Make you own down rigger camera mount for GoPro or Sony action cameras


Make your own down rigger camera mount for Sony or GoPro cameras

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  • Drill a 1/4 in hole thru torpedo weight.
  • Insert a 1/4 by 3″ bolt from the bottom
  • put a  washer on the bolt.
  • Cut a piece of 1/8 by 3/4 aluminum flatbar to length (about 3 1/2 inches)
  • Drill two 1/4 inch holes in bar.   (make sure you  have adequate clearance for camera.
  • put bar over washer – screw on coupling.
  • Drill a hole in a 1/4 x 20 thumbscrew – put a locking nut on and screw it onto the coupling.
  • Install camera using the tripod mount.
  • Tighten everything – attach to cable and you are ready to record.

Flooding in Duluth and muddy waters on Lake Superior promp a move to Knife River Marina

The heavy rains created muddy waters near Duluth Superior.   The flood prompted us to relocate the “Hooker Too”  temporarily to Knife River.   Mud and debris was there too, but not bad enough to hurt the fishing. Lately we have been catching some  Big Lakers.


Downriggers and leadcore are taking some trout in the 10 to 20 class.


Smelt run is near 2012

Smelting run may come early this year

Biting the head of smelt is an old tradition

Biting the head off smelt is an old tradition

Unseasonably warm weather has melted our snow and ice and the lake and the rivers are warming. Last year the smelt started running in the Duluth Mn area on or about the 23rd of April. This year the ice out time for lakes seems to be about 3 weeks early. Does this mean the smelt will run 3 weeks earlier? Not necessarily, Lake Superior takes longer to warm, especially if windy weather keeps stirring the cooler water to the surface. Also, smelt have to wait until their eggs are ready. Then how do you know when it’s time to go smelting?  Well the best way that I know is to follow a smelt fishing forum  At a forum you can get timely information from other smelters on their previous and current outings. They even have a cell phone app, so you can give and receive reports that are current, rather than a day old.  I will be launching my charter boat early this year.  Normally I don’t start fishing the lake until after the smelt run, but this year I will be following the smelt schools on the lake and catching the trout and salmon that are following the schools.  I will be adding my “on the water report” to the forum.  So – patch up the old waders and check your net and seines, and be ready when you finally hear “The Smelt are running”

Spring Fishing Fever

Spring at Spirit Lake Marina

Spring at Spirit Lake Marina

The unseasonable weather and good fishing reports from small boat anglers has prompted me to move my launch date up to Mid April or possibly even Early April.

The picture,  taken from the fly-bridge of “Hooker Too” on 3/15 shows open water in the main river channel. Ice in the slip is turning dark and should be gone within a week if the weather continues as it is forecast.  In checking the boat over she looks pretty much ready to go.  It’s always easy to overlook a few cosmetic details in exchange for some early salmon fishing.