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  1. 2 points
    monstermoose78

    Measure them gills

    Measuring bluegills before you toss em in the live well, fish basket, or bucket. Will help you make it easy judge on what sized gills you are keeping. This time of year the big bulls are starting to make their beds and can be caught easily, because they are protecting their eggs. I know the size depends on the lake, but most lakes any gill over 8.5 inches is big one that receives a fair amount of pressure. Yesterday I seen a older fisherman fishing while fishing with my nephew and the older fisherman told us to only keep the big ones. He said he had 18 bluegills all over 9 inches. I tried to explain to this guy that those are important fish to leave in the lake, but he was not having that. This older fisherman was pulling the big bulls off their beds and putting them in his bucket. My nephew asked why we were not fishing like this guy. I explained to my nephew what those big bull bluegills were doing and he agreed that we should let them make babies. I let my nephew fish for gills just outside of the bedding area and showed him what female gill looked like vs a male gill. My nephew kept 10 gills from 7 to 8 inches and none came off beds. We were in 2-4 feet of water and we could see the beds fairly easy. The set up was simple a slip bobber with a split shot and red hook, because my nephew thought it was cool. We used earth worms chunks. The bobber stop to the hook was almost 2 feet. I was extremely happy that my nephew was willing to leave the bedded bull bluegills alone. He was all smiles and wants to learn more about fishing. That is a good thing, because I am willing to help him learn. He also was having a fish fry for his mom and girlfriend for dinner yesterday. Good Luck !!! Please protect the big bull bluegills, so we can always have a chance to catch that 10 incher or better.
  2. 2 points
    Thanks guys, Ill do my best to keep you posted. I have been out the past 3 days for smallies on the east side of the bay with good success. Yesterday was the slowest day for us but today it rebounded and was great fishing. I have found fish anywhere from 2-6ft. Today I was finding fish on wood, while the past two days I found them in very shallow relating to grass. Wacky rigged senko's where the top performers every day with Gulp! 4" minnow and the Rapala X-Rap close behind. I will be out scouting walleyes in the morning, I think we will find some! Ill let you guys know how that goes. I know a lot of guys catching them in shallow in the head of the bay and kakogen area still. using crawler harnesses or Mr. Twisters on a jig head. Also people are getting into some bigger fish trolling stick baits out a bit deeper. My kicker will be on next week so I will be able to get out deep and fish Lake Trout, stayed tuned for those reports. If you have any questions I'll be happy to answer. You can also call or text me anytime 715-209-5843.
  3. 2 points
    prov1900

    3 days and a wakeup!

    Exactly pikestabber! Last year, he had a blast because he was with the "old guys" but yet was free to roam about a little on the resort grounds. It was a big deal for him and I both, and I can honestly say I watched him grow significantly in a week. I just got back from my trip last night and it was a fantastic week. Both boys caught the heck out of them. By the second or third day, the youngest really caught on with what to do, fishing wise and had a memorable experience. Bringing both of them was definitely a bucket list item for me and I plan to always bring them. In a few years, my now kindergarten daughter will be invited as well. One thing to remember, when you got two young kids in the boat (or even one), your fishing is somewhat limited. I certainly caught my share, but I spent more time rebaiting, dealing with perpetual snags, line twists, netting, and on and on... Not complaining because it was so worth it to keep those boys on fish and entertained. Just a very cool experience and a great bonding thing!! Keep them warm, dry, and full. The rest falls into place.
  4. 1 point
    caddisfly

    Oysters?

    Thanks to all of you on this forum, I got into my first morels this spring, and now can't seem to be in the woods without looking for something tasty! I'm pretty sure I found some oysters, but thought I would post here to see if I could possibly be confusing these for something else. All were found on poplar, had that "anise" smell (I think), and had white spore prints. Also noticed that some were quite buggy and wormy when I got them home. What do you think?
  5. 1 point
    Found a lot of oysters, a weird Jelly fungus and the state flower's cousin....
  6. 1 point
    prov1900

    3 days and a wakeup!

    Heading to Minnitaki for our annual foray on Thursday. Bringing my two boys, 12 and 10 with. My 12 year old will be there for his 2nd trip but it is the first for my 10 year old. They are both excited and I am too. Weather looks good after some rain and "snow" earlier this week. Fresh walleye and quality time spent with family and friends. Does it get any better?
  7. 1 point
    delcecchi

    Bow mounted depth finder

    I would put a 4 or 5 inch type unit on a ram mount, either on the bow plate or the gunwale near there. Get the adapter to mount the transducer to the trolling motor (I know lowrance makes them and bird probably does too) When covering the boat, just take the finder off, and stow it. For example, you can get a $50 rebate on Lowrance Elite 4x, chirp bringing cost down to 150. The transducer mount for the trolling motor and the RAM will be close to $50. The corresponding Bird looks like the Piranha 197c type
  8. 1 point
    Hey Shack, you helped me out the last time, and I thank you for it, how about this time? How do I post a picture in this new format, or are there still some bugs to work out? I can't find anything like the quick method you told me about before? I got the same catfish again the other night, you can't miss that big scar and it is highly unlikely that different fish had the same exact scar! He/she was alot bigger this year, it had like 9-10 months to put on weight. It weighed 46 pounds when my wife caught it about 9-10 months ago and it maxed out my 50 # scale the other night. I just bought another scale that goes up to 80#! :-)
  9. 1 point
    Walleyehooker

    Sweet barbeque sauce

    I have added strawberry jam to BBQ sauce to give it a different taste. Goes good with any Pork
  10. 1 point
    M1dwestF1sh

    New Deep Cranking Rod?

    I got the kvd in the 7'11" last year and I like the action but its too long for me. I'm going to try to sell it and just buy either another kvd or some sort of cranking rod in 7'6".
  11. 1 point
    bobberineyes

    Sweet barbeque sauce

    I haven't tried em on my ribs yet, but on football Sundays we mix sweet baby rays Chipotle BBQ sauce with grape jelly for meatballs in the crokpot, probably a 2 part sauce to 1 jelly. Not sure if this helps but it is a good combo.
  12. 1 point
    hydrashack

    New Deep Cranking Rod?

    Check out the Duckett 7'11'' Cranking rod. They are VERY NICE. I have 2-3 of the KVD crankin rods and they are nice, but the Duckett is a better rod for crankin.
  13. 1 point
    RebelSS

    Sweet barbeque sauce

    Yup. Corn syrup is used a lot...or flavored jam. I use dark blackstrap molasses in mine, with a touch of honey.
  14. 1 point
    pushbutton

    Watermellon

    .....and growing sideways! That's kind of what I am looking for Maybe will try a 25 gallon container as am lacking light and space. Or maybe will just continue to play the "is it sweet lotto" at the store. Looks good wishing for walleyes .......maybe I should change my screen name to wishing for watermelon.
  15. 1 point
    NoWiser

    Morels, 2015

    ​I can't be certain, but Rick probably had the HSOforum designers do this intentionally in an attempt to help me spread my wisdom. It's nice that it is finally recognized.
  16. 1 point
    I ended up using a small bottle jack that I could get between the subframe and the lower front hub bolt. Left them all a few turns out, put a socket on the bolt, then used the jack to press from the subframe onto the socket. Worked pretty well, actually. Just took a little press-like action to get it moving. Once it had moved out that little bit working out the rest with a couple wedges was easy-peasy. Was just getting that little gap opened up to get started.
  17. 1 point
    JP Z

    Morels, 2015

    NoWiser.......that was your mistake.....the Boones was for the FEMALES!
  18. 1 point
    Redline They are still in in 20 to 40 feet - most are on the bottom. In two weeks they should be moving to deeper water. (Its getting warm next week.) We will test the picture thing (fingers crossed) Have a good one Robert
  19. 1 point
    ​Robert, Are the Lakers in deeper water just suspended around 20-40'? Heading up in 2 weeks and trying to game plan.
  20. 1 point
    Jakerides

    Best Boat Trailer Steps

    I purchased a Easy Step trailer steps with the hand rail and was very pleased with the quality. At 70 years old it is a safe way to load or unload without help. And keep dry.
  21. 1 point
    'Beneath Bob's' is a short film of a couple of minutes of underwater footage from our recent trip to Bob's Lake in the Land O lakes region. Our cameras caught views of pike and large schools of crappie and bluegills. Hope you enjoy!
  22. 1 point
    Duffman

    Got some new wheels

    Fished some smaller bass lakes up north last weekend. Was able to roll into one of them instead of using shoulder power. Which is nice because I don't have to take the time to stash rod holders, rods, locator, and other gear. Nothing big, but plenty of action.............probably over 75 bass were caught, both Largies and Smallies. Now I just need to locate some new bodies of water where the wheels will come in handy. Anybody else getting out now that the seasons are underway??
  23. 1 point
    ANYFISH2

    Measure them gills

    I couldn't agree more, great post. I would also like to add, in the event bigger gills are being caught, change to a jig head or at least up the size of your hook to help avoid deep hooking the gills. it makes a huge difference. Even if you are fishing with catch and release in mind, deep hooking fish will assuredly kill fish.
  24. 1 point
    ANYFISH2

    Panfish Photo Gallery

    Just got off the lake after THE MOST AMAZING day of sunfishing I have ever had. The no lie truth is, in my lifetime of fishing I have caught 5 sunfish at a pound, biggest being 1lb 1 oz. Today the number grew to 40. No lie! Here is one weighing 1lb 3oz 10.5. With many more just like it that didnt get photo'd because of being in a canoe and partner also catch them hand over fist. and one more sorry not sure how to rotate the first pic.
  25. 1 point
    Igor Drackenwolf

    Deep Fryer Question

    Heck, I've used peanut oil to cook fish, saved it, used it later to cook potatoes, saved it, used it later to cook onions, saved it, and used it later to cook spicy Indian cuisine - then back to fish again. If you strain the particulate matter out of the oil with cheesecloth or other type of filtration, the flavoring of the oil from one use to the next is subtle, and doesn't overly taint the flavor of food. When the oil begins to darken after repeated uses and filtrations, then the flavoring begins to become more of an issue. But don't be afraid of fishy tasting oil when the oil is relatively fresh. Some people keep oil on hand just for fish, and separate oil for other deep frying. I haven't found that necessary.
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