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    Fishing Report Clubs

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    Fishing Minnesota has added a new menu item (see above) called Fishing Report Clubs. It's a way to keep the really good fishing reports coming and being shared only with those who are also providing fishing reports. We will only approve new members who request to join if they have already posted a recent fishing report in the area forum, associated with the Fishing Report Club area you want to join. We are going to limit the number of regular memberships, in the Fishing Report Clubs, t
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YGK G-Soul Upgrade X-8

It really was my first open water test of YGK G-Soul Upgrade X-8 and it was on both spinning and casting reels.  On the spinning reel is 14# label spooled onto the Shimano Sustain 1000FE mounted on a Shimano Zodias 7' Light power rod.  There is a short leader of Stroft GTM 5X 5.28# test of about 18 inches in length connected by an FG knot.  On the casting reel is 25# label spooled onto a Shimano Bantam MGLXG model mounted on a Shimano Poison Adrena 6'11" Medium+ power rod.  There is about a 5 fe

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Shimano Zodias: ZDS70LA and ZDS70MLA

So I really got my first field test of my new Zodias Rod I purchased this spring. I did bring out both the ZDS70LA and ZDS70MLA. Since I only managed to hook up with fish on the Light power rod, it's really the only one that got the real test. Anyway for both rods casting is wonderful smooth and slick. I didn't put any additional effort other than the bare minimum. Lure retrieve also was wonderful for both rods and both rods don't even feel like 7 feet rods that's I've used in the past. I almost

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FG Knot - Diawa J-Braid x8

It was just about two years ago when I decided to venture into a different braid line.  Sufix Advance 832 braid was a preference of mine.  So after receiving the Diawa braids, I gave it the good old line break test rundown on the knot to swivel.  There were good results.    Diawa J-Braid x8 .06 mm 6# knot break 8# 4 oz Diawa J-Braid x8 .13 mm 8# knot break 11# 9 oz Diawa J-Braid x8 .15 mm 10# knot break 13# Diawa J-Braid Grand x8 .06mm 6# knot break 6# 4 oz Diawa J-Braid Gra

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YGK G-Soul Upgrade X-8

So onto a little experiment with the FG knot testing of the YGK G-Soul Upgrade X-8 and I crudely  tied it onto some Fluorocarbon leader of either 30 or 40 lb test.  I only did that one section and went to tie off the other end to a swivel like I normally would do so.  For the results the FG knot would not break and held throughout my test. I tried a variation of knots this time and use a different choice of line to act as a buffer for the knot. Line upon itself yield a result of 5# 9 o

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YGK G-Soul Upgrade X-8

It's been awhile since I purchased any new braided lines.  The last batch of lines was a bunch of Diawa J-Braid x8 and J-Braid Grand x8, a couple of Fireline Ultra 8, and Nanofil lines.  On my list would be YGK G-Soul Upgrade X8 line and YGK G-Soul SS112 Sinking Braid line.  Well, shopping cart, submitted.  Well I ordered a few lines but I stayed with the small diameters again and keeping them under .200 mm for the most part.  This will put it in the same frame as most of the other lines I've us

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Shimano Zodias - 2020

Spinning Rods ZDS270ML I bought the 7' ML Fast action spinning rod at the same time I bought the baitcasting Zodias Rod.  Originally I was leaning more towards a L power rod, of which they did not produce such.  So I settled on this one as I was looking to replace a Cabela's XML 7' ML rod that fishes well but had that butt weight system that weighs it down.  The rod comes with the same 8 Fuji Alconite guides plus a SiC tip like the baitcasting models.  I did use the rod to toss a lot o

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Shimano Zodias - 2020

Casting Rods: ZDS170MLG I was looking for a medium light casting rod and this one sort of fill the specs I was looking for.  These rods retails for around $200 and getting a sale price on them makes them very attractive price point.  So I took a feel to it in the store and liked it enough to purchase it.  The rod has 8 Fuji Alconite guides plus a SiC tip guide.  Split Grip EVA foam handles and a Ci4+ graphite reel seat with an aluminum locking nut.   This particular 7' ML model is list

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slipperybob in Fishing Equipment

Detroit Lakes, MN

Big Detroit Lake, Lake Sallie and Deadshot Lake.    Bass and Pike were getting active this past weekend. Hitting on artificials. To be completely honest I was all rigged up for bass. We did OK with bass as it is a little early yet in the season. We knew it would be touch and go at best. But, the pike on the other hand were all over our stuff. We had broken rod's, destroyed baits, rigs getting messed up. Lol. It was a great time to say the least. All three lakes were shaping up to be in

E. Hofmann

E. Hofmann

Gettin ready for the season!

Getting ready for the 2020 season! Spent the weekend getting the gear setup and ready to go. Looking forward to trying out the new additions for the season. Did a little reel upgrade over the winter. 

E. Hofmann

E. Hofmann

Kellog, MN

Even though I didn't catch this one. It's too awesome not to share it. Great looking fish.  Texas Rig - beavertail with 4/0 hook & 1/2oz. I think.  

E. Hofmann

E. Hofmann

Minnesota City, MN

Mississippi River, pool 5a Texas Rig; Pit Boss with the heaviest weight I could find 😎 the second (pictured) Bass will probably be the biggest I catch all year. Just under 3 lbs. As much as I don't care for Pike. I had to show this hog my buddy pulled in this day. Northern Pike, weighing just over 10 lbs - look at that dragon head!  

E. Hofmann

E. Hofmann

Spend Your Vacation While Doing Fishing in Puerto Vallarta

Fishing is the best exercise ever that gives you the inner joy. Every person must practice this exercise at least once in their life. A Fisherman always seeks for the better place for hunting. If you have also had keen interesting in fishing then Puerto Vallarta fishing would be an ideal place for you for fishing. Marlas PV Landing is the perfect fishing center that has been catering the fishing requirements of many people since ages. Every people who have experience fishing in Puerto Vallarta g

fishpuertovallarta

fishpuertovallarta

Fishing Report Clubs

Fishing Minnesota has added a new menu item (see above) called Fishing Report Clubs. It's a way to keep the really good fishing reports coming and being shared only with those who are also providing fishing reports. We will only approve new members who request to join if they have already posted a recent fishing report in the area forum, associated with the Fishing Report Club area you want to join. We are going to limit the number of regular memberships, in the Fishing Report Clubs, t

Rick

Rick

The Longest Day

Today commemorates the 73rd anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy France.  The invasion was named Operation Overload.  Because of it's success in establishing a beach head, it spelled the beginning of the end for the Nazi forces.  Approximately 24000 Allied forces were involved in the operation.   There were 4414 Allied deaths on that day, part of the more than 10000 casualties.  There were an estimated 4000 to 9000 German casualties.   There aren't too many veterans

BringAnExtension

BringAnExtension

The Longest Week

Is it just me, or is time moving extremely slow this week?    It started Monday morning as I arrived at work.  It got worse when Captain called to tell me the battery is charged and the fishing vessel is ready to go.  Cruising the fishing forums is slowing time down even more.  Last night I picked the lures that I am bringing in my portable boxes.  Spooling up some new line on the reels.  I am ready to go.   I think the lead up week is worse for me this year because I haven't

BringAnExtension

BringAnExtension

Bed Fishing Tips and Tactics

March and the early spring months are coming and that means bed fishing! I am not an experienced angler with bed fishing so could you please comment what I should look for, what  I should use, and techniques to catch the big females. Thanks!

hansyfishing02

hansyfishing02

Thank You to All Veterans

I want to thank all of the Veterans who have sacrificed to protect our freedoms in the US.  Veterans who have sacrificed part of their lives, time away from loved ones, and sometimes even more.  The news headlines are filled with people who, in my opinion, have absolutely no idea what a wonderful country that this is.  And they are protected by the individuals who make up our military. So, in case no one else reaches out to you today, thank you for your service and God bless you.

BringAnExtension

BringAnExtension

Fish Don't Read Books

At a time of year when the fishing is supposed to be easy(ier), I find myself struggling to find something that works.  It could be the wind direction or lack of wind.  It could the timing of pressure systems.  It could simply be that I don't have any idea what I am doing! But then I look around and realize that it doesn't matter all that much whether I am catching anything.  The sights this time of year are incredible.  Some recent local pictures.  

BringAnExtension

BringAnExtension

4th

MOST OF THE time I have a hard time starting an opening paragraph for a update here at Lake Iwanttobethere, that is not the case here this past 4th of July as I have many. So I am just going to throw some out there in random order.   4th of July is of course is a time for celebration but it is also a time for bright lights and fireworks and also the time for blowing things up under the cover of fireworks. I received a call from the wife there is one less woodchuck in the garden at the

Bobby Bass

Bobby Bass

good n bad

COOL, CLOUDY BUT not raining out this morning. The forecasted storm pretty much missed us here at Hidden Bay but we did get enough rain that the gardens did not need to get watered. Last night a light rain fell that was not forecasted but was welcomed. Most of the garden has been planted with seed so watering is important till things pop up. Early strawberries are appearing but we have a problem there as the last few days when the wife has gone out to pick them she has found a woodchuck already

Bobby Bass

Bobby Bass



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