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  1. Tiger blank is very good quality. I believe these were made by Wolverine Tackle (Silver Streak) many years ago and are no longer made. Solid rods. One of the charters I used to fish on ran them and they held up well.
  2. Honestly I don't think too many people worry about it. I know when we eat fish we tend to eat the smaller ones, of the shorter lived species so there's less accumulation. But I have a friend who processes and eats a lot of fish and he thinks nothing about putting some 10-20# lake trout in the smoker. I've caught a couple tagged large lake trout that were 15-20 years old, so if any fish out there is going to be full of mercury, it's those.
  3. If Buck is still there, just punch that tree scraping, stopping every 2 minutes to eat something, gassy glue factory drop out right in his horse face. Why they gave the guy that hates horses the horse even they don't like... (The rest of the family had a great experience. I figured anything with me and horses was going to suck, and it did, so expectations were met)
  4. Is that quick fish a good sign or a curse? Thanks for the report.
  5. Sheephead tournaments? Back in the American Tackle era I made enough off those one year I had to report it on my taxes.
  6. Pike love gold red lb Thin Fish. Got one in December in 40' at the bubbler - that was a head scratcher.
  7. You're killing me. I'm not even looking at the forecast and buoy any more. Given up until the lake unflips and I can troll 10' for trout slams, which is usually early November. In full out bird mode now - scouted for the youth hunt yesterday and saw 7 ducks, but 5 of them were chip shots...
  8. Welcome. Bass will be ruined for you the first time a king tries to pull you off the pier and into the lake. Don't overlook plugs, they don't cast as well as spoons but some days a big thunderstick or J-13 rapala slowly ground back to you, or even if there's no traffic and rocks walked slowly down the channel is the ticket.
  9. If it does flip, find a pier head and beat it up. We had 47 degree water in close in the first week of October many years ago and beat up on the browns and steel fishing the plume in Saugatuck for about a week. Even lost one nasty boot of a king that didn't run when it should have.
  10. Excellent report. When we've found them, there seems to be nothing of note to hold them where they are. The water's all the same, no scum line, no bait. But if you find one, cloverleaf the area as there's usually more. I've found them in October in 370' out of Holland and trolling the beach in 6'. Go figure.
  11. Still chasing. 50 degrees out front not a mark. Fished the channel and Mac. Lots of salad / line cleaning. Three catfish and about a dozen sheep. Only lost one fish and I'm pretty sure that was a good walleye. Forecast not promising.
  12. Look up the plants for 2018. I'm already going to be (cough cough) sick a lot in September of 2021. And probably a little bit next year as well. Heard of two and already got one jack personally in Holland - those should be last year's plants already coming home.
  13. I'd hit the piers if I looked over and saw a cat on a boat. Mine come running out of the woods as soon as they hear the trailer being backed into the barn. Top video, about 7-8 seconds in, middle board, starboard side?
  14. We got one last week trolling for walleye. Unfortunately it fought like a walleye. Then we got a 14# sheep that fought like a 20# king...
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