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  1. So God Made A Farmer

    Glad you got a kick out of it! I don't drink much beer and am not middle aged yet but I could have "the look" without trying too hard. If anybody would like me to sign a big contract to be part of a fisherman beer commercial just let me know.
  2. So God Made A Farmer

    I haven't read through all of this but I'm going to attack this at a different angle and hopefully I don't ruffle too many feathers. It's a truck ad - it's just marketing. I'm sure Dodge knew that most people that saw that commercial weren't farmers. They weren't targeting actual farmers, but using the image of a hard working American with good life and family values. Even if most people DON'T have those qualitites I think a lot of people like to think that they do. It's just a commercial. What it's getting at is: Are you hard working, do you have solid morals and values? If so, then Dodge is the truck for you. Nothing more, nothing less. Have commercials historically set the example of accuracy? Do Beer commercials show middle aged guys sitting around getting plastered in their ice shack wearing ripped up flannel or attractive young men and women at a rocking beach party? Reality doesn't always sell, the image does.
  3. Gosh Don, Sorry to hear of your troubles, but I'm glad to know you are still alive and writing us messages! Take care of yourself, and I'm wishing you the best. It's amazing what they can do medically these days - I'm sure you'll be up and running on all 8 before you know it (though don't rush it). I'll say a prayer for you. gill man
  4. Great to hear that Josh is getting better! It was frusterating to read (and I don't know him personally) when it seemed he kept getting better and worse when he was first admitted to the hospital. Sounds like things are definitely on the up and up now! Way to go Shack. I think we all look foreward to having you back on here again before too long. gill man
  5. Wow, I just opened this today. I read through many of the posts from the daily updates link. I feel for the family, and pray that Josh makes a full 100% recovery. I don't know Josh personally, but through reading his posts on here, he sounds like the type of person that won't let this get him down forever. Good luck to Josh and his family. Hang in there, and I believe everything will turn out for the best. We're all pullin' for ya!
  6. Thanks for the help so far guys. It's a tough choice no matter what. I have done some fishing up in the Hayward area. I've fished the Chippewa Flowage a couple times, but abviously a no-go there in the winter. I did fish Grindstone once a few years ago. We didn't catch much, but did have one real nice walleye. From what I remember, the water was crystal clear, and we were in a bright sunny high pressure system. It might be worth giving it another try. Seems like a tough lake to fish, but I could see it being real good if you did it right. It would be a pretty good trip, but I am kind of intrigued by Vilas county. I've never been up there before, but it seems like a very neat area. Yes, you could say I'm looking for some bigger fish than Long or Wissota are known for. However, if you fish smart and get lucky, there are some nice walleyes to be had in both. How to be smart and lucky may remain a secret though Just kidding. It only takes covering some water and putting in your time. Basically, those are the main two lakes I fish very hard for walleyes. Neither is a bad lake, but it's just fun to try something new sometimes. After a while you forget about looking when proven spots don't produce. When I'm on a new lake the looking is a fun challenge. And I figure if in the challenge, a 28-30 inch walleye is possible, I'm up for it. Also want to be able to fry a couple smaller ones. Like I said, I want to have my cake and eat it too. lol Thanks a lot for the help! gill man
  7. I'm thinking of taking a 2-3 day ice fishing trip this winter, probably late December of sometime in January. I'm not really sure where to go. I live in Chippewa County, and don't want to drive more than a couple hours in one direction. Three hours would probably be the max unless I really thought it would be worth it. We would probably be targeting walleyes, but certainly would welcome a great bluegill, crappie, or perch lake. We will be interested in nice sized fish, but aren't looking to go for just one nice walleye either, some action would be nice. Basically, I want to have my cake and eat it too. Just wondering where you guys would go on a trip if you had the chance to do it. Thanks for any help! Gill man P.S. We will probably be staying in the cheapest motel or whatever there is in the area. Only need a place to sleep at night, so it doesn't have to be fancy.
  8. Yep, some guys are fishing on a local lake (Marshmiller in Chippewa county). I checked the ice and it looked like there was a good 3 inches. Some probably have only a skim, or are maybe even partially open. Unfortunately, rain, and a high of 47 on Monday are going to take care of what we have. gill man
  9. Prairie Lake-Chetek

    I haven't fished there in probably two weeks, but I don't know if it's worth a couple hour drive. The bluegills and crappies have been numerous, but small this year. You'll probably be able to pick through them and scratch out enough for a meal, but it won't be impressive. Check out the fishing reoprts at for some reports on Chetek. You'll catch fish for sure. It's up to you to decide if you want to make the drive for lots of little fish. gill man