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  1. There you go, sir. Email me if you want to talk about the bait.
  2. DoctorB

    Curado Lovers

    It was unveiled yesterday at the icast show. Here's a review: Curado D: Before the show word had already gotten out that Shimano would be redoing a number of their most popular baitcasters, including the top selling Curado. What most anglers didn't know is what these new reels would look like. The Curado D has been the go to mainstream reel for countless anglers for nearly 15 years, and this major redesign was quite an undertaking. The Curado D will please anglers that are fans of the Chronarch MG/Scorpion. Two sizes will be available a 100 and 101 (left hand retrieve), and a 200. Left handed reels in the 200 size will be available in spring 06. The 100 series reels are identical in profile to the Chronarch50Mg, while the 200D is longer. The most exciting thing about the new Curado is HEG (High Efficiency Gearing), a system that uses much larger gears to provide more leverage and fish moving power. Here's where it gets really interesting for power fisherman. The implementation of HEG enabled Shimano to offer one model, the CU201DHSV (Spring 06') with a blistering fast 7.0:1 gear ratio that pulls in 30-inches of line per crank, and still have the power to pull a fish out of heavy cover. The new Curado D's now offer premium level performance, and will bear a new price of $199.99 per copy.
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  5. Captain - I was aware of that in general and in one of the mentioned specifically, but not the other two. Would you please email me at [email protected] Thanks everyone for the input! Keep it coming
  6. Guys we are talking about two different things here. There exists the possibility of a 62 inch muskie in waters like Leech, though the likelihood of it happening is still so infinitesimally small that for all practical purposes it is zero as well. But it is possible there, and in a handful of other lakes in Northern Minnesota. None of which are anywhere near the 494/694 loop. That meteor is possible as well. I hope tonight is not my unlucky night. Al Maas caught a 57 incher in Leech. Steve Sedesky has a 57.5 incher from Leech. Both of these fish were released, though Steve’s was from 1998 so who knows if that fish is still alive. Jim Flesch guided a client to a 57 incher on Leech in 1996. I think that fish might have been released, but I cannot recall that with certainty. The 58 incher from Cass last year was killed, just like the hundreds of other muskies that that guy from Illinois has killed from Cass. There have been a number of documented 54 to 55 inch fish from most of the other good lakes up there – Mille Lacs, Vermillion and other unnamed lakes. Take your pick. Heck, there has even been a 57 and 56.5 caught over the past several years out of two of those unnamed lakes that I know of firsthand. I’m sure there are others. I know I’d keep my mouth shut if I was on fish of such size. What do these lakes have that the metro doesn’t? They are all big water lakes. Cass and Leech are natural lakes with a much lower population density than stocked lakes. This is obviously advantageous to growing bigger fish. The common denominator is cisco, whitefish, tullibees and a population of suckers that dwarfs the metro area lakes. The forage base and quality thereof is simply unrivaled. These lakes have the ingredients to grow such a fish, however remote the possibility may be. The lack of these forage fish in the metro is reflected in a less girthier fish, with the exception of one lake that tends to have the fat girls. You have to remember that these are the first stocked Leech Lake strain fish that are growing up now. The top end is about 55 inches. This does not mean they are done growing, nor that they can’t get larger. It’s just that for the amount of time that they have been alive in the lakes – Vermillion, Mille Lacs, or any of the metro lakes for that matter – they have grown to a top end of approximately 55 inches, with some variation from lake to lake. I think it is highly unlikely that one leapfrogs ahead seven inches to 62 inches with no documented catches from 55 to 62 inches in the metro. The forty inch lake that gives up a fifty incher arguement is really irrelevant. We are talking 62 inch fish, which is a statistical anomaly and in a different league, not a fifty incher that has become so common now (relatively so) that a fish of that size is not notable. I can literally pick from a handful of lakes right now, including three in the metro area and have a legitimate chance of seeing one in that class most times out. There have been thousands and thousands of documented 50 inch fish. The number of legitimate 60 inch fish can be counted on one hand and you don’t need anywhere close to five fingers to do it. It may be as low as zero. I don’t want to turn this into a debate-the-world-record-debacle, which has been done enough, so I’ll even give you Cal Johnson’s fish that was 60.25 inches. Just name one (other) legitimate 60 inch fish! From anywhere in the world! I think it is the December 2001 article of Musky Hunter where Joe Bucher, Steve Herbeck, Larry Ramsell, Doug Johnson, Bill Sandy and Dick Pearson give their thoughts on “Super-Fish”. These guys live on the best muskie water in the world and were at the forefront of some of the best muskie fisheries discovered. They know more about muskies than probably the combined knowledge of all users of this site. Their personal bests all fall several inches short of 60 inches although each believes they may have seen a fish that approached 60 inches. Feel free to post the names, phone numbers and locations of any of the above mentioned fish or email that info to me at [email protected] because I will drop what I am doing and contact the person that caught them. I’d also take time away from the water on my next trip in the area to see the mounted 66 incher. Catch and release works. Muskies don’t grow when they’re dead. I only hope that we keep releasing these fish so we can see the ultimate potential in our lakes. We are living history right now. The state record will fall, though it won't be a sixty inch fish. It may have been released a few times already. Hopefully that trend will continue. RK, MuskieTreats, Lance, please post your thoughts if you have any (especially RK). You guys know a lot.
  7. There was a documented 55 inch fish caught and released while prefishing for the SimplyFishing tournament on Vermillion. Pictures are on MuskiesFirst. I doubt a 60 inch fish was caught from there. If it had been, it would have been all over the muskies boards by now. Muskieboy - I think your friend has to check his ruler or you need to call him on his lie. He must fish in the Chippewa Flowage a lot! 52 Yes. 62 No. There have been some absolute monsters documented (and thankfully released) in the metro area - 54 to 55 inch fish. The odds of one reaching 62 inches in the metro are zero. The odds are better for a meteor crashing through my roof right now and striking me down as I type than there being a 62 inch muskie in the metro, let alone catching one. It is beyond the realm of genetic possibility for the forage base our lakes have here. For perspective, the theoretical ultimate maximum length in some of the best muskie lakes in the world are: Lac Seul - 58.5", Lake of the Woods - 58.6", Eagle Lake - 55.6", Wabigoon - 55.6", Ottawa River - 55.4", Georgian Bay - 58.5", French River - 58.8". The average maximum is obviously a few inches shorter in each lake. This is from the published research of Dr. John Casselman, whom is a research scientist for the Onatrio Ministry of Natural Resources. Ken Obrien's 65 pound fish was 58 inches in length and 30 years old. The only 60 inch fish I can think of was Dan Jacobson's 63 inch from Lac Seul, the lenth and accuracy of which is debatable. A documented 62 inch fish would be one of the single most important muskies ever, even if it was under 50 pounds. Documented is the key word.
  8. DoctorB

    swimming jigs

    email me at [email protected] and i'll forward you a couple of articles from Tom Monsoor who basically invented the tactic (of course he's more river focused).
  9. DoctorB

    New Rapala?

    Guys - The new Rapala is the X-Rap which was code named "Project X". You can see it on their Web site. The comments about slashing are correct. It is a slashbait. New for 05 are also at DT 4, various Glass Fat Raps, smaller CountDowns, the Deep Tail Dancer and a new NilsMasterish looking Jigging Rap for winter. Most of the hype and speculation has been around the X-Rap.
  10. I like to think that I'm a pretty good bass fisherman. I would consider myself well-versed in most techniques and for the most part I am able to pattern and catch larger bass to my satisfaction in most lakes I fish. The Chisago Chain, with the exception of one spot out of all the lakes however, has always left me puzzled and is, in my opinion, vastly overrated. I read stories in outdoor publications about 100 fish days on Chisago/S Lindstrom with a three pound average and numbers of five and six pound fish. Now on Sunday night I hear Frankie referring to a 25 inch bass supposedly caught and witnessed by the DNR on Chisago. I flat out don't believe it (nor much of his hype). I'm all for catch and release regulations, but I really don't think the fish population and size structure has been positively affected that much. I've fished all the lakes a lot and have only caught fours and fives out of one of them with any regularity, and most of those from the same spot. I know large fish are caught on all the lakes (for example ExudeDude's fish last fall), but I think they are the exception versus the norm. I'm not specifically looking for help or advice on how to catch fish in these lakes. I'm just curious as to what other's thoughts are along those lines. Are they overrated or are my expectations of them? Do you expect to catch threes and fours when you hit those lakes or 12-15 inch fish? Are you been able to catch nice fish when not junk fishing? Let's have some discussion.
  11. I don’t know how you can complain about the G. Loomis warranty. I’ve always had great experiences with them. Most of the time I use the Xpeditor because I don’t want to first send my rod to them for inspection as most of the time it is my own fault for them breaking – in the door, shut in the rod locker, me stepping on them. The ones that aren’t caused by me are probably the result of me stepping on them or dropping them or other activities which cause stress on them and cause breakage “under normal usage”. I would bet this is the case for the vast majority of cases. The GLX rods will break if they are abused like above. For $55 (this includes the $15 for next day shipping) I get a brand new rod the next day! So far this year I’ve broken two GLXs. One I set the hook with a crankbait and it came flying out of the water and hit just below the tip. The other one I broke on a hookset, but I had stepped on it dozens of times. Both are my fault, in my opinion. I gladly paid the $110 and had both rods the next day. I break about two rods a year. It just happens when you fish a lot. G. Loomis haters – email me at [email protected] and I’ll buy your IMXs and GLXs from you.
  12. First of all, you can probably find a study to prove whatever you’d want to, but I’d put more stock in geographically close studies. To that extent, I’d encourage you both to track down the DNR study from Minnetonka from the early 90’s. A special tournament was held before the bass season and during the peak of the spawn by the DNR. Everyone was given a specific place to fish and fish over three pounds were tagged, with several hundred radio transmitters implanted in fish as well. The fish were held in a netted area and held for a few days before being released. The results of this study: 98% of fish lived (even after surgery!) 50% of the fish returned to their original capture point three to 90 days after release. 25% returned to the general area within one year 25% never returned and lived their lives out in other locations. The early catch and release season for bass was opened up for commentary by the DNR about three years ago. There was a lack of interest so it was dropped. Personally, I don’t see why people feel the need to target spawning fish. The fish are very vulnerable and can be caught basically at will. BLB, I was up in your county fishing the first few weekends of bass and the fish were everywhere spawning last Saturday. I passed up hundreds and hundreds of bedding fish and watched in disgust as two out of state boats fished a small bay full of spawning fish with minnows and bobbers targeting fish on beds. That’s what scares me about an early season. Granted, it is open season, but I don’t like the idea of people beating up on spawning fish legally for another two weeks.
  13. The thing about Minnetonka is that there are literally hundreds of spots to fish, with many of these being very precise spots. This is what separates Minnetonka from any other body of water in the metro, and places it well ahead of most in the Midwest and nation. Most other great bass lakes in the metro have at the most 5-10 legitimate spots, with only several exceptions. Throw ten skilled fishermen on these lakes and the spots are full. Throw ten skilled fishermen on Minnetonka and you have another hundred or so spots to hit. To clarify, when I say spots, I am not referring to a dock you catch some nice fish on or a good weedline or shoreline. I am referencing precise spots that have the capacity to predictably hold schools of three to five pound fish and do so regularly during the appropriate time of the year. Spots where you can catch five, ten, or more four plus pound fish in as many casts. There are lakes in the metro where you can do this on one or two spots or the average or top end size is bigger, there are lakes in other areas of the state that are great and the average or top end size is bigger, there are private lakes like BLB’s Shangri-la of bass fishing that none of us will ever be able to fish, but I would argue that for sheer spots to fish and the likelihood of these spots to hold big schools of big fish, there is no better lake around. Look at wgmsa’s post above. How do you want to catch fish? Docks, inside edge, outside edge, flats, through the milfoil, pads, reeds, slop, wood, riprap, deep rocks? There are bass everywhere and you can catch them however you’d like to. Although, from my perspective, there are only two of the above that hold the best fish the majority of the year. In my opinion, the best bass fishing was about seven to ten years ago, approximately the time the big tournaments were on the lake, a certain jig color in the milfoil was the magic lure, the down deeps were pulling big limits of fish, and Jim Moynagh spread the gospel of fishing beyond the weedline. It’s still outstanding, but I don’t believe that the lake has the numbers of four and five pound fish that it had then, nor the predictability of these fish. I believe without a doubt the emergence of muskies EVERYWHERE, is one reason why, though I’m not here to bash muskies and do fish for them a lot out there. But they are a definite reason. I’m not sure of the others, perhaps it’s just a natural cycle. That being said, I think last year we saw a resurgence of six pound plus fish in the lake, though I would go elsewhere to specifically target sixes they are by no means a common occurrence, nor will we see one person weigh in three fish for nineteen pounds like we did at one of the first Shelby’s. I have spent a week spring break the last dozen years fishing Stick Marsh in Florida, Lake Toho, Lake Okeechobee, Lake Eufala, Lake Fork, Castaic, Castias, and the Delta in CA, among others and I’d take Minnetonka any day for numbers of three to five pound fish. A typical day on these lakes (when not fishing during the spawn or using shiners in Florida): five or six 13 inch fish and MAYBE an 18 inch fish. Fish one for a week and you will at least tangle with a big fish. A typical day on Minnetonka (when you actually try to maximize your catch) would have numbers exponentially ahead of this, and your catch size would look like a normalized distribution curve centered right in the three pound range. Fish for a few days and you will hit a school of four plus pound fish. The boats are a part of life. Most metro lakes are overrun with boat traffic. Guess what, THE FISH DON’T CARE! I used to get so irritated with boats coming too close, throwing big wakes and just being generally rude. Now I just don’t care and laugh at it and even take some pleasure in fishing near high traffic areas. Some people will not like it, but if you set your mind to tolerate the traffic, it becomes more manageable. If it is raining on a weekend, I go to Tonka because the pleasure boat traffic will be at a minimum. Only three more hours of work and I’ll be out there. I can’t wait!
  14. Many years ago, there was a team that won three tournaments in a row on Tonka and by a wide margin. Well, in the next tournament the Capras followed the guys around and guess what - they were using live nightcrawlers. Words were exchanged and a high speed chase ensured across the lake, with the offenders literally throwing the nightcrawlers out of the boat as they went. At the weigh in the offenders owned up to it all and have never been heard from since in competitive fishing. True story. I know the Capras, and while none of them would win a popularity contest, there is absolutely no way they would do anything like the mentioned above. They can all flat out catch fish. I wouldn't be surprised if they could pull fish from their own bathtubs. There was also a well-known muskie fisherman who was not allowed to fish the second and third days of one of the Shelby Tournaments due to rules infractions. The fish in a box story has been in several issues of BASS TIMES and has happened on several occasions.
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