Monday, January 17, 2022

Snatcher's Wish List for 2022



Yes Please! (Away):
Woman
Pokegama (Rapids)
Rush (Ottertail)
FishHook (Park Rapids)
Little Boy/Wabedo
Osakis
Le Homme Dieu

Yes Please! (Local):
Bay
Farm Island 
South Long
Serpent

Crow Wing River
Mississippi River (Brainerd or Zebulon Pike)

Please, NO!
Cedar (Aiken)
Mission

Indifferent About:
Birch (Hackensack)
Gull
Pelican
Rabbit
Alexander


Friday, January 14, 2022

Hmmm, Trout

 

Trout Finder Tool

The DNR's latest email alerted me to their trout finder tool, where I discovered a lake stocked with rainbow trout less than an hour from me. I just may have to give it a shot if the DNR confirms it was stocked this Fall. Trout fishing is a blast, and they are tasty.

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

BP's Crappie Ice Fishing Strategy For The Lazy


Step 1: Find a lake loaded with crappies with minimal ice fishing pressure.

Step 2: Find out where a  school of crappies locates itself at dusk.

Step 3: Drill two holes. Set a five-gallon bucket upside down between the two holes and put your fish finder on top of the bucket.

Step 4: Put a bobbered minnow down on a line connected to a larger glow spoon with a dropper to a Glow Demon Jig.

Step 5: Jig whatever you want in the other hole. I recommend carrying a few rods and experimenting.

Step 6: Whack the crap out of them for as long as the bite lasts.

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Goodbye Coach

 

How apropos, Coach Zim in black

It is no secret that I am and forever will be a big fan of Mike Zimmer. Unfortunately, circumstances beyond his control got the better of him, I believe.  

Here are the top 4 reasons I believe we missed the playoffs this year.

1. Too much lost time by our top playmakers. The only one healthy for every game was Jefferson.

2. Zim hired the wrong Offensive Coordinator. I think Kubiak had potential, but he just didn't have a knack for outwitting his Defensive opponent often enough. If Kubiak was slightly more competent at the chess match of play-calling, the Vikes are in the playoffs.

3. The Defense just didn't come through in the clutch a the end of halves and games. I think this was in large part due to Reason 1. Barr, Hunter, Kendricks, Peterson, and Griffen's absences were lethal to this team. There is no way around it. If your playmakers aren't in, they can't make plays.

4. The scheduling gods were against us this year. When you play a team has a significant impact on their chances of victory. 

I don't believe the headwinds that Coach Zim faced the past couple of seasons would have been overcome by any coach. Despite the tough losses of personal and on the field we were in every game, but one. Zimmer did his job, the players failed him. 

Hopefully, the Wilf's will be as wise in hiring a new coach as when they selected Zimmer.



Monday, January 10, 2022

Resolution for 2022


 BP's 2022 New Year's Resolution

In 2022 I intend to put a pretty strict leash on the Bait Monkey. If on eBay some Mad Maxx Frogs, Gen 1 Tatula Frog Rods, LiveTarget Wake Gills, River2Sea Bubble Walkers, or River2Sea Bully Wa 2's come up for auction or Buy it now at a reasonable price, I'll jump all over those; anything else I'll have to think long and hard about. I want to add to my stockpile of Ultimate Jerk Shad's if they ever go on sale this year. The only new product that I want to try is the blaze-colored Berkley Stunna's, maybe a couple of other colors, but I'm not going to pay full price. I'll probably put in an order for some Parasite Clips. I will also replenish bullet weights and worm hooks if needed.

OK, thanks to Bass Blaster, I saw those new Z-Man  Mini-Max Chatterbait. A downsized Chatter with premium hook and components got to get me some of those.

 

Saturday, January 08, 2022

Fake News From Wired2Fish

 

The nastiest winter weather in my neck of the woods means either ice fishing in a blizzard with heavy snow accumulation or when wind chills are dangerous outside. I ain't got time for that!

Tuesday, January 04, 2022

Sunday, January 02, 2022

2021 Year In Review (By The Numbers) And Report Card

 

In 2021 I set records for the number of fish caught in a year (3938), the number of days fished (242), the number of trips taken (330), and fish caught per hour (4.96). However, my bass numbers were down 113 fish from 2020. I had a record number of trips I rated as Great (74) and Good (190), and I only had (16) Trips rated as Poor, down from (33) poor trips last year. Not a lot of skunks were had this year (17). 

2021 was the Year of Ice Fishing Where Crappie Catches Were King
2021 started with me on the same old suck truck for ice fishing success. But then I got my new Fish Trap, Smitty Sled, and broke through on a school of fish on Rock Lake in January, and my fishing numbers were on fire for about a month. I ended the year on two fifty fish nights on Bulldog. If it wasn't for the snow and me getting sick, I probably would have reached the 5 Fish Per Hour and 4,000 Fish in a year milestones. I caught a record number of crappies in 2021 (834).
Ice Fishing Grade: B+
Crappie Fishing Grade: A

2021 Bass Fishing:
I would describe bass fishing in 2021 as solid but challenging. No matter how tough the fishing was, I always seemed to boat one or two, but man, did we have to work for bites. I fear that the bass population in Platte/Sullivan is decreasing. I never really whacked them once non-stop in 2021. If there are schools out there, they were not shallow in 2021. Hopefully, it is just a shallow water and baitfish issue that will work out if water levels and temps are more normal in 2022. We got a good number of 4's and 5's this year between the brothers and me.
Bass Fishing Grade: B-
Bass Size Grade: B+

Tournament Fishing in 2021:
Overall it was a tough tournament season for me, but I got lucky with Platte/Sullivan for the blind draw, doubly fortunate to get Darien Kiefer as a boater, and the rest is history.

Whitefish Lake: 13th Place (Saved by a rally in the final hour and a half)
North Long: 20th Place (Didn't fish well at all)
FishTrap Lake: 8th Place (Rallied in the final hour and a half)
Edward Lake: 15th Place (I sucked, Beau caught 'em fine)
Leech Lake: Skunked
Blind at Platte/Sullivan: 1st Place, Lunker, and Top Co-Angler
Serpent Lake Challenge Cup: (Snatchers came in last, my head wasn't in it)
Tournament Season Grade: A-
Tournament Performance Grade: C
Sure I sucked for the most part, but I got a W, so it's all good. 

2021 Walleye Fishing:
Ouch, this wasn't expected. Walleye fishing crashed back to historical norms after the last few boom years. Low water on Mille Lacs this Fall is the primary driver of the decline.
Walleye Fishing Grade: C

2021 Grumpy Old Man Hole (GOMH) Fishing:
Low water and lack of baitfish made fishing the GOMH the toughest in memory. Thank God for the Trophy.
GOMH Grade: C-

2021 Pike Fishing:
The great thing about the drought and early high water temps was that it through the pike in Platte Lake for a loop. I only lost about 10 frogs this year. Last year I lost two dozen at least. I also caught some tanks.
Pike Grade: A

2021 Bowfin Fishing:
I landed a 3 this year, including one tank on August 8th fishing with Steve.
Bowfin Grade: B+

2021 Smallmouth & Tulibee Fishing:
Didn't catch either one in 2021. Straight up F's Homey!
Smallmouth Grade: F
Tullibee Grade: F

2021 Fishing Grade: B






Friday, December 31, 2021

15 Top Fishing Memories of 2021

 

1. Winning my first Baxter Bass Snatcher Tournament Ever. 

2. Belle getting her first ever fish on a frog.

3. Frog Fishing With Mal for the first time. Unfortunately, she wasn't able to land a fish. She had plenty of opportunities.
Sullivan Lake 4lber
Platte Lake 4lber
Sullivan Lake 4lber

Platte Lake 4.16lb
Sullivan Lake 3.88lbs 
4. Getting Steve on multiple pigs this year.

5. Fishing with Kane and getting him on some frog fish.



6. Sumo the Stowaway gets me a sumo bass.




7. Three trips with Lois and Chuck.

8. Getting skunked at Leech Lake, listening to Kid Rock Cowboy as we headed back West riding out the rollers, and the drive home with Darrien commiserating about the lousy conditions. 

9. Catching that sumo gill on Sullivan

10. Pete's 21-inch jumpin' bullhead at the Grumpy Old Man Hole and me laying the hammer down on three golden bullheads that night.




11. Some big pike this Fall and losing a big one that jumped out of the net twice on Opener morning.


12. That short, but hot Fall bite on the LiveTarget Wake Gill

13. Ice Fishing in the New Trap and laying the smackdown on the panfish on Rock Lake

14. Spending a morning in the boat with Lowell Borgan on Whitefish Lake

(5.46lbs)

15. Big Momma of the year at the Cookie Jar on June 7th, on Mad Maxx (Bluegrass)

Bonus Memory:

16. Big Doggo on the same night Steve dropped something huge in the rice. This was my 2nd bowin of the day. I caught one in the morning in a boat lane at the SPRO.

Sunday, December 26, 2021

Final Two Fish of 2021


 I ended 2021 with a double. The snow and a cold kept me off of the lake for the rest of the remaining days.

Thursday, December 23, 2021

Pike and Walleye Best Lures for 2021

Caught 966 Pike this year

My double-digit pike lures for 2021

28 Walleyes Landed in 2021


Walleye numbers were way down this year compared to the last three due to low water levels and the difficult Fall bite.

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

2021 Bass Lure of the Year: Bobby's Perfect Frog

 

The Teckel Whacker and Mad Maxx came out of the gate strong, but by the time frog fishing for the year was over, Bobby's Perfect had run them down and run them over.  The craw tube came in 2nd place when my Jumpin' Bullhead totals were added to my total. Bobby's Perfect edged out the craw tube by 1 fish.

Here is my list of double-digit bass lures this year


Jumpin Bullhead double-digit list: