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The following is from my fishing journal Sept 1 2012. I pull into the boat landing a little later then I would like about 7 AM.  This morning it is just my springer spaniel and myself. Fall is in the air.  A great time of year! Temperatures have dropped to be too cool for shorts this time of morning even though the temp will reach 85 degrees later in the day. The sound of gun fire in the distance reminds me that the early goose season here in Minnesota has started. Fall a great time of year for both fisherman and the hunter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Left my favorite panfish bait described in this post.

 

The last two weeks of August and the first 2-3 weeks of September can be known as the very toughest time of year to catch any fish species. Referred to as the summer doldrums, the dog days of summer, or they just ain’t bitin no use to goin fishing are terms tossed out there.

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How to fly fish for steelhead.

Swinging a fly for steelhead is a method of fishing a sinking fly with a fly rod. The Recommended rod is a spay rod . The fly line is floating 7 weight. The line starts with 15 feet type 6 leader leading into the leader which is 5 feet long and is 15 pound floro carbon tippett.

 

With the swing fly method of steelhead fishing you are going to work downstream. That is different then your usual upstream small stream trout method. You will cast the fly diagonally across and downstream. You will then let the fly sink to the bottom (giving it several seconds to do so).  As the fly sinks and floats downstream the line will become tight and the fly will swing in a radius and eventually become straight downstream from you the fisherman.

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We are going to cover the basic equipment and choices the angler has for fly fishing steelhead. There are three rod types :

There are three rod types :

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Baked Salmon In Nuwave Oven / Fish Recipes

I love my Nuwave oven for cooking salmon. It cooks very fast because of the convection heating. Take salmon you buy at the store which is frozen and marinated in a plastic air tight bag. Put the salmon on the cooking rack skin side down.

 


Left.  The cooked result.

 

 

 

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Fish Recipes

A wonderful under-utilized grilling technique for fish is using a soaked cedar plank. On the grill it will give your fish a wonderful smoky cedar flavor. To start with get some cedar planks .  A BBQ store sells them in bundles. If buying your cedar planks from a lumber store make sure they are untreated lumber. Soak the cedar plank in water overnight.

Let’s use a salmon filet for an example. I like the wild caught pacific salmon because you get the good omega 3 oil. You can use your choice of fish.


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Southern Blackened Cajun Catfish / Fish Recipes

Fish recipes

Here is an great easy fish recipe for southern cajun catfish. Ingredients are Oil (olive oil), salt and pepper, cajun pepper, garlic salt, onion powder.

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Crappies in The Timber / How To Catch Crappies

How To Catch Crappie.

Many lakes have large sections of timber or trees that are flooded. The flooded timber attracts bait fish, which in turn attracts crappie. For crappies how do we fish this structure and what do we look for? The very best crappie timber has lots of branches. The more branches the better. Look for leaning timber at an angle .The more timber leaning together the better. An example you have a tee under water that is leaning at a 45 degree angle. If you have 2, 3, or 4 are better than 1. This leaning timber provides shade and cover. The leaning timber will generally out produce standing timber or stumps.

Equipment includes 10-11 foot crappie rods. You can find these special long lines at your sporting goods store or online. For lures use a small hair jig in 1/32 to 1/8 ounce or use a small 1/8 ounce beetle spin lure. You are not going to use a bobber while fishing these jigs in the timber. The reason for using a hair jig and a beetle spin (a small jig with a spinner on the end is that they fall very slowly. Also use high visibility line which will help you detect strikes more readily.

 

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Fried Fish Quick and Easy / Fish Recipes

Here is a fried fish recipe that is quick and easy and does not need a lot of ingredients. The ingredients are: milk , flour, salt pepper, your choice of breading. It could be bread crumbs crushed cornflake crumbs etc.

1) Take your fish and salt and pepper both side.

2) Dip the fish in  milk.

3) Dip the fish in flour.

4) Then put the fish in your choice of coating cornflake crumbs bread crumbs etc.

5) Fry in a pan medium heat for 3-4 mn a side (until a delicious brown).

Serve and Enjoy!

 

How To cook fish.

Fish Recipes.

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How To Catch Walleyes.

Let’s talk flooded timber for walleyes and how to fish it. Many lakes and resevoirs have areas of vast flooded timber.

Great walleye lakes like North Dakota Devils Lake litteraly has more timber then you can shake a stick at. Many lakes and reservoirs in the Southern US, South and North Dakota have similar flooded timber conditions. Here in Minnesota and Wisconsin there are plenty of good walleye lakes and flowages that have flooded timber. Walleyes love flooded timber.

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How to catch bass

The tube jig. Lets discuss the next step and how to fish the tube jig. A very versatile jig. You can see because the entire lead head is covered by the plastic body that a fish is more likely to hold onto it as opposed to your standard jig head. Another good tip is to use a fish attractant. Squirt it up into the tube. There is also fish attractant you can rub on the plastic body. I like the gulp alive product and I have has excellent with it.

Tie the tube jig directly to the line. Use as small of lead head as you can given the conditions you are fishing. Jig sizes 1/8 to 3/4 oz. In calm conditions and water less then 10ft use a 1/8 oz jig. For deeper water you may want to go 1/2 to 1 oz if you are fishing say a rock ledge at 30 feet. For equipment a 7 foot medium action rod with a high speed baitcaster reel is preferred. Using 20 pound braided line is a tough line to beat.

You can add to the tube jig called tube jig rattles. The rattles will add more sound and is good option to have with you in your tackle box. Types of fishing conditions to use a tube jig would include almost anything the bass fisherman comes across. The first is deep conditions 10 to 50 feet which would include hard bottom rocky steep ledged, a flat sandy point bottom. vertical cliffs. Rig the the correct amount of weight for the conditions you are fishing. That is just enough weight top reach the bottom.

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