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Fishing Tips and Techniques / Re: New guy needs help
« on: September 01, 2015, 12:31:59 AM »
If you are serious about learning I would keep a journal. Most important things to keep track in the journal is date, time fished, lake or river fished, outside temperature, water temperature, water clarity, is it cloudy or sunny, weed growth, barametric pressure, are you fishing before or after a cold front, are you fishing before or after a warm front, species of fish caught, what did you catch the fish on. If you keep information like this then you might start to see a pattern develope after a 3 year span.

We actually provide a journal right on the main page. Really handy since you pretty much can't ruin or lose it.

My opinion is pretty much what everyone else said. My best advice at this point is don't get discouraged if you don't catch something every cast, or even every trip. I know a surprising amount of people that expected instant gratification their first time, and that's not always the case.

Oh, and I slightly disagree that you can't go wrong with a spinner. Some spinners are just terrible, but if you buy cheap then 99.9% of the time you will get cheap. Plus line twist, the treble hooks anywhere near a log or weed bed, etc etc. They are great tools for finding and catching fish, but it is a bit more advanced than just live bait.

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Upper Peninsula Fishing / 8/28 and 8/29/15
« on: August 29, 2015, 07:59:34 PM »
Not much to write home about either day. 8/28 I tried Johnson lake, caught an adorable little pike. I think he thought he was big enough to hang with the big boys. Also caught a few 14-16" bass and a little 'gill.

Pike lake 8/29, caught a bluegill, used it as bait. I had a pike nail it, but it shook the hook. My fault for not sharpening them.

I think in the month or so I haven't been able to fish I might have forgot how  :-[

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General Fishing / Re: Crayfish
« on: July 24, 2015, 10:37:09 PM »
8/0!? Sounds like I'm gonna have to come down there to stock up!

My preferred method is hand catching them, since they will never just grab on and stay on any line I toss is to hand pick em.

And my preferred usage is to boil them with Cajun seasoning, garlic, onions, red potatoes, corn on the cob, and sausage.  I couldn't tell ya if the bass like em or not, but it definitely will attract me from about 100 yards away   ;D

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General Fishing / Re: bug spray.
« on: July 13, 2015, 09:06:31 AM »
Thermacell, or similar brands, work alright until you get even a slight breeze.

An article I read not long ago basically said that certain breeds of the little vampires aren't affected by certain things. I believe it was the Tiger mosquito that certain things (I think it was mint and eucalyptus) didn't work on, so keep that in mind if looking at natural bug sprays. I, and they, could be wrong on that statement, so don't put too much stock into it.

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General Fishing / Re: bug spray.
« on: July 11, 2015, 12:37:33 PM »
I don't. I'll grab one of them .99 cent 3 packs of flavored cigars and puff on em. Works great, and you don't have to worry about repelling fish or tigers (turns out DEET is repulsive to just about everything, including tigers, according to an article I read a while back)

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General Fishing / Re: night fishing
« on: June 27, 2015, 07:45:57 AM »
Zippo sent me their Rugged Lantern when I was part of their Field Staff. If you only ever own one lantern, this is THE lantern to choose. Not trying to plug their merch, but it definitely lives up to the claims they make. Never really used anything else to see my rod at night. I don't like the way bells and attachable lights throw off the rods sensitivity, castability, and just throw me off in general.

Last summer a buddy and I rigged a car headlight to my trolling battery. Worked very well when aimed directly into the water (while fishing for Rainbows anyway). The light attracted small bugs and plankton, which attracted minnows, which attracted bigger fish and so on and so forth. So that's my input as far as using night lights go.


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General Fishing / Re: State Record unwritten rules
« on: June 23, 2015, 12:39:43 AM »
ShoreFisher: I totally missed that part :/ Thanks!

Alleymad: Thank you! I got pics of it, but they don't do it justice at all.

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General Fishing / State Record unwritten rules
« on: June 22, 2015, 12:13:59 PM »
Last weekend (free fishing weekend) my wife, brother and I went out fishing. I ended up catching what I believe is the new state record Pumpkinseed. According to the 2015 fishing guide, the current record is 2 lbs 5.3 oz. The weigh-in on my scale (I know my scale doesn't count for official purposes but bear with me) said 2 lbs 8oz. So I get all excited and keep it (I NEVER keep panfish of any sort), get home and re-memorize the entry rules. It used to be that you had to bring a state record entry to a grocery store and weigh it on a commercial scale, have it identified by a DNR fisheries biologist, fill out forms, etc. Now it seems that all you have to do is bring it to a DNR field office or fish hatchery and they set you all up.

Well with it being the weekend the only DNR Fisheries Biologist around here wasn't at the office. So I froze the fish hoping that it would still be acceptable. But now I've got people telling me that it needs to be alive, not frozen, presented in a golden aquarium with only the purest spring water and blah blah blah. Which leads me to the big questions here:

Can potential state record fish be frozen before entry?

What do they expect us to do if it can't be frozen, when all the offices are closed on weekends (when more people are out fishing)?

I scoured for hours and couldn't find anything saying it can't be frozen, but also didn't find anything that said it CAN be either.

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General Fishing / Re: Michigan tackle companies
« on: June 13, 2015, 01:10:41 AM »
Ski's Spinner :P Swedish Pimple is made up here I believe. I've been seeing a TON of lure companies up here on Discovering (or 906 Outdoors if you wanna call it that).

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General Fishing / Re: Cheap Ultralight Reel
« on: June 08, 2015, 11:44:11 PM »
The reel that comes on the Ugly Stik GX2 combo isn't too bad, and you get a rod with it :P

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General Fishing / Re: Reel Michigan Anglers tv show
« on: June 02, 2015, 02:10:21 PM »
Good luck! If you're ever in my neck of the woods for any reason I'd be glad to help out however I can.

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General Fishing / Re: wader repair
« on: May 09, 2015, 12:28:41 AM »
Good tip, I'll have to try that out  :)

I've been told that FlexSeal is just spray on bed liner. No idea if it will work the same, but you could save $10 per can if it does work.

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Upper Peninsula Fishing / 4/6 Escanaba River and Little Trout lake
« on: May 07, 2015, 06:11:23 PM »
Fished the Esky first, catching nothing but chubs. I thought I tied into a trout once, but it got off before I could land it. Nothing really exciting going on anywhere on the river, unless you count one trout per 100+ casts. My brother did catch a pretty nice stick though. I think it was oak. I'm going to keep trying though, since my new house is right across the street from it and I KNOW there are nice sized trout in it.

Later on we went to Little Trout Lake. Caught a whole mess of bass of varying sizes, He caught a 8" Brookie on his last cast, and my first cast I caught a chunky 16" Rainbow. I'd say it made up for the lack of fish catching in the river. No one else was catching much though, so it's either the spot we were in or just plain luck.

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I know how it feels to be boatless (semi boatless anyway). I just sold mine, but I did a partial trade so I got a brand new canoe now. I'm not a huge fan of canoe fishing, but it opens up a ton more areas I would never even attempt to access with the boat so I guess it's a plus

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Not recently. I'll probably fish the Republic Sportsmans Club tourney like usual. And I'll be in for any tourneys FishMich puts on. Otherwise probably not, unless I had a partner that could split costs.

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