30.10.10

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

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CRANBROOK DEER

Here's a video I came across and thought I'd share.
A protective mother deer gets ugly.

"WARNING: this can be hard to watch—...a dangerous situation when mom gets protective. Starts cute, ends scary."



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Raz
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26.10.10

ALBINO MOOSE KILLED IN VERMONT

"The moose weighed in at 744 pounds.
The hunters reportedly did not want to be identified."

Fish here to read and see more pictures.

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Raz
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24.10.10

LAKE CHAMPLAIN FISHING... DOG-GONE (ALMOST)


What a beautiful fall day to be out on the water.  Lake Champlain was fore-casted to have up to three foot waves but I found a totally different scene when I arrived.  Granted I didn't get on the water untill just after the noon hour, and the folks coming off the water said the fishing was hot...untill the wind died down and the lake flattened out.
Well, they were right.  No problem with rough water and the fish were inactive.  Landlocked Salmon, Brown Trout, and Steel-head are all present but laughing at my spoons as I washed them behind the boat.  I tried every tactic I could think of and every color in the rainbow...including the rainbow!!!
I saved the day by managing to net two Lake Trout that were on the smaller side, but they brought a smile to my face just the same.
Released to be caught again another day, to bring a smile to another anglers face.

Dog-gone...(almost)

Then my phone rang...
My wife was at the Mall in South Burlington when she heard the description of her SUV with her license plate number come over the intercom.
It seems that some scumbag broke into her vehicle to steal our wonderful family pet.  CoKo Pug.

Scared but uninjured, CoKo was still in the SUV.  The rear hatch broken open, shards of glass everywhere...

Now...
I'm fishing for a different species.  I'm fishing for the guilty party.
Guilty beware!



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Raz
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14.10.10

DOUBLE DIGITS, SMALLER FISH

Cathy and I finally got on the water the other day and it was beautiful fall day to be on Lake Champlain.
We launched out of Converse Bay in search of salmon activity and found it right away.
When we launched, we immediately headed over to Whallons Bay to get out of the wind to set up.  I hadn't even got all our lines in the water when the first fish hit...
A dandy leaping silver Landlocked Atlantic Salmon.

The bigger mature fish are difficult to find in the lake right now as most of them are spawning in the rivers.
But...that doesn't mean there aren't any Landlocks to have fun with.  The fish that were stocked in the early spring, have been eating well and enjoying life in Lake Champlain.  These fish are now of legal size for the most part, most of them being between 16 and 17 inches, fat like footballs, and full of energy!


Four of the 12 fish we netted came home for the table.
I'm thinking the nice thin fillets will be absolutly delicious lightly breaded and pan fried...
or poached, or grilled, or broiled...
(Any way but loose!)

The hot color was pink or orange.  A gold MP-6 Honeybee from Tamiron Sporting Goods with orange, and a silver Speedy Shiner with pink took the most fish.  I tried lots of stuff to see what would work.  I couldn't seem to get any fish on green, purple, or blue.

The fish as of right now, are higher in the water column.  All our fish came from 15 to 48 feet down over 200 plus feet of water. 
We'll see if that changes when the big mature fish return to the lake!

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Raz
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10.10.10

FAMILIAR SCENE



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Raz
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GONE FISHIN' IN VENICE



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Raz
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THE RAPALA PRAYER




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Raz
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9.10.10

I GOT AXED

Cathy got me one...
Thanks Cathy!



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Raz
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1.10.10

WHAT FISH SEE

What Fish See: written by Dr. Kageyama, an optometrist and avid fisherman, has brought a whole new meaning to the fishing lure industry!  Many of us for years believed that fish could only see in black, white, and shades of gray.  Many of the original studies were done with the visible spectrum, and with preference tests and specific fish.

The scientific approach that Dr. Kageyama has displayed in his book reveals that when the physical composition of the (fish) eye itself is measured and subjected to very close scientific scrutiny, the chemicals contained within the eye are closely examined, and other tests are performed, the following facts (not theory) are revealed:

· With normal side to side motion that fish have, their vision is a 360° ball.  That's right, they can see in front, back, and on both sides without any blind spots.

· Fish have additional cones in their eyes, which we do not have, which allow them to see into the ultraviolet wavelengths.  If you have two colors of red and one of them florescent, humans may not be able to tell the difference.  Fish can!  The florescent red basically begins at the end of the visible (human) spectrum, beyond blue and ultraviolet.  They also have a much more sensitive ability to pick up photoluminescence (glow-in-the-dark).

I'm not trying to steal Dr. Kageyama's information.
I would suggest that you read the book from cover to cover, over and over.

In the meantime, there's a way to allow you a better appreciation of what the fish see. A lot of displays, events, etc... feature black-light to create an eerie image of bright colors.  The same can be achieved with an ultraviolet flashlight so that you can see what the fish see.  It's a revolutionary concept that is already well ingrained into  lures being designed for the Great Lakes.  Those that have followed this path have created a dramatic impact on the market.  For a very reasonable price, you can have this capability in your own hands. Take it with you before you purchase more fishing tackle. Wouldn't it be better to present to the fish what they can see, rather than what you can see?
At just under four inches long, this powerful little U.V. Black-light Flashlight from Tamiron Sporting Goods is small enough to fit in any anglers pocket, tackle box, or in my case, my "kit" of lures, blanks, tapes, and tools I use to customize baits to my liking.

Here's an example of UV tape and paint as seen with the U.V. Black-light.
The top photo is of two honeybee's taken in natural light.
The photo on the bottom is of the same two spoons, but was taken in low light conditions, photo flash "off", illumintated with the UV Black-light flashlight.  What fish see in low light conditions!


I've added this great tool from Tamiron Sporting Goods to my arsenal, and if your looking to "get the edge", you should too!

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Electroshocking and Fish Survey on Utah's Green River

Facinating stuff with some underwater footage!



Man I like stuff like that!
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Raz
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FLOATATION DEVICE



In all seriousness, we  need to practice safety at all times while on the water.
Here on Lake Champlain, we recently experienced a horrible boating accident that resulted in a fatality, and sent one person to the hospital with horrendous wounds.
Could the fatality and the injuries have been prevented by using appropriate safety devices? 
I think so.
Always think when on the water...
and always practice safety!

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Raz
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