Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Hotshot Trucking Sleepers

I am seeing quite a few hotshot setups pulling campers and classic cars this summer out on the highway. I think this niche market is an interesting sector of the transportation industry.  Here are some pictures of hotshot trucking sleepers:

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Video on Hotshot sleeper from How to Hotshot on Youtube

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Brainerd, Minnesota Fishing Report July 2, 2017

I have been catching panfish consistently in the Brainerd Lakes area in the past week.  I use a small yellow crappie jig with a piece of night crawler and pick up crappies and bluegill with this setup. Warm weather is finally showing up, and it is a great time to head out to the lake with a cold drink and catch some shore lunch.  Good luck fishing!

From outdoornews.com


Largemouth bass action is strong on the weedlines with spinnerbaits or plastics at Gull Lake, North Long Lake, and Cullen Lake. A few walleyes are being taken on the 8- to 28-foot weedlines with leeches or nightcrawlers at Lake Edwards, North Long, and Whitefish Lake. Look for northern pike on the weedlines of Cullen, North Long, and Whitefish, while panfish reports have been best at Cullen, North Long, Hubert Lake, and the channels on Gull.


Look for crappies in 12 to 14 feet and sunfish in 8 to 10 feet on Big Mahnomen Lake and Little Rabbit Lake. The Deerwood end of Serpent Lake is giving up crappies during the evening hours in 12 to 15 feet. Trolling stickbaits on the weedlines of East Rabbit Lake, Horseshoe Lake, and Lower Mission Lake has produced pike. Walleye reports were limited, but largemouth and smallmouth bass are hitting plastics on most lakes. Trout were found about 30 feet down on Huntington Pit and Portsmouth Pit.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Hobo Cabin on the Pond

Hobo Cabin on the Pond by Jason Bradley

Hobo Cabin on the Pond

by Jason Bradley

I first heard about the history of this hobo’s cabin when I was 8 years old and most days were spent happily in the woods or hanging out in the numerous tree forts I built. I asked my father about the faded remnants of the cabin near a small muskrat pond on our set aside land. I know the nomadic wanderer was tough, and like the cabin he must have stubbornly refused to be taken back by this earth, despite being exposed to this harsh place for the past fifty seasons.

The seasonal home of a train hobo, back in the 1960’s, and to time lapse now, to 2014, and the hillside has claimed back almost all of the small log cabin’s crumbling remains. It’s faltering ruins sit on the west end of the small muskrat pond, and I imagine the original inhabitant placed it here so he could rise and look east each morning at the sun, and sit and watch the small pond come alive.

Now, my father and I sit in our homemade, and sometimes store bought, deer stands, overlooking the cabin ruins, and the still remaining, and relatively untouched, muskrat pond. We come to this place for a few days each year, during the Minnesota deer hunting season.

The flattened metal can stove pipe thimble still lies in the cabin’s crumbling ruins, along with some rotting posts and hand cut logs, used for the first run of the small log cabin. A few concrete bricks and other debris can still be found, but the earth has taken much of this once inhabited spot back, at least for now.

When I was young, and spent more time exploring out in the these same woods, I found some of the hobo’s old peanut butter jars, and Prince Albert tobacco cans, from back when he would stay, or squat, in this small cabin during the short, Minnesota summers. According to my father, the hobo would arrive via the northbound train in spring, and leave on southbound train in the first part of September (which is Minnesota Fall). I imagine he never stuck around to deer hunt, that is if they had even dreamed up licensing for such things fifty years ago. He picked a fine place for a shack, and over time I have come to appreciate the unique location . This farmland, which hasn’t been tilled since I started hunting it, is teetering on the edge of three important ecological intersections, at the confluence of Minnesota’s forest, prairie, and oak savanna. I am jealous of the hobo’s eye for great building sites.

I want to honor this place by building a small cabin of my own on the same spot. I will reuse the hobo’s handmade stovepipe thimble, and I have a small ice fishing house wood stove, and a length of pipe I will use to heat the small space. I never met the cabin’s original inhabitant, but I share his vision. This is the perfect place for a small, handmade shelter of my own.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Cabover Truck Pictures

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Brainerd Lakes Area Fishing Report: May 26, 2017

Shiner minnows continue to trigger walleyes in 16 to 20 feet on North Long Lake, Round Lake, and Whitefish Lake. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows in 8 to 12 feet on Gull Lake, Cullen Lake, and North Long. Look for panfish and bass in 3 to 6 feet at North Long, Gull, Round, Cullen, and Lake Edwards.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League  (218) 829-7010

Friday, May 26, 2017

Brainerd, Minnesota Fishing Report from Walleye Dan: May 23, 2017

I enjoy reading Walleye Dan's article in the Brainerd Dispatch and also his fishing reports. Here is his latest report from http://www.walleyedan.com/whatsbiting/:

May 23, 2017
Good morning! I hope the sun is shining where you are at, it’s been awhile since we have seen it here in the Brainerd Lakes Area. But, it sounds like it is supposed to sow itself tomorrow and I’m hoping that happens. I have been on the water a fair amount and have also spent some time in the woods chasing turkeys at the 11th hour. Fishing is good and should get even better in the next two weeks. I have spent the majority my time on Gull Lake and we have put some nice fish in the boat. The big ones have made a comeback and we are just hoping that the young bucks are somewhere to be had. Yesterday I was out with 4 men and we worked it pretty hard. For those that don’t have patience, this would not have been a trip for you. We caught 6 fish, all over 20 inches. Including a 24, 25 3/4, 26 and 27.5, nice walleyes anywhere, but really nice to see coming out of Gull. We caught them in 15-25 feet. The new Larson FX 2020T is decked to the hilt with my Hummingbird electronics and MinnKota trolling motors, this boat is SOLID and a truly awesome guiding machine! The summer is looking to be a busy one, so if you are interested in coming up to the Brainerd/Mille Lacs area, please give us a call at 218-839-5598 and book your trip or trips. Whether it is smallmouth or walleye on Mille Lacs or any species here in the Brainerd area, we will have a guide that can put you on them! Whether or not they bite, that’s going to be up to your talent level! But we will offer you up advice, and try to give you the best opportunity to catch some! Bottom line, for you, it’s better than working so book today.

p.s. Registration and sponsorship opportunities are open for the 5th annual Walleyedan Fishing To End Hunger walleye tournament on Gull Lake. Have a great day, Dan

Brainerd Lakes Minnesota Fishing Report: May 23

I am getting excited to hit the water this weekend and go fishing with my son.  I really like the fishing detailed fishing report from Brainerd Guide Service. Thanks to John for sharing the information.  Here is his report:

Brainerd, Minnesota Fishing Report: 5-23-17
The best walleye bite in the Brainerd Lakes Area has been happening on Mille Lacs. The action has been great with numerous walleye being caught in the 16 to 22 inch class. We had several outings over the last week where we released 15 to 20 fish per hour. Few places can match that type of activity anywhere! Key locations were sandy areas in 8 to 12 feet of water. The best bait was a jig and shiner minnow. The late evening trolling bite on Gull Lake remains strong while North Long has also been giving up a few walleyes during the day in 16 to 18 feet. The windblown structures on the main lake have produced the most fish with red tails and shiner minnows being equally effective. The majority of the crappies have finished spawning and moved back to the outer edge of the weeds. Key locations are in 8 to 11 feet of water near good stands of cabbage weeds. Slip bobbers tipped with a small jig and minnow have been the most effective lures in these situations. The sunfish are spawning in the shallows on many of the area lakes. Prime locations are in 4 to 6 feet of water. The Minnesota bass season officially opens this Saturday. Key locations this weekend will be in 6 to 9 feet of water. The majority of the bass are still relating to the pencil reeds. Jig/worm combos are effective presentations in these situations. The fishing action should only improve as the water temperatures continue to rise. Happy Memorial Day and thanks for all the calls. 
Life is Good. 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Brainerd Lakes Fishing Report, May 19, 2017

I have been catching some nice sunfish this past week, but things slowed down with the weather being so cold last weekend. The rain has made everything green up really nice, and I am going to be doing more fishing on Gull and some smaller lakes in the Nisswa area this week, so I will keep all of you updated.

Here is fishing report from http://www.outdoornews.com/minnesota/fishing-reports/


Crappies are hitting in 3 to 6 feet on Gull Lake, Upper Gull Lake, North Long Lake, Nisswa Lake, Cullen Lake, Roy Lake, and Round Lake. Walleyes are biting best early and late each day in 10 to 12 feet, mainly on crawlers and minnows, on Round Lake or in the channels on Gull. Northern pike are taking sucker minnows in 8 to 15 feet at North Long, Pelican Lake, and Whitefish Lake.

S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010