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  1. http://www.ragasfishing.com/flowage-belt-smallmouth-bass/. There are lots of interesting articles on line by Andrew Ragas one of the speakers at this years Blowout
  2. Here’s a photo of a fishing report sheet that I use to use a lot I don’t know if anybody keeps logs. It would Be interesting to see how people record their trips. I was doing a lot of that back about 15 years ago I really regret that I didn’t stay on it. I tried to make the sheets as easy to fill out as possible. A lot of stuff just needs to be checked off or circled.
  3. The canoe or kayak helps on the rivers near me. Tough to walk the shoreline with hills and hunters. The bigger rivers like the Kankakee are easier from shore. Once you know what to look for. Small slack water spots. You can hit a bunch and have coffee and sandwiches in the car. Just recovering from the flu I decided to skip getting a shot this year. I should be back on the water in a week or so. I’ve spent a lot of time winter fishing so if you have any questions let me know.
  4. Very good. This is why you should never throw anything away. I turned a few broken rods into ice fishing rods
  5. Save the guides off your old rods. Had the ceramic break on a guide the other day.I Remembered I’d saved some from about 10 years ago from an old rod had put them in a ziplock. I just heated up the windings on the rod with a lighter and pulled the broken guide out with a pliers. Mixed up a little epoxy coated the foot of the old guide that I had saved that was about the same size slipped it under the windings added a little more epoxy and I was good to go. Thanks
  6. If you’re kayaking upstream in higher flows you’ll find small areas where you can stop and rest with out paddling. The fish are in those spots.
  7. Looks gold to me. I’ll pay attention next time out. One of the best crappie days I’ve ever had. I’m learning to use slip bobbers.
  8. If you have to be out fishing, hunting or at a football game give the Hot Hands toe warmers a try. They carry them at Walmart. Work great. Crappies suspended at 5-12 above weeds along drop off.
  9. Once it gets below 35 degrees it’s a lot easier to stay warm and walk the shore. Dry suit sounds like the way to go. Mostly been hitting lakes and extremely shallow creeks. If we get some rain/snow melt it’ll push the fish against the shore and bank fishing will be easy.
  10. Besides putting on all the clothes I own I’ve started sitting on a folded beach towel makes a big difference.
  11. When using a dropshot rig it often tangles when you lay your rod down. I started wrapping the line with the sinker on it one time around the reel handle. It keeps everything straightened out. To free it up just unwind it in the opposite direction and you’re ready to go.
  12. Wrapped some black electrical tape around the reel foot and seat on the rod kinda like you do with the Tennessee handle rods keeps your hand warmer.
  13. I liked Ken’s article on Chatter Baits. I need to pick up some heavier ones.
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