Who here loves to fish?

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I love fishing and ever since the semester has ended I have been out as much as possible. I love spring fishing but so far I have only caught a pike. It was big at about 24'' but still not what I wanted. I go for walleye and large mouth bass mostly.

If you have had any luck tell us about it. The big fish stories are always the best.

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I love fishing. I'll be spending a week up in far northern MInnesota fishing this summer, trolling for pike, jigs for panfish, tandem spinners for bass (and pike i suppose. Got one to leap over a boat once using one of those, damned funny sight). Very much looking forward to it all.
 
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I have a cabin on the shores of Lake Michigan in michigans upper. The fishing is great! Salmon, trout and giant cats! The little creek has some smelt now too.
 
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No I do not fish, but will be spending Memorial Dayhere


go figure? :rolleyes:
 
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http://img21.echo.cx/img21/8234/mypike13qr.jpg

Thats the pike I caught bewteen test during finial week. I needed to get my mind some where else and so I went out to the lake for a quick bite to eat and cast out my ol red and white dare devil and wham...he it....

I also had the pleasure of meeting some of the friendly locals

http://img21.echo.cx/img21/622/badboy9ft.jpg


I love the midwest.....well at least during spring, summer and most of fall...

Hey franznietzsche, have you ever been to lake of the woods? I have heard some amazing stories about the fishing up there.

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No never been to lake of the woods. My dad's family lives in southern Minnesota, around Waseca, so we go fishing on the lakes there, and every summer the whole family heads up to Balsam, north of Grand Rapids. Fishing is usually crazy there. One summer we were pulling panfish out of the water left and right, like a piranha feeding frenzy. Catch 5-10 pound pikes. Its great.
 
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Hey, Townsend, is that a fish you're holding, or are you just happy to see me? :biggrin: Sorry, couldn't resist, especially since you cut your face out of the photo!

I haven't gone fishing in ages. I never did the stream/river/lake freshwater fishing thing. I grew up on the coast, so it was all saltwater fishing in the bay. Mostly bottom fishing for flounder, sea bass, and snapper. I miss the water. I used to go out boating/fishing/crabbing nearly every weekend of the summer from the age of 2 to 14 (we put a canvas over the back of the boat and my sister and I camped out on the deck at night, thus always in our own best interest to do a good job helping swab the decks after a day of fishing :biggrin:). Wow, do I miss that! We'd drive down on Friday night or Saturday morning, unload the gear, spend the night on the boat, if we arrived Friday night, we'd spend Saturday just boating and swimming, maybe a little fishing and crabbing, just enough for dinner Saturday night, then back to the dock, scrub the boat, bathe (it was really nice when they installed a shower at the boat yard, though it was always questionable if there'd be any hot water depending how many people were out swimming that day; otherwise it was the 5 gallon bucket of cold water for bathing...brrrrr), head to the boardwalk for a little while, then back and to sleep, then Sunday morning, get up, have breakfast, head out fishing, come back with the day's catch, scrub the boat and head home. Depending on how much we were catching, we either brought the fish home to clean (and I'd have fun chasing my grandmother with fish guts), or would just clean them as we caught them (my dad made a cutting board to mount on the side of the boat so he could just scrape the scales and guts over the side if we weren't using them for bait...the seagulls really enjoyed this). When all the gear was unpacked, the fish in the freezer or frying pan/oven, my sister and I hit the shower, had dinner, and then went off to sleep completely exhausted. I miss spending summer weekends that way!
 
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Townsend, be warned. That critter on the ground is not a pike.
 
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Chronos said:
Townsend, be warned. That critter on the ground is not a pike.
They raise those in farms, harvest the shells, and sell them to Klingons to wear on their foreheads.
 
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Townsend,

I got into flyfishing several years ago and it's a lot of fun. I don't get to do it much, but I try to get out when I can. I even went as far as to get the tools and materials to tie my own flies, it's relaxing and frustrating at the same time. I've caught numerous panfish and bass, but I'm still after my first trout.

Nice turtle! (no euphemisms intended) That species is my favorite, BTW did you notice if it smelled like anything familiar (serious question)?
 
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For the fly fisherman here, this is an old customer of mine.
http://www.snakeguides.com/

Mike and his wife are wonderful people and I understand that he makes the best!
 
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Why would anyone take any pleasure in putting an end to a life? Isn't it more rewarding to see a fish swimming around than to kill it? If I were a dictator I'd ban fishing altogether.
 
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Ron_Damon said:
Why would anyone take any pleasure in putting an end to a life? Isn't it more rewarding to see a fish swimming around than to kill it? If I were a dictator I'd ban fishing altogether.
Then I'm glad you're not a dictator. What's the difference between catching it yourself or buying it at the fish market? It's probably less harmful to go out and catch it yourself than for those big trawlers to go out and net everything in their path. And at the same time, you get to enjoy being outside, watching the rest of nature around you. Oh, and fish tastes good! :approve:
 
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Townsend said:
Quick, Evo! An uncircumcised one!

Moonbear said:
I used to go out boating/fishing/crabbing
Seems to me I've witnessed a wee bit of crabbing right here once in a while.

zoobyshoe said:
They raise those in farms, harvest the shells, and sell them to Klingons to wear on their foreheads.
And they sell them the smaller snapping turtles as merkins.
 
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Why would anyone take any pleasure in putting an end to a life?
"...putting an end to a life..." isn't the pleasure of fishing at all, and you can't grasp why people fish if you misrepresent what is actually happening in their minds. Back in the day those who "got into" stalking and capturing animals and fish were the ones who ate best.

It is almost unnecessary for any individual to do this on his own behalf today, there being farms and fishing industries, but the original genes behind the practise haven't gone away yet. Those who fish and hunt might be viewed as a contigent of people "staying in practise" in the event something happens to make these skills a necessity again. They give us an advantage over having to relearn all this from scratch, in case of an emergency. I don't fish, myself, but I sometimes go down to the pier and watch the experts do it. Most of the people who fish off the pier here in San Diego are Asian and Mexican immigrants who are actually using their catch to suppliment their diets. They eat what they catch. I think alot of fishermen do.
 
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zoobyshoe said:
I don't fish, myself,
Liar! Trolling for trollops counts as fishing.
 
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Danger said:
Liar! Trolling for trollops counts as fishing.
Please refrain from refering to the exquisite and refined and educated ladies of PF as trollops. It is "low" and besides they will kill you.
 
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zoobyshoe said:
they will kill you.
As long as it's by suffocation or in a mud-wrestling accident, I'm down with that.
 
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Danger said:
As long as it's by suffocation or in a mud-wrestling accident, I'm down with that.

More likely to splatter you over the windshield of the supersonic RV. Much more likely.
 
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franznietzsche said:
More likely to splatter you over the windshield of the supersonic RV. Much more likely.
Naw. I've heard about MIH's driving. If I stand still in the middle of the road, there's no way she'd hit me.
 
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Danger said:
Naw. I've heard about MIH's driving. If I stand still in the middle of the road, there's no way she'd hit me.
But Evo would take over for the return pass, then you just stand in the gutter and you're good. But when Tsu takes over for the third pass...well let's just say that there is a reason Ivan still sleeps with one eye open.
 
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franznietzsche said:
when Tsu takes over for the third pass...
I thought that Tsu couldn't reach the pedals? :confused:
 
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Danger said:
I thought that Tsu couldn't reach the pedals? :confused:

No, its that she can't see over the wheel, cause she has to reach the pedals. That's the problem.
 
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franznietzsche said:
But Evo would take over for the return pass, then you just stand in the gutter and you're good. But when Tsu takes over for the third pass...well let's just say that there is a reason Ivan still sleeps with one eye open.
Heh heh. All bets are off when I'm behind the wheel! :devil: And if we miss with the windshield, there's always the bazooka on the roof, and MIH is a dead aim with that! :biggrin:
 
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franznietzsche said:
No, its that she can't see over the wheel, cause she has to reach the pedals.
Then that should put her accuracy on a par with MIH. Back to the middle of the road for me.
 

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