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  1. Hello Folks, I have never posted on a fishing forum before. Looking for advice from folks who have visited the nicer resorts from Mille Lacs and up. . . Not interested in the house boat concept. MOSTLY, looking for good chance of fish catching SUCCESS during period from mid-July through August. Looking for actual resort names and Lake names. If info on definite places on Lakes, better yet. Probably a one time trip with brothers from Colorado, Iowa, and Illinois. . . One with limited experience. Have at it! thanks in advance.
  2. Going to VRBO rent now for June for top dollar but what if I can’t keep any fish or even fish for them? that situation is still a cluster
  3. slipperybob

    Evening Night Bite

    Well I missed the morning bite and I figured I would just make an attempt at the evening bite. I was planning to hit the local easy access community spot, but not really since I do have my own idea. I usually see people show up for the evening bite as I am leaving, so maybe they know something I don't. There were about half a dozen portables already occupying an area out there by the time I showed up. However I do not plan to fish that area, the spot I am going to go too is just a bit away from there. I drilled a hole and did a depth check and it came to 16 feet. Nothing else on sonar so I figure it's as good as any, since I just want to pitch up camp. As usual a one man set up and taking time to do it take me a good 20 minutes to 30 minutes, but I'm not really timing myself nor am I in any hurry. I just normally take my time to hand drill the anchors. It's not windy and probably didn't need it, however past experience proven to be my demise. Had to watch my shelter blown down the lake while I was hole hopping. At first I was like who's shelter is that, then notice it was mine. There's no one else on the lake duh! That was the worst walk back after chasing down the shelter and shouldering a flappy shelter walk of shame back. Anyway I like to set up my foam flooring, set my spacing organization for one man happy camping. After clearing out my ice holes and finally settled down. It was like no more than 10 minutes when I had a mark come through. Teased the fish a little and it smacked my jigging lure. Fish on with a little nice 14" walleye. Well at least I wasn't getting skunked and that's always worth it. I was now just staring at an empty sea again. No marks, no activity under the ice, just my jigging lure. So now comes my variety lures. I wanted to really try the Sebile Vibrato as it seems like a good field test. I was only using the smallest one at 1/8 oz. It vibes solid bare metal and the drop did flutter a bit but still fast drop rate. Baiting the treble hook totally killed the action and it was kind of useless. Since I was just staring at an empty sea, I went back to my routine lure choices. So doing well with the Major Craft Jigpara Blade bait in 1/4 oz. weight so that one of the main choices. The Lindy Rattl'n Flyer Spoon has always been a good producer for walleyes in the past so that was another main choice. The Rapala Slab Rap is a good profile so that in in the line up too, both #4 and #5. The Blue Fox Flash Jigging Spoon is a solid performer so that gets priority. Now I know my jigging techniques for catfish, crappies, and perch, but I need to work on my walleye technique. This trip was a big learning curve for me. For one thing I don't really know how to work my jigging technique for walleyes. I started with the normal crappie technique and it turned a few fish off. So I finally figured to change it to quivering the jig and that proved to work and gotten another walleye. Then I spent the next few hours just staring at an empty sea. Well once in a long time I did see a fish mark come through. I thrown my kitchen sink at it. Eventually it was the old dead stick minnow and jigging to attract them strategy that worked later on into the night. I totally botch up and didn't even bring a dedicated dead stick combo out. So a jigging rod will be dead stick and it happened to be the Thorne Bros. Perch Sweetheart 32" custom with the Shimano Twin Power 1000XD spinning reel spooled with the Sufix 131 G-Core braided line. Well it was so boring that I took a snooze. Now normally I tether my rods so no fish would pull it into the drink. I didn't do. I woke up to a fish tugging on the dead stick. Lucky catch. Afterwards I notice that the fish would show up and swim away fairly quickly. This sort of tells me, I'm in the wrong spot. The long periods of dead sea and no signs of baitfish or any other activity. Some jigging with the Major Craft Jigpara Blade bait attracted another walleye in the zone. Again it turned away and went for the dead stick bait. What I was noticing was that these late night fish were pulling and swimming a lot harder compared to the first fish I hooked into. For sure it was giving the rod a work out as well as peeling drag from my reel. I was kind of glad to have this set up being fortunate too. For one thing I notice that the drag on this reel worked out far better than I expected. Not start up pressure nor dip in pressure. No jittery pulsation even with the drag clicking. Even the solid one piece handle was giving me no play and it was direct connection to the overall combo. The braid line remain very well managed and very well behave. I thought my Stradic reels were great but this was like a jump like comparing my Stradic to a Sahara reel. Overall, my walleye fishing skills is lacking. I need more training in that respect and glad to have equipment that helps me where I'm lacking.
  4. slipperybob

    Sufix 131 G-Core Braided Line

    My first field test of the Sufix 131 G-Core Braided line in 6# spooled onto Shimano Twin Power 1000FD spinning reel paired onto Thorne Bros Perch Sweetheart 32" cutom. This would be one of the most expensive set up, both in reel and line. I was really trying to test it out on crappies, but it just happen to be walleyes that were hooked up today. While hooked up with fish, the combination was very high performance, it seem a bit too easy. The one piece handle has a solid transfer of power and feedback. The drag worked very well, smooth and sturdy, no start up pressure build or drop. The ability of the reel to line lay on the spool had more precision that I had expected, no bulge spots or dips. Perhaps it has something to do with the Sufix 131 G-Core braid being well rounded as well. The braid line at first showed very little line bubble on the sonar, but quickly vanish. I did had on moment that while setting the combo aside and using it again, I got the dreaded micro bubbles on the line and it showed it on the flasher. Again it vanished quickly after some use. In comparison Sufix 832 is more limp, but does have a subtle texture feel when feeling the Gore fiber. For the 131 the Gore Fiber is the core so it is an even smooth uniform feel. Not once did I feel like the braid hang up on itself on the underlying lines on the spool. It could've been attributed to the Twin Power spinning reel. Every lure drop was a very smooth line flow off the spool. As with any braid and hole hopping the ice up was terrible. Although the windy conditions also meant that regular monolines were also freezing within a moment. I will note that typically I am a bait casting reel in preference, I will say that the Shimano Twin Power has a performance merit in itself. It reminds me of both the Stella and the Stradic Ci4+ reel in a package. Eventually I would like to get this line on a bait casting reel and see how it's performance merits are.
  5. 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 used in the past for ice fishing. So my impulsive line order came through and I ordered a variety of line tests. YGK G-Soul Upgrade X-8 14# at .131 mm 16# at .153 mm 22# at .171 mm 25# at .185 mm YGK G-Soul SS112 Sinking Braid 10# at .165 mm 14# at .185 mm All I can say is wow this line is thin. It feels significantly much thinner than anything I've felt. Even more thin than the J-Braid x8 Grand. Will have to give it some line break test and some side to side comparison later. The clear package spool is a great visual product. One can really see how nice the line is and how little room it takes. The appearance is so uniform and even as a braid, it looks like a single monofilament. Some preliminary line break test on the G-Soul Upgrade X-8 with all knot break failures. 14# listed with four trials: 6#15, 6#12, 7#0, 6#15 16# listed with four trials: 9#0, 9#15, 8#15, 8#15 22# listed with three trials: 13#10, 12#15, 12#10 YGK G-Soul SS112 Sinking Braid: 10# listed with three trials: knot break 9# 10, 9#1, 9#8 14# listed with three trials: knot break 10# 10, 9#15, 10#8 It's been a while since I've tied and manipulated the knot on thin PE lines. I can't remember what I did to achieve a higher strength. However, I'm glad to see a rather consistent breakage. It means two contributing factor. First I may be tying a rather consistent knot with how I'm tying. Second, the line is consistent in uniformity strength with the extrusion process. As much as I expected that I was not going to get the manufacture listed line break strength, after all that's not what I'm after. I'm after my real world use of the line and how the knot will hold for me. I tried looking for my 6# Diawa J-Braid to make a line to line comparison but couldn't find it at the moment. I did find some 10# J-Braid X8 and the 4# Berkley Nanofil line. The 14# G-Soul Upgrade looked thinner than 10# J-Braid while the 16# looked very much alike in diameter. The 4# Nanofil was just about equal in turns of line diameter thickness. The line is very pliable. Compare to Nanofil, it feels very much like it. The line feels so smooth and has a good body feel almost as if it is one single thread. There is also a self support and while holding about 4 to 5 inches horizontal of line material. That's quite amazing and almost feels like a levitation trick. Getting to about 6 to 7 inches it will be pull down by gravity and is no longer able to self support horizontally. Compressing the line by pinching and pushing together did not yield any strand separations. The weave is just too uniform and well packed. I was only able to see a sign of thread separation after multiple line break of the same sample. Even then I was not able separate the thread weave. Further note is that this time I did a really crude line test method. I kept using the same line even after the first break. Typically I expect that the sequent test should have yield less results. After all there were obvious signs of line damage even after the first line break test. I could see that the thread fluffed up where the fibers broke in multiple spots throughout the sample test line. Another telltale sign was how the line had contracted into a somewhat bunched deformity of random compressed doodle. This means that the fibers were stretched and rebounded. However it's odd that later test of the same sample would yield a higher break strength. This could hint that the line is still very strong even after some light stressed breakage. Similar line diameter .13mm comparison: 14# G-Soul Upgrade X-8 is within same break threshold and is below average. Diawa J-Braid Grand x8 .13 mm 8# knot break 10# 12 oz. Berkley NanoFil 6# .13mm knot break 9# 14 oz. Berkley Fireline Original .13 mm 4# knot break 6# 12 oz. Similar line diameter .15mm comparison: 16# G-Soul Upgrade X-8 is within same break threshold and is just below average. Diawa J-Braid x8 .15 mm 10# knot break 13# Diawa J-Braid Grand x8 .15 mm 10# knot break 16# 14 oz. Berkley Fireline Crystal .15 mm 6# knot break 8# 8 oz. Similar line diameter .171mm comparison: 22# G-Soul Upgrade X-8 is average break and slightly above. ASSO Sinking Braid .16mm 10# knot break 12# 5 oz. ASSO Sinking Braid .18mm 12# knot break 13# 10 oz. Berkley Fireline Original .18 mm 8# knot break 11# 6 oz.
  6. Shimano Poison Adrena Spinning Rod: PAD2610ULMA This is a 6'10" rod with an Ultralight tip section transition into a Medium backbone rod. It is listed with an Extra-Fast action tip. In a way that make sense. I bought the rod on an impulse just because I was sort of wanting an Ultralight power rod. After using the Zodias rods for sometime and I found them to be well performing rods I just really got curious about a higher dollar value rod in the same likeness. In a way I am repeating the same thing I found in St. Croix Rods years ago when I purchased my first Premiere spinning rod and then jumped on the chance of a Legend Elite spinning rod. The Poison Adrena being an impulse buy partially due to Thanksgiving Black Friday deal has a lot to do with it. I think the best feature of this rod is the full Carbon Monocoque handle design shaped to likeness of a split grip silhouette style. So that leaves the locking nut on the top side as the fore grip. The locking nut being machined aluminum is a contrast in feel and material for that function. There are some ported hole integrated into the forward reel set assembly. The rod has 8 line guides plus tip guide of SiC rings and the tip being a titanium frame with SiC ring insert. There is no traditional hook keeper on the rod. The entire handle is measured to about 12 1/4" and the rear handle length is about 8 1/4" long. I set onto the rod with a Shimano Twinpower 1000FD reel to check for balance and it seems to match very well. There is however some spacing between the reel seat on the lock position that detracts from the overall reel seat. In part it has something to do with the slightly larger reel foot of this reel. I went to double check the fit with a different reel I had lying around with a significantly smaller reel foot and it was fully lined up on the close position. Actually this reel has an extra small foot so it actually was still loose. So back to the Twinpower reel. I thread the line through the line guides and gave it my typical line pull flex load to see how the rod bends. It feels a bit more like an UL+ tip as in part to the Extra-Fast action and that Medium power backbone. In a way I think this rod should finesse a bit better than the Zodias rod in Light power. I gave the rod a few backyard practice casts with a 1/4 practice plug and the rod feels like a shorter rod feeling. It does not give off the 7' rod feeling at all. Wish I could feel the lure contact open water. So it will be a long wait till next spring to give it whirl field test.
  7. CaptainCanuck

    Rattle reel setup and tips?

    I bought a Catch Cover Rattlesnake Reel for some friends that have a permanent/hard sided shack in the Haliburton Region. The product itself is made in Minnesota and I believe they are more common in your end of the ice belt than across the border here. While hand lining technique and setup are probably the same for most tip ups, the rattle reel is still uncommon in my area as far as I know. I'd like to know what you would use on a lake with walleye and rainbow trout as the target species. My current best guess is 150 yards of 20lb tip up braid to a 10lb fluorocarbon leader with a bobber/float to regulate/mark the depth and a single hooked live minnow. What are you guys using with these rattle reels as far as line and tackle in regards to large walleye and rainbow trout? The 10lb should be enough if the fish is fought correctly with minimal drag applied as well as lots of line and room to run I think? The lake they are on has few if any other huts so a lot of line can be let out if necessary. If you have any tricks, advice or stories you're willing to share on this topic please post it as well. I'm almost starting from scratch other than the cardinal rule to never wrap your hand with the line. I've never actually fished with it but I think I've got a good idea how to operate it.t I think it will make a good and productive addition to the hut with a little advice from experience on how to fish with it properly.
  8. 13 Fishing Omen Ice casting 32" rod in Medium power I perused the 13 Fishing website looking at their products a month plus ago and saw that they listed some new ice rods for this year 2021-22. On it listed several spinning models featuring full reel seat and split grip reel seat models. So while just down at the local sports store, I happen by chance to spot an unusual looking rod and it turns out to be a bait casting model. Listed key feature on the product tag: J36T Blank Evolve Ported Reel Seat Portuguese 3A Full Grip Cork Handle Evolve Stainless Steel Guides with Titanium Inserts I did what I normally do when looking through the product. I line them up side by side and check for consistencies or inconsistencies among the exact same model. There are nuances and finding one that is of higher quality workmanship is sometimes the advantage of having a real physical product to examine. I choose that one rod that was just a tad bit longer than all the rest. The one that sticks out, in the literal sense. I eyeballed it to be roughly 1/4 inch longer and after bringing it home and measuring it's full length to 32 3/8th inches long. I did some quick measurements of the handle assembly and the length came to about 8 1/2 inches with the rear cork grip at 3 1/2 inches. I mounted onto it a Shimano Curado 70HG reel. The locking handle nut held it down securely with just a little gap between the reel seat and nut assembly. I threaded the line through the 4 line guides and then tip guide. Even thought the produce feature says Titanium inserts, they look a lot like ceramics. I gave it my typical fishermans' rod flex check. It feels to fall within the range of Medium power fast action. I gave it the loaded torsion twist check and did find quite a bit of roll over of line guides, especially the two ones from the tip guide. There is just barely line rub on the blank when all given a full load flex test. The rubberized reel seat feels good to the touch and there is a little bit of porting to give it some bling look. The cork is quite pitted and filled with filler. The handle shed quite a bit of dust after removing the plastic covering, probably from the finishing sanding. Still overall the rod is assembled with top notch quality. Definitely looking forward to using this rod this ice season.
  9. slipperybob

    Sufix 131 G-Core Braided Line

    Sufix 131 G-Core Braided Line This line is smooth, very smooth, as smooth as a baby's butt. Well not, but being a 12 strand weave around a GORE Performance Fiber core line, it's by far the smoothest line I've held in my possession. It is also one of the most expensive line I've purchased at just shy of $40 retail for 150 yards. I purchased two spools, the 6# and the 10# spools. According to Sufix listed diameters the 6# is at .14 mm and the 10# is at .20 mm. These match up with the same test # and diameters of both Sufix 832 Advance braid and the old Performance Braid. One of the things I like to do now is give it a line performance tensile test. I like to check it with a knot strength tied onto a Spro swivel #10 and after learning the FG line to line join knot I check the line strength on that as well too. I gave it three trials successively on the same line. Meaning if that I were to fish with such line on there and I break off, I want to know if the line will stay usable after I retie. The results for a knot strength test. Sufix 131 G-Core Braided Line 6# .14 mm: 9# 4 oz., 9# 9 oz., 9# 6 oz. Sufix 131 G-Core Braided Line 10# .20 mm: 12# 4 oz., 11# 9 oz., 11# 12 oz. For the FG knot line to line join I was looking for a good high yield result. Although I did have some weaker knot breaks results they were still higher than a knot to the swivel. Sufix 131 G-Core Braided Line 6# .14 mm: 11# 12 oz. Sufix 131 G-Core Braided Line 10# .20 mm: 17# 13 oz. Comparison to similar diameter of other lines and break strengths: Sufix 832 Ice Braid .10mm 4# knot break 9# 2 oz. (FG knot break 13# 7 oz.) Diawa J-Braid Grand x8 .13 mm 8# knot break 10# 12 oz. Diawa J-Braid Grand x8 .15 mm 10# knot break 16# 14 oz. Diawa J-Braid x8 .06 mm 6# knot break 8# 4 oz. (FG knot break 9# 3 oz.) Diawa J-Braid x8 .15 mm 10# knot break 13# (FG knot break 17# 12 oz.) YGK G-Soul Upgrade X-8 .131 mm 14# listed knot break 6# 15 oz. (FG knot break 9# 14 oz.) YGK G-Soul Upgrade X-8 .153 mm 16# listed knot break 9# 7 oz. (FG knot break 14# 1 oz.) Sufix 832 Braid .20 mm 10/4 knot break 17# 5 oz. (FG knot break 20#) Diawa J-Braid x8 .19 mm 15# knot break 18# YGK G-Soul Upgrade X-8 .185 mm 25# listed knot break 14# 13 oz. (FG knot break 18# 14 oz.) In comparison to various other 8 strand braids their line strength is much higher overall but still within parameters. I suspect that the 12 strands + GORE fiber just being much thinner are giving out under stress a bit sooner. However the knot breaks has a consistency more so than any of the other 8 strand braids I've tested. That part on the product description holds validity. As so far, I haven't decided which reel to spool the line onto yet. I do plan on both spinning and casting reels. Looking forward to using this line.
  10. slipperybob

    Shimano Curado BFS

    Shimano Curado BFS I had ordered two of the reels upon the day after announced release. However due to availability I awaited delivery delays for months. It wasn't until almost the last day of August that I finally received the reels. By then it seemed like the whole open water season was basically over, and I was thinking ice fishing already. So I guess it will be all for ice fishing as was my main intention for these reels. The best thing about these reels is the shallow spool design and it fulfills the real purpose for ice fishing. After unboxing the reels and going through the free performance checks of just turning the handle and checking spool spin, I found that both reels do not feel as refined nor as smooth as it's Curado 70 reel that was just discontinued. The retail is comparing the BFS of $190 retail to the 70's retail of $200. The BFS has a gear ratio of 8.2 which is the equivalent of the 70XG model. The ones I have are the 70HG with the 7.2 gear ratio. The BFS is listed as a 6.2 ounce weight and does have a lightness feel to it. I really have to compare it's weight to the old Chronarch 50Mg that weighs in at 6.0 ounces. While the 70's were weighing in at 6.7 ounces on my scale. The current 70 Mgl weight is listed as 6.9 ounces. The next best unique feature is a clicking drag that is familiar to spinning reels. I've always wanted a to hear clicking drag sound on a low profile casting reel. This would be the reel just to do that for me. I finally decided on the type of lines to spool up the reels with. So the reels are to be spooled up with 14# YGK G-Soul Upgrade and 10# YGK G-Soul SS112 Sinking Braid. Being such a shallow spool I did not do my usual monoline backing. I tied directly onto the spool with the braids. Now the thing with braids is, that they tend to loosen the grip onto the spool when spooled directly. However I am trying a new technique that sort of involves a similar method of Chinese finger trap line wrapping onto the spool like that from the FG knot or Albright knot method. I always start with my loop end knot to loop the line onto the spool. Then I did some opposing half hitch knots on each side of the spool and gotten about 4 knot wraps per side when I felt the full grip effect. I am pretty sure this won't move if the Chinese finger trap method works. I will note that just trying to remember to flip my half hitch knots was a challenge in itself. Now it's just waiting to get some nice ice and then getting to deploy the Eskimo Outbreak 250XD.
  11. Can't seem to ever get a sled ride together anymore on the other side of the wall. Any guys with a sled and porty want to get together for a meetup and fish somewhere some weekend for the day or weekend if way up north? Crappies-Walleyes both? Mill Lacs, Brainerd area................? The more the merrier, safety in numbers helps if someone needs a pull or getting out of slush. Not a big plan. Meet at a lake. Stare at the lake map, mark a spot or spots on the gps and head out. Not really worried about a cookout, but we could just cuts into fishing time. Bring our own lunch, bait and pop or? Don't want to count out wheelers with portys but hope you can hang if its deep or slushy. ? Oh forget the Public service announcement: Portys must be fished at least 6' feet apart or more!. Wearing a mask is a good idea on a cold sled ride. No talking about Trump, Biden or God will also keep us safe from each other! ? So again, no big complicated plan. Meet up, check map, go fishing! ?
  12. Living in SW Minneapolis, and have gotten back into fishing after many years away (guess COVID was good for something). I mostly fish in Bde Maka Ska (formerly Calhoun) and other urban lakes because I can get to 'em and get out on the water under pure human power (not opposed to electrics or real boats, just can't afford 'em). Most times out I'll get bass or northerns... but no dang walleye, despite all the fry that DNR pours in there. In fact, I've been living in Minnesota for 3 years now, and from the BWCA to the southern lakes, I have never gotten a walleye to bite, be it leech, jig, dropshot, or crankbait. Which tells me I need to quit trying on my own and get on the water with somebody who knows what they're doing. I'm pretty flexible about timing; can even do some weekdays if we plan in advance. Would love to meet others who fish my local lakes, but at this point, I'll happily travel to learn the mysteries of the 'eyes. If you're looking for another partner or just like to spin yarns, I'll listen and bring along some brews and gas money for your troubles.
  13. I’ve ice fished Lake of the Woods for 30 years. I’ve recently purchased a cabin in Beaver Bay and I’m looking for a place to ice fish, somewhat nearby with 2 buddies. We need to rent a fish house and I’m looking for suggestions.
  14. The season was short due to the border closure but Rainy Lake never disappoints. It was great to be back on the lake again.
  15. I randomly have some weekdays off from work and no parenting requirements... would like to go up to Lake of the Woods/Rainy River and drop some lines. Was going to try to hop onto a charter boat as a +1, but apparently they're all shutting down mid-October this year. Anyone likely to be going out on the water sometime Oct 21-23 and maybe has an empty seat?
  16. After more than a year, thankfully we have been allowed to return to our Rainy Lake home. Hopefully the travel bans will not be repeated. Fall fishing is as good as it gets. Walleye and bass are making their fall transition and are schooled up. Find the right spot and let the party begin! Thanks to Muskies for feeding my addiction while I was stuck in the U.S. If you can get to Ontario, come now!
  17. Hey all, I am new here obviously, but I recently learned how many fish the DNR kill off every year with those surveys. I've never started a petition for anything before, but here's my attempt to get that to stop. https://www.change.org/KillingFishMN This is not about the big lakes. To me it is the same as trying to manage deer by digging a pit in the woods to see what falls in and dies- Wisconsin pretty much gave it up and we should as well. I know some DNR guy is going to get on here and say it is for consistent data, and that it only happens every few years on the smaller lakes. It should not happen at all. Every 10 years and the best fish in the lake might still be dead in that net, just to have a fancy survey. Heres what a survey should look like. https://dnr.wi.gov/lakes/lakepages/LakeDetail.aspx?wbic=967200 If there are already petitions and groups out there trying to change this I would like to get involved, A
  18. The tournament yesterday looked like the walleyes were tight lipped. Almost half of the 125 boats didn't weigh a fish. Looks like I'm not the only one struggling. I don't know if I'm allowed to post the results. I'll let someone else do it, if it's ok.
  19. Heading up this weekend to camp at onegume with the family- wife and two kids under 10, and the dog. Just looking for tips on where fish might be found/best tactics this time of year. I’ve never been to the area and would love to try for some walleye, but with kids, panfish might be the better option as patience tends to run a bit short at times. I have a 16’ flat bottomed alumacraft, so won’t be venturing out on the big lake, just looking for a few ideas to keep the kids engaged and maybe have one small fish fry. Thanks in advance for any help!
  20. The Timberjay recently had a typical article about the Hatchery in operation in Pike Bay. It reminded me that they did not strip eggs last year due to Covid, and there was some discussion about how this would affect the lake's walleye population. I did a little digging last night into the annual growth of walleye in Vermilion and found that it takes somewhere in the 3-4 year range to reach eater-size range. That means that the "covid experiment" won't be real noticeable until the end of this season when walleye start reaching double-digits in length but most likely 2022 when those walleye are in the 10-14 inch range. From the Lake Vermilion Fisheries Management Plan (https://files.dnr.state.mn.us/publications/fisheries/special_reports/183.pdf Besides abundance, differences between walleye captured in East and West Vermilion are most evident in age and size structure. Overall, walleye in West Vermilion tend to grow faster and live longer than walleye in the east basin. For example, by age-5, walleye captured in East Vermilion average about 16 inches compared to 18 inches in West Vermilion. Walleye on Lake Vermilion can survive to age-8 or older, however older walleye (age-7+) tend to be more abundant in West Vermilion. I figure that Lake of the Woods is similar in latitude to Vermilion, so probably similar growth rates. From the Lake Of The Woods section of the DNR website: (https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/areas/fisheries/baudette/low_walleye.html#:~:text=Generally%2C walleye in Lake of,male walleye are sexually mature. Generally, walleye in Lake of the Woods reach 12 inches long when they are three years old. Male walleye start to mature when they are 12 inches long, 3 years old, but it is not until they are 16 inches long, 5 years old, that all male walleye are sexually mature. Male walleye longer than 24 inches are extremely rare. Female walleye grow faster than male walleye, after they are three years old. Female walleye start to mature when they are 4 years old, 15 inches long, but all of them are not sexually mature until they are 7 years old, 20 inches long. Generally, female walleye which are 25 inches long are about 10 years old, and 30 inch females are in the range of 20 years old. The oldest Lake of the Woods walleye we have aged was a 23 year old female which was 30.3 inches long.
  21. What is the best chip option for Vermilion. I am getting a new Lowrance HDS and need some guidance.
  22. Hello I am looking for a weight system to help me catch more fish. I am torn between Snakebite Snaps and Offshore Snap Weights. They are 2 very different clips. Anyone know anything about either? Was looking to grab some here soon.
  23. Are Minnesota anglers aware of legislation currently in progress to lower the statewide bag limit from six to four? I sure don't hear much discussion about it.
  24. Fished Lake of the Woods yesterday during this tropical heat wave.. I'll tell you what, if you're planning on fishing in these temps, bring backup gear for your essentials (Heat, Auger, etc). Doing this was key for us yesterday when the buddy heater hose was acting up due to the cold. We had a fun day! Check out the video below:
  25. slipperybob

    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 oz. Line with 80# braid yield a result of 5# 8 oz. Palomar knot: 4# 9 oz. Double Palomar knot: 5# 3 oz. Line with 4# gamma polyflex: 5# 9 oz. Mock FG onto a line clip: 7# 14 oz. Well if anything, it seems this line has a very strong FG knot compatibility. Typically it's my FG knot slipping and falling apart before the line breaks. Next up is FG to FG to double check how well an actual FG knot holds on me. Using the 14# YGK G-Soul Upgrade X-8 and connecting to 30# mono. It's kind of a test of whether a sloppy tied FG knot will hold. In the past I've had FG knots slipped on my connection during use. It would be obvious if the tag ends starts to unravel but sometimes it's the FG knot loops that gets loosen up. So I understand the importance of a well snugged down FG knot tying process needs to be in order to be effective. Well with such a tiny and light braid, that kind of tying pressure is not possible. At most it will just be snug and must be moderately done in the process otherwise the whole loops are pulled out even before they set down. For the test purpose the loops will only be done to 10 count only, that's about 10 per side and is kept rather short. Two slip knots with the mono and then two onto the main line. This is just bare minimum. The results with three trials. 8#4, 8#15, 9#14. I was very sloppy on my first FG knot trial. There was obvious a knot break but the whole FG knot did not unravel. The other end with the other FG knot held. There was also line pinch burn damage on the mono on the broken end after I removed the remaining broken FG knot.. The second trial was used on the same line, but I was more attentive to my knot tying. Again this knot also showed the same characteristic of a knot break due to line pinch again. It's a very typical braid break just right at the knot. The third trial on the same line, now I was much more attentive to my FG knot tying this time. Wow, best results so far and was on the same line. 16# YGK G-Soul Upgrade X-8 on FG to FG knot on 30# mono Three trials: 13#10, 14#1, 13#13 This is a huge difference comparing to my direct conventional tackle knot. Again the line breaks were right at the knot with the exception of one trial where I felt the knot slipping during my pull and it actually broke at the far bottom of the knot at the opposite end. Perhaps my initial loop must've crossed and that may have caused a pinch spot. I never figure that the FG knot would lend to better knot strength and this is giving results that tells me it's something I should put into practical use Final note that while using mono on the FG knot, I did not see the recoil effect on the braid line when I did a straight knot to knot trial of just the braid. The mono stretch must've absorbed the the recoil. As I was expecting lower knot results from a sequential trial, I am see this now that having a shock absorbing effect changes the results. The braid line is protected while the knot pinch where it is at the weakest point will break.
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