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The Chemist

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  • Birthday 01/06/1970

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    Robbinsdale, Mn, USA
  1. Oursmarted by a mouse

    The best trap I have found is a black plastic trap with spikes on the jaws. It has a little well that you fill with bait. I had one that had got into bread within 4 hrs after I got to the cabin. Saw it run across the counter and behind the fridge. Set up a block in front of one trap on the counter with milk jugs and then placed one two on both sides of the fridge about a foot apart and 1 next to the loaf of bread. An hour later the one on the counter by the jugs had one. A little later I had one next to the fridge and the next morning another 2. Went and bought a bunch more and placed around the cabin. Caught 12 in the last month. They are easy to bait and unlike the metal snap traps they don't misfire went trying to set them up. Last time up I caught 2 but I think I should have most of them.
  2. Caught a loon...wow

    Up on Bay Lake we were fishing off the dock/ on the bottom and one of the poles started screaming as I seth the hook. An adult loon surfaced and after about 150ft or so of line came out it broke. We tried to use the boat to find it but couldn't it. At our current cabin we have 3 adolescent loons that have been swimming the shore line for the past couple of weeks. But luckily they have opted to stay away from the boat while I'm trolling.
  3. need help with modification

    A possible idea would be to have them mounted on individual pieces of sheet metal and attach them to the wall with hinges. Like a door hinge that can be seperated for removal. Then some sort of hook that fasten to the carpeted area. When you need to get into a box you flip it up, open it, and the use the hook to hold the box from tipping over. I would mount them facing towards you like your crank bait box is. Also if you use the same hinges you would be able to place your boxes in any configuration depending on what you were using at that moment. On a side note do you have pics of your LED floor lighting? I am in need to put some sort of in boat lighting is currently in the boat the person that did the electrical work claimed that the lights were not going to work with my new set-up.
  4. Dish Network & Fox Dispute!

    I am trying to find a way to dump my Dish. Losing FSN was bad enough, as it is one of the most watched channels in my house. I like Minnesota sports and tend to watch whatever is on. Also the fishing shows. Problem comes in a I am in a 24 month contract that I signed on after I got my HD TV. Customer service is crappy to say the least, there is an e-mail to which you can send your message to the CEO. Will be sending one in the next couple of days!
  5. Storm Check/ Damage reports.

    The kids and I were at the cabin on Rice Lake in Eden Valley. The second storm came up quick as the storm came from behind a tree line while we were out on the lake. Started to see some lightning strikes so packed it in. And as I pulled the last anchor saw a flash then a crack and then boom. A huge bolt under a mile away. High tailed it to the cabin and was able to get the kids in and to the basement. Had 2" of rain in ~ 20 minutes. Luckily avoided damage (unfortunately, it would've been nice to take a few trees to the cabin.)
  6. I was working holes I had between 10ft and 40ft north from where I was set-up. I was bumping from hole to hole and was able to follow them. I have never had them bite that fast and that light. I was only able to detect bites with the pole I had a spring bobber on and most time they were lifting the bait.
  7. Well I have made it back home. And now looking all of the messages that I submitted from Friday and Saturday didn't post. DiDn't have a problem last year. Oh well. Borch, Dtro, Bob and everyone else, thanks for proving why this get together has been going on for the past 8 yrs. Dtro- you should have opted to stay. 6:15-7 the cats were going, got 25 in total largest was 25". Ended up bringing home a 21", 2-23" and the 25". The school then left for about 20min and but came back, so it seemed, I was getting bites but no sets. Then finally I got one. Pull it up 11" crappie. Switched to smaller minnows and pulled in another. By that time the school had moved on. Hopefully the chain doesn't melt too much this week, so I can take my boys out.
  8. Borch I will filet, at least it won't be as cold as last year! I will have 3 or 4 knives. Yes keep cats, just in case. Bait shops are all along the way, there are 3 in cold spring (right before you cross the river, and the 2 gas stations (SA and the one across the street) there also is one in Richmond at the gas station across from Richmond marine and RM also has bait if they are open. As I am heading up either Thurs or Fri, I will have a bunch. I will see if anyone has any spearing decoys for cut bait.
  9. Well I will be there, up to 25. Current plan is to get up to the cabin either late Thursday/early friday grab my gear and head out on Friday morning. Fish until night, then back as early as I can on Saturday morning.
  10. Divorce / Custody

    I will weigh in on this one as I have been divorced for approx 3yrs now. 1. First try and work it out, somehow get counciling. If even for yourself that will help.(I wished I would have) 2. If you are going the route of divorce start pulling things together. (you should gather photos of you with your child doing even the most general things like changing diapers, feeding and putting to sleep. Keep a record of everything a good journal of all activities will go along way. Don't make it look like you are out to attack her though!) 3. Research, you are best to do alot of it. There are a few sites that have alot of info. Drop me a line and I will fire off the HSOforum. The people on there have been alot of help. 4. Find a lawyer. Not just any lawyer though find a good one. I ended up refered to mine by a retired lawyer. Of course(not to sound sexist) having a nice looking female lawyer does help. 5. After you get a lawyer make sure you know the fees and realize that you are going to get nickle and dimed for every little thing! 6. Know that a divorce doesn't take place overnight. It took me 9months from the first time I filed and that was 3 months after she left. The result of my divorce (the court reporter was shocked) I got the house, boat, we split the debt and we had joint legal custody but most importantly I have sole physical custody. At the time of the divorce my children were 7, 4 and 1, the youngest a girl. So no matter which way you go I wish you good luck! And if you get divorced there is always a chance of having custody.( more that likely you will have joint legal) Have a good weekend
  11. I need some suggestions as to places that work on Polaris 4-wheelers. (Basically I think it needs a tune-up.) I am looking for something in the NW suburbs preferably. I had someone lined up but I can't get a straight answer as to how long it's going to take. e-mail me your suggestions: chemist70@yahoo com . Thanks in advance.
  12. Excellent post! My mother has the unfortunate luck to have been born on May 14th, thus Mother's Day, her birthday and the opener would be at the same time. I'm trying to figure out what I'm going to do for Mother's Day as I won't be fishing that weekend. Any suggestions would help. On top of the fact that my mom is an RN working 3rd shift 5-6 days every 2 weeks (I know it doesn't sound like much), 2 of those days being weekends. But being over 70 to me is quite amazing but not as much as she has been daycare provider for the past 9yrs after my first was born. Both of my parents were there for me when I was fighting for custody of my kids but mom has been there to help me: whether it is driving my boys to and from school every day. Making sure the kids work on homework and usually helping them until I pick them up.
  13. Well, I must say .....It had been along time... 3 yrs is too long to wet aline and see some familiar faces also to meet some new ones. Saturday night I saw something I had never seen in all the time I've fished cats. They were coming in between 6-10 ft and then going down to 14-15ft where my jig was and biting. after missing 6 I put on ice busters and the next one I watched go down lifted the bobber and bang a 26in cat. Ended the night with a 26, 2 22in. and a 20in. Also released some 14in. Right after the last group left the vex lit up like a x-mas tree from 10-15ft but never found out what it was. Dtro- thanks for coordinating everything, Borch and Icehawk- thanks for cooking As I ended up pulling off Sunday afternoon and I had went around to inspect I didn't see garbage laying around. Great job all....
  14. Looking forward to tomorrow/Saturday, it's been 3 years, too long of a time not to ice cats or any fish for that matter, dtro: you have mail.
  15. I am hoping to be on the ice by 8 tomorrow. As for saturday, I will be out there real early. I will have my permanent that can be used as a wind break. dtro I'm gonna send you an e-mail w/ my phone #, I don't have access to internet up at the cabin. I can give reports from tomorrow.