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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Classic Fantasy Line Up

I decided not to go with Keith Combs, who is the prohibitive favorite in Group A and to win the tournament.  I basically picked 4 solid anglers and 1 wild card, the Cajun Baby.

Not Much Farther Along


Temp was above freezing basically all day, but temps didn't get out of the mid 30's. It was cloudy and breezy out of the South for most of the day.  I should have brought some rods along as it was quite pleasant when I went to check things out tonight.  Probably the same eagle from the other night flew in front of the car in almost the same place, pretty cool!  Muskrats were out and about at Bulldog and Platte.  Swans and Geese flying around in the haze.
Bulldog

Platte Lake Public Access

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Progress? Not Much!




If anything it was colder than forecast today.  I don't know if it got above freezing or not.  With the sun and a bit of wind I thought there might have been some progress in the ice out department, but there wasn't much.  As I was leaving the driveway to check things out 5 good sized deer crossed the road, just to the North of our property.  As I headed West on the GOMH road a huge eagle flew in front of the car about 15' up and about 30 yards out, pretty cool.  No body was fishing on Platte tonight.  I also drove to Bulldog and took a picture of two C-130 airplanes in the distance.
Just above the trees center of the picture
Wish I could have gotten the picture about 10 seconds sooner when I first saw the planes.  It was a really cool sight.


Monday, March 20, 2017

Today's Conditions And A Skunk

2:30PM GOMH South Side
5:30PM GOMH South Side
2:30-3:30PM GOMH & Sullivan Inlet
5:30-5:45PM GOMH NE
Conditions: 54-52℉, Mostly Sunny, Calm then Gusty Wind

Dad had to run up to Fleet Farm today to get stuff for the Expedition, so we were unable to get the Trophy out today.  After a Dr. appointment I headed to the GOMH.  It was really nice almost no wind.  The open water area expanded nicely with the two warm days in a row we had.  Out of nowhere it got gusty from the West while I was fishing on the NE side.  No dogfish to report.  I did successfully fish with a Fuego reel that I fixed with some super glue to reattach an inductor that had come loose.👍👍  I've got at least two more of those reels with the same issue.  I fished for a bit on the SW side as well. Nothing.


     I then drove to the Platte River Culvert.  Water is pretty low.  Then I went to the Inlet.  Was surprised the South side of the culvert there was iced up, but with dark ice.  Nothing there either.

I had to pick something up in Onamia.  Lake Onamia had more open water than the GOMH at the outlet.  The gas station formerly known as Meleen's has reopened with a Taco John's in it where the tackle used to be.  I don't think I've ever eaten at Taco John's.  I'll have to give it a try sometime.  There were a couple of people fishing out on Mille Lacs.  One just north of Rocky Reef and a couple of people up by the Rum River Outlet. There wasn't a whole lot of open water there or at the Whitefish Inlet.  I circled back to the GOMH.  It was kind of breezy out of the SW.  I fish the NE side for 15 minutes then left.

It's not supposed to get above freezing tomorrow, then it warms up a bit and turns wet and windy.  I am rooting for rain at this point as we could use a good 10" in the lakes.  I believe lakes to the South and West of us will begin opening up again after that cold front stopped things dead in it's tracks.  It's supposed to be warmer down in the cities.  I suspect Tonka will be declared open in the next day or two.


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Reel Introduction #Fail

Daiwa SS SV Reel on Daiwa Tatula 6'10"M Rod
So my scratch and dent Daiwa SS SV that I got for a steal on eBay arrived from Japan today.  I knew it was coming today thanks to tracking, so I staid up for it instead of going to bed.  I spooled it up with a full 125yrd spool of Fireline and headed to GOMH to test my new to me combo out.  That was a mistake.  I should have watched the SV Concept Demonstration Manuel on You Tube first.  I only discovered there was such a video after coming home in defeat.  I had seen several video's about Daiwa SV reels, but hadn't seen that one.  The video's I had seen led me to the mistaken belief that the SV spool was practically backlash proof;  Had I watched the video first I would have discovered that was not the case.  I also learned I over filled the reel from the video.

So I get to the GOMH and the wind is blowing like a sun of a gun out of the SE.  No problem, I would just go to the NE side.  So instead of going right to trying to skip a Fluke I go to see what the reels got as far as casting distance from up on the concrete.  After a couple of solid casts with the breaks set at 4 or 5.  I backed them down to 2 or 3 and was really impressed with how far I was throwing the Fluke.  Distance that I'm pretty sure I've never matched with a Fluke on a TD-Z and 6'8"M Avid.  To be fair I don't think I've ever tested that combo for distance and certainly not with such a strong wind at my back.  I never thumbed the spool as there was no need to do it.

Then I went down on the rocks to try skipping the Fluke.  I didn't readjust the brakes.  I was so excited the see what the reel could do I didn't pay attention to my casting mechanics.  I threw the Fluke with a lousy trajectory and backlashed the reel something awful.  So awful in fact that after 25 minutes and little progress or hope for getting it out I started cutting it out.  I was frustrated and ended up screwing that up resulting in losing all but maybe 40 yards of line.

With all the line taken off the reel wasn't casting nearly as far.  I was able to get it skip the Fluke ok with only minor over run with breaks set at 5.  I did try casting into the wind with an X-Rap for a little bit.  I also had the TD-Z Avid 6'8" combo along for comparison.  I was having a hard time adjusting to the differences between throwing with the Avid/Z combo with which I am confident with and the Tatula/SV combo which I was not confident with.  I was getting chilled in that wind so I gave up my testing.
  At Tackle Tour I got some advice.  I am going to try putting some 15lb J-Braid 8 on the reel next and I definitely won't fill it so full.

Mystery Tackle Box NOT Disappointed, Finally!


LiveTarget HFC Crawfish Crank:  Should be a real winner at the Grumpy Old Man Hole provided a pike doesn't steal it.

River2Sea Double Plopper:  I am aware the reviews on this bait have pretty uniformly registered disappointment.  I still wanted one anyway, but sure as heck wasn't going to pay to buy one for myself.  Now I have one for myself.  MTB came through with a topwater bait for me.

Z-Man Project Z-Shroomz Micro Finesse Jig and Crusteaz: This mini jig-n-pig combo is sure to be a fish catcher until a pike steals the two jigs from me.

Netbait Mad Paca: Brush Hog style creature baits are something I have never fished.  I guess you have to buy them to fish them and I never bought any.  If they live up to the hype, I'm pretty sure I'm  going through this bag fairly quickly; not because Netbait are a fragile plastic, but because this style of bait catches 'em so well.  If these prove to be a winner, and I have no reason to believe they won't be, I may add this creature bait to my bag of tricks.

Jenko Fishing Premium Spinnerbait: A very nice looking white spinnerbait made with quality components.  Absolutely will catch me some fish.

I am giving this box an A+

If all of the boxes were this good I would wholeheartedly recommend Mystery Tackle Box, unfortunately I don't believe they were.  If my opinion changes after fishing the baits I have received you can bet I will revisit my opinion in another blog.  Until then, good night and good fishing!  

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

GOMH 1/3 to 1/2 Covered In Skim Ice

...From what it was on Saturday.
GOMH South Side

It won't take long to be open again

Swan Srum

NE Side where the swans were on Sat.
The cold weather and snow did finally manage to create some ice since Saturday.  Tomorrow we get above freezing and then back to normal 40℉-ish temps.  Will see if it gets to 50's for a couple of days or not.

Basically things are now situated very similar to last year except we are coming off a stretch well below normal temps instead of above normal that we had last year.  I suspect that all the below normal temps we had this year are going to put ice out a bit behind where we were last year. Last year ice was off Rock on March 22nd and Platte on the 23rd.  I hope to have the Trophy out of storage before April 1st;  I believe the ice will be off all the area lakes by then maybe even with docks in the water.

Monday, March 13, 2017

12 Years Ago Today ...(Lilah)

...Lilah arrived in Minnesocold a little tired from her journey here from Puerto Rico via my brother in Florida who's family didn't want to keep the little yipper.  She's still going strong and maybe a little less yippie unless she hears a dog across the street.  Then she's as big and ferocious as she ever was.

I wasn't real big on the little dog to start, but I've grown to love my little bed buddie.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

A Little More Open Water At The GOMH

I think there is more open water now than there was on Tuesday. Kind of surprised to see that with the temps we have been having. I think all the swans and geese are probably responsible.
South Side

Swans

North Side


Saturday, March 11, 2017

Grand Rapids Wins Hockey Championship!!!

Grand Rapids 6 Moorhead 3
1st Championship Since 1980
I've rooted for Rapids hockey for as long as I can remember.  I was crushed when they got beat by Edina East in double overtime in 1978 and overjoyed when they won it all in 1980.  It's been a long time!

Congratulations Thunderhawks!!!

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

It Was An Ice Off Massacre Out There! Updated: GOMH

The high winds we have had since yesterday has doomed the ice in the lower 1/3rd of the state.  Man was it blowing last night.  Cold has now returned to the state and it looks like we will have below normal temps for the next week.

Check the ice out progress in MN here. or on Facebook

Updated:  Here is what the Grumpy Old Man Hole looked like tonight.
Open water around the SW point into the PRO a little way

Open to the start of the intersection on the East sdie

Some swans

The whole GOMH is open to the point on the N side


Geese and swans on the S side
Somebody created wing dam's on the SWside 
The water level was up several inches from the last time I was at the GOMH.  I didn't fish because it was about -5 in the wind.  Didn't even bring the rods.  Because of the hellacious winds we have had the past couple of days non-stop is why there is so much open water.  Last year there was less open water at this point, but we were going into a prolonged period of above normal temps.  This year we are going into bellow normal temps for about a week, starting today.

Monday, March 06, 2017

Some Small Lakes Are Out Already

It's that time of the year already.  2017 Ice Out Page is here.  It is going to turn cooler up here this week.  I'm not done ice fishing quite yet even with the downpour we got today.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Platte Lake Ice Out Prediction for 2017

Thanks to the "On This Day" feature on Facebook I was reminded of my first ever long range ice out prediction for Platte Lake on this blog that I made in 2015.  I was off by quite a bit with my prediction in 2015 with the ice going off Platte Lake on April 3rd.  Keep in mind that the two previous years to 2015 had late ice out dates.  Last year I forgot to make an early prediction.

I believe the ice on Platte Lake will not make it April and am predicting it will go off the lake on the 29th.  That would make it the third earliest ice out date since I moved North in 2003.  The earliest was March 19th 2012 and last year it went off on March 23rd.

2017, I Can See the Driveway!!!


Today is the day I am calling my annual full driveway sighting.  With the lack of snow and the off and on warm temps we have been having this year it's not a big surprise to see it this early. This is the earliest I have ever been able to see it since I started paying attention in 2010.

Friday, March 03, 2017

What Dad Got For Me At The Salvation Army Today

That's right 3 bass fishing VHS tapes. (Yes, we still use a VHS at this house).  I am hopeful that the two Winkleman video's might have some tips I can use.

Actually, seeing as how there is nothing on TV tonight I'll watch the Trophy Bass Patterns video right now.

Trophy Bass Patterns Seminar: This video is Babe giving his "Pattern Seminar" at some Sportsman Show probably sometime in the mid to late 90's I would guess.  He really doesn't get into patterns for trophy bass like I was expecting; I read his Largemouth Bass Patterns book when it first came out and I was expecting him to talk about the specific patterns he uses like he did in the book.  He did very little of that in the video.   Instead it's more basic information that relates to all fish, but using largemouth as the primary example.

What struck me while watching the video is how little attention I now give to the basics of listening to what the fish are telling me.  For whatever reason I rarely think about what the fish are doing and why.  I guess I've just become lazy in my mental approach.  I have how I want to catch them and if it works it works and if it doesn't it doesn't.  Maybe this year with me planning to get out in the Trophy more my mind will be a little more engaged as I try hunting for the fish.

    

Thursday, March 02, 2017

One Last Chance For MTB

I got an email today that my final Mystery Tackle Box is on it's way.  If you have read my unboxing blogs of the first two you know I haven't been reel impressed with what I've gotten so far, especially the second box.  In hind sight I wish I had waited until now to redeem the gift my brother and his fiance got me.  If there is a Lunkerhunt Froglet in the box all is forgiven and I'll do a #HappyDance.


Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Fishing Goals For 2017

New and of Note for 2017- I am attempting to intentionally fish with more people this year hence the added fishing buddies category.  I want to catch at least 1,000 bass this year;  I believe that is doable since I should have the Trophy in the water all season.

Fishing Buddies:
1. Fish with Dad at least 5 times.
2. Fish with Mike Thompson
3. Fish with Jim Bonin
4. Fish with  Mike "Spike" Miller
5. Fish with Jeff and Renee
6. Fish with Todd and the girls several times
7. Take Peter W. out in the Trophy at least once.
8. Take Matt W. out in the Trophy at least once.
9. Fish with Dave Lindmark
10. Fish with Christopher Glaze
Dream Fishing Buddies:
1. Fish with Josh Douglas
2. Fish with Al Lindner

Bass Snatcher Goals:
1.  Get "Wood" in at least one tournament. (1st-3rd Place Finish or Lunker)
2. Win my 1st tournament. (My best finish to date is 2nd Place.)
3. Get "Lunker" in a tournament.   (Preferably one over 5-8 to win the revolving big bass pot that I'm now entered in thanks to somebody finally winning it last year.  With 3 big bass lakes on the schedule there is a shot.)
4. Get paired with Chuck Fields.  (He usually only fishes a couple of tournaments a year so chances of it ever happening are not very good.)
5. Finish in the Top 10 at the end of the year.  (Something I haven't done since 2011)
6. Catch a limit at every tournament of the year.  (I've done this twice, but in 2012 I only fished 4 out of the 6 tournaments due to a bad back.)
7. Pre-fish with at least 3 boaters.
8. List the Rods I'm bringing for each tournament before the tournament.

Technique & Tackle Goals:
1. Win something in Fantasy Fishing or Facebook giveaway/contest.
2. Catch fish on a Lucky Craft Gunfish 117
3. Catch a fish on % of Mystery Tackle Box Lures
    3a. 1st Box 100% (5 out of 5)
    3b. 2nd Box 60% (3 out of 5)
    3c. 3rd Box 110 % (6 out of 6)
4. Catch a fish on the Rapala BX Waking Minnow
5. Catch a bass on the Salmo Bass Bug
6. Get my brother Todd set up with a Frog rod.
7.  Officially Open the Tackle Warehouse this year. (I never did that in 2016)

Blogging:
1. Blog about anytime I reach a goal.
2. Record all fishing trips at Fish Swami
3. Fish at least 150 days and blog about them
4. Do a better job of blogging when the Elites come for the AOY this year on Mille Lacs.

Fish Goals:
1. Catch Devin's birthday bullhead on May 20th.
2. Average 5 fish caught per hour. (4.08 in 2016, 3.62 in 2015, 3.55 in 2014, 4.41 in 2013, 4.31 in 2012, 2.77 in 2011)
3. Catch 3,000 Fish

Crappie:
1. Catch a new personal best. (Currently 14.25")
2. Catch* over 300 this year. (Caught 306 in 2016)

Dogfish:
1. Win my 3rd Minnesota Bowfin Club Grand Championship
2. Catch a MN State Record fish. (11-4  or 35" x 20")
3. Catch a new personal best.

Pike:
1. Catch* over 200 this year. (Caught 488 in 2016)
2. Catch a 38" or over/personal best.

Bass: 
1. Catch a 21plus inch or 6lb Largemouth
2. Catch a 21plus inch or 6lb Smallmouth
3. Catch* over 1,000 bass this year. (Caught 764 in 2016)
4. Catch* at least 25 smallies.  (I caught 24 last year)

Walleye:
1. Catch at least 30. (Caught 42 in 2016)
2. Catch 30" or new personal best. (28.5 is current PB)

* Catch is anything I deem it to be including follows by pike or smallmouth (while pre-fishing), a pike missing my lure, fish seen on the Aqua View, and fish that get off before I have them in hand that I can positively identify.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

A Little Heads Up For Bass Pundit Readers

Major League Fishing gives away the juice.  And when I say they give away the juice, I'm talking waypoints, lures used, size of fish and time of day for each anglers catch all on Google Maps/Earth.
I was unable to locate the dock that Evers caught his 5lber off of on Pokegama.  Maybe you will have better luck than me at finding it.  Good Luck.

They don't have the round that KVD fished up yet or maybe I'm just not finding that info.  Using the MLF website can be a bit tricky to get the info you want.