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  1. I have never used them, but from what I hear they are good under certain circumstances. If you are fishing an area that doesn't have alot of structure in it, apparently Reel Weeds will help bring in and hold the fish. Fish are naturally attracted to structure if available. They might be a hassle, but if your game plan is to stay in one spot, they certainly wouldn't hurt your chances.
  2. I used to smoke alot of cigars but have cut down quite a bit because of the expense, and now usually reserve good cigars for fishing trips. I used to smoke big cigars but now they kick my butt so I pretty much stick to the little ones in the tins....10 per tin. I have a five day fishing outing next week and plan on getting either Ashton, Partagas, or Macanudo in the tins. They are just the right size for me and they taste great.
  3. I bought an Eskimo quickfish 3 this year and while I am impressed with the actual shelter the carrying case sucks bad. Getting it into the case is like trying to fit a sock over a watermelon. So I decided to set the case aside for everyday use and use it only if I plan on wearing it on my back, which is not too likely. Instead, between fishing trips I decided to use my trusty bungee cords, with plastic hooks, not metal hooks as not to tear the fabric. Once it's folded up I take four bungees and wrap around in four different spots. with a little practice it's alot faster than trying to get in the dang carrying case. I have seen tent carrying cases that are shaped like a long rectangle, have rigid sides and ends, with a zipper running the length of it. That would be a much better design for a hub-style fish house.
  4. I think it's peculiar that they are getting heavier. The basic point of the flipover is mobility in finding fish. If you want to just fish in one spot then a hub-style or other portable seems more appropriate. I fished with my FT guide for a couple years with the bucket seats and got sick and tired of the x-tra weight so I took the buckets out, which are now in my boat BTW. For seating I use little chairs that fold up nicely and just bring one if I plan to fish solo. It's not difficult to get a good system down. My trap lost over 40 pounds from losing the buckets and hardware. The x-tra weight is not too big a deal if you are dragging on very little cover but with slush and deep snow it can be a real bummer!
  5. One thing I'm going to try soon is authentic asian style steamed fish. Prepared right it is supposed to be awesome, and healthy too. Here's a recipe I found online for authentic Chinese steamed fish...I would use a fresh, scaled LM bass of 2-3 lbs... CHINESE STYLE STEAMED FISH Secret Techniques for Restaurant-style Chinese Steamed Fish 1. Fresh fish; preferably alive and swimming in a tank. 2. 8-10 minutes steaming time. 8 minutes for a smaller fish or 10 minutes for a bigger fish. Use your best judgment, and don’t forget to set your kitchen alarm. 3. Discard the fishy and cloudy fish “water” after steaming. Contrary to common belief, it doesn’t add flavors to a steamed fish dish. If any, it will leave a bitter–from the fish guts if the fish was not cleaned properly–and fishy taste. 4. Rock sugar. Wonder why the soy sauce is so good that you can just eat plain steamed rice with the soy sauce mixture? Rock sugar is the secret. 5. Use oil. Heat up some oil in your wok and pour it over the fish before adding the soy sauce. It gives your steamed fish that perfect sheen before you top it with the soy sauce mixture. Recipe: Restaurant-style Chinese Steamed Fish Ingredients: 1 live fish (about 1.5 lb or less) 2 inches ginger (peeled and cut into thin strips) 1 stalk scallion (cut into 2-inch length, and then cut into thin silken threads) Some cilantro leaves 2 tablespoons cooking oil 1 tablespoon shaoxing wine or rice wine Steamed Fish Soy Sauce Mixture: 4 tablespoons light soy sauce 2 tablespoons shaoxing wine or rice wine 2 tablespoons water 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil 3 dashes white pepper powder 2 tablespoons rock sugar (grind into powder form) or to taste Method: Clean the fish properly (remove scales, guts, gills, etc.) and pat dry. Blend the soy sauce mixture in a small bowl and set aside. Lay the fish on a plate and drizzle 1 tablespoon shaoxing (or rice) wine on top of the fish. Top the fish with 1/2 of the cut ginger strips. Heat up a wok with enough water for steaming. Wait for the water to boil. As soon as it boils, place your fish inside the wok, propped up with a small inverted bowl or a couple of wooden blocks (meant for steaming). Cover your wok tightly and set your kitchen alarm for 8 minutes. As soon as the fish is done steaming, transfer it out from the wok. Discard the fish water and ginger strips. Lay the remaining ginger strips on top of the fish. Heat up a pan over high heat and add 2 tablespoons of cooking oil, swirl around until it’s hot. Pour the hot oil over the steamed fish. Put the pan back onto the stove, add the soy sauce mixture and stir well. As soon as the sauce bubbles up and boils, pour the soy sauce over the fish. Topped with scallions and cilantro leaves and serve the steamed fish immediately with white rice.
  6. I used to use the Gamma Ice, but that's gone now, P-line I haven't found in the major retail stores, so I thought of trying the mono Suffix ice line they have out this year and want to know if anyone has tried it or have heard any reports on it's performance. I have never used color line for ice fishing either, but they offer it in orange, just want your thoughts on colored ice lines in general too.
  7. I already have a fish trap, but this year I decided to try something a little bit different and ordered an Eskimo Quickfish 3 pop up shelter. I fished out of a friend's last year and really liked it. I know it doesn't have the mobility of the trap, but for setting up in a single location where you know you won't have to move around much in order to catch fish, I believe it will be a great setup. Plus, my son Lucas likes to fish but hates the cold, so with the Quickfish, I'll be able to get set up, crank up the heater, and have him catching fish in spacious comfort. Anybody have an opinion on the pop up type shelters? I can't wait for hard water!


    So whats the Twins batting order for game one? I suppose TBA. What SHOULD it be?
  9. I thought he should have bunted too, but then allowing Floyd to pitch on 125 pitches to a dangerous Kubel with 2 runners on wasn't the brightest move either. Liriano seemed to have his best stuff after putting himself in a jam. Guerrier didn't falter in a bases loaded situation either.
  10. I never said he was incapable of getting hits and driving in runs. My point is that he sucks in clutch hit situations. Keep in mind he drove in those runs when the Twins were winning the game. If he gets key hits and drives in runs in crucial at-bats, good, keep him where he is in the lineup, if not, then let someone else have the chance to hit in the middle of the batting order.
  11. Cuddy is a DP machine and can't hit with RISP. They need to move him to the bottom of the batting order where he belongs. What a waste of $
  12. I have to go with the Twins 2-1 to retake the Central division lead. Last ten games Sox are 5-5 with a two game losing streak, while Twins are 7-3 with a two game winning streak...momentum is clearly on our side. Plus we have handled the Sox pretty well this year.
  13. This doesn't qualify as "in the woods" but it's still funny... Quite a few years ago when the kids were alot younger we were walking around the block, the kiddies were looking for "curbside treasures". They found one, all right. It was a little plastic sign that was supposed to be attached to a balloon and it said, "you were great last night".
  14. Here's the same cat from a different angle. Doesn't look blue at all. Maybe the flash on the camera gave it a blue appearance or augmnted blue tones already present, I'm not really sure!
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