots, different fishing presentations, fish identification, live and artificial bait and the Aquatic Invasive Species of ‘Clean Drain Dry’.  All youth attending the 11:30 Am Fishing Basics seminar received a fishing combo thanks to the National Professional Anglers Association.  Youth attending the 4:30 P.M. received a Plano tackle box with tackle such as Northland jigs, Tru-Tuyrn hooks, sinkers and a bobber, everything needed to begin fishing thanks to Learn 2 Fish With Us and our sponsors.

 

Captain Greg Hangs Out with the Menasha High School Fishing Team

Our own Captain Greg paid a special visit to the Menasha High School Fishing Team on Monday, Feb. 26 to tell them all about Learn 2 Fish With Us and the National Professional Anglers Association, as well as to share a few of his ice fishing tips and tricks.

Captain Greg and the Menasha High School Fishing Team discussed the ways Learn 2 Fish and the fishing team can partner in the future, including volunteering at future L2F events! The meeting ended with a competitive backyard bass tournament. Congrats on the win, Marcus!

“I loved having the opportunity to share my knowledge of fishing with the Menasha High School Fishing Team,” Karch said. “I can’t wait to work alongside them at some of our upcoming fishing clinics.”

 

Captain Greg with the Menasha High School Fishing Team Captain Greg with the Menasha High School Fishing Team

Thousands of Fishing Enthusiasts Gather at the 2019 Wisconsin Fishing Expo

The gloomy weather didn’t stop thousands of fishing enthusiasts from attending the Wisconsin Fishing Expo Feb. 22-24 in Madison. Anglers from all over gathered at the Alliant Energy Center Exposition Hall to enjoy hundreds of fishing exhibits and workshops led by nonprofit fishing clubs to help attendees improve their fishing skills and knowledge.

Captain Greg represented Learn 2 Fish With Us by leading several Fishing Basics workshops on Saturday and Sunday. Future anglers of all ages learned about fishing equipment and safety, casting techniques and fish identification. The workshops also covered live and artificial bait and the Aquatic Invasive Species message of ‘Clean Drain Dry.’

As a bonus, 100 lucky youth that were the first to attend the Learn 2 Fish workshops received a NPAA Future Pro Shirt and fishing combo’s thanks to the National Professional Anglers Association (What an awesome prize!).

 

Captain Greg at Wisconsin Fishing Expo Captain Greg at Wisconsin Fishing ExpoCaptain Greg at Wisconsin Fishing Expo

Learn 2 Fish With Us Host Fishing Basics Seminars At The Wisconsin Fishing Expo

Captain Greg, Learn 2 Fish With Us Angler Educator was at the Wisconsin Fishing Expo for the eight year in a row.  The weather may have been questionable due to the rain, snow and ice but it did not stop the families and adults from making it to the Fishing Basics seminar.  Fishing Basics educated the families to all the skills and equipment needed to begin fishing.  Greg hosted two seminars on Saturday, February 23rd and one on Sunday.  Thanks to the National Professional Anglers Association for sponsor the seminars with fishing combo’s and NPAA Future Pro Shirts.

Menasha High School Fishing Team Learn About NPAA and Learn 2 Fish With Us

On Tuesday, February 26th, Greg attended the Menasha High School Fishing Team meeting where he talked about the National Professional Anglers Association and why being a member is so important in the fishing industry and their possible fishing career.  Greg also covered the mission of Learn 2 Fish With Us and what we are doing to grow the sport of fishing.  Greg also discussed with the Menasha High School Fishing Team, how they could help as volunteers at upcoming events. .

After the meeting we had a bracketed Backyard Bass fish off where Marcus won!!

Captain Greg Educates Menasha High School Fishing Team

On Tuesday, December 18th, Captain Greg from Learn 2 Fish With Us attended the Menasha High School Fishing Team meeting.   The Menasha High School Team just formed a couple months ago and were looking from tips for their upcoming ice fishing tournaments.  During the meeting Greg reviewed safety while ice fishing, equipment and many useful tips.  Captain Greg also reviewed the new technology that Garmin has called Panoptix and can really help while ice fishing.

During the meeting Greg and Karen Karch offered two students memberships to the National Professional Anglers Association.  The students were asked to some an essay on why they would like a membership to the National Professional Anglers Association.  The students selected were Max and Marcus.

Open L2F Board Position-Treasurer

treasurer position

Do you live to fish? Are you looking to help a great cause? Then look no further! Learn 2 Fish With Us is currently seeking a new fish-loving treasurer to join our board. This position is a 2-year term and begins in March 2019. If you aren’t afraid to take on a little bookkeeping (we’re a pretty simple organization…really!)  and share your love for fishing, apply here!

 

Insider Tricks on How to Catch the “Big One” + Ice Fishing Safety Checklist

Insider Tricks: ice fishing insider tricks

Know your target species 

Before you grab your ice-fishing gear and head to the lake, do a little research on the fish you are trying to catch and where they spend their time. What do they eat? Where do they live? Do they tend to like deep or shallow areas? After you conduct your research (a visit to a local bait shop IS research…), create an ice-fishing action plan that includes the bait and tackle for the fish (like walleye) you want to land.   

Master jigging 

Whether you’re fishing perch or walleye, mastering ice fishing jigging techniques is crucial to your success. After you finish watching Captain Greg Karch’s video on how to jig while ice fishing, get out on the ice and start practicing!  

Patience is key 

Learning how to be patient when ice fishing is a must-have skill. It might take a little longer to get a bite because fish have less energy when it’s cold out, but don’t give up! Practice patience and you’ll start catching fish in no time (ok, you may need to wait awhile before you get a bite on your line).  

 Ice Fishing Safety Checklist 

  • Wear the proper gear to stay warm 
  • This includes the correct footwear, a hat and gloves (pro tip: bring two pairs of gloves in case the first pair gets wet), heat packs, and layered clothing. If you start to get too cold, it’s time to head back inside.  
  • Don’t go alone 
  • Bringing a friend gives you an extra hand or someone to call for help if something goes wrong.  
  • Know the current ice conditions 
  • Always be prepared in case you fall through 
  • Bringing the right equipment on your ice fishing trip is important if you or someone else falls through the ice. Safety gear you should always bring with you includes a whistle, ice spuds, life jacket, rope and ice cleats.  

Watch Captain Greg’s ice fishing safety video to review more tips on how to stay safe while out on the ice!