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  1. RandyR

    "CHEEKS"

    It is definitely worth it, they taste like scallops.
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    Keeping your portable warmer!!

    The best thing I did to keep my portable warmer was throw away my Little Buddy heater, the darn thing was worthless! Now have a sunflower type on a 5 lb cylinder. Even with extra ventilation (There is a higher risk of CO so I keep the door flap partially open. Open flap along with the supplied vents and inevitable air leaks is plenty, no headaches or signs of problems) I seldom need to go above the low setting. Added a computer fan with a potentiometer for speed adjustment to move the air (thanks to fellow FM'ers for the idea) and have solved my heating problems. Was out this past Sunday in -15 degrees with 15mph wind and actually stayed warm with a sweatshirt and uninsulated bibs. I think if I insulated the shelter it would get too hot!
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    Portable Windows

    I have heard an old trick that scuba divers and pilots use is to put a little glycerine on a soft cloth and wipe it on the inside of their face mask or windshield. It goes on clear and is supposed to prevent fogging. I think you can find small bottles at most drug stores, might be worth a try.
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    left handed crank?

    All my baitcasters are left hand models. I'm right handed, cast with the right hand and don't like to change hands to reel. I fished for many years with only spinning reels, cast right, reel left and it felt strange to me any other way.. I like it that way, works great for me. You have to be comfortable with your equipment, there is no "right" or "wrong" way.
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    anchoring a protable in the wind

    Pathogen (interesting screen name! ) I checked EMS after reading your post, didn't realize the screws they are selling now cost that much. I got mine for about $35 a pair last year, they were a special at the time. I use two anchors and get away with it by keeping the back of my portable squared to the wind.
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    anchoring a protable in the wind

    I bought some ice screws from Eastern Mountain Sports. I think you can find something similar from any sporting goods retailer that carries climbing gear. Ice climbers use them as safety anchors as they climb frozen watrefalls and such. They are made from titanium, screw into the ice with easy effort, and hold like crazy (25 mph + winds). It takes less than 1 minute for me to anchor my portable. I got the male and female clips from a fabric store, the female ends even have reflectors molded into them for added night time visibility. I made the straps from 1 inch wide nylon strap material and anchored the female end to my portable with SST bolts. The whole set weighs less than 2 pounds. Lightness is important because I typically walk out on to the ice. The screws available from popular ice fishing supply manufacturers are infinitely inferior to these, they will bend and do not hold well. The titanium screws are hollow, giving the displaced ice somewhere to go as you screw them in, and they will not pull loose. I use two anchors and cross them in a "X" patten to eliminate the shelter shifting from side to side. See photo:
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    Choosing a Flasher - MarCum or Vexilar

    I have been reading some of the customer service comments and wanted to add my experience with MarCum. I bought a MarCum LX-1 (nice unit, 1500 watts, three color, no zoom) at the St. Paul ice show three years ago. This season I noticed the sensitivity was faltering and the unit finally quit working two weeks ago. The warranty period at the time of purchase was two years, so I bought a VX-1 to take advantage of the great price after rebate and just for the heck of it sent the LX-1 in for a repair estimate. MarCum repaired it as a warranty repair, my only cost was UPS shipping to Brainerd. Total time from shipping to the return of repaired unit, 5 days with a weekend included. MarCum has secured a lifetime customer. I do customer service with a manufacturing company for a living and I understand the power of a little extra effort to make sure your customer gets what they need, and I appreciate it. The VX-1 is a great little unit for the money, so I have no regrets now that I have ended up with two good flashers.
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    Favorite Panfish lakes

    What Corey is very politely saying is that most of us avid panfisherman would rather be tortured than give up our favorite local panfish lakes. Check the DNR Lakefinder HSOforum for info. You need to read between the lines a little, but when you start to see Bluegill and Crappie numbers showing up in the 9 - 11 inch column in the report you might be on to something. Local panfish lakes get pounded and when word gets out on a good little lake it can become very average very quickly.
  9. I think it is interesting how we can have bad luck with one product line while another person will swear by it. I went through two Garmin units in 6 years and now have a Lowrance product that I like alot. The Garmins both died after the warranty period and I have had no trouble with the Lowrance. I think it is the luck of the draw. I suspect that marine electronics are made with the same internal electronic components. Does anyone know if any of the popular manufacturers assemble their units in the United States? I imagine it is like everything else and most manufacturing is done in Asia.
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    Largest walleye so far 06 season

    Caught my largest ever (28.25 inch) last weekend in a 120 acre lake near Ely, passing up my previous best by a quarter inch (avatar). Go figure, a walleye that nice shouldn't be in a lake that small.
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    Lake Nipigon

    We had been going to Pasha for several years and were saddened to hear Darrell and Susie had to sell the place because of their little daughter's medical issues, they are in my prayers. Last year we noticed a real drop off in the level of customer service (equipment not as reliable, bait not always available, things in need of repair) and did not find out until later what the circumstances were. We booked with a different resort this year (we are leaving on Saturday) because I was a little gun shy about the new ownership. I plan to stop in and talk with the new owners to try and get a sense of how they are doing. Darrell's fishing knowledge will be a tough act to follow. Our top 6 walleye and two of the top three pike we have ever caught all have been from the lakes in Pasha's area. I don't think there is better walleye fishing anywhere, fly in or drive in than what I have experienced in the Lake Nipigon watershed. The jet boat trip up the Little Jackfish river was worth it for the ride and the scenery alone, the fishing was the icing on the cake. I would like to hear from others experience with the new ownership, one negative experience shouldn't be enough to make a judgement. One last comment about Darrell and the way he handled his customers: I can see how some might not appreciate the way he ran the operation. If you were pretty self reliant and had a degree of outdoors experience you would probably have had a good time at Pasha. If you were a beginner and not willing or able to handle some mechanical difficulties or needed a lot of hand holding you might not have come away with a good experience.
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    WALEYE TACTICS

    A tactic I have used in the northeast corner of the state early season to mid-summer is to long line troll medium sized rapalas in the shallows near sunset. We used to use a gas outboard running at just above idle but now we use an electric trolling motor. You would think the electric motor would be better because it is quiet but we really haven't seen that much difference in catch rates. At least I don't have to smell the exhaust now. We have had tremendous success in 4 feet of water or less. The best colors have always been orange or chartreuse, the fish hit hard with this presentation. We have caught walleyes in the evening in the rocky lakes in that part of the state in less than 2 feet of water casting minnow style rapalas with a slow retrieve, just fast enough to dip below the surface. There is usually a distinct movement to the shallows as evening approaches in these lakes and we take advantage of it.
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    walleye rod and reel

    I learned something yesterday and I thought others might be interested. I am also a fan of Pflueger reels, silky smooth and reasonably priced. I went to the Gander grand opening in Blaine yesterday and ended up talking to the Pflueger rep for a while. I was looking for the president model but I preferred the rubber grip on the handle (like the Medalist) instead of the wooden grip. He told me that the gander guide series is made by Pflueger and is the same reel, identical in every way just a different color and decals, but has the rubber grips and includes a spare machined aluminum spool. I bought it for just under $40. If you don't care about the name on the label you can get a great reel at a bargain price! Also picked up a 7 foot guide series IM8 medium action rod for $59.95 to end up with a very good walleye rig for $100.00, which I feel is a great value for a good quality rig. Spending more money doesn't always get you better equipment.
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    Walleye Plastics

    Northlander, you are right on when you talk about confidence building when trying a new lure or technique. You must absolutely believe something will work to have success, and the best time to try something new is when you are on a good bite. I tried plastics in Canada last year when we were on a hot bite and found that live bait still produced greater numbers (in this particular situation),but plastics definitely caught bigger fish. I spent about $50.00 on different plastics this spring and I am dedicated to experiment with them this season after having some success in Canada. Another bit of advice that is similar is that I look for new spots on familiar water when the bite is on, it ties in to the confidence factor. If the bite is tough I hunker down on the higher percentage spots I already know about and tough it out. It is easier to concentrate when I am on familiar structure that has consistantly produced in the past.
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    What is a Trophy Northern in Minnesota?

    I think 45 inch pike are virtually nonexistent in Minnesota, except perhaps LOW, Red Lake or Mille Lacs, and even there I would guess that only a few 45 or over are caught each year. Compare that to Canadian standards where 45's are much more common. I think a 40 inch pike in Minnesota is an outstanding catch. Perhaps with the recent move to protective slots in Minnesota waters that have a decent chance to produce larger pike, we may begin to see improvement.
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