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  1. Wasn't planning on going because of grad parties but Dad woke me up and said we would be back in time. Ran a little north and put down in 70 fow pointed west. Set lines and then worked the water between 70-100 pretty much straight out. We found a small pod of fish in the 80 foot range and spent most of the day there. Fished for a few hours and ended 5 for 8.

    What worked:

    UV PK special on the rigger 58 down first thing, and then right on the bottom the rest of the day

    Carmel Dolphin 66 foot down on a rigger

    Blue Dolphin on a braided dipsy back 200

    UV Dolphin on a braided dipsy back 225

  2. I know from duck hunting the gun loves federal, specifically black cloud #2. I am going to start with federals for turkeys and work from there. Thanks.

    I may go with the red dot, figure I can toss that on a different gun in the off season.

    If you go the red dot route, I would recommend spending a little bit of money. A 3 1/2" gun will wreck some cheap red dots in just a couple shots.

    I shoot Feds for just about everything. That gun should throw a great pattern at 50 yards with a little load work.

  3. Iron sights will work, red dot is nicer:grin:

    3" should be sufficient

    the most important thing to do is pattern test to see where the pattern is going.:thumb:


    Instead of buying a red dot put the money into some different loads to see what your gun likes. If you feel like beating yourself up with the 3 1/2s, go for it. Otherwise the 3s will do the job just fine.

  4. The beat up one will continue working and will outshine the new ones. :) Any one ever witness this phenomenon??

    Many times :thumb: I have a killer dolphin that is bent, has terrible action and just a tiny bit of paint left but it still catches fish consistently.

  5. Well guys I haven't been around as much, at least not posting. Ive been super busy with school and work and spending a little time in the woods when I could. Saw some nice deer this year and had a lot of fun.

    I watched this deer all summer behind my house then it disappeared about the second week of October, not sure where he went but hopefully he shows back up next year.:)


    We also own property nearby. Did not see the number of deer we usually do, but did see some very nice deer. Here are a few:

    The neighbor shot this deer at the end of October, it went about 120


    Bow season was pretty uneventful. I took a friend of mine hunting who has never taken a deer before and he hit a buck in the shoulder. Unfortunately that deer was never found.




    Saw some great deer during gun season, also had the following buck sneak within about 10 yards of me and I let him walk. As he walked away I realized I made a mistake but it was too late. I still regret not taking a shot but he will be bigger next year.


    I also had one of the best days duck hunting ever:grin:


    No shots were fired from me or my dad at deer this year, but we had fun. Our season ended a little prematurely as we are currently over in MN at the Mayo Clinic. I had knee surgery yesterday and the doc said it went well. Ended up with a few nice slices and 5 screws in the knee (forgive any typos I'm on some heavy duty stuff). If all goes well I will hopefully see some of you at the seminar in a few weeks. I hope everyone had a fun and safe year :)

  6. Ill try to address a few to the best of my knowledge

    -Most guys like a speed of 2-2.2 at the ball

    -I like long leads, usually 100 feet for spoons and 40-50 on plugs.

    -Temp breaks will generally hold the fish, not always a given temp but salmon tend to like 48* and thereabouts

    -Run as long of leaders as you can and still be able to successfully net the fish, 10-12 feet for me but a lot of guys are running even longer leaders and handlining the fish in

    -My fly leaders are always changing, some days its 23" and some it 48" depends on the fish

    -Meat can be very successful when no other setups are, you can buy strips to give it a try without having to use a brine

    -Any other advice? Get out and fish, you will learn a lot on the lake. If you can get out and fish with another experienced fisherman; offer to pay for gas, bring snacks and drinks for the crew, etc. The amount of information you will learn with another fisherman in one trip will be more than you can learn in days on the internet.

  7. William, your videos are outstanding! If you don't mind me asking what camera are you using, I see a few GoPros on the boat but how about for underwater footage? How is it attached to the ball and what is the blowback like? Again those are some awesome videos, I subscribed to the channel!

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