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Re: What kind of oil ?
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They definitely have peanut oil in smaller containers if you dont need a gallon at a time. I've found it at the grocery store even in the little little containers. You could make rubber crispy with peanut oil I'm pretty sure. Definitely my favorite for fish, and it stores without a fishy smell. Also if you haven't tried coconut oil, don't be afraid it's pretty good. I don't think it's that coconutty myself. Not something I have on hand a lot though.

Posted on: 7/5 16:40:07
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Re: Synthetic oil for a 4 stroke moter
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I'm not even sure what range of oils outboards take. I've yet to change the oil on my F75 (haven't run it a season yet) so I haven't looked into what that takes, but as far as I know my Merc 9.9 has always run on quicksilver 10W-30. I think the quicksilver is a "synthetic blend". I can't imagine straight synthetic would be much different. Sad week for me though, I finally brought it to the shop for the first time since I bought it in 2011. Has a crack in a fuel line somewhere inside that I can't find. It's a 2001. It's had about 750hrs put on it just since I've owned it so I must be doing something right. Bulletproof motor though.

Posted on: 6/26 8:58:02
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Re: MN DNR Gill netting in front of resorts.
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Quote:

fishnpole wrote:
About two-thirds of the lake is not being netted. If it were, it is
entirely possible that the mid-lake sets would catch even more walleyes than the new offshore sets.

It’s understandable that the DNR wants to preserve their neat data string, but until they distribute their nets to sample the entire lake basin, they will not have a valid population index—or safe harvest level.


So, number one that report is old. Like 15 years old. So based on that, the DNR has clearly added more gill nets, and in order to get more accurate fish population density estimates, and they are utilizing outside scientific help which it looks like was sort of being recommended. But then reading your comments I gather you're making an assumption that 15 years later they still aren't utilizing the data correctly? If that's the case how much money do you want them to spend on the logistics of placing a net everywhere in the lake there is structure for sampling? If they net the mud flats someone will complain they missed the rock piles. If they net the outside turns someone will say they missed the insides. If they place too many gill nets someone will claim they just killed off the fishery or blocked traffic. Oh wait...... What is being perpetuated is a zero-win situation no matter what the DNR does. It's a 200 square mile lake, there is no safe, financially responsible, and time manageable way to sample every feature the lake has to offer or even be "representative" of the entire lake structure. If that's what you're waiting for or expecting I would grab an extra seat cushion because it'll be a long sit.

Posted on: 6/20 15:17:30
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Re: MN DNR Gill netting in front of resorts.
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I really hate to jump in on this because DNR can fight their own battles, but you either want an estimate of the fish population or you don't. Barring some miracle invention that allows an individual to first find, and then tabulate each individual fish in the lake, estimates are the best we'll ever get, and gill nets are required to get them. There are very specific requirements for netting to ensure accuracy, like net location, which has to be the same for every sampling event. So, no matter where they are, it's probably not the first time they were there, and they'll always be in the way of someone who wants to make a dumb point about it. Also, the estimator the large lake specialist mentioned - the Peterson (Lincoln-Peterson) isn't something that is run willy-nilly all over the state. Most of the time DNR uses gill net, trap net, and electro-fish data to monitor fish populations for trends, but not estimate them. They don't spend time doing estimates unless it's a highly popular lake, or there's a specific study going on. In the case of Mille Lacs, there are probably enough variables to warrant having someone look at it who does this all over the country as a profession, since I doubt DNR employs someone just to run population density models on 1 or 2 lakes a year, or just on Mille Lacs. So this is not "DNR not doing their jobs". If you don't believe me, do a lakefinder search on your favorite lake not named Mille Lacs and see for yourself. You will find plenty of catch per unit effort data, but no density data. I just don't get that some people on one side of the coin expect every DNR employee to be a PhD wizard and have an answer for everything, while simultaneously saying they could do a better job off the street themselves...

Posted on: 6/20 11:36:23
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Re: 5-15-18 report
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I've been out south and west of park rapids a bit. On 5/20 I went to a spot I marked on my GPS labeled "5/5/2017 crappies" and as luck would have it - they were there. 2 solid weeks late. But anyway I had my wife and son out and we caught probably 30 or more crappies (let them all go). That said, a coworker of mine was out just the other night and they were no longer there, but had moved to the outside weedlines. So. Fish are moving with water temps. Might be a bathwater kind of year if we don't get rain.

Posted on: 5/24 14:21:45
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Re: Ice
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My friend was fishing by Merrifield last night, and had a good night. Be he said he called it a season as the ice is getting pretty bad. I didn't ask how the landing was, but the couple lakes we fish there tend to have pretty poor access once the ice starts going out so I wouldn't be surprised if he was in hip boots.

Posted on: 4/27 11:39:39
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450 Bushmaster
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I'll apologize, this could be long winded. So, I used to sell firearms and firearms accessories. I haven't for 10 years, but I've never felt like I was way out of the loop on anything. Until this weekend when I went to the Reeds gunfair, and there's stuff all over the place that I just can't wrap my head around. So, I went there with the purpose of picking up a decent deer rifle, with very manageable recoil so when my kid is a little older he can shoot it effectively and eventually he can just have it because I like to hunt with shotgun anyway. So I squeeze into the giant pole shed between all the people and conduct a full ocular assessment of the area. I happened to be shading to the Ruger table when a gun rack catches my eye. It has green on the bottom, just like the ones we had at Gander years ago. Aside from that there was little to pay attention to except this short little rifle with a fair sized muzzle-brake on the end. It was very light, and felt really good to hold up. It was a Ruger American Ranch rifle. So I had to see, why the brake? It was chambered in 450 Bushmaster. I had never heard of such a thing, but judging by the name I was guessing this originated somewhere in an AR and got turned into a hunting cartridge. So, I pulled my phone out and did a search on it. Rave review, rave review, rave review. Ok, well I'm sure with this being almost a specialty round the ammo has to be through the roof. $25.99 a box of 20 Hornady cartridges. Wait, What?! So, I decided to bring the thing to the counter and just ask the guy about it. He rambled off on this long story about how Michigan and other states are actually modifying their firearm deer season regs to allow this cartridge and a select handful of other "straight walled cartridges" to be used in their "shotgun zone". Indiana and Ohio, and maybe Iowa are involved in this as well. So, hence Ruger making a rifle to match the round. This was not the 7mm-08 I came here for. But. I just couldn't watch as my friend went through a 4 hour line wait alone, so I bought it. Impulse - probably, but what's done is done. So I went back to the fair on Saturday, sought out the Ruger tent, and even though it was way too late for remorse if that's what I was looking for, I started asking the pro staffers questions about it. They had my identical rifle laying on the table. After the guy raved about it for five minutes I said "I just bought one of these here yesterday". He reaches back and hands me a box of shells and says, "here, this will get you started". Day made. So they let me sit down with the exact gun I just bought, sited it, and was thinking man, I wish I had thicker clothes on. I fired it, and believe it or not, I'm still waiting for the recoil. For a gun that weighs 5.5lbs, and a round that shoots a 250gr bullet, the recoil was lighter than my 20gauge with slugs. The brake probably helped, but man. No remorse here. I don't know if anyone else has shot this round or has experience with it, but I am really excited to site it in, and try it out next fall. Sorry about the long post.

Posted on: 4/23 21:24:03
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Re: Reeds gunfair
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So did anybody go to this thing? I went both Friday and Saturday, like an insane person would do. Friday I went with my cousin who wanted to pick up an over/under. We wandered around a bit, and I was in search of a good rifle. We both found something to buy, and at about 3:30pm we went and got in line. The first line. It took until 5:30 to go through the background check. Then we went and stood in the 2nd line. To pay. It was 7:30pm when we walked out of there. Holy hell was it a long wait. But, we both did save considerable money and we're still alive so I guess it was worth it. Saturday I went back, and got to shoot the identical rifle that I bought. I would have preferred the other way around, but that didn't happen. But with no pressure on Saturday (I went with a friend of mine, and we got free parking for dealing with the long line the day before) we were able to take it in, shoot a bunch, talk with folks etc. There were a lot of people, but it really wasn't too bad. I think they also had the gun registration and sales figured out a little better. People could actually shop for ammo on Saturday rather than try and cut between the line to look at shells and get pushed around. Anyway, I still say, if you're in the market for a firearm, I'm not sure you find a better deal than what they had. With the savings and no taxes taken into consideration I paid $200 less than what the retail was on my rifle. I also managed to pick up a Vortex scope Saturday. Prices on select optics were pretty good, but others were just so-so. Ammo prices were also hit and miss. It' definitely something to behold though. I would recommend it if you don't mind crowds.

Posted on: 4/23 20:55:55
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Re: Ice free opener??
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One issue with fish spawning under ice conditions is lack of oxygen incorporation. Lakes that are frozen with snow on top have a finite amount of oxygen. Sunlight that can penetrate and stimulate plant respiration will increase oxygen, but not as much as wind driven water aeration. That's what most eggs need post spawn for walleyes especially is aeration and water movement. Lakes where walleyes have access to inlets of streams will be fine, those that are land locked may have a poor year class if we have a very late ice out.

Posted on: 4/17 10:15:30
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Re: Inverter Generators
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If you look on amazon, some of the inverter generators with different brand names look very similar. There is a homegear brand that looks like a sportsman, that looks like an earthquake etc... I picked up a "homegear" on sale for like $250 bucks (a 1000 watt), that Sams Club was also carrying and had a sale on for about the same price. It ran great, was very quiet, just as quiet by rating as the Honda and ran 8 hours on .6 gallons just running my lights and fans in the fish house. I took it to Red Lake this year, in 20 below cold, fired right up and ran for about 2 hours and then died. I went out to find out what happened because it was full of fuel, and there was oil all over the place. Had battery backup, so no big deal. Took it home, took it apart and discovered the rubber breather tube from the crank case basically exploded. Likely brittle from the cold temps. Called the company I bought it from, it had a one year warranty, I owned it for 13 months. Wouldn't touch it, no parts available for it. Moral of the story, buy something you know has a good warranty, and you can get serviced somewhere. Because otherwise you're just spending money on a timebomb.

Posted on: 4/17 9:50:37
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