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  1. LRG goes out of his way to thoroughly detail yet another amazing ice house build. Goes above and beyond and included pics, links in his write up, and responds to many questions thrown at him to help out others several times. Probably had lots of PM's as well. Then you rip the guy for sharing a report. Cmon man......where is the dislike button good grief.
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  2. The recipe was going around on Facebook so I thought I would give it a try. Prime Rib with a herb butter rub. Very tasty and today we have some awesome leftovers
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  3. Wasn't sure what to make for supper last night so I made these Jalapeno, Cream Cheese Juicy Lucy's with pepper jack cheese, bacon and sauteed onions on top. My son said it was the best burger I ever made, Maybe all my other ones were just that bad, LOL. My wife said they were a little too spicy for her. I thought they were very good if I do say so myself.
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  4. Another needless tragedy, not far from me. I preach about this every year.....get a CO detector for your permie AND portty!!!! I used to teach this stuff as a certified EMT Instructor, dealt with it while I was a LEO, and have seen the results first hand. To keep it brief and to the point: The low oxygen (O) sensing buddy heaters ARE NOT good enough to protect you'; the concentration of CO can be enough to affect you long before that pilot goes out on those heaters. I proved that in a test with a friend in my porty, closed up. Heater was just starting to fail, and CO levels were already way high. (350 PPM on my meter) That O sensor is not a dependable source of "info" or safety; I liken it to putting a top on a jar candle...when the oxygen's all used up, it goes out. If you experience any type of headache, tiredness, nausea, burning eye, GET OUT NOW!! And ALWAYS keep a door cracked in that porty (or perm) for fresh air (perm's usually have a fresh air vent) I always partially unzippied the top of one door, and the bottom of the other door in my porty. Helps with condensation, too. It's code in a house for your furnace, now imagine a space twenty times smaller...even more important. So people, PLEASE pop the $20 for a CO detector, and save your life. If you ever have to pull a body out of somewhere that's died from CO poisoning, you never forgot the cherry red of them caused by the CO bonding to the hemoglobin in your blood, preventing it from carrying any oxygen. You literally die of oxygen deprivation. So guys, please stop by that box store today and grab one, will you? Is your life worth $20? 21-year-old woman dies from CO poisoning at ice fishing house 1 By Shannon RousseauCONNECT Posted: Jan 15, 2017 9:40 PM CST Lake Wilmert, Minn. - The Martin County Sheriff's Office said a woman died and four other people were hospitalized after suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning Sunday afternoon. It happened in an ice fishing house on Lake Wilmert in rural Martin County, which is two hours west of Rochester. The 21-year-old female died at the scene around 2 p.m. Sunday. A 20-year-old man was taken to St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester. Three other adults were treated at local hospitals. Police have not released the woman's name. The cause of death is still under investigation by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office. Carbon monoxide levels in the air What is normal? What is dangerous? Carbon monoxide levels in the blood stream cannot easily be measured outside a medical setting. Carbon monoxide levels are often shown as concentration levels of parts per million (PPM) in the air and length of exposure. Carbon monoxide Parts Per Million (PPM) Time Symptoms 0.2 PPM - Natural carbon monoxide levels in the air 35 PPM 8 hours Maximum exposure of carbon monoxide levels allowed by OSHA in the workplace over an 8 hour period 200 PPM 2 to 3 hours Mild headache, fatigue, nausea dizziness 400 PPM 1 to 2 hours Serious carbon monoxide headache, other symptoms intensify Continued exposure: Life threatening after 3 hours 800 PPM 45 minutes Dizziness, nausea, convulsions Unconscious within 2 hours Continued exposure: Death within 2 to 3 hours 1,600 PPM 20 minutes Headache, dizziness, nausea Continued exposure: Death within 1 hour 3,200 PPM 5 to 10 minutes Headache, dizziness, nausea Continued exposure: Death within 1 hour 6,400 PPM 1 to 2 minutes Headache, dizziness, nausea Continued exposure: Death within 25 to 30 minutes 12,800 PPM 1 to 3 minutes Death
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  5. You have no idea.... Suck it up, buttercup...
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  7. Found and Returned! Yes there are good people on the planet!
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  8. I have been building my 22' wheelhouse and figured I would share since I got a lot of ideas and information from following others builds on here (namely Mr. LipRipperGuy). So here it is: My wife and I looked at countless houses from all the brands and never found quite what we were after. The Yetti Legend came closest to what we wanted but farthest from our budget. So, glutton for punishment that I am, I sketched out some plans and made a very detailed material list as best I could. Finding sources for a lot of the parts that go into one of these was one of my biggest hurdles. The house is a 22' +V with a bump out in the back for the bay window. The trailer is aluminum. A few pieces needed to be made of steel and they are galvanized. It will have most of the RV type features offered now. The toilet will be a cassette type that I think will be much more convenient for winter use. Finding a dump station, rinsing and winterizing tanks after every use was a concern. I wanted to be able to use the plumbing in the winter with as little hassle as possible and I hope that will be the case. All water lines will be run inside the house and with a constant slope to them so that they can be "winterized" after use by just opening a valve at the low point before packing up to head home. The tankless water heater and fresh water tank will be drained the same way. The cassette from the toilet can either be dumped in a bucket to freeze or in a toilet on shore. Rinse with a little RV antifreeze and you're good to go. Maybe I overthought it and maybe it won't even work but this was my best guess at it. The roof is a single piece of aluminum sheeting. It's lightweight, seamless and easy to install. Seemed like the way to go. The subfloor is a fiberglass reinforced foam. Its slightly lighter than wood and will never rot. Kind of pricey stuff but seemed like a good place to splurge. I've been using Google Sketchup for several years now and can't imagine trying to take on a project like this without it. A few things changed slightly since this drawing but this is pretty close. ....and some of my wall layouts The frame and all the aluminum tubing for the walls and roof... The walls are 1"x2"x1/8" and the roof is 1"x3"x1/8". I had the diamond plate for the wheel wells bent by the supplier. I then cut them to size and welded the top to the sides/back. Its sitting upside down in this picture. I also had the siding pieces bent ahead of time by the supplier. To mark the windows I propped the piece on a straight edge clamped to the frame and then traced the window opening from the inside. The first few I cut out with "slicer" wheels in an angle grinder which worked fine but I ended up using a carbide tipped circular saw blade for the rest. Much faster and seemed to be a bit easier to hold the line. After the window opening was marked I installed the window and then the sheeting covered the window flange. The siding is of course held on with VHB type double sided tape. I let all the siding sheets run tall and then ran the saw along the top to trim them. This cut was not critical because the roof sheeting folded over the siding and was then covered by trim. Rolling the roof out. The graphics. The roof trim isn't completely installed in this picture. You can see the way the roof overlaps the siding. The wife insisted on an awning. I didn't think we needed it but was glad to have it working outside a few rainy days. I was losing warm weather and decided to get the first coat of spray foam on the walls before wiring. This worked out alright but I have to say, spray foaming it myself is the only thing so far that I would definitely think twice before doing again. Because of the outside temperatures I didn't get nearly the yield out of the kits that I should have. I ended up having to buy extra. The bathroom with pocket door. Wiring The "help" We decided to go with cedar planks to cover the walls and ceiling. And the start of the cabinets This is where I'm at so far. There's a lot of finishing work left but I'm still hoping to get out in it before the end season. Quite possible some things will end up getting finished up in the spring. I'll update as things progress.
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  10. Allegations are unverified, and the report contains errors. Wikileaks (which knows the difference) states this is not an intelligence report. Super secret British agent now runs his own private eye service. The stupidity of the American liberal voter... Carry on..
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  11. Here ya go. 8" KDrill with 996 DeWalt and 5ah battery in 15" of ice: For comparison sake the the DeWalt 996 has 820 UWO (Units watts out). This converts to an estimated 900 in/lbs.
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  12. Seemed like a good idea for a couple cold days.
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  13. Another neat pic from this morning. A blind man could've followed this blood trail in the snow. He only made it about 40 yards.
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  14. Being as it is my first season ever ice fishing I've been having a blast figuring techniques and tricks to finding fish and I can say it is a whole different world, its awesome! This day me and my buddy got out for a sunrise bite (can be tough to get moving that early sometime) and absolutely slayed crappies and gills, didn't catch very many small fish and we were catching them as fast as we could get our jigs down. Fishing in about 14 ft of water. As a bonus we even got a big pike on a tip up. What a day!
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  15. I recall the last time you guaranteed something like the election outcome you offered to run down Hennepin avenue naked and we all know how well that worked out for you.....
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  16. You're right, 20 sunfish is way too many per head. No limits on tullibees and whitefish? Heck, this has become a resource, a natural resource that has become dang near unsafe to eat! Crazy! How safe are my fishballs? This me, my, mine poop needs to end, who cares if you bought the darn license, it doesn't give you the right to be a game hog. Taking a limit of eater sized fish on occasion should be considered sustainable, right?
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  17. Well it's taken more time than I expected but I'm finally done with my Yetti build. I've gotten multiple messages over the course of my build with questions so I thought I would write up a little post and share some pictures of the final layout. If you have any questions about how I did something or why, please feel free to ask here or message me and I'll do my best to answer your questions or provide more pictures. This forum is a great resource for all DIY's and I know personally how much of a help it can provide. Here is the rear of the shack. The couch in the back has storage underneath and also extends out to create a 4x8 bed. The green fabric in the middle is a blackout window cover that I'll get to later. On the sides of the shack are two 30x80" bunks (I'm 6'4" and hate short mattresses). There are latches on each side holding the bunks up but I also put those 2x4" blocks under to prevent any bouncing and help the piano hinges during transport. Here is the front of the shack. Another smaller couch up front with some storage underneath and the electrical equipment (AGM battery, shutoff switch, PD4045 power center). The entire shack was essentially designed off the 50" TV and everything fell into place after figuring out where that would go. The TV is mounted on an extending TV wall mount and the orange straps keep it in place during transport. There are shelves on both the top and bottom that the TV tucks into to prevent any bouncing and stress on the TV and the wall mount during transport as well. Up in the V of the shack is a small storage closet. I keep all my catch cover accessories, buckets, and table tops up here. The opening is 18" wide so it is a little narrow but still very functional. Under the countertop is the furnace as well as a fridge that only gets used during the summer while camping. I've done a post on these before but I'll repeat it again just because I think it is very useful. I used regular LED strips (basically tape with LED elements embedded on) to make recessed hole lights. Each side operates independently with switches in the middle of the wheel wells. These give off the perfect amount of light and really give the shack a professional look. You can also get the led strips in RGB and UV, I personally preferred the Daylight LED. You can also see the two pedestal holes in the floor. I have a two piece table that I store in the closet. Each piece is 30x36". I can install them independently or together to create a 30x72" table for playing cards with a large group. I can try and get pictures later if anyone wants them. I also used the same concept in the "kitchen" for a little accent lighting when everyone is sleeping or there is a movie on. One of the gadgets I used that I would highly recommend is this touch dimmable light switch (found on amazon). It controls my 3 ceiling lights and gives me the capability to brighten/dim the ceiling lights. This is the master switch and controls all 3 lights, each switch has it's own independent switch so I can turn all 3 off/on independently. Works great even in the coldest of temperatures (just need to take your gloves off since it is touch). Here is a glimpse at my front cabinet. This is a once piece cabinet and was a total pain to get the correct angle (around 21.5 degrees). Bottom and sides are made of 3/4" cabinet plywood. Face framed with 1x2" pine. The doors are made of 1x2" cedar and cedar T&G. As a side note, crown royal bags make great storage containers for remotes, utensils, and other odds and ends. Wow, blurry picture but you'll get the point. After last year I got tired of lifting the couch lid all the time to change movies so I build a cabinet within a cabinet. Much easier access to the DVD player and now Xbox 360. Not a fan of CD decks so I made my own surround sound system. Top left button is the on/off switch. Bottom left knob is the volume control. Right switch is the input selector switch. I can easily switch between TV audio, AUX cable (3.5 mm headphone jack), and I just installed a Bluetooth receiver as well. There are 4 speakers in the shack powered by a 400W pioneer amp. If the fish aren't biting I can throw one heck of a party. Here is the furnace enclosure. It is important to note the return air hole on top of the two duct outlets. This allows the furnace to breathe and function as it was designed to do. Here are the bunks folded down. Still plenty of room to walk around and work underneath when a fish takes a rattle wheel. There are two 2x4 legs that go on the outside of each bed for more support, I was just running low on time when taking the pictures. I made all the cushions and mattresses myself from foam from the foam factory online. I then brought the foam to an upholstery place to get custom covers created. This is the outside of the window trim. If you look closely you will see those little black dots which are actually strong pin magnets that I drilled into the edges. These are used to hold up my blackout curtains. (see next picture). These magnets are around all 4 sides of the shack. I then bought some blackout fabric from amazon and sewed on a top layer of Realtree duck fabric. Inside the hem I then sewed in some small pieces of steel round bar stock. This was a wild idea I had but it actually works better than I thought it would. Takes 2 seconds to put up and come off even faster. Best part is that it is completely black inside with these installed. Since I installed my furnace in the V part of my shack I found out rather quickly that furnaces and road slush don't mix. This was a rather simple fix. I took a piece of sheet metal and cut it to the size of the exhaust holes. I then used some door weather-stripping around the perimeter of the sheet metal. (see next picture). Where I got lucky was that Suburban already had holes in the exhaust (I don't know if this is designed or not) but I was able to place two bolts through these holes. I use two wing nuts to secure the cover and it takes 30 seconds on/off to protect the chamber from filling up with gravel, slush, salt, bugs, rodents. Just don't forget to take the cover off BEFORE trying to fire up the furnace.
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  18. Pounded the big boys today, 15 fish 10"+...All released to get to that 11" mark.
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  19. Looks good. I too pizzed off the neighbors with some pyrotechnic!
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  22. Now this is my kind of thread! I'm not big on whiskey but can tolerate it. I'm about that same way with scotch. I have a friend that's big on the Laphroaig. I can do a glass but that's about it. It's a little too smokey for me. For bourbon I like Bulleitt. I also like the bourbon from Trader Joe's. It's cheap and good on the rocks. I'm not a mixer but if I need a little something it's either water or squirt. For beer I like shiner but I'm mainly a drinker of Americas best tasting beer. Nothing better than an ice cold Old Mill! The wife made me switch to diet after the wrongs things started jiggling more and more. Best part about Old Mill is that you can bring a cooler full to any gathering and no one is going to touch it.
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  23. 28 IN THE BOAT here at Hidden Bay, the past few days it has snowed here a little bit. Just enough to cover the ice on the ground left by the Christmas Day storm. Down at the General Store Big Earl is having a hard time keeping the ice melt display full. Well as you know I did not get a puppy for Christmas. That is OK as I would really rather pick my own pup out but instead I have a parrot. In the past few days I have learned a thing or two. The parrot was rescued from the next town over where it has been for the past nine years living at a day care center. My son saw the ad in the paper of a free parrot with the purchase of a cage. Other family members chipped in when the wife thought it was a good idea. Seems she thinks I need someone to talk to. Also there is the fact that the parrot does not go potty in the cabin like a new puppy would.   Sons moved my gun cabinet out of the den and put a rather large metal cage in the space. Bird came to the cabin and into the cage and we spent the first day starring at each other. Then I got a knock at the door and Duncan was barking at someone. That is how I met Don. Don worked as the night janitor at the child care place till he found a better job and left.. It seems Don let the bird out every night and the bird is house broke. Since the bird was up all night he slept during the day and pretty much ignored the staff and kids. The cage was next to a dvd player that was constantly playing the movie Ice Age when the bird did talk he sounded a lot like Diego so one of the staff started calling him Dennis after Dennis Leary who is the voice of Diego. The bird likes being called Diego by Don and ignored being called Dennis.   Don thinks Diego is older than ten but does not know by how much. He told me Diego is a Umbrella Cockatoo and can live to be fifty years old. They have a nasty habit of screaming for no reason which scared the heck out of the kids in the Day Care. The bird does it whether he is feeling bad or good, just something the bird does, Don wanted to take the bird but going to a new job he did not have the money for the cage and he and the bird had to part ways. After Don left Diego started dropping the f bomb and management decide he had to go. They lower the price on the cage, my sons saw the ad and now I sit here watching the bird as it watches me, Don asked if he could open the cage and I told him go ahead and Diego hopped onto Don’s shoulder. A minute later he flew the short distance to my desk and climbed up my arm. Don smiles and said " I do believe he likes you"   Duncan sat at my feet looking at Diego and Diego said "Duncan" Duncan cocked his head from side to side and gave a low lab bark back. I’m thinking great the bird likes the dog. Duncan then ran to the back door, the wife was back home from shopping. Diego flew to his cage and sat on his perch and pretended to be asleep when the wife came in the room. I introduced her to Don and thought to myself, him he, Diego does not like the wife. I think I will keep the housebroke part to myself and I talked some more with Don about what Diego likes to eat and Don told me some of the things he has taught Diego. Also Diego will do things but you must first say his name then what you want him to do. Easy enough that is how I have taught all my dogs. I of course told Don anytime he wants to visit he was welcomed to here at Lake Iwanttobethere
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  24. Filled my tag this morning! He's not very big but as I get older it seems putting meat in the freezer is becoming more important than adding to my trophy collection.
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  26. Mrs and I made good stuff today. nom nom nom CC jelly time.
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  27. No need to be sorry, leech. Humor is how I deal with it. If others don't like it, tough. It got me thru THIS holiday season. Sorta. Sometimes ya feel like punchin' somebodys' lights out. But that's MY problem. When I feel like that, I go help somewhere during the holidays. Do some little random acts, like just watching people in a store or somewhere, and when I see they could use a little help, help 'em out as best as I can afford. I love doing that. Did that to two at walmart the other day. I'm scraping by myself some months, but you can usually find enough to help a bit. Doesn't take much sometimes. Often a little chat works wonders. I help serve the holiday dinners at the Salvation Army, done that for may years. Had to skip this year, legs wouldn't allow it. But, I also get to eat a dinner that way, and I enjoy sitting, eating, and talking with these folks. They're no different than you or me...some could be me.Isn't that the true meaning of the holidays? It is to me. Surprise, surprise.
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  28. Thought I'd give a little (long) update after making the maiden voyage this weekend. The first trip every year is a bit of a learning experience, but you get things figured out pretty quickly and hope to be a little more efficient and get the kinks ironed out. -Got everything loaded up and checked and re-checked Saturday night. Temps weren't bad (maybe 10), but you could tell they were dropping quickly. I kept the heat on overnight to keep the water and beer from freezing. Didn't sleep worth a darn. -My day started with a 2am run up to the airport, which was supposed to have the house in tow and then directly to Red Lake, but my cousin and (also very experienced-this is important later) fishing partner's alarm clock didn't go off so I got to come back and re-start the trip at 5am. It happens. -Temp ranged from -25 to -30 the majority of the drive up on Sunday morning. -Quick stop to grab the 4 wheeler from the cabin near Motley, and we were on to leg #2 of the journey. Two gas station diesel pumps were frozen in Motley, and a third had just got theirs flowing. Note to self: double the additive. -We hit JRs around noon. Heat got turned on in the house in Kelliher. My hope was that we had made enough ice that we could drive the truck out, but no such luck. After changing into heavy clothes, unloading and hitching up the Honda, and we were on our way. Kind of... -The hydraulic pump was doing nothing but clicking. This has gone up and down HUNDREDS of times and the battery spent it's life at 95%+ charge without a hiccup. We switched the cables over to the house batteries, and it went up and down without any issue. Must be a bad battery that took some serious temps to show up. This is why you isolate the hydraulic battery from the house batteries. -On our way, without the snowmobile helmet that was on my list. -20 is hard on the face. The Honda 450 rocks on this house. Pretty surprising, actually. -It probably took about an hour to get our first fish, and I was sure happy to have scored first. About a 15" walleye. Fishing partner says he was being nice and fishing without bait out of respect. Richard. Red Kastmaster and a minnow head. -Had our limit about 8pm, but very slow fishing. Almost everything on rattle reels. Pulled up the lines to focus on beer drinking. It worked. Slept good. -Monday morning brought the mother of all headaches. No ibuprofen, also was on the list. -About an hour later we got a call from a friend about a mile from us, who was 50' away from a 2' wide crack that had just happened. Said there was some serious water showing up, and a house right next to him that had the crack go right under it. We decided to bundle up, and go check it out. -Not good... -I had never seen anything quite like this, but I've heard some stories of similar, so I had a pretty good idea what we needed to do. The 3 guys in the house were remarkably calm. They were going to head in to the access to see what could be done, but I could tell we were all quite worried the house was going to be under way before they got back, as the main crack had spread about 3-4" in the first 5 mins we were there. This is where I was very happy to have my cousin with, as we were able to kind of chat about a game plan based upon a couple other stories we had both heard about this situation. Our main worry was that just behind the tire in this pic, there is a crack that continues all the way up to the main crack everyone tends to focus on. This chunk ran to about 6" short of the back corner on the other side, so I honestly wasn't very worried about the main crack. If this let loose the house was going for a swim. -Check out the banking and how far the house shifted! -We all talked about a couple options, but we were short on equipment. I had a 4" wide tow strap and tire chains in my truck at the landing, but that was going to be an hour round trip. My buddy had an old frayed 2" wide tow strap and a couple tow ropes that were going to have to work. My only advice for the owner (driver) was that this wasn't like towing a water skier (where you want to be smooth)...lots of slack in the rope, and balls to the walls because we had one chance... IMG_5113.mov -It worked about as well as everyone could have hoped for with only about 20' of rope, and a 5500# truck trying to pull a 4500# fish house on its frame. -With hindsight being 20/20, there's a couple things we could have done differently. We could have strapped the wheels up. It wasn't really a consideration, as things were moving so quickly with the crack and water around it that we just needed to get it out of there. And honestly, we didn't have the equipment to do it. I would have done the exact same thing with my own house. -In the next few hours, 3 trucks, a wheel house, and a tracked side by side all went into that crack (that we know of), which was a couple miles long. -Again, with hindsight being 20/20, a good lesson for wheel house owners: have a good tow strap, and a set of tire chains with you at all times. There's absolutely nothing you can do to control mother nature and the ice cracks. The ice was about 15" thick, and the only blame for this situation is mother nature, and a temperature that went from -30 to +30 in about 24 hours. The ice is going to expand big time when this happens, especially on a huge lake like Red. -So after this "situation" our entire trip went great! The warm weather brought some really great fishing, and we got to help a youngster build a passion for the outdoors. Lots of snacks, movies, and minnow counting were the name of the game, and the Superman pole was on fire for the next two days! The fish fry out of JRs is my favorite. -We limited out on Monday and Tuesday, with the night bite from 12-4 being by far the best. I'd say roughly 25 fish per day was the count. Wednesday we headed home without any adventures of note! Time to tidy up a couple things, and get ready for the next trip!
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  29. Hillary catches Bill staring at Ivanka
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  31. The regulations stand, if you don't like them, lobby the DNR to change them. The distance is more of a concern these days with the use of GPS and lake maps there is less of a situation of finding structure because you now know where that structure exists. Be cordial to each other and quit crying. If they're within the regulations, you have nothing to complain about. If they're being noisy and you like being a quiet person, well, there's no regulations for that so basically you'll need to move if you don't like it.
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  32. Going above and beyond to maintain our fisheries is our responsibility as anglers/stewards. How many fish do we need to take home? Our predecessors thought it was ok to get them while the getting is good, hot bites came and went and there was no thoughts on sustainability. Not only for numbers, but size structure also. They wanted the biggest fish and as many as they could fit in the pail to carry back to the landing. Nowadays we know that that type of mindset is a lake killer. This is true for many species, heck, all species. We've seen populations disrupted, we've seen once hot spots disappear. Think of the swings in size structure in species like perch, bluegill, and northern pike. Lakes like Winnie once known for real jumbo perch are now sorting through buckets of 8' fish to keep a 10' fish. Spots that once had a good number of trophy bluegills can get wiped out in one winter. What local lakes have you seen change over the years? What are you doing to create a sustainable fishery?
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  33. LOL, I've tried it all. You guys should be giving me advice like arranging magic crystals around the tip up hole or sacrificing a virgin muskie and drinking it's blood.
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  35. They will go about like the debt ceiling, support it when your side has the presidency and cry fowl when the other team is in charge. Rinse and repeat and continue to look like complete fools. Worse yet the party faithful will back up whatever their fearless leaders say because they can't think for themselves.
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  36. I'm not going to argue with you about this, at least not on this thread. If you care to discuss it and would like to make these points in a new thread about healthcare in "silly town", I would be happy to show you the error of your ways. Until then I would just like to say thank you to you and everyone else here for your concern and support.
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  37. This is Minnesota. If you can't handle combat fishing, stay Home puzzies!
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  39. Lots of 12 to 14 over the weekend in NE Wisconsin
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  41. Well it's almost movie time, I'll give the wild another 1/2 a period then it's keeping the family happy. Seafood turned out awsome, I woulda liked the scallops to crispen but they were real good. The grill stuff were done before the Mrs crab legs so I had to Chuck on the last group of legs on the grill. Be safe and have fun all!!
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  42. 15 AND SUNNY IN THE BOAT HERE AT HIDDEN BAY. First off Ranger Rick sent me a cross courtly ski report for the Samantha Lake area. Trails are now open and access can be gained at the parking lot at Samantha Circle. You can enjoy the main trail or take the split just past Blood Shed Point to some deep woods skiing. Follow the bypass around Charles Bay where you will go past the landmark Chuck’s original Maple Syrup Shack. You can then continue down the trail to Trappers Trail. There is a sixty foot spruce down on the trail but that will be cleared in the next few days. It should be easy enough to get around the down tree. The trail will loop behind Samantha Lake where you can either stay on the trail or cut across the lake to the parking area. Last report has ten inches of ice on the lake and you may even run into a few fishermen on the lake. These trails will be groomed this winter and if you would like to make a donation there is a metal pipe with a slot at the beginning of the trail and another at the end. Monies collected will go for beer and smokes for the guy driving the groomer. I believe Ranger Rick is the groomer and he is doing this on his days off.   Last night I was at the Lodge and we made up a half dozen of my deep pan pizza’s. I think we might have over done the amount of sausage that we put on the pizza as everyone was laying around the Lodge like we had ate to much watermelon on a hot summer day. I think I sat in my chair for a good hour before I could get up and get another Hamms. In other words it was some pretty good stuff. This morning the wife asked what I wanted for breakfast and I passed. I think I will not have to eat until sometime after the second period of the hockey game this evening.   I did take a picture of the pizza and also pictures of Chuck and myself in our waiter red shirts but am having problem posting pictures. I will try to get them up on my web site if you are interested in viewing them. Some more snow fell overnight again, two inches a night is really starting to add up. Snow has been scraped away where the ice house fling was held so we have been pushing the snow from the parking lot over there to be dumped down the hill. Is looking good for Old McDonnell to be having sleigh rides tonight. He will give free rides to parked cars and to locals who do not live to far from the Lodge. On the home front Diego is making himself comfortable. The wife thinks he likes dog biscuits as she puts one in his cage every morning and they are gone by mid afternoon. She does not know that Diego calls Duncan to the cage and then drops the biscuit down to him. Kind of like a grade B prison movie as Duncan keeps the cats away from Diego when he hops out and flies down to the floor in the den. Duncan has become Diego paid thug when he is out in the yard. OK I know I have to much time on my hands but it does kind of look that way. Diego talks a little around me, has dropped the F bomb a few times which cracks me up as he does it in Dennis Learys voice. Does not say a peep when the wife is around though. Maybe he thinks she is a childcare employee checking up on him. Well as soon as the hockey game is over me and the wife will be heading over to the Lodges gala New Years Eve party. Hope to see you there. We always have room if you didn’t buy a ticket. All you need to do is find me behind the bar and slip me a twenty real quiet like. Have a great eve, drive safe or better yet have someone drive you here to Lake Iwanttobethere.
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  43. Along my walk to class every morning I end up going by a flock of turkeys. Took a the camera along and got some pictures of them and a robin that decided to pose for me.
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  44. Just a tip to give your "Jet sleds", portys, or smitty built sleds the edge when pulling across that snowy ice. I used a product from my XC skis called Teflon Glide, that was in a little bottle you wiped on the glide portion of your skis. Putting it on my Shappell pop-down porty skis and bottom of my jet sled made a huge difference when pulling. Spray on silicone works well, too, but doesn't last very long. Make your pull easier!
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  45. 13 IN THE BOAT, yesterday evening we drove to the sister in laws house where we were having our belated Christmas dinner. The mother in law is in the nursing home with her busted pelvis so that means dinner had to be moved. We then had a ice storm which kept people home till last night. I was riding as a passenger in the Tahoe with the wife driving. I can’t get in the Jeep, it is too small for me. When I am forced to ride in the Jeep I have to put my chin on my chest and bring my knees up to my head and then slide in. If we hit a bump I hit my head on the ceiling. The Tahoe has way more room for me so I am the passenger, I have sunglasses on not because it is bright out but to cover my closed eyes from the wife who is driving with no radio on and has both hands tight knuckled to the steering wheel.   For someone who was raised in Fish County with all our hills you think she would be driving with one hand, but not tonight and not in my Tahoe. Best that I not see how she is driving that is why I have the sunglasses on. I would not be going to dinner but I hear there is a big present waiting for me and I try to relax in my seat thinking up male puppy names Max, Rufus come to mind, bad dog names I am thinking. So much easier to come up with female names, Penny or Lady or Holly I almost open my eyes as I feel the back end of the Tahoe break lose and the wife make a little girl noise.   I get helped inside and my wheelchair is brought in. Don’t have to look for a seat this way, I brought my own. Took a spot at the head of the table, plenty of arm room and I sat back and listen to all the conversations going on around me. Learned a few things I didn’t want to and listen in on a few things I wanted to learn more about. With the mother in law not in attendance alcohol was flowing the same time the pie and cool whip made an appearance. Kids were getting antsy so everyone moved to the living room and kids started tearing into presents. Adults exchanged their gifts till all that was left was me. It seems everyone was in on my Christmas present but me. My two sons come out of the dining room carrying a cardboard box with a bunch of holes in it. They set the box down at me feet and everyone is watching me. I try and act like I am going to be surprised to find the ten week old white lab that I know is in the box. I lift the lid and see eyes looking back at me, I am surprised. Looking back at me is a white, ten year old parrot!! My granddaughter steps forward and says to me. Grandpa, meet Dennis........ Here at Lake Iwanttobethere
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  46. I wish you all a very merry Christmas. I hope your relationships grow and become more meaningful for you. God bless and stay at the leading edge.
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  47. Ha, we did the same thing Jim. Although ours was only at 115 at the 2 hour mark so had to turn the oven on for a bit. Your right very tasty.
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  49. 34 IN THE BOAT. Psst I overheard the wife talking on the phone just now when she thought I was asleep I did not hear all the conversation but I did hear that it is white, it is a male and it is ten. Could I be getting white lab puppy for Christmas here at Lake Iwanttobethere?
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