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TN Rick

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About TN Rick

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  • Birthday 01/07/1947

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    Mt. Juliet, TN
  1. HSO coffee mugs

    Are you still doing the mugs?
  2. do plastics really work or not

    Have caught many pike using a Zoom Super Fluke in 5 or 7 inch size - white. Rigged weightless with a widegap hook. This year caught a boatload using 5 to 7 inch swimbaits. This actually proved to be the most productive lure we used.
  3. your favorite pike lures?

    Another vote for Buzzbait. I use an in-line white with red made by Mikey's Tacklebox. Have had great results and love the anticipation with every cast.
  4. There are a group of us (3 to 5 boats) that travel from Nashville, TN to Rainy Lake the last week of June each year. We leave on Friday morning and spend that night in Eau Claire, before getting up Saturday morning and driving north to cross the border at International Falls. After seeing several fishing shows featuring Smallmouth fishing in northern Wisconsin (during the catch and release season) we are considering stopping for a day or two to try our hand at some of the awsome fishing you seem to have. We are all fairly experience Southern Bass fishermen and love to catch Smallmouth. What I am looking for is some suggestions on good (great?) Smallmouth lakes along highway 53 that we might try. If I need to post this on a different portion of the Wisconsin forum, please let me know. Thanks to everyone in advance for any suggestions.
  5. Pike Plastics

    We fish Rainy Lake around the end of June each year and have good luck using Zoom Super Flukes (white) along weed beds and actually in the weeds. Usually fish them without a weight using a wide gap 4/0 or 5/0 hook. Zoom has come out with a Magnum size (7") this year and will try it in about 45 days. A good technique that works for us is to have a rod with a fluke tied on handy. If using a top water and the Pike misses . . . just pitch the fluke in the area and you usually get a hit.
  6. Fishing Live Crawfish

    My wife had a cousin that made a wicked crawfish boil and she is after me to try to do one. Maybe I'll give it a try . . . after I try to catch some big Smallies.
  7. Fishing Live Crawfish

    ?? Which Policy?
  8. Fishing Live Crawfish

    I want to thank everyone for the input. There are 10 of us (in 5 boats) making the trip to Rainy and we run a little tournament each year based on the biggest fish by species and biggest total weight. I was just looking for an "edge" for Smallmouth and thought that live crawfish might work. I have a Frabill crawfish trap that I am taking along and will trap whatever we use in the lake (no legal or ecological problems that way). Have used artificals in the past for SM, along with plastic worms and grubs as well as topwater baits. I'll just have to expirement with the live crawfish (if I can catch any in the trap)and see how it works out
  9. Fishing Live Crawfish

    We are going to Rainy Lake the end of June and I am thinking of trapping and trying to use some live crawfish as bait. In the past we have had SM spit them up when we get them to the boat so I thought that crawfish might be a good bait to try. I fish a lot of plastic baits and some hard body baits, but must admit that I have little experience fishing live bait and NO experience using crawfish. I have researched and can find little on the subject, which keads me to believe that it might not be a productive technique. Any advice or experience that can be shared would be greatly appreciated.
  10. Pork shoulder/pulled pork

    This may be 'cheating', but I make pretty good pulled pork using the crock pot! Put a Boston Butt Roast in the crock pot with 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar and a full bottle of hickory flavored liquid smoke. Cook on high for 10 to 12 hours. Remove the fat and shred. Hard to beat.
  11. Trolloing Motor Batteries

    I appreciate all the input. I guess I'll try a couple of AGM batteries and see what kind of luck I have. Cheaper then GEL but many of the same benefits.
  12. Trolloing Motor Batteries

    I've researched the internet and will purchase one of these batteries for sure. I understand the difference between the GEL and the AGM construction but am unclear which is really the better battery for a trolloing motor. Both seem good. I have found that some people use AGM and GEL interchangably . . . even though they are different batteries.
  13. Trolloing Motor Batteries

    I appreciate the input. Sounds like a good investment. Any idea if the AGM have an advantage over the GEL batteries?
  14. I thought I might get some 'real life' advise here. I currently have a Minnkota trolling motor (12 volt) and am using two deep cycle batteries connected in parallel (12 volt output). They are getting a little tired and I am considering replacing them before the season kicks off. We are going to be at Birch Point the last week of June and fishing 14 hour days can put a major drain on a trolling motor battery! Most of myfishing is in the mid south with warm summers. The boat is seldom used during the winter. What I would like to know, is what experience and advise can be offered regarding GEL batteries and AGM batteries. Any advise would be appreciated. Thanks!
  15. Any one = help with Brittany Spanial.

    Just my two cent worth here. I'm no expert but have had Brittany's for over 30 years. They are excellent hunters, and companions. As stated by others they are extremely intelligent and learn well, but are very high energy. The "puppy" doesn't usually leave for about three years, although training and discipline would probably cut that a little shorter. I can't say enough good things about the breed. Great hunters (point and retreive), awsome family dogs and life-long friends. Rick