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Messages - ZakH

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General Fishing / Re: Im back!
« on: February 13, 2015, 01:21:26 AM »
Well, I'm not gonna lie: I haven't been out fishing at all since November. Caught a few monster pike and a bunch less than noteworthy hammer-handles all summer and into the fall, a couple few dozen decent bass, etc etc. No state record yet, but I did work on my walleye game for a while and caught some chunky 17-20" out of Greenwood Reservoir around July/August.

As far as my ice season goes: Ive been having terrible luck so I decided its best I just stay off the ice before I fall through again. My shanty (pop up deer blind lol) got crushed and mangled somehow when we moved, so now I'm out a shanty. Then my gas auger went all kinds of wonky, so I'm out an auger too. Looking at just building a collapsible deer blond/shanty combo. I got it all planned out, just have to actually get in gear and do it (along with all the other projects that I started to keep my sanity while I'm not fishing)

Hunting season was unproductive, yet somehow refreshing. Had a very well fed 9 walking through my bait pile almost daily, then we got 2 feet of snow over night and, well, there went that. I did however find out that I am apparently naturally good at tanning squirrel hides (using the brain tan method anyway). So now I'm looking forward to small game season so I can complete my squirrel slippers  :P

But the good news is that its almost trout season, which as of exactly right now begins my yearly ritual of counting down the days until I'm hammering the brookies and browns ;D ;D ;D

General Fishing / Im back!
« on: February 12, 2015, 02:47:32 AM »
Hey everyone! I finally got my ducks in a row and got real internet again! Whats been going on since Ive been out? Anyone do anything cool? Catch a record? New boats/gear? I've been trying to keep up on Facebook, but internet on my phone is barely good enough to see posts, let alone write anything.

General Fishing / Broken computer...
« on: August 09, 2014, 12:45:19 PM »
Just wanted to say I haven't forgotten about you all. My laptop was K.I.A., so my posts have been/will be few and far between until I fix it or get a new one.

As far as my fishing reports go, I have everything written down and ready to post when I get some more time to be online.

Upper Peninsula Fishing / Re: Sunset Lake, Iron River
« on: August 01, 2014, 04:01:06 AM »
If you can manage to get to either one that is.

Or, if you can swing it on the way back through I'd be willing to take you out to a couple lakes around here.

Upper Peninsula Fishing / Re: Sunset Lake, Iron River
« on: August 01, 2014, 03:57:35 AM »
If you like Musky, pike and walleye then Stanley Lake is the one to go to. Lake Emily is supposed to be great for big ol' trout (lakers I believe), but I've only caught bass (albeit very nice sized bass) and the accidental panfish.

FishMich News / Re: Bass Fishing Competition
« on: July 29, 2014, 05:27:07 PM »
I would. I'm finally caught up on everything now, so I should be able to enter it.

I think it would be cool to do it like they do in the Major Fishing League (I believe that's the one I'm thinking of here) where they add up the total length of all bass caught for the day, then eliminate the last place, lather, rinse & repeat.

Upper Peninsula Fishing / Re: Sunset Lake, Iron River
« on: July 29, 2014, 05:20:55 PM »
Watch out for that Widow Maker, she'll do exactly as the name implies lol. I prefer the Pick Axe Blonde, but I've always had a thing for them :P

If you get a chance while you're up here try out Stanley Lake or Lake Emily in Iron River. Both have been well worth it for me.

Fishing Tips and Techniques / Re: Braided line
« on: July 22, 2014, 01:42:19 AM »
I used to use braid for everything, but I did notice that there was a huge difference in my catch rates vs using mono. I still use it for pike fishing, and I have a spare spool for my President that is spooled with braid.

General Fishing / Re: Snapping turtles
« on: July 20, 2014, 04:04:19 PM »
Nice! Maybe I'll try to catch em using a rod & reel then. I don't feel like wading in mucky water to check traps, because with my luck I'm sure I would lose a foot to one of them :P

FishMich News / Re: Van Buren County Pro Staff
« on: July 18, 2014, 07:34:27 PM »
Welcome to the Pro Staff!

General Fishing / Snapping turtles
« on: July 12, 2014, 11:59:22 PM »
Anyone ever hunt for snappers? A buddy and I started talking about it one day, and we have been on the look out ever since. I know what to do when you catch one, and what to do afterwards and all that. Just having a hard time finding them to begin with. What types of habitat do they prefer? Stained/clear? Lots of debris (logs, vegetation etc) or minimal cover? Muddy bottom/sandy/gravel? Any info would be appreciated

Upper Peninsula Fishing / Re: Poor weather
« on: July 12, 2014, 11:39:34 PM »
I know exactly how you feel. We've had the same weather over this way, and it sucks. We JUST got summer and it'll be winter by the time the weather gets better :P

Upper Peninsula Fishing / Re: Sporely, Pike and Bass Lakes
« on: July 10, 2014, 08:35:35 PM »
That is the tactic that we used the last time we went (along with throwing Ski's Spinners) and we hammered them until the sun came up. We tried that again this time and only got a few.

The thing with the light is that it attracts plankton, which attracts minnows, which in turn attracts bigger minnows, then the big fish. Same tactics are used for crappie fishing at night. We hooked up a fog light from a Chevy Venture to alligator clips so we had a light that would point straight down into the water. We also used my Zippo Outdoors Rugged Lantern in the boat on a pole so it lit up a larger area both in the boat and in the water.

Upper Peninsula Fishing / Sporely, Pike and Bass Lakes
« on: July 10, 2014, 12:46:40 PM »
7/8 Sporely Lake: Caught a crap ton of bass, as usual. Tried for Lakers and Splake, but no luck. Was windy, rainy and cold. The bigger bass are hanging out in the deeper-ish waters, but a couple 15"s were caught in about 5 FOW.

7/9 Pike Lake: Seen a bunch of nice pike, but nothing would strike. Lake is extremely shallow until you get out of the first bay. Caught a few fat Largemouths. Also caught some bluegill, but they were all small. Ridiculously weedy and a bit windy and cold.

7/9 Bass Lake: Caught a bunch of bass just before dark, then decided to try for Rainbows again. My buddy and I each caught 6, 4 of which were keeper size or bigger. Biggest was 15". Didn't hammer them like last time, but I attribute that to the rain we had that morning. 

Tournaments / 24th Annual Republic Sportsmans Club Fishing Derby
« on: July 10, 2014, 12:36:02 PM »
July 19th and 20th (a Saturday and Sunday). Entry is $15 per person. Free camping in Republic (Does NOT include campgrounds, only public land around the town). Firework show Saturday night, beer tent, live bands, dancing and of course some awesome door prizes! For more info check out:  (the poster is from 2012, but I believe it's same every year).

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