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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...)

Review: Hobie Mirage Pro Angler

Posted by MNAngler On September - 1 - 20096 COMMENTS
Review: Hobie Mirage Pro Angler

I re-reviewed this kayak in September, 2012.Read the updated review at Re-review : Hobie Mirage Pro Angler. I’m in love. I got a chance to try out the new Hobie Mirage Pro Angler tonight at a local lake. Our local dealer takes the entire Hobie line out to local lakes for people to try out. I was able to try the Mirage Pro Angler, the Mirage Outfitter, and Mirage Oasis. I’m not a terribly good swimmer, so while I’m comfortable in a canoe, I’m always a little bit nervous... (more...)

Outer Banks Fishing Summary

Posted by MNAngler On August - 30 - 2009ADD COMMENTS
Outer Banks Fishing Summary

I’m amazed how poorly things went in North Carolina. While I didn’t expect to do well, I didn’t expect to do as poorly as we did. I expected that we’d only catch a few fish decent sized fish at each location, but all we caught were little Spot fish and Croakers. They were just as annoying, if not more so, than the sunfish that we’re used to in freshwater. If I could do it again, I would have tried two other spots. They were told to us by one of the employees at... (more...)

Pontoon Tour

Posted by MNAngler On August - 27 - 2009ADD COMMENTS
Pontoon Tour

Having had no real success catching fish off a pier, we decided to rent a pontoon. It would hold 10 of us and we would be able to take it out for 4 hours in the morning. Surely someone would catch something worthwhile in the middle of a sound. We rented the boat from Fishing Unlimited in Nags Head to go out to Roanoke Sound. It was a very well run outfit. We got on the boat a little before 8am and headed to the first of a few spots that the guide pointed out. He didn’t come with us, so... (more...)

Crabbing II

Posted by MNAngler On August - 26 - 2009ADD COMMENTS
Crabbing II

We told the family about the crabbing spot we went to yesterday and a few of them wanted to try fishing off the pier that was there. The cousins decided to head down in the morning to try our luck. We had room for one more in the car, so my dad tagged along. We stopped in to TW’s Bait and Tackle to pick up fishing licenses for a few of us and also pick up some lures that other people had success with off the pier. We got to Pirate’s Cove at about 10am. Even at mid-morning, the sun... (more...)

Pier Fishing

Posted by MNAngler On August - 25 - 2009ADD COMMENTS
Pier Fishing

While we were out crabbing this morning, my uncle, dad, brother, and cousins Chris and Julie went out to Nags Head pier to try their hand at fishing. They caught a few small Spot fish, but weren’t really happy about their experience. We seemed to have more fun crabbing. Later that afternoon, my aunt and her family went out on an outing on their own. At about 4:00, she called and said she was out at the same pier as the group this morning and the fish were biting like crazy. I hung up the... (more...)

Crabbing

Posted by MNAngler On August - 25 - 20091 COMMENT
Crabbing

This morning, we went out to Pirate’s Cove to go crabbing. We had purchased some crab lines and chicken necks from TW Bait and Tackle yesterday and they said Pirate’s Cove was a good place to go. It was a bit longer of a drive than we expected, but once we got there, we had a lot of fun. The pier there runs under the bridge that goes between Nags Head and Roanoke Island. It weaves in and out and around like a big snake. We first tried directly under the bridge where there are some... (more...)

Crab Hunting

Posted by MNAngler On August - 23 - 2009ADD COMMENTS
Crab Hunting

Two of my younger cousins bought a couple of flashlights this afternoon and wanted to go looking for crabs while it was dark. We thought they might be out because we found one or two that had wandered into our pool and died. The theory was dead on. We walked on the beach and my cousin, Tim, found a crab right away running from his flashlight. He went after it, but couldn’t catch it. He eventually came up with the technique of trapping it with his flashlight. It was a little tricky getting... (more...)

Conch Shell “Fishing”

Posted by MNAngler On August - 23 - 2009ADD COMMENTS
Conch Shell “Fishing”

I’m in the Outer Banks of North Carolina this week for a family reunion. My wife was out walking the beach alone this morning when she met some people that found some really cool conch shells. She found out from them how they were catching them and then we started doing it. Hurricane Bill, while several hundred miles South of us, was affecting the weather by producing some rain storms and stirring up the oceans with big waves (by my Midwestern standards). There were 8-10 ft swells a few... (more...)

Poplar Lake Fishing Report

Posted by MNAngler On August - 20 - 2009ADD COMMENTS
Poplar Lake Fishing Report

Ken was up at his cabin from Aug 4 to Aug 11. He had some friends up through Aug 9 and he came back with a fishing report. His friend, Eric, caught an 18″ walleye on the channel on the North side of Young’s Island on a small shad rap or fat rap. He said he was about 12′ down. His other friend, Ed, liked to fish with live bait. Ken had trapped some minnows for him and he had it on a hook with a spinner. Being so light, he couldn’t cast it from the boat more than 3 ft and... (more...)


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