Unfortunately, GON's file management does not lend itself to uploading and captioning this large of a tutorial. With the digital revolution, I suggest you break out your camera and the little SD card that goes in it, and start taking pictures of all your fishing gear! And while you are at it, you hunting gear too! If you have a snowmobile or a quad set up for ice fishing, take pics of those two, every bit counts, from racks to RAM mounts. Just a quick note to the wise, but this late walleye bite out on Erie seems to be happening on some old favorites. A variety of pike lures is a must, but the nice thing about these hungry fish is that they eat just about anything.  That means you might have a selection of lures at the house the will get the job done on your next trip without any additional shopping. If you dig muskie fishing, hard to beat a bait like a Super Shad Rap, or a 6 inch Believer like in this pic. You are a salmon guy, but taking a pike trip.  Those lightweight flutter spoons can just as much damage on a 30 acre lake as the big waters of Lake Michigan. You are a bass guy, no problem, pike love spinnerbaits, but they also like these big rubber bodied minnows! Vexilar just released the new video on YouTube five days ago.  The video explains all the new features, as well as some of the best standard features.
Saturday night I am playing out in the shop, making up some perch rigs, reorganizing my kit. Last year I started playing with the idea that most of the perch do not come on the top lear (wire arm).  The ones that do seem to bite at the top minnow are often the small, young perch.
Now we go back to Saturday night and tying up the rigs out in the shop, I look at the bottom of my kit, which is just an old kitty litter tub. I look at the bottom of the tub and find some of the tightline rigs that I tied up, very similar to this one from Domka Outdoors. The wheels start turning, coming up with a new way to get three hooks into the area called the strike zone. Today is the last day (July 7, 2013) for free shipping on orders of $50 or more online with Jann’s Netcraft. The best part is that you made them yourself, they will catch you just as much perch as any store-bought rig.  They save you money over a couple of seasons, you get to build them to your specs, you can reuse them, and your friends will think  you are brilliant! This rig is similar to the standard rig, but can be made up quickly on the fly if you need a rig right away.  No lears (metal arms), some line, couple of hooks and some beads. This is just a quick example of using a single hook rig for putting perch in the cooler.  Its simple, and it works! This piece is an example of the traditional rig, they are easy to make, and you can get all the parts at Jann’s Netcraft down in Ohio or on their website. This article brings it altogether, including all components, into one neat way to organize all your gear into a  complete kit. Its seems today the most popular past post being read about walleye fishing is tying up your own crawler harnesses.
One blade maker that can be found just about anywhere is Northland Tackle, great source for generic blades that simply catch fish.
For the best selection in the sizes that matter, #4 and #6 blades, then Big Eye Custom Lures is my choice on the web. This past weekend proved three things to me, one the health of Lake Erie’s fishing is outstanding, two the fish are scattered out of Brest Bay, and three,  eight is not enough, might as well go nine rods out. Saturday a good friend of mine Kyle, who I used to work with in Dundee came out for the day with us on the lake. The TX-007’s are a great tool, would say a great luxury to have as an option in the boat, but just after a few trips this year I realized that they are a must have tool in the walleye arsenal. This spread contains Reel Draggin Tackle Spreader Bars, tested and proven effective, designed and used professional fisherman. Daisy chains are rigged with 36" of Premium 150# line and include a detachable stinger that is an additional 36" long. All monofilament is premium 150# line. Made in the USA 316 Stainless Spring Steel, diameter and length perfectly matched for the baits we rig. We be happy to provide contact information upon request or better yet or fish with them and see our gear in action! We carry a full line of saltwater lures and tackle,  If its Striper fishing the bay or Tuna Fishing Offshore, We carry the lures to give you the edge. We started to build a large shed on Gary’s drive to do the construction work, but soon ran into problems with his neighbours. In the mean time I had built the frames required to form the wooden mock up of our hull mould.
Our project stalled for a couple of years due to other commitments, going fishing, lack of finance and going to the pub etc. The desire to carry on however never went away and we were eventually joined in the project by John and Paul.
John made room for our project in a corner of his work premises and we set about arranging the hull frames in Xmas week 2005. My-self and John had our trade experience to apply to the construction, but none of us had any experience of working with fibreglass.


We were all able to bring individual skills to the table, I would draw our designs and make wooden plugs, John would cut wood and entertain us with stories, Gary would send Paul to brew up and go to the shop, Paul would brew up and go to the shop. If I were to go into every detail of our construction method you would be reading a book, not this short introduction.
I was able to draw and design the boat using a 2D shareware CAD programme down loaded for free off the internet. The design of the hull and super structure GRP layup must be matched to the boats intended use and performance. The laminate design for our project was arrived at by following rules and calculations as laid out in a book by Dave Gerr entitled “The Elements of Boat Strength”.
The hull and super structure of our boat is built using 450 gm chopped strand matt and 300gm woven roving bonded with polyester resin and a finishing gell coat in appropriate thickness to the design requirement of each component.
A far cry from our original simple design the boat we built has 37 individual GRP components that come together to form the finished article. Building a mould to produce these components uses the same principle for all, whether you are making a ring deck mould or a simple hatch mould. Accurate dimensions and angles must first be taken from your design drawings and full size wooden mock ups of the finished unit made. Sticking to one material is a good rule of thumb to avoid your plug (wooden mock up) from moving or warping. Make sure all external edges are rounded off and use filler on internal edges sanded and smoothed to a quality finish. It is important to use polyester based paint systems so that you avoid any adverse reaction in the GRP later.
Once you have achieved a first class finish apply at least six coats of wax, polishing in between each coat. You are now ready to apply the gell coat for the mould followed by between 8 and 10 layers of chopped strand matt. If this is a large mould requiring strengtheners or turning rings, the mould must reach full cure before attaching these. Make sure to buff the mould surface to a first class finish then apply at least six coats of wax to the mould surface. They say a picture paints a thousand words so here’s around 110,000 words worth of pictures for your perusal. Once the mould is at a class A finish apply six coats of wax and a release coat (first moulding out only). Now add the transome board at this stage it’s the same process for inboard and outboard motors. The same process is used to build the internal cabin mould and all other small moulds Like cabin doors, hatch lids, buoyancy tanks etc. Accurate dimensions were critical here, as it was not known if the top would fit the hull correctly until the completion of the plug, the laying up of the mould and the production of the first ring deck moulding. Not only did the top need to match the contour of the hull it also had to marry in to the millimetre with, the under floor matrix, the front and rear bulk heads and the cut out for mounting the outboard engine. On finally releasing the ring deck moulding, fitting backing plates etc it was offered up to the hull for the first time and to huge relief it fitted perfectly! Wax the plug, apply the release agent and apply the tooling gel coat for the ring deck mould.
Release the mould from the plug, inspect for and repair any problems, wax the mould and prepare to lay up the top for the boat. Offer the ring deck to the hull and secure temporarily with bolts, so that the top will always be in the same place as you lift the ring deck on and off while fitting the deck and bulk head positions. Once all the main bits are bonded together and some basic fitting out done its time to let the nice new motor, see some day light. This boat has been drifting around in my head for some time now and it’s a bit of a surreal moment when she finally hits the water.
Hi there, what a cracking looking craft and heavily laid up it looked.Have you still got the moulds and if so would you be interested in selling them or hiring out. While enjoying catching very small largemouth bass in a private lake using an ultralight spinning rig with 4lb test line, I hooked into this hawg. 1977 Northern New Jersey Pond Smallmouth Bass Apr 10, 16 11:49 AMFishing at the usual pond spot as a 13 year old kid during a gray spring chilly day. Rend Lake Catfish Guides Apr 05, 16 10:50 AMRend Lake Catfish Guides is a catfishing guide service in Southern Illinois.
Catching Catfish On Crankbaits - Fishing With Artificial Lures Mar 07, 16 03:52 PMHave you ever caught catfish on a crankbait? There are some that do not like the extra weight of an Umbrella Rig while bringing the fish to the boat, so here is a great alternative. You might want to rethink that though if you are doing your hunting gear, the NSA or FBI might be gathering intel.  Might be best if you put the pictures on a disk and then take it down to the bank and put them in the safe deposit box. Anything less than 36 inches will be a let down, and a 40+ inch fish will be a dream come true. Example, if you are a bass fisherman, you might have some big Rat-L-Traps like in this picture.


Always trying to build a better mouse trap.  The best thing about fishing sometimes is just basically tinkering with old ideas, and either adopting a concept here and there, or coming up with a new application for an unrelated idea. More often than not, they just steal the minnow off the hook.  My observation over the years is that the bigger perch are more of the bottom hugging variety. I ended up combining the semi traditional one arm rig, with the tightline rig.  By doing so, I put three hooks into a thirteen inch area from the bottom of the lake. Good way to make a little minnow money…wink, wink.  Worst case, you make your parts money back and get to buy some more! Clair.  Although live bait is my first choice almost always, these soft plastics have their time and place, and will keep you fishing if you run out of minnows.
So far this year Confetti, Paula’s Pride and Emerald Shiner have been working really good. That day it was my neighbor and I and we ran a traditional six rod program with three Church Tackle Walleye Boards on each side. Kyle was my first ice fishing partner in the old Clam Ice Team series of Super Trap Attacks, great guy to fish with, and we always seemed to be on the same page when it came to fishing. We sank the 2 oz Bass Pro Keels to the bottom, running them anywhere from 30 to forty feet back of the boards depending on the depth we were at.  By the paint missing on the bottom of the keels we knew we were achieving our goal of targeting the bottom of the lake, that and we started to pull a zebra mussels in, as well! Not that I don’t like the occasional 6 to 8 lb fish to keep things interesting this time of the year, but on this side of the lake during this time of the year is really when you start putting those good eating fish into the freezer. We even picked up a couple of bonus perch, one we kept, the other had no business hitting a #8 indiana blade!
Get to know your boat and crew and you will know when and how you can handle these large spreads.
I drew some ideas of a basic cuddy fishing boat with a hull based loosely on Gary’s wooden boat. First decide what you want to build, we had decided on an 18 foot deep v sports fisher, with enclosed overnight cuddy, self draining un-cluttered deck able to take 220 horsepower in either inboard or outboard engine form. The board is bedded in on two wet layers of chopped strand matt and clamped tight until the resin has cured. The MDF plug was built in nine sections on the bench before being assembled for striking a mould off. I cannot wait to build my own one day, but it’s going to take some saving up, sacraficial time from the pub, and a long delay from marriage for sure!
Needless to say it took quite some time to land what turned out to be a pre-spawn female that weighed in at exactly 11 pounds. You can still get the desired depth by length of line out or different size lures run in tandem.
Drifting seems to be taking some nice eater sized fish just outside of Brest Bay.  So if you have them, use them, if not, get some and break out the crawlers! So I made up a bunch of rigs with just a single lear, and use that snelled hook with the one coming off of the weight snap.  Lost fewer minnows, and it seemed to catch more fish, win, win in my book.
Looking back, while locating the original, there have been seven posts that were dedicated to anglers making their own rigs, or gearing up for perch fishing.  This article will have all those links, with a brief description of the content.
We chose Gary’s flat chine deep v planing hull design because we knew it performed well at sea and would accept inboard or outboard engine variants. The board had been given three coats of resin before fitting and will be glassed in place with a further six layers of chopped strand.
I’ve built dozens of vessels in my working career as a boatbuilder, but its always good to see people do it for their own project and pleasure!
These spreads are for the days that you can't buy a bite, you have to pull out all the tricks in the box.
One of the biggest disadvantages that the small boater (23 to 28 feet) has is its ability to present a truly large footprint like the big guys.
Remember, the spread is designed to draw multiple bites, break it up and your likely to get single bites if any at all.
Gets the hook away from the main body of the lure for better hook up and for short strikes.
They present a large footprint and while they may not have 13 lines out (some will to be sure), they have the ability to cover more area.
The typical 46 to 55 foot sport fisherman has 22 foot or larger triple rigged outriggers and a 14 foot beam. This is a spread that we designed for smaller boats to be able to present a very large bait pattern and compete with those sport fisherman. This spread has been pulled many many times with an experienced crew on a Grady White Gulfstream (23 feet long, 9'3" beam). It takes a good crew to manage, but when its out there and you are hunting for tuna, you make a big bait pattern in the water. Once you find the fish and you are into them, you don't have to put all of the lines back out, shift down to a 7 or 9 line spread consisting of what is being hit the most.



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