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We need bridges to get from here to there. However, if all we do as we pass over is look to either side and maybe slow down to look below we only discover what everyone else already knows. Getting off the bridge and getting on or in the water becomes an opportunity to learn something new and likely something very special.


I created # Beyond The Bridges to share my stories of discovery with you and inspire you to create your own adventure beyond the bridge. Get out there and explore. Use the hashtag #beyondthebridges to share your stories with me and others.

- Mark Brent

The Day I Caught My Personal Best Smallmouth Bass on the Milwaukee River

The Day I Caught My Personal Best Smallmouth Bass on the Milwaukee River

I love Milwaukee River Smallmouth Fishing. River Smallies are pound for pound my favorite fish to catch. The day I caught my personal best (PB) Smallie started out normal. Naw!!!! No it didn’t! I flew my drone up the river and over the falls which gave me a view of what the water looked like on top. I’d been up the falls before, but the river was deeper back then. I could not advance by wadding very far beyond the falls. My aerial scouting showed me this time was going to be different. What I found up the falls and beyond was beautiful if not lower than normal water and a bunch of angry and hungry fish. In fact, I caught what I believe to be my personal best smallmouth bass as the last fish of the day. Read and Watch on Beyond The Bridges With my Beyond The Bridge adventures I aim to discover what exists deeper or further than the common access points or viewpoints that most of us know well. This personal best smallmouth was caught at the end of my day as I pushed further up the river beyond the falls than I have before. This fish being the biggest smallie I've caught on the river (20+ inches and at least 5lbs) is great. Equally as awesome is that I caught this personal best smallmouth pushing further into my journey and not at the beginning. This somehow sweetens the accomplishment for me. This is proof that beyond the bridges is a mindset that brings reward when executed properly. Key Moments In Video 0:00 - Intro: Getting Up The Falls 2:54 - Catching First Big Smallmouth 5:31 - Catching My Personal Best Smallmouth #smallmouth #wisconsinfishing #beyondthebridges
Creek Fishing for Fat Spawning Smallmouth Bass | Best Fishing Of Year

Creek Fishing for Fat Spawning Smallmouth Bass | Best Fishing Of Year

This was an epic outing for fat spawning smallmouth that ended in a really painful way. WATCH FULL VIDEO to see the surprise ending. My buddy and I headed out to a certain hole on the Milwaukee River. This is a creek and river confluence with fast water on three sides of the hole. We aimed to find us some fat spawning smallies. After some discussion as to where the spawning smallmouth bass might be we ended up going up the creek that poured into that hole creating the confluence. It seemed a bust right from the start. The water was shallow and there were no holes where a fat female smallmouth bass may like to lay their eggs and get them fertilized by an aggressive little male. Just before we quit the hike up the creek and returned back to the Milwaukee River, we stumbled into some slightly deeper water behind rocks and laydowns. With some conviction before we started up the creek, I told Lee that there was a good chance the smallmouth in that part of the Milwaukee River would spawn in this creek. Lee was skeptical and I couldn't blame him. The creek at the confluence was barely six inches deep due to a lack of spring rain. Lee caught the first smallmouth. A real tank. And we didn't look back after that. This may have been the best outing for me this year. Enjoy the video and let me know what you think about my stories. - Mark Read and Watch on Beyond The Bridges #smallmouth #wisconsinfishing #beyondthebridges
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