Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Braidwood Bass Fishing 3/20/2017

I had a funeral to attend on Saturday so we made the decision to hit Braidwood again on Sunday. The plan was to get out the door wheels up at 4:00am. Well the best laid plans????? I hooked the boat up nice and early about 3:45 and when I went to plug in the trailer light adapter, disaster!!!! It was not in the center console. Now it lives in the center console of The Tahoe because there is no reason to keep it anywhere else. I was completely beside myself. I looked everywhere and could not find it. Now by this time my friend is at my house ready to get going. The reason we were leaving so early was because we knew there was a club tourney with 9 boats getting to the south launch at 6:00am. We wanted to be there at 5:30 so we could not only launch first, but not get in their way as they were prepping for the tourney.

Well, I made the decision to go. I was not going to wait the 3 hours for the sun to come up. I made it about half way down and was very nervous due to my carelessness. I pulled off in a large truck stop and thought they would have one for sale. And wouldn't you know it, they had every tow item possible from lights, to 7 way adapters, to air brake lines for tractor trailers. No 7 way to 4 way flat. I could not believe it. I did see two boats pull into the lot and they were talking. I figured, what the heck, I'm going to go ask. I approach the guys and they were very nice. One guy of course said, I had two in my truck until yesterday and I took one out. Then out of the blue one of the guys comes over to me and he had the adapter. He said that he did not even know why he had it because two years ago he got a new truck and didn't even use it. He gave it to me and wouldn't even take any money. Very cool. Nice to see there are still good people in the world. So we made it and we were still only the sixth boat there.

I met Rob from and said hi. He let me know that they were not ready to launch so we achieved our goal of being the first boat out and it proved to be a good move. We got out and within the first hour, got 13 fish with two doubles. They were not large fish but good ones for sure. The action was hot all day and we wound up with 25 fish and a few pretty good ones just no monsters.

Here is a video of the day as always. Thanks for reading and watching. Don't forget to get over to the facebook page and youtube at Adventures Midwest!!!!! Please don't forget to like and subscribe!!!!


Saturday, March 18, 2017

How to repair your Lowrance DSI Trolling Motor Transducer

Ok as promised here is the video on how to repair the trolling motor transducer for your Elite 5 sonar. I went out last week and it was very cold, air temp 16 and don't know if the cold did it or running into rocks but nevertheless, she broke near the end of the day. It is a very simple process but I couldn't really find any videos on how to do it so here is the video on how I did mine. Enjoy. Thanks for watching and please like and subscribe!!!!!

Braidwood 3/11/2017

We hit up Briadwood last week despite the cold temps and didn't break any records, just the DSI Transducer mount. The air temp was 16 degrees when we launched and there was a very sharp bite in the air. We did manage 10 fish just one with size and he was about 2.5-2.75 lbs. He unfortunately did not make it on the camera because they both ran out of battery.

It's a weird lake because even though the air temp was 16 the water near the hot water discharge was 75. So, kindof difficult to tell what they were doing. I'm sure with the warm weather we had two or three weeks ago, this was a cold front to the bass. They were not hitting anything other than cranks. We tried some jigs up in the laydowns and probably should have gotten a bit deeper and maybe would have found a few more. It was nice to be out and catching fish though Here is a video of the day.

I'll be posting a new video on how to repair the transducer this week so be looking for that!!!!!


Monday, February 13, 2017

Coon Creek Pheasant Hunting 2-13-2017

I haven't posted in a while so figured this was a good one to blog about. Got out to Coon Creek for a pheasant hunt with the dogs. My cousin, his friend, and my dad came along. It was a great day! Temp was perfect and the birds held pretty good. We did have a few that were running but the dogs help with those. You can't get away from a dog. They are amazing and do not miss many between Tino and Roxy. It will probably be our last outing for the year and it was a tough year. We only got out four times. I feel badly and hopefully next year we will get out many more times than that. Here is a video of the highlights of the day! Check it out and don't forget to like and subscribe. Thanks for reading and watching.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Shimano CI4 Un-Boxing

Here is the video I made with the un-boxing of the new reel I got to replace my Exo that self destructed. I will be throwing it on a Powell Inferno 705 CB glass/comp rod. It is a medium action medium tip and has a parabolic bend to it. The fish seem to really get pinned with this combo and I do not lose too many. I feel that the gar I lost was due more to the low gear ratio of the reel I was using than anything else. I got a bit higher gear ratio on this one at 6.2-1 because I will be using it for shallow cranking and square bills. It has a great feel and is very light although the Exo's were lighter than most of the reels I have used. My Core is still the lightest reel I have ever used. Well here is the video on the lures and description of the features of this reel.


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Mini Gator Attack!!

Here is a quick clip of my last one hour outing while I was sorting the boat engine out. I did get out and there were a lot of boats out there but I managed some nice fish.

Water was a bit cooler at 74 degrees so I was not thinking that they would be that active. The fish seemed to like the edge of the weed line in 8-12 fow. They liked reaction baits in chartreuse or white or combo of both. They were hitting hard and there was no doubt that a fish was on. Highlight of the day was not on camera when a 36-38" Gar attacked my square bill. The bass continued to be extremely lethargic and we did get a few but no good ones. The bass should also move out into summer patterns soon. Enjoy and don't forget to subscribe to the channel. Thanks for watching!!!!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Frog Strikes, Period!!!!!!

Quick follow up to my earlier setup vid!!! This is just what is says, frog strikes and videos of the release process. Just some good ole fish porn!!! I love underwater footage of fish on the line and being released. Don't quite know what it is that is so mesmerizing about it but here is the follow up vid!!! Enjoy and don't forget to like and subscribe to my YouTube channel and follow the blog if you like what you see!! Thanks again and see you on the water. This week I will be on the water more in depth on how and when to use the frog to its potential!!!!