New in Equipment
Tribune-Review, The, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
There are all kinds of fish swimming in Pennsylvania's lakes, streams and rivers, and being able to identify each and every one of them on the spot can be tough. A new, pocket-sized field guide is meant to help, however. "Fish of Pennsylvania" by Dave Bosanko is a 192-page, softcover field guide designed to help anglers know what they've caught. More than 75 fish species are profiled. You get a full-color illustration of each fish, plus data on their other names, habitat (which tells you where to fish for them), range, preferred food, reproduction average size, the state and North American record for the species and more. It's all printed on waterproof paper, too, so that you can stick this book in your tackle box and go. Suggested retail price is $13.95. For information: write Adventure Publications, 820 Cleveland St. South, Cambridge, MN 55008; call toll-free 1-800-678-9016; or visit www.adventurepublications.net.
Lure of the week
Berkley Gulp Minnow Grub
Company: Berkley (www.berkley-fishing.com)
Lure type: Soft bait
Sizes and colors: This lure comes in two- and three-inch models and, in each case, is available in more than a dozen colors.
Target species: Walleyes, bass and panfish.
Technique: You can fish this lure on a jig head, on a drop-shot rig and on a live bait rig. In all cases, fish it around structure, be that something like standing timber or a break line in the lake bottom.
Sugg. retail price: $5.49 for a pack of 11.
Notable: The Minnow Grub is sort of a cross between a soft plastic bait and a live bait. It's biodegradable, so it won't last forever like plastics, but it's impregnated with fish scent, too, so that it smells like live bait. …