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The Poplar Lake Monster

Posted by MNAngler On October - 31 - 20091 COMMENT

[In honor of Halloween, I thought you might like to hear about a story among our family of a legend on the Gunflint Trail.] Once upon a time, not so long ago, there was a young fisherman who caught his very first walleye in Poplar Lake. He was very excited, but he caught it late in the evening and by the time he got back, it was too dark to clean it. He left it on a stringer tied to the dock. The next morning, at about 7am, he and his father-in-law decided to go fishing again. As the two walked... (more...)

Review: Fitovers Sunglasses

Posted by MNAngler On October - 20 - 20091 COMMENT
Review: Fitovers Sunglasses

When I was a teenager, I always wore those black ray-ban like sunglasses, but the cheap versions because I always misplaced them. I could never understand my peers who bought $200 brand names. In college, I discovered I needed prescription glasses, so I haven’t been able to wear those cheap sunglasses since. I couldn’t wear them with my glasses and I wasn’t allowed to drive without my prescription, so I have either had prescription sunglasses, or clip-ons. Prescription sunglasses... (more...)

Kayakers Beat the Motors

Posted by MNAngler On October - 11 - 2009ADD COMMENTS

I was just recently turned on to kayak angling as a subculture, due to my interest in the Hobie Mirage Pro Angler. While there are pro fishing competitions where all the competitors are in kayaks, how well do you think they would do in a competition against 250 HP bass boats? Three buddies found out. Keith Gelhar, a fishing guide in Wisconsin, convinced the Great Lakes Sport Fisherman Club to let he and his friends compete in the club’s fish-in tournament. Three kayaks would be considered... (more...)

Not A Single Nibble

Posted by MNAngler On October - 4 - 2009ADD COMMENTS

Date: 10/4/2009 Time: 1:45pm-4:45pm Body of water: Lake Owasso Location: Shoreview, MN Weather Conditions: overcast I was coming home from an errand run Saturday afternoon when I saw my fishing buddy, Mark, on the phone in his driveway. He had put a hole in the lower unit of his boat a few weeks ago and I wanted to see whether it had been fixed, but didn’t want to interrupt his call. So I parked the car and got a call from my wife. As I walked to my front door, I saw Mark standing there... (more...)

New Michigan State Muskie Record

Posted by MNAngler On September - 30 - 20091 COMMENT
New Michigan State Muskie Record

Kyle Anderson of Rapid City, MI caught a 55 inch, 50 lb 8 oz muskie on September 27, 2009 on Torch Lake in Michigan. It looks to be a new state record. Photo, left, was taken by David Rose of Field and Stream magazine. It’s great to see a dedicated fisherman like Mr. Anderson get rewarded for all the time he spends on the water (he fishes every day). What was most impressive to me is that even with such a great catch, he set personal gain aside and tried to release the monster. He was more... (more...)

New Lake

Posted by MNAngler On September - 24 - 20091 COMMENT

Date: 9/24/2009 Time: 5:30pm-7:30pm Body of water: Marion Lake Location: Lakeville, MN Weather Conditions: mostly cloudy I hadn’t been fishing since the neighborhood outing MORE THAN A MONTH AGO. It was driving me crazy. Yes, I went fishing in North Carolina, but it just wasn’t the same. Too unfamiliar. I finally got to go fishing tonight. My buddy Matt sold his boat a few weeks ago, but he’s one of the best fishermen I know that can find fish while fishing on shore. We had... (more...)

Review: Zoom® Super Fluke®

Posted by MNAngler On September - 20 - 2009ADD COMMENTS

The fluke by Zoom Bait, Inc., and more specifically the Zoom Super Fluke, is a great all-species lure. It’s made more for bass than other species, but all species strike it. The reason is that it looks like a wounded shad when fished correctly. I’ve caught largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, walleye, northern pike, and muskie all on super flukes. Read more on why it’s my favorite lure in my post, “The Magic Lure.” And learn how I rig it in my post “Rigging... (more...)

Pudgy Pie Extravaganza

Posted by MNAngler On September - 13 - 20092 COMMENTS
Pudgy Pie Extravaganza

So my Wild Game Feast story was a stretch to post for a fishing blog, but at least it had walleye on the menu. This time, I don’t even have that as a topical link. But read on, you won’t be sorry. On the first weekend after the start of school, our neighborhood gets together for a weenie roast. This year we added a new dimension to it. Ever since the Pudgy Master made his super breakfast pudgy pie, pudgy pies have been in the forefront of our minds at each neighborhood campfire.... (more...)

What is a Pudgy Pie?

Posted by MNAngler On September - 12 - 20094 COMMENTS
What is a Pudgy Pie?

A pudgy pie is a “pie” made in a campfire. The recipe is simple: Ingredients: Two slices of bread Filling of your choice Pudgy pie iron Non-stick spray Spray both sides of the pudgy pie iron with non-stick spray. Put one slice of bread on once side of the pudgy pie iron. Add filling. Put other slice of bread on top of filling and first slice of bread. Put pudgy pie iron together and close. Put pudgy pie iron into fire until bread is toasted on both sides. Pudgy Pie Iron A “classic”... (more...)

Rigging The Magic Lure

Posted by MNAngler On September - 9 - 20096 COMMENTS
Rigging The Magic Lure

I was asked recently by a friend how I rig my Magic Lure, the Zoom Super Fluke. I sent my friend some pictures and thought I would use them here to illustrate the technique. The super fluke can be rigged a variety of ways, but I like to use a Texas rig. It gives a nice action to the lure and is weedless, so it doesn’t get hung up in the weeds. I was taught to use a 4/0 Gamakatsu offset shank worm EWG hook. I’ve not really strayed from that hook because it has served me well. I’ve... (more...)