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  1. Blue Kayak

    Any cat guides out there?

    For those wanting to get into catfishing, be sure to check out the Belle Plaine Catfish League in the Minnesota River forum. Here is the link for this year: http://www.hotspotoutdoors.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/2532451/BPCL_2011#Post2532451 We go out six Friday nights during the summer. I think it is the best way to learn about catfishing on the Minnesota River. The fee is only $60 (at least in 2011), and all the prize money is distributed at an end of the season party for those catching the largest channels and flats. You should also offer to pay for gas and bait. Of course, it is too late for 2011, but think about joining the league in 2012 if you want to have a good chance at catching a nice flat.
  2. Blue Kayak

    Blue catfish

    On our Chanel Catfish Photos thread, there is a post by Whisker Warrior on page 10 (May 1, 2009). http://www.hotspotoutdoors.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/1779106/10 The third channel (29X17) has a much straighter anal fin than the two catfish above it. It looks like the only sure way to ID a channel from a blue is to count rays on the anal fins, and a channel can have up to 29 rays while a blue can have as few as 30 rays. One ray is not much difference. What if blues and channels inter-breed like sunfish? I'll bet there are not too many genes that separate the two species. I know every forked tail catfish I've caught I assumed to be a channel. If you are not looking for something, you aren't going to find it.
  3. Thanks for the great report Dtro. Thirty some years ago, I took a boundary waters canoe trip. I was surprised at how many other parties were up there with us in the boundary waters. I've spent many nights on the Minnesota River where I did not see a soul. As for the river carrying sediment, part of that is geology, probably worsened by artificial drainage. With high bluffs flanking both sides of the river, erosion and sediment are expected. There are pristine rivers in Alaska that carry huge sediment loads.
  4. Blue Kayak

    Prevent a ban on lead fishing tackle

    This is just a letter with a petition to EPA, and EPA now has a comment time to hear responses to this petition. This is not a rule making proposal, and EPA will certainly not adopt a rule banning lead tackle based on the comments received from this commenting period. However, EPA could decide to develop a rule based on the comments, and then there would be a rule commenting period. Here is a copy of the letter (on American Bird Conservancy letterhead) that started this process: Administrator Lisa P. Jackson Environmental Protection Agency USEPA Headquarters Ariel Rios Building 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N. W. Mail Code: 1101A Washington, DC 20460 August 3, 2010 Dear Administrator Jackson: As provided in the Toxic Substances Control Act (“TSCA”), Petitioners American Bird Conservancy, Association of Avian Veterinarians, Center for Biological Diversity, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, and Project Gutpile request that the EPA adopt regulations prohibiting the manufacture, processing, and distribution in commerce of lead shot, lead bullets, lead fishing sinkers, and other lead-containing fishing gear, pursuant to TSCA (15 U.S.C.§ 2605(a)(2)(A)(i)). Such regulations are needed to protect vulnerable wildlife species from the ongoing threat of lead poisoning, as well as to safeguard human health. TSCA mandates that the EPA must regulate chemical substances where there is a “reasonable basis to conclude” that such substances “present an unreasonable risk of injury to health and or the environment” (15 U.S.C. § 2605(a)). TSCA authorizes the EPA to prohibit “the manufacturing, processing, or distribution in commerce” of a chemical substance for a particular use or uses (15 U.S.C. § 2605(a)(2)(A)(i)). The EPA has already declared that lead is a toxic substance, and has removed nearly all lead containing products from the market. We present in the attached petition nearly 500 peer reviewed scientific articles documenting the toxic effects of lead on wildlife species and conclude that the lead components of bullets, shotgun pellets, fishing weights and lures pose an unreasonable risk of injury to human and wildlife health and to the environment. Ammunition and tackle manufacturers now market a wide variety of non-lead, non-toxic bullets, shotgun pellets, and fishing tackle that can replace lead projectiles and weights. The EPA has long held that whenever a toxic substance customarily used in the manufacture of commercial products can be replaced by a nontoxic substitute, the precautionary principle dictates that articles made of the toxic substance should be removed from the market. All hunting and fishing gear containing lead could economically be replaced with non-toxic alternatives, thus making a strong argument for EPA-regulatory action. The petitioners understand that EPA is specifically prohibited from regulating ammunition or firearms under TSCA, but that toxic components of ammunition can be regulated if non-toxic alternatives are commercially available. The petitioners have waited until non-toxic alternatives have become available to submit this petition in an effort to clearly indicate that this petition is not an attempt to regulate ammunition or firearms. Sincerely, Michael Fry, PhD American Bird Conservancy Washington DC. From some Web sites, it appears there is a problem with small lead sinkers and small jigs causing substantial bird mortality, especially for loons in New Hampshire. I would support a ban on lead sinkers of the size that are causing the problem. However, as river rat316 stated, it is more likely that only the smallest sinkers, such as split shot, cause this mortality. This is not so different than the Feds banning lead shot for waterfowl. The 1/2 to one ounce and larger sinkers seem very unlikely to cause substantial waterfowl deaths. There may be a number of fishing lures with brass or bronze that also have small amounts of lead. I would like to see some proof that these lures cause significant bird mortality before they are banned. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has studied the effects of lead sinkers on loons in Minnesota and has found about five to six percent mortality to loons from lead sinkers. EPA reports the following restrictions have been implemented in other states: New Hampshire has banned the use and sale of lead fishing sinkers that weigh less than an ounce and lead jigs smaller than an inch. (NOTE: A New Hampshire study found that 44% of death in loons was from injested lead sinkers. However, this was from very heavily fished lakes.) Maine and New York have banned the sale of lead sinkers weighing a half-ounce or less. In 2004, the Vermont Legislature passed a bill banning the sale (January 2006) of lead sinkers weighing 1/2 ounce or less, and then the use (January 2007) of those lead sinkers in the state. In June 2000, the Massachusetts Fisheries & Wildlife Board voted to prohibit the use of all lead sinkers for the taking of fish in Quabbin and Wachusett Reservoirs, the two bodies of water that support the core of that state's loon population. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has banned lead sinkers in two national wildlife refuges and Yellowstone National Park; restrictions have been discussed on the use of lead sinkers and jigs at other national wildlife refuges where loons and trumpeter swans breed. --- None of these restrictions are as broad and sweeping as what the letter to EPA is requesting, the ban of all lead containing tackle. If you want to comment on this issue, you should be aware that there apparently are some areas where loons and some other waterfowl have died from lead sinkers and jigs. Personally, I'm going to wait and see if EPA even decides to take any action before making a comment. My hope is that EPA will see that the claims in this letter are too broadly stated and will basically ignore it. If EPA proposes a rule to ban lead tackle, I'll definitely be commenting to try and get it restricted to areas where lead tackle have caused problems, or to limit it to smaller sinkers and smaller jigs.
  5. Blue Kayak

    Power Pro questions

    I think Steve is exactly right. This is what Power Pro has on their web site for hook sets and for setting the drag. "Setting the Hook Anglers on Saturday morning TV shows often set the hook in bass like Samurai warriors beheading the enemy. This may be a fine technique with monofilament line, but PowerPro doesn't require such a violent motion. When you get a strike, relax; a gentle snap of your wrist will set the hook. Because PowerPro doesn't stretch like nylon lines, you won't get that rubber-band effect. Every inch you move your rod tip equals an inch of movement at the lure. Setting your drag PowerPro lines are so small for their strength that you may be tempted to set your drag higher than normal, but remember, your rod or reel may not be designed to handle the same unbelievable loads as your line. To make full use of PowerPro's amazing sensitivity without risking damage to your equipment, try one of the following tips: Set your drag to match the weakest component in your tackle system. Set your drag to match the size of mono line you would normally use. When using ultralight equipment or line (10- or 20-lb. test) set your drag to no more than 1/3 of the line's rated strength. You can check the drag with a fish scale. At lower drag settings, a little extra line may pay out at the hookset, compensating for PowerPro's lack of stretch." However, I likely will switch to Suffix next time I spool up, even though I have not had problems with Power Pro. I'll also ignore their advice about setting the drag and have mine set to the max.
  6. Blue Kayak

    Circles + Live Bait = Flatheads

    Hi Jeff, I have a clickerless bait casting reel with 80 pound Power Pro line. I set the drag low and then tighten it down when a fish takes it. That has worked well for me when using circle hooks.
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    This is an interesting question. I think many people new to catfishing expect it to be pretty easy. I took a look at the standings from the Belle Plaine Catfish League in 2008. (BTW -- The 2009 standings have been erased and now mirror the 2010 standings). In 2008, a league participant had nearly a 50 percent chance of being totally skunked for both channels and flatheads on any given league night. That is fishing from 7:00 PM to 1:00 AM and one all nighter. That is a pretty low catch ratio, especially considering the level of experience. How long does it take a bass fisherman to catch his first catfish? Well, I started with my most sturdy bass rod and reel with probably 8 pound test line. Then I got some large frozen suckers from the bait store and put them on a 2/0 Eagle Claw hook. Never caught a catfish with that method. It wasn't until I joined the BPCL and Darren got me onto a 24 inch channel, that I finally realized I had a lot to learn. By that time I had upgraded to 10/0 hooks for flats, a salt water reel, heavy catfish rod, 80 pound PowerPro, and learned the importance of large live bait or fresh cut bait. All this I learned from FM and attending the BPCL introductory meetings. Without FM, I would still be bass fishing. Sites like FM and the opportunities to network with experienced anglers have to help increase the size of fish caught. Also, it makes it so much easier to report the large fish caught.
  8. Blue Kayak

    Attacked by fish?

    My son is in Malaysia. They have fish spas where you place your feet in a tub filled with small fish that nibble the dead skin off your feet. It is supposed to leave your feet very smooth. Before any of you think of opening up a fish spa, you might want to check with the FDA. My wife thought someone tried it in the USA, but was shut down.
  9. Blue Kayak

    Congrats to Elwood Monster Catfish!

    Congratulations Gordie. Ryan told me about your catch last night on our BPCL outing. You need to start fishing for some trophy bullheads for your replica. Great net job Shack. I'm not sure I would want that much pressure.
  10. Blue Kayak

    What a fun week that was!!

    Great pictures Darren and thanks for taking me out last Friday. There is something really special about the first flat of the year. Much better than seeing a robin. Now it really feels like summer.
  11. Blue Kayak

    Huge decision...to buy a cabin or not?

    Twelve acres is huge for a lake property. No wonder you are interested.
  12. Blue Kayak

    and...Contract for Deed tips?

    It's good there is a drilled well. Those are much better than a shallow sand point well, augered well, or hand dug well. You should check the depth and age of the well. What concerns me about the septic system is that it is in the seller's best interest to install the lowest possible cost system. He may have had half a dozen quotes and found a real lowballer that will cut corners that end up costing you later. I think you need to do some homework on this and get some quotes of your own. Find out who does a good job. If you find out the person lined up to do the work is experienced and has satisfied previous customers, then you'll probably be safe. Now that I think about this, I wonder if the seller is required by law to upgrade the septic system before the sale. If that is the case, it makes this a little easier. Check with the county's planning and zoning office. If this is the case, they'll likely be inspecting the construction and have a list of licensed contractors. If this is the case, you should probably be safe with the 1.5 escrow. When we sold a house (not on contract for deed), we were required by the buyer's lending company to make some repairs. The repairs went way over the escrow, but we (the seller) still had to make up the difference. I would try to get it in the contract that the seller pays for the septic system (approved by the county's planning and zoning), and if the cost exceeds the quoted amount the seller pays the full price.
  13. Blue Kayak

    and...Contract for Deed tips?

    From your other thread, I thought the cabin already had a new mound system installed. To me, this makes this property much more challenging. You definitely need to talk to someone that is experienced with both septic systems and wells. These are quite expensive, especially if both are needed. It seems you would have to write a contract more than just saying a new mound system will be installed in the spring. I'd visit the county's planning and zoning office. They will give you some ideas.
  14. Blue Kayak

    Huge decision...to buy a cabin or not?

    Good luck with your decision. I don't have any experience with a lake cabin, but I have tested thousands of wells for nitrates. Some of the highest levels of nitrate contamination we have found are in lake cabin homes where each home has its own septic system and well. Often the lots are relatively small, and it is difficult to keep enough distance from the septic treatment systems and wells. You mentioned there is a new mound. Have you checked out the condition of the well? You might want to have water samples tested for nitrate and bacteria by a laboratory. How old is the well? How deep is it? What is its distance from the new mound? If the mound system stops working, is there enough lot space to install a new system and still keep the necessary distance from your well.
  15. Glad to hear that your dad is improving. Sounds like Josh is doing better too. Keeping up the prayers for both FM families.