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Hillmans and generator usage


MN_Iceman

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I was out this last weekend at Hillmans. Myself and 5 others. We rented 2 sleepers from Buddy and everything was great on the weekend. We caught a few fish in the sleeper and went out and found fish during the day. Stayed on the move all day and went through a lot of gas. Myself and my buddy got our limit (because we were fishing rather than playing cards and drinking all weekend) and we are planning on going back to buddy next year. Thanks for the great weekend and also thanks Kelly P and everyone else that plows the roads to get us out to the fish.

One quick question though is what do you think the effect of running a generator all night has on the fishing? I know that we went up on Thursday and it was very quiet at night in the sleeper(we caught fish on this night). On Friday and Saturday we had at least 2 houses in with in 10 yards of us that ran the **** generator all night long...No fish on these nights. I know that they have the right to run this generator all night if they really need it but when it ruins the fishing why not get a lantern or use head lamps. Just my 2 cents. Cannot wait to get back up the the lake

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I'm usually nervous about running my generator because I don't want to make my neighbors mad but my furnace and fan run off of batteries and I need my generator to charge them up. There are usualy more people fishing during the day on most lakes I've been on and less during the night, (I haven't used my wheeled house on Red yet) What I'm saying is, the lantern/headlamp idea won't help. I don't want to ruin anyone elses fishing, or my own for that matter but the generator has to be run sometime whether I like it or not. I have caught fish while the generator was running and had been running for over an hour so I'm not sure about it ruining the fishing. My generator stays in the back of my truck and if possible, I try to park on the opposite side of the fishhouse from the nearest occupied fish house.

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Generator use is just like anything else, use some common courtesy.

1) If you intend to run a generator, DO NOT park your shack right on top of other people. Please respect their space. Its a big lake and go find some of your own room.

2) Likewise, if you don't want to listen to generator noise, don't set up next to someone who already has a generator out.

3) Those Honda generators are pretty quiet! wink.gif

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I don't park right next to anyone else, I prefer to be out of the crowds and due to worrying about my generator noise I try to stay as far away as i can from others. I don't have a Honda generator but I have run mine next to one and it's not much louder at all. In the box of my truck with the hardcover down the noise is quite muffled.

If I'm using my generator and someone is convinced that running generators scare the fish away, wouldn't you think that the houses even a few yards away from me would be lucky? I mean, the fish would scatter from under my house but just might be chased to be under yours, if in fact the generator truly scares fish.

I used to hate it when I was a little kid. I'd get bored when the fish weren't biting so I would pull out one of my little handheld battery operated games and my grandpa would crab at me because the little beeps and squeeks were scaring away all the fish. Nevermind that we had been fishing there for 2 days prior to me playing my game and hadn't caught a single fish. confused.gif I'm sure it was my fault we didn't catch anything. smirk.gif

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I would be concerned about the vibrations from the generator but I think that what really messed you guys up was the other houses so close. For some reason unless the bite is really going strong houses close together really slow the bite. One of my own customers messed himself up this past weekend. He must have thought I was free guide service as he rented a house from me and then brought along his buddies in their wheel house which set up REAL close with a generator going. They got very few fish in either house. Last night after all the commotion was gone 2 guys were in my house and picked up 14.

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I personally do not like being around a generator. The noise and vibrations can't be good for fishing. With all the gadgets and gimmicks people use, why would you take the chance of scaring away the fish? There are other options for heat and lite such as propane that can either run for long periods of time on a deep cycle battery or require no juice at all. It really irritates me when my family and I go camping in our tent in a campground with no hookups or electricity and then some ignoramis pulls in and runs the generator for hours on end watching the boob tube and running ac. Why not get out and do something in the outdoors like swimming, biking, hiking, have a campfire etc?

Sorry this got a bit off topic.

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why would someone run a generator all night??.....dont Hillman's houses have gas lights?

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I do not believe the generator was from a Hillman house. It was from some wheel houses that moved in real close.

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