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  2. Ed Buric

    ISA Road Trip 2018.

    " We all caught a lot of big fish and no one left disappointed. I couldn't have asked for a better group of guys to spend the long weekend with. We had delicious homecooked meals each night we all enjoyed sitting around the fire pit each evening discussing our day's activities and solving all the world's problems.  " I could not agree more with Bart. A great group of guys to enjoy some damn good fishing with.
  3. mannym

    ISA Road Trip 2018.

    Nice fishing! Glad to see you guys did well.
  4. Scott Ferguson

    ISA Road Trip 2018.

    Glad to see you guys made it back alive! No one was posting and I was worried you guys had nothing good to report. Good to see that was not the case. I sure hope those fish recover so us guys coming up next week have a shot at them. Apparently, the water deep enough for your boat. Any issues?
  5. Bart Durham

    ISA Road Trip 2018.

    I returned late Tuesday night after spending 4 fantastic days at the ISA retreat on the Menomonee River. John Loebach, Alan Sherman, Larry Creekmur, Ed Buric and I couldn't have picked a better 4 days for our north woods trip. The weather was perfect, the water was at median flow and the giant smallmouth were hungry. The topwater whopper plopper and weighted streamers in current were the most successful methods for me. We all caught a lot of big fish and no one left disappointed. I couldn't have asked for a better group of guys to spend the long weekend with. We had delicious homecooked meals each night we all enjoyed sitting around the fire pit each evening discussing our day's activities and solving all the world's problems. The top water pike bite was hot during our trip as well and I caught this one directly across from the cabin. They loved the whopper plopper as did the big smallmouth: We saw several large sturgeon during our floats and I couldn't believe I caught one when I was by myself and snagged one (about 4 feet long) by dorsal fin on way back to boat ramp from lodge on my last float of the trip. I was able to release it with my hemostats with no harm to fish This last float on Tuesday may have been the best fishing of the trip. Alan had given me a few of a barbless weighted fly he tied that was a variation of the Harry Fodder fly. Please forgive me Alan but I don't recall the fly'sname. The smallmouth loved fly and were slamming it on this trip. I still have to get used to using the barbless hook as I lost several trophy sized smallmouths that threw the hook but I had a blast during the process .
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  7. Wow! http://amp.wmur.com/article/wild-video-rabid-beaver-attacks-father-7-year-old-daughter-kayaking-on-river/22695511
  8. Joe R

    Algonquin Fox River Gage

    I look a gauges for a bunch of locations and rivers and I don't keep track but seems like the same warnings pop up every year...
  9. Joe R

    Kish Outiing Date Change

    Good. That means an unreliable last minute guy may make it in Iowa this weekend but weekend of 25th I'm clear. I'd like to wade section I've never fished before that or show folks a section they never been before.
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  11. Terry Dodge

    Rob's tip of the day

    Ya, that's the way I do it. Ha! Good one John.
  12. LOL, those gents looked to be having too much fun there 😕
  13. John Gillio

    Rob's tip of the day

    Rob, with an accurate back cast you may be able to fish with a live fly, and they may never notice a missing colony member as it would all happen so fast.
  14. John Flannery

    News For Ned Riggers

    Working on an article for the next newsletter on fishing it in rivers. Started using it in 2012 in the pre-TRD days when we were gluing half ZinkerZ on mushroom heads. So versitile. Lots of ways to use it. Fun to experiment. The combination of the bouyancy and different delivery systems makes the only limit your imagination. Drop Shot, wood screw Nico rigs, swimming, whacky, bottom dragging, Trying it as a goby imitation for brown trout. I was at Cabela's right after they restocked in the spring. There were about 12 high school fishing team members filling their carts with TRDs. When they finished, like a plague of locusts, there was one pack of molting craw and two of bubble gum. Fun stuff.
  15. https://goo.gl/images/kBzov3 For the carp lovers out there.
  16. Andy H

    News For Ned Riggers

    I had issue with using the zman mushroom head jigs and fast current. They weren't heavy enough to hit bottom. I understand the approach of fishing the middle column, I'd just have to do a different approach. For a different method of rigging a TRD... After having my last senko shaken off by a largemouth that I landed, I was pressed for time. I nose hooked a TRD on a weedless wacky hook. Slow to descend. Much more erratic action than a fluke. Landed one on first cast with it. Then I had to leave.
  17. Ben K.

    Rob's tip of the day

    Didn't even see the wasps, even better!
  18. Ben K.

    Rob's tip of the day

    anyone who loves fishing skinny water should know these well. Keep your head on a swivel and try not to get freaked out by all the spiders that fall in your boat when you try and get that fly back. 😀
  19. Paul Trybul

    News For Ned Riggers

    I know the ned rig was designed to pair up with the mushroom head jig. That doesn't mean you have to go that direction. I've been pairing the Elaztech plastics with the Charlie brewer slider heads and a dab of glue and I've been getting good snag resistant performance.
  20. Andy H

    Kayak PFD Suggestions

    Not sure of your budget, but I got the Cabelas tournament 4000 inflatable. What sold me is that its type ii as well as great foam placement. The foam is nice as I had issue with the high back ones and my kayak seat. Most fishing pfds are type iii. The ii are more likely to get and keep your face out of the water. Downside is it's an inflatable. And as Eric said, they them on.
  21. Scott Ferguson

    News For Ned Riggers

    According to to one of the guys (Ned) who developed the technique, dragging them on the bottom where they can get snagged is not always the best method to fish them. Very light jigs and the very buoyant Elaztech plastic produces a very slow fall, making them almost neutrally buoyant. He likes to swim them through the water instead of hopping or dragging them. When I’m in water where snagging can be an issue, I try and keep them off the bottom. Ned rigs are such a versatile bait , they will catch fish no matter how you retrieve them. I like the weedless ‘shroomz to toss around downed trees. They only used to come in a 1/10 of an ounce size which for me is heavier than I like for other presentations, but they will come through branches pretty well.
  22. John R. Flannery

    News For Ned Riggers

    I saw them too. They are back ordered or are not on sale till the end of the month. I had the same impression, Mark. Unless that part in front is plastic and not lead, they will not be good in rocks. Might be good in weeds or wood. If I get some, I will post the results. I have been keeping track of the Weighted Keeper Hooks longevity that I have been using in extremely rocky areas. The 1/16th oz. one goes back to March 2017 when I snagged the previous one by setting the hook into a branch. The 1/8th oz. one replaced the previous one that was bitten off by a pike in April 2017. Both are getting hard to sharpen and are not their true weight due to abrasion on the rocks. Even though the hooks on them are not the greatest, the combination with these buoyant plastics I have been fishing is almost miraculous how well it comes through the rocks.
  23. Bart Durham

    July 28 Float- altered

    Hopefully you can join us for float soon, how has the fishing been at the Canton ranch?
  24. Phil, have you heard whether they plan on removing that formerly hidden second low head dam just below the Gilbert street bridge that you have pictured above? Btw, went down there today nosing around and taking photos. No fishing as water rolling pretty well with all the rain we have gotten in the last 24 hours. Did see some nice carp moving around down there, "Calling Johnnie G. "
  25. Scott Ferguson

    ISA Road Trip 2018.

    We've had some people who've had to drop out of the trip. Check the calendar in the first post on this thread, we now have 3 open spots. We can't refund any payments unless we can fill the vacancies. Let me know if you'd like to join us so we can get some money back to those who can't make it.
  26. John Gillio

    Rob's tip of the day

    That could be a harrowing experience.
  27. Rob G

    Rob's tip of the day

    Watch your back cast !
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