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ICast

We’re excited to announce that this year the Reel Keel Fishing Lure will be at ICast. It won’t just be the #400 Series and #300 Series, we have a brand new lure added to our line which will be available for sale after the ICast show. The three lures will be in a special tri-pack just for the show.

Our team will be decked out in KIKO Fishing Tee-shirts and hats and demonstrating how the Reel Keel casts, swims and acts like an injured bait fish in the Casting Tank. They will also be demonstrating how our new lure acts with the #400 Reel Keel to give it even more action and fishy appearance.

ICast is the world’s largest sportfishing trade show and this year is taking place in Orlando, FL from July 11-13. It represents 63 countries and annually hosts 7,000 members of the sportsfishing community. ICast is the best place to showcase the newest fishing gear, apparel and accessories.

Stay tuned for more news about ICast and our exciting new addition to our line-up.

Know your trout

Stream trout are considered some of the most beautiful fish to catch; even the settings they are normally caught in are perfect. They are a cold water fish and require water with high-oxygen content in order to survive. Stream trout require moving waters when spawning, it keeps their eggs aerated.
There are four different types of stream trout: brook, brown, rainbow and cutthroat. Brook trout are considered the easiest to catch because they normally live in the upper regions of streams where the water is about 54ºF, their preferred temperature. Rainbows prefer waters at about 55ºF and like relatively swift water. Cutthroats are mainly found in the west but stay in the same temperature of water as rainbow trout. Brown trout are considered the hardest to catch and live in slower moving warmer streams at about 65ºF.
Rainbows and cutthroats spawn in the spring while brown and brook spawn closer to fall. They all build redds which are depressions in the streambed gravel where the eggs are deposited. Once the eggs are deposited they are covered with gravel and left to incubate. Because of the fast waters these fish spawn in, the eggs are aerated so stream trout cannot reproduce in lakes. The parents do not make any attempt to protect the young.
Stream trout rely on insects in both adult and larval form for their diets. Lake-dwelling stream trout however do eat small fish especially as they grow older and if they inhabit a warmer stream. Other foods for these trout include crustaceans, worms, frogs, plankton and fish eggs. Many fishers must try to ‘match the hatch’ to catch trout.
Brown trout for example are very picky about what they eat. Rainbow trout can be selective but will not be as choosy as the brown trout. Cutthroat and brook will take almost anything you throw at them.
Trout are known for their wariness because they have many predators. Many kinds of birds, mammals, crustaceans and other fish prey upon them. As soon as a trout is spook, they will take cover in vegetation, felled trees, boulders or pools.
Rainbow trout are known for the pinkish band along their sides; often they have black spots over silver flanks and tail. Brown trout have yellowish or light brown flanks with black and orange spots usually with lighter halos. The tail may or may not have some spots near the top. Brook trout are often called speckled trout because of their red spots with blue halos and other lighter colored spots. They are usually brownish to greenish in color with pale worm-like markings on their backs. Cutthroat trout have a reddish orange slash marks on their throats, hence their name. They are covered in black spots like rainbow trout but their sides are more yellow in color.
Stream trout do not live long, usually only eight to 10 years though brook trout have been known to live up to 15 years. Lake-dwelling trout grow much faster and reach a larger size then stream dwelling trout. As well, males tend to grow faster then females.

Lake trout are considered the ‘denizens of the deep’ mostly because they can reach a weight of about 30 to 40 pounds. They prefer water colder then any other gamefish, usually between 48 and 52ºF and cannot survive in water warmer then 65ºF. During the summer months, Lakers may descend to 100 feet in depth. Lakers also prefer infertile lakes because the fish cannot make use of the deep cold water if there is not enough oxygen. Because of this, lake trout are most often found in the cold sterile lakes of the Canadian Shield, the Great Lakes and in the deep mountain lakes in the west.
Lakers spawn in the fall when the water is still in their comfort zone. They deposit their eggs on rocky reefs that are usually either a few feet deep or up to 30 feet deep. These eggs usually fall into crevices to incubate so they stay protected until hatched. Lakers will spawn at the same reef every year.
Lake trout have extremely good vision but rely on their lateral line and sense of smell since little light reaches the depths they swim at. They feed mostly on aquatic insects, worms, crustaceans and sometimes other fish depending where they live. They usually feed only in the day, unless they inhabit shallow waters where they will feed in the dim lights. Lake trout also have an uncanny ability to be able to cover large depths to get food. For example a Laker will go from 80 feet deep to 50 feet easily. They are able to do this because they burp up air through a duct connecting their esophagus to their swim bladder.
Lake trout are often light green, gray, dark green, brown or black with a forked tail and light spots. The splake, which is a brook trout, lake trout hybrid often mistaken for cutthroat have light spots on the sides and light worm-like markings on their backs. Their tail is not as deeply forked and the tips are more rounded.
Lake trout grow slowly in the cold waters, a 10 pound trout may be up to 20 years old. Fortunately this fish live up to 40 years old. Because of their slow growth, regulations have been put in place so that all trophy trout are released back into the water. The largest Laker on record was 102 pounds, netted in Saskatchewan’s Lake Athabasca.

Know your pike and muskies

These super aggressive predators are powerful fighters that can test even the most skilled fisher and are considered to be the ultimate gamefish. Their fearsome reputation comes from their powerful, long bodies and huge head full of razor sharp teeth. Pike and muskies are so aggressive it is common to find them striking at a bass or walleye that is all ready hooked.
The pike family also includes chain pickerel but they seldom get over five pounds and grass and redfin pickerel which rarely reach one pound. Pikes are found mainly in weedy, shallow waters but can adapt to basically any type of water. Muskies are less adaptable then pike because they require clearer water and a higher oxygen pocket. Also, if pike are in abundance in a body of water, muskies will not thrive there.
Both are considered cool water fish and usually prefer water in the mid 60s to low 70s. But once pike reach a length of 30 inches or more, they will want to be in waters between 50 and 55ºF.
Pike will start spawning soon after the ice-out once water reaches about 40ºF. The females will start by scattering their eggs into dense vegetation located in shallow marshes or bays. Muskies females will spawn later, when the water warms up to 49º to 59ºF. Muskies females will also spawn in deeper water. Neither species will stay behind to guard the young.
Since they have a great difference in spawning times, pike and muskies rarely hybridize in nature. Hybrids, called tiger muskies are raised in hatcheries and are then stocked through out the country. Tiger’s are more aggressive then muskies so they become easier to catch but they grow a lot more slowly.
Muskies have a variable genetic make-up, with three distinct color phases: spotted, barred and clear. These varieties are not considered sub-species though. Since muskies are stocked widely all three of these color phases can be found throughout the muskies range.
Pike are the more aggressive feeders of the two; they will strike at anything that comes near them even though both are considered opportunists. Both will mostly eat other fish but will not limit themselves to just fish. They have been known to eat frogs, mice, ducklings and even muskrats. If you are worried about size of the lure, do not. Pike and muskies commonly take in fish cylindrical in shape and about half their body size.
The pike family all have long sharp teeth with an edge as sharp as a razor that can easily cut through your line. They do not lose their teeth in the summer as some people believe but their teeth will break off only to be replaced by new ones quickly.
To tell the difference between a pike and muskies, all you have to do is look at their body color and tail shape. Pikes have greenish sides with rows of oval light colored spots. Their tails are normally rounded with dark spots and are sometimes called jacks, pickerel or snakes. Muskies have a light green to silver body with darker spots or bars and a sharper tailfin. Sometimes they will have dark markings on their tails, other times they will not. They have dozens of local names, some include lunge and maskiononge.
Pike will rarely live longer than six years in warmer lakes and streams but muskies may live up to 12. In colder waters both have a longer life span with pike that can live up to 25 years and muskies that can live up to 30 years. Pike grow much slower than muskies however, a 20 year old pike is likely to weight 20 pound where muskies of the same weight are only 10 years old.