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  1. skibass

    Flying with fishing gear

    How big of a rod tube can you bring as carry on? We are leaning towards shipping them down to Texas.
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    Flying with fishing gear

    I'm flying down to Dallas to fish Lake Fork in April. I've never flown with fishing gear before and am wondering what the best way to go is? I'm assuming I should put my tackle box inside my suitcase and I'm planning on bringing my GPS unit in my carry on. The main concern is hauling rods with. We have 5 guys taking the same flight and plan on consolidating our rods into 2 separate rod tubes. Does anyone know the restrictions for doing this or have any tips? The other option is to mail the rods down there in advance, as we know the resort owner. Our airline will charge us around $30-40 for the additional luggage so that cost could be used to ship them UPS if that's a better choice. Any advice from people who have done trips like this in the past would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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    Lake Fork Trip

    I'm flying down to Dallas to fish Lake Fork in April. I've never flown with fishing gear before and am wondering what the best way to go is? I'm assuming I should put my tackle box inside my suitcase and I'm planning on bringing my GPS unit in my carry on. The main concern is hauling rods with. We have 5 guys taking the same flight and plan on consolidating our rods into 2 separate rod tubes. Does anyone know the restrictions for doing this or have any tips? The other option is to mail the rods down there in advance, as we know the resort owner. Our airline will charge us around $30-40 for the additional luggage so that cost could be used to ship them UPS if that's a better choice. Any advice from people who have done trips like this in the past would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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    Metro muskie report

    Water temps on Johanna yesterday were 78. No luck there aside from northerns.
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    Your suggestions on Trolling line

    I bought an Okuma Magda Pro depth counter reel and paired it with a cheap 8 foot zebco catfish fighter rod for a total of $65 a couple of years ago at FF. Since I have started using that combo I haven't missed many fish trolling like I used to when I had a stiffer rod with 100 lb. Power Pro. I have caught a few nice muskies and a ton of northerns with the set up and it didn't cost me much at all. I still run 100 lb. Power Pro with a 3 foot fluorocarbon leader to help keep surface weeds off the lure. It's nice to be able to transition from casting to trolling just by switching rods that I already have set up.
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    Just 5....

    Phantom soft tail - walleye Super Shad rap - firetiger Bomber Long A magnum - olive Topraider - black and white And a new revelation for me within the past year: Umbrella rig with a bucktail or swimbait as the lure...not quite sure which one yet but it is a good looking presentation to me:-)
  7. After using a small, 14 foot, bench seat boat for fishing since I was 10 I was finally able to get a real fishing boat. I have an 18'6" Lund Fisherman so I have plenty of space to store things. What sort of stuff do I need to fill up all of the compartments with? So far I have a bottle opener, a good hook out and some band aids for the kids.
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    Similar boat to a Crestliner Sportfish?

    I ended up getting a 2004 1850 Lund Fisherman with a 150 Honda 4 stroke. I also lucked into a 24V 80 lb. thrust Minnkota bow mount, 2 batteries and a 2 bank charger for $500. On top of that I got basic depth finder for free to hold me over until I can find a decent depth finder/GPS unit. Bring on open water!
  9. I am in the market for a new (used) boat and would like a fish and ski combo like a Crestliner Sportfish. I want to be able to fish comfortably (mainly bass and muskies) but I also need it to be comfortable for my wife and kids for pleasure cruises. I like the Sportfish because of the conversion bench in the back and the conversion bow. Are there any other boats out there similar to the Sportfish that I can look in to? Crestliner also has a new Superhawk but it only has a couple of jump seats in the back. It looks like a better boat for fishing but I have to compromise with the wife a little bit! I'm looking for a 2003 or newer model in the $15,000-25,000 range. Thanks for any input.
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    Sportfish or similar boat?

    I am in the market for a new (used) boat and would like a fish and ski combo like a Crestliner Sportfish. I want to be able to fish comfortably (mainly bass and muskies) but I also need it to be comfortable for my wife and kids for pleasure cruises. I like the Sportfish because of the conversion bench in the back and the conversion bow. Are there any other boats out there similar to the Sportfish that I can look in to? Crestliner also has a new Superhawk but it only has a couple of jump seats in the back. It looks like a better boat for fishing but I have to compromise with the wife a little bit! I'm looking for a 2003 or newer model in the $15,000-25,000 range. Thanks for any input.
  11. Hi all, I had my 2002 15 horse Mercury 4-stroke in the shop last August and paid over $400 to get a new fuel pump and carb kit. I just had to bring it in again and was told that the carb needed to be cleaned again. I run the gas out of the motor when I know I won't be using it for more than 2 weeks, use Sea Foam and sta-bil to treat the gas, and winterize the motor as directed by the owner's manual just as I have for the past 6 years. The shop I brought it to was the same one that I brought it to last year because I didn't know where else to bring it. I am just having a hard time believing that I would need to have carb work done again this year. Can gas get that gummed up in a carb in that short of a time or did they stiff me last year and not really do any carb work but charge me for it?
  12. It's the Metro Muskie Tournament organized by Paul Hartman. You can fish any of 16 lakes in the metro area. I fish Owasso because I keep my boat on a lift there. Lots of other lakes are probably better options but I don't like my chances any more on a different lake since I spend all year on Owasso. You can still sign up at the Blaine Gander Mountain until Friday, June 8th. It's a fun tourney, give it a shot if you have the day free on Saturday!
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    June Metro Tourney??

    Yup, they doused the weeds in Owasso. I posted in the Metro Forum on this topic as well. There are a lot of people that replied in that post that know far more about the topic than I do, but I'm pretty sure it will be tough going on Owasso for the tourney. Hopefully I catch more than a sunburn! It may be the year to try for tigers on Johanna rather than tough it out on Owasso.
  14. Here is some info on Owasso. See Section IV on page 3 regarding the large number of acres allowed to be treated on the lake. http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/areas/fisheries/eastmetro/lvmp-owasso.pdf They sprayed this morning. Orange signs all around the lake. It ought to be a barren wasteland by the muskie tourney on June 9th.
  15. If curly leaf grows throughout the winter and peaks in early summer, why isn't it sprayed immediatly after ice out so native plants aren't as affected? I also looked a little more into the Lake Owasso Association and the vegetation management plan. I may be reading into this wrong but it sounds like a rediculous amount of acreage to be sprayed (%50% of the littoral area): "Herbicide Control: In 2010, an estimated 146 acres to be treated, ~50 % of littoral area. For a detailed description of the treatment plan see Appendix 1. A second treatment may be authorized if the 1st treatment has failed or conditions have changed and Eurasian Watermilfoil has proliferated post initial treatment. The DNR will consider all second treatment requests and are pending inspection by the DNR." I would bet that the lake association makes full use of those 146 allowed acres. That sounds excessive to me.
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