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sachem longrifle

Attaching downrigger balls

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I thought a while ago I read on this forum were someone suggested tying downrigger balls to the clip with weed wacker line instead of directly on the clip. I cannot find that post anywhere. Did someone post such a suggestion or am I losing my mind? If so, what would be the purpose and how does one go about doing it? Not too early to talk downriggers? grin.gif

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Surface Tension

Yes you can. The idea behind it is if you snag up on bottom you won't loose more then just the ball.

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WE will show this at the seminar on Saturday as well smile.gif.

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    • BobT
      My one and only visit to the BWCA was back in 1990 when four of us went up there over Memorial Day weekend. I don't remember where we launched but I do recall rowing against whitecaps for I believe about 7 miles with two portages. Arms were tired when we finally arrived at our campsite. The rest of the weekend was gorgeous with light winds and sunny skies. Felt like the temperatures were into the 80s or so.  Never forget day four when we were sitting on the rocks looking out over the smooth lake and thinking, we need a bath. There was still ice on shore along the south bank of the lake but as warm as it was and how inviting the lake looked......well. It was the shortest and coldest bath I had ever taken in my life!! Man that water was cold. Moral of the story is that things aren't always as they appear.
    • MN BassFisher
      Thanks guys. It's always fun checking out a new lake and having it pan out!
    • cookie129
      It was a little bit of a chore cutting the trail over to Buddy Hillmen's highway . I sware the way our landing is and the shape of the shore line all the snow that blows ends up on our landing. Its just amazing how the wind just packs it in there. It did not take long to get stuck as the snow was up to the red barons door handle. Once I could not go any further I went back around to Hillmens and was able to come from the other direction and get through . But I again got stuck going through Buddies berm. Man did we pile up snow there through out the season.
       Once that was open I headed out to start bringing the fleet home. Just taking my time I was able to bring north Carolina, north Dakota and florida home . Since the heat was still on I spent the extra time to go ahead and get them vacuumed and cleaned up from the past weekend.
       Jonny boy stayed out there in montana. While Darrin showed up for California with his buddie Mike. Big Tony showed up with his daughter Katrina. Tony was my helper years ago.
       Darrin was up to 4 or 5 last night. Jonny boy has picked up just a couple over the last couple nights, Tony and Katrina were also up to 4 or 5 with a couple bonus perch. katrina did catch a elusive yet still catchable upper red lake crappie and has kept her streak alive, she is 9 as has caught at least one every time she has came fishing with her dad. I'm thinking she is Tonys lucky charm as one year they set up in the middle of no where and landed on a few.
       The lake has been pretty darn quiet, all though a couple young guys we met during our crappie hunt were out there. Jonny boy had invited them over to fish by us as they had only caught one that weekend. They showed up that sunday eve and after talking to them they may of landed on the mother load that sunday night before they left.
       I drove over to talk to them yesterday as they were just south of us . They had a different trailer so I did not know it was them. They have been testing some new gadgets from Garmin all winter . Turns out they have been fishing up here since they were young. Over 20 years . Two super nice guys. The equipment they are using can pick up fish in any direction from 100 feet away. It will show you if they are 10 feet away or 27 feet away. It also shows bait fish . Its all most not fair? But you still have to get them to bite? You can drill right over where you spot them. Then turn it  looking down with another setting.  If you had 8 holes you could see all you jigs . Turns out just as I had pulled up  they had landed on the mother load not 300 feet from the houses. they figured they caught over 20 . They kept 4 .  Then just like that they were gone. With there gadget they spotted them 75 feet away to the sw and moved there Yettie over there for the evening bite .
       Coming off the lake last night I'm thinking one more move should be in order. There's plenty of snow to bank Minnesota and montana. I do not have any more fishermen coming up so its time to get California home. Then I need to decide if I want to fish in old Minnesota one more night at least. I know Jonny boy will have no problem staying in montana as many nights as he can. I see it s time to check the fluids and head out to check on the guys and say good bye. Who knows maybe tonight will be the night the mother load swims underneath old minnesota  
    • DonBo
      Busy season for me.  Taking a youth for the early Wisconsin season, then another for the Minnesota opener.  My dad (94 years old this year) has season B, I'm gonna try hard to get him on another bird.   I also do a women's mentored hunt later in May.  Have an archery tag in MN, so going to try to fit that in sometime.  Also hoping to hunt Wisconsin's D season if I get my leftover tag this morning. Sure hope there'll be time for some spring crappie fishing.
    • gimruis
      Yes, I agree with Dragfoot.  The reason Mille lacs gets hit harder with pressure is its proximity to more people.  You can go there and back in a day if you live in the cities or st cloud, etc whereas you can't do that with some of these other big lakes up north. Also, hooking mortality in Mille Lacs is a bigger issue than others because its further south and its generally shallower.  For such a large lake, its not very deep and it warms up quicker.  Warmer water = higher hooking mortality.
    • gimruis
      I agree with Moose.  The eating machine in that lake is the large population of big walleyes in mid-20s inch range.  They over harvested the small eating size ones for too long.  Combined with additional predators in the lake such as expanding pike population, smallmouth bass, muskies, etc and a changing environment, all of this is working against the walleye population.  The water is much clearer out there than it used to be only 15 years ago and that does not favor walleyes, who prefer darker water over sunlight.
      The reason MIlle Lacs gets hit so hard is its so close to the metro, can go fishing for the day real easy. With lower gas prices, people are willing to drive to LOW to fish and spend the additional resources for a room. Once gas prices go back up to $4 per gallon, watch the fishing pressure change on the lakes further away. When I got my place 10 years ago, the resort I am at was super quiet in the summer to the point I was nervous they would close...not the case anymore!
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      got mine on ebay. Do a search on ebay for tire covers.
    • ANYFISH2
      1 more year I bet, then we part ways.  We lost to many players this year for various reasons. If we dont make some noise next season I think he is gone.
    • ANYFISH2
      I think we should go 7-3 here the last 10 games, then again we have lost a bunch of games against teams we should have beat. Will it be enough to make the playoffs?