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Michael Gillig

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About Michael Gillig

  • Birthday 08/09/1955

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  • Gender
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  • Location
    Aurora, IL
  • Interests
    Fishing from boats... fishing from Kayak... fishing in waders... fishing off a dock... fishing from shore... thinking about fishing... reading about fishing...wishing I was fishing... It all started growing up on a 500 acre lake in NW MN chasing perch.

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  1. I'll definitely be there. Great group usually shows up (well 'cept for the year we lost to the pandemic) and I love the venue.
  2. I'll give it a go.... we're eating via curbside pickup so, alas, I won't be able to get a dish in time. I will bring some comradery though
  3. Looks like the north aurora dam's days are numbered, yeah!! https://patch.com/illinois/aurora/north-aurora-officials-eyeing-dam-removal-once-again
  4. Scott, you are the Man. Maybe I should contact Time Magazine an nominate you for their annual person of the year.
  5. Here's the motley crew, fun breakfast, great restaurant. Good to see my fellow ISA members in the winter months
  6. One of my lake fishing buddies got pretty creative this year. No idea how he moved around in this thing but he sure nailed the spinner bait!
  7. Amazing trip this year. Weather was perfect and the bite was on! Bart was kind enough to let me play 2nd mate in his Towee. I caught a slew of 18.5 inchers on a whacky and Bart was slaying then on a little fly popper. Bourbon tasting at nite around the fire, life is good
  8. Damn, summer vacation in valiant county runs right into the potluck; ( I'll plan better next year, have fun, I'll miss the gang Michael Gillig
  9. Such a long winter, cabin fever had me feeling like Jack Nicholson in the shining...... After a great breakfast at Cherry Valley we split up to attack different sections of the river, I was excited, first time on the Kish. Once we got on the water the spring fever broke, just couldn't help myself so I bailed off the kayak and went for a swim. Jude saw me go and caught the enthusiasm and joined me. Water was a little chilly, not too bad for a Minnesota boy. After swimming around for a bit we decided to call it a day and let the others have the river. Next time out I'll try to contain myself and fish the river instead of swimming it.
  10. I have the ultimate solution, well for boats/trailers under 2,000 lbs, and it will save you money. Unless your boat is actually in the water for a long time, like in a marina (think it's a 60 days a year rule) you don't need to register it in Illinois. I register my trailer and boat in Minnesota. Boat registration is about the same as Illinois, but the kicker is any trailer for under 2,000 lbs setup is a one time permanent sticker. I boat the sticker for about the cost of registering it in Illinois and put the sticker on the tongue of the trailer. No plate, no plate holder no more fees. Sorry Jesse White And it's legal
  11. But you are my fellow fisherman Scott Ok, I'll bring a breakfast, lunch and dinner.... I'm assuming we get pots and pans and plates and silverware...
  12. Psyched up about my first trip to the Menominee! But, as usual, I'm out of touch with the details I'm guessing we volunteer to do different meals. How does this usually work? Any idea if the river can be waded or should I prep for class 4 rapids?
  13. I'm in Ed, I'll bring some salad thing of some sort. Wouldn't miss it, love this event
  14. Ed, I'm in, wouldn't miss it for nothing!
  15. Well I'm ready for a summer of kayaking in my new Cuda 12. I was up at Cabelas around Christmas and said I was going to use my Co2 vest for comfort. The sales guy asked me to reconsider as the chances of getting wet in a yak are quite a bit higher than in my bass boat. He told a story of having a Co2 vest deploy on him and having his mouth slammed shut, cutting his tongue pretty good. Sounds more like an air bag explosion than the slow deploy I thought a Co2 vest would do. So now I'm trying to find something that will do the trick for a sit-on-top with a therma-rest seat. Tried a couple, one with a high rear pad that was supposed to ride above the seat. Had trouble getting it high enough (I'm a 5'6" midget). Then I hit the 20% off sale at REI today, grabbed an Astral Ronny. Nice thin back which was very comfortable. Had a nice feature with a quick access knife tab for cutting anchor line and avoiding the submarine maneuver The trouble with all I've tried is that the front is pretty bulky and rides up, Seems like it would get in the way for fishing. Any feedback is appreciated: what you like; what you don't; what's your favorite; what features you like.
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