Dan Quinn Hud­son, WI

Outdoor Life - - THE LAST KINGS OF THE WILD -

DAN QUINN’S FIRST MEM­ORY OF BLUEGILL FISH­ING IS NOR­MAN Rock­wellian. At 5 years old, he was sit­ting in an in­ner tube with a rope tied to it, the other end se­cured to his fa­ther’s belt loop. Red worms and bob­bers com­pleted the pic­ture of fa­ther and son wad­ing a small stream near Brainard, Min­nesota.

Th­ese days, the 35-year-old mar­ket­ing pro­fes­sional fishes all over the coun­try for all sorts of fish, but chas­ing bluegills around lo­cal lakes in west­ern Wis­con­sin still holds a spe­cial place in his heart.

“Bluegills are awe­some be­cause they are so ac­ces­si­ble. You can go just about any­where to catch them,” he says. “But since my child­hood days, I have re­ally en­joyed not just catch­ing bluegills, but tar­get­ing re­ally big ones.” His tac­tics are un­usual but highly ef­fec­tive when catch­ing a mess of fish is sim­ply not enough.

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