Wednesday, February 03, 2016
Saturday, January 23, 2016
|Thumbs Up on my new auger|
Conditions: Mostly sunny, light SE wind, temps from the low teens up to about 20 degrees
Today was the maiden voyage for my ION Auger, my new to me Polaroid Dual Screen Waterproof Camera and the "Selfie Stick" my brother gave me for Christmas. Impressed with the Auger, not so much with the camera or ice thickness. But I'm not gonna complain about the camera as I got it cheap. The ice thickness was only about 14 inches and I won't drive the Expedition out until it is more like 20".
|With the Polaroid and selfie stick without flash|
|Same fish with old camera and flash|
The sunfish were active today. I got a couple 7 inchers and this 8" that broke my line, but I managed to grab it before it got away.
|8" VMC Jig w/Gulp Minnow and Maggies|
|9.5" VMC Jig w/same|
|10" or so. Glow Demon w/Gulp and waxie|
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Sunday, January 17, 2016
I think we are a little sketchy on Mille Lacs as bass might not be in season yet; It depends on what the DNR does with the regulations there this year. I think I am in favor of going to Mille Lacs provided the season is open. I believe this would be the earliest tournament in the history of the club.
I hope Platte/Sullivan stays. The only bummer being that if it's a hot bite I can't fish the lakes on Thurs. & Fri due to our clubs "Off Limits" Period. I will definitely be putting the Trophy in the water this year if Platte/Sullivan stays on the schedule. The last time we were here was in 2011.
Fish Hook Lake is southwest of Leech just North of Park Rapids. It's a lake that has fished really well for the club and 2011 was the last time the club fished here as well.
Pokegama at Grand Rapids is a lake that has just about everything a bass fisherman in MN can want. When we were last there in 2012 I was dealing with lower back problems and that was the last tournament I was able to fish that year. Maybe this will be the year I get a smallmouth there.
Rabbit Lakes have been good to me in the past.
Gull Lake I've only fished two times, both tournament days. I've always caught fish and this could be prime time for a topwater bite; Bring it!
Monday, January 04, 2016
Sunday, January 03, 2016
|10" Glow Demon w/waxies|
|23" Tungsten Jig w/waxie|
|8" Glow Demon w/waxies|
|5" Tungsten w/waxies|
Conditions: Partly to mostly sunny, less wind than yesterday out of the West, 31-28
I got out earlier today hoping to use the Aqua View. There was no fish where I had visibility and not enough visibility where there was fish. I started where I got my fish yesterday. There was nothing doing. I moved a little shallower and there were perch there stealing my waxies. I did catch one. At 4 I went back to last nights holes and some sunfish moved in. Then I got the pike. Then crappies moved in. I got 4 that were 10"ers. Last fish of the night was a sunny.
|1st Sunfish on the Tungsten Jig w/waxies|
Saturday, January 02, 2016
|5.5" Glow Demon w/wax worms|
Conditions: Sunny, wind out of the WNW, 32-26 degrees
Yesterday I went and got water for my minnows at Rock Lake and people were running wheelers on the lake, so I knew it was safe. Today I got out and there was no one in my area but there had been a spear house there recently and somebody had drilled holes I was able to kick in. I ended up drilling two additional holes. First 5 fish were sunnies, the biggest was 7.75" out of about 15'.
|7.75" Demon w/waxies|
Then I got my first of 5 crappies.
|9.5" Glow Demon w/waxies|
2015 was a record year for me in terms of number of pike I caught with 205. Here is what I got them on.
Walleye numbers were up slightly this year with 32 fish caught.
Walleye numbers were up slightly this year with 32 fish caught.
Friday, January 01, 2016
As for the LM
I only caught 450 largemouth in 2015, a significant drop from the 602 I caught last year and way off the 922 I caught in 2013. This was by far my worst year for catching largemouth since I started keeping track at Fish Swami in 2011. I am blaming the normal Spring ice off and low water at Platte/Sullivan for most of the drop off in fish caught. The GOMH just wasn't holding fish like it has in the past. Instead of getting 10 or more largies per trip, I was getting 5 or less.
The positives I can take from 2015 were the number of fish I caught on Spro (41) and Mad Maxx (42) frogs and the 24 fish I got on the H20 Jerk Shad. Also for the 1st time a chatter jig was my best largemouth lure of the year with the D & M Baits Piranha being the only lure in triple figures. Some memorable hits this year on the frogs and the Piranha.
Thursday, December 31, 2015
Thursday, December 24, 2015
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
I think next year I am going to make a concerted effort to master skipping with a baitcaster. I have gotten better at it over the past couple of years, but there is definitely room for improvement I need to make.
Monday, December 21, 2015
|9.75" T.H.E. Jig w/waxie|
Conditions: Cloudy, Light wind out of the NNW, 7" of ice
I decided to head out of the Platte Lake Access where I knew the ice was safe. I decided to head out to the 14 ft hole as marked on my Lakemaster Chip. I was out farther than a couple of guys who were fishing tip ups. I drilled two sets of two holes. I put a minnow down one hole and I jigged the other with a tungsten jig with a wax worm. I had my Vexilar turned all the way up to 10, thinking it was on 1. Not a whole lot was going on. Finally a fish came in and bit, but I didn't have my drag set for the 2lb test I put on the reel and it stole the tungsten jig when it took a run. My bad. I decided I was going to have to switch a couple of reels a round when I got home. I decided not to tie anything on the rod with the broke line and switched to the rod with a black and white glow T.H.E. Jig on it. Finally I figured out I had the Vex set to high. I thought I wasn't gonna catch anything so I took a couple of pictures.
Monday, December 14, 2015
Friday, December 04, 2015
Unfortunately the chances of the Vikes winning the division just dropped significantly. Still my 3 Paths to the Superbowl for the Vikes still stand. Come on Vikes, show the birds who's boss the next two weeks.
Unfortunately I can't find the meme of Zimmer's Bird Hunting Trip I saw today.
Update: Well that game didn't go well. The Hawks kicked our butt, while the refs kicked us in the nads repeatedly when it seemed we did something right.
|From NFL's Facebook Page|
Tuesday, December 01, 2015
It's now December and the Vikes at 8-3 are very much in the race to the Super Bowl at this point. These are three paths on how I could see it happening. Yes, this year. All that has to happen is for one of them to happen in each of the games needed to get us there.
1. Vikings shut down D.
This Zimmer Defense is for real. If they keep it dialed up, we could go.
2. AP goes MVP.
He's proven he's still capable of going off. If he does, we could go.
3. Teddy and our receiving core step forward.
Teddy and our receivers have played ok to mediocre all season. We've got the weapons. If he and our receiving core get hot, we could go.