Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      Members Only Fluid Forum View   08/08/2017

      Fluid forum view allows members only to get right to the meat of this community; the topics. You can toggle between your preferred forum view just below to the left on the main forum entrance. You will see three icons. Try them out and see what you prefer.   Fluid view allows you, if you are a signed up member, to see the newest topic posts in either all forums (select none or all) or in just your favorite forums (select the ones you want to see when you come to Fishing Minnesota). It keeps and in real time with respect to Topic posts and lets YOU SELECT YOUR FAVORITE FORUMS. It can make things fun and easy. This is especially true for less experienced visitors raised on social media. If you, as a members want more specific topics, you can even select a single forum to view. Let us take a look at fluid view in action. We will then break it down and explain how it works in more detail.   The video shows the topic list and the forum filter box. As you can see, it is easy to change the topic list by changing the selected forums. This view replaces the traditional list of categories and forums.   Of course, members only can change the view to better suit your way of browsing.   You will notice a “grid” option. We have moved the grid forum theme setting into the main forum settings. This makes it an option for members only to choose. This screenshot also shows the removal of the forum breadcrumb in fluid view mode. Fluid view remembers your last forum selection so you don’t lose your place when you go back to the listing. The benefit of this feature is easy to see. It removes a potential barrier of entry for members only. It puts the spotlight on topics themselves, and not the hierarchical forum structure. You as a member will enjoy viewing many forums at once and switching between them without leaving the page. We hope that fluid view, the new functionality is an asset that you enjoy .
Sign in to follow this  
Shoot2Kill

Is this a sickness?

Recommended Posts

Hello all - I've fished my entire life, caught dozens of 40 and 50 lbs King Salmon in AK during the 5 years I lived there....moved to MN almost 4 years ago and have wanted to fish for Muskies since I got here. I met up with a buddy that is a muskie freak and finally made it happen on Friday night and had legendary night on the water. Had a fish on within 20 minutes of stepping off the dock that spit the hook and had my first sighting right below the boat of a true giant about an hour later. We had 9 encounters in about 7 hours! The buddy I was with knew what he was doing, had the right gear, and showed me one of the best nights I've ever had on the water.

11:20 - landed my first Musky after a follow up cast when it swiped at my buddies top water but missed and turned and nailed the cowgirl!

45inchmusky.jpg

45inchmusky1.jpg

And the moon and stars aligned not 30 minutes later when this PIG hit! 51 Inches! Unbeliveable - 2 hogs in 30 minutes. This fish put on one heck of a show and revived the crazy obsessed fisherman inside me that has been supressed since moving from AK!

51inchmuskyc.jpg

There was no cooler feeling than to watch those monsters swim back into the lake when it was all said and done....truly amazing fish!

releasingthe512.jpg

I have been obsessed with these fish since that night, probably more so than I was with the Kings in AK.....I'm pulling the salmon river rods back down and stringing them up for Muskies!

Is this a sickness? grin

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Just wait until the season closes and you won't be asking if it's a sickness, you'll be begging for a cure.

There was a weekend this winter/spring when it got so bad that I almost drove down to Kentucky to get my fix.

Good luck, and enjoy it while you can.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Quote:
Is this a sickness? grin

nope it's normal. wink

it would be a sickness if you went and spent a few hundred bucks every spring and felt somehow that wasn't enough so you spend twice that the rest of the year.

it would be a sickness if you thought it was a good idea to chop the ice away from the launch so you could get back out on that water for a few more hours.

it would be a sickness if you got a p.o. box to hide the secret maniacal purchases from ''youknowwho''.

wait... did you say you caught one? oops, then yeah you got the virus. sorry man. frown it's over for you.

it progresses to the above symptoms and then the really bad stuff starts happening. grin

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Quote:
Is this a sickness? grin

nope it's normal. wink

it would be a sickness if you went and spent a few hundred bucks every spring and felt somehow that wasn't enough so you spend twice that the rest of the year.

it would be a sickness if you thought it was a good idea to chop the ice away from the launch so you could get back out on that water for a few more hours.

it would be a sickness if you got a p.o. box to hide the secret maniacal purchases from ''youknowwho''.

wait... did you say you caught one? oops, then yeah you got the virus. sorry man. frown it's over for you.

it progresses to the above symptoms and then the really bad stuff starts happening. grin

Hahaha....super. I'm already screwed it looks like. For the past 2 days I have done nothing but look at Spankys HSOforum and Thornbros plotting how in the heck I'm going to get all that I need to do this on my own! I've got the rods (well, they will work for now!), but the rest of what I need isn't going to come with the $200 I thought I get started on. grin That reminds me....that's a topic for another post....what would you get for $200.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'd start with a net and some 100#+ leaders. I don't know how your rod setups are, but you could probably buy a Shimano Compre and an Abu 6000/7000 for under 2 bills if you had to.

And buy a phantom softtail.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

Sign in to follow this  



  • Posts

    • Are you going to finish the bottoms of the bunks? You'll be looking at the bottoms more than the tops.You're getting close, great feeling isn't it.
    • I retract the above statement 
    • Crops are out, sloughs are frozen.  Did very well on private ground in the Ortonville area this past weekend.
    • I bought the helix 5 SI mainly for a new summer unit since i didn't have GPS in the boat and with the intention of using the GPS for the ice at a minimum.  I figured it would be so/so on the ice but it actually worked really well in graph mode.  I am still fumbling around with some of the settings.  Naturally now that the new units have arrived i wish i would have waited for the newest offerings as they look to be a bit more geared toward the ice.
    • Your review is pretty much the same as my experience with my first gen Helix 5.  As a dual purpose unit it does fairly well on the ice but its a step below the dedicated ice units out there.  I bought mine because I do a lot of fishing from canoes so wanted a portable unit and it excels at that.  The fact that it works decently on the ice was a bonus.  I do ice fish but not as often as I used to and not enough to justify the cost of a dedicated ice unit.
    • That may be.  Like I said, I’m not into football THAT much so I’m basing my opinion on my gut and seeing the Vikings perform reliably for a change. I’ve actually had personal interactions with Green when he was coaching here.  He was OK but I wasn’t in awe of him.  I guess it’s more accurate to say I’m neutral there.
    • great pictures fellas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    • You don't have to like him but not many coaches in the history of the NFL did more than Dennis Green did. I would say he was a "good" coach.
    • I finally got out to try my first gen helix 5 this weekend.  Fished in 8 feet of water next to a lx5 and Lx7 in an otter lodge.  The flasher screen was not the best.  It was slow to react to my jig movement and i tried a few things to speed it up to no avail.  I switched it over to the graph and it was much better.  I am somewhat used to the graph as i use both on the LX7.  I didn't have any trouble with interference but i was only using the 200hz on the Helix.  It was definitely not in the same class as the Marcum considering the Marcum is a dedicated ice unit but as a dual use unit for the summer and winter it has lived up to my expectations.  I believe the new units will be much better in this regard.  Battery life was pretty good as i fished for about 15 hours on Saturday and i would say i had about 60% battery left.  Overall i am happy with the performance on the first outing.  I will chime back in when i get into some deeper water to compare the interference.    
  • Our Sponsors