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Pike Lover
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 09:47 AM 02/12/09 (CST)
I friend of mine and I go on fishing trips to northern MN, and often fish carry-in lakes as I like the sence of adventure. I also happen to hate fishing from a canoe. I get so stressed about tipping it just isn't fun. Also trying to last a whopper pike from a canoe is not pretty. Has anybody else been in this position, and found some clever ideas to help? Maybe some kind of home brew stabilization for the canoe, or some other kind of small boat all together. There are lost of portable boats online that look really neat, but I don't have thousands to spend. Right now we just put the canoe inside my fishing boat and haul it that way so whatever we do would need to be that way as well. Outside the box ideas are welcome.
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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 11:09 AM 02/12/09 (CST)
There are some other protable boats but I think a canoe is the way to go. What kind of a canoe are you using? Some are more stable then others. Look for one as wide as possible, i've also notice the heavier ones tend to be more stable probably becuase they ride lower in the water. I've been in some canoes that feel like you'll tip over with the slightest movement, but I've also been in canoes that were stable enough for me to stand up in and pull my lure out of a shoreline tree.

You can probably look at attaching some sort of outrigger to it that might help stablize it. I've seen it done in the past. That would make it almost impossible to tip.

Mostly fishing in a canoe just takes practice. You need to be relaxed and keep your movements under control. No big sudden hook sets, no getting all hyper and excited when you land a monster. Cool and calm is the name of the game. Also it helps if you and your partner are able to work together. A good canoe partner is worth his weight in beer.

When fighting a big fish it helps to have a net. Make sure you bring one. I use a small net maybe 2 1/2 feet long, it was cheap and its light weight. When you hook the fish your partner should be the net man. Just work the fish calmly so that you can position it in front of your partner either in the front or back of the canoe. Have him get the fish in the net but do no bring the fish into the canoe. The last thing you need is a big pike flopping all over the place. While one guy works on unhooking the fish the other needs to be aware to counter balance the canoe while the other guy is reaching over the side. Its all a balancing act and it takes practice.

If you want a photo of the fish reach into the net and grab it securly after hooks are out. Make sure to get a firm grasp again so you don't end up with a big fish flopping around in the boat. Get the picture and release it again your partner should be coutner balancing the canoe as you reach over the side to release the fish.

Also make sure to keep your gear stowed away. Don't leave your tackle box open on the floor of the canoe. Just in case you do tip you want to make sure everything it bundled up so you have a chance to retreive it as it will float for awhile. Better yet you can buy under seat storage that strap on the seat you sit on. Most come with a pad or even a seat back for the seat and then have zippered storage under the seat. You can keep all your tackle stowed away safely in the zipper where it won't be lost if you do tip. Just make sure don't drop your rod, they sink.


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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 12:54 PM 02/12/09 (CST)
Spring creek(mountain iron) outfitter.............canoe stabilizers.............you'll love it.............ever thought about standing in a canoe.........I do
google it

I love their canoe stabilizers for fishing and duck hunting. They're lightweight and fit to any canoe. Not the cheapest, but wellllllllllllllll worth it. No joke.
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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 03:43 PM 02/12/09 (CST)
Cant go wrong!

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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 06:02 PM 02/13/09 (CST)
I have been trying to design a stabalizer that fits snug up to the rim of the canoe like a bumper and then can easily be dropped down to the water for use... I have many ideas on how to do this drawn up but I figured I would be the only person who needs it.. My buddy and I made a quick prototype for his canoe. He leaves it on all year and it never gets in the way. but when he goes out for some bow fishing it really helps.. Those stabalizers that go across the canoe top work extrememly well but they are kind of in the way and annoying to store big floats.



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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 08:31 AM 02/20/09 (CST)
Cabelas has Stabilizer Canoe Floats (Item:IK-011360). They might be the same Spring Creek ones actually. But if you wanted to check them out first hand, one of the stores might have it in stock. I know it's more dough than something home made, but it looks like a solid piece of equipment. I've looked at it wondering if it would help stabilize my little jon boat.




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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 06:26 PM 02/21/09 (CST)
I put some thick foam carpet pad in my canoe so I can kneel for longer periods of time without having to use knee pads. A long handle net is a must, so it can be passed without having to get up. Tie off everything that doesn't float. I use thin nylon cord with carabiners for quick on/off. A seat with a backrest also gives more stabil seating in rougher water. A duckfoot push pole is another nice tool to have if someone needs to stand up and get a lure out of a tree. It really saves your paddles, you dont have chewed up handles or split blades. outriggers would be best of course for stability but might get in the way when fishing, I have never tried them.


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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 03:50 PM 02/23/09 (CST)
They sell those foam noodles for playing in swimming pools. Duct tape a couple on each side of the canoe it makes it real hard to tip. You may have to play with how far down on each side you place them. smile smiley



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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 03:55 PM 02/23/09 (CST)
Now theres a good, affordable idea! thx Topwater smile smiley might just have to give that one a try.


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