Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Palomar Knot

Well since I showed in the last video a knot for flourocarbon and monofilament, I figured I would do the knot I use for my braid applications. This is The Palomar Knot. It is an easy strong knot and works great for braid. I also use this knot for dropshotting but you must pay more attention when cinching the knot down. Make sure you take your time when cinching it and use some lubrication so that the knot does not cause too much friction and weaken the knot. Good luck and hope this gives you another option for a knot to tie.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Downsizing for summer muskies

So I went to the Midwest Musky Expo at Pheasant Run this winter and I could not help but notice the size of the lures now available for the elusive Esox Masquinongy. Now these lures work on the predators for most of the summer and fall moreover, I don't think you could throw a bait too big either. Pounders, Super Top Raiders, and large jerkbaits such as Phantom Lures Hex at 12 inches are productive. I have however; used a technique for these fish in the summer and fall to even the late fall that does not include your traditional upsized gear. I use downsized lures to fool even the biggest fish in the system. In the following I will chronicle my observations that include downsizing not only in the early season, but at other times of the year as well.

Let us begin with the areas that I seek out as late spring turns into summer. I have noticed a shift as the spring turns to summer with the Musky leaving the deeper feeding areas for the shallow water back to the structure that they will remain on until late fall and into their wintering habitat. I look for large weed beds adjacent to deep water, rock piles also adjacent to deep water, and sunken islands. Other prime locations are the mouths and inlets from creeks and washes. These structures provide oxygenated water and baitfish use these areas to feed which bring in other larger fish that the Musky can feed on. All of these areas are prime summer Musky habitat due to the forage present and the cover that allows the big predators to ambush their prey. Here are some of these areas that I look for when seeking out a big Musky.

Underwater island with reeds

Shoreline weeds with access to deep water. The boat is in fifteen feet of water and the fish hit in two to three feet of water.

The red area is a creek mouth that runs into the lake. It is more noticeable when the water is a bit higher and it is flowing however; the water is always moving here and it is a prime location due to the various weeds present for cover.

Now that I have highlighted some of the areas that I look for we can talk meat and potatoes of the whole idea. I use smaller lures, some almost too light to cast on traditional Musky gear. My first lure is a Mepps or any other number five bucktail. They are easy to work high in the water column and can attract some large fish. The colors I use are a chartreuse, yellow, and orange as well as a simple black with an orange spinner. These two colors seem to attract the most action on any lake I frequent. These are the lures that can be a bit tricky to cast with a full on Musky outfit but with some practice there is no need to have multiple setups going. That can save some $$$$$ because Musky gear can get expensive quickly. The next type of lure is still an inline spinner but it is a seven inch tube style lure. These lures seem to get more strikes out on the end of the cast than any other I have used. I don't know quite what entices the fish but these little tube spinners get the job done. My favorite is the Rizzo Wizz and Rizzo Original in black with an orange blade. Other good lures which may not fall under the downsized category are small Bulldawgs and other smaller soft plastic jerkbaits. The smaller Bulldawg is still a larger lure but I have had great successes over rocks with these jerkbaits. I will normally position myself on the deep water side of the rock pile and cast on top of it. Then I retrieve back to the boat. I try to hit all angles because you never know where the fish is positioned on the rock pile. The last type of of lure I will go to is a smaller topwater lure. I like a regular Top Raider, small globe style bait, or any smaller topwater that still makes a bunch of noise. These lures can call up giants when a larger presentation won't even get a look.

This fish was taken in a shallow weedbed leading into a bay that has access to deep water. She hit a seven inch Rizzo Wizz in black with an orange spinner.

I don't have pics of the lures however; please check out this link to my youtube channel. It has the lure I use as well as my rod and reel combos. I will also have a new review coming this season because I am featuring all new rods and reels for the year. This will take place when I can get on open water. Please stay tuned for that and check out this link for the featured lures and other equipment you will need when chasing these denisons of the deep. Here is the Musky setup video.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

The Alberto Knot

So I have been discussing fishing knots with my cousin and he was saying that he was having an issue with a good braid to flouro knot. I always have used The Alberto Knot for this application. This is an easy knot to tie and very strong. I did a little video of the knot today so check it out. I hope this helps when you are looking for a good solution for the braid to flouro knot.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Wood duck taxidermy

My friend shot this nice wood duck last year and he wanted him mounted. I have mounted seven ducks prior to this one so he let me mount him. The first video is just what I did for the habitat that I was going to put the duck on and the second video goes into how I begin the skinning process.

This was a very nice duck from the outside and in fact, looked like he was not even hit with any shot at all. However, upon further inspection, the duck was actually hit pretty hard. The wings were broken pretty good and one of the legs had no bone left. Now, these are very small bones and my friend was using a 10ga because it was a late season hunt. I did the best I could and will keep updating as I put the videos of the mounting process up.

I have completed the duck and will put those pics up once the final videos in the series are put up on my blog. So enjoy the first few vids in my mounting a duck series. Please these are videos of the mounting process on a real duck so if you are opposed to hunting and taxidermy or are offended by this type of stuff, do not watch. This is purely done for other do it yourself taxidermists education and attempt to help. Thanks.

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!!!!!