Mike Gofron Chat 11/7/01
Led Zep - Welcome, Mikey.
Stone - Hi mike
jerry - Welcome Mike
Erica K. - Perhaps, but really odd, what else is going on there?
SUPERTROLLER - welcome Mike
bob g - ha mike
JeffC - Hello Mike
Mahumba - Helllloooooooooooooooo MIKE!
Backwater Eddy (ND) -- -
SUPERTROLLER - Mike found the GPS grid, Hi Mike.
champ - Hi Mike.
Mike Gofron - Sorry about the delay.
jerry - Could be server problems, but I haven't had any.
iamwalleye1 - Hey Mike welcome!
Backwater Eddy (ND) - Howdy Mike
Led Zep - Gee, Mike. You're known for being a jigger. You ever not use bait and use plastic?
Mike Gofron - Hey everybody
Erica K. - hello Mike! welcome!
jerry - Clap, clap, clap!!
iamwalleye1 - I talked to Ted, he stated you were coming back to the Walleye Masters Institute this year!
Mike Gofron - Yes, in a very good bite, to experiment.
Mike Gofron - Yes, I will be at the Walleye Masters Institute
Led Zep - What kind of plastics did you use?
Mike Gofron - Berkley Power Bait, mainly 2-3 inch
Led Zep - Ever use 4-inch rubber worms?
JeffC - Colors or your letting the fish dictate that
bob g - Mike, what makes you such a good jig fishermen???????
Erica K. - What about any ice fishing plans?
iamwalleye1 - I would guess the Chain!!
Mike Gofron - Used 4 inch in the U.P. while a friend using live bait, kicked his butt
JeffC - What lake?
Led Zep - Really, bait worked better?
SUPERTROLLER - Grubs, squirmers or other ?
Mike Gofron - Plan to ice fish at Lake of the Woods and Little Bay
Mike Gofron - No, plastics that time
Erica K. - What is your preferred ice fishing technique? Still jigging?
Mike Gofron - Twister tails work best
SUPERTROLLER - OK
Led Zep - Aren't you friends with Mark Martin. Does his full-body laugh crack you up?
SUPERTROLLER - Colors preference was asked.
Mike Gofron - Tip up and jigging rod
Mike Gofron - Definitely, he's a great guy.
Erica K. - Yes, it does, Led Zep! I fished with Mark Martin on Mille Lacs and enjoyed the entire day!
Mike Gofron - Start with chartreuse, depending on water clarity
Led Zep - Yeah, but about that laugh...
Chris G - Mike, what do you think the future of the PWT and the RCL is? Will one eliminate the other eventually?
JeffC - How many days do you first pre fish a lake before a tournament?
Mike Gofron - Tough call. Time will tell. Both great circuits
Mike Gofron - Rules are 5 days for PWT and about the same for RCL
Chris G - Rumor has it TV coverage will be the deciding factor. Do you think so?
Erica K. - I think there is room for both circuits. Just look at all the die-hard anglers who participate on this site.
JeffC - But does that count for recreational fishing?
jerry - Will have TV coverage for all events of RCL next year.
Erica K. - What do you mean , Chris g?
SUPERTROLLER - Do you have a firm Seminar schedule for the winter/spring yet? Do you have anything in Michigan ?
Mike Gofron - Nothing yet in MI
SUPERTROLLER - rats !
JeffC - IL?
Erica K. - Did you have something in mind Supertroller?
Chris G - Well, It's been said the PWT will not be on TNN anymore. No TV, no PWT. What do you think?
champ - How about Nebraska?
Mike Gofron - Master Walleye Institute
Stone - Or here in Wisconsin Mike?
Mike Gofron - Sorry no NE,
SUPERTROLLER - Grand Rapids Sport and R.V Show is great.
Chris G - I have also heard Primedia doesn't want the PWT anymore? Is this true and what would be the effect?
champ - Sorry here 2
Mike Gofron - I'll stick with PWT
Erica K. - Chris G, I feel you are wrong on both accounts.
SUPERTROLLER - Mark Romanack does that.
jerry - I believe PWT will be around for a long time. At least, I hope so.
Chris G - Great. I love the PWT. All you guys truly set the standards for the rest of us tourney guys!
Mike Gofron - Without PWT and RCL there are no longer professional Fisherman
SUPERTROLLER - TRUE !
jerry - Agree
Led Zep - Who's Mark Romanack?
Chris G - How do you feel about the changes in the MWC?
SUPERTROLLER - Michigan outdoors writer and noted walleye expert
Led Zep - What about Mark Martin?
SUPERTROLLER - co-wrote Precision trolling and Precision casting
bob g - Mike do you use any hair jigs at any time?
jerry - Mike, could you tell us who your sponsors are?
Mike Gofron - Kaz did a great job. He may need to oversee more things before he decides to leave the MWC.
Chris G - Will you fish Spring Valley MWC this year?
Mike Gofron - I use hair jigs on an aggressive bite
Binker - Good Job this year Champ!! That was one for all the Chain boys!!
JeffC - Yes. I really like to see hometown boys do well.
Mike Gofron - No Spring Valley
bob g - Do you tip them, Mike, with bait?
Led Zep - Hair jigs, rubber. Only on aggressive bites?
Backwater Eddy (ND) - Mike if you could pick a location for the next PWT Championship, where and when would you pick?
Mike Gofron - No tipping. Yes only aggressive
Mike Gofron - Mississippi River!!!
Led Zep - What about No. 11 orange Rapalas?
Backwater Eddy (ND) - River rat, knew it!
Chris G - Mike, as a more precise presentation style, why don't you opt for using a tiller boat like Pete Harsh?
Mike Gofron - They are a great bait
jerry - You have got to like the RCL's choice to go to Red Wing next year, eh Mike?
Mike Gofron - For sure
Backwater Eddy (ND) - How about when, the timing for it?
Mike Gofron - I like speed
Led Zep - Can you cast No. 11 Rappys and catch cormorants?
John Estes - Mike, congratulations fella!
Mike Gofron - Thanks John
JeffC - Mike you fish from a 19' Lund
jigger - big fan
Led Zep - Is that 19' Lund for sale?
Mike Gofron - Thanks for my Glyde Rydes, my back survived the season wouldn't be able to do it with out them
Mike Gofron - Yes for sale
Led Zep - What about the cormorants?
JeffC - Around how much are you asking Mike?
Mike Gofron - 31,000
SUPERTROLLER - Mike, will you run the same style boat next year ?
JeffC - Does it come with lessons?
Mike Gofron - 31,000 for 2025, other one sold
Chris G - Congratulations Mike, You are truly a great stick and an inspiration for many of us. Gotta go!
Erica K. - Sure hope so, I think he has become superstitious
Mike Gofron - Thanks Chris G!
jerry - I own one of Mike's old boats. It was definitely well kept and a good deal.
Mike Gofron - How are the plastics (4 inch) Led Zep?
SUPERTROLLER - Any equipment you prefer for electronics /trolling motors?
JeffC - Tried last year but was too late, purchased my own 2025
Led Zep - Not sure. Read about them in a magazine once.
Mike Gofron - Lowrance is making headway. Motorguide
Led Zep - Plastics are one thing. Do you share your jointed Shad Raps with your buddies?
bob g - Mike, what worked for you on Erie in the RCL??
Mike Gofron - Sometimes, when we have more than 2 prototypes
champ - I've got to go. I wish you luck in 2002 Mike!!
Erica K. - Which tournament on Lake Erie, the RCL? Saginaw Bay? Or at Port Clinton?
SUPERTROLLER - Are those jointed Rapalas coming in bigger sizes next year? ( the shad raps)
Mike Gofron -I used Rapala Taildancers, 120 feet back on Lake Erie.
Backwater Eddy (ND) - Any feedback on the Rapala long cast crank baits Mike?
Mike Gofron - Not sure yet, Rapala coming out with bait similar to Reef Runner
Binker - You think the PWT will fish Petenwell or Castle Rock some day.
krookdhd - Nice Ad in IN-FISH with you & Tami. Good photo Too.
Led Zep - What's your opinion of Oreo cookies?
Erica K. - Thanks Krookhd!
spinner - Mike, at what speed do you troll those taildancers?
Mike Gofron - I know who you are Led Zep
Mike Gofron - 1.2 - 1.9
Erica K. - I heard that Petenwell was not doing so well for guiding, any insight?
spinner - Thanks
Mike Gofron - Krookdhd, did you see Midwest Outdoors?
Mike Gofron - Don't know much about Petenwell
krookdhd - Yes
Led Zep - Not Ross. Just two of your rubber buddies sitting here, drinking Miller Lite. One of us with Copenhagen.
bigfish1965 - Evening all from Canada
Mike Gofron - How's Canada?
jerry - Petenwell or Castle Rock are not big time tourney waters. Doubt to see PWT there.
bob g - Mike, I can't make taildancers work for me on Erie. Is there anything I should try with them?
Led Zep - Mikey! Uh, I mean "wubbah" buddies!!
Mike Gofron - Piece of crawler on last hook
bob g - k
JeffC - But I didn't think the Madison chain was either?
Erica K. - The WWA has had good success there in the past, I hope that stays the same.
bigfish1965 - Canada's great! Except they are shutting down Bay of Quinte!
jerry - Big fish kill every late winter on Petenwell when they draw reservoir down.
JeffC - On tournament waters that is
Led Zep - C'mon, Mike. Does the crawler tail really make a difference?
Erica K. - The Madison area has at least several different options for good fishing water.
Mike Gofron - Any guys fishing PWT or RCL?
bigfish1965 - Bay of Quinte fish stocks are down, to almost nil!
Mike Gofron - For sure!
jerry - I will be fishing RCL next year, Mike.
SUPERTROLLER - Has Mike missed anyone's question so far? Ask it again.
bob g - Amatuer, Detriot river
JeffC - True but, size of water. They surprise a lot of people of the quality and amount of fish.
Mike Gofron - Great Jerry!
bob g - RCL
Binker - Only fish kill on Petenwell on draw down is Carp not Walleye.
jerry - Do you have any advice for someone just starting to fish tourneys Mike?
SUPERTROLLER - Do you use any of the Super lines Mike?
Mike Gofron - Start small and think big.
krookdhd - Since I won't have a boat I'll be fishin with you as soon as the baby shoots out.
Mike Gofron - Yes, Fireline.
Mike Gofron - Sounds good.
Erica K. - Congratulations, krookdhd
Mike Gofron - Bring the deer sausage!
SUPERTROLLER - For all applications?
JeffC - Walleye Insider should have "What's in the Boat", like the Golf Channel has "What's in the Bag?"
bigfish1965 - Mike, have you fished the Niagara River or Lake Ontario for walleye?
Mike Gofron - No, it depends on the situation.
krookdhd - Thanks Erica, my part was easy.
John Estes - Hi Jim. Let's talk soon.
jerry - Good luck, krookdhd.
Led Zep - Do you ever use plastic for bottom bouncing with spinners, or just crawlers? Yum, yum, yum.
Mike Gofron - No, Niagra River.
Erica K. - Yes.
Mike Gofron - Sometimes, when a lot of little fish nipping ends of crawlers.
bigfish1965 - Monster fish and they are too polluted for people to eat...fishing stays great.
Mike Gofron - I'll have to try it.
Led Zep - Go wubbah! Say, would you feel insecure without crawlers in your boat?
Mike Gofron - Definitely!
Erica K. - I think he would.
SUPERTROLLER - Thanks for your time Mike and answering all the questions. Gotta go. Congratulations on your Winning Season.
Mike Gofron - Hey, thanks Supertroller, great to have the support!
Led Zep - Mikey: Among your pro buddies, who can consume the most at an all-you-can-eat buffet?
Mike Gofron - Jerry, how is the new boat running?
Led Zep - Particularly Chinese.
Binker - Are you fishing MWC Redwing in Sept.?
Mike Gofron - No MWC.
jerry - Excellent. Got the oil leak fixed. She's running hot. Fishing has been great, too.
Mike Gofron - Mark Martin, for sure!
spinner - Mike, good luck in the future, got to go.
JeffC - When trolling big waters do you have in lines or a mast system mike?
Led Zep - Mike: After your trip to the U.P., when did you eat all the walleye that Skipper and Gilligan caught on artificials?
Mike Gofron - No, I use little boards.
jerry - Mike, will you be fishing both circuits next year? Or just a few RCL's and all PWT?
Backwater Eddy (ND) - How little?
JeffC - Tattle tails?
Mike Gofron - Within a week, didn't even taste like nightcrawlers.
Mike Gofron - Yes Jerry.
Erica K. - I think Mike will be fishing all tourneys, both circuits.
jerry - Cool. I know who to pick in Fantasy Angler then!
Mike Gofron - Regular Off Shore's.
JeffC - Those tattle tails were everyone's rave last year.
JeffC - More confidence in watching the board alone.
Binker - Mike, how's Tammy and family? Mike, it's your Binker,you know who.
Mike Gofron - A plus when tourney fishing!
Mike Gofron - Tami and kids are great.
Mike Gofron - Yes.
Binker - Thanks.
Erica K. - Mike, I hear you have a new website soon to be released, any tidbits for the fans?
jerry - Been out duck hunting a lot Mike?
Mike Gofron - No tips. It is going to be BIG!
Erica K. - Groovy!
jerry - Excellent.
JeffC - Mike, do you guide with your free time?
Mike Gofron - Just got back from ND. Great hunting!
jerry - Good deal.
Mike Gofron - Not really time for guiding.
Erica K. - Mike, heard you were going to offer a fan club. Any news about that?
jerry - Who are your sponsors Mike?
Led Zep - Mikey: Skipper and Gilligan are members of your fan club...
slickster - so what's the topic? I can't concentrate. Too many people talking at once.
Erica K. - Mercury, Optima, Fantasy Walleye Challenge, Lund, and many other quality companies. They will all be listed on his site.
Mike Gofron - Too many sponsors to name, look at ChainWalleye.com
Mike Gofron - No specific topic.
jerry - Okay, will do.
Mike Gofron - Any plans for ice fishing?
jerry - Tell us about river fishing. Specifically wing dams. How do you know which ones are best? Just trial and error?
Mike Gofron - Yes, trial and error. Fish front of wing dam 10 - 13 feet
Mike Gofron - I could talk all day on wing dams.
jerry - Are Army Corp of Engineers maps most accurate for this or are new Hotspots maps best?
Led Zep - Mikey: In a clear natural lake where walleyes are on the weed edge, would you first use a crawler, a fathead or, ahem, something else?
Mike Gofron - I would try plastics first with somebody else with me using live bait.
Led Zep - Good strategy!
Mike Gofron - I learned a lot using plastics in the U.P.
Led Zep - Mikey: How does that diesel truck you drive pull those featherweight Lund boats?
Erica K. - Pretty slick, from what I see.
Mike Gofron - Always love my diesels!
JeffC - How many years Mike have you been professionally fishing?
Mike Gofron - When you invite me to Fox River.
jerry - Spring or Fall bite?
Mike Gofron - I have been fishing since 1988, PWT since 1992.
Mike Gofron - Fall for a day.
jerry - Yes, great job as emcee Erica.
Erica K. - Thanks, Jerry!
Erica K. - Kind of amazing to see what Mike has accomplished in nine full seasons of fishing.
Mike Gofron - Too soon. Lots of work here.
JeffC - I have to look back when I started my subscription to Walleye-Insider mag. He's been there every time I open the results.
JeffC - First thing I look for: where you placed, then tactics.
Mike Gofron - Nice to have the support, jeffc!
Binker - Doing any Chicago shows this year? If so, let me know!
Led Zep - Are walleyes scared of flamer line tied to a jig with a crawler or a four-inch plastic worm?
Mike Gofron - Not yet, will let you know.
Mike Gofron - They love green and 4 inch plastics.
JeffC - Just a Lake Zurich boy, looking after our own.
Mike Gofron - Fish the Chain jeffc?
ETT - Gas em up for the weigh in!
JeffC - Flamer line is (Green Fireline)?
Mike Gofron - Yes and XT Solar.
Led Zep - Yup.
JeffC - No, too much traffic, very early spring or now a few times.
Mike Gofron - Spring is good and weekdays.
JeffC - Mississippi , Lake Wisconsin.
JeffC - Erie, when have more than one day.
jerry - Should try Winnebago, JeffC. 2001 was a great year there.
Mike Gofron - Gotta love Mississippi!
JeffC - I've caught a few, but people can give you the looks when you're sitting in a 2025.
eyebanger(OH) - I have used XT Solar since it came out, I'm a walleye caster.
Led Zep - When practicing for the PWT championship, did you use solely live bait or did you ever use anything else?
Mike Gofron - I used live bait and artifical with no bait.
JeffC - Fished up in Sturgeon Bay this year. I think they had a better night bite there in Sept.
Erica K. - Any final words for us, Mike? I know your kids need to get to bed.
Mike Gofron - They are waiting patiently.
JeffC - Good luck Mike! We'll be watching the leaderboards!
Mike Gofron - Anything else from anybody?
jerry - Mine too. Nite all. Thanks Mike, talk to you soon.
Led Zep - Adios, Mikey, you Oreo cookie-monster.
Mike Gofron - I hope to be there .....a lot!
Mike Gofron - Keep to your plastics, Led Zep!
Binker - See you later, Mike!
Erica K. - Mike, any way people can ask you questions later? Separate email address?
JeffC - Goodnight all! Thanks first timers!
eyebanger(OH) - Nite Mike!
Mike Gofron - My email for right now is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mike Gofron - This was cool, we will have to do it again.
ETT - Nice job, Mike!
Mike Gofron - We will keep you posted on the new website.
Erica K. - Yes, thank you to all for your patience. I would like to see Mike answering your questions more often.
Mike Gofron - Thanks to all Walleye Central users for the great support!
Mike Gofron - Good Night and Good Fishing!
ETT - Some to you!
Erica K. - Thanks Mike, for all your input!
Chatman's Note: I'd like to take a moment to offer a great big thank you to Mike Gofron for being such a good sport and taking my unforeseen absence in stride. And I'd like to offer a big thank you and round of applause to Erica Kalkofen for doing what comes naturally to her, by stepping in to the chat and doing a fantastic job of moderating. You both are definitely class acts! Thank you!