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About dreamsteelie

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  1. SIGH-really Doc.... TBD as of today, Canada and US closing all non essential crossings temporarily. One day at a time Doc. Capt Pete
  2. On line registrations are open for 2020 KOTL. Same basic format as last year and FishUSA is back as the overall sponsor in 2020. http://www.kotl.ca/ Spring registration deadlines-approaching soon. Captain Pete
  3. Thanks for posting Jerry, I was just going to post this and saw you were all over it. Just remember when posting electronically, they don't want to see opinions necessarily but prefer facts, things you have witnessed and or know. Like the decimation of the trees and the mess they make in Wilson Harbor. (west side)... Or one witnessing them consume newly stocked smolts, etc.. or... Speak now or be forever quiet! Capt. Pete https://www.fws.gov/regulations/cormorant/
  4. I will add that there is also an early bird registration which is due by day end April 1st. Early birds have a chance at wining a Dreamweaver Lures package valued at $500 retail.(US value) Or (this is amended) can have their choice for a free entry into the UMS Challenge ($500 value).. Two options to choose from. Good Luck !
  5. The WHI and GLSE would like to very much thank everyone for their input on the changes on the other thread. To see and hear the strong support for salmon was positive and keeping it transparent should show the anglers that your input is important. The other changes were deemed best for the events growth. The goal is to have another very successful event in 2020 with increased participation and a 50 boat field. Also, Non WHI participants can still participate in the 1K a Day as well as the Trout and Salmon Slam. Registration is now open. http://wilsonharborinvitational.com/index.html
  6. I will have to say that there has been a lot of good and welcomed feedback inc the last post from Outdoor E. That post took some time, effort, thought and is appreciated. You nailed a couple good points=more boats-more hype, good payouts, good for everyone inc. what sponsors like to see. There is discussion about a separate prize for that "odd" specie being brought to the scales for a separate weigh. The "at par" entry was for one sole purpose:to attract Canadian teams to the US to compete, grow the event, and build the pot of $ to payout. They also are spending more dollars to eat, drink, sleep, dock, etc. while here. So, it becomes unattractive to them to travel to the States to fish. Its basically costing them 30% more to play here plus travel. Your point is valid though. Plus everyone in that geographic area gets a little economic boost from our CND friends coming here. US teams upon registration will be unable to attempt to register as a CND team to save $. If they lie on there reg. form they will be warned or possibly be disqualified. **If 10 more CND enter, there's at least $7,000 more to payout. If CND teams beat the US teams, there's a bigger carrot for them (agree). But US teams will also have a larger payout due to increased attendance. Paying CND teams at par also is not going to be an option, even tho it was discussed. The tourney will do it's best to deter cheating, with lie detector tests given as well as some other items that won't be clarified in public. . Observers are still the best deterrent but as you illustrated and as history has shown, still don't guarantee of cheating or the possibility. fishdawg and r5dogs short sweet replies= also all good. Thank you all for posting
  7. Good feedback so far and appreciated except for Tall Tails who had to give his opinion as to why the rules/event changes may be implemented="Tweaked for a few". Not sure who the "few" are but all ears? And actually surprised you want to state that's why a few of these changes were considered. You are 100% wrong. VP stated it well.. Comments about the changes were requested but insinuations about why changes are being sought should be kept to the dark text threads. A reminder Tall.... The event was open originally to Canada with intent to make it an international event with all the hoopla. So, it would be going back to it's origins. The Canadian participation dropped when the event disallowed crossing into CND. It was "alleged" that certain captains pressured Kevin into that, combined with observer issues, who was or was not allowed into CND, and a gray area about the requirement to call in or not when crossing. All combined=a decision to nix Canada. Some liked, some disliked and we moved on. A lot of Canadians disliked. So, since the gray area has been cleared with regard to crossing, no observers, the event is a week later and attendance down overall, it was considered as a good time to reconsider that. The event being a week later, also takes less emphasis on west end CND Kings and where they may be. (Where did Rob T win last year?) The purpose was: go back to the origin and increase attendance/regain some Canadian anglers to make the event bigger. hookmeup pretty much stated the intent with the observer to a "T". Some observers are great and do their job but some (many of us) have had bad experiences where they did not or care to do what they were paid for. That's a simple fact. Options are in the works to use those monies typically paid to observers to fund other measures. None inc. observers are perfect. Sad we even have to deal with it but we do. 8 rods =OK Lakers seem to be the big dislike and the feedback on it is good. They were considered/wanted added to be consistent with the trout and salmon slam, change strategy, add a twist to the event, take some pressure off the salmon (which was why it went to 5 kings and 2 lakers during the week long event). Nothing more, nothing less and certainly not to benefit a few. If the LOC wasn't the same week and folks were not already targeting kings and trout all week, the trout and salmon slam may have been nixed but people are fishing anyways and non WHI anglers are open to fish this and the 1K a day as well. (Those two week long events are not restricted to WHI players)
  8. Good comments so far. To keep it transparent...and note clarifications. As of yesterday: Kevin is also considering opening up the border again due to the observer rule being lifted and the fact that recently (2 years ago???) the boundary crossing (back and forth) gray area was clarified in writing. He feels many Canadian anglers were unintentionally shut out when he said no crossing. But may allow it in 2020. There is a similar thread on SpoonPullers. Re: observer elimination: there are many deterrents that are being planned to help deter the possibility of cheating. We would be tipping the hat to state them here but are very aware and have intentions to put in deterrents. We all know, cheating can occur when observers are on boats. Hidden phones below, sleeping observers, observers who have stated they dont care what we do, observers who dont get asked to look at fish prior to releasing, on and on. They still remain the best deterrent but have drawbacks and still do not guarantee "no cheating" occurred. So, in the interest of attracting more teams, observers probably will be dropped in 2020. Last year, the tourney went very well and was efficient. They take a lot of effort in planning, revising web sites, rules and of course organizing a week long event. All intended rule changes are being done/considered with regard to continue to protect the integrity of the event, while looking at ways to increase participation. NOT so certain individuals can gain an edge. Those behind the scenes suggestions and "dark texts" will be ignored. The new proposed format is consistent with the week long format as well as LOC (to some degree). Feedback from teams interested in the event are desired.
  9. If anyone fishing or plans on fishing the WHI and has any brief input on a few of the major changes, please submit a brief reply. Tournament organizers are always looking for ways to increase participation, or give events a new twist, or make changes due to comments from the past events. Like the dropping of the observer rule. Could be a good or bad thing but its a hangup for many and adds a body to someone's boat. So, proposing to drop it, may be a liked change and increase participation? Last year's WHI went very well, payout was as good as it can get for the number of participants, weigh in went fast and was very well run. This years biggest proposed changes are: no observer (LD test in lieu of), 8 rods from (6), Canadians fee is at par, so it may increase CND participation?, 7 fish max weigh (all could be kings or a combo of kings BUT 2 lake trout max)in an effort to possibly take some pressure off kings, put some pressure on trout and possibly create a different strategy. (King only guys might prefer a king only format-diverse guys may like an event with a twist similar to many south shore NY events which allow trout) and king-laker box is consistent with the week long trout and salmon slam leading up to the WHI. Also keep in mind, the LOC is also occurring that week and includes those two species as well. Those are the major changes occurring as the teaser video indicated.
  10. Here are a few items regarding the 2020 WHI being held may 16th-make up day 17th Web site will be updated and finalized in 7-10 days and on line registrations taken. The trout and salmon slam will have same format as well as 1K a day. There are a few other changes noted in promo video: If video quality needs improved on your viewer, go to settings at lower right corner of the video and change your settings.
  11. All of us who presented in 2020 would like to recognize these companies for contributing to this year's salmon school. Some contribute annually. Some are new and want to make their companies known, some are well known names already but all deserve recognition both whether they are big or small for helping out. These folks give back to the angling community and deserve some public recognition. 2020 Salmon School Contributors *Goodie Bag Sponsor *Team Dreamweaver *FishUSA *The Reel Shot Fishing and Hunting Company *Pro King Flashers *A-TOM-MIK Flies and Meat Rigs *Great Lakes Angler Magazine *Slide Diver *Michigan Stinger-Stinger Spoons *Torpedo Fishing Products *Wolverine Tackle-Silver Streak Spoons Fish Hawk Electronics SHIMANO Inc. Diabolical Custom Tackle Yakima Bait Company Pautzke Bait Company Atlas Mike’s Bait Pro Troll Fishing Products Jack Rosenswie Company SpoonCrank Box Magnum Metalz L.O.T.S.A (Please consider joining L.O.T.S.A -your membership matters) Please consider supporting our 2020 Salmon School contributors and Thank You
  12. Good luck jimmyi and thanks... We have we can catch almost as many fish with the "right" 6 rods in the right place and doing the right things. A few of the tourneys are only 6 rods and a well worked-tweaked 6 rod program can catch almost or as many as a bigger program. Most of our Mid may to October fish come on the program we discussed. Junk rods work and have their better days but the program we discussed catches 80-90% of our fish once away from that skinny water ! Have a great 2020 fishing season. Captain Pete VQ
  13. All, Very good and meaningful feedback. Thank you again for taking the time to post. 10-4 on vendor comments with discounts and more. Well said. Captain Pete VQ
  14. Tim, Thanks for your feedback from the salmon school. Also, to those that took a moment and messaged us/me on our FB pages. None of us held back on sharing what we thought was important, even tho some may have sounded basic. Sometimes doing basic things right or adding twists to that can make or break a day or add a few more bites to your morning. Usually, if you cant catch fish with 6 rods, the 7th or 8th, wont help much anyways. Everyone had a good opportunity to see what goes on during our day and what our thought processes are !! I appreciate your comments. Captain Pete VQ
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