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Justin Hoffman

Justin Hoffman
Justin Hoffman is a freelance outdoor writer and photographer, with a fishing specialty, based in Ottawa Ontario, Canada. A graduate of the North American School of Outdoor Writing and currently a field editor with Ontario OUT OF DOORS magazine, outdoor pursuits with a journalistic approach keep him returning to the field week after week. A well-established freelance writer since 1999, Justin has publishing credits in many North American magazines and web sites. His photographic stock work also appears regularly. In addition to his writing and photography work, Justin is also the Eastern Ontario Sales Rep. for Charger / Playcraft / Hampton Boats and a Pro Staff for Fin-tech Tackle.
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GUIDES by Justin Hoffman:

Choosing a Portable Ice Shelter
Choosing a Portable Ice Shelter (guide)
Portable Ice Shelters are a must for every ice fishing adventure. Here are a few tips on how to pick one that is right for you.

Finding the Right Rod Carrying System
Finding the Right Rod Carrying System (guide)
Rod totes, socks and storage systems help keep your prized possessions in one neat, safe and tidy package -- and all but eliminate the risk of scratches or breaks. Here is a guide that can help you choose the best for your situation.

Bass Tackle Basics
Bass Tackle Basics (guide)
Knowing what lure to use and when to use it is paramount to success in bass fishing, so read on to learn the basics of largemouth lure selection.

Bass Rod Buying Guide
Bass Rod Buying Guide (guide)
Choosing 'the right' rod for bass fishing can be tough given the seemingly endless list of techniques necessary for chasing Mr. Bucket Mouth. Here's a guide to help you through the selection process.

Choosing an Ice Auger
Choosing an Ice Auger (guide)
Choosing the right auger will make your outings much more enjoyable, rewarding and productive. Let this guide help you figure out your needs and wants, leading you to an informed decision when purchasing your first auger.

Boat Cover Buyer's Guide
Boat Cover Buyer's Guide (guide)
A cover will keep your boat looking fresh and new. Here's how to choose the best cover for your boat.

Live Bait and Hook Selection Primer
Live Bait and Hook Selection Primer (guide)
Sometimes Mother Nature provides us with the best fish-catchers around. Follow these tips and make live bait and the right hooks work for you.

Cooler Buying Guide
Cooler Buying Guide (guide)
Choosing a cooler that fits your style and one that provides all of the necessary requirements doesn't have to be difficult.

Fillet Knife Buyer's Guide
Fillet Knife Buyer's Guide (guide)
Choosing a fillet knife can be a daunting task for those that are new to the cooking arena.

Weighing In on Fishing Scales
Weighing In on Fishing Scales (guide)
A new breed of fishing scales offer anglers a quick, easy way to weigh their trophy catch. Find out which scale is right for you.

Figuring Out Flipping Jigs
Figuring Out Flipping Jigs (guide)
Come and see what the flipping jig fuss is all about -- but only if you're prepared to catch lunker-sized largemouth bass.

Deciding On a Downrigger
Deciding On a Downrigger (guide)
The options for running a downrigger are virtually endless - from freshwater lakes and rivers to the saltwater stretches of the ocean.

Outfitting Your Feet for Fishing
Outfitting Your Feet for Fishing (guide)
What you choose to wear on your feet can have a direct impact on your comfort level for the day.

The Lowdown on Fish Attractants
The Lowdown on Fish Attractants (guide)
Read on to find out how applying scent can bring about sure-fire success.

Fishing Clothing Buyer's Guide
Fishing Clothing Buyer's Guide (guide)
Fishing certainly doesn't have to be a fashion show, but the clothes you choose to wear have a direct impact on your comfort levels when on the water.

Choosing a Tackle Box
Choosing a Tackle Box (guide)
A storage system is an angler's office when out on the water, and everything must be in perfect order when out in our watery domain.

Rod Holder Buying Guide
Rod Holder Buying Guide (guide)
Rod holders are an integral part of your fishing boat setup, affecting both success and comfort when out on the water.

Choosing the Right Trolling Motor
Choosing the Right Trolling Motor (guide)
With so many motors on the market, how do you pick the one for you?

Walleye Fishing Tackle Guide
Walleye Fishing Tackle Guide (guide)
Winning the Walleye battle -- gear and tactics for success.

Finding the Right Fishfinder
Finding the Right Fishfinder (guide)
Every angler -- saltwater, freshwater, hardwater or kayak -- can benefit from sonar. Find out what features will benefit you most before choosing your next fishfinder.

Picking Polarized Sunglasses
Picking Polarized Sunglasses (guide)
Just as important as your favorite lure or high-tech reel, polarized sunglasses will help you to catch more fish -- plain and simple.

Spinning Reel Buyer's Guide
Spinning Reel Buyer's Guide (guide)
Choosing a spinning reel may seem tough, but learning how a spinning reel operates and the terms used to discuss reel performance can shorten the learning curve dramatically.

Choosing the Right Anchor
Choosing the Right Anchor (guide)
Follow this handy guide and become a boat anchor guru!

Crankbait Buyer's Guide
Crankbait Buyer's Guide (guide)
Take the guesswork out of crankbaits by learning some of the basic traits and uses of these fantastic fish catchers.
HOWTOS by Justin Hoffman:


Lindy Drift Control Original Series Drift Socks
Lindy Drift Control Original Series Drift Socks (howto)
After constantly fighting the wind while on the water, the author says the Lindy's Original Drift Sock is the answer he's been looking for.

Rapala Tournament Touch Screen Scale - 15-pound
Rapala Tournament Touch Screen Scale - 15-pound (howto)
An affordable touch screen quality with fisherman friendly features.

Topwaters: The Baits and How to Use Them
Topwaters: The Baits and How to Use Them (howto)
Toss topwaters for visual thrills and water-churning fun.

Ten Commandments for Topwatering
Ten Commandments for Topwatering (howto)
To help improve success at topwater fishing, here are a list of 10 bass fishing commandments to live by on your next outing.

Fishing and the Color Game
Fishing and the Color Game (howto)
When it comes down it, lure color is important — here are some tips on choosing the right color for the right situation.

Dissecting Docks for Largies
Dissecting Docks for Largies (howto)
When it comes to structure fishing, docks are a must to find largemouth bass. Here are a few tips on finding the right docks and using the right techniques.

Spoon Feeding Smallmouths
Spoon Feeding Smallmouths (howto)
During summer and fall months, break out the jigging spoons in search of some smallmouth bass. The key to this is knowing where to look and what to do.

Science of Sound — How Fish Hear
Science of Sound — How Fish Hear (howto)
Uncovering the secrets to sound can help put more fish in the boat.

Icing the Perch of Winter
Icing the Perch of Winter (howto)
Ice fishing for perch may involve the simplest of rigs; however, finding the large schools of fish is the hardest part. Here are some tips to help snag hard water perch.

Dead-Bait Tactics for Hardwater Pike
Dead-Bait Tactics for Hardwater Pike (howto)
When hitting the frozen bodies of water in search of winter pike, dead baiting tends to be the most successful method.

Keys to Bass Fishing
Keys to Bass Fishing (howto)
If you're in search of excitement, aerial acrobatics and a strong tug at the end of your line, look no further than the largemouth bass.

Shakin' Up Bass
Shakin' Up Bass (howto)
See what the shaky head fuss is all about this coming season. It is one tactic guaranteed to convert finicky fish into sure biters.

Pike Fishing 101: Locations & Tackle
Pike Fishing 101: Locations & Tackle (howto)
Seasonal patterns, habitat preferences, tackle selection -- understanding these basics will help you connect with more pike over the course of a season.

When Walleye Won't Bite
When Walleye Won't Bite (howto)
Walleye fishing is a tough game to play, but intelligent, resourceful anglers will almost always figure out how to put the puzzle together. Learn how to adjust your tactics to prevailing conditions.

Dewinterizing Your Boat
Dewinterizing Your Boat (howto)
Getting the boat ready for spring is paramount to smart, hassle-free boating. Not only will your boat perform better, but the likelihood of problems occurring later in the season are greatly diminished.

Freestyle Jigging
Freestyle Jigging (howto)
Improve your spoon-fishing game with the freestyle jigging system.

Winterizing Your Boat
Winterizing Your Boat (howto)
Winterizing your boat isn't a tough job. This article takes you through the process of putting your boat to bed for the winter months.

Cleaning Your Boat From Top to Bottom
Cleaning Your Boat From Top to Bottom (howto)
Follow these simple steps to make your boat shine like the day you bought it -- even if it is a few years older.

Sight Fishing for Largemouth Bass
Sight Fishing for Largemouth Bass (howto)
Actively searching for fish with the naked eye can lead to excitement-packed days and -- when conditions are right -- a steady bend in the rod.

Tuning Up Your Bass Jigs
Tuning Up Your Bass Jigs (howto)
Like almost all fishing lures, bass jigs can be modified to yield better results. Follow these simple steps to make your bass jigs more effective.

Flipping Jigs Under the Full Moon
Flipping Jigs Under the Full Moon (howto)
Typical baits such as topwaters, cranks and spinnerbaits will always catch fish at night, but flipping jigs can be bona fide big bass producers.

Night Fishing Primer
Night Fishing Primer (howto)
For a safe, fun and eventful experience, learn the night fishing basics before heading out on the water after dark.

Keeping a Fishing Log
Keeping a Fishing Log (howto)
Finding the pattern is crucial to consistent success, and the best way to expose patterns is by learning to keep and use a fishing log. Here's how.

Walleye Require Boat Control
Walleye Require Boat Control (howto)
Keep a close eye on your boat control this season. The fish may not thank you, but the landing net certainly will.

Slip-Bobbering Walleye
Slip-Bobbering Walleye (howto)
Drifting bait to eager walleye is an excellent technique, yet greatly under utilized. Next time you hit your favorite shoal or hump, come toting floats, live bait and the following float-fishing tactics to increase your catch.

The Importance of Weeds
The Importance of Weeds (howto)
Seek out the weeds this season, and see what lurks within.

The Wonders of Worm Weights
The Wonders of Worm Weights (howto)
Rigging up can be a simple chore, yet deciding on the variation and style of weight can be a bit bewildering.

Fishing the Wind
Fishing the Wind (howto)
Fishing calm water may be more comfortable, but nothing turns on the bite like the wind.

Overcoming Cold Front Conditions
Overcoming Cold Front Conditions (howto)
Try these techniques the next time you have the "cold front blues," and watch your catch rate increase dramatically.

Humps Hold Fish
Humps Hold Fish (howto)
For those willing to put in the legwork for finding these out-of-the-way spots, the fishing can be non-stop and action-packed.

Tackling With Topwater Musky
Tackling With Topwater Musky (howto)
Although muskies can be caught with a variety of lures, nothing can quite match the sheer excitement of catching them on topwaters.

Catching Hawgs on Top
Catching Hawgs on Top (howto)
Understanding what to use and when to throw it is the most important part of the topwater game.

Tube Bait Basics for Smallies
Tube Bait Basics for Smallies (howto)
They can be deadly in the hands of a seasoned pro, but confusing and frustrating for first-timers.

Gearing Up for Ice Fishing
Gearing Up for Ice Fishing (howto)
Although the season may be a couple of months away, now is the best time to take an inventory of your tackle and equipment.

The Tempting Taste of Fish
The Tempting Taste of Fish (howto)
Grab an apron -- Fish Cooking 101 is about to begin.

Sorting Through the Pike Lures
Sorting Through the Pike Lures (howto)
A problem you can face when looking for sure-fire action from Mr. Pike is deciding what lures to toss his way.

Stocking Your Musky Box
Stocking Your Musky Box (howto)
Does it really take 10,000 casts to catch one of these "fabled" fish?

Bass Fishing Basics
Bass Fishing Basics (howto)
It's no wonder that Mr. Bucketmouth holds a treasured place in anglers hearts and minds everywhere.

Turning Your Small Boat Into a Fishing Machine
Turning Your Small Boat Into a Fishing Machine (howto)
Come join me for "Boat Building 101," and learn some easy ways to soup up your boat.

Discover the Joy of Small-Stream Trout
Discover the Joy of Small-Stream Trout (howto)
Come take a walk off the beaten path and reap the rewards that small-stream fishing can offer.
PRODUCTREVIEWS by Justin Hoffman:


Humminbird 798ci HD SI Sonar
Humminbird 798ci HD SI Sonar (productreview)
With all the features and capabilities of the Humminbird 798ci HD Sonar, the author says it's the best unit he's tried so far.

Abu Garcia Revo S Low-Profile Baitcast Reel
Abu Garcia Revo S Low-Profile Baitcast Reel (productreview)
The Abu Garcia Revo S Low-Profile Baitcasting Reel impressed the author with it's sleek design and comfortable handling.

Frabill Hiber-Net Stowable Nets
Frabill Hiber-Net Stowable Nets (productreview)
A space-saving landing net offering both functionality and performance.
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