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Title: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on May 21, 2012, 06:17:31 PM
Seems like there are at least a few of us with a passion for fishing.  Thought I would take a stab at a fishing thread for us.  Post your pics, fishing reports, articles, and fish tales here for all to enjoy.

Here's an article from the town where I grew up, on the walleye rebound.  When I was growing up, the river was only good for bullheads and cat fish.  Great story.

http://www.southbendtribune.com/sports/sbt-outdoors-river-walleyes-coming-back-20120520,0,6040662.column

Dimes, has your time on the river match up with Louie Stout's article?
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: SaintPaulWarrior on May 21, 2012, 07:42:48 PM
Heading to Mille Lacs this weekend for 4 days of fishing....where are the walleyes?
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: MU B2002 on May 22, 2012, 09:28:29 AM
Was to go fishing yesterday in the port area of Jacksonville, FL.  We typically fish for Redfish, Spotted Sea Trout, and Flounder.  My buddy had water in his gas lines, a burnt connection on his trolling motor, and we got scolded by the MPs for breaking down to close to a military installation.

All I caught was a buzz.    :(



Attached is the photo from previous trip. The big trout was around 5.5lb.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Lighthouse 84 on May 22, 2012, 09:57:27 AM
Heading up to my M-I-L's in Door Co. for Memorial Day Weekend.  We'll go out night trolling for Walleye and/or brown trout.  This is my 29 inch Walleye from that weekend 3 years ago.  We got 4 total Walleye, between 26-29, and my son pulled in a 32" brownie.    Fun stuff.

(and yes, that's an MU sweatshirt I'm wearing)

Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Ari Gold on May 22, 2012, 07:19:00 PM
sadly I haven't had any time to fish yet this year, but I'll be taking a bit of a break and heading up to northern WI for some fishing.

Most I can report is that Wind Lake and Eagle lake have terrible weed issues. Eagle is (allegedly) a great bass lake, but they've had to kill it off a few times b/c the weeds.

I fish every like virtually the same. Work the piers and shallows in the early morning with a wacky worm or top waters for bass if they're feeding, then try to drift over some weed beds with live bait for some eating fish while relaxing with a beer.

I wish I could fish Pine Keesus or Beulah lakes soon. had great success on bass on all of em
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on May 22, 2012, 07:36:11 PM
Heading up to my M-I-L's in Door Co. for Memorial Day Weekend.  We'll go out night trolling for Walleye and/or brown trout.  This is my 29 inch Walleye from that weekend 3 years ago.  We got 4 total Walleye, between 26-29, and my son pulled in a 32" brownie.    Fun stuff.

(and yes, that's an MU sweatshirt I'm wearing)



NICE fish!
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Otule's Glass Eye on May 26, 2012, 01:43:58 PM
heading up to Tomahawk to Lake Nokomis this weekend, might throw some lines in to see if I can get a walleye or two.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: THEultimateWARRIOR on May 26, 2012, 02:49:27 PM
heading up to Tomahawk to Lake Nokomis this weekend, might throw some lines in to see if I can get a walleye or two.
thats a great lake. I used to have a cabin up there in Tomahawk. Im jealous now.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on May 27, 2012, 07:49:21 AM
The link below is an article on ND kids trying to start a school fishing club.  Curious if anything like this present at MU?

http://www.southbendtribune.com/sports/sbt-outdoors-club-seeks-bass-knowledge-20120527,0,1668265.column
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: WellsstreetWanderer on May 27, 2012, 10:58:27 AM
Leaving this week for the Eastern Sierra to trout fish on the rivers and streams. Fond memories of summers spent in Minocqua-even had a few pictures on the wall at Bosacki's
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Ari Gold on May 27, 2012, 03:57:36 PM
The link below is an article on ND kids trying to start a school fishing club.  Curious if anything like this present at MU?

http://www.southbendtribune.com/sports/sbt-outdoors-club-seeks-bass-knowledge-20120527,0,1668265.column

Nothing at MU, but UW has a team: http://www.uwfishingteam.com/
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on May 29, 2012, 12:35:18 PM
Heading to Mille Lacs this weekend for 4 days of fishing....where are the walleyes?

How did you do on Mille Lacs this weekend?  Guessing you had a lot of weather to put up with.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: SaintPaulWarrior on May 29, 2012, 12:58:43 PM
How did you do on Mille Lacs this weekend?  Guessing you had a lot of weather to put up with.

Weather was an issue only one day.  I did terrible but my wife pulled in a 27'' walleye and a 30'' northern among the many fish she caught.  Had to throw them all back, walleye I mean, due to the slot limit.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Blackhat on May 29, 2012, 01:41:20 PM
thats a great lake. I used to have a cabin up there in Tomahawk. Im jealous now.


good fishing or a great recreational lake?
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on May 29, 2012, 08:17:09 PM
Weather was an issue only one day.  I did terrible but my wife pulled in a 27'' walleye and a 30'' northern among the many fish she caught.  Had to throw them all back, walleye I mean, due to the slot limit.

So you are saying that your wife is a keeper?  Any pics....of the big walleye?
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Otule's Glass Eye on May 29, 2012, 09:41:51 PM
good fishing or a great recreational lake?

Both, but the fishing has declined the past few years. The spring run has been messed up due to varying weather. Lot of annoying vacationers but a pretty big lake with plenty of fish and a lot of fun things to do.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: mr.MUskie on May 30, 2012, 12:59:32 AM
Leaving this week for the Eastern Sierra to trout fish on the rivers and streams. Fond memories of summers spent in Minocqua-even had a few pictures on the wall at Bosacki's

You know Bosacki's closed a couple years ago, right? 
http://lakelandtimes.com/main.asp?SectionID=9&SubSectionID=9&ArticleID=11337
It's now called Matt Morgan's.  I haven't stopped in the new place yet, although I stopped in the parking lot to check a tie down on my boat on the way up to my place in Boulder Junction.

I was up there last week (got out of town right before the holiday crowds).  Fished the TFF, picked up a few smallmouth and walleyes, but nothing too spectacular.  Muskie season wasn't open yet (opened this past Saturday).  The week earlier my buddy was up there and caught 100's of smallies, several 6 lbers.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: MU B2002 on June 01, 2012, 12:27:11 PM
Going out offshore tomorrow for Kingfish, Cobia, Triggerfish, and snapper.

Hopefully I have a picture or 2 to post.



Edit:

50lb Cobia
30 13"+ Sea Bass
1 Trigger fish.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on June 01, 2012, 07:27:30 PM
Going out offshore tomorrow for Kingfish, Cobia, Triggerfish, and snapper.

Hopefully I have a picture or 2 to post.

Pictures of snapper are always welcome.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: mr.MUskie on June 02, 2012, 12:00:22 PM
Pictures of snapper are always welcome.

+1
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on June 03, 2012, 09:11:36 AM
Here are links to articles this weekend on big fish.  One is on the new Michigan state record for catfish.

http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/article/id/233154/group/Outdoors/

http://www.southbendtribune.com/sports/sbt-outdoors-this-cat-knows-about-big-fish-20120603,0,7711147.column
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Blackhat on June 04, 2012, 06:10:50 PM
went bass fishing on nagawaukee.  No luck, though didn't spend much time out there, warming up the new motor mostly.   
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on June 04, 2012, 06:38:51 PM
went bass fishing on nagawaukee.  No luck, though didn't spend much time out there, warming up the new motor mostly.   
300 horse verado?
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Blackhat on June 04, 2012, 06:43:47 PM
Yamaha for the win.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Otule's Glass Eye on June 06, 2012, 08:18:42 PM
went bass fishing on nagawaukee.  No luck, though didn't spend much time out there, warming up the new motor mostly.   

Went out there last year. If you ever go back try the small island towards the middle of the lake and the weedy area at the top.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: JD on June 07, 2012, 09:11:08 AM
Heading up to my M-I-L's in Door Co. for Memorial Day Weekend.  We'll go out night trolling for Walleye and/or brown trout.  This is my 29 inch Walleye from that weekend 3 years ago.  We got 4 total Walleye, between 26-29, and my son pulled in a 32" brownie.    Fun stuff.

(and yes, that's an MU sweatshirt I'm wearing)



Nice Catch!  Wish we had some Walleye that size in our lake..  :-\
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Stronghold on June 08, 2012, 11:38:38 AM
Here is a gator of a Northern Pike my best friend caught this winter on the Mississippi.  I seem to catch more buzzes than fish though.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: SaintPaulWarrior on June 08, 2012, 01:21:10 PM
Heading up to Bowstring/Sand Lakes, northern Minnesota in the Chippewa National Forest, tomorrow morning for a week.  Hopefully I will have better luck than I did over Memorial Day weekend.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on June 08, 2012, 06:40:54 PM
Heading up to Bowstring/Sand Lakes, northern Minnesota in the Chippewa National Forest, tomorrow morning for a week.  Hopefully I will have better luck than I did over Memorial Day weekend.

You better take the War Department and the MIL then.   ;). Looking forward to the pics.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on June 08, 2012, 06:47:32 PM
Here is a gator of a Northern Pike my best friend caught this winter on the Mississippi.  I seem to catch more buzzes than fish though.

Nice nord.  Lake Peppin?  Mississippi with safe ice last winter?  Tip up?
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Stronghold on June 08, 2012, 09:39:02 PM
Nice nord.  Lake Peppin?  Mississippi with safe ice last winter?  Tip up?

Just south of Lake Pepin and yes on a tip up.   The ice was fine when you got off of the main channel.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on June 10, 2012, 02:15:19 PM
Article on guy who makes bass lures out of his house.  Anyone ever try his stuff?  Any good on northerns?

http://www.twincities.com/sports/ci_20815137/bass-angler-makes-lures-and-dishes-advice

MrMUskie, dont you have a buddy that makes tackle too?  If so, post the link?
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Ari Gold on June 13, 2012, 12:21:59 AM
Fished Browns lake in Racine Co. was told it was a great bass lake.
drifted over weed beds in 8-14 feet of water with Rat-L-Traps and Spinners. Didn't catch any bass (I did lose a pretty impressive one), but did knock down 8 20-some inch northerns. Chased off the water by skiers by 11.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: mr.MUskie on June 13, 2012, 03:57:37 PM

http://www.twincities.com/sports/ci_20815137/bass-angler-makes-lures-and-dishes-advice

MrMUskie, dont you have a buddy that makes tackle too?  If so, post the link?

Half of my buddies either make lures or leaders.  Except for Joe Bucher, no one is getting rich on it. 

I did want to throw this out there, since this is a fishing thread.  A friend of mine is the world's greatest at repairing reels.  I mean that.  Everyone knows someone who's good... this guy blows them all away.  I highly, highly recommend.  You can mail your reels, or drop them off (he's in N. Illinois, about an hour from MKE.)  He just cleaned and repaired my reels, including a circa early/mid 80s 6500.  It's better than new.  Just don't drop them off and expect them to be ready this weekend.  He cleans/repairs over 1000 reels a year.  Drop em off in winter and get them ready for spring.

http://www.davesreelservice.com/

footnote:  The business was started by Dave in 1967.  He's now retired.  His son, Mark now runs the business.  He has some experience too.  He's been doing this since 1981.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on June 17, 2012, 02:48:44 PM
Article on record carp in WI.

http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/article/id/234492/group/Outdoors/

Anyone try this product?

http://www.twincities.com/sports/ci_20868287/sound-idea
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: mugrad2006 on June 18, 2012, 07:30:03 PM
Buddy of mine and I are headed up the the Lake Country area tomorrow (Delafield/Pewaukee) to see if there are any muskie around.  Anybody fish either Nagawaukee, Okauchee, or Pewaukee lately?
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: MU B2002 on June 24, 2012, 08:48:52 AM
A productive Friday morning on the river in Jacksonville.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on June 24, 2012, 06:31:17 PM
A productive Friday morning on the river in Jacksonville.

Trout and redfish?  Nice.

SP Warrior, don't you owe us some pics from the boundry waters?
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on July 11, 2012, 12:17:20 PM
Here's a nice pic of a monster lake trout caught out of a canoe!

http://www.startribune.com/sports/outdoors/161956175.html
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: reinko on July 11, 2012, 12:57:56 PM
Here's a nice pic of a monster lake trout caught out of a canoe!

http://www.startribune.com/sports/outdoors/161956175.html

Princeton sweatshirt??!!!?
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: JD on July 11, 2012, 01:42:13 PM
I'm trying to upload some pics of a largemouth bass my girlfriend caught at our lakehouse, however i'm not having any luck  ?-(

Any help would be appreciated.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on July 11, 2012, 01:45:57 PM
Princeton sweatshirt??!!!?

Princeton, MN.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on July 11, 2012, 02:43:03 PM
I'm trying to upload some pics of a largemouth bass my girlfriend caught at our lakehouse, however i'm not having any luck  ?-(

Any help would be appreciated.

Click on "reply", then click on the link to the left side called "+Additional Options...:  That will give you a link for attaching photo's, etc.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: MU B2002 on July 11, 2012, 03:37:40 PM
Pictures of snapper are always welcome.

Snapper, Black Grouper, and Red Grouper
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: reinko on July 11, 2012, 03:38:49 PM
Snapper, Black Grouper, and Red Grouper

Love me some grouper sandwiches... blackened, fried, grilled, can't go wrong
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on July 11, 2012, 03:42:18 PM
Love me some grouper sandwiches... blackened, fried, grilled, can't go wrong

Can't go wrong with a little fresh snapper too.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: JD on July 13, 2012, 03:51:40 PM
Thanks Chili
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on July 16, 2012, 12:21:45 PM
Article on how the St. Louis river is doing after the big floods in Duluth this summer.

The guy in the article fished the river 300+ days last year. 

http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/article/id/236868/group/Outdoors/
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on July 20, 2012, 09:54:56 PM
Stopped by the Bait Box today in Superior.  According to the locals, lots of hawg wallys being taken in the harbor...after the floods.  Locals are seriously worried that, due to these very unique circumstances, too many Illineasean types are taking big spawners for trophys.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: mr.MUskie on July 22, 2012, 11:13:49 AM
Went fishing yesterday with a group of guys called the Muske Nutz.  About 16 guys (actually 14 guys & 2 girls) fished from 7am until 5pm on Butternut Lake in Park Falls, WI.  Although storms threatened at the start, and again just before lunch, the weather was hot and sunny.  Water temps started at 77 degrees, and ended the day at 84, not exactly ideal muskie weather.  Only one muskie was caught, a 35 incher.  Plans were to meet for lunch at 12 noon, so at 11:45 one of the guys told his partner he had to stop at the outhouse at the boat launch to make room.  While he did his business, his partner casted from the boat launch.  Muskie fishing being what it is, that was when he caught the only fish of the day. 
The Muske Nutz get together one day each year to raise money for a good cause.  This year several hundred dollars were raised for Juvenile Diabetes.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on July 22, 2012, 08:19:19 PM
Went out this am between 6-8am today.  Sat back in a chair and cast crawlers with a bobber off the dock.  For a good portion of that time, got into a school of big blue gills.  Pound for pound, no better fishing than gills on an ultra lite and 4lb test with a bobber.  Life is good.  Went through two dozen crawlers, pinched in half.  All released (forgot the fillet knife at home).
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: mr.MUskie on August 02, 2012, 11:22:18 PM
When the going gets tough, the tough... dig into their bag of tricks.

Muskie fishing has totally sucked lately.  Water temps are way too high.  They've come down a bit (from 85 to 78) but still too hot and sunny for a good muskie bite.

Soooo... I decided to go largemouth bass fishing.  Found an interesting lake in Northern Wisconsin.    Almost 200 acres and not a house on it.  Fished it for about 4 hours this evening.  Caught about 20 bass, mostly small, but several in the 16-20 inch range.  Lost the biggest one when it ran under the boat and tangled in some timber.  If I woulda had my muskie gear that sucker woulda ended up in my boat.
Sorry for the crappy picture.  Mr.MUskie's fishing partner is Barley the Golden Retriever, so the picture was taken with the camera propped on the console, with the sun behind me, and a 10 second timer.

Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on August 05, 2012, 09:49:31 AM
Fishing with crickets?  Must be an Indiana thing! 

http://www.southbendtribune.com/sports/sbt-20120803sbtmichb-05-08-20120803,0,3547850.story

Tried them once...way back when.  At milepost 99 on the Indiana toll road, there are a couple of ponds behind the salt barns on the north side.  The ponds are man made, dirt used for building the highway back in the 50's.  The ponds where stocked with bass.   Lots of fun with crickets and a bobber.  ;D
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Blackhat on August 05, 2012, 07:24:11 PM
Had success perch fishing on Lake Metonga until the storms came a calling.    Used little joes with night crawlers.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on August 08, 2012, 09:51:29 AM
Stone, aren't you due for a little jig fishing with Wayne and company up at Eagle Lake?  
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on August 19, 2012, 11:47:43 AM
Shore lunch.  Mmmm.....nummy.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Blackhat on August 19, 2012, 04:56:29 PM
Stone, aren't you due for a little jig fishing with Wayne and company up at Eagle Lake?  

Next summer.   Looking forward to it.   Will have to refine my jigging technique on Wisconsin lakes before I go though.   Lighter line, shorter rod I'm thinking.  Pretty good with the back troll.    Funny thing, most guys enjoy big fish hunting, I enjoy walleye fishing the most.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Pakuni on August 19, 2012, 05:24:18 PM
Had to skip my usual weeklong trip to northwestern Ontario this year, but I managed to carve out a four-day trip to Leech Lake in Minnesota next week. Problem is, I've never fished Leech Lake, so I'm going in clueless.
Anyone familiar with the lake who can offer some advice?
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on August 19, 2012, 05:34:21 PM
Had to skip my usual weeklong trip to northwestern Ontario this year, but I managed to carve out a four-day trip to Leech Lake in Minnesota next week. Problem is, I've never fished Leech Lake, so I'm going in clueless.
Anyone familiar with the lake who can offer some advice?


Big body of water.  Big big muskies.  Walleyes have made a nice comeback once they took out the comorants (sp?).

The lake is well mapped.  Lots of water to cover.  Guide would save you lots of time.

Used to work with a guy who won the walleye tourney there one year.  He used crawlers on lindy rig with a 6 foot mono leader and a red hook.

Good luck.  Send some pics!
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: mr.MUskie on September 06, 2012, 05:49:02 PM
Fishing in the Mercer area today, the muskie gods smiled on me with this 43", 21lb ski.  It's been a rough summer for muskies, hopefully this cooler weather will turn them on.  Water temps were down to 70 degrees, from a high of 85 in July.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Pakuni on September 06, 2012, 06:00:57 PM
Big body of water.  Big big muskies.  Walleyes have made a nice comeback once they took out the comorants (sp?).

The lake is well mapped.  Lots of water to cover.  Guide would save you lots of time.

Used to work with a guy who won the walleye tourney there one year.  He used crawlers on lindy rig with a 6 foot mono leader and a red hook.

Good luck.  Send some pics!

Hey Chili ... a belated thanks for the tips.
got back last week. We floundered for the first couple days (yep ... big lake, lots to cover), but found some spots on day three and made a killing on walleye and northern. It was a short trip, so we didn't spend any time muskie hunting, but a good time was had nonetheless.
Thanks again.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on September 06, 2012, 06:40:55 PM
Hey Chili ... a belated thanks for the tips.
got back last week. We floundered for the first couple days (yep ... big lake, lots to cover), but found some spots on day three and made a killing on walleye and northern. It was a short trip, so we didn't spend any time muskie hunting, but a good time was had nonetheless.
Thanks again.

A bad day of fishing is.....

Pics?
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on October 07, 2012, 09:30:02 AM
Interesting article.  

http://www.southbendtribune.com/sports/sbt-outdoors-anglers-waiting-for-trout-salmon-20121007,0,1348403.column

Anyone having any luck this season?

http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/article/id/245601/group/Outdoors/

Got my blue glass shad rap at half mast.  Walleye killer.  Secret weapon. Shah, don't tell anyone.  ;)

http://www.twincities.com/localnews/ci_21683609/ron-weber-who-brought-finnish-rapala-lures-u

If you've never fished the Brule, it's worth the trip.  Incredible white pines and cedars.

http://www.twincities.com/localnews/ci_21696843/minnesota-joins-iowa-fight-against-invasive-carp

Anyone ever experience these fish?

Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: mr.MUskie on October 22, 2012, 05:28:08 PM
New Michigan state record muskie!

http://www.freep.com/article/20121019/SPORTS10/121019042/portage-man-catches-state-record-muskie?odyssey=nav%7Chead
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: mr.MUskie on November 03, 2012, 10:18:24 PM
To answer Real Chili's question from another thread (and doing it in the proper thread)...
Done for the season (probably).  Closed up my place up north end of October.  Got out to my favorite fall lake and was skunked.  Went out for a few hours with a friend of mine who is a guide in Eagle River.  We missed one on a sucker, had one come out of the water and miss on the figure eight, then got a small one on a glide bait.  Went out to a secret, sleeper lake... almost impossible to launch (had to wade and push), very small, but deep with ciscos and smelt.  Marked a lot of fish... but got skunked.  Went out the next day with a friend who used to have an outdoors show on the radio and owned a tackle company.  Supposedly really dialed in on what's happening.  Said he knew the Eagle River Chain like the back of his hand.  Fished 8 hours, got skunked.  My boat is sitting in my driveway, so might give it one last shot, but I say that every year and it never happens.  I end up praying for a 40 degree day in December so I can winterize my boat.  I guess I'll never learn.
Anyone else been out lately?
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on November 03, 2012, 10:29:55 PM
Pretty soon this thread will turn hard water.  Thinking about putting the Clam Voyager on craigs list for the "illegal" model that allows you to connect two of the back to back.   

Got to dust off the vexilar and the underwater camera.

Will run across a few tip ups in the attic when pulling out the deer hunting gear for the WI opener in a few weeks. 

Swedish Pimples or Angle Eyes Jr.?

Deer hunting thread?
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: avid1010 on November 04, 2012, 03:38:29 PM
Snapper, Black Grouper, and Red Grouper

MU B2002...you live in that area or just vacation there? 
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: MU B2002 on November 04, 2012, 09:17:39 PM
Those were caught in the gulf (Carabelle, fl), I live on Atlantic coast in the Jacksonville area. 
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: avid1010 on November 05, 2012, 06:21:42 PM
i saw the picture file was labeled carabelle...i spend a few weeks a year fishing the port st. joe/apalach area, but never during red snapper season.  typically we fish inshore and catch all the spanish, specks, and flounder we care for.  evenings we do the whiting and pompano in the surf, which is just a relaxing way to spend an hour or two a night. 

never made it that far east on the panhandle.  can you compare it to the port st. joe/cape san blas area?  we like the "forgotten coast" feeling of uncrowded beaches, no high rises, etc.  i read the weekly reports from panhandle outdoors, and it sounds like carabelle offers some pretty good fishing. 
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on November 18, 2012, 07:23:42 AM
http://www.lahainanews.com/page/content.detail/id/508704/Start-Me-Up-Again-achieves-very-rare--record-sailfish-catch.html?nav=21

Found this article in the lahina paper when looking for articles on MU.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on December 26, 2012, 06:37:05 AM
Good muskie story.

http://www.southbendtribune.com/sports/sbt-outdoors-simplicity-works-on-muskies-20121223,0,1038122.column

Anyone having any hard water luck?  Heading out tomorrow for first time. 
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on December 29, 2012, 09:15:29 PM
Panfish recipe.  From Duluth News Tribune.

http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/article/id/253528/group/Outdoors/
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on December 29, 2012, 09:28:50 PM
Red Lake walleye story.  Amazing fishery.

http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/article/id/253536/group/Outdoors/

Before the walleyes rebounded, as some of you know, Red Lake was nothing short of incredible for crappies in the winter.  We would come back with limits of 12-14 inch crappies.  10 inches....throw it back.  Used walleye minnows on an Angel Eyes Jr. .....size of a Swedish Pimple.  The crappies would demolish it. 

Most of the fabled monster crappies have died of old age.  Subsequent generations have had to compete with the rebounding walleyes, and are not as plentiful.

Guide Kelly Petroske used to take us out.  He still guides on URL.  Dude knows his stuff.  He posts regularly on the URL forum hosted by HSO.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on January 06, 2013, 02:55:11 PM
Fishing by the Hudson bridge on I 94.  Ya, that's us off to the south by the open water. 

Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: mubb34 on January 07, 2013, 04:36:47 PM
I live on Lake Winnebago. We mainly troll flys and nail the walleyes in the river. Also have a boat rigged up on Lake Michigan. Salmon fishing is by far my favorite!
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: mubb34 on January 07, 2013, 04:40:04 PM
Some pictures of one of our Lake Michigan trips. Second picture is with Jared Abbrederis from the badgers.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on February 24, 2013, 08:27:37 AM
Going to Florida one week from today.  Staying between Sarasota and Bradenton...Longboat Key.

Considering this charter company.....

http://www.cortezdeepseafishing.com/

The outfit is Cortez Deep Sea Fishing.  They run a party boat out of Cortez. Does anyone have any experience with this boat?

I've done smaller charters with 4 other outfits over the years.  Curious to try this "format".

Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on March 02, 2013, 11:02:58 AM
Check out this monster....

http://www.fieldandstream.com/articles/fishing/2013/02/angler-lands-official-world-record-ice-fishing-catch-and-release-lake-trout

Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on March 31, 2013, 05:42:13 AM
Thinking about heading to Red Wing next weekend for their fabled spring bite.  Anyone been there yet? 
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on April 14, 2013, 08:02:57 AM
The picture is my neighbor and his 11 yr old son and their winning fish from this weekend's Full Throtle tournament on pools 3/4/5 on the Mississippi.  The kid caught two 30" walleyes to seal the win.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on May 05, 2013, 09:56:32 AM
Anyone get out for the WI opener?

We had 16 inches of ice.  Forgot to bring the auger.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: GGGG on May 05, 2013, 10:01:44 AM
Anyone get out for the WI opener?

We had 16 inches of ice.  Forgot to bring the auger.


I read that on the J-S site this AM.  Where are you?
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on May 05, 2013, 10:04:59 AM
Lake Nebagamon....Douglas County.

From a conservation perspective, the only good thing about it is it is tough to spear a walleye through the ice.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: GGGG on May 05, 2013, 10:11:16 AM
That water is going to be cold all summer long too.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on June 24, 2013, 04:08:26 PM
Just got back from Canada a week ago.  Hard to believe that after such a late ice-out, found water at 68 - 72 degrees.

Got tons of walleyes.  Limits every day.  The largest for the group was 25".  Biggest Nord was 35".  Caught a few muskies too.  Sooooo, no trophies, but tons of fish.

Highlight of the trip was finding jumbo perch.  Had ton of fun one day catching 12-14" perch on an ultra light with 4 pound test.  The bite lasted for hours!

Stone, went out with Wayne one day.  The guy's still a hoot.  When you go up to CPL, ask him about the guys who fed him his first bowl of Real Chili this summer.  That shoud bring a smile to his face!  See the pic of Wayne on the tiller.

Just got out of the three 12-step programs mandatory upon a return from this trip....one program for excess drinking, one for excess eating, and one for excess swearing.

One MU related experience....one of the gals in the cabin below us used to be an assistant coach for MU's womens team in the 90's.  She told me that when she would bring recruits and their parents to the old gym, she would have to apologize in advance for the profanity they were going to be exposed to via Kevin O'Neil.  Said the dude could make a sailor uncomfortable with his brand of profanity.

Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: keefe on June 25, 2013, 12:22:12 AM
Just got back from Canada a week ago.  Hard to believe that after such a late ice-out, found water at 68 - 72 degrees.

Got tons of walleyes.  Limits every day.  The largest for the group was 25".  Biggest Nord was 35".  Caught a few muskies too.  Sooooo, no trophies, but tons of fish.

Highlight of the trip was finding jumbo perch.  Had ton of fun one day catching 12-14" perch on an ultra light with 4 pound test.  The bite lasted for hours!

Stone, went out with Wayne one day.  The guy's still a hoot.  When you go up to CPL, ask him about the guys who fed him his first bowl of Real Chili this summer.  That shoud bring a smile to his face!  See the pic of Wayne on the tiller.

Just got out of the three 12-step programs mandatory upon a return from this trip....one program for excess drinking, one for excess eating, and one for excess swearing.

One MU related experience....one of the gals in the cabin below us used to be an assistant coach for MU's womens team in the 90's.  She told me that when she would bring recruits and their parents to the old gym, she would have to apologize in advance for the profanity they were going to be exposed to via Kevin O'Neil.  Said the dude could make a sailor uncomfortable with his brand of profanity.



Well done, Chili! What a fine looking lake.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on July 22, 2013, 12:41:12 PM
"Albino" muskie caught in metro lake.

http://www.twincities.com/outdoors/ci_23700551/ghost-muskie-surprise-catch

Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: swoopem on September 10, 2013, 11:14:32 AM
Any of you guys ever caught anything this big?

http://www.grindtv.com/outdoor/nature/post/fisherman-opts-to-keep-massive-231-pound-halibut/
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on September 10, 2013, 02:38:09 PM
Any of you guys ever caught anything this big?

http://www.grindtv.com/outdoor/nature/post/fisherman-opts-to-keep-massive-231-pound-halibut/

I once caught a crappie that big.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on December 20, 2013, 07:31:37 PM
http://www.hotspotoutdoors.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/3173610/truck_fell_through_lake_nebaga#Post3173610

This lake is near is near Superior.  In the cities, we have a foot of ice.

They had too much snow too early.  It will take some very cold weather for that lake to get good ice.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: WellsstreetWanderer on December 20, 2013, 08:58:36 PM
Any of you guys ever caught anything this big?

http://www.grindtv.com/outdoor/nature/post/fisherman-opts-to-keep-massive-231-pound-halibut/


   397# Marlin off Kona.   Right out of the harbor
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on December 20, 2013, 10:55:02 PM

   397# Marlin off Kona.   Right out of the harbor

Nice!

Pics?

Which charter? Sundowner and cap'n Norm?
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on December 29, 2013, 04:11:38 PM
Guy catches a sturgeon on a walleye ice rod in the Duluth harbor.

http://mobile.duluthnewstribune.com/page/article/id/286679/
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Blackhat on December 29, 2013, 04:18:12 PM
Killed the small.largemouth bass/crappies/northern on the Wisconsin River this summer.   Best Wisconsin fishing I've ever experienced.  

Was looking forward to my first Sheboygan trout charter fishing trip but high winds cancelled the outing.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on December 29, 2013, 04:39:26 PM
Killed the small.largemouth bass/crappies/northern on the Wisconsin River this summer.   Best Wisconsin fishing I've ever experienced.  

Was looking forward to my first Sheboygan trout charter fishing trip but high winds cancelled the outing.

What general area?

We had a ton of fun with Wayne this year.  Really got into substantial numbers of jumbo perch.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Blackhat on December 29, 2013, 04:45:22 PM
Muscoda, WI.  Kayaked and canoed to a sand bar, camped out there a few days.   The water level was so low there were side ponds/pools with huge fish trapped in them.  Felt like Bill Dance on his private bass ponds meets Tom Hanks in Cast Away.  Filleted up what we caught.  It was an awesome time.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Blackhat on December 29, 2013, 04:48:10 PM
What general area?

We had a ton of fun with Wayne this year.  Really got into substantial numbers of jumbo perch.

Good to hear.  Jigging I take it?   The family reported the walleye/musky fishing was the best ever during the summer this past summer.   Don't know if you concur.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on December 29, 2013, 04:52:25 PM
Good to hear.  Jigging I take it?   The family reported the walleye/musky fishing was the best ever during the summer this past summer.   Don't know if you concur.

We went up in early June.  Just before Muskie season technically opens.  I throw a lot of big spoons for Nords. Muskies go after them too  ;D

Walleye limits ever day....and lots of Wayne.

Mostly jigs, with crawlers and minnows.  Cost of minnows is a joke.

Ran into a gal that used to be an assistant coach on the women's tem during O'Neil's tenure.  She could really fish.  Told me that when they would bring in a recruit and family to the old gym, they would have to apologize in advance for what they might overhear from O'Neil.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: mubb34 on January 01, 2014, 07:11:08 PM
Does anyone Sturgeon Spear on here? Looks like it is going to be  a good year for good ice!
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Hards_Alumni on January 01, 2014, 07:23:39 PM
Headed to Lake of the Woods to do some ice fishing this weekend... hope they are biting!
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on January 03, 2014, 04:57:21 AM
Headed to Lake of the Woods to do some ice fishing this weekend... hope they are biting!

Walleye bite has been good this winter on LOW.

Fishing should be good on Saturday.  There is a monster low pressure system coming in late Saturday afternoon.  The morning and early afternoon bite should be fun before the front hits.

Saturday night, it will be at least -30.  Hope you have a block heater for your car.  

Stay safe.  People die when they don't take this kind of weather seriously.  I have to go to Duluth this weekend....not looking forward to it.  Safe travels.  Be sure to post some pics.

If you are heading up throug Grand Rapids, Cut Foot Sioux Narrow, etc. consider stopping at Westwinds in Washkish.  This place was the first resort to re-open on Red Lack during the lake's crappie resurgence.  Great atmosphere with some amazing trophies on the wall.  
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Hards_Alumni on January 03, 2014, 12:10:58 PM
Walleye bite has been good this winter on LOW.

Fishing should be good on Saturday.  There is a monster low pressure system coming in late Saturday afternoon.  The morning and early afternoon bite should be fun before the front hits.

Saturday night, it will be at least -30.  Hope you have a block heater for your car.  

Stay safe.  People die when they don't take this kind of weather seriously.  I have to go to Duluth this weekend....not looking forward to it.  Safe travels.  Be sure to post some pics.

If you are heading up throug Grand Rapids, Cut Foot Sioux Narrow, etc. consider stopping at Westwinds in Washkish.  This place was the first resort to re-open on Red Lack during the lake's crappie resurgence.  Great atmosphere with some amazing trophies on the wall.  

Well, we decided to cancel the trip.  Its just going to be too cold to do it this Sat-Tues.  For the record we were going to Arneson's... if you've heard of it.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on January 03, 2014, 02:19:31 PM
Well, we decided to cancel the trip.  Its just going to be too cold to do it this Sat-Tues.  For the record we were going to Arneson's... if you've heard of it.

Arneson's is a well known, long running, family run business.  They definitely know what they are doing.

You made the right call.  It is going to be biblical cold up here for a couple of days.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on January 12, 2014, 05:39:29 PM
Well, we decided to cancel the trip.  Its just going to be too cold to do it this Sat-Tues.  For the record we were going to Arneson's... if you've heard of it.

Talked to a guy today who went to LOW.  The bite was SLOW.  All fish were caught on rattle reels.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on January 12, 2014, 05:42:22 PM
Tried the St Croix today.  Drove out from the access in North Hudson.  First time driving on a river.

Almost three feet of ice.  Caught a few nice crappies.  Probably 300 cars and shacks out there.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Hards_Alumni on January 12, 2014, 07:06:48 PM
Talked to a guy today who went to LOW.  The bite was SLOW.  All fish were caught on rattle reels.

My wife and FIL went this weekend as I had some stuff to attend to at home... They are killing the walleyes, and asked me what the record perch was in MN. I'm hoping they bring back some sauger...never had it.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on January 12, 2014, 07:21:52 PM
My wife and FIL went this weekend as I had some stuff to attend to at home... They are killing the walleyes, and asked me what the record perch was in MN. I'm hoping they bring back some sauger...never had it.

Sauger.....taste like walleye.  Caught lots of them on Kabetogema. 
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on February 01, 2014, 01:55:58 PM
I'm sitting on Maple lake in an ice fishing contest. Just pulled out a 22" nord. 39th largest fish wins an ice castle.  Hoping I'm #39.

Heard we took it on the chin today.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: LloydMooresLegs on February 07, 2014, 12:44:49 PM
Chili:  Just read this article and thought of you...you have one of these ice castles??

It is from the WSJ, so I don't know if it will let you open it--if not, I can copy and paste:

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303519404579355112491789816 (http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303519404579355112491789816)
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Hards_Alumni on February 07, 2014, 01:07:03 PM
my FIL is currently in the process of developing a lightweight (well as light as possible) portable (fits in the rear of a pickup), and inexpensive ice shack.  Not one of those clam shell things... those things suck.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on February 08, 2014, 09:00:39 AM
Chili:  Just read this article and thought of you...you have one of these ice castles??

It is from the WSJ, so I don't know if it will let you open it--if not, I can copy and paste:

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303519404579355112491789816 (http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303519404579355112491789816)

Ice Castle is a great brand.  We gave one away for an ice fishing contest I helped organize a few years back for a charity.  Ice Castle donated the house.  Very charitable people.

I fish out of my portable.  More mobile.....not that I would turn down an Ice Castle.

6 weeks till Florida and warm weather fishing!
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Sir Lawrence on February 25, 2014, 10:09:31 AM
On two weekends this month I've gone ice fishing near Sturgeon Bay.  Whitefish, both times.  Freezer is now loaded. 
Any recommendations on how to filet the damn pin bones out of whitefish?

And, any recipe thoughts, other than the obvious?  Looking to try something healthier......
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Hards_Alumni on February 25, 2014, 10:12:29 AM
On two weekends this month I've gone ice fishing near Sturgeon Bay.  Whitefish, both times.  Freezer is now loaded. 
Any recommendations on how to filet the damn pin bones out of whitefish?

And, any recipe thoughts, other than the obvious?  Looking to try something healthier......

Pickle them!  The brine will dissolve the bones... plus picked fish!
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on February 25, 2014, 10:29:48 AM
On two weekends this month I've gone ice fishing near Sturgeon Bay.  Whitefish, both times.  Freezer is now loaded. 
Any recommendations on how to filet the damn pin bones out of whitefish?

And, any recipe thoughts, other than the obvious?  Looking to try something healthier......

Throw them on the smoker.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: MU B2002 on March 07, 2014, 08:08:51 PM
Getting ready to go to the lower Keys and hoping to book a charter.  I know this is a long shot, but does anyone have any experience with charters in Key West?  Hoping to go after Permit or Tarpon.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on March 07, 2014, 08:18:42 PM
Getting ready to go to the lower Keys and hoping to book a charter.  I know this is a long shot, but does anyone have any experience with charters in Key West?  Hoping to go after Permit or Tarpon.

It's too early for tarpon.  You should find permit.  Try for snook too.

Here's a web site to try.  Go light tackle.

http://fishkeywestguides.com/key-west-deep-sea-fishing/

Try this place for breakfast.  It's a real treat.

http://blueheavenkw.homestead.com/menus.html
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: MU B2002 on March 07, 2014, 08:58:55 PM
It's too early for tarpon.  You should find permit.  Try for snook too.

Here's a web site to try.  Go light tackle.

http://fishkeywestguides.com/key-west-deep-sea-fishing/

Try this place for breakfast.  It's a real treat.

http://blueheavenkw.homestead.com/menus.html

I wondered about if it was for tarpon, will have to settle for feeding them at Robbie's.


Thanks for the breakfast recommendation.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on March 20, 2014, 08:26:12 PM
Did a charter this week on the Cortez Cat from Cortez, Fl.

Small party boat.  Went out 10 miles.

Had a gas.  Boat caught 150 fish.  Mostly grey snappers, some mangroves snapppers and a few red groupers.

Two days before the trip, had 30 knot winds and 10 foot seas.  Dirty water.

On good days (clear water) they double the catch.

Grey snapper was great for dinner tonight.  Took some flour, added some cheezeits and ritz. Crushed them up and added some lemo pepper, Lawry's, and black pepper. Mmmmm.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: MU B2002 on March 25, 2014, 08:33:15 PM
My buddies have been killing the Wahoo and Tuna recently out of Jacksonville.  Said the tuna were stacked up like nothing he's ever seen.


By the way, made it to Blue Heaven.  Was very worth the wait.  Missed out on fishing this time. 
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on March 25, 2014, 08:38:47 PM
Breakfast with the chickens!
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: MU B2002 on March 25, 2014, 08:42:24 PM
Breakfast with the chickens!

Yessir. After a 90 min wait.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on March 25, 2014, 08:54:49 PM
Glad you enjoyed it.

Key west is a great town. One could get into a wee bit o trouble at Sloppy Joe's if they put their mind to it.   ;). Arrrrh

Did you make it to Mallory Point for sunset?
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: MU B2002 on March 25, 2014, 09:34:52 PM
Glad you enjoyed it.

Key west is a great town. One could get into a wee bit o trouble at Sloppy Joe's if they put their mind to it.   ;). Arrrrh

Did you make it to Mallory Point for sunset?

Key West is fun, this was our 2nd time visiting.  And frankly I prefer Captn Tony's. 

Yes we went to Mallory for sunset and watched a few acts, always fun.  Curious as to how much some of those acts pull down in a year.  The "Red Trouser" show/act seems to be pretty fine tuned..
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on April 19, 2014, 05:55:03 AM
The picture is my neighbor and his 11 yr old son and their winning fish from this weekend's Full Throtle tournament on pools 3/4/5 on the Mississippi.  The kid caught two 30" walleyes to seal the win.

My neighbors, Pete and his son Alex, defend their Full Throttle title today in Red Wing. 

Pete and I pre fished last weekend.  40 degrees and rained.  Good foul weather gear is worth it's weight in gold on mornings like that.  Caught two wallies before hypothermia set in.

Fishing technology today is just...fun.  From I-pilots replacing anchors to side and bottom scan sonar to incredibly quiet 4 strokes.


Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on April 21, 2014, 08:57:56 PM
My neighbors, Pete and his son Alex, defend their Full Throttle title today in Red Wing. 

Pete and I pre fished last weekend.  40 degrees and rained.  Good foul weather gear is worth it's weight in gold on mornings like that.  Caught two wallies before hypothermia set in.

Fishing technology today is just...fun.  From I-pilots replacing anchors to side and bottom scan sonar to incredibly quiet 4 strokes.




The neighbors finished 3rd this year. 

After the awards were over, they went to pull the boat out.  Pete, the dad, found something in the livewell as he went to pull the drainplug.  His son had missed the final walleye when he took the fish out for the weigh in.  They had a legitimate shot at first place with this last fish.

That's what you get when you drag an 11 year old out of bed at 4AM to fish in an all day tournament!!!!
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on April 27, 2014, 06:06:57 PM
Looks like it will be augers instead of outboards next weekend.

http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/content/its-deja-vu-wisconsin-fishing-opener-nears
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Hards_Alumni on April 28, 2014, 08:43:59 AM
First fish pulled out of open water this weekend...

Sure is strange fishing for panfish with a Rapala on  ;D
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: SuddenSam on April 28, 2014, 12:53:03 PM
The green parrot on Southard is where you want to hang, but no snivelin' allowed.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: mr.MUskie on April 28, 2014, 11:29:52 PM
Looks like it will be augers instead of outboards next weekend.

http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/content/its-deja-vu-wisconsin-fishing-opener-nears


Rivers.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on April 29, 2014, 07:41:26 AM
We are getting 4-5 days of straight rain.  The dam in Red Wing is wide open.  I hear the water is over the top of the dam.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on May 16, 2014, 07:13:23 PM
New Cabelas opened up yesterday in our town.  2000 people stood in line for the opening.  One lady camped out overnight in a tent for the opening. 

I think I'll stroll over on Saturday and buy me a new bobber.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: mr.MUskie on May 17, 2014, 08:46:47 PM
New Cabelas opened up yesterday in our town.  2000 people stood in line for the opening.  One lady camped out overnight in a tent for the opening.  

I think I'll stroll over on Saturday and buy me a new bobber.

Probably could have got a better deal on the tent at the new Cabelas.
 Buddy is catching tons of smallmouth up to 21" in N. Central Wisco.

I attached a photo to show you what I'm talking about. I blurred it to maintain his anonymity.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: keefe on May 17, 2014, 10:52:15 PM
For any fly fishermen, the Cascade rivers are at the perfect level and guys are whacking redsides on the lower Deschutes with stonefly nymphs. I finally got into some water recently and it has the makings of an epic season.

(http://blogs.ajc.com/jay-bookman-blog/files/2009/07/deschutes_redsidecls1.jpg)

Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Hards_Alumni on May 18, 2014, 08:45:12 AM
Probably could have got a better deal on the tent at the new Cabelas.
 Buddy is catching tons of smallmouth up to 21" in N. Central Wisco.

I attached a photo to show you what I'm talking about. I blurred it to maintain his anonymity.

That is a beauty.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on May 18, 2014, 08:53:36 AM
Probably could have got a better deal on the tent at the new Cabelas.
 Buddy is catching tons of smallmouth up to 21" in N. Central Wisco.

I attached a photo to show you what I'm talking about. I blurred it to maintain his anonymity.
Very nice fish.

This time of year, we can toss a bobber off the end of the dock with a crawler on an ultra light and catch some big smallies.  Just a gas on the ultra light.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: mr.MUskie on May 18, 2014, 11:22:07 AM
Very nice fish.

This time of year, we can toss a bobber off the end of the dock with a crawler on an ultra light and catch some big smallies.  Just a gas on the ultra light.

I'll be right there.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: River rat on May 19, 2014, 12:26:24 PM
Some photos from the last two weeks.  Tail end of the steel head run on the St. Joe.  Still running up north in the Manistee, Muskegon, etc.
And some photos of Smallmouth that we have targeted my last two trips, good numbers.  5 or 6 over 4 lbs.
Havent targeted the Walleye at all.  Work and kids, lol.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on May 19, 2014, 01:36:39 PM
Some photos from the last two weeks.  Tail end of the steel head run on the St. Joe.  Still running up north in the Manistee, Muskegon, etc.
And some photos of Smallmouth that we have targeted my last two trips, good numbers.  5 or 6 over 4 lbs.
Havent targeted the Walleye at all.  Work and kids, lol.

Is that the Main street bridge in the background?

If so, my grade school was right across the street from where you were fishing.  Back then, all the river had was catfish and carp.  What a change.

Nice pics.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: River rat on May 19, 2014, 01:40:11 PM
st monica?
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on May 19, 2014, 01:50:49 PM
st monica?

Yes.  Go Comets!

Man, I haven't said that in about 38 years.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: mr.MUskie on May 19, 2014, 05:29:31 PM
9 lb smallie!!!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=ptR7QiYz0O0
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: keefe on May 19, 2014, 05:32:58 PM
You guys need to step up to the plate and fly fish
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on May 19, 2014, 08:46:25 PM
Hey, RR, did you see this pic in the Trib?  I went to HS with this guy.

http://www.southbendtribune.com/sports/outdoors/huge-muskie/article_a904d920-de71-11e3-b4e1-0017a43b2370.html
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: River rat on May 19, 2014, 09:22:20 PM
I know Tim.  My guess is he is a relative.  Tim's boy Colie played hoops at Marian with Demetrius Jackson (Notre Dame) and Robert Mischler (Cornell). Very Good team. 
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: River rat on May 19, 2014, 09:32:18 PM
You guys need to step up to the plate and fly fish

I have done my share of fly fishing, but have never really been a huge fan.  

If anyone in the Midwest is a big flyfisherman I would suggest my buddy Dustan Harley at Ripple guide service.  
He fly fishes the st joe, manistee and Muskegon.  Also guides trips in Montana for a month or two in the summer.  He is simply the best there is.
He is the one in the ripple guide service shirt in the photos i posted and he caught his big smallies on  a fly rod.  
He has an awesome website, wether u are a fly fisherman or not i think all fisherman will enjoy his pictures and videos

http://rippleguides.com/
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on May 19, 2014, 09:45:24 PM
I know Tim.  My guess is he is a relative.  Tim's boy Colie played hoops at Marian with Demetrius Jackson (Notre Dame) and Robert Mischler (Cornell). Very Good team. 


Tim, or Tom.

There's a sh1t load so Schulteis's in Mish. Tom was in my class at Marian.  He went to St. joes in Mish.  Back in my day, Marian sucked at basketball, but ruled in football. The school was an A sized school, but won state titles in A, AA, and contended in AAA.  We had numerous alum go on to play ball at ND, Purdue, IU, and Alabama. One guy still holds the record for career tackles at Purdue.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on May 19, 2014, 10:24:02 PM
You guys need to step up to the plate and fly fish

Spent some time on the Brule.  A majestic river.  Favorite stretch is from Stone's bridge to Winnibijou Wagon Bridge.  Lots of old growth cedars and white pines.

The mayfly hatch is amazing.  Night fishing for lunker resident brown trout.

Keefe, as much as you like to read, pick up a couple of the books in the Old Duck Hunters series by Gordon MacQuarrie.  You will soon be dreaming of wetting a fly at Wildcat Rapids or Mays Rips.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: River rat on May 27, 2014, 10:36:14 AM
nm
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: River rat on June 02, 2014, 09:47:20 AM
A little late posting, but spent the Friday before Memorial day weekend pounding the smallmouth on the St. Joe, up in Michigan.  Had a great day including a couple really nice ones on our first few casts while still at the landing, it only got better from there(see second picture).  Havent fished for a week or so.  Kids sports and the T-storms have been frequent.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: keefe on June 02, 2014, 09:58:41 AM

Keefe, as much as you like to read, pick up a couple of the books in the Old Duck Hunters series by Gordon MacQuarrie.  You will soon be dreaming of wetting a fly at Wildcat Rapids or Mays Rips.

Chili

I just noticed this. I'll download this week.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on June 02, 2014, 02:38:05 PM
Chili

I just noticed this. I'll download this week.

You might recognize some of the places he writes about from your days with the cabin by Trego.  His favorite body of water was the Brule, but he did spend time on the Namekagon too.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on June 02, 2014, 02:40:50 PM
A little late posting, but spent the Friday before Memorial day weekend pounding the smallmouth on the St. Joe, up in Michigan.  Had a great day including a couple really nice ones on our first few casts while still at the landing, it only got better from there(see second picture).  Havent fished for a week or so.  Kids sports and the T-storms have been frequent.


Great looking fish.

A group of friends are up on Leech this week.  Yesterday was slow.  3 walleyes between 6 guys.  Dunks45 caught a 23 inch walleye for the largest in the group.  No shore lunch last night.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: MU B2002 on June 02, 2014, 08:55:12 PM
Went airboat fishing in the lower Suwannee river the Tuesday after Memorial day and caught a couple nice Reds.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: PTM on July 06, 2014, 08:53:19 PM
Anyone got any hints on Delavan? Looking for some tackle suggestions as well.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Benny B on July 07, 2014, 11:46:56 AM
Fished in an amateur tourney in Lake Minnetonka a few weeks ago... nothing of any notable size, but the number of smallies caught was ridiculous.  I didn't come close to any individual accolades, but even if my partner had simply hooked half the fish I landed, we would have won the damn thing on total lbs.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on July 07, 2014, 12:23:08 PM
Benny,

Do you fish Tonka a lot? 

It can be a great bass lake if you know where to go......and beat the crowd.

I used to go with a buddy on Tonka a couple times  a year.  We'd hit the lake at sunrise, and off by 11 AM....to avoid the knuckleheads.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: PTM on July 07, 2014, 12:25:30 PM
Benny,

Do you fish Tonka a lot? 

It can be a great bass lake if you know where to go......and beat the crowd.

I used to go with a buddy on Tonka a couple times  a year.  We'd hit the lake at sunrise, and off by 11 AM....to avoid the knuckleheads.

Keep an eye out for this guy...
(http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/scandelous-boat.png)
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on July 07, 2014, 12:27:49 PM
What's worse is the 20 year olds driving their daddy's 40 ft stinkpot, all freshly liquored up from Lord Fletchers.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: PTM on July 07, 2014, 12:28:35 PM
What's worse is the 20 year olds driving their daddy's 40 ft stinkpot, all freshly liquored up from Lord Fletchers.

Fist pumping?
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: keefe on July 07, 2014, 12:40:26 PM
What's worse is the 20 year olds driving their daddy's 40 ft stinkpot, all freshly liquored up from Lord Fletchers.

Any idiot can man handle a fire belcher. A real man knows how to tame then harness the wind
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on July 07, 2014, 12:44:51 PM
I used to crew with a couple of guys who raced out of the Wayzata Yacht Club.  Sunday afternoons were just amazing on that lake with the boat traffic.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: keefe on July 07, 2014, 01:21:05 PM
I used to crew with a couple of guys who raced out of the Wayzata Yacht Club.  Sunday afternoons were just amazing on that lake with the boat traffic.

In my experience it is not the amount of traffic but the number of knuckleheads who don't know the Rules of the Road. Navigation has standard procedures to ensure predictability and safety but many boaters have not bothered to learn them. Throw in the idiots flying martini flags and it becomes nightmarish. Those under sail always have the right of way but there are enough fools out there that I rarely assume powered vessels will yield and I drop the wind.

The very best water is the Chesapeake because the winds are perfect and people know what they are doing. It is always a pleasure to sail the Peake.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on July 14, 2014, 06:50:16 AM
We are going next summer to Cedar Lake Camp near Perrault Falls in Ontario next summer.  This will be our first time at this lodge.  A couple of guys from our group bid on the trip at a DU banquet.

Anyone ever been to this lodge?
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Benny B on July 14, 2014, 12:16:24 PM
Benny,

Do you fish Tonka a lot? 

It can be a great bass lake if you know where to go......and beat the crowd.

I used to go with a buddy on Tonka a couple times  a year.  We'd hit the lake at sunrise, and off by 11 AM....to avoid the knuckleheads.

Once a year... typically on a weekday in early June before school has let out and the water is still cool.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: keefe on July 14, 2014, 12:37:55 PM
We are going next summer to Cedar Lake Camp near Perrault Falls in Ontario next summer.  This will be our first time at this lodge.  A couple of guys from our group bid on the trip at a DU banquet.

Anyone ever been to this lodge?

Before you head off to that great lodge in the sky, chili, you need to fish Gustavus in May-June. 45 pound chinooks, sockeyes and silvers, 120 pound butt, ling cod and rock fish. Magnificent.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on July 14, 2014, 02:35:05 PM
With three kids in college, I am on an Ontario kind of budget.

I agree with you though, Alaska is definitely on the bucket list.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on July 14, 2014, 03:58:29 PM
Once a year... typically on a weekday in early June before school has let out and the water is still cool.

What was the name of the tournament you fished?
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Benny B on July 15, 2014, 09:37:06 AM
What was the name of the tournament you fished?

I don't know if there's an official name for it... it's a private tournament hosted by one of the Pohlad companies for a bunch of their clients from around the US.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Ari Gold on July 15, 2014, 10:08:42 AM
Was up north near hayward over the weekend. Knocked down a ton of bass including a 4 lb.
Only needed one kind of bait: https://kickerfishbait.com/shop/the-origional-texas-weedless-wacky-worm-6-14/
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: SaintPaulWarrior on July 15, 2014, 11:06:53 AM
Keep an eye out for this guy...
(http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/scandelous-boat.png)

Not sure if you were referring to this or not but Al and Alma's is sort of famous up here.  They have a line of party/dinner boats.  They are most famous for the Vikings "Sex party" cruise about 9 years ago on Lake Minnetonka.

http://archive.kare11.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=108966
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: PTM on July 15, 2014, 11:19:50 AM
Not sure if you were referring to this or not but Al and Alma's is sort of famous up here.  They have a line of party/dinner boats.  They are most famous for the Vikings "Sex party" cruise about 9 years ago on Lake Minnetonka.

http://archive.kare11.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=108966

Nailed it.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: keefe on July 15, 2014, 11:34:29 AM
Not sure if you were referring to this or not but Al and Alma's is sort of famous up here.  They have a line of party/dinner boats.  They are most famous for the Vikings "Sex party" cruise about 9 years ago on Lake Minnetonka.

We rented a boat from Al and Alma's about 8 years ago. She handled like a champ but the seats were inexplicably sticky.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Ari Gold on July 18, 2014, 10:34:26 AM
Caught this video making the rounds on FB the other day, too cool to not share

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=270770363110868&set=vb.266066813581223&type=2&theater (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=270770363110868&set=vb.266066813581223&type=2&theater)
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: SaintPaulWarrior on July 18, 2014, 05:10:41 PM
We rented a boat from Al and Alma's about 8 years ago. She handled like a champ but the seats were inexplicably sticky.

That was probably Duante Culpepper.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on August 30, 2014, 06:11:21 PM
Good afternoon fishing. 15 minutes, 5 fish, including 2 smb's over 14.

Just a good day of fishing.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: mr.MUskie on September 28, 2014, 11:08:22 PM
Fished a quiet Northern Wisconsin lake this evening and got this 21 1/2 inch smallmouth bass.  My partner followed it up a few minutes later with a 21".  Lost one about 10 minutes later that may have been even bigger because it was too dark to effectively net it.  I guess I will have to credit the lucky shirt for my new personal best smb.

Overall, had a heck of a weekend.  Friend of mine had relatives over for the weekend, and they wanted a fish fry.  Friday night went out with a buddy and we each got a limit of crappies.  Saturday afternoon we each got a limit of largemouth bass, and early evening we both limited on walleye, with a very fat northern as an added bonus.  Then followed up this evening with the smallie.  Will be back up here in a couple weeks for the fall Muskie hunt.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on November 20, 2014, 08:01:28 PM
Anyone ice fishing yet?
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: SaintPaulWarrior on November 20, 2014, 08:07:48 PM
Anyone ice fishing yet?

Snowmobiling season does not start until Dec. 1 in the UP and Dec. 15 in MN and WI.  Damn deer hunters.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: club cheezes VIP lounge on December 04, 2014, 08:54:30 PM
Anyone ice fishing yet?

Picked up a nice walleye on Thanksgiving morning by my brother's place near Nekoosa.

Will be out tomorrow afternoon and before the game Saturday closer to home (Chippewa Falls).

Nothing but great panfish reports coming in, gotta love this time of year...
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: mr.MUskie on December 21, 2014, 07:42:23 PM
Anyone ice fishing yet?

Took a 3 day trip up to St Germain for some ice fishing.  Lots of panfish, a few walleyes and some northerns.  Ice was 8-11 inches.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Hards_Alumni on December 22, 2014, 04:23:36 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DohOJVc2j6s&app=desktop

not me, but I thought I'd share this because it is really neat.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on December 23, 2014, 05:16:38 AM
That ice is so clear, like looking into an aquarium.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Benny B on December 23, 2014, 10:21:33 AM
What's the phenomenon that allows the ice to be that clear?  I know that ice sculptors create clear blocks of ice by freezing artificially turbulent water (basically an aquarium pump), but I doubt someone has an aerator running 20 miles off-shore.

I'm glad that wasn't you Hards.  That would have become your Scoop meme from which there would be no escape.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Hards_Alumni on December 24, 2014, 08:50:52 AM
What's the phenomenon that allows the ice to be that clear?  I know that ice sculptors create clear blocks of ice by freezing artificially turbulent water (basically an aquarium pump), but I doubt someone has an aerator running 20 miles off-shore.

I'm glad that wasn't you Hards.  That would have become your Scoop meme from which there would be no escape.

I would have absolutely deserved it.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Hards_Alumni on January 13, 2015, 08:42:30 PM
Wife and FIL started an ice shack business.

Www.fatotteroutdoors.com

Let me know what you guys think!
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: LloydsLegs on January 13, 2015, 09:33:46 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DohOJVc2j6s&app=desktop

not me, but I thought I'd share this because it is really neat.

Thanks for sharing that--fun to watch someone experience such pure joy.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on January 14, 2015, 04:23:02 AM
Wife and FIL started an ice shack business.

Www.fatotteroutdoors.com

Let me know what you guys think!

Love the light weight, portability, and ease of storage.

Do they plan on displaying at any sport shows? 

First Friday in December, huge one focused exclusively on ice fishing in St. Paul at convention center.  I did a booth there a couple of years ago for a non-profit ice tournament.  Tons of press, pro anglers, and huge volume of traffic.  St. Paul Ice Show.  http://www.gsevents.com/shows/display.cfm?showID=56&showtypeid=3&src=345&sfid=73

Any distributors yet?
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Benny B on January 14, 2015, 09:56:49 AM
Wife and FIL started an ice shack business.

Www.fatotteroutdoors.com

Let me know what you guys think!

As an avid ice-fisherman during my HS days (mostly because it was a "speakeasy" for us 16-18 year olds), let me say that I love the idea of a collapsible, hard-sided shack that stores flat.  At the end of every season, there were always a few "For Sale - Cheap" signs because a lot of people didn't want or have room to store during the summer.  My uncle (mom's brother) stored his in our backyard because we had room and he didn't, which worked out great until my parents divorced and my dad kept the house... and it worked out even greater for the recipient when my uncle ended up having to give the shack away.

The photos on the website are great for perspective, but it needs a page showing dimensions and specs (don't forget the storage footprint).  A time-lapse video of set-up would be a nice touch; the competitive advantage here is the lightweight, easy-setup construction/materials... emphasize it.

Price point looks good.  Not sure what went into that as far as research, but $3K seems about right considering the high end soft-sides will run upwards of a grand and a you could buy a new Prius for the cost of a crank-down.

One drawback - mostly because I'm a pansy who preferred to ice fish exclusively when the air temp is sub-zero (less likely the deputies will be out knocking on doors) - is that it appears to lack integration for heat source (e.g. exhaust/fresh air exchange ports), although I think I know why this feature was omitted (something that rhymes with "bastard class-action, money-grubbing product liability schmattorneys").  I know a lot of people forgo the heat, but I like being able to hold a can of beer with my bare hand while I fish.

I'd like to see a cross-section of the aluminum walls/roof.  Again, pansy here, but if design/specs would permit, a nice option would be to fill the cavities with closed-cell spray foam, especially with the lack of heat source integration.  What's the point of t-pane windows if the other 95% of the surface area is a heatsink?  Depending on the cavity size, the additional weight would be negligible and you could increase the r-value by 400-600%.  Not to mention, it would give the aluminum construction a much more durable feel both in setup and in holding up to the wind (resist bending/warping).  If not feasible in the walls, I would at least try to offer this in the roof since that's where the majority of heat loss is going to occur.  Again, depending on cavity size, you're probably not looking not much more than 200-250 board feet of cured foam, which even at retail cost of $1/bd-ft plus markup, you're only adding 10% to the retail cost.

The one thing I think is a bit shortsighted is the nickle-and-diming for the four-holer.  If you were selling these to a bunch of FIBs and east-coasters, sure, up-charge the $149; but your wife & FIL are going to turn off a lot of Minnies and Sconnies by trying to get that extra buck-fifty when the customer knows damn well that you know damn well that everyone wants the four-holer.  I would bet that 95% of those who do end up ordering the two-holer are going to cut two more holes on their own and spend $40 for some Catch Covers, so I'd simply make the four-holer standard and upcharge for a premium hole-cover/sleeve/safety cover instead.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Hards_Alumni on January 14, 2015, 08:56:03 PM
Love the light weight, portability, and ease of storage.

Do they plan on displaying at any sport shows? 

First Friday in December, huge one focused exclusively on ice fishing in St. Paul at convention center.  I did a booth there a couple of years ago for a non-profit ice tournament.  Tons of press, pro anglers, and huge volume of traffic.  St. Paul Ice Show.  http://www.gsevents.com/shows/display.cfm?showID=56&showtypeid=3&src=345&sfid=73

Any distributors yet?

None yet, but we have only had the product available for a bout a week. :)  Our first expo will be at the end of Feb/first week in March (talk about horrible timing!), in Madison

http://www.madisonfishingexpo.com/

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The photos on the website are great for perspective, but it needs a page showing dimensions and specs (don't forget the storage footprint).  A time-lapse video of set-up would be a nice touch; the competitive advantage here is the lightweight, easy-setup construction/materials... emphasize it.

Noted, and will be included in a future website update.

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Price point looks good.  Not sure what went into that as far as research, but $3K seems about right considering the high end soft-sides will run upwards of a grand and a you could buy a new Prius for the cost of a crank-down.

research was minimal.  I think the price is alright.  Personally, I think that the product is great, but the business is very fly by night at this point.

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One drawback - mostly because I'm a pansy who preferred to ice fish exclusively when the air temp is sub-zero (less likely the deputies will be out knocking on doors) - is that it appears to lack integration for heat source (e.g. exhaust/fresh air exchange ports), although I think I know why this feature was omitted (something that rhymes with "bastard class-action, money-grubbing product liability schmattorneys").  I know a lot of people forgo the heat, but I like being able to hold a can of beer with my bare hand while I fish.

I have mentioned this to them as well, and I think that something like this would be extremely easy to include, but 'designing' it to have a heat source is scary for a number of reasons... the first being the lawyers, like you mentioned. :)  For a test, they put the shack up, and put a simple Mr. Buddy propane heater inside, and within 5 minutes, it was at 60F. 

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I'd like to see a cross-section of the aluminum walls/roof.  Again, pansy here, but if design/specs would permit, a nice option would be to fill the cavities with closed-cell spray foam, especially with the lack of heat source integration.  What's the point of t-pane windows if the other 95% of the surface area is a heatsink?  Depending on the cavity size, the additional weight would be negligible and you could increase the r-value by 400-600%.  Not to mention, it would give the aluminum construction a much more durable feel both in setup and in holding up to the wind (resist bending/warping).  If not feasible in the walls, I would at least try to offer this in the roof since that's where the majority of heat loss is going to occur.  Again, depending on cavity size, you're probably not looking not much more than 200-250 board feet of cured foam, which even at retail cost of $1/bd-ft plus markup, you're only adding 10% to the retail cost.

These bad boys have some sort of foam sandwiched between the aluminum sides... I'm not sure of the spec on it, but I will look into it.

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The one thing I think is a bit shortsighted is the nickle-and-diming for the four-holer.  If you were selling these to a bunch of FIBs and east-coasters, sure, up-charge the $149; but your wife & FIL are going to turn off a lot of Minnies and Sconnies by trying to get that extra buck-fifty when the customer knows damn well that you know damn well that everyone wants the four-holer.  I would bet that 95% of those who do end up ordering the two-holer are going to cut two more holes on their own and spend $40 for some Catch Covers, so I'd simply make the four-holer standard and upcharge for a premium hole-cover/sleeve/safety cover instead.

Absolutely agree.  While there is a bit more welding and reinforcing involved with the 4 hole setup, I don't understand why anyone would even want the two holes instead of the 4.  I think my wife agrees as well.


Thanks for all of the feedback, guys!
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Hards_Alumni on January 14, 2015, 09:01:14 PM
1 inch extruded foam R5 for the sandwich.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: muwarrior69 on January 15, 2015, 09:17:46 AM
Are there any of these in Wiconsin?

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/01/15/28-pound-rainbow-trout-caught-in-northern-idaho-would-have-been-record-breaker/?intcmp=latestnews
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Benny B on January 15, 2015, 10:44:40 AM
1 inch extruded foam R5 for the sandwich.

Cool... make sure that reads on the website.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on January 15, 2015, 11:13:36 AM
Are there any of these in Wiconsin?

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/01/15/28-pound-rainbow-trout-caught-in-northern-idaho-would-have-been-record-breaker/?intcmp=latestnews

Top water fishing in early May on Lake Superior outside of Superior can yield monster trout and huge walleyes.  Especially outside the mouth of the St. Louis and the Brule river.

Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on January 17, 2015, 08:57:05 AM
http://cedarpointlodge.com

Guy in the promo video with MU gear on. And no, not me.

Been there twice. Good lodge.  If you go, get Gordy for a guide.  He's a hoot.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: mr.MUskie on January 17, 2015, 10:52:40 AM
Top water fishing in early May on Lake Superior outside of Superior can yield monster trout and huge walleyes.  Especially outside the mouth of the St. Louis and the Brule river.



Really? On top water? I'll have to try that.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on January 17, 2015, 11:02:31 AM
Yep. Great fishing very early May.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on February 02, 2015, 06:32:52 PM
Rented an Ice Castle last weekend.  Very nice. Satellite dish, rattle wheels, oven and stove.  Hooked up a generator, life was good.   Had lots of fun when we hooked up the Marcum color camera to the 32 inch LCD tv.

Crappies and northerns.  And crown.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: mr.MUskie on February 02, 2015, 07:43:48 PM
Went ice fishing with my brother and a friend on Saturday on a suburban forest preserve lake. We only got one crappie but it was still great getting out with them.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on February 02, 2015, 09:47:58 PM
You should have nailed them in front of the storm.  Were you using 'lectronics?
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: mr.MUskie on February 03, 2015, 02:42:51 AM
You should have nailed them in front of the storm.  Were you using 'lectronics?

Nah. Just went out for a couple hours to a lake none of us had ever been to before. There were a few other guys out there and only saw a couple fish on the ice. We were thinking the same thing about the storm, but it just wasn't happening. We talked to an old guy who said he fishes it all the time and said he always gets a few northerns, and he was skunked.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on February 03, 2015, 12:45:07 PM
I hear Wojo took the team ice fishing last Sunday.

Carlino, Fischer, Duwill caught limits.  Derrick got skunked, as he was busy baiting everyone else's hook the whole time.  Man, that Derrick is a bad fisherman.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Hards_Alumni on February 04, 2015, 08:50:50 AM
Rented an Ice Castle last weekend.  Very nice. Satellite dish, rattle wheels, oven and stove.  Hooked up a generator, life was good.   Had lots of fun when we hooked up the Marcum color camera to the 32 inch LCD tv.

Crappies and northerns.  And crown.


Nice!  We plan to also offer rentals in the Madison area for the Portable Ice Shacks.  We recently added a vent that is easy to open, and flush with the rest of the building.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Hards_Alumni on February 17, 2015, 08:49:00 AM
can anyone show me how to embed youtube videos here.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Benny B on February 20, 2015, 09:23:02 AM
can anyone show me how to embed youtube videos here.

Let's say you want to embed the video on this page: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbZuBDJVHEI

Below the video player, click "Share" and then "Embed."

A line of code pops up.

<iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/wbZuBDJVHEI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Copy this code.

Now come back to Scoop, open a "post" window (like the one I'm typing in right now), and click the flash icon (it's the pink circular one on the left side right above the first smiley face), and the following will appear in your text:

[ flash=200,200][ /flash]
(note that I'm putting a space after the opening brackets; this is so the actual code appears.  Don't insert this space when embedding yourself)

Paste the embed link between the inner brackets as so:

[ flash=200,200]<iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/wbZuBDJVHEI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>[ /flash]

Change the 200,200 to the width and height listed in the embed link and delete everything between the inner brackets except for the actual URL (delete the quotations around the URL too).  It should then look like this:

[ flash=420,315]https://www.youtube.com/embed/wbZuBDJVHEI[ /flash]

Now comes the tricky part, in the middle of the link, remove "embed" and replace with a singular "e," as follows:

[ flash=420,315]https://www.youtube.com/e/wbZuBDJVHEI[ /flash]

Hit "Post" and now you can say:

https://www.youtube.com/e/wbZuBDJVHEI
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Sir Lawrence on February 20, 2015, 01:39:36 PM
An interesting little dust up regarding "tying up" fish and keeping them under the ice for promotions:

https://www.facebook.com/walleyemafiallc/posts/321257128084202:0



Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Hards_Alumni on February 23, 2015, 09:05:43 AM
https://www.youtube.com/e/gqlRLXXiyK4
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Hards_Alumni on February 23, 2015, 09:07:30 AM
https://www.youtube.com/e/tcGQpjCztgA
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Blackhat on February 24, 2015, 05:42:58 PM
FYI, Madison Fishing Expo is this weekend.  Good seminars on Wisconsin river fishing, area lakes, spring wallys, etc.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Hards_Alumni on February 25, 2015, 09:12:44 PM
FYI, Madison Fishing Expo is this weekend.  Good seminars on Wisconsin river fishing, area lakes, spring wallys, etc.

Aye, I'll be there
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on March 01, 2015, 10:25:41 AM
Going out on the St. Croix after the game. Last chance for walleye for 60 days. Fishing below the Hudson bridge, down stream, off the eddy from the power plant.  Never know what you'll get on the river. Mooneyes, huge cats, smallies....
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on March 01, 2015, 05:54:51 PM
Fun on the Croix
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on April 12, 2015, 09:40:43 AM
Ice is OUT up north.  Gonna take a crack at some crappies next weekend.

Going to cast small crappie jigs with chartreuse tube in the shallows.  What's your favorite technique for this time of year?
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: WellsstreetWanderer on April 12, 2015, 11:21:35 AM
Checked out our lake in So Cal and some bass have already spawned but many still in shallows.  I use something like a Wooly Bugger to cast into the shore and make them mad enough to pick it up. Two weeks ago we caught fish on wacky worms and other plastics as they were staging to go into the shallows. Pretty soon I will be able to entice them on top with my fly rod using poppers.
Will be a pretty bad year for Sierra trout streams with no snowpack. Last year one of my favorite rivers was reduced to a trickle. Pretty depressing.
Many of us stayed away from the high altitude streams where the Golden Trout reside because they are so stressed and vulnerable.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Benny B on April 12, 2015, 11:25:13 AM
Taking the boy to the neighborhood pond today for the first casts of the year.  Cast and reel w/ jig and simple worm seems to do the trick.

Online licensing has got to be one of the Internet's greatest creations... fifteen extra minutes of fishing today.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: WellsstreetWanderer on April 12, 2015, 11:38:53 AM
The greatest joy in fishing is to introduce someone to the sport. When it a youngster it is especially rewarding. My grandson just turned three and we are planning his first outing.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on April 12, 2015, 07:50:48 PM
Going to a new lake this year in Ontario. Darren and Merri's Cedar Lake Camp.  Supposedly trophy muskies.

Just south of Lac Seul off of 105. Anyone been there?
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on April 17, 2015, 09:43:30 PM
Up north today.  Stopped off at Marine General for my favorite northern lure, Williams Whitefish spoons.  Straight silver finish.  Killer on Nords.  Only place in the Midwest that sells the large size.

Bait box was next on hwy 53.  Nestled up next to the big freighters on Lake Superior.  Understated ambience is suttle and imposing.

Tossed crappie minnows all afternoon in 72 degree warmth.  Didn't catch sh1t. Didn't care.

Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on May 01, 2015, 05:27:02 PM
The opener is upon us.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Dan on May 01, 2015, 06:49:31 PM
Took my grandsons out this past weekend. Netted some bait fish next to the support girders of the Sanibel bridge, then caught a few redfish in the pass between Captiva and N. Captiva islands.

Grandsons fed the rest of the bait fish to a couple of dolphins, and watched the manatees swim by. Weather is great, and so is the fishing. Life is good. Feel free to stop by sometime.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: mr.MUskie on May 01, 2015, 11:08:12 PM
The opener is upon us.


+1. Finally.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: mubb34 on May 02, 2015, 12:12:16 PM
The walleyes and white bass are plentiful on Winnebago. Caught over 100 white bass and 20 walleyes last weekend. Limited out again yesterday pretty fast! Now time to get the Lake Michigan rig ready!
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: mr.MUskie on May 04, 2015, 07:11:11 PM
Opening weekend in the Wisconsin Northwoods.  Six guys, limits of walleyes both days, a muskie on the river, a triple header of a 21 and 2 20 inch smallmouth, with a few crappie and northerns thrown in for good measure. Great weather until a heavy storm hit Sunday evening, saw very few fishermen out.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on May 04, 2015, 08:26:48 PM
You did better than us. A couple of snakes. Period.  Water still cold.

Heading up this weekend. Expect to do better with this warmer week. 
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: mr.MUskie on May 04, 2015, 09:00:20 PM
We had 60 ℉ water temps.

The lake we fished Sunday had a slot limit. We had to throw back a bunch of 14-18 inch wallys.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on May 04, 2015, 09:39:38 PM
That's a perfect temp. 

You must be in the ceded territory like us.  We get three fish, nothing under 18.  Dang nakie americans.

Last year, we had ice. Go figure.

Is it true that spearing is limited to the time before the opener only?
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: mr.MUskie on May 04, 2015, 10:24:03 PM
They can legally spear any time they want, but only do it in the spring when the fish are shallow. Plus they can set nets.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: mr.MUskie on May 08, 2015, 01:53:19 AM
Fished the Minocqua area today and caught quite a few smallies, including this toad.

(http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j144/mpiorko/5cd1627c774d2cf6023f3e2d37c98812_zpsrsucp743.jpg)
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: mr.MUskie on June 06, 2015, 12:38:13 PM
Another day, another 60 smallmouth. Most in the 16-18 inch range. My buddy wanted fish for dinner, so we also got a bunch of crappies, LM bass, northerns and and 8.5 inch bluegill. Only kept the crappies. The day before I got a 35 inch muskie on my smb gear.

(http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j144/mpiorko/d45198fd6ae72fc9126efc7e0964b06b_zps6fonf5wo.jpg)

(http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j144/mpiorko/898b5ccb9c8ca1cc1170f9c0d91c9bff_zpsklavt7oz.jpg)
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on June 06, 2015, 02:23:14 PM
Smallies should be spawning.

3 weeks till Canada.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: mr.MUskie on June 06, 2015, 02:35:40 PM
Smallies should be spawning.

3 weeks till Canada.

Just finished spawning here on most lakes this week. Saw a couple fish on beds but for the most part they were empty. Talked to a DNR biologist earlier in the week and he said they were seeing them on the beds at night while shocking Monday and Tuesday.
Wish I was going to Canada.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Stronghold on June 06, 2015, 04:49:54 PM
Anyone fish the Milwaukee area at all? I finally got my pole down here and want to try the Milwaukee River.  Any tips?
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: mubb34 on June 07, 2015, 08:34:18 AM
Anyone fish the Milwaukee area at all? I finally got my pole down here and want to try the Milwaukee River.  Any tips?

I usually go behind the Marcus Ampitheatre. Also, a drive to Port Washington is always nice!
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: DUNKS45 on June 07, 2015, 09:06:08 AM
Smallies should be spawning.

3 weeks till Canada.

It's looking good bro, can't wait
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Hards_Alumni on June 10, 2015, 09:03:14 AM
Smallies should be spawning.

3 weeks till Canada.

Where were you?

Was in GB up near Sister Bay looking for smallies... not much action.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on June 10, 2015, 11:40:42 AM
Muskie was the one catching the smallies.

I had read reports that smallies were on the beds last week in Northern Wisconsin. Probably over now, and on to gills on the beds.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: mubb34 on June 10, 2015, 07:33:34 PM
We caught about 200 white bass on Winnebago last weekend. Took the big boat out on Michigan and got 1 laker, 1 king, and 3 rainbows.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Benny B on June 10, 2015, 11:24:01 PM
Hitting Lake Minnetonka next week.  Anyone hear any reports up there?
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on June 11, 2015, 06:23:11 AM
Hitting Lake Minnetonka next week.  Anyone hear any reports up there?

http://fishingminnesota.com/forums/topic/177322-west-metro-minnetonka-waconia-prior-lake-fishing-reports-by-great-day-on-the-water-guide-service/?page=9#comment-1946683

If you are launching at Grays Bay, remember that hwy 101 is closed.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Benny B on June 11, 2015, 01:26:59 PM
http://fishingminnesota.com/forums/topic/177322-west-metro-minnetonka-waconia-prior-lake-fishing-reports-by-great-day-on-the-water-guide-service/?page=9#comment-1946683

If you are launching at Grays Bay, remember that hwy 101 is closed.

We typically set off near Manbearpig's Bay but that's actually good to know since we typically go into Wayzata for dinner/drinks after we get off the boat.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: MUWarrior2007 on June 11, 2015, 01:43:15 PM
Anyone ever fished around Ely?  Looking for a good recommendation for a lodge/guide type package place to take the wife for our first anniversary (at her request!).
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Hards_Alumni on June 11, 2015, 02:05:50 PM
Muskie was the one catching the smallies.

I had read reports that smallies were on the beds last week in Northern Wisconsin. Probably over now, and on to gills on the beds.

Yeah, but I'm sure that the Bay is behind.  A few nesting, but the water just started to warm.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Lighthouse 84 on June 11, 2015, 02:39:22 PM
On Memorial Day Weekend, I was up in Door Co. with my brother in law fishing on the bay side.  We got three walleye, from 23-27 inches.  The problem we had was filleting them, as his mom (my mother in law) must have used the fillet knife to cut barbed wire.  I got a sharpener the next day and all turned out good.

Here's my question for Scoop fishermen.  My brother in law is turning 50 next month and his siblings want to get some fishing and boating related gifts.  A new fillet knife is in the plans, but does anyone have any other good fishing/boat gift ideas for someone who is an avid fisherman/boat owner? I'm thinking of maybe a portable table to use when filleting fish?  What other great ideas can Scoop fishermen come up with?  Thanks Scoopers!
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: mr.MUskie on June 11, 2015, 07:41:15 PM
Get an electric fillet knife. I don't eat fish (!! Don't start, I've heard it all before) so I don't have personal experience, but a friend who fillets hundreds if not thousands of fish every year (he works for the DNR) swears by his. I saw him fillet 5 walleyes in the time it took other guys to do one.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on June 11, 2015, 09:35:27 PM
Check out Leech Lake fillet knives.  Guys who have them say they get a whole season without sharpening them.

http://www.leechlakeknife.com/Home.html

I pilot for trolling motor.

Williams Whitefish spoons. Not easy to find the large size. Dynamite on Nords.  Plain silver is my favorite.  Get the C90 size.

http://www.williams.ca/williams/whitefish/1-1-2oz-whitefish-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11

Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Lighthouse 84 on June 11, 2015, 09:42:02 PM
So trolling for walleye or brownies you'd use the C90?  color?
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on June 11, 2015, 10:02:47 PM
So trolling for walleye or brownies you'd use the C90?  color?

C90 casting for northerns.  Use a fairly heavy braid for line. 

I can find that size at Marine General in duluth. They have an on line catalog. Cabelas does not carry that size. Don't bother.

Silver is my best color.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: mr.MUskie on June 11, 2015, 11:47:20 PM
C90 casting for northerns.  Use a fairly heavy braid for line. 

I can find that size at Marine General in duluth. They have an on line catalog. Cabelas does not carry that size. Don't bother.

Silver is my best color.

They have some on eBay.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on June 13, 2015, 01:49:45 PM
15 fish this morning. Mostly smallies. 4 fow. 4 lb test on an Ultralight. Bobber and crawler off the dock, and my fat arse firmly planted in a deck chair.

Life is good.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: DUNKS45 on June 13, 2015, 02:30:21 PM
15 fish this morning. Mostly smallies. 4 fow. 4 lb test on an Ultralight. Bobber and crawler off the dock, and my fat arse firmly planted in a deck chair.

Life is good.

Beautiful, are you bringing your ultra light to canada?
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on June 13, 2015, 02:38:04 PM
Beautiful, are you bringing your ultra light to canada?

Yes.  Crappie killer.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Benny B on June 15, 2015, 10:20:52 AM
Here's a question I'm almost embarrassed to ask.... but is it bad form to bring your own tackle (i.e. plastics, spoons) on a fully-outfitted, guided fishing excursion?  My buddies and I do a "tournament" (it's part of a trade show) every year where people come in from all parts of the country - some who are avid fisherman, some who barely know how to attach a life vest, and many in between - and the guides outfit you with everything.  You literally show up in appropriate clothing, go to your assigned boat, and you're off.

Some of us take the tournament more seriously than others (and certainly more seriously than we should), and I was thinking about taking along a secret weapon or two from my own box this year.  I don't want to insult our guide, however; I just don't know how that's perceived.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on June 15, 2015, 12:14:46 PM
Wouldn't bother me if done right.

Guides like to learn too.

What tournament are you doing on Tonka?
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Benny B on June 15, 2015, 01:00:52 PM
Wouldn't bother me if done right.

Guides like to learn too.

What tournament are you doing on Tonka?

It's a private group; just a bunch of business folks killing some time between a seminar and dinner.  People around always ask what's going on when they see 100 boats pulling into Excelsior Bay on a morning in the middle of the week, and there's never any shortage of smartasses in our group who respond "we're going fishing."

Not sure that I could teach a guide anything, but probably best to leave the tackle at home any way... especially since I'm not checking a bag and really don't want to have to explain to TSA why I have three fishing lures in my carry-on.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on June 15, 2015, 01:13:54 PM
Good luck on Tonka.  There is some great bass fishing on that lake.  Let us know how you do.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Benny B on June 18, 2015, 02:32:25 PM
Good luck on Tonka.  There is some great bass fishing on that lake.  Let us know how you do.

My boat got skunked; we went out right after the rain cleared, but my guide admitted he had been on Tonka twice in the last year, so we were pretty much screwed from the beginning.  Lots of cabbage.  Few nibbles, no hits.  One lady in the group (another boat) landed a 37" muskie, though, so some people had a good day.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on June 18, 2015, 09:38:16 PM
One week till Canada. 

Gonna make up 10 pounds of Real Chili for the gang...it's why they ask me back every year.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on June 22, 2015, 08:39:35 PM
Who's got a good/great tartar sauce recipe?

Best I ever had was at the Village Pump on Kelleys Island.  The only thing they would share is that worschestershire sauce. 
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on July 10, 2015, 12:11:55 PM
51 inch muskie.  First time muskie fishing.  Caught it about 30 minutes into the trip.  Used a silver Williams Whitefish,C90 spoon.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: WellsstreetWanderer on July 10, 2015, 01:00:28 PM
Fished Lough Eske in Donegal  last week.  Rivers were low and Salmon were not running. Did catch four brown trout on a three fly tandem -one at a time.  Too much Jameson the night before and we both forgot cameras. A ghillie took us around in a large row boat . Gave him his first taste of beef jerkey. Don't think he cared for it.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: PTM on July 10, 2015, 01:36:41 PM
51 inch muskie.  First time muskie fishing.  Caught it about 30 minutes into the trip.  Used a silver Williams Whitefish,C90 spoon.

Committed to the screen name
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: mr.MUskie on July 10, 2015, 01:50:00 PM
51 inch muskie.  First time muskie fishing.  Caught it about 30 minutes into the trip.  Used a silver Williams Whitefish,C90 spoon.

FANTASTIC!! CONGRATS!!
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on July 10, 2015, 02:40:20 PM
FANTASTIC!! CONGRATS!!

Thanks.

I need to look into getting a replica made.  Any advice on a quality shop?
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Warrior Code on July 10, 2015, 09:24:11 PM
All right, fishing savants. I have a friend who knows next to nothing about fishing but is interested in getting a new hobby. For someone who didn't grow up with it, how does one "get into" fishing? He doesn't really know where to begin. How to choose the equipment, location, type of fish, etc. Any tips would be appreciated.

(The friend is me)
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on July 10, 2015, 09:59:54 PM
All right, fishing savants. I have a friend who knows next to nothing about fishing but is interested in getting a new hobby. For someone who didn't grow up with it, how does one "get into" fishing? He doesn't really know where to begin. How to choose the equipment, location, type of fish, etc. Any tips would be appreciated.

(The friend is me)

Where do you live?
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: mr.MUskie on July 11, 2015, 08:35:36 PM
Thanks.

I need to look into getting a replica made.  Any advice on a quality shop?


Joe Fittante in Antigo, WI. He's doing a smb for me right now. The guy is absolutely the best. If you call him he'll email you info on available positions. You select one, give him the length and girth, and email him any pictures you have and he will create a work of art. Or if you're in the area stop in his shop. The mounts he has on display are amazing.

http://www.fittantereplicas.com/
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on July 12, 2015, 10:15:13 AM

Joe Fittante in Antigo, WI. He's doing a smb for me right now. The guy is absolutely the best. If you call him he'll email you info on available positions. You select one, give him the length and girth, and email him any pictures you have and he will create a work of art. Or if you're in the area stop in his shop. The mounts he has on display are amazing.

http://www.fittantereplicas.com/

Thanks for the referral.

Our guide recommended this outfit.  Ever heard of them?  They get $15.50 per inch.  That's about $800 for my fish.  Seems a little pricey.

http://flexfish.ca/ 
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: mr.MUskie on July 12, 2015, 11:08:35 AM
Thanks for the referral.

Our guide recommended this outfit.  Ever heard of them?  They get $15.50 per inch.  That's about $800 for my fish.  Seems a little pricey.

http://flexfish.ca/

Sorry, haven't heard of them. I'm active on the musky hunter magazine forum and discussions pop up from time to time about who does the best muskie replicas. Fittante has fans, as well as Rick Lax in Conover, WI. I personally prefer Fittante. Another place I've heard good things about is Artistic Anglers. They're located in Duluth. I haven't seen too much of their work, but what I recall seeing was pretty good. Check them all out and see who you prefer. If you're not in a hurry go to one of the muskie shows this winter. I go to shows in the Chicago and Milwaukee areas and Lax and Fittante usually have lots of mounts on display. I'm sure there's a show in Minny as well. Be advised that it usually takes 10-12 months to get your replica. $800+ is probably about what you're going to pay for a 50+ inch fish. My smallie is costing me $400.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: keefe on July 12, 2015, 12:05:16 PM
51 inch muskie.  First time muskie fishing.  Caught it about 30 minutes into the trip.  Used a silver Williams Whitefish,C90 spoon.

Well done! I love how you used your Scoop name for the Catch of the Week Board. F#cking great.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on July 12, 2015, 12:17:26 PM
Well done! I love how you used your Scoop name for the Catch of the Week Board. F#cking great.

Did you catch the edit I did on the fish photo  Quite proud of my new-found photo editing skills.   ;D
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on July 12, 2015, 12:19:01 PM
Sorry, haven't heard of them. I'm active on the musky hunter magazine forum and discussions pop up from time to time about who does the best muskie replicas. Fittante has fans, as well as Rick Lax in Conover, WI. I personally prefer Fittante. Another place I've heard good things about is Artistic Anglers. They're located in Duluth. I haven't seen too much of their work, but what I recall seeing was pretty good. Check them all out and see who you prefer. If you're not in a hurry go to one of the muskie shows this winter. I go to shows in the Chicago and Milwaukee areas and Lax and Fittante usually have lots of mounts on display. I'm sure there's a show in Minny as well. Be advised that it usually takes 10-12 months to get your replica. $800+ is probably about what you're going to pay for a 50+ inch fish. My smallie is costing me $400.

Great idea on the shows.  I'm not in a hurry to get it done....want it done right!
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Warrior Code on July 13, 2015, 02:11:51 AM
Where do you live?

Peoria but I might be moving to Indianapolis soon.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: keefe on July 13, 2015, 02:15:14 AM

Peoria but I might be moving to Indianapolis soon.

You poor bastard. I'm not sure which is worse - staying in Peoria or moving to Indian No Place.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Warrior Code on July 13, 2015, 12:06:28 PM
You poor bastard. I'm not sure which is worse - staying in Peoria or moving to Indian No Place.

And just a year and a half ago I was in Seattle. What happened to me?
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on July 13, 2015, 07:27:55 PM
  • y
Peoria but I might be moving to Indianapolis soon.

So mostly bass and panfish.

I'd get a 6 foot spinning rod, medium-light weight. If you don't have a boat, it's good for casting spinners and such off of banks and docks.  Also good for bobber fishing. If you go from a boat, it's a good utility rod.

For line, I'd go with 8 pound mono.  Fluorocarbon is nice, but twice the price.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Warrior Code on July 14, 2015, 01:02:27 AM
So mostly bass and panfish.

I'd get a 6 foot spinning rod, medium-light weight. If you don't have a boat, it's good for casting spinners and such off of banks and docks.  Also good for bobber fishing. If you go from a boat, it's a good utility rod.

For line, I'd go with 8 pound mono.  Fluorocarbon is nice, but twice the price.

Thanks, Chili. I'll report back when I get a chance to get out there.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on August 27, 2015, 06:07:20 AM
Anyone been out lately?
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: mr.MUskie on August 27, 2015, 05:36:09 PM
Anyone been out lately?

Fished the 2015 National Championship Musky Open Tournament in Eagle River this past weekend. There were 1,266 anglers and 195 muskies caught and registered (had to be at least 34" minimum). Biggest was a 49" and there were 2 48s caught. I had an undersized and lost one that might have taken big fish.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Blackhat on August 27, 2015, 08:12:19 PM
Fished the lower Wisconsin River last weekend.   Caught some nice size walleye and smallies.   It's tricky getting around that river but some good fishing. 
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on August 27, 2015, 09:45:39 PM
Fished the 2015 National Championship Musky Open Tournament in Eagle River this past weekend. There were 1,266 anglers and 195 muskies caught and registered (had to be at least 34" minimum). Biggest was a 49" and there were 2 48s caught. I had an undersized and lost one that might have taken big fish.

I read stories like this and realize how f'ing lucky I was this summer with my first Muskie.

I've not been out since Canada.  Reprioritized when wife got cancer diagnosis.  She is well on her way to a full recovery!  All is well. 

Stone, are you going to Cedar Point Lodge this summer?
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: mr.MUskie on August 27, 2015, 10:21:26 PM
I read stories like this and realize how f'ing lucky I was this summer with my first Muskie.

I've not been out since Canada.  Reprioritized when wife got cancer diagnosis.  She is well on her way to a full recovery!  All is well. 

Stone, are you going to Cedar Point Lodge this summer?

This was half day on Friday, all day Saturday, and half a day on Sunday. A lot of hours by mostly very experienced Muskie sticks fishing the lakes of their choice to catch those fish. I believe this was the most fish ever recorded in the 30 year history of the tournament.
Thoughts and prayers for your wife. Very glad to hear she's doing well.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Blackhat on August 28, 2015, 03:32:24 AM


Stone, are you going to Cedar Point Lodge this summer?

I wish.  The crew goes about every year but I'll probably be going in '17.  Saving for a new house right now. 

I'm gonna fish Castle Rock Lake next.   I've been hearing a lot of positive things about the fish population there. 
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Waldo Jeffers on August 28, 2015, 10:05:50 AM
Everyone's favorite Dukie is a big muskie enthusiast, surprised no one posted about his recent fishing in Beaver Dam


Laettner is an avid muskie fisherman, and so when SlopFrogBaits.com owners Steve and Amy McQuin (the BD husband and wife met Laettner at a muskie fishing show in Chicago over the winter) recruited Laettner here to host his camps, they figured they’d spice things up a little.

“They took my idea and just ran with it – and they even added a little fishing tournament to it,” Laettner said. “So it’s been a lot of fun.”

The McQuins organized the event – the camps for youth boys and girls were Friday and Saturday, the fishing tournament on Beaver Dam Lake was Sunday morning, and there was a silent auction and social event on Sunday evening at Beaver Dam Country Club – as a fundraiser for the Beaver Dam High School athletic department.

SlopFrogBaits.com is a company based in Beaver Dam that produces artificial fishing lures.

And the product is right up Laettner’s alley.

The 6-foot-11 former NCAA Division I men’s basketball player of the year (1992) discovered muskie fishing in 1996 when his strength and conditioning coach with the Minnesota Timberwolves (he played for the T-Wolves for four seasons from 1992-93 to 1995-96 during a 13-year NBA career) took him up to Lake of the Woods in northern Minnesota.

“Ever since then,” Laettner said, “I’ve just been obsessed with it, addicted to it – I just love it.”


(http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/wiscnews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/c/66/c661db53-91c7-5d63-ae40-9f14e18a939b/55da800bb232d.image.jpg)
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: mr.MUskie on August 28, 2015, 10:25:56 AM
That's a picture of a northern, not a muskie.

http://themuskielife.com/
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Sir Lawrence on August 28, 2015, 11:16:40 AM
That's a picture of a northern, not a muskie.


Agreed, northern, no doubt about it.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: JamilJaeJamailJrJuan on August 28, 2015, 06:30:44 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_a7AZbJGNM


Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: JamilJaeJamailJrJuan on August 28, 2015, 06:31:31 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_a7AZbJGNM

Watch this video. It is funny..but not the reason I am posting.  One of the guys in this video HAS to be Joe Fulce.  Literally has to be.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Dr. Blackheart on August 29, 2015, 12:11:06 AM
I read stories like this and realize how f'ing lucky I was this summer with my first Muskie.

I've not been out since Canada.  Reprioritized when wife got cancer diagnosis.  She is well on her way to a full recovery!  All is well. 

Stone, are you going to Cedar Point Lodge this summer?

Best wishes to Mrs. Chili.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on August 29, 2015, 06:08:36 AM
Thanks Doc...and Muskie too.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: PTM on August 29, 2015, 06:41:38 AM
Got zeroed on Delavan last week.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on August 31, 2015, 09:50:46 PM
Now that's a fish....

http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/outdoors/fishing/3827428-duluths-blake-yorde-guides-anglers-big-salmon-and-trout-alaska
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Lighthouse 84 on September 08, 2015, 08:27:10 AM
The catch of our weekend.  Somewhere around 14 lbs?  But that was our best guess.  Caught it trolling in Door Co. on Green Bay.

Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on September 08, 2015, 08:49:26 AM
Would have never guessed a catfish on the big pond. 

Did you keep it?  Blackened catfish = nummy.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Lighthouse 84 on September 08, 2015, 09:06:17 AM
We did.  And it was.

Caught him in about 30 feet of water about 350 ft behind the boat.   Three sheepshead also but tossed them back.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: MUWarrior2007 on September 10, 2015, 12:17:32 PM
I've never done a guided fishing trip before, but I'm doing one in two weeks for just a day near Ely, MN.  What is the etiquette involved with guided fishing trips?  Do I tip the guide at the end of the day?  If so, how much do you guys tip on average?  Thanks!
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on September 10, 2015, 01:08:15 PM
Yes, my opinion is that a tip is appropriate.  15 - 20%.

If the guide works their a$$ off, but you don't catch fish, that can happen.  Pay attention the small things a guide can do to help you.  These guides deserve a tip in my opinion.  If they take you to a spot, and tell you to start fishing, that's not good enough in my book.  Also, they should be willing to mark up a map for you  as well.

We had two guides in Canada this year.  Both were outstanding.  We didn't do well with the first one.  He was an old-timer on the lake and knew what he was doing.  He worked his a$$ off, but it was a tough day with a mayfly hatch.  He marked up a map that gave us a ton of productive spots on following days.  The second guide put us on fish, including a 51" muskie.  He too took the time to mark up a map for us too.

Good luck.  Who's the guide you are going with?
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Benny B on September 11, 2015, 11:32:38 AM
My step-brothers both worked as guides  when my mom & step-father had a small fly-in resort in Canada.  I think they charged something like $100/day (of which they kept 100%), but it wasn't uncommon for them to be tipped 200-300% on top of that after a good week (and there were plenty of those).  I'm sure they got stiffed once in a while, but keep in mind that this was a small resort where they were essentially a personal guide for the week, and depending on which lake they were on, they might each only have one person in the both with them on a given day.  Not to mention, they cleaned, prepped, and packaged all of the fish for the guests to take home.

You also have to look at the all-in price, and it also depends on the guide service... some of these guys who are just employees only get a modest share of the guide fee.  Some guys run their own service and keep 100% of the guide fee.

In other words - between two guides with a daily fee of $350 - I would be more inclined to tip $100 to a kid who works seasonally (who probably keeps <50% of the guide fee) than I would to the guy who owns the boat and keeps the entire fee.

As far as percentage, I agree with chili... 15-20%, same as a restaurant.  If you catch your bag or a trophy and want to show your appreciation, definitely increase the tip; however, don't ever dock a tip just because you only had a few nibbles the entire day.  If you go home empty because the guide was lazy and incompetent, that's a different story, but to elaborate on chili's other point, if your guy works his ass off but you go home dry, remember that not even Babe Wizzleteats himself can help you catch a fish on a bad day when it comes to deciding how much to tip.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Hards_Alumni on September 15, 2015, 11:12:16 AM
Wife caught a 40"+ Musky on Namakagon this weekend, and had a 30" next to the boat before it snapped the line.

Other than that we had a really rough go.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on September 20, 2015, 08:12:11 AM
4 smallies yesterday, in between naps on the end of the dock.

Back at it again this morning with a worm and a bobber....and reading scoop. Beautiful morning here in the northwoods.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on December 03, 2015, 09:19:01 PM
Going shopping this weekend.

http://www.gsevents.com/shows/display.cfm?showID=56&showtypeid=3&src=345&sfid=73

Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: mr.MUskie on December 04, 2015, 10:01:58 PM
8+ hours on St Clair today. Didn't see a fish.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Hards_Alumni on December 05, 2015, 10:40:09 AM
Going shopping this weekend.

http://www.gsevents.com/shows/display.cfm?showID=56&showtypeid=3&src=345&sfid=73

I'll be there with the wife running a booth!  Come say hi!  Zero 40 outdoors... we'll have a ice shack on a trailer.  My name is Bryan and I have long hair and a grizzly beard.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on December 05, 2015, 11:19:35 AM
I'll be down tomorrow morning.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on December 06, 2015, 04:38:32 PM
I'll be there with the wife running a booth!  Come say hi!  Zero 40 outdoors... we'll have a ice shack on a trailer.  My name is Bryan and I have long hair and a grizzly beard.

Stopped by your booth today at 3. You've got a great product.  Very nice option compared to Ice Castle.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Hards_Alumni on December 06, 2015, 08:18:42 PM
Stopped by your booth today at 3. You've got a great product.  Very nice option compared to Ice Castle.

Thanks.  I was long gone by then.

We are looking at doing some drop down wheels since they seem to be a big seller now.  For what exact reason I do not understand.  Also, we are replacing the rivets with some 3M tape that is stronger than them, and will make them more sleek.  We were approached by Yeti about building their panels.  These shows aren't about making sales for us.  Its about making contacts, getting our product out there, learning from what others are doing, and then doing it better and cheaper.

Any suggestions you have would be warmly accepted.

BTW, we had to change our name from Fat Otter because Otter sent us a C&D... Understandable.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Sir Lawrence on December 06, 2015, 08:20:54 PM
I just hope there is ice to fish on this winter. 
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on December 06, 2015, 08:28:54 PM
Went to a holiday party last night.  One guy showed me pics of walleyes caught on tips with 2 inches of ice.  Just nuts.  Nice Wallys.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Hards_Alumni on December 06, 2015, 09:27:29 PM
Went to a holiday party last night.  One guy showed me pics of walleyes caught on tips with 2 inches of ice.  Just nuts.  Nice Wallys.

Yikes.  No fish is worth a life.  2 inches... may as well keep the prop on and just be safe.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: mr.MUskie on December 06, 2015, 10:42:02 PM
Yikes.  No fish is worth a life.  2 inches... may as well keep the prop on and just be safe.

They were ice skating on a lake near me in Boulder Junction last week.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=TIK9kiHf_kI
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Stronghold on December 06, 2015, 10:50:07 PM
I just hope there is ice to fish on this winter.

Back in September some friends and I booked a cabin in Hayward for 2 weeks from now to ice fish, looks like we are gonna need a lot more beer this year.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Benny B on December 07, 2015, 09:31:25 AM
I'll be there with the wife running a booth!  Come say hi!  Zero 40 outdoors... we'll have a ice shack on a trailer.  My name is Bryan and I have long hair and a grizzly beard.

Thanks.  I was long gone by then.


Mods - can you start a separate board for "Missed Connections"???  Probably put it between the Superbar and Politics board (if we're going in order of importance/popularity).
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Hards_Alumni on December 08, 2015, 08:27:13 AM

Mods - can you start a separate board for "Missed Connections"???  Probably put it between the Superbar and Politics board (if we're going in order of importance/popularity).

I only forgot to mention that I'd be wearing a white rose on my lapel so I will be easy to find.

Rats.  :(
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on December 08, 2015, 09:38:02 AM
So that was you.....
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on December 20, 2015, 11:23:59 AM
http://www.gillespiefishing.com

Gillespie catches some damn big walleyes near Port Clinton. Pretty routine there to get 5 pounders.

Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on January 16, 2016, 06:50:48 AM
We're making ice finally. Predicting 60-70 hours straight below zero. 

Anyone had their tipups out yet?
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on February 21, 2016, 07:48:27 AM
Thinking about getting into rod making.  Anyone have any experience/advice on the hobby and how to get started?

Seen a few commercials on Mudhole.com.  Any experience with them?
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: mr.MUskie on February 21, 2016, 12:36:12 PM
Forgot to report on last week's ice fishing trip to St Germain. Fishing was kind of slow, although we managed to put northern, crappie, bluegill and walleyes on the ice. Attended the annual Radar Run. Hundreds, maybe thousands of snowmobiles. Saw a guy do 164mph on a sled on a 660 foot track. Highlight was the Bikini Run, 25 ladies in bikinis racing across the ice for charity. Going 107mph in 7 degree weather in a bikini to raise money for the Pink Ribbon Riders. Awesome.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on February 21, 2016, 12:55:09 PM
Forgot to report on last week's ice fishing trip to St Germain. Fishing was kind of slow, although we managed to put northern, crappie, bluegill and walleyes on the ice. Attended the annual Radar Run. Hundreds, maybe thousands of snowmobiles. Saw a guy do 164mph on a sled on a 660 foot track. Highlight was the Bikini Run, 25 ladies in bikinis racing across the ice for charity. Going 107mph in 7 degree weather in a bikini to raise money for the Pink Ribbon Riders. Awesome.

Your photography skills are to be commended.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: WellsstreetWanderer on February 21, 2016, 01:02:30 PM
Because it is for charity, I would like to see more photos .. .Please
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: PTM on February 21, 2016, 02:36:59 PM
The pictures won't do anything for you.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: mr.MUskie on February 21, 2016, 08:14:06 PM
Because it is for charity, I would like to see more photos .. .Please

Well, since you asked nicely, here you go.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on February 21, 2016, 08:22:11 PM
All is well.  All is well.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: ChitownSpaceForRent on February 22, 2016, 04:10:01 AM
Well, since you asked nicely, here you go.

Ha, the girl in the pink bottoms and black top is a very good friend of mine. Used to go to MU, she's a tall drink of water, like 6'4".
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Benny B on February 22, 2016, 10:46:38 AM
Thinking about getting into rod making.  Anyone have any experience/advice on the hobby and how to get started?

Seen a few commercials on Mudhole.com.  Any experience with them?

FWIW - I got a buddy who decided to try making his own fly rods, and one year later he sold all the rod-making stuff.  Although, he's a hard core fly fisher, and the novelty of using something he built meant nothing to him... he wanted to build something better than what he could buy off the shelf, and I think he figured out that he was going to need much more than a standard rod making kit in order to engineer something that met his strict requirements.

I would imagine if you're simply building a casting or spinning rod - or you can simply appreciate a hard day's work no matter the result - your experience will vary greatly.  I've never tried it myself, but it sounds like something I might try some day when I stop winning rod/reel combos at shows and events.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on February 22, 2016, 11:01:18 AM
FWIW - I got a buddy who decided to try making his own fly rods, and one year later he sold all the rod-making stuff.  Although, he's a hard core fly fisher, and the novelty of using something he built meant nothing to him... he wanted to build something better than what he could buy off the shelf, and I think he figured out that he was going to need much more than a standard rod making kit in order to engineer something that met his strict requirements.

I would imagine if you're simply building a casting or spinning rod - or you can simply appreciate a hard day's work no matter the result - your experience will vary greatly.  I've never tried it myself, but it sounds like something I might try some day when I stop winning rod/reel combos at shows and events.

I did a wee bit of research on it over the weekend.  My premise was that you could build rods cheaper than buying them.  St. Croix rod blanks were north of $200.  Thinking twice about it now.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: WellsstreetWanderer on February 29, 2016, 10:47:12 AM
Well, since you asked nicely, here you go.
Thanks. Enjoyed my time on the ice while at MU
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on March 17, 2016, 10:58:48 PM
Anyone else got the bug?

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-c5o7lUcun8
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: mr.MUskie on March 17, 2016, 11:17:49 PM
Anyone else got the bug?

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-c5o7lUcun8

Oh yeah!
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on May 29, 2016, 06:17:06 AM
Two smallies in 10 min on an ultralight yesterday. Then rain.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on May 29, 2016, 08:06:58 AM
5 min, one smallies then rain this morning.

Nice article....

http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/outdoors/fishing/4042944-lessons-learned-steelhead-stream 
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: DUNKS45 on May 29, 2016, 09:09:08 AM
I should have known you'd be out early today, slay em Real!
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on May 29, 2016, 09:21:17 AM
Might need some of Schultzie's secret batter recipe.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: DUNKS45 on May 29, 2016, 09:23:39 AM
Damn that was good, and the tarter.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: rocket surgeon on May 30, 2016, 05:14:24 AM
Might need some of Schultzie's secret batter recipe.

if it's a beer batter recipe, ya better be careful if you're driven hey

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mans-blames-10th-owi-charge-on-beer-battered-fish_us_56ba5619e4b0b40245c47315

  what the hell has he got to lose?  somebody must have tro'd him a micky der hey

Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on June 18, 2016, 09:26:09 PM
Fishing has been HOT.

Last weekend caught a dozen smallies and a really nice walleye in two hours off the dock between 1 and 3.   Tonight 6 casts, six fish.  5 smallies and a walleye.  8 fish total. All off the dock on an ultralight, bobber, and crawler.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: rocket surgeon on June 18, 2016, 10:38:23 PM
Fishing has been HOT.

Last weekend caught a dozen smallies and a really nice walleye in two hours off the dock between 1 and 3.   Tonight 6 casts, six fish.  5 smallies and a walleye.  8 fish total. All off the dock on an ultralight, bobber, and crawler.

are there a lot of crayfish on this lake?  that's the way middle eau claire was.  tons of crayfish-lots of smallies
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on June 19, 2016, 08:38:36 PM
Some, but not a ton.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Benny B on June 20, 2016, 09:46:34 AM
Fishing has been HOT.

Last weekend caught a dozen smallies and a really nice walleye in two hours off the dock between 1 and 3.   Tonight 6 casts, six fish.  5 smallies and a walleye.  8 fish total. All off the dock on an ultralight, bobber, and crawler.

Good to hear.  My annual trip to purify myself in the waters of L. Minnetonka is in a couple days.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on June 20, 2016, 10:20:49 AM
Good to hear.  My annual trip to purify myself in the waters of L. Minnetonka is in a couple days.

Nice Prince reference.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Benny B on June 20, 2016, 12:33:41 PM
Nice Prince reference.

I prefer to think of it as a Dave Chappelle (as Prince) reference, but to each their own.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on June 21, 2016, 06:39:29 PM
Good to hear.  My annual trip to purify myself in the waters of L. Minnetonka is in a couple days.

If you are in town tomorrow, you can buy me a beer on my birthday.   ;D
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: rocket surgeon on June 21, 2016, 08:01:58 PM
If you are in town tomorrow, you can buy me a beer on my birthday.   ;D

happy birthday chili!! 
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Benny B on June 21, 2016, 11:38:45 PM
If you are in town tomorrow, you can buy me a beer on my birthday.   ;D

You find me on the lake, and I'll buy you a case.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on June 22, 2016, 12:03:27 PM
happy birthday chili!!

Thanks Sturgeon.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: rocket surgeon on June 22, 2016, 10:33:23 PM
Thanks Sturgeon.

you can tell alls you got on your mind is fish, 'ey?  ::)  well it is your b-day and hurley ain't far...heard the "fishing" might not be too bad up there sometimes, but more so around deer hunting season...hmmm, must be ice fishing then :D
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Benny B on June 23, 2016, 01:09:54 AM
Not a bad day on the lake-a-ta-tonka.  Lost a 4ish large trying to land him (her) along the side of the boat, but caught 10 others ranging from 1-3 lbs.  No big wins in the group this year, but decent fishing all around.  Only 364 days til next year.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on June 23, 2016, 06:45:31 PM
Not a bad day on the lake-a-ta-tonka.  Lost a 4ish large trying to land him (her) along the side of the boat, but caught 10 others ranging from 1-3 lbs.  No big wins in the group this year, but decent fishing all around.  Only 364 days til next year.

Who was you guide? 

Did you give Fletchers a good thrashing?
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: muwarrior69 on June 27, 2016, 12:34:41 PM
Well this one didn't get away!

http://historythings.com/historys-greatest-images-30-photos-that-will-stop-you-in-your-tracks/13/
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Benny B on June 27, 2016, 01:44:10 PM
Who was you guide? 

Did you give Fletchers a good thrashing?

I think our guide's name was Brad... not entirely sure, though.  Because of the size of our group, inevitably, we end up with several guides who are on Minnetonka every week, some who haven't been out there in years, and a whole bunch in between.  The guy we had last year hadn't been on the lake more than twice in a year over the past decade... the guy we had the year prior was out there two-three times a month during the summer.  This year, our guide mentioned he had won a couple tournaments on the lake... he certainly would have won this one had he been eligible; unfortunately, he didn't quite understand the rules that this was a private "tournament" for clients, not competitive anglers, and that his fish didn't count.

Most of our day was spent in the West Arm and Jennings, so we boated past Fletchers, but the after party was in Excelsior.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on June 27, 2016, 09:28:50 PM
Tonka is a great bass fishery.  Also under rated for muskies too.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on July 04, 2016, 08:39:14 AM
Been just killin the smallies this year.  Had a tailwlkaer on last night with 5 lb test and an ultralight. Fun.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: rocket surgeon on July 04, 2016, 07:49:08 PM
  " Had a tailwlkaer on last night with 5 lb test and an ultralight. Fun."

i thought this was the "fishing" thread? ;D
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on July 10, 2016, 08:46:31 AM
Anyone try a Thill Splash Bright bobber for night fishing?
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: DUNKS45 on July 10, 2016, 12:21:16 PM
Did you do any good Real?
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on July 10, 2016, 05:23:51 PM
Been killin them this summer. A ton of smallies.  Some big gills and a few walleyes too.

How's your sis doing?  Heard a little bit from the crazy guy next door. 
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: houwarrior on July 16, 2016, 01:06:05 PM
Texas has created a few lakes, but generally inland fishing here is about 10% the quantity, and at best 20% of the quality of Wisconsin/Minnesota...I miss that.

 However offshore fishing in the Gulf , if done right ...can be really fun...occasionally you can even land a big one:

http://www.chron.com/lifestyle/travel-outdoors/article/A-412-pound-swordfish-catch-just-set-a-new-state-8380089.php#photo-10553082
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on July 17, 2016, 08:00:19 PM
That's a big crappie
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: jsglow on July 20, 2016, 10:21:13 PM
First contribution to the thread. Nearing the end of our week on the Cisco Chain in the UP. Been coming to the Eagle River and Land of Lakes area for 50+ years.

Been fishing crappie with limited success this week.  Always ultralight.  Great time.

Saw that someone mentioned the Lax family a few pages back. The great Ron Lax mounted my county's best for 1980 back in the day. Chick originally laughed at it (shut up, the fish!) not knowing she'd never see a bigger one in her life ever again.  ;D
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on July 21, 2016, 07:27:56 AM
First contribution to the thread. Nearing the end of our week on the Cisco Chain in the UP. Been coming to the Eagle River and Land of Lakes area for 50+ years.

Been fishing crappie with limited success this week.  Always ultralight.  Great time.

Saw that someone mentioned the Lax family a few pages back. The great Ron Lax mounted my county's best for 1980 back in the day. Chick originally laughed at it (shut up, the fish!) not knowing she'd never see a bigger one in her life ever again.  ;D

Pics?
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: MU1992 on July 25, 2016, 12:29:38 PM
Long time visitor to Scoop but rarely post.  I will be heading to Door County with my kids (camping) - ages  7 to 11.  Is there any decent shore fishing?  Just wondering if it is worth it to pack rods and tackle.  Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: MUINGB on July 25, 2016, 12:31:53 PM
You may want to try the bridge on Kangaroo Lake......I see people fishing from the bridge..probably pan fish, but a fun place.  Good luck
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Sir Lawrence on July 25, 2016, 01:34:41 PM
Long time visitor to Scoop but rarely post.  I will be heading to Door County with my kids (camping) - ages  7 to 11.  Is there any decent shore fishing?  Just wondering if it is worth it to pack rods and tackle.  Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated.

Rent a pontoon boat out of Ephraim.  Don't know your budget, but look here:  http://southshorepier.com/pontoon-boats/

You will enjoy the ride/scenery/stability for your kids to fish. 

If that's not in your budget, Weborg pier at Peninsula State Park is usually a good spot.  There is also a fishing pier in Potowatomi State Park  adjacent to Sturgeon Bay, with cool views of the ship yard.


Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: WellsstreetWanderer on July 25, 2016, 04:55:34 PM
going to Door County, Gorden Lodge,in August. Haven't been for decades but remember fly fishing for "coasters" in the evening as schools of brook trout came by. Does that still occur?
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: MU1992 on July 26, 2016, 03:21:02 PM
Thanks
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: mr.MUskie on July 27, 2016, 07:55:14 PM
Long time visitor to Scoop but rarely post.  I will be heading to Door County with my kids (camping) - ages  7 to 11.  Is there any decent shore fishing?  Just wondering if it is worth it to pack rods and tackle.  Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated.

Plenty of shore fishing off the piers in Sister Bay, Fish Creek, Egg Harbor, etc.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on August 06, 2016, 01:30:44 PM
Anyone catch some of the commentary from Sheli Sanders who hosts MLF on the Outdoors channel?
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Benny B on May 22, 2017, 12:35:19 PM
Took my two older kids out to the neighborhood pond on Sunday.... fish were on the attack.  First time the kids have caught anything, and it was so hot that I actually quit taking pictures after each caught about a dozen fish.

The picture is my daughter with the third fish she caught for the day (and her career)... easily the winner for the day, and they don't get much bigger than this in our pond.  Best part is I decided to take a video after a couple fish hit, which turned out to be just before she caught this... so I actually have a video of her casting, hooking, and landing it.

Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on May 22, 2017, 11:27:29 PM
Congrats to your daughter!

Caught 3 smallies and a nord this weekend.  Ughhh.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on June 11, 2017, 06:43:21 AM
Sitting at the end of the dock, water is glass, and the bobber slowly drifts by.

Who cares if they are biting.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Frenns Liquor Depot on June 11, 2017, 07:31:05 AM
Sitting on the dock
glass water, bobber drifts by
Who cares if they bite

fify Keefe style
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on June 11, 2017, 08:31:32 AM
Ha.

Six smallies  so far.

And one catfish
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Hards_Alumni on June 12, 2017, 08:53:05 AM
Headed up to Namakagon again the weekend.  Hope the bite is good... and that its not too hot.  Water will be much warmer than usual this time of year and I don't love deep fishing.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Lighthouse 84 on June 12, 2017, 10:50:26 AM
One 26" northern and a 21" walleye on Green Bay near the Sturgeon Bay channel last weekend.  Slow biting but at least we didn't get shut out.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on June 12, 2017, 12:38:10 PM
Headed up to Namakagon again the weekend.  Hope the bite is good... and that its not too hot.  Water will be much warmer than usual this time of year and I don't love deep fishing.

Its been fairly cool up there so far.  The area from Spooner to Cumberland got nailed yesterday with storms too.  Lots of trees down.  We drove through after to storm.  You might be a bit North of the path.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Benny B on June 13, 2017, 10:37:47 AM
Just picked up my boat this weekend... trolling motor is sitting in the garage waiting to be installed on Friday. 

Taking the kids bass and walleye hunting all day Saturday.  And Sunday.  And again the following weekend.  After that, we'll see... might just be me from thereon out.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on August 25, 2017, 05:20:15 AM
Just planned an early October trip to LOW.  Back to the same area as my first ever trip to Canada.  Muskies, walleyes, and slab crappies!
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Hards_Alumni on August 27, 2017, 06:07:23 PM
Got my first Muskie on Thursday.

it was 12 inches.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: 4everwarriors on August 27, 2017, 07:23:30 PM
Muskie hey? Is dat watt its referred ta now-a-daze, hey?
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Mr. Sand-Knit on August 27, 2017, 08:00:08 PM
Fished the Wisconsin River yesterday just north of Wausau.  Caught two keeper Walleye both about 20 inches, 3 northern over 30 inches and dozens of smallmouth, biggest 4 lbs and 5 oz. 20. 3/4 inches.  Numerous over 2-3 lbs
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on October 03, 2017, 09:18:35 PM
Off to LOW tomorrow.   

Bobber, check
Night crawlers, check
Passport, check
Spare pair of undies, check
Big a$$ bottle of Pendleton, check

Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on October 06, 2017, 08:48:00 AM
Monster slab crappies yesterday.  One guy caught 71.  Heading back out shortly. 
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: jsglow on October 06, 2017, 02:18:16 PM
Monster slab crappies yesterday.  One guy caught 71.  Heading back out shortly.

That's really damn good brother.  Good eatin'
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Hards_Alumni on October 06, 2017, 07:15:14 PM
Monster slab crappies yesterday.  One guy caught 71.  Heading back out shortly.

Nice!  Where did you find this hidey hole?
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on October 06, 2017, 08:39:11 PM
Nice!  Where did you find this hidey hole?
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The elbow
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on October 06, 2017, 09:27:06 PM
Walleye limit in 20 minutes today or three of us.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Hards_Alumni on October 07, 2017, 09:17:41 AM
Walleye limit in 20 minutes today or three of us.

air and water temps?  depth?
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on October 07, 2017, 02:15:56 PM
Today it is in 60's and blowing stink out of the south.  We had a hard frost two nights ago. 50's rest of the time

Walleyes in 20-30 feet of water. WAter has been 52 and today 56. Need to find water with some current.

Crappies are world class.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Benny B on October 30, 2017, 05:07:27 PM
Trolled Chain O Lakes for Musky on Sunday using 10-12" suckers.  Had one big bite but couldn't land it.  Temps were mid 40's in the current but still low to mid 50's on the northern lakes that muskies frequent.  Hoping for a cold snap this week so the feedbags are on before heading to Maui.

Kids are more excited to go fishing in Maui then they are for the basketball games.  I think I've taught them well, but priorities seem to be misplaced slightly.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on December 25, 2017, 09:17:16 AM
Gonna drill some holes this week!
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on January 20, 2018, 11:04:10 AM
Good to be out!
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on January 20, 2018, 11:14:16 AM
Eat your heart out Newsie.

Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Hards_Alumni on January 20, 2018, 02:58:06 PM
Since I see you're out on the ice... the ice fishing house business has evolved from what my FIL started.

http://www.zero4outdoors.com/
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on January 20, 2018, 03:10:56 PM
 Nice day.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: warriorchick on February 02, 2018, 08:07:35 AM
My boy Drew Magary does it again with this spot-on analysis of ice fishing:

https://deadspin.com/let-s-go-ice-fishing-like-unnatural carnal knowledgeing-morons-1822626650


ETA:  Dang it!  I hate it when banned words are part of a link.  Try this one and click on the first story:

https://kinja.com/drewmagary
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Benny B on March 02, 2018, 12:31:49 PM
Gonna head to the pond for some ice-out bass/bluegill fishing this afternoon.  Any recommendations on lures?
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on March 04, 2018, 03:48:04 AM
Gonna head to the pond for some ice-out bass/bluegill fishing this afternoon.  Any recommendations on lures?

http://www.williams.ca/#xl_xr_page_wabler

I like the W70 in silver.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on March 08, 2018, 01:25:25 PM
Had a guide this week out of Bradenton Beach. Billy Clyde, cohost of Fishing the Flats tv show.

Billy was outstanding. Tons of snook, redfish, and sea trout.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Benny B on March 08, 2018, 04:53:32 PM
I'd like to do a Canadian fishing trip this summer, but for the life of me, I cannot remember the names of any of the places in SW Ontario that my mother & step-father took me to when in my early teens.  All I recall is that we always crossed at I-Falls and went through/near Thunder Bay.

Anyone have any recommendations?  It would be a couple buddies and our kids (7-10 y/o)... preferably someplace I could tow my newly tricked out F&S boat.  Doesn't have to be fancy... we're likely leaving the wives at home.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Blackhat on March 09, 2018, 07:38:14 PM
Always have gone to cedar point lodge on Eagle Lake in Ontario.   Great fishing and great Canada experience.   


Fished Lake Winnibigosh in Minnesota recently.   Tons of good sized perch(some trophy walleye too) although it is hard to navigate the lake at this point. 
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on March 10, 2018, 05:32:23 PM
Always have gone to cedar point lodge on Eagle Lake in Ontario.   Great fishing and great Canada experience.   


Fished Lake Winnibigosh in Minnesota recently.   Tons of good sized perch(some trophy walleye too) although it is hard to navigate the lake at this point.

I can vouch for Cedar Point Lodge too.  It's a huge lake that you can get lost on. Also, dangerous with many rocks.  Pat Hron, the owner keeps a very clean camp. Gordy is a great guide. 

Mylie's place on LOW is another good one.  Again big water.  Have a good gps for both Eagle and LOW

My fav so far is Cedar Lake.  It's about 30 min past Eagle.  It's large, but easy to navigate.  Connects to several other lakes.  Very good musky lake.  Also good for walleyes, SMB, and large Crappies.  Looking forward to going back again.  Check out either Cedar Lake Camp or Clarks Northern Lights. 

If you want to go further and fly, I've been to Kississing Lake Lodge out of Flin Flon. Best to pick up a flight out of Winnepeg. Kississing has trophy northern, lakers, and walleye.  You can do day trip fly-ins to lakes where you will be amazed at the fishing.  A bit spendier, but fun.

Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: muwarrior69 on March 12, 2018, 12:38:48 PM
Interesting article on Salmon.

https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2018/03/12/591222003/this-is-why-you-dont-see-people-sized-salmon-anymore
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on March 17, 2018, 08:35:49 AM
I'd like to do a Canadian fishing trip this summer, but for the life of me, I cannot remember the names of any of the places in SW Ontario that my mother & step-father took me to when in my early teens.  All I recall is that we always crossed at I-Falls and went through/near Thunder Bay.

Anyone have any recommendations?  It would be a couple buddies and our kids (7-10 y/o)... preferably someplace I could tow my newly tricked out F&S boat.  Doesn't have to be fancy... we're likely leaving the wives at home.

FOX Sports North is showing right now an episode of Muskie Hunter filmed on Cedar Lake in Ontario.  My favorite lake in Ontario.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on April 22, 2018, 08:13:19 AM
Hard water opener very likely.

https://www.duluthnewstribune.com/sports/outdoors/4431620-houstons-fishing-report-will-we-have-open-water-fishing-openers
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on May 06, 2018, 11:40:58 AM
Ice out yesterday

Fishing crappies today. Still deep, 20+ Feet
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: muwarrior69 on June 15, 2018, 04:55:21 PM
Has anyone caught a black buffalo fish?

http://www.foxnews.com/great-outdoors/2018/06/15/michigan-fisherman-sets-new-record-with-48-pound-black-buffalo-fish.html
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Hards_Alumni on June 15, 2018, 07:48:51 PM
Ha forgot about this thread!

I hauled in a 48 inch Muskie this last weekend.  Could barely get the hog in the boat.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on June 16, 2018, 07:48:33 AM
Nice
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Lighthouse 84 on June 16, 2018, 08:13:53 AM
Ha forgot about this thread!

I hauled in a 48 inch Muskie this last weekend.  Could barely get the hog in the boat.
Pics, or it didn't happen Hards!
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Hards_Alumni on June 16, 2018, 10:59:39 AM
Pics, or it didn't happen Hards!

(https://i.imgur.com/KsZS0r9.jpg)

doot doot
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on June 16, 2018, 11:05:26 AM
Nice fish. Where were you?

BTW, mine's bigger (51").
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Hards_Alumni on June 16, 2018, 11:18:38 AM
Nice fish. Where were you?

BTW, mine's bigger (51").

Lake Namakagon
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on June 16, 2018, 11:26:23 AM
Near Spooner?
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on June 16, 2018, 11:26:53 AM
Sorry....meant Trego
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: dgies9156 on June 16, 2018, 08:44:15 PM
Sorry....meant Trego

C'mon Chili, you know U.S. 53 better than that!!!!!

How's Nebagamon?
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on June 17, 2018, 06:14:57 AM
Lake Namakagon

How many trips did you make to Lookers?
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Hards_Alumni on June 17, 2018, 10:27:54 AM
How many trips did you make to Lookers?

zero, of course.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Hards_Alumni on June 17, 2018, 10:28:55 AM
Sorry....meant Trego

Yes, but much farther west.  Closer to Cable.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Namakagon,+WI/@46.198664,-91.1205044,12z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x52abe2738740cd93:0xe0e2c19e74240fe5!8m2!3d46.1852754!4d-91.0436584?hl=en (https://www.google.com/maps/place/Namakagon,+WI/@46.198664,-91.1205044,12z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x52abe2738740cd93:0xe0e2c19e74240fe5!8m2!3d46.1852754!4d-91.0436584?hl=en)
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Pakuni on June 17, 2018, 11:12:31 AM
Hey Scoop fishers .... I'm trying to arrange a quick, 4- or 5-day fishing trip to the Hayward area for late summer/early fall. Having never fished in that area, could anyone who has been up there recommend any particular lakes/area we should be aiming for? Because I don't want to buy new gear, we're looking more for walleye, pike and bass than muskie.

Thanks in advance for any help.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Hards_Alumni on June 17, 2018, 10:54:56 PM
Hey Scoop fishers .... I'm trying to arrange a quick, 4- or 5-day fishing trip to the Hayward area for late summer/early fall. Having never fished in that area, could anyone who has been up there recommend any particular lakes/area we should be aiming for? Because I don't want to buy new gear, we're looking more for walleye, pike and bass than muskie.

Thanks in advance for any help.

I caught that muskie on an 8 inch crankbait with 8 lb test trolling.  We troll for whatever bits... usually its pike.  Besides that muskie we pan fished and got a ton of crappie, and blue gills... and one or two decent perch.  People catch walleye on Nam all the time, but there is a slot this year.

Highly recommend Lake Namakagon.  We go twice a year.  Depending on what you're looking for I recommend staying at Four Seasons (nicer), Garmisch (quirky), or Lakewoods (cookie cutter, but nice)...  We will be back up there towards the end of Aug/start of Sept. 

Bald eagles, otter, beaver... tons of wildlife.

We stay at a very rustic place... the bar burned down a few years back, and the kid who owns it is trying to sell.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Benny B on July 02, 2018, 10:50:03 AM
A question for Scoop anglers:

What are your thoughts regarding the common carp... I'm not talking the Asian or jumping variety, just the standard bottom-feeding carp that we've seen in our lakes and rivers for decades, specifically, what do you do if you catch one:

1. Catch-and-release

2. Throw it in the dumpster/garbage

3. Smoke it

4. Cut it up for bait

5. Sterilize it and send it back as a message to its kin
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on July 02, 2018, 07:24:11 PM
Never caught one.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: theBabyDavid on July 03, 2018, 10:39:20 AM
Sorry....meant Trego

You're damn right you meant Trego.

Headed back to Alaska in a couple weeks where we are whacking in stored energy systems in native villages around Prince William Sound and the Valley. Have already planned this trip around the Dolly Varden run which will also coincide with the tail end of the chinook season. Throw in some halibuts and it ought to be a great time. 
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: theBabyDavid on July 03, 2018, 10:41:51 AM
A question for Scoop anglers:

What are your thoughts regarding the common carp... I'm not talking the Asian or jumping variety, just the standard bottom-feeding carp that we've seen in our lakes and rivers for decades, specifically, what do you do if you catch one:

1. Catch-and-release

2. Throw it in the dumpster/garbage

3. Smoke it

4. Cut it up for bait

5. Sterilize it and send it back as a message to its kin

Don't even think about eating it.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Dr. Blackheart on July 03, 2018, 12:53:39 PM
Any of you Lunkers ever dip your pole at the Land Between the Lakes?
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on July 08, 2018, 09:11:33 PM
You're damn right you meant Trego.

Headed back to Alaska in a couple weeks where we are whacking in stored energy systems in native villages around Prince William Sound and the Valley. Have already planned this trip around the Dolly Varden run which will also coincide with the tail end of the chinook season. Throw in some halibuts and it ought to be a great time.

Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Benny B on July 12, 2018, 11:20:35 AM
My 7 y/o daughter caught a 3 lb. 1 oz. LM over the holiday weekend, measured in at a hair under 18".  Granted, I did the casting and my son assisted with the net, but she hooked, set, adjusted drag, and reeled it in all on her own.  Seemed like every bit of 5 minutes for her to land it.

Granted, it won't be winning any big bass pots, but four more of those would have put her in the money in any of the tournaments around here.

Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: barfolomew on July 12, 2018, 11:38:15 AM
My 7 y/o daughter caught a 3 lb. 1 oz. LM over the holiday weekend, measured in at a hair under 18".  Granted, I did the casting and my son assisted with the net, but she hooked, set, adjusted drag, and reeled it in all on her own.  Seemed like every bit of 5 minutes for her to land it.

Granted, it won't be winning any big bass pots, but four more of those would have put her in the money in any of the tournaments around here.

Benny, you and your wife really need to rethink your choice of sunblock for the kids.
Some people -- not me, mind you, but some people -- might find it, um, culturally insensitive.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Hards_Alumni on July 12, 2018, 08:17:00 PM


Pretty sure that joint is very closed.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Hards_Alumni on July 12, 2018, 08:17:59 PM
A question for Scoop anglers:

What are your thoughts regarding the common carp... I'm not talking the Asian or jumping variety, just the standard bottom-feeding carp that we've seen in our lakes and rivers for decades, specifically, what do you do if you catch one:

1. Catch-and-release

2. Throw it in the dumpster/garbage

3. Smoke it

4. Cut it up for bait

5. Sterilize it and send it back as a message to its kin

Kill it and put it in the field.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on July 12, 2018, 10:19:12 PM
Pretty sure that joint is very closed.

Yep but still the center of the universe in Trego.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: buckchuckler on July 13, 2018, 11:49:39 AM
Yep but still the center of the universe in Trego.

Clearly that is Jacks Canoe Rental.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Pakuni on July 17, 2018, 08:09:07 PM
Anybody ever fish the Flambeau Chain, particularly Fence Lake?
If so, any advice? Thanks in advance.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on July 17, 2018, 09:26:31 PM
Anybody ever fish the Flambeau Chain, particularly Fence Lake?
If so, any advice? Thanks in advance.

Haven't been there yet

Dunks and I are going to take Canada by storm in early September. Dunks is going to bring 250 gallons of Sonoran salsa with us.  That should enough to bribe the border guards, feed the entire resort, and spare a bit for our happy hours.

Dunks, where can a Scooper buy the world's finest epicurean delight, this side of Sheyboygan ???
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Hards_Alumni on July 17, 2018, 11:30:55 PM
Headed to Lake Michigan this weekend to do some fishing... hopefully I don't end up sea sick
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on July 18, 2018, 06:29:25 AM
Headed to Lake Michigan this weekend to do some fishing... hopefully I don't end up sea sick

What port?
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: DUNKS45 on July 18, 2018, 07:00:28 AM
Chili, I’m still looking for the proper receptacle for 250 gallons of salsa. O Canada!!
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Hards_Alumni on July 18, 2018, 08:21:36 AM
What port?

Algoma
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on July 18, 2018, 06:44:47 PM
Chili, I’m still looking for the proper receptacle for 250 gallons of salsa. O Canada!!

So where can someone pick up that heavenly stuff?????
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Dr. Blackheart on July 18, 2018, 09:12:10 PM
So where can someone pick up that heavenly stuff?????

I hope Space X will be launching Dunk's industrial cylinder on their next rocket.  Otherwise, you will be facing a stiff tariff at the border.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: barfolomew on July 19, 2018, 11:55:29 AM
Anybody ever fish the Flambeau Chain, particularly Fence Lake?
If so, any advice? Thanks in advance.

Only fished Fence once; pulled a decent-sized smallmouth and a bunch of perch.
Usually I'm on the south end of the chain (my parents live on Shishebogama) which is only accessible to the rest of the chain during high water.
My only advice is, as always, spinners over jigs.

However, do yourself a favor and get dinner reservations at the Four Seasons Supper Club on Big Arbor Vitae lake. Order the pressure-cooked chicken.

Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Lighthouse 84 on July 20, 2018, 10:33:13 AM
Only fished Fence once; pulled a decent-sized smallmouth and a bunch of perch.
Usually I'm on the south end of the chain (my parents live on Shishebogama) which is only accessible to the rest of the chain during high water.
My only advice is, as always, spinners over jigs.

However, do yourself a favor and get dinner reservations at the Four Seasons Supper Club on Big Arbor Vitae lake. Order the pressure-cooked chicken.
My Dad used to fish on Fence Lake all the time, lots o' walleye and a few muskies.  Back in the day, Deming's Resort was part of Bob Peck's Resort and we used to go there when we were kids.  Used to be a fabulous fishing spot, along with Big and Little Crawling Stone.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Mr. Sand-Knit on August 09, 2018, 10:14:10 PM
Has anyone caught a black buffalo fish?

http://www.foxnews.com/great-outdoors/2018/06/15/michigan-fisherman-sets-new-record-with-48-pound-black-buffalo-fish.html

Yes i have caught a number if really big ones 15-25 lbs.  they typically run and spawn tge same time as Walleye, so without reading the article im guessing thats how he caught it.  Similar to carp, but they are native and are very fine eating. 
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: ZiggysFryBoy on August 09, 2018, 10:24:53 PM
Anyone have any recommendations for a good fishing guide near st Louis, going down mid Oct., so would be fishing for whatever the season is.  Probably 6 dudes on the trip.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Mr. Sand-Knit on August 09, 2018, 10:31:49 PM
Hey Scoop fishers .... I'm trying to arrange a quick, 4- or 5-day fishing trip to the Hayward area for late summer/early fall. Having never fished in that area, could anyone who has been up there recommend any particular lakes/area we should be aiming for? Because I don't want to buy new gear, we're looking more for walleye, pike and bass than muskie.

Thanks in advance for any help.
Havent fished much in the hayward area.  Mostly wasburn county area around Minong and over towards Webb Lake.  There are so many great fishing lakes that we tend to just hit the same ones that we have figured out over the years as opposed to trying to continually figure out new ones.
My suggestion would be to use the internet and look at places to stay and research the lakes with the internet.  Lake link is a website that has fishing reviews for most all of the lakes.  Lastly, i would get a guide for the first day.  He can show u what they are using n how they are fishing and what to look for, will give u a great frame of reference for the rest of your stay and worst case some go back to spots if you struggle to find fish.  Its all about loacting them.  My experience is the largemouth bass and pike are quite easy to catch in most lakes.  Top water, wacky rig, carolina or texas rig 5-15 feet of water look for structure or in vegetation.  Crappie n gills outside weed lines 15-25 feet may take some moving to find the size u want.  Suspended or on the bottom.  Walleye can be very particular to the lakes n experience or a gyide to give u that initial particular lake experience is well worth tge one time cost.   While there make sure to hit Phipps and and Lookers down in Trego is one if the greatest establishments of all time.  RIP Rocky Racoon
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Mr. Sand-Knit on August 09, 2018, 10:32:41 PM
Anyone have any recommendations for a good fishing guide near st Louis, going down mid Oct., so would be fishing for whatever the season is.  Probably 6 dudes on the trip.
Missouri? Missippi river?
Or st louis river in northern wisconsin?
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on August 10, 2018, 07:04:15 AM
There’s a private lake outside of Spooner I have permission to fish biggest damned Bluegills
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Post by: ZiggysFryBoy on August 10, 2018, 12:20:02 PM
Missouri? Missippi river?
Or st louis river in northern wisconsin?

St Louis MO.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on August 10, 2018, 09:27:51 PM
Asian carp, catfish, and some bass.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on August 10, 2018, 09:29:03 PM
Havent fished much in the hayward area.  Mostly wasburn county area around Minong and over towards Webb Lake.  There are so many great fishing lakes that we tend to just hit the same ones that we have figured out over the years as opposed to trying to continually figure out new ones.
My suggestion would be to use the internet and look at places to stay and research the lakes with the internet.  Lake link is a website that has fishing reviews for most all of the lakes.  Lastly, i would get a guide for the first day.  He can show u what they are using n how they are fishing and what to look for, will give u a great frame of reference for the rest of your stay and worst case some go back to spots if you struggle to find fish.  Its all about loacting them.  My experience is the largemouth bass and pike are quite easy to catch in most lakes.  Top water, wacky rig, carolina or texas rig 5-15 feet of water look for structure or in vegetation.  Crappie n gills outside weed lines 15-25 feet may take some moving to find the size u want.  Suspended or on the bottom.  Walleye can be very particular to the lakes n experience or a gyide to give u that initial particular lake experience is well worth tge one time cost.   While there make sure to hit Phipps and and Lookers down in Trego is one if the greatest establishments of all time.  RIP Rocky Racoon

You must be FKA River Rat
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on August 11, 2018, 11:23:58 AM
Missouri? Missippi river?
Or st louis river in northern wisconsin?

You must be from SB
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on August 12, 2018, 08:33:22 AM
👍🎣
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Post by: Mr. Sand-Knit on August 12, 2018, 09:00:41 AM
👍🎣
How u post a pic?
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on August 12, 2018, 09:28:13 AM
How u post a pic?

Click on attach below the dialogue box
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Pakuni on August 13, 2018, 01:44:34 PM
My Dad used to fish on Fence Lake all the time, lots o' walleye and a few muskies.  Back in the day, Deming's Resort was part of Bob Peck's Resort and we used to go there when we were kids.  Used to be a fabulous fishing spot, along with Big and Little Crawling Stone.

Just got back from a long weekend at Fence Lake. It's a beautiful, clear lake and not terribly crowded. The fishing, though, was fairly mediocre. We pulled out loads of smallmouth, several of them good-sized (3-4 pounds), but not much luck with anything else, especially walleye. The locals said they definitely were out there, but even when we marked them on the finder, we couldn't get them to bite.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Benny B on August 13, 2018, 04:56:22 PM
Just got back from a long weekend at Fence Lake. It's a beautiful, clear lake and not terribly crowded. The fishing, though, was fairly mediocre. We pulled out loads of smallmouth, several of them good-sized (3-4 pounds), but not much luck with anything else, especially walleye. The locals said they definitely were out there, but even when we marked them on the finder, we couldn't get them to bite.

For those who put faith into solunar calendars, this past weekend should have been one of the best fishing weekends in 2018.  Unfortunately, it doesn't sound like the eyes got the memo.

Out of curiosity, how were you fishing the smallies and walleyes, and at what depths were you at?
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Pakuni on August 13, 2018, 05:46:37 PM
For those who put faith into solunar calendars, this past weekend should have been one of the best fishing weekends in 2018.  Unfortunately, it doesn't sound like the eyes got the memo.

Out of curiosity, how were you fishing the smallies and walleyes, and at what depths were you at?

For smallies we cast and trolled plastic worms and occasionally crawlers fairly close to shore, usually 10-12 feet deep, and along weed beds when we could find them (which wasn't often ... though I'm sure someone more familiar with the lake would have less trouble). Some of our best actually came off our dock, where there was a nice rocky drop-off going from about 6 feet to 18 feet in a hurry.
We looked for walleyes off deep rocky structures ranging from 20-60 feet deep, trying crawlers, plastics and trolling spinner/minnow combos. We found bunches of them stacked up, but couldn't get them interested in what we had to offer.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: mr.MUskie on August 19, 2018, 11:04:59 PM
Some results from the 2018 National Championship Musky Open in Eagle River, Wisconsin.
There were 1,308 anglers who participated. Fishing was from 6am to 4pm this past Friday and Saturday, and from 6am to 11am today (Sunday).
There were 131 muskies caught.
Largest was a 49 incher caught on Lac Vieux Desert.  It was caught on a Fat Bastard, a surface bait.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Benny B on August 20, 2018, 10:04:19 AM
Some results from the 2018 National Championship Musky Open in Eagle River, Wisconsin.
There were 1,308 anglers who participated. Fishing was from 6am to 4pm this past Friday and Saturday, and from 6am to 11am today (Sunday).
There were 131 muskies caught.
Largest was a 49 incher caught on Lac Vieux Desert.  It was caught on a Fat Bastard, a surface bait.

Wow... that’s about as close at you can get to a straight up 10% musky success ratio.

And yet, my son gets bored and upset with me that we sit on a boat for hours on those cool October weekends with no bites (granted, October and August muskies are two different situations).  I keep telling him those fishing shows on YouTube are heavily edited, just like HS basketball recruit videos... but he’s still dejected when freshmen don’t go 14 for 14 from the floor with 11 dunks and 3 fallback three’s.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on August 20, 2018, 12:19:37 PM
Amazing luck for me was to catch my first (and only Musky) in the first 40 casts, and for it to be 51 inches.

Going back to the same waters in 2 weeks to test my luck again.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Hards_Alumni on August 25, 2018, 11:41:43 AM
Amazing luck for me was to catch my first (and only Musky) in the first 40 casts, and for it to be 51 inches.

Going back to the same waters in 2 weeks to test my luck again.

Congrats!  Headed back to Namakagon for the weekend.  Something different bites every year... let's see what happens.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on September 01, 2018, 08:58:28 AM
Visiting Jockey.  :)
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on September 02, 2018, 02:39:56 PM
Dunks with the limit today!!
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Dr. Blackheart on September 02, 2018, 07:51:23 PM
Dunks with the limit today!!

Salsa OD?
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: ZiggysFryBoy on September 02, 2018, 08:24:41 PM
Caught 2 blue hills today, hot dogs were used for bait.

I'll be on FS Wisconsin Sunday mornings soon....
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Dr. Blackheart on September 02, 2018, 09:01:05 PM
Caught 2 blue hills today, hot dogs were used for bait.

Test line?
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on September 02, 2018, 09:16:27 PM
Pulled in a 32.5 walleye in my boat today. Fish of a lifetime. I was on the net.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: 4everwarriors on September 03, 2018, 08:21:30 AM
Eye average 22 putts/rd, hey?
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Warriors, Come Out and Playeeyay on September 04, 2018, 12:23:55 PM
Similar to the smoker thread, want to open this up to to a fairly simple topic : 

What lures/baits do you use the most and/or get the most success? 

I want to try something new.  The tackle box is filled to the brim with options, yet go to the 2-3 typical standby's.

The situation : Lake that we're on has fair amount of panfish, largemouth, small northern and a few muskies here and there.  We don't panfish as we find it quite boring and go mostly for bass/northern combo.  Use a lot of spinnerbait's, rattlers, spinners.  Have dabbled with a jig/craw combo and danced it on the bottom, but didn't get much.  Lake varies between 5-10' deep for half of it, then gets deep to about 25-30.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on September 06, 2018, 12:01:42 PM
Saw a 55” musky pulled out yesterday.  Caught on an Xrap. Unbelievable.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: mu_hilltopper on September 06, 2018, 02:27:49 PM
I just clicked on this thread to find out what you guys were talking about for the past 6 years.  I figured maybe it was the secret political thread and if I never read it, I wouldn't have to lock it.

Reaction: OMG, these nerds really have been talking about fish all this time.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Archies Bat on September 06, 2018, 02:56:56 PM


Reaction: OMG, these nerds really have been talking about fish all this time.

Then you better stay away from the smoker thread.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on September 06, 2018, 07:47:36 PM
I just clicked on this thread to find out what you guys were talking about for the past 6 years.  I figured maybe it was the secret political thread and if I never read it, I wouldn't have to lock it.

Reaction: OMG, these nerds really have been talking about fish all this time.

Ha, an IT guy calling someone a nerd.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: mu_hilltopper on September 06, 2018, 07:49:54 PM
Ha, an IT guy calling someone a nerd.

Ooh, my ban hammer was gathering dust.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Benny B on September 06, 2018, 09:46:19 PM
Bad day on Tonka today.  Most boats only caught a few, many were skunked.  19” took the gold for largemouth.  They were there, just weren’t biting.  Summer to fall transition has begun.  Oh well, time to get ready for the fall muskies. 
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: mr.MUskie on September 07, 2018, 11:08:25 AM
58 inch muskie!!!

https://chicago.suntimes.com/environment/green-bay-58-inch-muskie-fish-of-a-lifetime/amp/
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Dr. Blackheart on September 07, 2018, 11:50:08 AM
58 inch muskie!!!

https://chicago.suntimes.com/environment/green-bay-58-inch-muskie-fish-of-a-lifetime/amp/

It's a big man's game, aina?
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on September 07, 2018, 12:36:55 PM
Is drinking whiskey after catching a limit of walleyes considered day drinking?
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Hards_Alumni on September 12, 2018, 10:22:56 PM
Similar to the smoker thread, want to open this up to to a fairly simple topic : 

What lures/baits do you use the most and/or get the most success? 

I want to try something new.  The tackle box is filled to the brim with options, yet go to the 2-3 typical standby's.

The situation : Lake that we're on has fair amount of panfish, largemouth, small northern and a few muskies here and there.  We don't panfish as we find it quite boring and go mostly for bass/northern combo.  Use a lot of spinnerbait's, rattlers, spinners.  Have dabbled with a jig/craw combo and danced it on the bottom, but didn't get much.  Lake varies between 5-10' deep for half of it, then gets deep to about 25-30.

Since you didn't get an answer, I use crankbaits almost exclusively.  Its what I catch almost everything on.  Crappie on up to big Muskie.  I do frequently use spinners when I'm bored.  Plastics almost never work for me, but we're constantly trolling due to the captain's shoulder pain.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Benny B on September 12, 2018, 10:48:33 PM
I have three tackle boxes.  One traditional “all-purpose” box, a box for plastics, and a box for the heavy (muskie) stuff. 

Texas rigs and jigworms almost exclusively from spring through summer when chasing largemouth.  Lindy and crawler rigs all year for walleye.  Cranks and spoons for northern summer to fall.  Nothing special... walleye rigs are homemade, everything else is off the shelf: when looking to try something new, I just tell the kids to go pick something out... it works more often than you’d expect. 

Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on September 13, 2018, 11:51:42 AM
For Northerns and Muskie, try Williams Whitefish spoons.  I've caught a 40+ inch northern and a 51 inch Muskie on the straight silver spoon in the largest size.

They are not a common brand.  Go their website.  Cabela's has them but they don't sell the largest sizes.  Marine General in Duluth carries all sizes, and you can get them on line from them too.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on September 14, 2018, 07:35:18 AM
My first lake trout.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Benny B on September 17, 2018, 12:21:13 PM
Hitching the boat up and driving to Gun Lake in SW Michigan this weekend.  Evidently, nobody's ever caught a walleye there despite the DNR having stocked it annually for several decades now.  Probably being scared away by all the pleasure boats.

Looking forward to night fishing and walleye cheeks for breakfast.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Dr. Blackheart on September 17, 2018, 12:56:19 PM
My first lake trout.

From Urban Dictionary:
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The Bluefaces will rule this world, and the world will be a darker, less empathetic place to live because of it.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Benny B on September 17, 2018, 03:48:03 PM
From Urban Dictionary:

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Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Benny B on October 09, 2018, 02:39:49 PM
First muskie hunt of the season yesterday on a day the thermometer hit 82.  Needless to say, we got skunked. 

Saw a few on the sonar hovering around 18-20' in different places, but couldn't even coax a nibble.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on October 28, 2018, 08:37:05 AM
Good time for casting Raps shallow for walleyes.  Almost like sight fishing.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on December 29, 2018, 04:15:46 PM
 ;D
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: dgies9156 on December 29, 2018, 04:58:48 PM
My first lake trout.

I'm impressed!
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on February 13, 2019, 07:28:41 PM
State record sturgeon. Minutes from the house. Eff.

https://www.stcroix360.com/2019/02/watch-an-ice-fisherman-catch-a-120-pound-sturgeon-on-the-st-croix/
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Benny B on February 14, 2019, 11:50:33 AM
Not that Troseth would have taken the fish, but times like this cause me to think that the old record books need to be laminated and C&R records should start being kept in every state.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Mr. Sand-Knit on April 30, 2019, 03:05:25 PM
Not that Troseth would have taken the fish, but times like this cause me to think that the old record books need to be laminated and C&R records should start being kept in every state.

Hammering the walleyes again this spring.  Run started a little late and has been at times a tough bite with the cold weather n high water.  Me and a buddy got a limit each on both Thursday and Friday.  Hitting it again wed thru friday.  Limit goes to 6 a day on May 1.
Biggest Walleye so far this Spring, 8 lbs 4 oz, 27”
Female she went back.  Nothin but jacks go into the freezer
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Hards_Alumni on April 30, 2019, 08:09:18 PM
Hammering the walleyes again this spring.  Run started a little late and has been at times a tough bite with the cold weather n high water.  Me and a buddy got a limit each on both Thursday and Friday.  Hitting it again wed thru friday.  Limit goes to 6 a day on May 1.
Biggest Walleye so far this Spring, 8 lbs 4 oz, 27”
Female she went back.  Nothin but jacks go into the freezer

I assume you are not fishing in Wisconsin.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on May 01, 2019, 06:54:29 AM
Fox river in DePere open, and producing like this.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on May 12, 2019, 10:39:20 AM
Mercury, Yamaha, or the new Evinrude E-tec?
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on May 31, 2019, 02:25:46 PM
Too good not to share....





Mine's bigger
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Dr. Blackheart on May 31, 2019, 03:02:25 PM
Too good not to share....





Mine's bigger

Prop size no matta, aina?
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on May 31, 2019, 04:22:13 PM
Prop size no matta, aina?

That’s ‘nevers territory
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Hards_Alumni on May 31, 2019, 06:53:54 PM
Headed to Namakagon again... maybe I can talk my FIL into boating slow enough for walleyes...  for once.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Mr. Sand-Knit on June 03, 2019, 11:42:31 AM
As far as tackle is concerned.  3-4 years ago i started fishing Ned rigs, more of a tube guy for smallmouths and i focus on rivers, however a Ned rig is spectacular if u havent tried.  Fish it like a regular jig.  If u have a lake pond or river that is relatively weed free its a spectacular presentation.  Devastating on smallmouth, have caught everything under the sun on them tho.  Again not weedless so has to be used it right spots.  But for someone that just wants to catch alot of fish they are spectacular.
True story: took a two day trip up to one of my favorite rivers in Michigan on a smallie trip 3 Years ago.  Usualky go 4-5 times a sumner. Hammered it about 4 miles up river in the jet for the anchor n drift back to the landing around noon when we arrived.  Tied the standard cofee with orange specks tube onto the floro tied with a double uni to braid setup.  Pulled up to an outside bend with a large over hanging tree in the middle.  I proceeded to catch 6-7 nice smallies in my first 20+ casts with out moving the boat.  My buddy caught none.  I bumped us down to the muddle of the run, only maybe 75 yrds long in total). Anchored n proceeded to catch another 4-5, some very nice.  My buddy now is frustrated ( hes a good fisherman) and i throw him a ned rig with my favorite color and told him “try this”.  He tied it on and oroceeded to catch 8 smallies on 8 straight casts.  We have always referred to it as Vinces tree since.  A fantastic bait.  I only use it when fishing is tough.  My experience is with a 4” tube i will catch 50% fewer smallmouth but the size difference can be dramatic.  But with a kid or an inexperienced fisherman or on a slow day the Ned rig is one if the best baits i gave ever fished.  Coming from a guy guy that spends  100-150 days a year on the water.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Benny B on June 03, 2019, 02:05:14 PM
As far as tackle is concerned.  3-4 years ago i started fishing Ned rigs, more of a tube guy for smallmouths and i focus on rivers, however a Ned rig is spectacular if u havent tried.  Fish it like a regular jig.  If u have a lake pond or river that is relatively weed free its a spectacular presentation.  Devastating on smallmouth, have caught everything under the sun on them tho.  Again not weedless so has to be used it right spots.  But for someone that just wants to catch alot of fish they are spectacular.
True story: took a two day trip up to one of my favorite rivers in Michigan on a smallie trip 3 Years ago.  Usualky go 4-5 times a sumner. Hammered it about 4 miles up river in the jet for the anchor n drift back to the landing around noon when we arrived.  Tied the standard cofee with orange specks tube onto the floro tied with a double uni to braid setup.  Pulled up to an outside bend with a large over hanging tree in the middle.  I proceeded to catch 6-7 nice smallies in my first 20+ casts with out moving the boat.  My buddy caught none.  I bumped us down to the muddle of the run, only maybe 75 yrds long in total). Anchored n proceeded to catch another 4-5, some very nice.  My buddy now is frustrated ( hes a good fisherman) and i throw him a ned rig with my favorite color and told him “try this”.  He tied it on and oroceeded to catch 8 smallies on 8 straight casts.  We have always referred to it as Vinces tree since.  A fantastic bait.  I only use it when fishing is tough.  My experience is with a 4” tube i will catch 50% fewer smallmouth but the size difference can be dramatic.  But with a kid or an inexperienced fisherman or on a slow day the Ned rig is one if the best baits i gave ever fished.  Coming from a guy guy that spends  100-150 days a year on the water.

Have heard of Ned rigs, but never tried... is the intent to get the strike on the initial drop?  If not, how do you retrieve?
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Mr. Sand-Knit on June 03, 2019, 10:46:24 PM
No just bounce it back, like any jig many of the hits are on initial fall but u can catch fish all the way back to the boat.  Let fal to bottom, jig, do it again.  Like any fishing very speed until u figure it out.

Go with the Z-mann products n due to the fall not much weight is required.  I throw a 1/6 ounce in situations where i would use 1/4 to 1/2 oz standard, tube, or bass jigs. 

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=o7f6yhTqSGM

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-e72xxESwjY

Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on June 09, 2019, 09:44:20 PM
Slab gills tonight. Bedding. All released.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Mr. Sand-Knit on July 02, 2019, 12:06:35 AM
Mercury, Yamaha, or the new Evinrude E-tec?

Yamaha best outboards around.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Mr. Sand-Knit on July 02, 2019, 12:13:56 AM
I went crappie fishing 3-4 times about a month ago. Have gone gill fishing prolly a dozen times in late may and june.  Normally keep about 20, as i dont like to clean more than that each time.  Have put 200 plus in the freezer, all males maybe 5-6 females snuck thru.  Most nights have caught 40-50 and kept just 20 or so.  Weather has neen so beautiful i have gone 3-4 nights a week. Nothing more fun than catching big slab male blugills n readear.  I use a 7 foot st croix pan fishing rod and it makes it even more fun.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Warriors, Come Out and Playeeyay on July 02, 2019, 11:06:57 AM
Recently found out that walleye population on our lake has reached a healthy level.  Knowingly, jig/minnow combo is typically popular, but lake is quite shallow/weedy.  Not to mention an abundance of panfish.

I have seen a few YouTube vid's of people throwing lure's.

Question - Has anyone had success in throwing lure's for walleyes?  Shallow?  And if so, what has worked?
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: tower912 on July 02, 2019, 12:28:10 PM
It is so peaceful here.  I don't fish, but can I just visit and enjoy the tranquility?
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on July 02, 2019, 12:36:04 PM
Recently found out that walleye population on our lake has reached a healthy level.  Knowingly, jig/minnow combo is typically popular, but lake is quite shallow/weedy.  Not to mention an abundance of panfish.

I have seen a few YouTube vid's of people throwing lure's.

Question - Has anyone had success in throwing lure's for walleyes?  Shallow?  And if so, what has worked?


Rapala - Blue glass shad rap.

Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Hards_Alumni on July 02, 2019, 01:10:27 PM
Recently found out that walleye population on our lake has reached a healthy level.  Knowingly, jig/minnow combo is typically popular, but lake is quite shallow/weedy.  Not to mention an abundance of panfish.

I have seen a few YouTube vid's of people throwing lure's.

Question - Has anyone had success in throwing lure's for walleyes?  Shallow?  And if so, what has worked?

Rapala, short, jointed, color is lake dependent in my experience.

But in a weedy lake, you're going to be clearing hooks of weeds no matter what you run... which is why people are probably jigging.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Benny B on July 03, 2019, 11:59:31 AM
I've had two guides on Tonka tell me that the best way to catch walleye is to fish for bass.  So jigs and plastics along the weed line.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Mu92 on July 06, 2019, 09:25:25 PM
I am taking my preteen kids camping in August to governor dodge state park. Has anyone fished there?  Wondering if it’s worth bringing the fishing rods and tackle. If so, any advice on what to fish for there?

Thanks.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: real chili 83 on July 08, 2019, 05:07:57 AM
I've had two guides on Tonka tell me that the best way to catch walleye is to fish for bass.  So jigs and plastics along the weed line.

I picked up a nice walleye this weekend under the dock in three feet of water while fishing for bass.
Title: Re: Scoop fishing thread
Post by: Mr. Sand-Knit on July 15, 2019, 04:34:18 PM
Recently found out that walleye population on our lake has reached a healthy level.  Knowingly, jig/minnow combo is typically popular, but lake is quite shallow/weedy.  Not to mention an abundance of panfish.

I have seen a few YouTube vid's of people throwing lure's.

Question - Has anyone had success in throwing lure's for walleyes?  Shallow?  And if so, what has worked?

My personal favorite for walleye in the early evening into the night is a Rattlin rouge.  Made by smithwicks available online if nowhere else.  Anytime from dusk til midnight.  Use the shallow runners... ARA prefix... they run 6 inches or less.  Favorite color is Clown, silver body red head.  Out fish a rapala 3:1 in my experience