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    Favored; western UP. Not so; south of Green Bay
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    Uninhabited and wild Lake Superior shoreline
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    One Gallon

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  1. Do you have Federal Hatchery there? Feds push LT in Lake Michigan. Its a current mindset, out with the invasive, in with the native. State of Michigan bought in and reduced king stocking in Lake Michigan. Wisconsin flipped the Feds off and plant twice the kings the state of Wisconsin does. State of Michigan has rivers and streams capable of natural reproduction. Wisconsin, not so. Its good to see debate and exchange of information. Its especially refreshing to see it done without malice. There is little doubt that I will have to be out there next year.... although Alaska is calling, too. And Nipigon Bay. And....
  2. youp50

    Rough Water

    Friday saw a stiff blow on Superior. I learned a new term for it, or a New York term. 'Snotty' I like the term. We tend to call it 'Lumpy'. Standing on shore, above the wave action and looking up at water piling up at a river mouth, 15 foot plus? Watching waves start to curl in 20 foot depth, lumpy seems understated. We tend to put emphasis on the first syllable and draw it out, still... Lake Michigan they are 'Sheep', the white caps are. The red clay washing down rivers makes for brown sheep in the river plume. Baa, Baa brown sheep? That doesn't cut it... I kind of like Snotty. Thanks, guys.
  3. youp50

    Downrigger wiring

    I fish mostly Lake Superior. I have never seen corroded copper on a boat of mine, except the power plug for the Lowrance. I guess the waters of Ontario are less pristine than the Gitch, but if I never launched in salt or brackish water, I would not concern myself with tinned wire. That being said, you are correct, tinned wire is AB&YC recommended for marine use. American Boat and Yacht Council.
  4. youp50

    Downrigger wiring

    Check with the rigger company. Follow proper fuse to gage of wire. If you under gage and over fuse you will likely burn the wires and start a fire and have to swim, all during a hot bite. OR, you will draw too much power and the voltage will decrease which will increase the amperage through the DR motor windings and cook the motor. Of course the manufacturer has seen this before and will recognize the issue and void the warranty. Go find a commercial electrical contractor and beg or borrow the required wire. Smoked salmon is as good as cash with most electricians out here, probably holds true out east also.
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    Where to go?

    I am kind of curmudginey. Not real big on crowds or combat fishing. Retired and capable of waiting for flatter days. Stay in a wall tent, so I really don't need a place where you need bars on the windows of your motorhome. Capable Lake Superior catcherman. We are going to Nipigon this August. I would like a coaster 8 or 9 inches belly to back. Looking for suggestions on campsites. I typically haul daily, maybe I'll fix the leak this year... It would likely be a next summer thing, unless we go to Alaska. Whats over that way? Thanks in advance
  6. youp50

    To All Veterans & Active Duty Military

    Just do it! The South Shore Fishing Association in Marquette MI runs a Vets fishing day. I was only able to drive one year and my Vets were a no show. I am a Vet and it was heart warming to see some of the boats with tuna doors get the wheel chair bound Korean Vets out. The fish get cleaned for them. There is a Banquet following the fishing, with a boat parade in between.
  7. I fish the central UP shores of Lake Superior. Clear water is the norm. I may have a silver and black Rap or Bomber out. I fish bright colors. Flo orange, UV pinks, Yellows. I will also run whites or blacks. Maybe our browns are dumber, Flourocarbon leaders and small snaps. I do not do well with the bright greens though, including firetiger.
  8. I have used the Rapala knot in the past. How long do you trust a Rapala knot? My guess is tourney days you start with a new knot. If you are prefishing or fun fishing, how often do you retie?
  9. Try a different approach. Here is the theory; the split part of the split ring is bearing on the nose loop of the bait. The force keeps the bait from wobbling properly. Tie directly to the split ring, the knot will tend to hang in the split part of the ring and the bait's action is not affected. Trouble with that is your leader is acted on by the same splits, which may damage the line and fail. One should take the time to tie in a manner that puts the split to the side. This protects the line and preserves the action. Here is the different approach that you should try the next time you get to the pier. Remove the split ring and snap right to the nose loop of the bait. I have heard of people changing the round split ring to the oval ones. In practice the oval rings keep that split to the side. I may get around to putting some oval rings on this year. But I know my pin minnows and j-7s run fine without round rings.
  10. There are guys that fish out of Black River Harbor in Upper Michigan that love the outriggers when its rough. They set up kind of like a really long arm downrigger. Some days the fish can't take the spoon being pulled up and away with out grabbing it
  11. I tried WD-40. With a semi controlled test, same lures different sides of the boat, wd on one side not the other. The wd side took more fish. Trolling pattern was back and forth along a bay shore, same depths. This was not run with a down speed indicator. Differing speeds could have been the result of current... Then I tried Dr Juice against the WD. Same flawed test. Dr won out. Don't ignore any spilled on gunnels, sucks to scrub off after it sets for a week or so. Then I tried somebodies Herring. It took me a couple of times to realize the smell was not my partner's lunch. (He eats weird forms of animal protein.) I pitched that in the trash at the landing. It may have put the hex on a couple of good baits. I may have heard even the racoons left the landing until trash was picked up. Life is good as I have a reliable brick and mortar store that stocks the Dr.
  12. youp50

    Magda 20 question

    You may find that the knob positions the spool in the direction of the spools axis. If it is favoring too tight, the line will bunch up on the right side of the spool and too loose will bunch up on the left.
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    Up this way they are called lawyers, slimy, ugly, bottom feeders that wrap themselves around you, Not much of a fillet on the small ones. I always soak them in salt water to pull the blood out. Minnesotans go a little goofy over them. Call them eelpout and have ice derbies targeting them. There is a hoop net season on a couple of rivers in the westcentral UP, I have some buds that net them under the ice. They like the livers. Claim the livers have aphrodisiac powers. The fish have a big liver that's for sure. I haven't been able to convince myself to eat the livers. I consider them in the same food class as sweetbreads.
  14. youp50

    Best place to buy tackle online?

    Fish-USA offers a 10% discount for Vets.