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  1. Wow. Seems to be lots of different opinions expressed in all these posts. I do like hearing the stories about people being converted to CPR. I practice that, but not always...I do keep eaters on occasion. Like some others alluded to, it seems ice fishing might involve less CPR than open water fishing. But it would be tough to have different seasonal limits?? While I believe in slot limits for different lakes, I have always thought lowering general panfish or walleye limits might lead to the over-harvest of larger fish, especially walleyes. I hate the thought of people constantly upsizing fish in the livewell, just because of a lowered limit. Many of you also pointed out the bad economic effect that lowering limits has, or might have, on resort and bait shop owners. The few times I was on LOTW with a group on a charter, it amazed me that we were expected to keep pretty much all the walleyes and saugers, regardless of size. The charter guides mentality seemed to be "bring back a limit". I understand why. They have a living to make. Putting too restrictive a limit on might cost them business. Seems the DNR always encourages harvesting some of those 2 lb. Northerns to eat. I like the taste of Northern, but until they genetically alter them snakes to not have a zillion Y-bones, I don't keep any Northerns. As a kid, we ate lots of bullheads. But that was only in the southern part of the state. Don't know that I have ever seen anyone bullhead fishing north of Alex or St. Cloud, myself included. Hey, maybe the panfish people should try some springtime bullhead?? no one seems concerned about bullhead limits. But don't expect me to practice what I preach.
  2. I probably am mispelling it, but I think the magazine was Niemann Marcus. Every year before Christmas, some of the news shows always show stuff from that magazine. I remember seeing the fish house mini-mansion. Beleive it was $25000, or $35000, or something like that. Good luck tracking down the guy making that house(s). He probably has at least one in inventory...
  3. I second IFallsRon on the fishingcairns site. Has good knot tying diagrams at http://www.fishingcairns.com.au/page6-1.html
  4. OK abens1078, ya got me on that recipe, even though I have heard it before Actually, I think I saw it in the official Iowa state cookbook, (minus the punch line.)
  5. I make a similar patty. I use a food processor. Fish, dried bread crumbs, crackers, celery, onion, some mayo or Miracle Whip, and egg(s). Grind it all together. I use an indoor grill (Sunbeam 2-sided. Similar to a Foreman grill) to grill up these. Just make sure to spray griddles with Pam oil. With the mayo, the taste of these patties is similar to stuffed clam meat, etc. I also use this grill for fish fillets too. It is healthier than frying, and tasty. But of course, once in a while I gotta have some plain fried fish.
  6. About 40 years ago, as a kid, I proudly speared 3 carp in a dredge ditch right beside our farm. I begged and begged and begged my mom to bake 'em. She did. I had one bite. Ever since, I carefully examine my private parts every night to make sure nothing extra is growing down there. Of course, that was back in DDT times, and also most every farmer connected their septic up to a field tile. Actually, I very much like smoked carp. But it is very greasy looking, and I can only stomach so much, before the tummy aches. Unless you smoke 'em, I would follow cyberamish's recipe ver batim...and then I would even bury the tomatoes.
  7. Quote: Got to go with #24 Need J. Johnson to have a bad day for my fantacy teem to move up. I drive chev. truck and Miata. A Piñata?
  8. A countdown for Largemouth bass opener? I have too much respect for ALL fishermen, including the Largemouth guys, to make any comments about how hard it would be to make a countdown out of a Mickey Mouse watch. Nor will I comment about how much easier it would be just to multiply the weeks to Largemouth opener by the number of your top teeth (you might get an odd number, so, for this week only, use as many bottom teeth as needed to get to 10). Nor will I comment that you could countdown the days to opener by counting how many bullheads are left to eat in the freezer... Nope, ain't gonna make no such comments....
  9. I used to always have some shiners along with the fatheads. Then one time, I had almost only all shiners along. I kept getting nibbles/bites that I couldn't hook. I had exactly 6 fatheads along, and switched to them. Boated 4 walleyes, released a fifth one a little too early. So for some reason, the walleyes were mouthing the shiners, but taking the fatheads. Since then, because of the price and mortality rate of shiners mentioned above, I seldom buy them anymore, except in late spring, or when I have 3 of us in the boat. Of course, I do use them if recommended by resort owner/bait shops, but I keep in mind some of the bait shop guys seem to want to push the shiners. I assume they have a little better margin on the shiners, plus they don't live as long for them either?
  10. Tying walleye snells is one of the many useful things I have learned from this site. There have been many previous threads about hook size, line weight, brand of line, clevis type, spinner size, etc. Needless to say, there are many different opinions, all good (especially mine... ). I have never been able to master the easier snell knots that some of you have illustrated and sworn by. I keep returning to this site for its snell knot. (I got the site from a fishingmn thread over three years ago) http://www.fishingcairns.com.au/page6-1.html I strongly suggest always checking for fraying in the line either from fish, snags or the spinning clevis. Too often I continue using the same snell for "one more time", and end up losing all the hardware... It's like a disease. And indications are all the beads,hooks and spinners on the lake bottoms. I try and set up a fast "junk" area to throw the frayed snells, to salvage the hardware later. (I used to stupidly wind them up again, like they were still usable ) Anyway, catching fish on snells you tied yourself adds even more to the thrill of fishing.
  11. Suppose the males smell like chicken? (In case my momma reads this).
  12. OK, I just noticed the countdown. What morbid mind came up with this torturous display? It is mesmerizing. I find myself staring at it, trying to do math in my head, trying to rationalize ways to get through 66 days, 13 hrs, 10 min's, and 47 sec's left until Opener! Thank god its now down by 39 seconds. Wait, I gotta look again!!!! Is there an off switch in MY HOME to shut off this insanity? Wait, I just got through 4 more minutes...
  13. I agree with big bucks. I have no clue how to tell when a fish is on its natural death bed. You can see a paneled door in the background, so it looks like he's either in a heavenly ice house, or well off the lake, so you know the picture was probably not taken fresh. But still, does anyone know how a fish dies of old age? I mean, they have to have cells deteriorate or something. Maybe that's why the tail looks so rough...
  14. Fish Toys, that was truly a classy, funny joke. But in the interest of fairness and balance, I think the following joke could be appropiately retitled "Saying the Wrong thing at the Wrong time..." The Honest Wife! A police officer pulls over a speeding car. The officer says, I clocked you at 80 miles per hour, sir." The driver says, "Gee, officer I had it on cruise control at 60, perhaps your radar gun needs calibrating." Not looking up from her knitting the wife says: "Now don't be silly dear, you know that this car doesn't have cruise control." As the officer writes out the ticket, the driver looks over at his wife and growls, "Can't you please keep your mouth shut for once?" The wife smiles demurely and says, "Honey, you should be thankful your radar detector went off when it did." As the officer makes out the second ticket for the illegal radar detector unit, the man glowers at his wife and says through clenched teeth, "Darn it, woman, can't you keep your mouth shut?" The officer frowns and says, "And I notice that you're not wearing your seat belt, sir. That's an automatic $75 fine." The driver says, "Yeah, well, you see officer, I had it on, but took it off when you pulled me over so that I could get my license out of my back pocket." The wife says, "Now, dear, you know very well that you didn't have your seat belt on. You never wear your seat belt when you're driving." And as the police officer is writing out the third ticket the driver turns to his wife and barks, "WHY DON'T YOU PLEASE SHUT UP??" The officer looks over at the woman and asks, "Does your husband always talk to you this way, Ma'am?" Her reply: "Only when he's been drinking." Speeding Ticket - $100 Illegal detector - $90 Not wearing belt - $75 Testing too high - $xxxx Saying the wrong thing at the wrong time....Expensive
  15. I wish there was a way to possitively compare today's fisheries with "the good old days". Perhaps some lakes are "worse", but maybe some are just as good. I don't believe fishermen's memories are an accurate measuring tool. I appreciate all the DNR efforts, lake associations (as long as they don't go on algae killing sprees), and slot limits. Good points were made above, that allowing no harvest would bum out a lot of people. When I attended DNR meeting a few years ago, one point seemed to be apparent. Making limits on pan fish and walleyes too small, might have the affect of people harvesting larger sized fish... I know people complain about all the different specific lake slot limits, etc., but I have no problem with them, since each lakes' habitats can be very different. One thing I wish was polled: Ice fishing vs. open water. Again, based on my untrustworthy fishing memory, I believe ice fishing puts way more pressure on fish harvest than open water. Perhaps a truthful poll on habits ice fishing vs. open water fishing is needed. Seems to me many more people ice fish, and more of them are out to fill a bucket. Ain't saying whether this is good or bad. But I truly wish the DNR would have harvest numbers available from ice vs. open water fishing.
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