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Re: "Mr. Walleye" Trophy | LOTW
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Awesome!

My family (mostly uncles, cousins and brothers) compete throughout the year for the "Top Gun" award, which we vote on at the end of the year. Winner gets the top gun hat to wear the next year, and some of us have Top Gun patches on our fishing jackets that we put additional stars next to for each time won.

No cash prize, but it's been a fun 17 year tradition!

I think almost every time any combination of us fish together we do the popular "First, Most, Biggest" bet for a dollar or so each, but we often end up just paying eachother in

Posted on: 2018/1/30 10:48
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Mixed Bag (1/20/18)
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It doesn't get better than Saturday was for ice-fishing weather. Was able to fish outside all day in bibs and a hoody, what a treat.

On a lake not really known for it, my brother in law and I had steady multi-species action almost all day. Not crazy, but never really had a long lull, either. We caught Walleye, Pike, Perch, Bluegill, Crappie, and a few Bass, all in the same 10-yard circle ~11-12 fow.

It took a while to dial lures in, but the eyes bit at dawn and dusk on glow rattle baits. Perch and panfish were much more picky, had to downsize to tungsten baits with waxies and be patient.

Couldn't seem to keep a school in one spot, and all the panfish would just stare at it or swim away until a second mark came on the vex - it turned into a joke - as soon as you marked a second fish, you knew you were about to get bit.

Released more than we kept, but each kept half the bucket for a few meals (my "half" pictured).

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Posted on: 2018/1/22 12:57
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Re: DNR Lake Survey
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Nice collection of data draven. I did something similar last summer for a multi-species competition and it was extremely valuable. Close to what you did, but with more species, being able to filter and sort by species and lake gave us "ranks" for different species, and helped cut down a lot of guess work.

Your addition of the lake map links is a good idea (we used Navionics)

I'll agree that really old reports start to fade in usability/reliability, but a lot of times you can see strong year-classes in the data and attempt to extrapolate.

Thanks for sharing. I don't live near you, but I think you'll find the data useful - good luck!

Posted on: 2018/1/3 11:47
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Re: Upstuck eyes
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It's more frustrating than not seeing any fish, right? I like to think of it like opening the fridge for a snack - you look and look but nothing looks like you want to eat it. You go back 20 minutes later, same thing.

Try subtle changes. If rattles brought them in, keep the rattles but change color. Or keep the color and lose the rattles. If they don't bite, it might just be a guy checking the fridge when he's not hungry. But every now and then, he might find a bit of lefteovers he didn't see before

Posted on: 2017/12/21 10:24
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Re: Underwater Camera Angle/Indexer
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Haha, I'm the opposite, I've never welded anything but wood is easy. You're in luck there's no glue here!

I think cord slippage on the stop was one of my issues with the arm that the camera came with, so I made the hole on this one intentionally smaller so that it snugs tight and holds the cord. In some quick testing, it does rotate much easier if I unspool a few feet of extra cord, though.

Careful with metal, though - that bad boy would blub blub blub all the way to the bottom

Posted on: 2017/12/21 10:07
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Underwater Camera Angle/Indexer
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I have trouble keeping my underwater camera facing the right direction. The arm it came with does a decent job holding it in one spot, but if I want to try to pan to other holes in the house, it doesn't work well at all. Maybe it's just me.

I know there's products out there that auto-pan your camera, and I'm sure there's some similar to my solution, but I took about half an hour in my shop with some scraps and came up with this.

I wanted something I could adjust to "north" or "12:00" when I figured out which way the camera is pointing, then be able to lock it in place, and later rotate/pan and index the panning to see other holes.

We'll see how it works this weekend. The corner screws in the base can be screwed down to expose the tips for use on bare ice.

How would you do it differently keeping it free/cheap? Or do you think the pro products are worth the investment?

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Posted on: 2017/12/21 9:56
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Re: Anything open?
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Just seeing that you're from West Fargo - I'd say you can drop-in on the Red River - Just did it myself on Saturday. Mostly just to get my cousin's boat tested out / running, like you mentioned, but we also fished for a while to scratch the itch.

Posted on: 2017/4/3 9:22
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Re: resorts??
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Wing and Fin resort is on the South end of Traverse (MN side).

I've stayed there for a few weekends a year for 5+ years now. Used their cabins, but I know they're friendly to campers, too. If Todd (owner) doesn't have what you need, he'll at least point you in the right direction. Good guy. Tell him a friend from his warriors on the water weekend sent ya.

http://www.wingnfintraverse.com/

Further north on Traverse, there are a bunch of RV/Camper parks.

Posted on: 2017/2/21 16:47
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Re: Chasing panfish
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Great report! Nice meals coming up, too.

Posted on: 2017/2/13 9:39
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Re: Pike help SOS!
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Good tips above. I'll echo a few - use the MN Lake Finder to see if there are good pike #s in a lake. Find weedlines. It's tough if you are solo and only have 2 lines, but try big noisy baits to get them into the area. They may not hit them, but they'll come to investigate.

Same as above - the y-bones dissolve if you boil or can/pickle them, so any size should be good. Obviously the small snakes have less meat, but 2-3 decent sized pike make quite a bit of meat.

My grandpa loves Pike, too - he pickles them, or boils and grinds them into a spread to put over crackers (like tuna consistency). It's good!

Finally - don't be shy about asking some fisherman near by. If you tell them you're just looking for a few pike to can, they'll most likely give you ones that they catch on accident if they're pan fishing. Most people release them back right away.

Posted on: 2017/2/10 10:02
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