Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Shower your way toward winter toughness

Time magazine this week has an intriguing article on ways to acclimate your body to the arrival of cold weather. Back in the 1960s, Time reporter Markham Heim says, Army researchers found that naked men who spent eight hours a day in a 50 degree chamber became habituated to the cold. They had mostly stopped shivering after two weeks. (It didn't say what happens to naked women, but presumably it works for them, too.)

Another study in 2014 persuaded another group of healthy men to spend up to three hours a day sitting in baths filled with 57 degree water. At the beginning of a 20-day study, they did a lot of shivering and complaining, like  Dan Barker when the Loveland Fishing Club persuaded him to try ice fishing. But by Day 20, the men's shivering had pretty much stopped. While their metabolisms and heart rates still sped up in response to the cold water, their blood vessels no longer constricted and their skin temperature didn't drop the way it had at first. Apparently their bodies got used to the chill.

So you too can stop whining about a little Colorado cold.  Apparently, the typical response to this week's cold - raising temperatures around home or work, and eating a lot more - prevented our bodies from becoming more cold resistant and made us more likely to watch more fishing shows on TV. So, starting today or tomorrow, turn your thermostats down by a few degrees and peel off a few layers of clothing. And start watching TV while naked. And here's the best trick of all:  cold showers!

Basically, anything that causes you to shiver will help your body acclimate to winter temperatures.  Army researcher John Castellani suggests starting with a quick, cold shower - say 15 seconds - and adding 10 seconds to that every day. You can turn up the water temps once you've endured the icy water. If you bring yourself to shiver a few times a day, after just one week you'll begin feeling more comfortable in colder temperatures.

So that's it! The club didn't need to scrub this week's North Park trout trip after all; maybe we could have just slept in the truck until that Walden's minus 7 degree temperatures warmed toward more positive numbers. 

I, for one, can't wait for motivated anglers to try this out and report back to we gentler souls.

Let's go fishing Thursday

Okay, we know the following things about this week's Loveland weather:

  • Most of the ponds around here have at least a thin ice cap. I went by Rivers Edge ponds today. They do not. All 3 are open, and I for one have cabin fever. 
  • The cold snap appears to have finally killed off most of the algae that's plagued all 3 ponds this summer and fall. Visibility is better than it's been since June.
  • It's supposed to be sunny tomorrow, with temps rising to a scorching upper 30s, winds a measly 3-4 mph.

So let's go fishing! I suggest Dragonfly, around 11, bring your Gulp minnows and maybe a few Ned rigs. I'd also wear boots; there's going to be a quick meltdown, and it'll be muddy.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Searching the web for product information often reveals good sites to look at


Boats are put away and cleaned up and Ice fishing will start soon. I've been looking for Electronics to use through the ice this year and being a real fishing novice I look to others in the club and do my own research as well using the internet. As often is the case there are too many choices and information overload is a real possibility. 

In one of my journeys I discovered ICAST, the "International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades". ICAST, the world’s largest sportfishing trade show, is the premier showcase for the latest innovations in fishing gear, accessories and apparel. ICAST is the cornerstone of the sportfishing industry, helping to drive recreational fishing product sales year round. Every year there are hundreds of exhibitors and like SEMA (have to be a car guy to know what that is) there are best of show winners and runner ups for multiple categories each year. Here are the 2019 winners that you can review during the cold weather. 

Best of Show Winner

Garmin, and its Force™ Trolling Motor, has won “Best of Show” in the ICAST 2019 New Product Showcase.
The Force™ Trolling Motor was selected from the 29 “Best of Category” winners announced Wednesday night, July 10, during the New Product Showcase “Best of Category” Awards Reception, sponsored by SiOnyx. Garmin took top honors in the Boating Accessories category.
Best of Category Winners
Best of Category – Boating Accessories – Garmin USA
Product: Force™ Trolling Motor
Best of Category – Boats and Watercraft – Hobie
Product: Mirage ProAngler 14 with 360 Drive Technology
Best of Category – Eyewear – Costa Del Mar, Inc.
Product: WaterWoman
Best of Category – Footwear – Frogg Toggs
Product: Skipper
Best of Category – Giftware – 13 Fishing 
Product: Fillet Table Beverage Management System
Best of Category – Lifestyle Apparel – AFTCO/American Fishing Tackle Company
Product: Yurei Air-O-Mesh Performance Shirt
Best of Category – Technical Apparel – Cold Weather – Simms Fishing Products
Product: M’s G4Z® Stockingfoot Wader
Best of Category – Technical Apparel – Warm Weather – AFTCO/American Fishing Tackle Company
Product: Overboard Submersible Shorts
Best of Category – Ice Fishing – Johnson Outdoors Marine Electronics, Inc.
Product: Ice Helix 7 Chirp GPS G3N All-Season
Best of Category – Cooler and Bait/Storage – Plano Synergy
Product: Frabill Magnum Bait Station 30
Best of Category – Cutlery, Hand Pliers or Tools – Bubba
Product: 110V Electric Fillet Knife
Best of Category – Electronics – Johnson Outdoors Marine Electronics, Inc.
Product: MEGA 360 Imaging
Best of Category – Fly Fishing Accessory – Simms Fishing Products
Product: Dry Creek® Z Sling Pack
Best of Category – Fishing Accessory – American Tackle Company
Product: MW20 Finesse Set
Best of Category – Fishing Line – PowerPro
Product: Moon Shine Braid
Best of Category – Kids’ Tackle – Anything Possible Brands
Product: The Bumblebee by ProFISHiency
Best of Category – Tackle Management – Plano Synergy
Product: Plano EDGE
Best of Category – Terminal Tackle – Rapala
Product: VMC Bladed Hybrid Treble Short
Best of Category – Freshwater Soft Lure – Lunkerhunt
Product: Phantom Spider
Best of Category – Saltwater Soft Lure – LIVETARGET
Product: Slow-Roll Shiner
Best of Category – Freshwater Hard Lure – LIVETARGET
Product: Erratic Shiner
Best of Category – Saltwater Hard Lure – LIVETARGET
Product: Flutter Sardine
Best of Category – Freshwater Reel – Shimano
Product: SLX DC Baitcasting Reels
Best of Category – Saltwater Reel – Shimano
Product: Stradic FL Spinning Reel
Best of Category – Fly Reel – SEiGLER Reels
Product: SF (Small Fly)
Best of Category – Freshwater Rod – St. Croix of Park Falls
Product: Mojo Bass Glass MGC72HM Rip N’ Chatter Rod
Best of Category – Saltwater Rod – St. Croix of Park Falls
Product: Avid Surf VSS80MMF
Best of Category – Fly Fishing Rod – St. Croix of Park Falls
Product: Imperial Salt IS908.4
Best of Category – Rod & Reel Combo – Lew’s Fishing 
Product: Lew’s Mach Smash Baitcast Combo

2019 Runners Up 

Best of Category – Boating Accessories – Lowrance
Product: Lowrance Ghost Trolling Motor
Best of Category Runner Up – Boats and Watercraft – Johnson Outdoors Watercraft, Inc.
Old Town Topwater 120 PDL
Best of Category Runner Up – Eyewear – Smith Optics
Product: Redding Sunglass with new ChromaPop Glass Green Mirror Lens
Best of Category Runner Up – Footwear – Huk Performance Fishing
Product: HUK Mako
Best of Category Runner Up – Giftware – Garmin USA
Product: Garmin MARQ™ Captain
Best of Category Runner Up – Lifestyle Apparel – Hook & Tackle
Product: Iztapa Performance Fishing Shirt
Best of Category Runner Up – Technical Apparel – Cold Weather – AFTCO/American Fishing Tackle Company
Product: Women’s Reaper Technical Fleece
Best of Category Runner Up – Technical Apparel – Warm Weather – Striker Brands
Product: eVolve Rainwear
Best of Category Runner Up – Ice Fishing – Fish Monkey Fishing Gloves and Gear
Product: Fish Monkey Yeti Premium Ice Fishing Glove
Best of Category Runner Up – Cooler and Bait/Storage – Wyld Gear
Product: The Wyld Gear Dually Cooler
Best of Category Runner Up – Cutlery, Hand Pliers or Tools – KastKing
Product: KastKing Spartacus Knives
Best of Category Runner Up – Electronics – Garmin USA
Product: Garmin ECHOMAP™ Ultra 126sv
Best of Category Runner Up – Fly Fishing Accessory – Yakima Racks
Product: DoubleHaul – Rooftop Fly Rod Carrier
Best of Category Runner Up – Fishing Accessory – Scotty
Product: 111 Kayak Fishing Starter Pack
Best of Category Runner Up – Fishing Line – Rapala
Product: Sufix Advance Fluorocarbon
Best of Category Runner Up – Kids’ Tackle – Anything Possible Brands
Product: Steinhauser Green-Splat Pocket Combo
Best of Category Runner Up – Tackle Management – BUZBE
Product: COLONY 28 Modular Tackle Management System
Best of Category Runner Up – Terminal Tackle – The Catch Company
Product: Googan Squad The Juicee Jig
Best of Category Runner Up – Freshwater Soft Lure – Pure Fishing, Inc.
Product: Berkley PowerBait The Champ Minnow
Best of Category Runner Up – Saltwater Soft Lure – A Band Of Anglers
Product: Nat’ Shrimp
Best of Category Runner Up – Freshwater Hard Lure – Yo-Zuri America, Inc.
Product: 3DB Pencil
Best of Category Runner Up – Saltwater Hard Lure – Savage Gear Americas
Product: 3D Octopus
Best of Category Runner Up – Freshwater Reel – Daiwa Corporation
Best of Category Runner Up – Saltwater Reel – 13 Fishing
Product: Inception SZ
Best of Category Runner Up – Fly Reel – Pure Fishing, Inc.
Product: Pflueger Supreme Fly Reel
Best of Category Runner Up – Freshwater Rod – Pure Fishing, Inc.
Product: Abu Garcia Virtual Rod
Best of Category Runner Up – Saltwater Rod – Shimano
Product: Shimano – Terez Rods
Best of Category Runner Up – Fly Fishing Rod – Temple Fork Outfitters
Product: Axiom II-X
Best of Category Runner Up – Rod & Reel Combo – Pure Fishing, Inc.
Product: Ugly Stik Carbon Baitcast Combo

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Dan catches Colorado's fattest fish

Trolling for walleye at Boyd Lake a few weeks ago, Dan Barker felt a tug and then hauled in the butterball white bass below, a whopping 19 3/4 inches.My math may be faulty, but I think that's 116.2 percent of the Colorado Master Angler criteria for white bass.  Too bad he didn't have a scale, as this is one obese fish. The catch should put him at the top of the heap in competition for this year's Angler of the Year award.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

If you can't afford a new 20' Lund and don't want to paddle or use fins try one of these to get across the lake in a hurry


UPDATED Walleye Fishing at Jumbo Reservoir (Julesburg, CO) Oct 16-17


We recently discovered (Thanks to that Jumbo Reservoir is closed on Wednesdays as a result of no ANS inspections those days.

I called the CPW District office in Brush and was referred to CPW in Denver. This was news to them and they are checking this out and will update the CPW website. Then I started call the Visitors centers at the lakes.
I talked with the ANS inspector at North Sterling and she told me North Sterling Reservoir is open all week. Although the visitors center is closed on Wednesday and Thursday a ranger is on duty and can do the ANS inspection for us. The other opportunity is to get your boat inspected at Boyd, or another lake, and leave the GREEN tag on the boat and have the associated WHITE paperwork with you.

Norm and I talked about this and our plan is to fish North Sterling Reservoir on Wednesday and then drive to Sedgewick and stay at the Antique Inn (Lupe's place) and fish Jumbo on Thursday. 

So far we have Merle, Rick Palmieri, Rick Golz, Norm Engelbrecht, Dave Boyle, and Steve Cadle. Dan and Kathleen said they may come to Jumbo on Thursday and include that as a destination on their 4 day fishing trip they are doing. Everyone is welcome and lets hope we have good weather that won't force us to cancel the trip.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Beautiful day at the Delaneys

South Park’s legendary winds held off enough for Wayne Baranczyk to scoot around all day in his float tube, and a handsome mix of rainbows, cut bows and greenbacks fought their way to the net. The forecast for Thursday at Walden is snow and minus 3 degrees, but Tuesday was terrific.

How about this 19-inch cutbow? This space was reserved
for a shot of Pat Weller and one of his fish, but, uh,
he dropped his phone in the lake.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Walleye Fishing at Jumbo Reservoir (Julesburg, CO) Oct 16-17

Merle Boden and Rick Palmieri are going to Jumbo Reservoir Oct 16-17 to see if we can catch some Fall Walleye. Norm Englebrecht says he's planning on going too. Sure would be nice to have a few others join us and see if we can't catch some nice fish to bring home.
Water temps are finally dropping with the cool nights and fish might be on the move because of that. This Spring fishermen were catching their limits from shore and they were just as nice as the ones we caught from the boats. Min size for Walleye is 15" and Min size for Crappie is 10". 5 Walleye possession limit.

General Information: Jumbo Reservoir is a 1,578 acre water (at full capacity) located on the Jumbo State Wildlife Area. Anglers can expect excellent fishing for walleye and crappie, and quality fishing for channel catfish, smallmouth bass, and bluegill. Fishing pressure is moderate. Location: Logan and Sedgwick Counties. From I-76 take Exit 155 and head 3 miles north to Hwy 138. Take Hwy 138 1 mile northeast to CR 95. Take CR 95 2 miles north to the reservoir.

Map to Julesburg, CO.