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Monday, January 16, 2017

I Am All For Panfish Protection

Star Tribune Headline
For this article.

I am all for whatever it takes to increase panfish size in this state.

Monday, January 09, 2017

What I Caught Eye's and Pike On In 2016

It was good year for Walter and me with 42 fish caught.

I caught Pike on 45 Lures in 2016
It was a banner year for me on the hammer handle factory that is Platte/Sullivan with 488 pike considered caught by me.  I am especially lenient in what I consider a caught pike because I don't want them stealing my lures. Just seeing one come after a lure is enough for me to count it.

Saturday, January 07, 2017

What I Caught My Bass On In 2016

Largemouth: 52 Different Lures Used
I caught a total 764 largemouth in 2016.  My catch rates for them this year were nothing to write home about yet again.  The most I caught in a single day was a pretty pathetic 16 fish.  Even when I was on 'em I wasn't really on them to good in 2016.  I'm setting an ambitious goal for catching a thousand largies in 2017.

Smallmouth: 5 Different Lures
Smallmouth at Eddy's Jetty has always been a hit and miss proposition.  This year I got a few hits which is always good.

Monday, January 02, 2017

2016 Fishing Goals Achieved (And Not)

Goals Achieved in the Black or Link
Goals Unachieved in the Red
Partially Achieved in Purple 
Commentary in the Blue 

Bass Snatcher Goals:
1.  Get "Wood" in at least one tournament. (1st-3rd Place Finish or Lunker) Nope! 12th Place was my best finish. Ugh!
2. Win my 1st tournament.  Not even close!
3. Get "Lunker" in a tournament. 3.13lbs was as big as I could muster.
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.) Nope, All repeat partners for me this year.
5. Finish in the Top 10 at the end of the year.  (Something I haven't done since 2011) 12th Place.  Finished behind two guys that spotted me a whole tournament worth of points.
6. Catch a limit at every tournament of the year. Didn't get limit in 4 out of 6 of the tournaments that is a personal worst.
It was another tough year for me out of the back of the boat as a Bass Snatcher. 

Technique & Tackle Goals:
1. Catch some fish on a River2Sea Whopper Plopper. 11 Largie, 4 Smallie, 4 Pike
2. Catch fish on my wake baits. 4 Livetarget, 2 H2O X-Press
3.  Throw a football head jig at the GOMH. Too much gunk on bottom by the time bass season opened.
4. Get out in the Trophy. Done!
5. Win something in Fantasy Fishing or Facebook giveaway/contest. Done x 3!
6. Catch fish on a Lucky Craft Gunfish 117 Fished it a few times, don't remember if I had any bites.  Not really that impressed with the bait.

Fish Goals:
Crappie:
1.  Catch a 14" or bigger. (This has been a goal of mine for a long time predating the blog.) Pow!
2. Catch* over 300 this year. Bam!

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


Pike:
1. Catch* over 150 this year. (I caught 205 last year.) Smashed it with 488 Pike. 
2. Catch a 38" or over.

Bass: 
1. Catch a 21plus inch or 6lb Largemouth
2. Catch a 21plus inch or 6lb Smallmouth Caught a personal best 20.5"
3. Catch* over 500 bass this year. (I caught only 450 last year.) 788 Bass this year
4. Catch* at least 5 smallies.  (I caught 10 last year) 24 Smallies this year

Blogging:
1. Blog about anytime I reach a goal.
2. Blog the BASS Elite AOY on Mille Lacs Lake. 
I could have done a better job of both of these goals.

Over all I'm very satisfied with the goals I achieved in 2016, minus the fiasco that was my Snatchers season.  I should have my 2017 Goals blogged by February. 

Saturday, December 31, 2016

My New Years Resolution for 2017

I want to be more generous with my fishing time in 2017. I wrote a little bit about this in November as well on this post:  I Guess I'm A Terrible Friend Then.

I generally enjoy fishing with other people.   I just don't do it very often.  Out of the 233 days I fished last year I fished intentionally with other people on about 10%.  That is more than I originally thought it would be, but I'd like to do more of it in 2017.  I think I'd like to see the number be between 20% and 30% for 2017.  Having the Trophy to use definitely will help with that some.

So basically if anyone reading this wants to go fishing just let me know and we'll figure out a time to get out.  My boat or yours or on the ice or at the Grumpy Old Man Hole, it's all good.  Let's go fishing in 2017.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

My Idea For Mag Flukes is Coming Together

The idea (or just scroll down 4 posts). I got some split rings while I was at Shields on Tuesday.  The size 6 were to big, but the size 4 worked perfectly.  Now I've just got to wait for bass season. 
Tic Toc, Tic Toc, Tic Toc...

Monday, December 26, 2016

My Older Brother And Bride To Be Got Me...

Blog topics for a minimum of three months by getting me a 3 month subscription to Mystery Tackle Box.  If you have been living under a rock and haven't heard of it;  Basically, it's a company that sends out a monthly box of high quality tackle with product descriptions and tips.  I believe they got me the more expensive level, so I get more and possibly better stuff as well.  I am going to set a goal of catching fish on a percentage of lures I receive.  It will all be stuff for bass fishing, but there is a real possibility I won't have a use for some of what I get.  Hopefully catching fish on the baits won't be much of a challenge, but me thinking to give the lures a fair chance might be. After I see what lures I get I'll come up with the % for my goal.  

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Vikings Plane Slides Off the Runway

The Vikes sure have caught their fair share of bad breaks this season.  Having to be deplaned in a cherry picker 3 people at a time in Appleton WI the night before the Christmas Eve game of 2016 will go down in Viking lore.  The delay and disruption this accident caused could be a good thing or a bad thing.  If they come out and play like last week it will obviously have been a bad thing.  However, if it brings them together and they come out and kick some Packer ass.  Now that would be a grand thing. Skol!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

More Than A Month Since I Last Fished

Last year I kept fishing and catching fish into December on open water.  While it was possible for me to do that this year I never did get out to try at the Grumpy Old Man Hole or at Eddy's Jetty.  The Vikings crushing loss to the Colts on Sunday put me in the mood to go fishing, but the below zero temps kept me inside.  I may get out ice fishing this week.  Maybe.  We'll see.

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Idea For Fishing A Mag Fluke Fail, For Now


So I had an idea for connecting two of these style hooks on a split ring and using them to fish Zoom Super Flukes in the slop next year.  So I get out my hooks, split ring pliers, and split rings.  I was unable to get my largest split ring on a hook.  After 15 minutes and losing 1 split ring I gave up.  I'll have to go out and get some larger split rings.  To be continued...

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Zero Percent Hope of A Vikings Super Bowl This Season

My first Viking Blog of the 2016 Season
Sorry Kool Aid Man, No Purple For Me This Year
Last year on December 1st I wrote a post outlining 3 Paths to the Superbowl.  Unfortunately Blair Walsh missed the kick and that ended the Vikes season.  That was a bummer.  This season has been one thing going wrong after another on the Offensive side of the ball.  It's really quite remarkable the team is even still in the playoff race going into December this year.

While I think there is a chance the team may be able to make the playoffs this season, even if they lose to the Cowboys tonight.  I think there chances of us getting to the Superbowl if we do reach to playoffs are slim to none.  I believe the offensive line play is just to big of a liability for the Vikings to advance far into the playoffs.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

A Lot To Be Thankful For In 2016

11-15-2016
I haven't done a Thanksgiving blog since 2012.  I have a lot to be thankful for in the fishing department of my life over the past year.  I got on the water fishing 240 days in that time.  I caught my personal best crappie this spring at the Grumpy Old Man Hole, finally breaking the 14 inch barrier.
14.25" on 4-16-2016
 This summer I got to fish with all 4 of my nieces, for the first time with 3 of them.
The 3 nieces: Devin, Mallory, Isabelle
Isabelle and Haley
I also got to spend a little bit of time in the boat with both of my younger brothers.
Steve

Todd- Youngest brother
My Mom and Dad's 50th Anniversary was good for me sticking the Trophy in the water and keeping it there.  That led to me fishing more often and with greater catch rates.
  
2016 Numbers Aug-Nov
2015 Numbers Aug-Nov
And now that I have the fuel line situation squared away the Trophy should be good to go next year👍👍.

And then there were all the beautiful fish and big fish I caught this year.  Most of which can be viewed in the 2016 Livewell.
19.9" 7-28-2016
Then there were all of the fishing goals I accomplished this year. I plan to have a blog about these done sometime in late December or early January.

Yes, much to be thankful  for in 2016.

Monday, November 21, 2016

I Guess I'm A Terrible Friend Then...

Confession Time:
I fish alone most of the time and I kind of like it that way.  When I fish I am in my own little world and having others along can ruin the tranquility for me;  Especially if the person is prone to getting angry.  This is something I should probably work on.  I only invited one friend to go fishing with me in the Trophy this year.  I'm ashamed to say I didn't even offer to take Dad out once.  I think I've had him out in the Trophy fishing only one time ever.

Resolved: When I make my fishing goals for 2017 I am going to add a Fishing Buddies category.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Bass Pundit Turns 12 Today!

My original vision for this blog was to be an Instapundit of the bass fishing world.  For various reasons I was never able to pull that off.  Since my stroke in December of 2011, this blog has become a shell of it's former self.  This year most of my blogging was done at Bass Pundit's Fishing Log Blog.  With all the snow we just got it looks like it's going to be quite a while before I go out fishing again.  I don't know if I am going to be able to get out ice fishing this year or not because dad backed the Expedition into a tree and messed up the back lift gate pretty good.  Oh well, such is life.

Thank You to everyone who drops by to read my stuff!