I like taking photos more than fishing

I like taking photos more than fishing anymore. I’m not like most fisherman that go where the fish are biting the best, I go where I can get the best photos, where there is wildlife. When I do fish, I like to target big fish, not numbers, although sometimes I just like to mess around and fish for what ever is biting, looking for a photo op. Fishing for big fish comes at a cost, you may not catch anything. It can be hard to keep going back without catching fish and most guys give up quickly. That’s why taking photos helps to feel like the trip was worth the trouble and expense.

It’s amazing when I find an area that has wildlife, boats soon start to show up. Most come after I leave, I see them while riding around looking for birds wildlife in my boat and truck.

This year has been a really good year for photos. You can see them on my website, I list them each after the month is over. I have been getting many mink photos, osprey, eagles and other wildlife.

Sorry I haven’t been posting much on my blog, but I can’t. I have too many locals looking to see where I am taking photos and fishing. I can’t share any information at all, and it’s a shame because I do have a lot I could share and help other fisherman. But because of the way fisherman are, you can’t tell them anything or even let them see you or they will be fishing there the next day. When this happens you are fishing for fish that have already been caught. Some tournament guy caught me fishing an area, he came back and checked it out later, caught fish in a tournament, told everyone. This was a chicago club. That area has been getting beat to death ever since. Even guys are fishing it from the bank, so I’m sure a chicago newspaper listed it in their outdoor section. So I try to stay away from other people to avoid this. Even if I don’t catch fish, I enjoy being away from the crowds and so I am having much more fun taking photos these days than fishing.

The crappie bite is on big time. I don’t fish for them, but they’re biting. Bass are biting too, but I’m not catching any. Fishing has been really tough for me, pretty much all summer. Look for bass and crappie mid pool backwater areas. With the water being high and muddy, look for clean water. Walleye are on the move and schooling up as are all the fish. I’m not catching any but they are biting I’m sure. I think many are in log lans in deep water sloughs, places no one fishes. I would imagine they are biting in the community holes, like the gravel pits and any deep backwater lake. In the rock river they are biting at the dams, but you won’t see me there, there are some osprey I have been hanging around enjoying getting photos of.




About Dave Tackett

Dave Tackett is from Sterling Illinois. An avid fisherman since childhood, he has fished all over the Midwest, mainly the Mississippi River pools 8-19. His home waters are pools 13 & 14. After fishing Bass tournaments for many years, he gave it up to fish for Walleye year round. He now guides and fishes for fun. He likes to take photos of the scenic places he visits on the river and likes to keep a video camera running to get footage for his Walleye DVDs. Photography is now where he most of his time working, using professional DSLR cameras and lens. These photos include landscape around the Mississippi River and the Rock River, river birds like eagles heron, egrets etc.
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