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fish_time

He guys, just wanted to share a video of my kids fishing for crappie and sunfish. Be awesome outdoors!

 

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Rick G

Very cool video:cool:  Thank you for sharing this:D

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leech~~
23 hours ago, fish_time said:

He guys, just wanted to share a video of my kids fishing for crappie and sunfish. Be awesome outdoors!

 

Teach them up in the way they should go. And they will never part from it!

Great video! :)  Mom probably loved the day off too! :P

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eyeguy 54

Found some dandies today for the smoker. Snow covered areas better than bare ice. 14 feet. 

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Tom Sawyer

Can't believe there's that much snow left today....

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eyeguy 54

quite a few drifts where we were at. no 12 inchers but came close a few times. Smokin time friday. :)  grandkids are here and really enjoyed the cleaning process. Edin says,  his mouth is moving.  I bet he is saying why are you doing this to me...  LOL  gonna be 4 on Sunday. 

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Rick G

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eyeguy 54

no monsters but man for active fish! fun day!!

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monstermoose78

Not over here I could not buy a bite

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Rick G
18 hours ago, eyeguy 54 said:

no monsters but man for active fish! fun day!!

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One of the better bites I have been on this winter. No huge ones, except for the one Peter got.... But lots and lots of quality fish caught :D

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leech~~
On 1/19/2018 at 3:01 PM, Rick G said:

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Nice fish. That jacket Tho! :sick:

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eyeguy 54

yes indeed, its fun when they fight back. lol .  the cgi's got a workout! I put a jar of the secret bait in my red box as soon as I got home. ;) 

1 minute ago, leech~~ said:

Nice fish. That jacket Tho! :sick:

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BWAAAAA HAAAAAAA HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA ! ! ! 

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Wanderer

Who’s worried about a jacket showing proof of action when the catching is that good?! :grin:

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leech~~
1 hour ago, Wanderer said:

Who’s worried about a jacket showing proof of action when the catching is that good?! :grin:

I think he's going to not wash it and keep telling everyone at the bait store and on the lake he's a Pro Staff on HSO & Outdoors Minnesota. :sick:

Until someone sends him a HSO hoody or new hat! ;)

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Wanderer
2 hours ago, leech~~ said:

Until someone sends him a HSO hoody or new hat! ;)

I spent 3 hours last Saturday morning working on “the catalog” then went about my weekend, planning to finish at the end of the weekend.  Went to open it up and the new laptop won’t make pictures on the screen.  Tried everything; no dice.  Have to return the piece of Black Friday junk.

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Tom Sawyer

Nice Bluegills Ricky! Those thumbnail sized opercular flaps are super special. H e l l those are thumbers!

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Rick G
15 hours ago, Tom Sawyer said:

Nice Bluegills Ricky! Those thumbnail sized opercular flaps are super special. H e l l those are thumbers!

Thanks Tom. 

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IceHawk

That's a pretty one! Nice fish Rick 

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fish_time
On 1/18/2018 at 8:27 AM, leech~~ said:

Teach them up in the way they should go. And they will never part from it!

Great video! :)  Mom probably loved the day off too! :P

Actually, Mom was home with the youngest one. Here is a fun little challenge we did. All of the kids including the youngest made it out. And yes, teach them young. They love fishing!

 

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leech~~
1 hour ago, Rick G said:

Searched out a couple different areas for panfish today. Walleyes thought they were bluegills...lol.

Ended up keeping enough fish for about two meals:)

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Dang bottom feeders! Don'tch hate that! :lol:

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eyeguy 54

andi is gonna get fat eating all those fish! 

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IceHawk

Fun fishing with you again yesterday Rick! You know how much I love those white tips :grin: hats off to you putting 3 topside not a easy feat this time of year. 

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Rick G

Worked hard today for this fish.... 

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    • Wanderer
      Thanks for the feedback.   We have the time from hookset to release pretty short I think.  I read earlier this spring the average fight these days lasts 90 seconds or less.  I’ll admit I was amazed to hear that but after a half dozen muskies that have come to net this year, that’s no bull.  We usually have em netted on the first pass by the boat.  My 48 inch net allows one to do all the handling in the water while the other gets the bump board laid out and phone ready for a pic. A quick measure and quick pics and back in the water they go. Thats about as much as we can do.  70 degrees is lower than I expected to hear.  We were seeing those temps on opening weekend in Ontario.  We didn’t like seeing 80 last Friday on Leech.
    • delcecchi
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    • guideman
      Typically temps over 70 degrees are considered dangerous for handling Muskies. The length of the fight and the time you take handling the fish will make a difference. That is one of the reasons we use heavy line and big rods, you don't want to battle the fish to the death. Skip photos on smaller fish and remove the hooks with the fish in the net, in the water, not on the bottom of the boat. "Ace"   "It's just fishing man"  
    • Tom Sawyer
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    • Wanderer
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    • Jeff Thill
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    • FishinCT
      I looked up the Mille lacs hooking mortality study on walleyes and it started to dramatically increase around 65 degrees. About 5% mortality at 65 degrees but about 25% at 75 degrees. I have to imagine the numbers are higher for muskies given an extended fight with a large fish, having to take more care to not get cut up or hooked yourself while unhooking the fish, temptation to take lots of pictures, etc.  Here's the study if you're interested http://mnmuskie.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Reeves-and-Bruesewitz-2007_factors-influencing-hooking-mortality-of-walleyes-Mille-Lacs.pdf
    • DLD24
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    • Wanderer
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