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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Winner Winner a Lew's Combo for Dinner

Lew's Tournament MB
I am in a B.A.S.S. Fantasy Bass Fishing league associated with the Bass Boat Central message boardSportsman's Outfitters is a BBC sponsor that is donating prizes for each event.  It must be a random draw to win the Sportsman Warehouse prize because there was nothing distinguishing about my Classic line up which finished in the bottom 25% of the league.  I don't know what speed the reel will be or anything about the rod I will be getting.  I haven't used a Lew's reel in years, but I really liked the one I had back in the 90's.

Update: Sportsman's Outfitters gave me my choice of reel speed and rod.  I chose the 6.8:1 reel and the 6'9" M Trap Special Lew's Custom Speed Stick.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Jason Christie- A Cautionary Tale

Jason Christie I believe has proven himself to be one of the very best bass tournament fishermen on the planet.  He currently sits #1 in the World Rankings.  You don't reach the top of that ranking system by a fluke. He catches his tournament limit more than 95% of the time.


He didn't get that 5th fish on the final day of the 2018 Bassmaster Classic.  It wasn't like he wasn't around fish.  He was seeing them not go for his jig.  Do or die he stuck with the jig and it may have cost him ever winning a classic title by a mere 1lb 3ozs.  That's got to be an awfully tough pill to swallow.

What is the tale I believe Jason Christie should learn from this defeat?  Absolutely nothing, way more days than not he catches that 5th fish. He should just keep doing what he believes will catch fish because he is just that damn good at it.  I'm not going to second-guess a guy like him.

Congratulations to Jordan Lee on his 2nd Classic Victory in a row!!!

Also great job by Seth Feider who finished 18th in his very first Classic. 

Friday, March 16, 2018

No MN Lakes Ice Free Yet

They changed up the interface and way it looks over at the DNR's MN ice out tracking page.  No surprise that lakes haven't started opening up yet.  I'm doubtful it will even begin happing by the end of next week.  It's ideal sap collecting weather for the syrup makers though.  Pete's coming up this weekend and we're gonna do some ice fishing after the Classic wraps up on Sunday.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Lucky Tackle Box December 2017 Review

I am getting to this review now rather than in December because I wasn't motivated to do it in December, January, or February.  The  Bassmaster Classic starts this week and what better time to be thinking new tackle.  So let's get to the Lucky Tackle Box.
What was in the box
 It looks at first glance like it's a lot of stuff, but it only contained 4 lures.
Blurry picture, oh well
Clear Lake Lures G Crank LTB Exclusive (Retail Price $10.99):  It's a really nice looking crankbait. Trouble is I can't find any info about it online.  It's as if Clear Lake Lures doesn't exist.  The website that is given on the card and on the bait it comes up empty for me.  It has a fairly thin body and lip.  I' guessing it's a 8' to 10' diver.  I don't know when or if I'll have a use for this lure this year.
Liquid Mayhem Shad Scent ($9.99):  I am not religious about using scents on my lures and I don't think shad live this far north.  I'll give it a try though, can't hurt.

Doomsday Tackle Co. Fat Man ($6.99): It's a bulky beaver style bait.  I think I'm really going to like this lure, but it is too rich for my blood at over a buck a bait.
 Texas Tackle Conroe Candle ($4.99): A nifty little drop shot bait/ned rid bait.  I guess I will be doing some drop shotting this year.
Mustad KVD Triple Grip Treble sz 6: I can always use more sharp treble hooks. 👎 on Mustad not providing a regular 6 hook pack.
MONSTERBASS Basszilla 4" Revolution Bluegill ($11.99): Another lure that I have come up empty searching for info on online.  One of them sold on eBay for $18.50 shipped.  This makes 2 out of 3 boxes with a swimbait in it.  I've never had much success on these jointed swimbaits.  I think I will be able to catch a fish on it at the Grumpy Old Man Hole and I know which box it will go in after that.
Woo Tungsten Finesse Kit LTB Exclusive ($11.99): I like it, probably because it is something I would never buy on my own.  For instance, tungsten nail weights for Neko rigging is just not something I would ever buy for myself.  I've never even tried a Neko rig.  Looks like that's on my list of things to do this year thanks to Lucky Tackle Box. Drop shot weights will come in handy when I give that Conroe Candle a try.  Some glass beads to jazz up my Texas rigs a bit👍👍.
Clenzoil Sample: I'm not very mechanically inclined.  I'm giving this to my Dad who is.  I'm sure he will find a use for it.

This box was a mixed bag in my opinion.  For their Christmas box, I would have thought they would have tried a little harder.  But then again how many people get a subscription for Christmas and don't receive their first box until the next year?

I give the box a solid C, maybe C+.   

Monday, March 12, 2018

When Will I See My Driveway?

It looks like we are in for an uninterrupted week of melting.  So maybe by a week from today.
View from the garage.

Thursday, March 08, 2018

GOMH Today vs. 1 Year Ago

Last Year March 8th
Last Year looking into Platte
I believe last year we had just come off of a record-setting March warm up.  This year it's a winter wonderland.  There was a flock of swans that flew by as I was driving up tonight.  Spring is coming, but slowly. 

An Addition to my Blogroll:

So yesterday I got a request to add a Wisconsin based website to my blogroll.  It's been a number of years since I last had a request to do it.  I haven't messed with my blogrolls at all so far this year.  I added it to the "Friends of Bass Pundit" roll.  I don't know if I'll touch the blogrolls beyond doing that. looks like it's a site dedicated to giving information about tackle with the hope of getting you to buy it from Amazon through them.  Not that there is anything wrong with that.  If he's able to make some money that way, more power to him.  I wish you luck.

Update: I got a note from's owner about the site.

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Lucky Tackle Box November 2017 Review

I know I know, I got way behind on writing this review.  The thing is there was a screw up at Lucky Tackle Box and I didn't get the box until December.  A few days after it arrived I got the box for December.  Had the box arrived when it was supposed to I most probably would have gotten the review done in November as I waited for safe ice.  But it didn't so I didn't.  I'm getting the review done now because open water fishing is beginning to seep back into my conscious thoughts and I want to get these last two Lucky Tackle Box reviews done by April.

This was my favorite box of the 3.  Here is what was in it:


Bagley Sunny B (Retail Price $12.99): I wonder if the LTB exclusive is the fact that it is a square bill? Haven't thrown a Bagley in years.  I think I only own one.  One the first crankbaits I ever got was a small Bagley.  I caught a few fish on that lure over the years then the tackle box it was in got stolen.  I suspect this bait will be gold at the Grumpy Old Man Hole provided that a toothy doesn't steal it right away.

Castaic BD J115 (Retail Price $6.99): These Boyd Duckett Series 115's are among the least expensive Megabass knockoffs out there.  I won several of them on eBay last year but never got around to giving those a try.  The scuttlebutt on these is they tend to be slow sinkers.  Can never have too many jerks is my attitude.
Z Man Finesse TRD The Real Deal (Retail Price $3.99): Ned rigs catch fish and I've wanted to give these baits a try. Now I've got my chance.  Thanks, Lucky Tackle Box.   It would have been nice to get some ned jig head in the box to go with these. Smart on their part not to, as I will be buying myself some.
  Bass Attacker Attacker Stix with Bass Fuel (Retail Price:$4.99):  Senko knockoff and it's a sample pack with half the lures of a normal pack.  Apparently, they are only sold through the companies website.  This lure will probably catch a few fish and be quickly forgotten.  Just being honest.
VMC Ike's Approved Weedless Neko Hook (Retail $3.99):  Another sample pack as if VMC couldn't afford to give us 5 hooks👎. 
Duo Realis Pencil 110 in LTB exclusive Smokey Bone color (Retail $13.99): I have wanted to get my hands onto some Duo Realis topwaters and now thanks to Lucky Tackle Box I've got one.  Was kind of surprised it didn't come with a feathered treble.  I will be adding one.  The hooks appear to be super stout.
6th Sense Quake 70 (Retail: $8.99):  This bait could be a smallie killer. We'll just have to see about that.

Overall, this is my favorite of the 6 different boxes I have received between Mystery Tackle Box (3 boxes) and Lucky Tackle Box (3 boxes).  If you debating between the two companies I'd recommend going with Lucky instead of MTB.

Will be trying the baits out starting May 12th when the season opens. 

I give this box an A-.

Monday, March 05, 2018

Platte Lake Ice Out Prediction for 2018

This is the date when I blog about this topic.  I actually already spitballed it a little bit on Facebook already.  We are possibly in the early stages of the biggest snowstorm of the year right now.  The snow from the previous 3 snowstorms was a good half to two-thirds melted this week.  One thing I can say for sure is that it's not going to be an early ice off this year.  Too much snow and ice to melt.  I think we are going to be on the late side for ice off this year.  Therefore I am guessing April 22nd for the day I declare Platte ice-free.  That would give 3 weeks before Opener.  May it be so!

Sunday, March 04, 2018

Fishing Goals For 2018

New for 2018: My brother Steve moved into the family's lake place on Platte late last fall after living out of state in the very early 2000's.  He was so busy remodeling the place we didn't have time to fish before the lakes froze up.  I hope to be able to fish with him and his daughter Devin quite a bit this year.

Fishing Buddies:  Last year the fishing buddies category was almost a universal flop as far as goals being achieved, only 1.20 achieved out of 12 goals.  That rate of failure simply isn't acceptable to me in a category that should be in the 80% achieved rate minimum.  I will do much better this year!

1. Fish with Dad multiple times.
2. Take Mike Thompson out frog fishing
3. Fish with Jim Bonin
4. Fish with  Mike "Spike" Miller
5. Fish with Jeff and Renee at least once
6. Fish with Todd, Isabelle, and Mallory multiple times
7. Take Peter W. out of the Trophy at least once.
8. Take Matt W. out of the Trophy at least once.
9. Fish with Dave Lindmark
10. Fish with Steve and Devin multiple times.
11. Take Corey Hicks frog fishing.
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, but it doesn't look like we have a lot of big bass lakes on the schedule this year.)
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.  I may look into bribing Dennis)
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:
0. Blog about the November and December Lucky Tackle Box's
1. Win something in Fantasy Fishing or Facebook giveaways/contests.
2. Catch a fish on % of Mystery Tackle Box Lures (Hold over from 2017)
    2a. 1st Box 100% (5 Lures, 2 Lures to go)
    2b. 2nd Box 60% (3 out of 5, only more lure and I've got this one)
3. Catch a fish on % of Lucky Tackle Box Lures
   3a. 1st Box 100%  (6 Lures, 3 Lures left to go.)
   3b. 2nd Box 100% (6 Lures)
   3c.  3rd Box 75% (4 Lures)
4. Catch a bass on the Salmo Bass Bug (Hold over from 2017)
5. Get my brother Steve and niece Devin properly outfitted.
6.  Officially Open the Tackle Warehouse this year.
7. Catch a fish on the Sprinker Frog
8. Experiment with the Neko rig to see if it something for me.
9. Experiment with the Ned Rig to see if it's something for me.

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

Fish Goals:
1. Get Devin and Steve into some bullheads
2. Average 5 fish caught per hour. (3.99 in 2017, 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
4. Put together a small monetary incentive deal with the nieces this summer.

1. Catch a new personal best. (Currently 14.25")
2. Catch* over 300 this year. (Caught 515 in 2017)
3. Get Steve into some silver bullheads.
4. Get Devin into some silver bullheads.

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.

1. Catch* over 500 this year. (Caught 798 in 2017)
2. Catch a 38" or over/personal best.
3. Get Steve into some toothy bullheads
4. Get Devin into some toothy bullheads

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 1,238 in 2017)
4. Catch* at least 25 smallies.  (I caught 26 last year)
5. Catch a 25lb 6 Fish Bag
6. Get Steve into some jumpin' bullheads.
7. Get Devin into some jumpin' bullheads.

1. Catch at least 30. (Caught 40 in 2017)
2. Catch 30" or new personal best. (28.5 is current PB)
3. Get Steve into his first ever MN state fish.

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

A goal that I reached is in bold.

Friday, February 23, 2018

To Good To Be True? I think so.

The seller has a checkered feedback history and the product description doesn't line up with the picture.
It's the 4oz bottle, not the Gallon which is pictured.  Would have been a heck of a deal if true.  I almost bit on it.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Toy Story 1 through 4

Because I've got so many toys ie boats, fish houses, rods, reels, baits, and gadgets and all of them have a story to tell.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

My Day Ice Fishing With Dev

10.5" VMC Fly/maggots
4:00-6:15PM Platte Lake Out Front
Conditions: 30-24℉, Mostly Sunny, W Windy
Depth 7' or so
Devin's first ever ice fish
I finally got my act together and took Devin ice fishing for the 1st time.  I searched for fish using the GPS and Aqua -Vu Micro 5c. I started drilling to shallow.  By the time Devin got out there I had spied some fish.  I had Devin help me drill the second hole, which we put the old Aqua-Vu in.  While I was getting that setup Devin was outside with Storm.  Unfortunately, there was a weed partially blocking the screen.   Sure enough, the perch were still down there.  I caught one perch then took Storm from Devin and told her what to do.  She quickly located the lure on the Aqua -Vu and caught her first fish lickety-split.  We caught a bunch and avoided a bunch.  Didn't see any sunfish.

    We tried to avoid the little ones, but Dev managed to catch a couple of really small ones. 

Steve felled the tree, while we were out fishing. Steve came out and Devin showed him how she was catching them while I held storm.  They went back up to the cabin.  I had a pike bite off a Rippin' Rap.  I elected not to move and packed up around 6PM.  Steve helped me pull my stuff up the hill.  Shortly after arriving at home I got a call from Steve.  Kim hit a deer on 27 just before the turn on 8.  So I drove down to where she was at.  There was significant front-end damage to the Expedition and the airbag went off.  Kim was shook up, but able to drive it to J & D's service station.  Sherman drove Steve down and picked Kim up.  I don't know if the truck is fixable r not.  Thankfully it looks like the snow storm we were supposed to get tomorrow has veered to the North.  Hopefully, the storm on Monday/Tuesday misses us as well. 

Baxter Bass Snatcher 2018 Tournament Schedule

I don't know why this didn't post on the 12th like I had it scheduled to do. It's here now.
Snow kept me from going up to February meeting when the final tournament schedule was hashed out.  The only change that was made from last month's lake line up was to get rid of Gull River and switch the Minnewawa tournament from Saturday the 23rd to Sunday the 24th.

I know even less about Lake Edward than I did about Gull River.  The club hasn't fished it since 1989.  I can't remember if the lake has even been brought up in the past.  The latest lake survey says it's swarming with largemouth.  Smallmouth is mentioned as a fish species in the lake, but the lake survey doesn't mention them at all.

* The asterisk is to inform us that Birch (Hackensack) will be a backup lake if it's too windy on Leech.

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

MN FLW Bass Pro Andy Young Is In A Tough Situation

Sorry that I don't keep on top of blogging about this kind of stuff like I would of in the past.  Two weeks ago at the first FLW Tour event at Lake Okeechobee on the first day of competition MN Pro Andy Young was injured in a boating accident.  As a result, Andy has racked up medical bills and they aren't cheap.  Andy will probably miss the next two FLW tournaments as well.  This has put Andy in a tough financial situation.

If you are so moved to help, here is his Go Fund Me Page.

Get well, Andy!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

200 Plus Crappies And Counting

10.5" VMC Fly/maggots
5:00-7:30PM Bulldog
Conditions: 23 degrees, Cloudy, Light S wind
Depth: 27'
I finally felt good enough to go out and do some fishing.  There are fewer houses on Bulldog now.  I was able to keep my bearings.  There were two other guys out fishing.  I drilled three sets of holes and never left the first set.  I was in a little shallower water than I had been fishing. I was really on my game and didn't miss a whole lot of bites.  They mostly wanted the VMC Fly/maggots.  Action finally slowed down around 7:10PM.  I brought home 9 fish to give to Jan.  Fish ran about the same size as always except for that one mini.

26 VMC Fly/maggots
8 Glow Demon/minnow
34 Crappies

203 Crappies For the Winter (Goal of 200 Achieved)