28.4.11

Get out, Get out, Get out!



Fish on, fish H8 me.
Raz
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26.4.11

Struggling

Having the boat in the water three times now...
and just one fish to show for it.
Matt did this Landlocked Atlantic yesterday after we both hooked and lost one each.
Fishing has been tough for me...
Slow ain't the word.
We've thrown everything except the kitchen sink at them
but can't seem to locate any active fish.

We beat the crap out of this one...
Bloodied eye, ripped lip, and a broken nose.

I might as well put the boat away.
I hear folks are doing better fishing from shore.
I'll keep fishing, it's got to get better soon!
Fish on, fish H8 me.

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24.4.11

gOOd Eggs...

Red Fish Egg


Easter Fish

Gold Fish Easter Egg

Blue Fish Egg

Easter Egg- Lip Fish

Fishing Egg

Cookie's Egg

Fish Egg







Julie-Easter-2011

Have a Happy Easter from the crew at Fish H8 me!

Fish on, fish H8 me.
Raz
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20.4.11

COLD WATER SHAKE-DOWN

Joined by my buddy Matt...
The Razzle Dazzle hit the water of Lake Champlain for the first time yesterday.
The motor fired right up, didn't miss a beat, and all the gear worked as expected.

No Fish...
Got the SKUNK
And a heck of a sun-burn under the blue Vermont skies.

And Matt brought along this cool Ego Slider net of his.

Gotta love it...
We'll get 'em next time!

Fish on, fish H8 me.
Raz
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15.4.11

HOW HIGH'S THE WATER, MAMA?

Lake Champlain is over flood stage and many of her tributaries are spilling over their banks.
She's flooded...and full of debris.

Pulling a bunch of fish out might lower the level...
NOT



Fish on, fish H8 me.
Raz
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14.4.11

Crews resume search for missing fisherman - WCAX.COM Local Vermont News, Weather and Sports-

It's with a heavy heart that I report the loss of one of our community.
A fisherman, lost while fishing.
A horrible, preventable, accident.

May He Rest In Peace.

Crews resume search for missing fisherman - WCAX.COM Local Vermont News, Weather and Sports-

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12.4.11

FISH GOD ROCK

My buddy Ben and I hit the shoreline in three different spots today...
messing around, casting and reeling.
And driving.
Having fun.
And got the skunk.
Fishing Lake Champlain.

If you fish and you don't catch fish...and don't tell anyone.
Is it still a skunk?

If  a tree falls in the woods and nobody is around to hear it,
Does it make a noise?











Ring...Ring


Fish on, fish H8 me.
Raz
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11.4.11

BEAVER...




Fish on, fish H8 me.

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8.4.11

YES. THERE IS A FISH GOD.



Fish on, fish H8 me.
Raz
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7.4.11

GREASERS AND GOLD

From going through the ice up to my belly on Sunday, to trolling for Lake Trout on Lake Champlain on Wednesday and Thursday.
Who'd a thunk it?

Cold and chilly on Wednesday morning after hard soaking rain on Tuesday.  The roads were slick, the windshield on Rob's boat  had to be scraped, and the fish were waiting.

Launching at the mouth of the Winooski River was a cinch.  It's well protected, even from the high flows and floating debris that spring brings.

To the lake we motor, slowly through the logs, sticks, trees caught on sand-bars, and bits and pieces of ice.  Find the mud-line from the flows of the big river...find fish.

One fish, two fish, three fish, four.
Cowboy's fish...

And Rob's got more...
Ah, okay that's getting corny...enough of that!

Robs wearing gloves, is he afraid to touch them?
No way...he cleans, preps, displays, and sells fish for a living!
He's getting ready to clean fish...
Always an exciting time.  Whenever Rob whips out his knife and lays it to flesh...
good things happen.

A rod on my side of the boat fires...
reeling, fighting...
fighting and reeling.
A pleasant surprise!
Although out of season, this beautiful hen Walleye comes unwillingly to the net.
7.5 pounds of golden fish porn that was headed up the river to tease and play with the fellas.

Kissed, nursed, and gently petted she slides away to continue her journey.

Total to the net for the day, seven Greasy Lake Trout and one Golden Lake Champlain Walleye.
Three bleeders had to be kept for the smoker. 

Thursday was a different day.
Ron asked me to join him on his boat for three hours.
We'll meet at nine he says.

I get up before day-break.  My boat is still stuck behind a big mud-hole and it's 24° outside.
Perfect...
The mud, snow, and slop is frozen solid...time to free the Razzle Dazzle from its Hibernation Den and get it out where she can be summerized. 

I meet Ron at the ramp at nine and off we go.
Again, thru debris to the lake...in search of Greasers.
We enter the lake:
Crap...skim ice.  Too cold during the night, no breeze and the water skimmed over. 
There's boats to the North a mile or so...we motor out.
Crunch, crunch, crackle-crunch.
And start setting up.
Slow...slow...too slow.
Changing lures, putting out lead-core, set up a rigger.
Nothing.
Then a flurry...
fish on! fish off.
Easy come...easy go.
Another
Another
and Another.

We let them all go...
And I think Ron flipped me the bird as he hid behind a fish.


A gorgeous day...
Seeking, hooking, netting, and releasing Lake Champlain Lake Trout in April.

Fish on, fish H8 me.



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5.4.11

FISHING FREE-STYLE

 
Fished outta  fuckyeahfish
  


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3.4.11

I HEARD THE FAT LADY SING

It looks like I'm done...
Done ice fishing for the season. I had no problem getting on the ice this morning but getting off the ice was a different story.
I thought I picked a good route but NOT...
I went through the ice...no creaking, no crackling, no warning at all.
SPLASH...
I was in up to my belly, flopping, flailing, flailing, and flailing, trying to get out...
I made it.
The most valuable gear (camera and phone) were in my upper most pockets just in case.
I had to dig thru ice and slush in my lower pockets to find my truck keys.
Stick a fork in me...
I'm done.
It's been a season of ice fishing for Lake Champlain Yellow Perch that I'd just as soon forget.
Getting on the ice was tough if not impossible at times and once on, moving around was out of the question.
Record snow falls made hard-water fishing this year miserable at best.
It's time to clean up the winter gear, stow it away safely, and look forward to a summer of lazy days trolling and fighting Lake Champlain's Salmonid population!















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Fish on, fish H8 me.
Raz
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