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    MT, thanks. Sometimes I never know the cause of loss of electricity. I have learned to live with it

    Ice is so dangerous, as you know better than anyone. I hope it might snow over the ice so you can get back out there. But, a good bowl of moose spaghetti sounds really good and perfect protein and carbs for the outdoors. Take some with you to have while ice fishing

    Be careful and see you later.
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    Originally Posted by mtpockets View Post
    I don't take any chances with that sh!t, it's a good way to get stranded or end up in a ditch lol.
    We were at a boat ramp around 5:30 am one very cold day (high teens) to go duck/goose hunting many years ago. On the boat ramp was a guy in a small jon boat asking if anyone had any starter fluid Don't know about you, but if I didn't have extreme confidence in my equipment, there's no way that I'd launch for fear of getting stranded.
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    Originally Posted by Payton1221 View Post
    We were at a boat ramp around 5:30 am one very cold day (high teens) to go duck/goose hunting many years ago. On the boat ramp was a guy in a small jon boat asking if anyone had any starter fluid Don't know about you, but if I didn't have extreme confidence in my equipment, there's no way that I'd launch for fear of getting stranded.
    I am with you on that one Payton. Enough can go wrong without starting off on the wrong foot. I bet you have seen it a bit over the years.


    We were heading home one evening when we ran into a family about 4 miles offshore waving their arms so we went over. I asked him what was wrong and he said his outboard wouldn’t start and killed the battery trying to start it.

    So I asked him what was the outboard doing before it died? He said that he thought that it could be running better and was adjusting the carb. Several miles offshore on a windy day with your family is not the time or place to be turning screws. If it’s running, take it into the marina and do it.

    I really didn’t want to tow it back if I could avoid it so I jumped aboard with one of my trolling motor batteries, was able to get it running and had them follow me in. They had been adrift for an hour, this was pre cellphone days so without a radio they could have been without help until it was dark enough to throw up a few flares (if they even had them) in hopes that someone saw them.

    Idiots, if you hang around boat ramps enough you will see all kinds of them. There are actually a few successful YouTuber's that make big bucks from videoing idiots at boat ramps. I play their videos sometimes when I am in the garage working on something. Some of it is pretty funny. Here’s a couple. (as always, if anyone gives a rats ass)

    https://www.youtube.com/@CaptainCrunchBoats01

    https://www.youtube.com/@MiamiBoatRamps




    Crazy weather here, it was 57 degrees less than 2 days ago -10F this am with a windchill of -39F. This is one fukked up winter, if you can even call it winter. lol . Hopefully next year is better. The fishing has been very good the last few days but today it dropped off, only having one good hit and no fish iced.




    I did hear something pretty cool this morning though, there were a pair of Lynx squaring off in the bush behind me somewhere, they were hard to hear because of the wind being so strong, so I went up in the bush a ways out of the wind to hear them a little better. I stayed there for about 10 minutes, I don’t know when they started but they were still going at it when I left the bush.

    I tried to capture the audio on my phone but that was useless, usually I have an action cam with a mic on me but it was so cold today that I didn’t bother bringing any electronics.

    Here’s a video I got off youtube that you can hear something similar to what I heard this morning if anyone gives a rats ass.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaXmIPHrHmY

    Aside from mating, Lynx are solitary animals, disputes like this happen over territory most of the time but this is mating season so this could have been over pussy. Lol.

    I have heard it a few times over the years, usually on the trapline or at moose/deer camp at night miles away from home. This was pretty much in the backyard.

    Lynx fascinate me, I have trapped many over the years and in that time I got to observe a few. I watched one from my deer stand in November one year. We had snow on the ground and it was putting the sneak on something that I couldn’t see. It was moving through the
    alders in such a way as to bend around them not hitting them. Almost like you see those dogs in competitions going around the stakes/pylons but much slower.

    Something else I observed while it was on the stalk that I didn’t know was that when it put a foot down, it would do it ever so lightly at first and then press harder on it. This would allow it to compress the snow without making noise. After watching it for about 30 feet I saw a snowshoe hare bust out faster than I have ever seen one run. It didn’t have a chance, despite being over 20 feet away the lynx was on it in seconds and snapped its neck.

    Incredible creatures that I admire and respect very much.

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    Originally Posted by Payton1221 View Post
    asking if anyone had any starter fluid duck hunting
    4 of us went out with a guy on his 1860 with an unreliable outboard. He dropped 3 of us on an island with our gear and said he was going to fiddle around with the motor. We were duck hunting on this island for a few hours and just watched the guy in the boat slowly drift away on the lake until he was a tiny speck. Around sunset he got the motor running and came back to pick us up off the island.

    I've had to tow his 1860 back on 2 occasions with my 1436.
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    MT, I think Lynx are fascinating, too. Just seeing one is thrilling, no doubt, as seeing a Bobcat is thrilling down here. I have seen videos of two Lynx squaring up. They never fight, but damn can they squeal some bloody murder sounds Not to mention, those cats are beautiful.

    Fine Trout dinner there. I would inhale that.

    Yeah, years ago when I was more active on public lakes, you meet some great people and some goofballs. Boating can be so dangerous in so many ways.

    Nothing to report here. During work breaks I have been planting some trees and also trying to sprout some Magnolia seeds I nurtured last Fall at my city home. Great genetics, so I got about 55 seeds and took off the red layer and put them in some moist dirt in a bag and into the fridge for Winter. I pulled about 20 of them.

    Birds are loving the pre-Spring. Might go fishing next week. I really need to prepare three rod and reels. My brother and I use bait-casting reels. Mine are 2 Lew's and I was given a very nice and new Shimano. I have some nice willow-double-blade spinners and top-water lures. I started using trailer hooks because sometimes a big Bass will hit it but not commit and the trailer hook snags them. Many times though, big Bass will smash-murder the top-water lure and it is on.

    These Tiger Bass, which are hybrids, are the same Bass we put in our lake about 10 years ago.

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    Mark those tiger bass sound interesting. I hope that you boys get out fiishing soon. I have only used a baitcaster once, 1 cast. I fished a lot of tournaments where many competitors used and swore by them, my fishing partner was one. He kept after me to try it, I kept telling him that I am not using a rod upside down like a 5 year old girl. Finally I caved to his pressure and when no one was looking I gave it a flick. Obviously his instruction wasn’t very good because I created the biggest bird nest he ever saw. He never asked me to try it again but does tell everyone and remind me that a 5 year old girl can cast better than me

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    Been stranded many times over the years, just a part of my lifestyle, breakdowns contributed to some but weather was a bigger player in most incidents. I don’t go looking for them but when they happen, I consider it just another adventure and embrace the suck. Being prepared helps.

    On one trip a buddy and I were flown into a remote lake to do some speckled trout fishing, it was a 10 day trip. There was a 4000 foot mountain and over 100 miles between us and the float plane dock. The weather where we were was great but on the other side there was some serious fog and the planes couldn’t go airborne. So we were all packed up waiting for a plane that never showed up, we just figured it was running behind because there were other people in the bush that they had to haul out. It happens.

    The next day the fog reached us and we knew that we were going to be eating a lot of fish. We had both kept our limits to go home with and had them buried in the sand in coolers, these fish were all above 3 pounds and our large one each was around 8 lbs.

    I built a smoker out of tarps and we smoked a lot to keep them as long as we could. On the 3rd day the fog lifted but we weren’t out of the woods yet. There were other people in the bush that had been in there longer than us and it went on a priority basis. On the 5th day in the evening after our planned pick up we heard the unmistakable drone of the De havilland Beaver dropping in to pick us up.

    No complaints on that one though, the fishing was friggin amazing and we were releasing tons of speckled trout and many over five pounds on the regular. It was all flyfishing and there were Northern pike in the lake so we had some fun with those on the fly rods. A 20+ lb northern pike on a fly is a handful.

    We were in paradise and wished it had lasted longer 😀 A month later we went to another lake on a 2 week trip but Mother Nature didn’t help us out and the plane picked us up on time.



    Well it looks like the ice fishing season here that started 3 weeks later than normal will end over soon at least a month early…





    This is extremely abnormal. On average 20 degrees higher than normal. Everything is melting and we have no snow. (snow is critical to put moisture into the watershed and area)

    I think this year's wildfire season will be unprecedented at this rate. Hope I am wrong on that one.

    The snow mobile trails here are usually groomed between xmas and the new year and grooming continues well into April. They haven't groomed at all this year.


















    I waited until sunrise to go fishing because I don't trust the ice and need to see where my fat ass is going ha ha


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    MT, funny on the baitcasting reels. The better reels don't prevent bird's nests, but they make it less likely to do that. I have used them all from open-faced spinning reels like yours to these and it depends where I am and what I am fishing for. I bet Northern Pike and Musky are fun to catch. Those are on my fish bucket list next to trout.

    Smoking trout while on the trail is a dream for me. Not many people these days have that opportunity.

    Those photos are incredible. I hope this year is just an off year and everything goes back to normal this next Winter. I have been through droughts, but never two years in a row like the last two.
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    The best I could do was smoke 1237 doves with 2650 shells out of a 28 gauge in 3 days in Argentina. Think I posted that certificate on here before.

    Some other guys from Wisconsin at the camp had done an African safari. Baboon on a cliff is the keywords. Think I posted that story which included a .300 Win mag.
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    The best I could do was smoke 1237 doves with 2650 shells out of a 28 gauge in 3 days in Argentina. Think I posted that certificate on here before.
    Why?


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    Some other guys from Wisconsin at the camp had done an African safari. Baboon on a cliff is the keywords. Think I posted that story which included a .300 Win mag.

    Same question








    My ice fishing season 2024 is all finished.. tout fini…Todo terminado….pau loa… ha ha

    Whodathunkit?

    By far the shortest season that I have ever experienced, shorter by well over a month, almost two really.

    I just don’t trust the ice. It's so spotty. At best, the lake behind my place has about 9 inches in spots. The top 5 inches of that is just complete garbage and the bottom 4 is deteriorating fast. The lakes here are very deep and have a lot of underwater springs so there could be places where there is less than an inch of ice.

    We took the argo (amphibious 8 wheel XTV) out yesterday to check the lake in front of my place, a much deeper and larger lake almost 1600 acres and we hit anything from 10 inches to 5 inches, most of it garbage. Normally at this time of year we can have 3 feet of ice or more. Much like the lake behind my place it’s garbage ice that is deteriorating fast and will start to honeycomb soon.

    We are expecting over an inch of rain in the next 24 hours and that will make the ice heavy and push water up wherever possible causing further deterioration.

    Here’s the weather forecast for the next 2 weeks.




    There is no cold weather in the forecast so It’s time to call it and hope for an early ice off so we can shore fish and get in the boats, in the meantime there are hikes, bikes and winter camping to be had….

    Headed out on a long hike in a bit..

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