2010 Fishing Blog

04/15/2010 8:19 pm
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I was debating whether I needed to have this blog this year, but it's necessary if only for this initial post.

A couple months ago I accidentally won some reels on Ebay (only X dollars for 2 slightly used reels and 12 hours left? I guess I'll put in a bid even though I'm sure someone will outbid me...) and I put some line on them last night. With the warm whether today I figured I'd head out to the park more to test things out than really try and catch anything, because this was my first attempt at putting mono on a bait casting reel. So I'm out there repeatedly chucking a medium sized spoon with a treble hook and cranking it back in. Then on one cast as I'm following through and watching the lure go a seagull swoops in out of nowhere. I think it came under the line, the line tangled around its right wing, which whipped the leader and lure around its neck and one of the barbs caught in his neck. It flailed a bit, fell to the water, and flailed a bit more before just sitting there.

My options were just cut the line or try to free it. So I cranked it in, which went pretty well except for when it turned and torqued so that I dunked him pretty good. But I'm guessing seagulls can hold their breath under water? Anyway, I got him up near shore and instinctively knew that you can't go sticking your hands near birds heads unless you don't value the use of your fingers. Fortunately I had my needle nose pliers with me which gave me the extension I needed to not get bitten. I'm still not entirely sure how his wing was still wrapped up, must have been from the stiffness of the leader. But I was able to grab the spoon and free the barb while the bird was snapping at me and once that came out and the leader and line wasn't taught he worked himself free and flew off. And I get to stamp the seagull on my 2010 fishing species bingo card!
fry6beeu9.jpgJeremy - As Seen On The Internet
04/16/2010 @ 02:13:53 PM
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Huh. Crazy.
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face.bmpCarlos44ec - "The tallest blade of grass is the first to be cut by the lawnmower."
04/19/2010 @ 02:43:02 PM
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sweet. PETA loves you now.
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jon.jpgJon - 2847 Posts
04/21/2010 @ 01:48:15 AM
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Good story. Keep the fishing blog going!

(If you want. No pressure.)
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Jon perfected this at 04/21/2010 1:48:44 am
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05/03/2010 @ 10:27:55 PM
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Wow. I do like the fishing blog. I wish I could fish more this year.
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2887.gifAlex - 3618 Posts
05/04/2010 @ 02:08:18 PM
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Went to Fox Lake on opening day (1st), very windy, weeds were surprisingly prevalent, warmest surface temp was 65, one bluegill and a 36" musky, both caught by my dad. Fish weren't too active yet.

Going to try out Winnebago this evening, then it sounds like filthy cold weather will be coming in for a while
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newalex.jpgAlex - 3618 Posts
05/06/2010 @ 12:57:00 PM
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On Tuesday I lost a northern, a new leader, and rapala because somehow the stupid fish wrapped the line around itself and the line ended up breaking. So I still haven't a caught a fish in 10 and now I'm losing equipment. My dad on the other hand managed to catch one walleye, a 22.5" family Winnebago record. And it was really windy again, what a surprise.
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2887.gifAlex - 3618 Posts
07/10/2010 @ 08:21:56 PM
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Way behind here.

Fished Winnebago Friday of Memorial day weekend and got a mixed bag of bass and I think maybe 1 small walleye. My first fish in the boat since open water fishing of 09 was a decent size smallmouth. Took my dad's boat out by myself for the first time on Memorial Day, biggest thing was I managed to get in and out of the lake without holding up traffic. Mostly just caught drum though and a bass or 2.

Fished Fox Lake next, had 4 northerns, nothing too big and a cold front came through which shut down the fish and made unseasonably cool and windy. At least we didn't wet though as rain missed us to the East and West.

Went out on the south end of Winnebago on 6/25 and it was nothing but a super stained, floating weeds all over, not a single bite, fishing skillz fail.

That Sunday we hit Fox Lake instead and got 4 or 5 northern, a largemouth, and a walleye. Kind of proud of that trip because nothing was working for the first hour or two so I came up with a different presentation and color choice (sort of a drifting/jigging of white spinnerbaits) that caught all the northerns, biggest was 32". Which for some reason I didn't take a picture of even though after the fact I realized that was somewhere around the 2nd-4th largest one I've ever caught. Right after I hooked the fish it launched like a rocket out of the water at an angle and jumped at least 6 ft horizontally, which was pretty cool and definitely the longest jump I've seen.

This morning I got up way too early and fished with my uncle (and aunt and dad) on Lake Michigan for only 2nd time. We landed 6 out of 8 salmon but the biggest one got away. Going to be some good eating tomorrow!
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newalex.jpgAlex - 3618 Posts
08/04/2010 @ 07:36:48 PM
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7/16 - south end of Winnebago, tried perch fishing but was too windy, ended up just catching some sheepshead

7/30 - Asylum bay area on Winnebago (by Oshkosh). Couple sheepshead and 1 perch, but got to see some of the airshow at least.
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