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    in reply to: Who is here? #2231448

    I think im signed in.

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    in reply to: Inline ice reel #1556385

    One thing to consider with them and I found this out trying a eagle reel is how you like to hold your pole and reel fish in. For example, I like to hold the reel when jigging in what I call the pistol grip which is just holding the reel and not the rod. If you hold the rod like a handle most will work for you.
    If you are a pistol grip guy like me some reels have the spool exposed so your palm will prevent the spool from moving. Some have spool guards so your palm doesn’t stop the spool. The eagle doesn’t work too well for my style but I have modified how I reel fish in.
    I believe the black betty styles have spool guards on the back so might be a better option for me.
    Hope that makes sense.

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    in reply to: Buck Bomb #1561073

    Not sure I would spray that stuff on my clothing, but when I use it, I spray a spot on a trail where I would want a deer to stop. Most all deer stop and smell it and many will actually stand there and lick it, giving me enough time to make a good shot.

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    Quote by: pierson409

    http://www.dickinsoncountynews.com/story/2449457.html

    Good read right there. I guess that answers the demand and is more notification than most anyone would require. Maybe next time they can call everyone and explain what is going on and where.

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    Doing a great job teaching grandkids entitlement, disrespect, and how to blow a cork. nice 😯

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    I have cat fished up there a couple times. Sometimes the day bite was good and other times we could only get them fast during the night. One spot that was most consistent for us was in the area of Doc Reids. Basically south of the Selkirk ramp and around the bend south of the power plant. I think there is a golf course that would be to the north of where we anchored up.
    Other spots was the miracle mile, in front of lower fort gary, and the limestone mile.
    In late summer, TV bait shrimp and goldeye on a circle hook was our best baits at that time. Goldeye we caught ourselves with a small jig tipped with a crawler under a bobber about 3 feet down. Sometimes we had no trouble getting the goldeye other times we struggled.
    We also brought up a bunch of frozen leopard frogs and they had their moments of fast action.

    Our set up was a no roll sinker slip sinker and about a 1 to 1.5 foot leader and a circle hook. We found with the longer leader the bait may have moved around too much with the current so we shortened em up and that seemed to help.

    Hope this helps some.

    That is helpful, thanks Stickman. I’ll keep some of those spots in my notes. It really doesn’t hurt much to share spots up there, it is pretty much entirely catch and release anyway.

    So you took some frozen frogs in from the states with no issues? I am aware that you cannot take in live leopard frogs and I’ve actually made three calls to the Manitoba version of the DNR to see if I can bring in frozen frogs. The first two gals didn’t know for sure and patched me through to a third who left me a message when I wasn’t home unfortunately. She told me no, but I’m going to call her back, I think the gal that relayed my question to her neglected to stress that they would be dead and frozen.

    Its been about 10 or more years since I have been up there cat fishing. I do go up yearly still to target walleye in October. To answer your question I was pretty young and dumb back then and not concerned at that time what we brought up for bait. We just knew at that time we couldn’t take live bait so we brought frozen frogs and shrimp. They did ask if we had any live bait at the border in which we said no. So I really can’t answer your question if what we did was legit or not. But if I could make a guess frogs and any other bait is fine to take across if dead/frozen.

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    I have cat fished up there a couple times. Sometimes the day bite was good and other times we could only get them fast during the night. One spot that was most consistent for us was in the area of Doc Reids. Basically south of the Selkirk ramp and around the bend south of the power plant. I think there is a golf course that would be to the north of where we anchored up.
    Other spots was the miracle mile, in front of lower fort gary, and the limestone mile.
    In late summer, TV bait shrimp and goldeye on a circle hook was our best baits at that time. Goldeye we caught ourselves with a small jig tipped with a crawler under a bobber about 3 feet down. Sometimes we had no trouble getting the goldeye other times we struggled.
    We also brought up a bunch of frozen leopard frogs and they had their moments of fast action.

    Our set up was a no roll sinker slip sinker and about a 1 to 1.5 foot leader and a circle hook. We found with the longer leader the bait may have moved around too much with the current so we shortened em up and that seemed to help.

    Hope this helps some.

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    in reply to: Have you caught #1564441

    Last year on Silver lake I was with a buddy trolling bottom bouncers and spinners. I remember complaining to him that I wish I had a lighter bottom bouncer (i was using a 1 oz) so I could long line a little further back. Half hour later I hook a fish and when I get closer to the boat I suddenly see a 2nd bottom bouncer. My spinner snagged a 1/2 oz bottom bouncer and attached to that was a spinner and about a 3 pound pike.
    So I got my wish of being able to long line and may have saved that pikes life as it was looking alittle on the thin side. I think he’s been dragging that bottom bouncer around for awhile.

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    Quote by: CRIA1576

    i’ve seen some 2nd gens work just as well and i’ve seen some just be bonkers. spinning the boat around, rushing back to the spot at 10 (this is really fun when you are standing in the bow not paying attention)

    EXACTLY!!! Mine is of the wonky/bonkers variety… LOL! I am going to call and see what, if anything, can be done to try and correct it.

    Report back to us what you find out please.

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    Quote by: CRIA1576

    I have the 80# with iPilot but not iLink. The motor should manage the GPS coordinates pretty tightly and keep you in place. However, I am going to doublecheck with the MK website.

    ***UPDATE***
    I just checked the website and new hardware and software were implemented on iPilot and iLink motors for fall of 2016. These innovations significantly improve the spot lock feature’s precision. Any of us with the older motors will have to leverage drift socks or the old standby, real anchors, to stay on structure.

    I have a terrova that is probably 6 years old and I would say where I lock it the head of my trolling motor will keep me with 10 feet. Obviously its not capable of knowing where the back of the boat is at the time of the lock so it does swing around when there is no current or wind. I think in the owners manual for my older motor is says 10 feet. 10 yards is not acceptable in my book. I would call Minnkota and tell em your issue.

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    in reply to: Lake Poinsett #1566079

    De Smet is a good ways away from Poinsett. If you are looking for minnows and crawlers there are places on the west side of the lake that have stuff. Most have tackle as well. The gas station in Arlington also has minnows and crawlers.

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    It looks like you stayed in North Dakota and had good luck. I have fished the ND part of the river a couple times with pretty good success in the grand forks area non guided. I have also gone into Canada a couple times on the Red non guided. We fished below the dam at Lockport to Selkirk. Having fished for cats in Canada I will not fish in ND again. I would say the two times in Canada our average weight on fish was 22 pounds with the biggest pushing 30 lbs and rarely do you catch one under 15 pounds. Its the place to go for truly giant catfish.
    If you are after taking fish home to eat stay in ND. If you are after true giants go to Canada. I don’t recall the regulation in Canada but I think you can only keep one catfish a day and its under a certain length. ND has way more relaxed limits.
    In Canada we did not get a guide as we knew the river very well from fishing it for walleye. I think if you wanted a guide in Canada Donovan Pearase will get you on fish.

    Just throwing out my comparison from the two locations and another option if you wanted to drive that 1.5 hours extra into Canada. Its been 10 plus years since Ive been up there to target catfish, but I don’t think it has changed much. Still read about hot cat bites and sumo sized fish.

    Good Luck.

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    Quote by: WhiteMoose

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    New motors you are gonna pay $1,100 for a 55 lb power drive with Ipilot and 12 volt, or $1,250 for the 70 lb ipilot 24 volt. If it was me, I would get the 70 lb thrust and 24 volt especially if you are considering getting a bigger boat. Just my $.02

    Stupid question- 12v runs on 1 battery, 24v would require 2 batteries, correct? I’ve always just had 1 battery on my boat, but I could probably make room for 2.

    Correct. 24v will require two batteries hooked up in a series. I do know people who have the 12v ipilot and still use 2 batteries hooked up in parallel just to get longer battery life for long days on the water.

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    New motors you are gonna pay $1,100 for a 55 lb power drive with Ipilot and 12 volt, or $1,250 for the 70 lb ipilot 24 volt. If it was me, I would get the 70 lb thrust and 24 volt especially if you are considering getting a bigger boat. Just my $.02

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    in reply to: reels? #1568905

    Another vote for pflueger reels. Trion size 20 for the panfish rod and the president 25 for your jigging rod. I have several of both and only thing I have to do is oil them up once in awhile.

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