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  
Tyler Voss

The Gathering 2009

Recommended Posts

April 18th & 19th in Perham

Anyone Going ?

I'm sure it is too far of a trip for some of you guys down south, but is anyone around the area going ? My grandpa, brother, and myself are going on Sunday. Should be a good time. This will be my first time going so I don't know what to expect. Hopefully see some nice decoys and maybe get some pictures.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I went last year and I thought it was a good show. First one I ever attended. The main reason I went was to meet my dealer from MI. He can’t make it this year because of other obligations. Didn’t think I would make it last year being I was seeding wheat till the 12th. Sounded like a good crowd last year to. Little variety for everyone. Some of the decoys actually look alive.

Haven’t decided if I should go this year or not. I’ll know later in the week. It’s the closest show I know of. Get there early so you don’t have to rush thru it. Hrs are Sat 9 to 5. Sunday 10 to 4.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I made it back from the show.

I saw EyeSlayer21 and company there.

I tried to help him find out more about his spear, but no one really knew much about it (other than it is nice, a couple guys were drooling over it laugh ), I couldn't help him with his Grandpa's lure though. crazyblushgrin

I looked for Wayne there but didn't see him.

Not sure how many others from here made it up there, but it was a good show for sure.

I saw some "floating" decoys that were pretty cool I am not sure how they would work. I am sure B-N-S would think those are out of control too. grin

Some guy had a decoy rig with a hole though the decoy so the decoy could be on top of a live decoy. What a great idea! laugh

As Elwood said we picked him up a John Petters for his fish mount and I also picked him up a Brad Lange finless decoy that does loopty loops in the water. (yep outta control there too! grin)

It was fun hagling and B.S.ing with all the carvers.

Larry Lange wouldn't give me a deal on his decoys (I guess you can't B.S. a B.S.er shockedlaugh ) but I bought one from him too.

It is good to see the younger guys getting into the sport.

I bought a few decoys from them (all workers) so now I have an even larger decoy collection. crazy

I have pics and some videos from the show I will post them here some time this week.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Glad to see your back merkman! It was nice meeting you and I thank you for trying to help in finding someone who knew about the spear. While leaving the show, a guy actually approached my grandpa and bought that special lure for 30 bucks! The Big Mommas will love that! :P

As for this being my first show, I enjoyed it! Alot of clever ideas. My brother bought some of the flipper decoys and can't wait til next year to try them out. I wish I wouldn't have forgot my camera, because there were some amazing looking decoys. Hopefully I will be able to go next year!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

didnt know there was a decoy store in st cloud. those are some awesome decoys merkman posted. looks like i saved a ton of cash staying away.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Dang it if I would have know there were going to be more members there I would have taken part of the day off from work and went to the show. Welcome back to the forums merkman. Thanks for the nice pixs. Being my dealer from MI couldn’t make it I didn’t really think the drive would be worth it but reading this forum I should have went.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I am finally getting around to posting a photo of the new decoys I picked up at the gathering.

Here is what I ended up with.

3516508591_a267d25c6e_b.jpg

The top 4 are all Jim Dorance decoys.

Even 2 spinners. laugh

The blue and cedar one is a Brad Lange

The larger red, yellow, cedar and white is a Cody Zitzow.

The bluegill is a Rick Whittier.

The two silver decoys are Adam Hammes.

The gold fish is a Larry Lange.

The natural fish is a Rick Wirth.

And the little red and white is a Bethel.

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

    • Starts Saturday....anybody going out?
    • If Stanley’s question is pointed at me:  I can’t tell ya anything yet.  I haven’t dug into mine any further.  It is the factory installed unit and would like to just replace what is broken but I find sometimes getting parts for DIY RV fixes can be obnoxiously tough.  I’ve done my electrical troubleshooting to the point of knowing it’s broken. I did learn something new about our 2016 wheelhouse the night before deer opener though:  There is a safety that won’t allow the heater to run while the trailer lights are hooked to the truck.   Took me a while to figure that out.  I read the manuals and didn’t see why it wouldn’t go into the ignition cycle so I called the dealer and got a little infuriated when the only comment I got was “Too tough to troubleshoot over the phone. Bring it in”.  Really? So I tore it out!  I found there was a rocker switch on the module and a wire that stated in order to perform a POT test, the coach needed to be disconnected.  So I disconnected the trailer lights, cycled the switch and the next try it worked just fine. Put everything back together and it hasn’t missed a beat.  I found my 15 amp trailer light fuse in the truck popped too. Seems like that was something that could’ve easily been mentioned over the phone.  
    • Fred has a "thing on the floor"...his feet, but no push buttons. Maybe Wilma has the push buttons....
    • Deer cart for sure. You can save some money and make your own game cart - https://catchthemeasy.com/build-dependable-game-cart/ Or, if you would rather just save time like myself then just buy one    
    • me thinks some one is having fun with push buttons!!
    • Feel free to explain how you keep food out of the danger zone while using sous vide when you are cooking at temperatures in the danger zone for many hours.   
    • I have a feeling PIYA is an acronym. Maybe it stands for Pain In Your A@@.
    • Yes and it sucks. Putting a pro view in Lp mode in shallow water means you are going to have a narrower cone. (Because LP mode is low power which is a 50% cut in power which less power equals narrower cone on a pro view)  To get a wide cone angle and sharp returns in shallow water is impossible with a pro view. To get a narrow cone in deep water if you need the gain up it is impoosible with a pro view. basicly the pro view cant do what a person wants. Which is a wide beam low gain/lp mode in shallow water and a narrow cone higher gain in deep water. 
    • Ya! What Del said!  " had a thing on the floor ..."  
  • Our Sponsors