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    in reply to: 30-30 vs 45-70 #1569406

    If I were a deer hunter I would go with the 45-70. Since that isn’t the case and a lever action is a “must have”, I have a 30-30 Marlin 336. Just like everyone else I think that it’s so sweet and that’s why so many people have lever actions. A 30-30 can also be loaded with a 110-grain bullet suitable for other stuff but I don’t think factory ammo is available in that size? So it might be a bit more versatile than the 45-70. Marlins are no longer made in North Haven Connecticut and that’s very unfortunate. From what I’ve read the “Remlins” aren’t near the quality but that may have changed? If I were shopping I’m not sure what brand I’d get.

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    There are some videos on Youtube that I believe were filmed in Texas? Taking out pigs from a helicopter and some very impressive shooting. Pretty interesting stuff I thought.

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    Yep, cut gills are probably the best bait you can use. Fresh is important so they should be put on ice right away and a little 6-pack cooler works great for that. Since you’re camping right there on the lake, keeping a few little ones alive in a minnow bucket might be an idea. Personally I’ve never had any luck with live gills but have never fished an impoundment for cats. On the Cedar at least even the flatheads seem to prefer cutbaits.

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    in reply to: Northern #1582518

    I live in CR and have caught a few here in the river but nothing of any size. I’ve seen some decent ones caught though. North is definitely the direction to go and most inland rivers north of I-80 at least should hold some. For me pools 9 and 10 on the Miss are the places to go but you might be closer to the Iowa great lakes area? Northerns are kind of slimy (“snot rockets” LOL) and a lot of people don’t want to catch them. Though a little more trouble to clean, IMO it’s the best eating fish there is. They need to have some size to them before considering keeping them.

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    I suppose if a person was loading a BUNCH of pistol rounds a progressive might be worth considering. However even with a single stage it doesn’t take very long to load pistol rounds. I take my time with rifle rounds and wouldn’t even want to use a progressive for those. Ball powders throw pretty consistently but extruded, not so much. I don’t know how many others do this but I weigh each charge and use a trickler to make sure everything is dead on. I’ve had my RockChucker for over 30 years but guessing any of the name brands are just as good. One thing I would strongly suggest is getting a hand primer as opposed to using the press to seat primers. Mine is a Lee but that probably doesn’t matter. IMO it’s a must have tool.

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    Before the 2008 flood when there was warm water discharge, Cedar Lake actually held some very impressive bass that I’m not sure many people knew about? It was also loaded with bluegills making it a great place to catch catfish bait in a very short period of time. There are still fish in there obviously but nothing like before. If nothing else CR really needs to take care of some geese and the Cedar Lake area is a perfect example.

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    in reply to: Ramp Chaos! #1583344

    I remember when I was young camping with a buddy at Pinicon Ridge on the Wapsi. Across the river and down a ways was the boat ramp. There was a car launching a boat which was nothing unusual because at the time a lot of cars were pretty big. I’m guessing there was some commotion that drew my attention back to the ramp. There had been a launching fail and the car was in the river and looked like it was floating just off the ramp. Shortly there after it went completely under and the only thing to be seen was the boat. I don’t believe anyone was in the car and it didn’t appear to be an emergency situation. If I recall, after the car went down it was kind of a silent “well sh*t…” moment.

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    Is the braid tough on guides or is that another type of line I’m thinking of? What about knots? I certainly don’t want to mess with glue. Abrasion resistance? I remember when some of the “super lines” first came out maybe 25 years ago? Some of my fishing buddies where checking this stuff out but there were issues. That’s why I just stuck with mono and until now never considered or looked into anything else. I did try braided Dacron years ago for catfishing and didn’t like that at all.

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    I’ve caught more walleyes and white bass on traps than any other hard bait. They’re also good for northerns. Anymore I just get shad color and make sure I always have plenty. Rapala makes the best but they cost a little more.

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    in reply to: Best bass lakes #1607548

    If you’re limiting yourself to lakes only you’re missing out. IMO pools 9 and 10 on the Miss can’t be beat. The river up there is a great fishery and just a neat place to be.

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    in reply to: Cut Bait #1608581

    Always preferring gills my favorite piece is a steak cut (both sides) just behind the head with the ideal size being about 1″x 4″. Hooked through the tough top skin you can get plenty of exposed hook and the bait doesn’t spin in current. Never used circle hooks but a 4/0 to 5/0 straight shank seems to work pretty well. Put your gills on ice while they’re still flopping and don’t freeze.

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    Are you sure they were catfish? Large groups of carp will hang out like that with their dorsal fin above the surface.

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    I wouldn’t be avoiding a river because it’s high, IMO that would be the place to go. At least if it’s steady or on a slow rise, dropping can be tough though. High water eliminates a lot of area and fish are going to be glued to the bank. Find something a little different that still has moderate current and avoid straight banks. For cats I’m a firm believer in the “7 minute rule”. Active fish will usually bite within the first few minutes, after 7 you’re wasting your time. And you have to have cut baits!!!

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    I’m with TA, St Croix makes some fine rods. My primary walleye jig outfit is a 6’6″ ML fast action.

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    in reply to: Abu crap #1611520

    Yep, the Swedish made C3 is a pretty darn good reel. I’ve got a few, three 4600’s and one 6500. These reels have seen a lot of use, more so the 4600’s, but still work flawlessly. Periodic clean/lube is always a good idea and the felt drag washers should be replaced once in a while. Mine are 20 yrs old so maybe the newer models have something else? At one time I had a couple of 5500’s but wasn’t as fond of those. I like the 4600 for cranks and spinnerbaits.

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