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31  General Category / General Discussion / Re: keeping worms on: July 14, 2008, 07:11:34 AM
I've used "Magic Bedding" from Wally World for several yrs now with good success.  I get a little creek sand & mix with it to toughen them and store in an old fridge in garage.  Store at 40 degrees.  If using a fridge ( and you should), if it's the self defrosting type, cover them with a wet/damp feed bag (burlap), that keeps them from getting dried out and skinny.  I keep them in a styro cooler.  If I don't use them fast enough, they'll keep for a couple months this way.  In hot muggy weather, it's tough.     
32  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Headin' North on: July 14, 2008, 07:02:49 AM
Howdy All.  Just got back last nite(Sun, 13th).  Wonderful trip- considering some of the misfortunes that occurred.  The actual travel was flawless, both up and back for the 2,475 miles.  We arrived @ main camp Fri nite and got checked in, ahead of schedule.  Outfitter said he left his 4 wheeler for us to haul equip down the 3/4 mile foot path to the lake, as he was busy, and he knows we know what we are doing out there(12 years).  We get to outpost and load up and haul gear down to lake to find the water higher than last year!!!  Seems they had 2 months straight of heavy rains.  Lake is backed way back into brush.  Water over dock by 6 feet!!!  And of course what goes with all that extra water? BUGS- the worst I've ever seen in all my 30 yrs of Canada fishing!!!  But, we prepare for anything.  Well, we get boat loaded and haul to where dock was.  Unload, carry everything up to cabin to find a bear had torn ALL the screens off all four sides of bldg!!!  Yes, there were as many skeeters and flies in the cabin as out.  After cutting and fitting and duct taping my bed screen I take, we got 'em chased out with coils, ect.  It's now getting dark as it's almost 11PM by now, so we decide to fire up the propane stove and lights in the cabin to cook some venison burgers, to find Yogi had also taken the liberty of chewing on the gas line outside connected to the 100 lbs propane tank, thus causing it to leak out all the contents of the tank- so now, there's no gas either!!!  So, next morning instead of fishing, had to drive back to main camp & tell outfitter.  He gathered up parts and followed us back the 30 miles to outpost.  By the time we got everything fixed and started fishing, it was afternoon.  We brought some fish in for fry to find no gas again!!!  I took the line off & found a cobweb and been inside and lodged in the oriface and regulator- so another couple hours fixing that.  When we finally got to some fishing, we did great.  The water was still very cold, no weeds at all, 'eyes were still in post spawn mode.  I caught 565 'eyes, 3 five lbers.  Tom caught 372, with 1 6 lber and a nice 8 lber.  We got blown off the lake 3 days- extremely high winds.  Temps reached a high of 60 during day, with lows of 35 at nite.  Comfortable except for rains virtually every day.  Then about mid-week, coming in from rough water, my camera decided to take a leap off my tackle box and fall into ankle deep water in boat- now it quit working.  Took quite a few pics before that happened.  Then on last day, the motor we had been using with no probs, decides to hicup and quit- I ended up tearing the fuel filter off it and back blowing thru it- got it running and finished up.  What an exciting week we had!!!!  It was so windy, the eagles were'nt flying much, the water back in brush so far, we saw no moose or bears.  I set my trail cam on the trail coming down in and we got a bear walking thru.  Further up from cam, we saw moose tracks on way out-figures.  But, I guess 937 walleye's for 2 guys in those conditions ain't all that bad!!!  We caught quite few pike too, but nothing big- 36 incher tops.  We could'nt get to half the water that produces for us- too deep.  They were ranging in shallows mostly- 9 to 15 fow.  Used harnesses, chartruese/orange  jigs with white twist tails, some cranks- they did'nt hit them too well, but we got a few.  All in all, it was a good trip.  Gas was expectedly high- $3.99 here, $3.99 in Ohio, $4.29 Michigan and $5.36 per gal in Canada.  Sure did'nt see the traffic or campers/boats while travelling that we usually do.  Outfitter said they were down, quite a few people cancelled out this year.  Be interesting to see what happens by next year.         
33  General Category / General Discussion / Headin' North on: June 30, 2008, 12:51:44 PM
Well, it's that time again- heading Nord for annual Canada fishing trip.  Just came in to take a break from vehicle prep.  Oil & filter changed, greased steering & suspension, fluid levels checked and topped, tires rotated & aired and vacuum out the pig sty- it'll be our "office" for the next few days.  Leaving Weds.  Long trip- 1195 miles one way.  May be our last with the gas prices so high.  Headed to and above an Indian villiage named Nakina, in NW Ontario, above Thunder Bay.  Nakina is about 60 miles from main camp where we check in w/outfitter, then drive another 30 miles back in bush on a single track logging road & park.  Then about a mile walk down in to what used to be a fly-in lake-now just foot travel.  Outfitter has a cabin and 2 boats down there.  No electricity, phones, no noise except us and the loons.  Eagles, osprey, bears, moose, wolves & beavers (real ones) are seen daily.  We have the entire lake to ourselves for the entire 7 days.  75-100 walleyes per man per day.  We don't keep track of pike, but it's about 1 pike for every 5 walleys.  The scenery and peace and quiet is unbeleivable.  No bass or muskies up that far.  Just 'eyes, pike, perch, lakers, brook trout and whitefish.  Well, gotta get to packing- see ya'll when I get back on the 14th!!!!!!     
34  General Category / General Discussion / Re: CONGRATS Tom on: June 23, 2008, 08:50:20 PM
Tom,  I bet if you patch up the ole girl, so it don't fill with water so fast, she might do 55 mph like your new one!!!  LOL.   Can't have a jealous boat sittin' around ya know!!!
35  General Category / General Discussion / Re: CONGRATS Tom on: June 21, 2008, 06:05:14 AM
SWEEEEET!!!!   Nice looking rig Tom- thanx for pulling up to Ferbie & me Thurs with it to show it off!!!!   Congrats!!!!   Now we won't rcognize the boat to follow ya!!!!  You gonna have a ceremonial "burial at sea" for the old Monark??? LOL.  Gongrats- you earned it.
36  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Kinzua Fishing reports on: June 17, 2008, 11:43:05 AM
Ferbie (Jen) & I went out yesterday (Monday 6-16).  We hit 'em like never before this year!!!   I landed 23 with 12 keepers, Jen landed 17 with 6 keepers.  We trolled 'em for about 4 hrs til the wind changed direction and we could'nt stay on them anymore.  Then went to another spot to scout 'em out- caught a few there as well but had to quit.  We kept 3 each.  Took best 5 of the 6 when we got home and weighed out of curiosity- 11.5 lbs!!!!  We both must have lost/missed at very least a dozen more on top of what we caught.  Trolled harnesses, caught from 9 fow to 18 fow.  Went thru 4 dozen crawlers!!!    Jen had a softball game to go play so we had to quit and leave biting fish(moan)!!!  Definitely heating up.  Where the hell were all those fish for the tournys???!!!   
37  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Planer Boards on: June 11, 2008, 08:29:25 PM
When fishing Erie,  I use and prefer masts w/ boards.  I've monkeyed some with the inlines, but don't care much for the hassle of having to fight the board with the fish and then have to unclip while trying not to lose the fish.  Both have their goods and bads.  As for dipsies, I found Fishseekers to work a whole lot better, we run them off the planer boards, set for specific depths usually with harnesses, but sometimes with crankbaits too- very effective and easy to fish with. 
38  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Kinzua Fishing reports on: June 10, 2008, 06:27:19 AM
Monday 6-9, finally got time to get out.  Launched at 0930 went up on Res.  Ran into an active pod the 1st thing and had a ball.  8 to 12 fow, trolling harnesses.  Whitecaps and 2' rollers made it a bit bumpy, but man, were they ever cracking those harnesses!!!!   Landed 18, with 12 of those being keepers, missed/lost another dozen or so!!!!   Went outside my usual 3 fish limit, kept 6 for the table- seeing how I skunked out last time!!!!  By far the best outing this year!!!!   Things are heating up.
39  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Kinzua Outdoors / N.E.W.C. - June 1st Results on: June 03, 2008, 05:47:27 AM
Tom & Sue- Kudos on yet another successful tourny & season!!!!   Although the fishing & winds sucked profusely, the HUGE buffet after Sunday's outing sure was great!!!  It's nice to watch this circuit grow from infantcy to what it is today.   Many thanx for the things you guys do.   Smiley
40  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Kinzua Fishing reports on: May 28, 2008, 07:37:00 PM
That's the only thing I DID'NT try Saturday- FLY FISHING!!!!!   Oh-oh, now the secret's out!!!!!  Come Sunday, I'll have the fly rod ready- should I use a sinking or floating line?  Wet or dry fly???   Too many decisions!!!! Grin
41  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Kinzua Outdoors - June 1st event on: May 28, 2008, 07:32:43 PM
WC- Thanx for the pep-talk- we sure need it!!!  Good luck to you and all this weekend.  Decent weather?  What's that?   Would it be too much to ask for at least ONE good tourny day this year?Huh??  But then what would I be able to blame my poor performance/slump on?? Grin
42  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Kinzua Fishing reports on: May 26, 2008, 06:06:02 PM
I was out Saturday for 6 hours- not a hit!!!!   I tried everything I know and then some.  I even trolled some cranks for awhile-nada.  Marked tons of fish, so I know they're there- just could'nt get 'em to hit.  Same thing from everyone I talked to.  Sooner or later they gotta start hitting!!!  Of course these heavy winds we've been having are'nt helping any either-virtually zero boat control.  Saturday, I had whitecaps reversing and hitting each other from opposite directions!!!  The winds were changing directions like gears on a Mack truck.  Try holding a structure with that going on!!!  C'mon Tom, do your "good weather VooDoo dance" for this Sunday's tourny!!!LOL 
43  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Kinzua Outdoors - June 1st event on: May 23, 2008, 08:11:39 PM
Sue- there ain't enough beers to drown my sorrows this year!!!!!    Embarrassed Embarrassed  WC= Ferbie's been told and she says likewise.  Hopefully our two teams can do better- I know I could'nt do any worse!!!
44  General Category / General Discussion / Re: I'M BACK!!!! on: May 23, 2008, 08:06:28 PM
Welcome back Stevie!!!!!   I don't think it's you that's causing them to shut down- I'll see ya out there tomorrow, IF I figure out which boat is yours!!!   Good luck.
45  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Kinzua Outdoors - June 1st event on: May 21, 2008, 05:49:20 AM
Let's hope and pray so!!!!!
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