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    Rush, NY
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    Besides hunting and fishing? Volleyball, rod building and sci-fi/fantasy. Oh, and I do a little science on the side...
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    Sandy Creek
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    Nothing But Net

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  1. Gator

    Legacy- 2018 Deer Season

    Well, stupid never dies. I was back out in the woods planting the rest of my trees this afternoon. Luckily, no more close encounters, but every time I heard a buzzing sound, I flipped my sh!t. Not much sign at my place yet. Soon though.
  2. Gator

    Legacy- 2018 Deer Season

    Word to the wise: be cautious of ground bees this time of year. My buddy and I were putting up a new stand and we must have disturbed a hive. I got nailed just below the eye and he got tagged five times on his belt line. This was half an hour after. It's swollen almost shut now. Benadryl and ice packs the rest of today.
  3. Gator

    Real rebuild

    It's Tuna's Reel Troubles in Ludington, MI. Get them to him now before the charter boat rush and you'll have them back in a couple of weeks. If you're planning on saving the wire or copper, you might want to take it off first. I usually use the opportunity to replace stuff, since my reels only go in every four years or so.
  4. Gator

    How do I close my acct

    I'm not sure about condescending know-it-alls, but we're definitely a screwy bunch with playground senses of humor. I knew there was a reason I felt right at home.
  5. Yeah, that's an awesome lake and spot to fish. We've run kayaks through there a bunch of times and I took the Lund from Flower through the lock all the way down once too. Now that's a hairy ride with the current, boulders, and narrow channel! But the fishing is outstanding, particularly off the deep points at this time of year. Lots of good-size smallmouth. If you can make it through the channel to Middle Saranac, there's some great topwater to be had toward the east end over a weed bed that extends much, much further than you'd expect. It sounds like you had a great encounter already.
  6. Gator

    Legacy- 2018 Deer Season

    No, but occasionally Keith H. puts on a deer costume, douses himself in doe urine and poses seductively beneath my tree stand. I've never shot anything over him though. Matt, now's the time of year to look at those hedgerow apples and tie a ribbon around the ones that look or taste like they have potential. We missed the window last year, but I'd be pleased to lend you my very limited skill set and top work them in March.
  7. Gator

    Legacy- 2018 Deer Season

    I have a combination of Bushnell Trophy and now all my newer cameras are from Browning. If you can, try to find the BTC-5HDE model, which is the "Elite HD" that Rob mentioned. They show as sold out on the Browning site, but may be available from other sources as a late year model. I bought a few of the earlier/lower end Browning cameras cheap, and they weren't nearly as good. I haven't tried this year's models. I've been shooting on and off for a few weeks now and I mowed the trails at our property for the second and final time yesterday. The boat gets pulled this morning, and it's on to thinking about tree stands. September is a crazy month.
  8. Gator

    Experience with fishingbigstore.com?

    Just an FYI, I looked at their inventory and couldn't find a single item that had actually been rated by a buyer, even though they have an online rating system. Odd, right? I think they may have missed that trick.
  9. Gator

    Experience with fishingbigstore.com?

    C'mon. You know if it looks too good to be true, then it isn't. Follow your gut on this one. How would these guys even get access to some of the stuff they're selling? "Fishing Big Store is a company specialized in selling all kinds of equipment needed by fishermen, especially those who like fishing." Really? How many fishermen do you know who don't like fishing? They've plastered a bunch of words on their site so it's the top hit in a Google search, absconded some other site's inventory so it looks legit, cut the price, and they're baiting YOU. I doubt that the PayPal site they send you to is even real...and then they have your PayPal access information. Or something like that. This is an internet scam at it's finest. And untold hours of grief for anyone falling for it. Just my 2 cents.
  10. Gator

    Dipsey leaders

    Like Scott says, we've used the same setup as you for years, running double wire divers as our go-to, with nary a break-off and hundreds of fish boated. I literally can't remember the last time we actually had a fish snap the line...although we've had plenty that threw the hook. We use snubbers, but others don't and I'm not sure it matters. We do employ a good ball bearing swivel to prevent line twist, which I suspect could impact its breaking strength. On this occasion I disagree with Brian, as I feel that 50 lb test is harder for the average angler to tie good knots and doesn't impart as much action to spoons. But he catches more fish than me, so take my opinion with a grain of salt. I'm going to bet you got a bad spool of line. Of course, that's if you're always breaking at the leader. If you're breaking at the wire, then you're either kinking your line or it's getting bound on itself, likely from being wound on without enough tension, and no leader's going to amend that. Keep it tight (my version of tight lines, ala Workaholics, as applies to wire)
  11. Beckman, extendable handle. We don't use the rubber, tangle-free netting though. Just the standard coated stuff. I've heard mixed opinions on the rubber with big fish (they're heavy). And it's rare for us to bury a hook in the standard netting. We used to have Ranger nets, which are cheaper but bent much more easily. Then we went Beckman and never looked back.
  12. Opposite for us. Yesterday we could do no wrong. Today was a slow pick with a triple crown - 3 salmon, 3 browns, 3 hours fishing. Spent an hour cleaning spider poop off the dash (I love Tilex) and getting her ready to be pulled out and detailed later this week. For those of you traveling up the creek, there's some "new" logs that have shown up on the bottom with the low water, in unexpected places. I trimmed my engine up, but still nicked a couple even in the channel. And those standing deadwood by the entrance to Bruce's old marina at the bridge are going to fall all the way across the creek when they go! Hopefully they'll break up and be washed away by next Spring. Tight lines!
  13. Wow, you guys are persuasive! Just for the sake of consensus: FURUNO! PS. What's a furuno?