The Fishing Thread

belleswell

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The Fishing Thread

I know I'm not the only musician here who enjoys angling. Lets see what
you've caught. Post your tips, tricks, and pics here. Maybe we can learn
from each other on tricks and tips. For me, the finesse presentation has
been key for fooling them. Light line, small hooks and long rods.

I'll start.

Lake Michigan King Salmon. I've been fishing for these since they were
re-introduced into Lake Michigan to control the alewive population. In
the 60's, the annual die off of these fish, (invasive bait fish), would
have them stacked two to three foot high, dead along the beaches. The stench
could be smelled miles inland. The solution was the King salmon and coho.

I started trolling in 1970 for them, and am now quite good at it. My present
boat is a 20' Pro V Lund. I can use it for inland lakes if the boat launch is deep
enough, and the the Great Lakes. I also have a small 12 foot Lund for the inland
lakes with shallow boat launches. Michigan is blessed with an abundance of lakes
with access for fishing.
QO1axyCh.jpg



Walleyes. These were caught in the lower Detroit river not far
upstream from Lake Erie, where in the spring, they migrate the rivers to spawn.
25 lbs for the two of them.
xrAw6OUh.jpg


Bluegills and Crappie. These were caught from a public lake not far from
home. The average bluegill is 9 to 10 inches. The large crappie in the pic
was over 13. We release the larger ones as they do not taste as
good. The largest crappie we released that day was 16 1/2 inches.
That's a big crappie for Michigan.
ZZ9xcPYh.jpg


This hybrid bluegill ( male bluegill x female green sunfish) came from our pond
They grow bigger than normal gills. Some are almost 13 inches and 2 lbs +.
This one was just shy of 11" and over a lb caught ice fishing.
q5lajU5h.jpg


I normally target bluegills and perch when fishing for pan fish, but years ago
a friend showed me a trick that increased my catch for crappie many fold. Just a dab of
this anise oil on your jig or hook. Then use bait or artificial lures as one would normally
use them. The scent of the anise oil drives them crazy. It is used for making rock
candy and comes in a variety of flavors. I buy mine at Meijers grocery store.
I've barely touched this bottle and have had it for
over 20 years. A little goes a long way.
RxzBD4Vh.jpg



Perch
This one came from our pond. The largest I've caught and released in our pond was around 15".
This one was over 12".
azwa51Th.jpg


These were caught in Lake Michigan with minnows
SZ1WTCWh.jpg



Light line, small hooks, and long rods = trophy sized trout.

2 lb test leaders, noodle rods and size 14 wide bend hooks, and
a freshly tied spawn bag with a Kraft mini marsh mellow hidden
inside the bag for the purposes of buoyancy and flavor.
TFNxplSh.jpg


Steelhead (rainbows)
This trophy weighed 17 lbs 4 oz and was caught fishing with waders
in the surf of Lake Michigan using a 2 lb test leader. It took almost a
half hour to "worry" him to shore.
EIjxeJph.jpg

More steelies
3GEsEM6h.jpg




Browns - Caught anchored in the discharge waters of Cooks Nuclear power
plant using smelt.
dREvg4Zh.jpg


Glow Fish. These coho and brown trout were caught anchored in the
discharge waters of Cooks Nuclear power plant on the southern shores
of Lake Michigan. Old pic.
5rXhHvrh.jpg


Lake Michigan Whitefish. I held the state record for this species for
quite a few years. I've since been de-throned. It weighed 13 lbs 4 oz.
I also held the state record black bullhead for years, which makes me
the only guy in Michigan with two state records on the books. Something
to hang my hat on.
iHo70F1h.jpg


Hard water. I make these "spring bobbers" for detecting light bites
when ice fishing. These are made commercially and sold for a few dollars
each. The cost on these used to be a buck or two. When the price
started pushing 4 dollars, I decided to start making my own.

Some craft store tubing and beads and some used or broken guitar strings.
I like the .010 size for these. When one gets bent up or pulls free,
I can now fix it for about 20 cents, half of which is for the small piece
of shrink wrap. Much nicer than a 4 dollar fix from a store bought one.
rkHCB3jh.jpg


cl2dheJh.jpg


Never leave home without it on an ice fishing trip. If you can see
them on the flasher, you can catch them. A must when ice fishing.
nr0Cgrdh.jpg


Custom rods I build. Usually longer 10 to 15' noodle rods for light
line presentations. The thread art can take longer than the time it
takes to do the eyelets, cork, and reel seat.
0mRMFXNh.jpg



One of the best anglers I know. We've not seen him this year as
much as last, but the two have a nest about a half a mile away from
our pond, so he has some perches over looking our pond.
5AHmAgCh.jpg


Summer view of pond
trZVyPNh.jpg


Spring was here and then old man winter gave us one last taste
with a light dusting.
I5lhgHEh.jpg





Feeding the bluegill


Knock knock


Surprise at the end.




Post away. Show me some "deep color". lol Wicked Tuna
 

bgmacaw

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I haven't done much fishing lately. When my son was younger he would go but decided he didn't like it any more. My wife isn't an outdoorsy type at all. So, my fishing equipment is in storage. Back between 2004 until about 2007, I sold a lot of fishing gear online on EBay, mostly overstock stuff I bought, but their rule changes and fee increases made that impractical so I stopped selling.

One of my favorite fishing songs...

 

Fretting out

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The Fishing Thread

I know I'm not the only musician here who enjoys angling. Lets see what
you've caught. Post your tips, tricks, and pics here. Maybe we can learn
from each other on tricks and tips. For me, the finesse presentation has
been key for fooling them. Light line, small hooks and long rods.

I'll start.

Lake Michigan King Salmon. I've been fishing for these since they were
re-introduced into Lake Michigan to control the alewive population. In
the 60's, the annual die off of these fish, (invasive bait fish), would
have them stacked two to three foot high, dead along the beaches. The stench
could be smelled miles inland. The solution was the King salmon and coho.

I started trolling in 1970 for them, and am now quite good at it. My present
boat is a 20' Pro V Lund. I can use it for inland lakes if the boat launch is deep
enough, and the the Great Lakes. I also have a small 12 foot Lund for the inland
lakes with shallow boat launches. Michigan is blessed with an abundance of lakes
with access for fishing.
QO1axyCh.jpg



Walleyes. These were caught in the lower Detroit river not far
upstream from Lake Erie, where in the spring, they migrate the rivers to spawn.
25 lbs for the two of them.
xrAw6OUh.jpg


Bluegills and Crappie. These were caught from a public lake not far from
home. The average bluegill is 9 to 10 inches. The large crappie in the pic
was over 13. We release the larger ones as they do not taste as
good. The largest crappie we released that day was 16 1/2 inches.
That's a big crappie for Michigan.
ZZ9xcPYh.jpg


This hybrid bluegill ( male bluegill x female green sunfish) came from our pond
They grow bigger than normal gills. Some are almost 13 inches and 2 lbs +.
This one was just shy of 11" and over a lb caught ice fishing.
q5lajU5h.jpg


I normally target bluegills and perch when fishing for pan fish, but years ago
a friend showed me a trick that increased my catch for crappie many fold. Just a dab of
this anise oil on your jig or hook. Then use bait or artificial lures as one would normally
use them. The scent of the anise oil drives them crazy. It is used for making rock
candy and comes in a variety of flavors. I buy mine at Meijers grocery store.
I've barely touched this bottle and have had it for
over 20 years. A little goes a long way.
RxzBD4Vh.jpg



Perch
This one came from our pond. The largest I've caught and released in our pond was around 15".
This one was over 12".
azwa51Th.jpg


These were caught in Lake Michigan with minnows
SZ1WTCWh.jpg



Light line, small hooks, and long rods = trophy sized trout.

2 lb test leaders, noodle rods and size 14 wide bend hooks, and
a freshly tied spawn bag with a Kraft mini marsh mellow hidden
inside the bag for the purposes of buoyancy and flavor.
TFNxplSh.jpg


Steelhead (rainbows)
This trophy weighed 17 lbs 4 oz and was caught fishing with waders
in the surf of Lake Michigan using a 2 lb test leader. It took almost a
half hour to "worry" him to shore.
EIjxeJph.jpg

More steelies
3GEsEM6h.jpg




Browns - Caught anchored in the discharge waters of Cooks Nuclear power
plant using smelt.
dREvg4Zh.jpg


Glow Fish. These coho and brown trout were caught anchored in the
discharge waters of Cooks Nuclear power plant on the southern shores
of Lake Michigan. Old pic.
5rXhHvrh.jpg


Lake Michigan Whitefish. I held the state record for this species for
quite a few years. I've since been de-throned. It weighed 13 lbs 4 oz.
I also held the state record black bullhead for years, which makes me
the only guy in Michigan with two state records on the books. Something
to hang my hat on.
iHo70F1h.jpg


Hard water. I make these "spring bobbers" for detecting light bites
when ice fishing. These are made commercially and sold for a few dollars
each. The cost on these used to be a buck or two. When the price
started pushing 4 dollars, I decided to start making my own.

Some craft store tubing and beads and some used or broken guitar strings.
I like the .010 size for these. When one gets bent up or pulls free,
I can now fix it for about 20 cents, half of which is for the small piece
of shrink wrap. Much nicer than a 4 dollar fix from a store bought one.
rkHCB3jh.jpg


cl2dheJh.jpg


Never leave home without it on an ice fishing trip. If you can see
them on the flasher, you can catch them. A must when ice fishing.
nr0Cgrdh.jpg


Custom rods I build. Usually longer 10 to 15' noodle rods for light
line presentations. The thread art can take longer than the time it
takes to do the eyelets, cork, and reel seat.
0mRMFXNh.jpg



One of the best anglers I know. We've not seen him this year as
much as last, but the two have a nest about a half a mile away from
our pond, so he has some perches over looking our pond.
5AHmAgCh.jpg


Summer view of pond
trZVyPNh.jpg


Spring was here and then old man winter gave us one last taste
with a light dusting.
I5lhgHEh.jpg





Feeding the bluegill


Knock knock


Surprise at the end.




Post away. Show me some "deep color". lol Wicked Tuna


Cool!

Your pictures are exactly what I imagine a rockin fisherman would look like!
 

Willie Johnson

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Excellent post. I've fished the big water of Lake MI on charter trips, but haven't hooked a King/Chinook myself. It's just about the only time I kill freshwater fish--for the uninitiated, these fish are caught using deep water trolling tackle, so if you release them, they die from decompression sickness/the bends anyway, so you may as well eat them. For my money, steelhead are the finest table fare of the Great Lakes salmonoid species, and lake trout is good too. The whitefish and surfcasting/noodle rod pics are really cool--never done that before. Long-line trolling for silver/Coho salmon with bass tackle is great fun as well.

My real passion is smallmouth bass fishing in small streams with light spinning tackle. This region is chocked full of rivers and creeks where smallies thrive, and are an underutilized sport fishing resource. People will drive hundreds of miles away from their homes and invest in thousands of dollars in fly tackle to catch stream trout, when they could find heartier, hard-fighting fish that put your typical brookie or brown trout to shame, right in their own neighborhood. I'm a smallievangelist.
 
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Mike SS

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I have not been fishing in at least 15 years, partly due to the fact that my wife let my adolescent sons take all my tackle and go fish a pond near our home. They basically trashed my rods and reels, and lost all my lures. I recently reoutfitted myself and will be heading out this weekend with an old friend to fish the banks of some local lakes.
 

uriah1

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The Fishing Thread

I know I'm not the only musician here who enjoys angling. Lets see what
you've caught. Post your tips, tricks, and pics here. Maybe we can learn
from each other on tricks and tips. For me, the finesse presentation has
been key for fooling them. Light line, small hooks and long rods.

I'll start.



Post away. Show me some "deep color". lol Wicked Tuna

Well you got me. I have not seen kings like that in Mich for awhile Mostly
Lakers. The slab gills and perch are over the top..nice!!
 

Boxla

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I've been fishing since the 1st grade. One of my more memorable trips was down to the Amazon River in Brazil to catch Peacock Bass and Piranha. Had a 15# peacock snap a custom made rod like it was nothing. Still landed him though. They fight hard.

My favorite fish to eat is Walleye and Perch, followed by Tuna and Snapper.
 

belleswell

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Thanks for sharing the pics. Please keep posting them. I can live vicariously through others outings.

Here is a fond memory of my father who passed quite a few years ago. I still miss him.

In this pic we had spent the day trolling for salmon in Lake Michigan. Because he had never caught them before or done
this type of fishing, I let him reel in everyone of them except one of the smaller ones that hit while he was fighting another.

Sometimes these fish can take up to a half hour to reel in. The boat can be a mile or more away sometimes before they come to the net. He asked if I was sure I didn't want to wind in the one he had been reeling in for 20 minutes. I laughed and told him
"Your doing great dad. Almost got him."

I miss him.

RIP Dad.

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I usually save up enough fillets to smoke a batch in my smoker. It holds 20 to 25 adult sized salmon or steelhead. It takes a few trips to have that many ready for the smoker.
When I have enough, I spend all day to make up a batch.

First a half hour to an hour in the brine, then a couple hours on racks with fans blowing on them. Then another 8 to 12 hours in the smoker. This is considered a "hot" form of smoking and the fish have a shorter shelf life in the frig then a "cold" smoking process which can take a few days at lower temps.

They will keep for about a month in the frig, so I save out what I plan on gifting and eating myself and then freeze the rest. Foodsaver bags and months later they still are awesome out of the freeze.

I started smoking salmon in '72 and my recipe is killer. Everyone who tastes it wants to buy some from me. I tell them they can't afford what it cost me to make and then give them some.
 
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