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Re: Otter Monster Box
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There is one for sale right now on the Facebook marketplace - (looks like it is marked as pending, but can't hurt to reach out if that sale is pending to someone other than you...)

Posted on: 2017/12/21 15:48
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Re: Lake Superior trip
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(Full disclosure - one of the other captains for Optimum is my best friend since high school, Captain Rob)

While it would come off as a bit biased to say that I wholeheartedly agree with your review, anyone who is curious can check out the "WCCO Goin' To The Lake" segment featuring this same company: Goin' To The Lake

Posted on: 2017/9/5 15:06
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Re: Ice Show Deals.
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This past weekend had two choices - Blaine or Mankato.

Having picked the latter, my review was this - the "1st annual ice fishing and RV show" was very heavy on the second half of the title. If you wanted a Yetti fish house in one of various states of finish, or one of a few fifth wheel campers, you were set (at what seemed like decent prices on 2016 stock). There were two rooms, and between the two, the only things which weren't wheel houses or campers were a table of wheel house accessories (think rattle reels, hole sleeves, covers, etc.), two Eskimo houses set up in a corner (almost as an afterthought), and a few Ion augers (because any wheel house purchase came with a free Ion). For someone not in the wheel house or camper market, Blaine would have been a much better choice...

Posted on: 2016/11/21 13:49
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Re: Is it ever going to freeze? Ice up predictions
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Which one did you head to? Mankato already had their stuff out as of Sunday.

Posted on: 2016/11/7 15:18
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Re: 5.3L V8 oil consumption milage issues
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My 2008 5.3L Silverado had the entire top end of the motor replaced around 40K miles because of this exact issue - and then started having issues again around 130K.

Admittedly, I am only 36K miles into my 2014 5.3L Silverado - but thankfully (knock on wood), no issues at all with this truck so far.

Posted on: 2016/1/11 14:19
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Re: Ice fishing outerwear suggestions
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I had the arctic armor camo suit, and made the switch to a striker sureflote duck blind suit. The latter is plenty warm (even more so than the arctic armour suit), and I liked the fact that the outer shell felt more substantial/durable than the arctic armour suit. The arctic armour suit has a very soft feel to the outer fabric, and can get caught on things/burned quite easily (I have two friends with big holes in their coat from auger mufflers). Additionally, the inner ankle gaiter on the arctic armor was a bit clumsy compared to the striker suit - in the former, you have to velcro an inner piece around your ankle, where in the latter it is purely an elastic piece which you can slide your legs through as you put the bibs on.

Differences aside...being completely honest, the biggest reason that I switched was that one of the leg zippers broke after it got frozen in some slush while hole-hopping, and I got a great deal on my striker suit while in the midst of that trip. Thankfully I have never had to test out just how well the flotation works...

Posted on: 2016/1/4 10:45
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Re: Ice armor boots?
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My $0.02 - pay as much attention to your socks as you do your boots, and you can get away with something a bit less heavy/clunky in terms of boots (the lighter and more comfortable you are, the easier hole hopping can be). Find the right traction (the lugs on the sole, but also can accommodate traction aids if need be), find waterproof, and make sure that they are loose enough to allow thick socks and promote good circulation without being so loose that your feet are slopping around when you try to walk. Add in a nice liner sock to wick sweat and a warm wool sock on top of that.

(For reference, I still wear either gore tex hiking boots in the early season, or some ancient army surplus "mickey mouse" boots once it really gets cold/the snow really piles up - but focusing on socks as well was a huge game changer for me. Thicker wool hiking socks in the early season, liners and heavy/tall wool socks over that once the mickey mouse boots come out.)

Directly to your question - someone had given me an early model of the Clam boots...and they felt a little too big/heavy/clunky, so despite the price (free) they spend more time in a corner in the garage than they do on my feet.

Posted on: 2015/11/24 12:31
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Re: Release Of Deep Hooked Walleyes
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Not deep hooking in the first place: A lot of this luck starts with the hooks you use. Have you given circle hooks a try? Certainly not a panacea by any means, but I have had much better luck since switching over to something like the Gamakatsu Octopus.

Getting the hook out: I actually just posted this on the "Harvesting large walleye" thread, but it actually seems appropriate over here too:

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ajthesing wrote:
Just a brief interjection....if you can't safely retrieve the hook safely and you think the fish will swim cut the line as close to the knot as possible. Due to the fishes digestive acids hooks as long as it's not stainless will dissolve in 2 weeks and the fish will live.


There is a lot of research published around this topic, some of which is nicely summed up in this article: http://www.bassdozer.com/articles/manns/hook_in_out.shtml

From about halfway down: "Based on his research, Foster recommended anglers carefully remove even deeply imbedded hooks. If the hook can not be removed, then it seems better to leave about 18 inches of line attached. Perhaps, someday, these findings will reach C&R anglers, the biologists who are researching C&R and publish C&R guidelines, and TV anglers who teach by their example."

(keep in mind, this article was primarly focused on the question of whether the hooks would rust out or not - your hypothesis would really only seem plausible if the hook was truly deep inside of their digestive system, as I can't see substantial amounts of stomach acids being present in the fish's throat, where they would simply be diluted by the water constantly going through the fishes mouth cavity. While I can't claim any first-hand experience or cite any specific research, I would assume that if you can see the knot and/or any part of the hook, stomach acids dissolving the hook is likely a non-starter) I also don't know that 18" inches of line would really need to be left - but my Grandpa always taught us to leave enough line to extend outside of the fish's mouth.)

Posted on: 2015/7/13 11:15
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Re: Harvesting large walleye?
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ajthesing wrote:
Just a brief interjection....if you can't safely retrieve the hook safely and you think the fish will swim cut the line as close to the knot as possible. Due to the fishes digestive acids hooks as long as it's not stainless will dissolve in 2 weeks and the fish will live.


There is a lot of research published around this topic, some of which is nicely summed up in this article: http://www.bassdozer.com/articles/manns/hook_in_out.shtml

From about halfway down: "Based on his research, Foster recommended anglers carefully remove even deeply imbedded hooks. If the hook can not be removed, then it seems better to leave about 18 inches of line attached. Perhaps, someday, these findings will reach C&R anglers, the biologists who are researching C&R and publish C&R guidelines, and TV anglers who teach by their example."

(keep in mind, this article was primarly focused on the question of whether the hooks would rust out or not - your hypothesis would really only seem plausible if the hook was truly deep inside of their digestive system, as I can't see substantial amounts of stomach acids being present in the fish's throat, where they would simply be diluted by the water constantly going through the fishes mouth cavity. While I can't claim any first-hand experience or cite any specific research, I would assume that if you can see the knot and/or any part of the hook, stomach acids dissolving the hook is likely a non-starter) I also don't know that 18" inches of line would really need to be left - but my Grandpa always taught us to leave enough line to extend outside of the fish's mouth.)

Posted on: 2015/7/13 10:54
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Re: favorite meat market/item??
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Superior meats in Superior Wi, best meats I have found bar none, and when you go stop in for a burger at the anchor bar.


A huge +1 for Superior Meats, and also Schmidts Meat Market in Nicollet (http://schmidtsmeatmarket.com/specials/)

Posted on: 2015/6/18 13:15
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