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Jul 10, 2024 06:22:47   #
fishyaker Loc: NW Michigan (Lower Peninsula)
 
DVTracker wrote:
Nice fish, pics and info Yaker. It looks like a splendid day on the water. Thanks for sharing.


Thank you DVTracker! It was a great time for sure. The nice thing about this lake is that the State of Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources, (DNR) as we call them, has designated the lake as a "quiet area" in the mornings and evenings so that paddle boarders, kayak/canoes, small sail craft and fisherfolks could have some peace and quiet.

You are allowed to be out in a boat too...just running at a "no wake" speed. Once 11 am hits, get ready for the mayhem to begin though! Wake boats, jet skis and tubers behind speed boats come out of the woodwork!

Most of our local lakes do not have any guidelines in force, so this one is a real treat to be on when things are calm!

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Jul 10, 2024 06:42:40   #
fishyaker Loc: NW Michigan (Lower Peninsula)
 
1Oldboat42 wrote:
Yes it was another enjoyable read here fishyaker, and for it being an apparently calm day wind wise you did well. The one Flicker Shad that has the red head and light color back half is one I have not seen nor used.


Thank you 1Oldboat42! I know what you mean about "dead calm" conditions. They are great for topwater casting, but when trolling in relatively shallow waters the fish can be easily spooked! I use a pair of long rods so I get about a 24' spread on the lures. One of these days I might try using small side planers from the kayak to get lures farther from the boat, but that adds a level of complexity so for now I'll keep putting the idea off!

That flicker shad color is a "custom" one that I picked up from a tackle shop in Linwood, MI called "Frank's Great Outdoors". That seems to be a trend these days, where people take a basic OEM unit and then come up with alterations. For this one they took a full silver/chrome body and then, using chromium paint, made a red head, medium green top, and then amber for the belly side. There is a small black spot on each side near the tail section too.

Glad you enjoyed the post, and I hope that a "cure" for your Johnson boat motor is close at hand as your vacation draws near.

A slightly better photo of the flicker shad, pictured at the bottom, as featured from a post I made last year.
A slightly better photo of the flicker shad, pictu...

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Jul 10, 2024 08:52:23   #
DVTracker Loc: Harrisburg, PA.
 
fishyaker wrote:
Thank you DVTracker! It was a great time for sure. The nice thing about this lake is that the State of Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources, (DNR) as we call them, has designated the lake as a "quiet area" in the mornings and evenings so that paddle boarders, kayak/canoes, small sail craft and fisherfolks could have some peace and quiet.

You are allowed to be out in a boat too...just running at a "no wake" speed. Once 11 am hits, get ready for the mayhem to begin though! Wake boats, jet skis and tubers behind speed boats come out of the woodwork!

Most of our local lakes do not have any guidelines in force, so this one is a real treat to be on when things are calm!
Thank you DVTracker! It was a great time for sure.... (show quote)


That sounds nice with the 11 AM start time for jet skis, wakeboarders, etc. Most fisherman leave the lake I fish around 10 AM when it’s going to be a busy lake day, even though there are miles of no wake zones, but I have seen many times jet skis, wakeboarders out at first light.

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Jul 10, 2024 11:34:59   #
bapabear Loc: Blaine, Washington
 
Awsome. What kind of camera or camera phone do you? Your photos are so clear and professional looking. You have a great talent, besides being a great fisherman.

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Jul 10, 2024 13:09:07   #
fishyaker Loc: NW Michigan (Lower Peninsula)
 
DVTracker wrote:
That sounds nice with the 11 AM start time for jet skis, wakeboarders, etc. Most fisherman leave the lake I fish around 10 AM when it’s going to be a busy lake day, even though there are miles of no wake zones, but I have seen many times jet skis, wakeboarders out at first light.


I agree that it would be wise to vacate the lake once the heavy boat traffic begins...especially when in a kayak!

Yesterday I deliberately stayed out after the 11 am bells tolled for the races to begin, just to see what would happen on a weekday. Sure enough...in a wink of an eye I was surrounded by a half dozen boats all doing different maneuvers. Two were wake boats, and with all the other waves coming at me from different directions it was a rock and roll event!

For my own safety, as well as a courtesy, I quickly departed back to the launch dock! I think that the local boaters "watch the clock" for their day to begin...just like we do as fisherman!

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Jul 10, 2024 13:18:56   #
fishyaker Loc: NW Michigan (Lower Peninsula)
 
bapabear wrote:
Awsome. What kind of camera or camera phone do you? Your photos are so clear and professional looking. You have a great talent, besides being a great fisherman.


Thank you bapabear! Glad you enjoyed the story and photos! The camera gets a lot of the credit...an early model compact digital unit from Sony...model DSC-W150 Super Steady Shot is what they call it. It is quite small and fits into the vest pocket of my PFD for handy access.

I think it has been out of production for many years, but they have probably made upgrades and improvements in newer models. They use a Zeiss brand of lens, and even though it is very tiny, they always had a great reputation in the lens industry.

The most important feature is that the "shutter lag" during the auto focus routine is pretty quick. That is especially important for when the fish is beside the kayak and moving around a lot! Once you press the button, the picture is captured within a blink. I do get blurred photos, but that comes with the territory...especially when trying to get close up views from a lively subject!

I use an oversized wrist strap to avoid an accidental drop into the water, which has saved this camera from many a swim!

I appreciate the compliment, and like all of us, there are days of catching...and sometimes just recreating on the water and enjoying nature!

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Jul 10, 2024 14:39:09   #
holford24 Loc: central Indiana (elwood)
 
Nice pictures sounds like a fun day keep a tight line and. Good luck nice fish keep it up

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Jul 10, 2024 15:34:42   #
fishyaker Loc: NW Michigan (Lower Peninsula)
 
holford24 wrote:
Nice pictures sounds like a fun day keep a tight line and. Good luck nice fish keep it up


Thank you holford24! Even though the Sony camera is an "oldy but goodie", it still takes a decent shot. I also had a Fuji camera that I had kept handy over the years, but lately something has gone wrong with the close up ability to focus so I phased it out.

They say that taking too many photos of sunsets/sunrises can harm the CCD chip in terms of capturing vivid color, and I think I have been guilty of that...and perhaps that has also affected the auto focus feature too!?

Glad you enjoyed the post!

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Jul 10, 2024 18:16:19   #
bapabear Loc: Blaine, Washington
 
fishyaker wrote:
Thank you bapabear! Glad you enjoyed the story and photos! The camera gets a lot of the credit...an early model compact digital unit from Sony...model DSC-W150 Super Steady Shot is what they call it. It is quite small and fits into the vest pocket of my PFD for handy access.

I think it has been out of production for many years, but they have probably made upgrades and improvements in newer models. They use a Zeiss brand of lens, and even though it is very tiny, they always had a great reputation in the lens industry.

The most important feature is that the "shutter lag" during the auto focus routine is pretty quick. That is especially important for when the fish is beside the kayak and moving around a lot! Once you press the button, the picture is captured within a blink. I do get blurred photos, but that comes with the territory...especially when trying to get close up views from a lively subject!

I use an oversized wrist strap to avoid an accidental drop into the water, which has saved this camera from many a swim!

I appreciate the compliment, and like all of us, there are days of catching...and sometimes just recreating on the water and enjoying nature!
Thank you bapabear! Glad you enjoyed the story and... (show quote)


Thanks for the reply. I guess I will be doing some research. Oh, and getting a strap.

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Jul 10, 2024 18:27:54   #
bapabear Loc: Blaine, Washington
 
fishyaker wrote:
Thank you bapabear! Glad you enjoyed the story and photos! The camera gets a lot of the credit...an early model compact digital unit from Sony...model DSC-W150 Super Steady Shot is what they call it. It is quite small and fits into the vest pocket of my PFD for handy access.

I think it has been out of production for many years, but they have probably made upgrades and improvements in newer models. They use a Zeiss brand of lens, and even though it is very tiny, they always had a great reputation in the lens industry.

The most important feature is that the "shutter lag" during the auto focus routine is pretty quick. That is especially important for when the fish is beside the kayak and moving around a lot! Once you press the button, the picture is captured within a blink. I do get blurred photos, but that comes with the territory...especially when trying to get close up views from a lively subject!

I use an oversized wrist strap to avoid an accidental drop into the water, which has saved this camera from many a swim!

I appreciate the compliment, and like all of us, there are days of catching...and sometimes just recreating on the water and enjoying nature!
Thank you bapabear! Glad you enjoyed the story and... (show quote)


I just found the camera. It is a newer model with 12 mp and shoots in both mpg and raw. It also records to a memory stick. I see one in my reasonable future. Thanks again. P.S. Still Zeiss lenses.

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Jul 10, 2024 20:01:26   #
fishyaker Loc: NW Michigan (Lower Peninsula)
 
bapabear wrote:
I just found the camera. It is a newer model with 12 mp and shoots in both mpg and raw. It also records to a memory stick. I see one in my reasonable future. Thanks again. P.S. Still Zeiss lenses.


Cool! I think you will be pleased with the performance! Hopefully the one you found is a "NIB" (new in box) from some old stock.

I liked my original one so much that I bought a couple of inexpensive "used" ones (same exact model) from E-Bay to use as spare back up cameras, and as it turns out that was a mistake. As used cameras, they "worked" ok...but I found that the image quality was poor...probably because of them having reached the end of a useful equipment lifetime by a previous owner.

Live and learn, as they say! I do not take a ton of photos unless I'm on the water...so my cameras typically last a very long time when purchased as new.

Good luck on what you found!

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Jul 10, 2024 21:25:53   #
bapabear Loc: Blaine, Washington
 
fishyaker wrote:
Cool! I think you will be pleased with the performance! Hopefully the one you found is a "NIB" (new in box) from some old stock.

I liked my original one so much that I bought a couple of inexpensive "used" ones (same exact model) from E-Bay to use as spare back up cameras, and as it turns out that was a mistake. As used cameras, they "worked" ok...but I found that the image quality was poor...probably because of them having reached the end of a useful equipment lifetime by a previous owner.

Live and learn, as they say! I do not take a ton of photos unless I'm on the water...so my cameras typically last a very long time when purchased as new.

Good luck on what you found!
Cool! I think you will be pleased with the perform... (show quote)


Thanks. The ones I found are new updated models. It sounds like mostly increase in pixels and more memory. Only when I get it in my hands will I know if the upgrades have increased the lag time. Thanks again.

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Jul 12, 2024 14:06:28   #
40GRIT Loc: San Ramon, CA
 
fishyaker wrote:
Total calm this morning at a favorite nearby lake, so why not go fishing!

Arrived with intentions of seeking Northern pike, but ended up catching several LM bass and a bluegill in the process. Only a few pike were able to hone in on my lure offerings, but that was enough to make for an exciting time in the kayak.

The day got off to a good start, but then immediately took a "wrong turn" when the first Northern of the day broke off and stole a Williams Wobbler lure in "yellow with five red diamonds" from me. This happened on the first cast, and before the spoon had even reached my intended trolling depth! "Welcome to the lake"...says a hungry Northern with an attitude! "I was waiting for ya to show up...so let's tango!"

For a Tuesday, the lake was rather busy with fisherman. Besides myself, there were eight other boats out. Everybody seemed to have a unique agenda, and there was no competition for space as we all poked our way in and out of various coves, mini bays and open water. By this time of Summer, nearly all of the homes and cottages that dot the shoreline are occupied with residents enjoying the bounty of the lake!

The fish seemed picky today, so I ran thru quite a few more hard body baits than usual. A large Mepps Aglia Long spinner with white bucktail produced well, along with a frog patterned Beno, a Berkley flicker shad and finally a classic Hot-n-Tot in red/translucent pearl. The Williams Wobbler gets a "nod", although as mentioned above, it had been donated as a chin ornament to a sulking predator. No other lures even had a strike, but you'll never know unless you submerge them for a while!

Talley for the day was 2 pike, 4 LM bass and the little bluegill.
Total calm this morning at a favorite nearby lake,... (show quote)


As always another great post and Pics FY! Love the pics of the loons, both of them!

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Jul 12, 2024 19:05:07   #
fishyaker Loc: NW Michigan (Lower Peninsula)
 
40GRIT wrote:
As always another great post and Pics FY! Love the pics of the loons, both of them!


Thank you 40GRIT! I'm glad you enjoyed the post!

When I first saw that inflatable loon, from afar I was not even sure what the devil it was. As I neared it I then realized what it was. A young man was on the dock and I asked if I could take a snapshot of the loon. We started chatting and it turns out that he is an avid kayaker, but lives in FL...where he kayaks on the the various "flats" with a fly rod. He shared some interesting stories and mentioned that he comes to this particular lake every year to flycast for Northern pike!

By the way, the replacement Williams Wabler lure that I lost on this trip just arrived from the good folks at Bass Pro Shop. I bought 2...so now I have a spare! Can't wait to give them a try very soon!

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