Jun 27, 2011

Sixty-Six Percent

I set out on a kayak with four pound mono, in search of goal number two. During the fight I knew that goal was mine...confidence waned when I set eyes on the fish.

If the fight from this two pounder is any indication, I may be in trouble should I find a three. Good thing my drag is turned all the way down properly adjusted.

PS, like the new blog header?

Jun 21, 2011

Three Months From Eight

More business travel, this week it's Michigan. Still no fishing, but before leaving town I checked in on 2011 goal number eight:

Things are coming right along at the East Peoria Bass Pro Shop construction zone.

Jun 19, 2011

Gear Review: Glacier Stripping/Fighting Gloves

An astute reader will have noticed my last few posts featured a new product. Until now, I have not disclosed the relationship. I have spent the last month testing the Stripping/Fighting Gloves from Glacier Glove.

Prior to arranging this product review, my thoughts about fishing gloves put them somewhere between fishing buffs and the monoMASTER. A little silly to say the least, luxuries to say the most. I always thought cold weather and muskie fishing were the two situations in which a respectable angler could wear gloves. Just because fishing gloves are not my bag, it does not mean others in the interwebs agree with me. Reviewing the gloves would, at the least, get some info out there for glove aficionados and potential buyers. At the most I would discover a hidden love for fishing in gloves.

The Glacier Stripping/Fighting gloves are in the Dr. Shade/Sun lineup and feature 50 spf protection from the sun. Stitched into the palm are synthetic leather pads and the back is composed of breathable stretchy nylon. At the wrist you will find a Velcro strap and the other end is trimmed short to maintain tactile dominance in fine work such as knot tying and cross-point. They can be purchased at the Glacier Outdoor website for thirty bucks. There is only one color option but five different sizes are offered. I suggest you click here for the sizing chart. My size (large) was a scosche loose but the Lycra and Velcro helped keep them in place.

My first time on the water with these gloves was a trip to Wisconsin on the cold side of spring. The conditions were not exactly ideal for testing a "warm weather" glove. I can with certainty say these gloves will do nothing to keep fingers warm on a cold day. In fact, they hold the cold water in and extend the bite of winter. Testing these gloves in cold weather was not quite fair. So as the weeks passed, the mercury rose and the gloves hit their niche.

I spent quite a few days wearing gloves and chasing gills with my fly rod. Despite the hot humid air, my hands never really felt warm. In fact, I never noticed the gloves at all while fishing. That probably says the most about these gloves: they are comfortable.

So they passed the first tests: they arrived in one piece with no obvious defects and did not obstruct my fishing. The second test would come from repeated use. While testing the gloves, I did everything with them on. I tied knots, removed moss, swatted bugs, held slippery fish and relieved myself. The first two fingers have acquired a faint green tint, but otherwise they are holding up admirably. Not a stitch is missing and no holes punctured. And not once did my hands get sunburned. Hand burns are not a typical problem for me, and Illinois is not known for scorching sun. If you are looking for some light weight sun protection, these fit the bill.

There are a couple short comings I would be remiss to...uh...miss. In the pictures you can see the first two fingers of the glove are longer and this feature got in the way. I suppose they are longer to save your fingers while stripping line and fighting long running fish, but they really got in the way while tying on hooks and flipping the bird.  I would have preferred those two fingers to cover no more than the other two. The second problem applies only to fly fishing. The Velcro wrist strap would kind of "catch" my shooting line and stall the cast before it peaked in all it's glory. This probably would not be a problem if I practiced better line control but I don't - a fact I have accepted.

If fishing gloves are your thing, the Glacier Stripping/Fighting gloves are a pretty good buy. Solidly built of quality material and after a few casts you will forget they are there. The little lady might even let you touch her after an all day fishing bender in these gloves. If fishing gloves are not your thing, I wonder why you are still reading this.

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Disclaimer: The Glacier Gloves featured in this post were provided to me free of charge in exchange for an honest review. I worked the gloves over for a month to make sure I could pad said review with as much information as possible. I am not an expert on fishing gloves, or any sort of glove for that matter, and such a position allowed me to provide this review from the perspective of an outsider to the fishing glove industry. Lunker Hunt is not associated with or sponsored by Glacier Gloves and is accepting no other compensation, monetary or otherwise, in exchange for this review. My independent status may change in the future but, as of the date of publication, no relationship other than described above has been pursued or established. This disclaimer is getting pretty long, huh? Maybe I should just stop typing it.

Jun 10, 2011

Coincidentally First

This is a picture of my first crappie of the year. It is also the first crappie I've found in this particular pond. It took a fly, which was wet for the first time ever. Coincidentally, the streamer was from a batch Owl sent...the first batch. This is the first blog post composed and published only using our new Motorola XOOM.

Yes this is a slow pitch for the first person to comment...see below.

Jun 8, 2011

Eat It Already

Saturday I nabbed about an hour and a half before the storm. It's not often an opportunity like this comes on the weekend and I intended to take advantage. With limited time, I opted out of a forty minute drive to find three pounders and opted instead for something close.  I hit the water as the sky started to spit and was greeted once again by the frustration of timid gills. You can see what I mean in the video below. Sorry for the video quality, my HD camera is on the fritz and going in soon for repair/replacement.

It weren't for not, I still managed to find a couple hungry fish and take one decent picture.

Jun 6, 2011

A Cool Can of Summer

Not sweet, not sour.
No bubbles, no bite.
Straight up delicious.

These lips have never before
allowed passage to such a joy.
If you see it on the shelf,
buy every can they have.

Thank me later.

Jun 2, 2011

He, Me and the Hmph

He: "Wow"
Me: "Hello"
He: "Have any luck with that thing?"
Me: "Not today."
He: "Ever catch 'em here?"
Me: "Last two times I did pretty good."
He: "Better than regular poles?"
Me: "It depends. Are you using live bait?"
He: "Yep."
Me: "I'd have a chance if it weren't for the bait."
He: "Hmph"

Our summer season awoke on Memorial Monday and she was a cruel mistress right off the bat. The truck's thermometer climbed to ninety-four and a slight breeze did little to keep my under carriage dry. Sunday's storm left behind thick brown water and a clear blue sky. The rain's added moisture slipped the humidity dial past eleven and settled it on "Midwest." A perfect day for fishing and a terrible day for catching...