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  1. hogsucker

    It's Gar time!

    Quote: Quote: . Check the site for more info. ~hogsucker whats the address? thanks Click on my name above my avatar, look at my bio.
  2. I will be floating the Tal from it's headwaters to its' mouth in late July, spending 10 days to do it. Never been to AK, so I am reallly looking forward to it. Anyone have any experience with the Talachulitna? ~hogsucker
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    It's Gar time!

    Eric, I know you from my HSOforum but here's some info just for kicks............. I fish for Longnose Gar during the heat of the Summer. Live baits are the way to go. I have been using 4-6 inch suckers and shiners. I only find them after dark, like 10 to 1, on sand flats on the lower St. Croix River. Patience is indeed a virtue when it comes to longnose gar fishing in Minnesota. Check the site for more info. ~hogsucker
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    It's Gar time!

    Here in Minnesota we are on the far northern fringe of the range for the Longnose Gar. SO the best time to target them is the heat of the Summer, which is right now and will continue for a few weeks. I have been having some success on the Croix lately, night-fishing with live baitfish. Anyone else target these awesome fish? here's a 45" Longnose Gar I landed Friday night. ~hogsucker
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    A Record Fish Experience

    Wow, hi Mike! Small world, eh? I'm still shopping around for a taxidermist. ~hogsucker
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    Fishing and Dating

    I took a girl out on a first date yesterday evening. When we first met, she learned that I was a flyfisherman and told me that one of her goals is to flyfish for trout in Montana. Mainly for the romanticism that comes along with it. I told her that you don't need to go to Monatana, I'll take you out in western WI. She is a ballet instructor, city girl, never fished in her life and I didn't know how it would go. Last night we fished the evening hatch and she had an incredibly good time. I taught her how to cast well enough, and she actually caught a trout! The beauty of the river valley and wet-wading experience was very romantic, and the date went exceedingly well. Many women have a romanticized idea about flyfishing for trout, and will jump at a chance to try it. ~hogsucker
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    A Record Fish Experience

    Thanks, guys. It has been a very cool experience to say the least. It's good to see the increased interest in non-game fish recently. Seems like once an angler goes Rough, he or she has so much fun that it's hard to go back. Thanks again guys, and keep it ROUGH! ~hogsucker
  8. It's the last weekend in April, the weather is gorgeous, and a devout group of anglers is enjoying the fantastic fishing, food and cameraderie that embodies the Roughfish Roundup. I look forward to the Roundup each year, when I get to share the banks of the great Root River with friends old and new. The maverick spirit of the Roughfisher becomes contagious, and fellow anglers teach, learn from each other, discover new things together, and generally enjoy life. For me, this weekend was sandwiched between Steelhead camp on the Brule and Turkey hunting from a base camp high on a ridge East of Money Creek. I had spent more nights in a tent than in my bed at home this month. Yes, Spring is a busy time for a Minnesota outdoorsman. To me, I'd rather be right here, right now, than anywhere else in the world. The Roundup was enjoyed by all, and by Sunday afternoon only Rich, my brother Corey and I remained. We had fished together many times. Today we landed scads of fish, including a few of the big Silver Redhorse surpassing seven pounds that the Root is known for. Action was fast, and nine species of fish came to the riverbank between the three of us over the course of three hours. I also had the opportunity to get out amongst the hordes of Redhorses stacked in the riffles, and take some underwater footage of these wonderful creatures. They were very obliging. Well, Rich had to head home so Corey and I bummed a few cold beers off him and headed back to camp. I kayaked the half mile to camp, and enjoyed a great ride over fast riffles covered with big Silver Redhorse. We had bratwurst to grill, so we hauled our cooler, grill and chairs down to Hogsucker Beach, just below the tents, so we could fish while we cooked our dinner. I caught two Brown Trout before the brats went on, then I threaded on a small nightcrawler and sent a cast out into the river. We each cracked a beer, and just enjoyed the evening air. It was a gorgeous evening, and life seemed pretty good sitting there on the riverbank with my favorite fishing companion. The sun's slanting rays lit up the top of the towering bluff across the river. Our bratwurst sizzled. Then, I got a subtle tap-tap bite on my light rod. I picked the rod up and tightened the line, feeling for the fish. Another two quick taps came, so I set the hook. A heavy fish throbbed out in the current. My initial guess was that it was another big Silver Redhorse, judging from the weight and fight in the fish. Once close, however, the fish sloshed at the surface and Corey and I both saw instantly that it was not a Silver, but a gigantic Golden Redhorse! Corey quickly grabbed the net, and I played the fish gingerly on my light rod and six-pound monofilament line. The big Golden made one last surge toward a submerged root, then my brother expertly netted the fish and slung it up on the sandbar. It's rich golden color was beautiful in the evening light, and we both remarked that this was the largest Golden Redhorse either of us had ever seen. Acutely aware of the current state records, we put her on the scale and it showed 4.4 pounds -- which would shatter the current record of 3 pounds 14 ounces. It was too late to do anything with the fish now, so we took a few photos and stuck her in the cooler. If it fell short of the record, at least we would have some delicious Redhorse Patties for dinner! Our brats were now pretty charred on one side, but we still devoured them. Another beer was cracked, and I lit up a celebratory cigar that had been supplied by the venerable JK, 2007 species derby Champion. Thanks for the stogie, JK. I didn't fish, just sat there drinking in the whole moment and wondering what the fish would weigh on a certified scale in the morning. I slept well in my tent. Corey had computer work to do at the DNR office in Lanesboro, so I followed him in and told everybody about my fish. They were excited. I put it on one of their scales, not a certified scale, and it weighed 4.1 pounds. The DNR folks supplied me with all of the proper record-fish forms, and I headed to the grocery store in Lanesboro to find a scale. I slapped the big sucker on their meat scale, and it weighed in at 3.97 pounds. The two butchers were more than happy to sign as witnesses to the weighing, and I thought I was all set. However, their scale wasn't up to date on it's certification. It was two months overdue for calibrating. I needed to find another scale, and fast! We drove to Preston, where I found a grocery store and talked to the deli manager. He wouldn't let me put a fish on the scale -- health department, blah, blah, blah -- anyway, screw Preston. As it stood, I only had 1.5 ounces on the current record, and the fish could be losing weight. Next town was Chatfield on this driving tour of Southeast Minnesota grocery stores. And lo and behold, they had up to date scale certification! I put the big sucker on the scale again, and it read 3.97 pounds once again. My brother slapped my shoulder. " You did it, man. That's a new record!" I meticulously filled out all my forms and had my two butcher witnesses sign, then strolled into the Chatfield Bank and had it notarized. It was official. I had caught a 3.97 pound Golden Redhorse, measuring 20 1/8 inches in length with a 12 1/2 inch girth. This was the first fish I had ever caught that I knew exactly how big it was. No stretching the truth here. All that remained was to have the fish identified by a fisheries biologist, and I was already certain that it was a Golden Redhorse. Back in the cities, I found out that my catch also eclipsed the All-tackle world record according to the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame. Konrad Schmidt, DNR fish guru, confirmed the fish's identity and the state sent me a congratulatory letter. I will recieve a plaque from the DNR commisioner in a ceremony to be held at the Sportshow next Spring. I was also interviewed by Outdoor News, and a nice story accompanied by a photo appeared in the May 18th issue. The National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame has accepted my fish as the All-tackle World Record Golden Redhorse. This is really quite an honor for me, a humble Roughfisher, as I will be enshrined on the walls of the Hall. They sent me some really cool record-holder patches and a framed certificate. I am now in the process of finding a good taxidermist who has some experience with underutilized and oddball fishes. So, that's the story. I guess it had to be told. I really do appreciate all the kudos, and will still give out autographs for a small fee, but in no time at all I'll slip back into the shadows. I'll be back crawling around the swamps looking for Gar, Bowfin, Eels, Buffalo and what have you, but now I'll have a really snazzy World Record Holder patch on my back. Andrew Geving, Roughfisher-at-large [email protected]
  9. hogsucker

    The spawn's a coming!

    I've been performing mercy killings on wounded carp, buffalo and suckers all spring. I'll be flyfishing to a pod of fish when all of a sudden something around 15 pounds comes floating downstrteam missing half it's face from a glancing arrow wound, and I feel it neccesary to stomp on its' head to put it out of its' misery. [Note from admin: Please read foreum policy before posting again. Thank you.]Please, make sure you know what you are trying to kill, and actually do your best to get the job done. My parents taught me to kill only what I planned on eating, and I believe that is a good rule to live by. ~hogsucker
  10. hogsucker

    what makes a good Pout lake?

    A good Burbot lake has to have rather cool water temps, a good forage base and ample spawning habitat. Ciscoes inhabit most good Burbot waters, and there may be a connection there. Gravelly or rocky streams entering a lake provide optimum spawning habitat. In Minnesota we are on the southern edge of their range. But, there are things about Burbot that no one can explain. I've seen them caught in tiny warmwater streams in Wisconsin, 50 miles from any water deeper than 5 feet, in the middle of the summer. ~hogsucker
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    Fly fishing for carp

    Any and all species of fish can be taken with a fly. It just takes some observation on the water, creativity at the vise, and endless experimentation. You can't go buy a DVD that will show you exactly how to catch Bigmouth Buffalo or Drum on the fly(yet), so you'll have to figure it out for yourself. It is a difficult task, yet once you figure it out and have some success the sense of satisfaction is well worth the effort. This is the new frontier of angling in America. I have had limited success with Bigmouth Buffalo on the fly. However, after countless hours of fishing for them with various tactics, I believe sight-fishing them with flies is the best overall method of catching them. They are one tough species to fool, and when you finally get a 40-pounder to take your fly good luck landing them on anything less than Tarpon gear. Freshwater Drum(sheephead) will take flies readily at times. Use walleye or smallmouth bass tactics, slowly hopping crayfish, nymph or minnow imitations across the bottom. The Suckers will all take flies, some species better than others. We have something like 18 species of Suckers living in Minnesota waters, each one utilizing different water types and foods, so your tactics and fly patterns will vary greatly. If by Sucker you mean the White Sucker, which are very common and are the species you buy at bait shops as juveniles, they can be caught with trout nymphing tactics. Use #10-18 nymphs like hare's ears or pheasant tails, or my personal favorite the pink squirrel. Hope this helps, and maybe encourages you to get out and enjoy some of the truly challenging and exciting fishing that so-called "roughfish" can offer. ~hogsucker
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    Fly fishing for carp

    Flyfishing for Carp is really a lot of fun. However, it's not easy and I don't reccomend it for the easily discouraged. We all know that carp can be found almost everywhere in our area. To catch them on a fly, you need to find them in approachable situations. This means rather shallow water, usually no deeper than 5 feet. River backwaters and shallow flats are prime spots. Canals can also be good areas. Sight-fishing is really the only way to go in my opinion. Carp are extremely spooky critters, so first and foremost don't let them see you. Wear drab clothing and stay out of the water if possible to avoid making ripples. Sit still and watch the carp, and try to read their attitude to see if they will take a fly. Fast-cruising fish and "sunning"(motionless) fish are nearly impossible to tempt. Often carp will cruise by slowly in pods of 3 to 6 or as singles, and I have found these fish to be very catchable. Lay a cast well ahead of them and let your lightly weighted fly sink to their depth before twitching it across their vision. Try to watch your fly if possible. If you can't see your fly, watch the fish. A carp will hesitate and turn its' head to take the fly, or turn down if your fly is under him. Strike lightly when the fish sucks in your offering. Sometimes you will encounter "tailing" carp, similar to bonefish behavior. Simply sneak up behind these fish and present a flashier fly like a bead-head right on the bottom where they are grubbing. It's a lot harder to know when a carp has taken your fly in these tailing situations. For fly patterns I would suggest caddis pupa, small wooly buggers and damsel nymphs. A pattern that you can see and track in the water is very useful to beginners, so I would reccomend adding neon tails to some standard nymph ties, or trying a white nymph. Above all else, don't rush yourself or you'll spook every carp in a half-mile radius. Take pains to set yourself up for a perfect presentation to a receptive fish, and you should be rewarded by seeing your backing flying off your reel. ~hogsucker
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    Whitefish and Tullibees

    Whitefish Lake has a good population of Lake Whitefish. We have been targeting them here for a couple of years, and usually come back with 5 or 6 on a good day. ~hogsucker
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    'Pout talk

    Most of the locational information I have found has come from walleye anglers who complain about catching Pout. It seems like classic Walleye structure is good for them, and I guess it makes sense since they eat the same things and they both tend to be more active after sundown. Spawning runs of Eelpout up Lake Superior tributaries exist, and may be the most predictable bite around. That's really the best thing I've got going right now. However, I know that there are some hardcore Pout fishermen out there who make consistent catches in larger lakes. Any former Eelpout Festival Champions out there that want to give us some tips? ~hogsucker
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    'Pout talk

    Burbot(eelpout) have become one of my favorite targets during the winter months. My best luck has come after dark on glow buckshot spoons tipped with a shiner head. Largest specimen from last year went maybe 7 pounds, and I would love to tangle with one twice that size! Anyone have any 'Pouting experience they would like to share? ~hogsucker
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