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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Almost that time of year again

Yeah its almost that time of year again , Where that water turns to Ice so Looking forward to it this year . Was a great summer of camping and a new Arrival of My Grandson Collin Charles Benway So excited can't wait to to take him ..... My Clam Fish houses are all set I need to put out all my Stuff and get it ready . Jigs and some new jig boxes , I should be all set . Its going to be a great year I hope ,

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Well its official I'm Hooked

Well on Sunday I figured I would like to take the Girls to Green Mountain Troutfitters in Jeffersonville , From the website I was excited to see the store , well we got there and I walked in no Hello , Some guy was fiddling with the register , I walked buy him still no hello , I know my kids are going to say really your going to say this again , I was truly Disappointed . I had been looking at the website for a while and decided they had some good prices on the Combos he had . And there was no combos too look at .... I was some Sad .....:(  Well yesterday I took the two girls that I love with all of my heart , Decided to go to The Fly Rod Shop in Stowe , I can tell you this they were more then Helpful I wanted really a 5 WT and they did not have one but they had a 4WT that I fell in love with but no reel So I asked about putting one of the combo reels on this rod Sure he says for the same price absolutely , You will never guess where I will be shopping for my Fly Fishing stuff ... It was so nice Now I have a New Ross Fly Rod , Some New Gadgets , Some New Waders the light weight ones . Kayla bought her dad a New Nice Backpack with water bladder , And to put my Flies in So Excited I can't say good enough things about the they are very helpful

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Has been a while

Has been a while since I have made a post sorry about that . Been a busy Summer , You always think you have time with Camping , Fire and Rescue and fishing there is no time and the House chores . Well me went to Mountain View Campground is Morrisville and I brought my flyrod well I got my 1st Nice little rainbow on it . It was awesome . Best feeling I have ever had really it was so amazing that I caught something my 2nd time out with it . I cant wait wait for this weekend , We are in New Haven at Rivers bend Campground . So cant wait for my flyrod there ...

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Camping Update

Well first weekend of camping what great weather we had , It was so Nice when we parked the camper it was a little Wet , So it continued to dry out that week.And then we came to last weekend and the rain but wasn't too bad , We had a feast and a half , Started out with some Hot Wings and Teriyaki Wings was Fantastic , And then Hand Cut French Fries , Then some Bacon and Cheese on Fries with Sour cream , Then Gravy and Fries , Then  Fried Bread dough , it was so nice .... It was Awesome .......

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Well 3 days left to 1st Camping trip

Yeah 3 days until we head out for the 1st camping trip of 2011 we buy into the 3 weekend package at Lone Pine , a group of us get together this Friday 1st night . Can't wait Family and great Friends ... Should be good if we have dry Sites lol ...

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Clam Fish Trap Nanook Thermal Cover / Fish Trap Scout Thermal Cover

Well I think I have to say I can't wait till Ice fishing this year , I picked up these 2 Shantys last week , So excited Picked up the Clam Fish Trap Nanook TC and the Clam Fish Trap Scout TC The Nanook is the double and I wanted a single for the days I only go out , and I picked up a Scout TC . Thanks to James for working with me , Now I just need to upgrade MY FL-18 for a 20 or another 22HD But the 18 works great ... I just can't see the money difference right now in a head exchange . Although I might  who knows

Friday, April 22, 2011

Sandbar Swamp

Well Last night 04-22-11 Wasn't there 5 minutes and wasn't paying much attention looked out and could not find my Bobber , Oh my fish on !!!!!!! With my new Okuma I was in heaven , well for a little while until my Line got caught up in the Reel bale and used it like a fly rod , Got the Salmon close to shore and guess what saw me and went the opposite way Snap there it goes no drag what the hang , My 1st fish with my new rod and I lossed it . Oh well going to try again today :) don't hurt to try ... LOL

Thursday, April 21, 2011

New Arrival Okuma

Well just got my recent purchase in Got My Okuma Conniseurs in yesterday very nice rods they call them noodle rods I guess they are Steelhead rods but Going to use them for walleye and Crappie , they are quite long 9 foot , I forgot to order reels with them , So for Now I put some small Micro reels on them . With some 4lb Flouro Carbon line cant wait to give them a try who knows maybe after work

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Well My Review on the Vexilar FL-22 HD

Well another great weekend on Lake Carmi with My 2 Daughters Holly and Kayla and my friend Justin , Was great Holly got to go which was real nice plus she Caught her 1st Walleye through the Ice , Was small but she also got to catch some Huge perch , Which was so good to have her join us , kayla also got to catch her 1st Bass through the Ice which she was so Excited about , Also caught some Jumbo perch , Was nice to have both Daughters with me , Well now onto the Vexilar New 22 HD The 10 foot instead of the 20 foot range what a difference , Can use much more of the Screen , I also used the 12 Foot Zoom since I was fishing in 24-28 foot of water ,The Target seperation is amazing , I also tried it off the Zoom mode full screen mode , That was nice also but used to fishing with my FL-18 I really am spoiled with the Zoom I use that even in Shallow water I also played with the Tri - Cone 20 degree 12 degree and  9 degree , That was kind of cool this thing is amazing very Sensitive for gain wise , I normally run my 18 on maybe 3 to 4 , This was just barely on , Caught my jig , Sensitive is there , Crisp Display also , I can't wait to fish over it this Summer in my Kayak who knows maybe get a small boat would be nice too , But it is so nice .

Friday, April 1, 2011

Its a little late but better late then Never Vexilar FL-22HD

My New toy I hope to use it tomorrow , So excited to give this a try , Not that it really is going to be any better then my FL-12 or the FL-18 . But I had to give it a try .... Going to Lake Carmi this weekend to try it out . Yahoo will let you know how I like the 1st day of fishing with it

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Lake Carmi Trip with Justin 03-27-11

Was asked by Justin if I wanted to take a trip to Lake Carmi for Some perch really haven't targeted them since I started Crappie,Sunfish,Bluegill fishing . But I said what the hang , Glad I did hog perch , When I say Hog perch 14 inch over a pound , I had 35 fish and I had over 3/4 of a 6 Gallon Pail. It was amazing perch taking drag from 25 foot of water , I have to say that hooked me for that . What a blast ... Thanks for asking me to go it was just so amazing I wish kayla would have went she would have had the time of her life Cause I know I did . And Yes Dockside Bait is what they Ate

Monday, March 21, 2011

Sad day has come,Thanks to Dockside Outdoors Ben too

 Well I hate to admit it I truly do it is One Sad day ...Would like to also thank my Buddy Ben that owns Dockside Outdoors for putting up with me for another year of my wants and needs , and all the support . To think that Ice Fishing for the 2010-2011 season is over , I truly am sad , I finally got my Vexilars got quite a bit of use out of them was alot of fun this year , I got Hooked up with Scott , James,and Jason this year and I learned quite a bit but truly not enough , Sat there by James on Friday and fished , Was not a very productive day for me anyway , But was for some that I did not notice till he locked his keys into his truck , James had 12 Nice Crappie and some Nice seeds and gills Dam I was like seriously , He was using his Jamie rigs and they sure did the trick . So glad I made all kinds of new friends this year and saw friends I have not seen in years , It was a great day on the Thursday and Friday was real slow too but I got to fish with some of the greatest fisherman on the Ice . That are well respected by others for this great panfish Stuff . I truly want to say Thank you for letting me fish with you all . It was truly amazing the things I learned but not clearly enough , I hope to come back with some good knowledge next year ... But Now onto Spring fishing ... Still going to target those crappies for now out of the Kayak , Until or maybe get a boat of some kind ... LOL

Monday, March 14, 2011

03-11-11 Fishing Trip to Lake X

Well Got called on Thursday from Scott asked if I would like to head South to Fish with Tina , Scott , James I was so Excited that they even asked me to go , We were going to fish Shoreham but it did not happen lake was like Chocolate Milk , So Decided to head to one of James Spots Want to talk about amazing that was some Awesome Fishing . You want to have the time of your life . Trust me you won't regret it . It was awesome Huge Perch and some really Nice Crappie ... So much fun Thanks again to Scott , Tina and James for the Invite had the Time of my life . Thanks again really

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Vermont Sportsman Hardwater Series at Dillenbeck March 5th 2011

Well March is here , Really fast it approached . Hope this month brings us what we have been waiting for all Season The Big Fish to come in ..... Going to try to Pre Fish tomorrow although did me no good the week before lol . Don't forget to stop to Dockside for all your Hunting and Fishing needs.... He has Caty jigs and lots of others , He also has the Riversides , Ice Blues ,

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Vermont Sportsman Hardwater Series at Larabees in Shoreham

Well got there on Thursday and went to check out access and look around to see what it was like , And then Friday Morning went out to do a little Pre Fishing and I just couldn't believe the small Perch . And the weather was very Blustery and cold Snowing so bad was happy we got off the Ice ... Anyway couldn't sleep the night before thinking I did not get to explore this lake Bay as I wanted to atleast find some descent fish ... Was up all night tossing and turning was around 430am said to Kayla ok lets go , So we got down to help , Turned out to be a wonderful day weather wise ..... Kayla helped Jamie,Mellisa,Scott ,Tina ,Brock,Not sure of his wifes name But they treated kayla real well... Which was awesome she had such a good time she just loves them. Did not get on the fish I was hoping to but there was some Nice crappie caught .... Which was Awesome I did wear My Dockside Appearel all day so Did Kayla ... Kayla helped with Kids Clinic she had such great things about things about that ........She was so happy she had to Thank me for Taking her all the way home .. Told her I appreciate it but not to Thank me I should be thanking you for so much help

Thursday, February 24, 2011

02-24-2011 Larabees Tournament Weekend /Thanks to Dockside Ben

Well the day is coming upon us getting pretty nervous , Not sure why !!!! But I hope it is a good Bite weekend .But will be Flying the Dockside Colors on Friday During prefish and on Saturday , Thanks to Ben for the Magic bait , That means Dockside Bait is what they Ate ... Kayla is tagging along she is going to help with what she can and really would like to help with the kids clinic she is so good with kids of all ages and I have to admit she can catch fish ;) Just don't tell her I said that lol . One thing I can say is that I have to Thank My Family for dealing with my Obsessions Once I get a Like it turns into a Obsession instead of just doing it , Has to be done right and with the right equipment .My Wife just hates it cause I get stuck on it till some thing else ... I love her for standing by my side , Takes a Hell of a good women to put up with me ..... I love you Amy Sue ... Not that she will ever read this , But I have awesome Children too  Cause they do all that with me what else can I ask for ??? Not Much ...

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Larabees Hardwater Tournament February 26th

Well the time is getting near .... And I'm getting a little Nervous never fished that part of the lake , Never been down there at all . Not sure whether I will just help out , Or will I put the Hat on and go for it . I like to help with the Tournament , and the Kids Clinic would be fun to Help James out . That would be fun .... We will see . I think I'm going to take Pikeslayer with me ...... AKA Kayla .... Spending the Night with my Cousin April and her Boyfriend Toby and kids , So that makes it nice want to pre fish on friday .... Yahoo Headed down on Thursday night

Monday, February 21, 2011


Well stopped by Dockside Outdoors to see Ben and to give him his Coffee , And Whaknstak AKA Lance was there and he wanted to go Fishing , So took him out to Dillenbach with me and we caught a Few but extremely Slow , But had a good time 1st time fishing with him this year . Hope it picks up soon

Sandbar 02-19-11

Well I took the Girls out Pike Fishing Yesterday , Should have known it was not going to be good when I backed the Wheeler off the truck Went through the Snow and Got Stuck then started down to the Ice Jet sled tips over and Bait falls out of bucket and Water , Start to head out and 4 Wheeler falls through in about 6 inchs of water for 80 yards then fell through again for another 40 yards . Got to the Hill Billy Hotel and the tip ups are all water and Froze ,Went to go start Auger to make holes Dam throttle is Froze from all the water , Bring that in and Unfreeze it , Dam kids are looking like Wow what a day so far .... Then went out to check on wheeler Tried to Move it it Frozen Would not move ,Had to Chip all the Ice out of Rims and Around Drive axles , Got it to Move ,Then Whaknstak shows up hes going to try to move Shanty out to walleye grounds went out to help him Kept falling through My Back hurts pretty bad Sore , Then went back to check on my Girls they had a Tip up but Flag Never went up , Had most of line on Spool , And they pulled it back and the Fish broke off , So we get off the Ice Safely , My 4 Wheeler is up at my Neighbors in Heated garage thawing out ... And it was so Cold out there Yesterday with the Wind and all in all we got back to Truck and We lost our Cover to our New Bait Bucket we bought Last year a real nice one Dam Luck Went back to Find it couldn't find it Dam it.But thanks to Northernightmare for the Use of the HillBilly Hotel

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The Island Derby is Close

The Island derby is near , Not Fishing in it but I wish everyone luck that is . So looking Forward to Seeing the Snow getting off the Ice . Really is putting a damper in the remaining weeks left . Not Sure what I will do after the Ice goes , I so enjoy every bit of Ice Fishing I truly do so Much Fun and the Challenge for those Crappies . It is so Nice .

Monday, February 7, 2011

Navionics Hot Maps Chip Voucher Raffle

Navionics Hot maps chip voucher raffle

Hi folks, Our good friends at Navionics have kindly donated a Voucher for choice of Navionics SD Chip Valued at up to $250.00 

We have decided to Raffle it off on the forum.
  • All of the proceeds to Help with our Kids clinics.
  • Tickets will be $10.00 each.
  • We are only going to sell 30 tickets.
  • Tickets are first come first serve.
  • We will draw as soon as all 30 tickets are sold.
  • For more info about the Navionics SD Chips. Go to

If you would like to purchase a Raffle Ticket Please post below, Your name, contact info and how many tickets you want. If you want to keep your info private please pm a moderator your request.


Sunday, February 6, 2011

Friday, February 4, 2011

Fishing 02-04-11

Well went out fishing to Dillenbach Bay today with Fishercat and The bite was extremely slow , Was real bad but Kayla wants to go out and try to get some Northern tomorrow Her tooth Critters . She loves that Pike Stuff , Hope she catches a few !!!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Announcement: Larrabees point Tourney flyer / kids clinic

FEBRUARY 26, 2011 6:30 AM TO 3:00 PM
Tournament Rules
• It will be an individual event.
• The species will be 3 Crappies and 3 Sunfish
• Prizes for overall heaviest combined weight.
• There will also be a prize awarded for heaviest fish (contestant must have their heaviest fish marked with a jig in the lips when coming up to weigh in)
• All fish must be kept in a bucket with water. NO frozen or discolored fish will be accepted.
• This event will see an 80% payout of all registration fees. 10% will go to running cost and 10% will be donated.
• Boundaries will be from point to point and marked with orange cones
• Everyone must get a ticket stub at the sign in table, for door prizes prior to launch
• Everyone will start at the designated launch point and form a single file line (first come first serve order) by 5:45 am sharp. We will do a brief rules meeting and shanty inspection
• Walkers will be let go @ 6:00am sharp.
• ATV’S and Snow machines will be let go @ 6:10am sharp.
• Start time is 6:30am.end time is 3:00pm. After the field is cut loose everyone can drill holes and set up but cannot put a line in the water until 6:30am.
• Weigh in will be at 3:15pm. Awards ceremony and door prizes to follow.
• The use of ATV’s and snow machines will be at the discretion of the tournament directors. In the event that ice conditions will not support these vehicles it will become a walking event.
Tickets can be purchased for $30.00 onsite or in advance at / Tom’s Bait / Lakeshore Ace / Norm’s Bait
For more info call Scott @ 802-324-1897 or go to

Vermont Sportsman Hard Water Tournament Series
WHEN: FEB. 26, 2011 / 10:00AM TO NOON
• Pro fisherman from across the ice belt will teach the basic steps of the modern ice fishing system, including ice safety, Knot tying, how to use electronics and then ultimately take the kids fishing.
• Free Hot lunch will be available for Kids only
• After lunch we will have a drawing for prizes
• These clinics are an excellent way to introduce youngsters to the sport of fishing and a perfect opportunity for families that want to enjoy some of the outdoor recreational activities that New England has to offer
• No pre-registration is necessary for the clinic.
• All poles and equipment will be provided, Please dress warm.
For more info call Fish Hound @ 802-855-0082 or

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Fishing WIth Kayla,Scott,Tina,Charlie,Cal 01-30-11

Well met up with the Gang today , And it was kinda slow But not for Scott he whooped it up . Which was cool , It was a slow day Only got one Keeper Crappie today some good sunfish but nothing to really to write home about . All in all it was a great day my Daughter and great friends what else can you ask for , Even Fishercat came out and picked up 4 Keeper crappie , Was a good time got a Nice Cover for My Shanty to keep the snow out thanks Scott , That is Awesome

Friday, January 28, 2011

Fishing with Scott,Charlie,Cal 01-28-2011

Well today was a wonderful day , Texted scott to see how he did yesterday and I guess it was real slow , So he asked if I wanted to hook up with the group was Like Hell Yeah , So I got there met Scott we went out and met Charlie and Cal . Was kind of Slow but the Nicest fish and the Most I have ever caught it was so amazing , Crappie were huge and Blue gill were descent , And the Sunfish were Huge , What a wonderful day I had . Thanks very much guys for letting me tag along it was so amazing really can't wait to really get into them . Would not leave my Vexilar home or my Dave Genz Fish house Clam Shanty or my Little Buddy heater ,

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Things I like! The Great Outdoors

Well as you can see here on the blog is Dockside it is a Awesome store located in Colchester off from Raymond road with Ben being the owner , He is a great guy alot of knowledge in the Store , and Super prices . I also have recently got hooked into the panfishing towards the end of last year , Mike Fishercat took me out and oh yeah it is amazing , Yeah I'm hooked Crappie,Sunfish,Bluegill amazing stuff . I went out and bought the Hummingbird Ice 45 Flasher fish finder , This last summer I sold that , And this Fall I picked up a Vexilar FL-12 with the Tri cone on it , That thing is amazing . And I picked up a another Vexilar FL-18 with the 12 degree cone and I use the Riversiders with the Micro Ice reels , And of course I have a Dave Genz Clam Guide Series fish house , And  use the Strikemaster Mag Ice Auger , Vermont Sportsmans Forum is also one on my Favorite places to hang out , Scott has put alot of time in on this forum and we are trying to get more Active members it is free that is the nice thing , Share your Stories or share your success , Share what works for you Mostly all the Skilled Panfish guys hang out there , There is some other great Anglers from walleye to bass and Northern it is all what we like Outdoors , Talk Camping , Its is great here is a link to the Forum Don't be afraid to sign up and be active