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  1. Hunted this morning in a stand with a ton of acorns and had deer in and around all morning.  A little after 8 I was watching a group of does in some thick stuff and spotted a good 3-1/2 eight point in the same area just standing there.  I saw an opening that he was facing and put a range on it, 37 yards.  I thought if he comes behind it I would have a 40 yard shot.  He did exactly that, perfect shot behind the shoulder but just under his body, clean miss.  He had no idea what happened and walked away.  When I went to get my arrow, I ranged to my stand, 47 yards.  I had no idea how much the slope was and he ended up being farther than I thought.  So I should sleep fine tonight replaying that ....

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  2. 27 minutes ago, HolyDiver said:

    I have never played with leads on my riggers.  But my std set-up wold be around 20'-30'.   Never done more than that. 


    hat lead do you run on your diver?  I run them, but they are my least productive set-up.  10 colors of lead is my best in spring - but as the fish get deeper, they stop working.  Do you play with diver colors too?

    Very much appreciated Tomy!


    8-10’ lead on my divers when running spoons 

  3. I was out Sunday morning and it was a bit of a grind for us, a lot of short hits, we went 5 for 12 for the morning.  We fished the same water and the same depth down as you mentioned.  I always check speed and temperature, my best speed with my Depth Raider is anywhere from 2.1 to 2.4 downspeed depending on the day.  Temperature was up a bit this weekend but I tried to keep my spread is the high 40 to low 50 degree water.  I ran only 4 rods, sometimes I feel less is more, 2 riggers, 2 wire divers, all spoons.  I try to always visualize what my spread is looking like down below and ensure that I have decent separation between my wire divers and riggers that are on the same side to make sure that my diver is not affecting my rigger.  For example, if my one rigger is at 58' down, I know if I put my wire out 240' on a 2.5 setting that the lure is somewhere around 70' down, so there is about 10-12' of separation.  Same goes on the other side but I may put one rigger up higher and keep my wire down below.  If conditions are good on the lake, I will put my boards out and put some lead core out to cover the upper 30' of water knowing that steelhead are around.  Or, I will put cheaters on my rigger rods to accomplish the same.  My leads on my riggers were much closer (20-30').  

    I wouldn't get discouraged, keep playing with your setup as the morning goes along, if what you are doing is not getting the strikes, start playing with your leads, change up your speed, etc. until you start getting some strikes.

    The great thing about this fishery is you keep learning and there are a lot of seasoned guys that are willing to help.


    Hope this helps



  4. I have the Depth Raider on my boat and agree that it reads slower than the Fish Hawk, on my boat I feel that it is about 0.3 slower than it would read on the Fish Hawk.  I like a 2.1-2.2 on the Depth Raider which I feel is more closer to 2.4 on the Fish Hawk.  Lately though, it seems like kings have wanted it faster and I have been running more towards a 2.3-2.4 speed and have been getting them to chew.

  5. 18 minutes ago, Roys Boys said:

    Phil did my work a few years ago does a good job not sure if he does it anymore

    He does everything that I have done, great guy.  He just got done on my bear a couple months ago.

  6. Couple years ago I was lucky to get a nice hen, 13.5#, on a slide diver/spoon fishing with buddy Matt French.  Fish was such a beautiful trophy that I decided to get it mounted.  The very next weekend while fishing with my other buddy Eric, caught a male, 14.5#, on a 7 core down the chute on a spoon and decided to get a mount done on the pair.


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  7. 4 hours ago, trouthunter24 said:

    The mount is awesome what an adventure !!! Too bad no wolf tags that would be an incredible bow kill as well i see them trapped on you tube alot of vids there .

    Thanks.  No way I could have got a shot into it anyway, unbelievably thick where I was hunting. 

  8. Heading down in late February for Winter Break, anyone been down and have fished with any charters that they would recommend? I would just like to have some names as a starting point.


    Any suggestions would be appreciated.  


    Thanks in advance!



  9. 24 minutes ago, tangledline said:

    Congrats on a great bear. I'm not big on watching hunting shows but one that I do make a point of catching is Dean Partridge's Canadian Whitetail. Because of that I'm truly interested in a Saskatchewan hunt. The whitetails up there are huge! Did you fly in?

    Flew into Saskatoon and guide picked us up and drove 6 hours North to Brambant Lake where the camp was. 

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  10. Looks like I will be the only one, but, I have a Thompson Center Encore 50 cal with a Leupold VX-II 4x12 on it.  I shoot the Hornady 250 grain SST bullets with 150 grains of Triple 7 Pyrodex (Triple 7 primer).  I have had this set up for now 15 years with having taken many whitetail and one elk.  Very reliable and accurate gun.  I have not hunted regular season with a shotgun for the time that I have owned this gun but then again, I always sit.

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  11. 7 hours ago, GAMBLER said:

    Me too!  I ran it a lot the last two years but pulled it after it rotted. 

    It's all in what you are confident in running I think, I have spoons that go out every time and when I ran that spoon, if it didn't go in a short time frame, I pulled it and swapped it out for what I was more confident in.  I'll try and give it more time this upcoming season.  The great thing about last season was the colors I ran went pretty consistently so I wasn't having to keep swapping my spoons out.



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