jigglestick

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  1. THANK GOD! I thought I was going to get into one of those "how do I explain this one to the wife" situations
  2. jigglestick

    Crappies up north

    vinny, that's why they call it fishing. I think all of us would like to know of a lake where we don't have to try to many spots before we land on the lunkers. why don't you do your home work like looking at the dnr lake finder and look at netting data per lake. then look at depth charts and use your skills and find some on your own. pick a lake and go get em. you swing and miss, try another spot. something really bugs me about the "I haven't got alot of time so just give me the coordinates" mentality. go find em, then they're all yours.
  3. I have one agate that I found last year that I would like to get cut in half and have the cut face of each half polished. does anybody know of a shop or person who does that in the northland, like even maybe around Duluth? also what can I expect to pay for this service? it's about 19 ounces
  4. jigglestick

    it might be time to put away the ice fishing gear when...

    I'm thinking the breaker that ran north past the resort and Tamarac point allowed the sheet in Tamarac bay to be a seperate piece of ice from the main lake body. with that much open water around shore it could easily slide around, but if it moved that much in four minutes of video,I mean like at least four feet, how much did it move in forty five muntes? crazy cool! thanks for posting the video cyberfish!
  5. jigglestick

    My weekend with the wild bunch

    the JWheelz were a big help in the slush and climbing up on the ice. the trickiest part about climbing up was getting a good enough grip on the sheet to pull the machine on top. the jWheelz deffinately helped with grip and an added 150 pounds of floatation. with just one guy in the machine it wasn't as big a deal but with two or three it definately helped...IMHO
  6. jigglestick

    School of Keeper Sunfish

    nice video. thanks for reminding us of what we should be doing right now.
  7. jigglestick

    My weekend with the wild bunch

    March 26th 2012 Thinking that my 2012 ice fishing season was once again, over prematurely, I was contemplating putting my gear away. then the phone rang. It was Don Lincoln, from Wilcraft. he asked how the ice was. I told him that I was done, the ice was done. he laughed and asked if I had bunk space for he and a couple associates for the upcoming weekend...I don't know, let me check my calendar...oh yes, I think I can squeeze you in. Thursday afternoon, they rolled into town. I met them in Deer River and escorted them out to Camp Jigglestick summer quarters. Don was very eager to check out the landings at various area lakes to get a feel for what the conditions were. First stop was Little Ball Club Lake, which looked to be do-able, but with plenty of daylight left, we ventured on to Cutfoot Souix near Williams Narrows to find that do-able as well. We then made our way to Big Winnie, off of Bowens Rd and decided to put in...or on...or well a little of both. To our surprise there were a couple of fellows walking in off the ice, claiming that the ice was "done...to iffy". "this was the end".Those are words, Don, Tom,(owner and creator of Wilcraft) and Scott (from Canvas by the stitch) love to hear. We fired up the machines and made our way onto the rather solid sheet of ice, still then, 12 inches thick or so. Catching just a few fish before the rain set in, we bunched it and headed for the barn, agreeing to meet early the following morning for my first real taste of Wilcraft adventure. We chose the smaller lakes for the first day of our adventure knowing that conditions were deteriorating rapidly, feeling that Winnie would hold on for another day or two. Joined by Bill Powell from Fred's Bait of Deer River, getting to this back woods lake where I had gotten on a good bite of nice crappies just a week earlier, We were greeted by open water as far as the dense fog would allow us to see. As the fog lifted slightly, I could see the edge of the ice sheet. Don and Scott went out with one machine to see if the ice was firm enough to climb up onto, and it was, barely. they came back to shore. The crew readied the other machines and we headed out. Interesting I have to say for my first outing. It is indeed an experience. I have been out in boats several times, while there is still ice on the lakes, bumping into the ice and breaking icebergs off, just goofing around, but to actually get as close to rotten ice and actually be able to climb up onto it was quite remarkable. you can learn a lot by seeing the ice first hand and how it reacts. We were on ice that would not support the weight of a person, were he/she standing on it, yet it not only held two men in a machine and their gear, but we punched holes and fished...AND CAUGHT FISH! Moving around and testing the ice we found the ice on the first lake had two different stages of ice. The ice that would support us was 3 1/2 inches or so, and grey. the ice that would not was basically black and slush. getting to the exact spot to where we wanted to fish was do-able but we would have been fishing in open water and we wanted to drill holes, so...we made an adjustment to another nearby lake in hopes of some slab crappies. The next lake looked much better when in fact it was not. the only thing it had going for it was that it was more consistant in measure and condition. when we got out on the ice, it was porous. As we traveled about, water would come up through the ice and as we moved forth the water would go back down. Some areas we would stop and the water would come up quickly as the ice sheet would sag and we would be sitting in 4-6 inches of water right away. Some places the water would barely come up. In all places, we would here the ice crinkle as we moved. I have to say after I got used to the idea, it was quite fun, especially knowing we were going to be the last ones on that lake for the winter period. It took to waiting for dusk before the crappies showed up but it was well worth the wait as we finnished off the evening with a dozen slab crappies that went at and over a pound. Saturday was a new day and a new adventure. Remember we stacked the deck? I figured the ice would hold out longer on Winnie simply because it was a bigger lake with better ice on thursday. Our plan "A" was Tamarack point public landing. Rick from Highbanks had found a great bite for jumbo perch in 6 feet of water. He had taken the Airboat out from the resort which had open water now at their landing, out to this location with Mike O'Reiley from Northland Lodge to get on some of these fish. Our plan "A" was not to be. there were a couple hundred yards of icebergs broken and floating and though it might have been do-able, it looked to pose more problems than necessary. Plan "B" was to put on where we had gotten on on Thursday and come south across the lake. Crossing the dam on the way, I remembered the landing on Plughat Point, so I raced in there to look and found it in what seemed to me to be in good (enough) shape for the Wilcrafts. Landing there we had a full house. This day, joined by Greg Clusiau, Michael thompson, and my son Andrew, there were three machines, two with two passengers each, and one with three. After chugging through the thinner junky ice, we mannaged to get all three on top and across Tamarac bay we went. Again, in the fog, it took us a bit to find Rick, but once we did, we found that in an hour he had filled his limit of big jumbos. We were soon to do the same. I will let the pictures show the rest of the story. It was a great adventure and one we will all remember for a long time. My thanks to Don, Tom, Scott and WIlcraft,for a great weekend of ice fishing, at a time when once again, mother nature has shorted us of some of the best ice fishing time of the year, late March and early April. This time, Wilcraft gave us the upper hand in mother natures adverse behavior.
  8. the best illustration so far of why we don't need to add to the take. scopes will add to the take in a couple different reasons. usuing a scope will invite hunters whose eye sight may have swayed they're decision on whether to hunt muzzle loader season or not. secondly it will increase effective range. both adding to the take. Lakevet -- have we fished together before?
  9. "I like the fact that a scope gives a shooter a clear, unobstructed sight window. The sights on my muzzleloader are bulky, and even at those ranges can easily cover most of the vitals. A scope allows me to place my shot a little more accurately within the kill zone so that I don't make a marginal shot." I have a big problem with that line of thinking. if you think your sights or skills create a marginal shot, then hone your skills, decrease the distance to your target. let me ask you, would you still hunt the muzzle loader season if it was all traditional? in fact that is a good across the board question, and quite possibly, the answer to why the DNR would never do such a season. How many muzzle loader season hunters would no longer hunt if modern muzzle loaders were no longer allowed. secondly, how many muzzle loader hunters would no longer hunt muzzle loader season if you had to choose your season, one season or another? finaly, a true muzzle loader, would NEVER refer to them as "muzzys". I bet those guys still have teddy bears and blankies too.
  10. I wonder how many muzzle loader hunters would give it up if they banned modern muzzle loaders? I bet there would be plenty who would say they would still go but then not. my guess is it would be a significant decline. I'm glad I can hunt all seasons, and if i had to choose one, it would be easy choice for me. archery all the way. now that pop is gone, the "glue" of our hunting camp has become less sticky. that is a bummer. still standing on a NO vote for scopes...just for the record.
  11. jigglestick

    Crappie Done Spawning On Some Lakes?

    why do you think these fish were "likely females"?
  12. they can talk about the bird flu, the swine flu, H1N1, any epedemic they can think of to get us in a panic, nothing, I say nothing is going to top the actual affects on the united states population than lymes disease. when I was younger, a might get a tick now and then. it was part of the outdoors and a sign that you had been "up north" over the weekend. I never missed a hike through the woods. camped all summer long all over wisconsin and Minnesota. now, when I look out across a ditch to the woods, the first thing that comes to mind is ticks. the dog ticks are nothing to me. those deer ticks make me want nothing to do with the woods during the non-snowy months. put it this way. they are so difficult to spot at times that any one, I mean anyone who spends any amount of time in the woods now days, is going to contract lymes disease. it is a very debilitating disease and can be fatal. while I have know dozens of people who either have or have had lymes, I do not know of any who have died from it yet. I know one individula whom the dr.s thought had multiple sclerosis (sp) and for years he was screwed up. couldn't work, and could barely function. turns out, he actually had lymes disease and now it's so far along they are not sure they can get him back to normal. Lymes is a serious threat.
  13. jigglestick

    1999 Johnson 115 - Will not idle, no power.

    a float stuck in the up position would be closing the needle valve brucie. I know what you mean tho. I would look to the needle valve for sure. on my 140, they had the carbs that were married, like two seperate carbs but built of the same cast side by side. I never got brave enough to tear them off the motor. all I ever did was take the drain plugs off of the bowls and flush copious amounts of fresh gas through them by pumping the ball. over a few years this worked great for running speeds but did very little for idle speeds.
  14. jigglestick

    Car GPS units...

    I have been making a living with my xog for three years now. I know it's time will come. I think I've talked to you on this subject matt. I broke the touch screen once and had to contact lowrance. I have to say their customer service was lacking. all I wanted was a screen. nope, they left me no choice but to buy a remanufactured unit for more than I bought the original unit for at cabella's. so I bought the unit from them. unable to access the old uniot's data beyond the start up screen, I fired up the new one. I found that this unit was one with poor hook up. it would go hours without acquiring signal. some times when it was locked in, it would loose it's tracking and stale mate for hours. so I took the screen out and put it in the old xog and she worked like a charm. had all my old way points and data saved, once again and I couldn't be happier. this year, the battery crapped out on me, so I took the battery out of the new unit and installed it in the old one and once again, I was back in buisness. I love the touch screen and the ability to touch /drag the screen. I like the color contrast. it's a lot easier to differentiate between deep/shallow when plowing roads at 23 mph. it's nice to know about these nuvi's because, I know my use is limited with this xog and I'm not going to fight with lowrance any more.
  15. jigglestick

    a crappie slideshow

    some canada pics, some vintage red lake pice, one of ol' putz I slid in the slide show just because I can and some random crappie pics. http://s147.photobucket.com/albums/r307/jigglestick/crappie%20album/?albumview=slideshow