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General Discussion / Nimmy Thursday 1/23/2020
« on: January 25, 2020, 07:07:25 AM »
As I lifelong Hardwater guy, I've got to come clean & confess. Yesterday (Thursday 1/23), me & Evinrude58 Carl hit Nimmy at C-1. It's the very first time I was with anyone who had a rope tied around his waist with a 50ft tail just in case he went in. Smart move by Carl. Wish I had thought of it.

Though I've learned to read ice just as good as most experienced hardwater guys, yesterday's ice was the worst I've ever been on... 2.5-3" at best... And it wasn't good, hard, solid, clear ice. The ice didn't look good or feel strong... or ver safe.

I confess: It was treacherous. As I gingerly walked out to meet Carl, I could sense the ice wasn't good at all. Certain types of "cracks" one hears while stepping forward really perk your ears & tighten your nerves. Even though we fished less than 100yds from the boat dock, we were still in 9-11ft of water. We didn't move much.

Water started accumulating around my holes and soon I was in 1/2"-3/4" of water around me.. The ice was starting to sag. NOT A GOOD FEELING. Cautiously I moved to a another spot and within 5 minutes, the water on the ice was surrounding me again. Our skeptical ice was turning to dangerous, deteriorating, soft ice..

I had originally planned to fish after sunset, but my conscience was telling me it was time to go. We only fished a couple of hours.. 1pm-3pm.

IN REALITY, WE SHOULDN'T HAVE BEEN ON IT., but the urge to be on the hardwater is difficult to ignore.
Yesterday's hardwater experience was thoroughly enjoyable, but dangerous as well. I said a prayer as we loaded our vehicles and spent another hour at the parking lot jawing & telling stories. I even had a nice, fat stogie.

Truth be told: I didn't want to go swimming again. Besides, I didn't wear my Speedos.

2019/2020 On-line Tournament! / Nimmy LMB Pic Jan 23 2020
« on: January 25, 2020, 07:03:11 AM »

General Discussion / CERTIFIED Safe filling system for 1lb Propane Tanks
« on: December 18, 2018, 05:10:29 AM »
 For those of you who are unaware, there is a certified safe and legal option for using and refilling and transporting one pound propane tanks. For now there is only one company offering this to the public. It is becoming widely available in major chain stores and on-line.

It's called the Flame King Refill System.


 The tanks are designed to blow mist out of a bleeder gauge valve to let you know when the tank is at the 80% full mark as you fill them. The remaining 20% is for expansion of the gas. This removes guessing how much is in it and is how much gas they are supposed to hold.
Please wear thick gloves to protect your skin and wear eye protection.
Always refill away from buildings and open flame or sparks.
After filling a tank, try to hold the 1 pound tank to refill valve tight until the valve  is completely unscrewed to help prevent gas leaking at that connection.

 Many of us have switched over to this system for obvious reasons, the number one reason is safety.
The disposable tanks (D.O.T. 39) are illegal to refill and also to transport after refilling.

Some concerns about their recall in the past are noted here:
Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received two reports of the connecting valve starting to unscrew from the cylinder. No injuries have been reported.

Flame King 16.4 oz. green 000001 through 020800

General Discussion / GEAR & TACKLE SHAKEDOWN
« on: December 08, 2018, 10:48:59 AM »
Since no ice yet as of Saturday 12/8/2018, spent some time in the basement shaking off the dust from the ice gear, equipment and tackle.....Cleaning & reorganizing tackle boxes, buckets and misc gear. Figuring out what new lures & tackle I need to purchase to replenish my bulging tackle boxes.

Haven't touched the rods yet, but that'll happen shortly.

Portage Lakes / Long Lake PLX 2/13/18
« on: February 14, 2018, 07:45:41 AM »
Hit Long Lake for the very first time this season. Fished 5pm-7:30pm with Minnowhead Ray. No Shanty. Ice was 6-7" Thick. No Soft Spots. 6-7fow. Waxies & Spikes. Dink Gills & Perch. No redears. Ray iced 1 nice 11" Crappie. Kept the 3 Herons around for dinner. They ate until they were full. Extremely nice evening.. no wind or rain for a change. Got home in time to shower, dinner & watch & CAVS game.

Mosquito Creek Reservoir / Saturday 2/10/18
« on: February 11, 2018, 03:17:12 PM »
Decided to fish Skeeter Saturday 2/10 with my son, Nathan. Arrangements confirmed Friday night to meet HurricaneShawn86 at Causeway Bait & Tackle at 6am. He was a NO SHOW. No contact or explanation whatsoever. Fortunately, we met Treeman Jeff at the bait shop. He gave us some tips. Nathan & I decided to fish SW of the causeway., trekked thru the slush & slop 1-1/2 miles down the west side to the stump area we wanted to hit. Jeff was there with his buddies and we ended up sorta bird-dogging him inthe same, general area, but certainly not on top of him or his buddies. Nathan, caught a 16" Eye about 10am and rolled 2 more. I caught 1 nice 12" crappie. Again we caught tons of dink perch.& a few nice gills. RAINS SUCKED. We ran out of minnows and called it quits at 3pm., hiking thru the slush & slop back to the vehicle. My newly built SMITTY really made the trek tremendously easier. By the time we reached the parkin lot, WE WERE SOAKED. My 1st Walleye is still swimming., but all in all, had a wonderful time with my son. Better luck next time. A word of caution: BE LEERY OF HURRICANE SHAWN86.

Ice Gear for Sale / Mickey Mouse Boots
« on: February 11, 2018, 08:54:38 AM »
Have a pair of Black Military Mickey Mouse Boots Size 11.  My son said they're too big for him.  Purchased New 2 years ago. Lightly Used.  $25

Mosquito Creek Reservoir / Mosquito Friday 2/2
« on: February 03, 2018, 06:40:29 AM »
Fished the DogPark on Friday for 11 hrs from 7am-6pm with Viking Jim & Gordy Billfish. Felt an odd feeling when I pulled into the parking lot & nobody else was there. Eeery feeling about fishing there,but decided to give it a shot. WRONG!!!! I drilled over 40 holes in search of quality fish. Hundreds of dink perch. Only managed to land a few nice perch & gills. My 1st elusive walleye is still swimming.

Long, cold day but enjoyed it despite our meager fishing results.

Nimisila / Tuesday Jan 30, 2018
« on: January 31, 2018, 05:54:00 AM »
Fished Nimmy with Eveinrude Carl Tuesday 1/30 5pm-7:30pm. Ice was in excellent condition. 7" with a little snow on top.  Hardly anyone else on the ice. Man it sure has been a tough bite this season for me. I've put in alot of hours on Nimmy ice resulting in empty bukets at the end of the day. Only 4 perch between the both of us. Another dismal outing. Very exasperating to say the least.

General Discussion / IFO Website Activity
« on: January 30, 2018, 07:20:31 AM »
... Gotta say this season is the lowest amount of forum/website activity I've seen on IFO ever. Even during lean years of ice, it seemed there was more chatter and input. 

Nimisila / Saturday 1/27
« on: January 28, 2018, 10:51:46 AM »
Decided to try the ice despite the high hesitancy and warm temps.  Fished Nimmy  8:30am-1:30pm with son (Nathan), Dan Buckzeye, Evenrude Carl & his grandson, Bobby.  Conditions were wet, rainy & miserable.  Drilled 100 holes in different areas trying to find fish. Drilled in deep weeds, drilled in shallow weeds, drilled in shallow structure, drilled in deep structure.,drilled in deep water...Fished with monnows, minnow heads, waxies, & maggots. Tried flies, spoons, ants, tungsten,... All to no avail. No luck.  Altogether I think we iced 15 perch. Wonderful cloudy day, but the rains really added alot of water on the ice.  Ice was solid 5-6". Shoreline was surprisingly excellent.  Drying everything today.

Nimisila / Thursday 1/25/18
« on: January 26, 2018, 07:34:21 AM »
Fished 5pm-6:15 with EV Carl.  Almost a dead bite.  Bite was almost non-existent. I fished with minnows while Carl fished with waxworms.  Nothing on his Jawjacker either. 11-14fow. Clear water conditions. Marked fish, but nothing biting. We managed to catch 1 fish each.

Surprisingly the shoreline ice was better Thursday than Tuesday.  Still 6".  Uncertain about Saturday (1/27) conditions with the warm temps, SW winds and rains a'comin.  I'm a little leery.

Nimisila / Tuesday Jan 23, 2018
« on: January 23, 2018, 08:11:45 PM »
I just got off Nimmy for the late afternoon/early evening bite with my son, Nathan and mousejam James Miller. Started at 5:00pm and fished till 6:45. The bite was ok up till dark, but not the food frenzy of yesterday. Fished the same holes as yesterday. Minnows on gold spoons & glow jigs after sunset. Think the periodic high winds & rains were a factor in shutting the bite down.  We caught 15 perch & 1 gill. Still fishing on 6" of ice, but the shoreline is about kaput. We were the only ones on the ice. Think tonight is the last until we have another cold front.

Nimisila / Monday 1/22/18
« on: January 23, 2018, 06:03:08 AM »
Hit Nimmy after work. Main body of lake. 17fow. Clear water with a little water on top. Not slushy. 8" of ice. First holes the bite was on. One pole. Non-stop for a solid hour. All Perch. Minnows on the bottom. No time to even light a stogie. Kept a dozen perch. Darkness, Rains & fishing solo drove me off the ice otherwise, I would've continued fishing.  Best rod action I've had at Nimmy so far this season.

Nimisila / Saturday 1/20
« on: January 21, 2018, 04:52:32 AM »
Fished Nimmy 4:30-7:30 Saturday 1/20., Jigging & Tip Ups with Minnows/Minnowheads. 2 Perch, 1 Crappie & 2 Stogies. Had an first time experience with one of my tip ups. Line was peeled completely off the spool and 6lb braid was broken. (I didnt check the Tip Ups after dark until I was ready to call it a day).  Think it could've been a huge Catfish, Walleye, Carp or Northern.  Oh well, live & learn even at my old age.  Had a great time anyway.

BTW: The newly constructed SMITTY worked wonderfully.  No drag whatsoever while pulling the shanty & gear.

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