Bob Jensen (Fishing the Midwest TV) Chat 11/14/01     

Chatman - Ladies and gentlemen, a warm Walleye Central welcome for Bob Jensen!!!!!

Driftr - Welcome Bob Jensen !!!

Chatman - Clap, clap, clap, clap!!

Driftr - Clap, clap, clap!

river king - Welcome Bob!

e6yebanger(OH) - Hi all!!

bob g - Hey Bob!

Slapshot - Hello guys!

Eyeman (IN) - Clap, clap!

Bob Jensen - Thank you all very much.

Bob Jensen - It's nice to be here again.

Chatman - I'll tell you, Bob is one of the toughest guys to tie down for a chat date!!!! But we are very glad to have you Bob!

Swat1 - Doing OK here, how bout the rest of you?

Driftr - Great to have you!

river king - Huron would be heck of a place for a fishing show.

Bob Jensen - We did this over a year ago, didn't we Chatman?

Chatman - Well, that had to be with Tom Ebi, I came on shortly after your chat I believe...

Eyeman (IN) - So, what are we going to chat on?

Bob Jensen - That's right Chatman.

Bob Jensen - We have taped shows as far east as Lake Erie.

Bob Jensen - I would like to get to Huron, but it is out of our marketing area.

Driftr - Huron, at the get together next year, would be a good event to tape.

Bob Jensen - Even Lake Erie was a stretch for our marketing area.

Chatman - Where can we expect to find your show Bob? How wide spread is your viewing audience?

river king - Lots of walleye fisher people over here.

Bob Jensen - We air on network television in N. Dakota, S. Dakota, MN, WI, IA, and parts of KS, MO, MI, and IL.

Chatman - Is your marketing audience in the same areas?

Bob Jensen - We are on cable and satellite on Fox Sports Net North.

Bob Jensen - Pretty much, we tape shows in the areas where the show airs.

Bob Jensen - Anglers like to see fishing shows taped in areas that are easily accessible to them.

river king - Lot of guys from Minn., Wis., the Dakotas and Iowa were at the Huron get together.

Bob Jensen - Shows will start airing in January.

Bob Jensen - I heard that River King, Huron is a great fishery.

Bob Jensen - Where is everyone from tonight?

Driftr - Bob, do you ever do ice fishing shows?

Driftr - Pennsylvania here.

river king - Detroit, Mich. here.

Bob Jensen - We air several ice fishing shows every year Driftr.

Bob Jensen - Ice-fishing is getting more popular every year.

Chatman - Wisconsin/Upper Peninsula border here, Bob.

Bob Jensen - We were on Red Lake in northern MN last year, over 5,000 cars went through 3 resorts on the weekend.

Bob Jensen - Great crappie bite.

Bob Jensen - Lots of them, and big ones.

Swat1 - But people from all those areas travel to Erie to fish Bob, so filming here should still interest your audience I would think.

Driftr - With that many anglers there has to be a great fish population.

Bob Jensen - I know that Erie and Huron would be popular with our viewers.

Chatman - Gotta sell that to the ad men?

Driftr - You would get bugged by me for a copy of it too :)

Bob Jensen - From a cost standpoint, it would be very, very expensive to shoot a show from those locations.

Chatman - Take some advertising and marketing guys fishing there, that'd sell them...

Swat1 - Maybe you could guide him, Driftr.

Driftr - I could do that.

Bob Jensen - I know Driftr would do a great job.

Swat1 - Yes, he would Bob.

Chatman - Not to change the topic too sharply, can you give us a little history about you and your show? You know, what does your show cover, your web site etc?

Bob Jensen - Show is called Fishing the Midwest.

Bob Jensen - That is what we do, we fish in the Midwest.

Bob Jensen - Try to keep the show informative and entertaining.

Chatman - Makes perfect sense to me.....LOL!

Driftr - :)

Bob Jensen - We depict the fishing as it actually occurs.

Chatman - You cover all species of fish as well?

Bob Jensen - We show the small fish that we catch...

Bob Jensen - And we show the things that happen on every fishing trip...

Bob Jensen - Snags, tangles, the human side of fishing.

Chatman - I know, I enjoy seeing a more true to life show than the "Here is me with another big fish" every week.

Slickster - What do you mean by that?

Bob Jensen - Cover all species found in the Midwest...

Bob Jensen - But walleyes get more coverage than anything else.

Bob Jensen - Midwest anglers want to see and learn more about walleyes than any other fish.

Swat1 - Hmmm. Huron in November......... Small fish = 6lbs......Not too bad I guess...LOL!

Driftr - I imagine Muskies would too.

Chatman - How long has the show been on television and cable?

river king - 6 lbs that a small one! LOL!

slickster - How's it goin?

Bob Jensen - Last year one of the highlights was Scott Golden and Zach Boudreau teaming up on a big carp.

Bob Jensen - Its going well Slickster, thanks for stopping by.

Chatman - I loved that episode. Took away their ability to pick on my line class record carp!

Bob Jensen - The show has been on TV about 12 years.

Backwater Eddy (ND) - :)

Bob Jensen - Started as a show called Fishing Iowa...

Bob Jensen - Aired only in Iowa, taped shows only in Iowa.

Bob Jensen - For a couple of years we were called The Midwest Sportsman, which included some hunting segments.

Swat1 - How do you make money with the show Bob? Is it advertiser supported or do the networks actually pay for the show?

Bob Jensen - Would still like to get together with you sometime Backwater.

Bob Jensen - Sponsors support the show.

Swat1 - Thanks!

Backwater Eddy (ND) - Lets do it, have rod will travel!

Chatman - Ohh, piggies show? Or big cats?? That'd be a good one for sure!

Bob Jensen - Individual stations don't buy outdoor shows anymore.

Driftr - Big cats for BE!

Backwater Eddy (ND) - Piggies are my passion, what can I say?

Swat1 - Ok I had no idea how it worked anymore.

Bob Jensen - It is getting harder all the time to obtain good times on good stations.

Bob Jensen - Lots of competition for good times, and those times are getting very expensive!

Bob Jensen - We air primarily on Sunday mornings between 9 and noon.

Swat1 - Is your show a cable show or broadcast TV?

Bob Jensen - Will be on a couple of stations on Saturday am, including Fox Sports Net North.

Bob Jensen - Mostly broadcast, but a couple of good cable carriers also.

Bob Jensen - We rely on broadcast television to get the show out.

Swat1 - What about PBS stations?

Swat1 - Or is that a non-profitable idea?

Bob Jensen - Broadcast gets into virtually all homes in a market while cable still only reaches about 60 percent of the homes.

Bob Jensen - No PBS.

Bob Jensen - They won't run commercials within a show, I am told.

Bob Jensen - We need to run the commercials.

Driftr - PBS is commercial free.

Bob Jensen - Each show includes two different locations and two different species, usually.

Swat1 - When I used to live in West Michigan, the PBS station there carried all the good outdoors shows.

Backwater Eddy (ND) - Bob you been out recently or you waiting for the next big snow?

Swat1 - Yep I see the problem there.

Backwater Eddy (ND) - :)

Bob Jensen - Wherever you are watching us on broadcast TV, you can be to one of the locations within an easy day's drive.

Chatman - PBS won't run a commercial, only a little tag at the end, you know the brought to you by bit....

Bob Jensen - I have had enough of blizzards for awhile backwater

Backwater Eddy (ND) - LOL!

Bob Jensen - We recently taped a show on the southern edge of a blizzard in western MN!

Backwater Eddy (ND) - Hardcore, got to love it!

Bob Jensen - 32 degrees, 30 mph winds, and driving snow!!

Chatman - I remember reading your post on the Fishing The Midwest message board.

Driftr - Bob, what was the show about?

Bob Jensen - It was very cold, but the fish bit pretty good.

Swat1 - So you incorporate the commercial into the actual show? Sorta like, "This St. Croix rod sure is great!" Or, "I sure couldn't have landed that fish if it weren't for this great Trilene line." 

Bob Jensen - We were on a small lake.

Bob Jensen - We couldn't get on the big lake we wanted to.

Backwater Eddy (ND) - I was on the Otter Tail River that night, weee-haaaa, good fishing but coooooooool!!!

Bob Jensen - The commercials that we use are provided by the advertiser.

Bob Jensen - They are 30 seconds in length and usually produced by an agency.

Chatman - I went down to the Menominee for about an hour or so tonight. No eyes but all the pound and a half whitefish I could catch! Nice night too.

Backwater Eddy (ND) - I had to keep my frogs in my shorts to keep them warm.

Bob Jensen - Although, we do produce a few commercials.

Driftr - LOL BE!!

Chatman - You can give me these types of nights and you can just keep the cold and snow, to my thinking! LOL!

Bob Jensen - Maybe I'm not so sure about fishing with you backwater!?!?

Swat1 - Just trying to toss some ideas out there for ya.

Chatman - Now, now Eddy, this is a family site........ ;-)

Backwater Eddy (ND) - HA!!

Bob Jensen - The night bite has been pretty good lately.

Backwater Eddy (ND) - What?

Bob Jensen - Although I was on the Mississippi River on Monday, and that bite was good all day.

Driftr - Ralph, are whitefish good eating?

Swat1 - Excellent eating Driftr!!

Chatman - Oh man, are they! Especially right outta the lake like these are!

Backwater Eddy (ND) - If the perch patrol boys can keep mousies in their mouth, a few frogs in the shorts, are not that bad.

Swat1 - About $9.00 a lb of good eating Jim ! LOL!

Driftr - What type of fish are they?

Bob Jensen - Are you trying to catch them Chatman? Or are they incidental?

Chatman - I know people that would be ridding sidesaddle in Milwaukee if I were going to bring smoked or fried whitefish to a gathering.

Chatman - At first I caught them accidentally, a few years back. But last night and tonight I was, and tomorrow I am gonna whack 'em on purpose!!

Chatman - When they are in and hitting I try them every fall.

Bob Jensen - How do you catch them Chatman?

Chatman - Blade baits, jigging spoons, jigs with minnows (not as often) or tinsel jigs, snap jigged.

Driftr - Where are they from, mostly?

Bob Jensen - I have caught whitefish through the ice.

Driftr - I don't think we have them here.

Backwater Eddy (ND) - Cory Schmidt was saying the crank bite has been good, on the whitefish lakes that are on a run.

Chatman - They like white, silver or gold. Glittery and flashy is good, glittery, flashy and vibrating is better.

Bob Jensen - They fight very well.

Swat1 - They are in the Great lakes Driftr and there is a population in Erie I am told.

Chatman - I think Erie may have them Jim. I know Lake Michigan and Superior do.

Bob Jensen - This warm fall has really extended the fishing season

Swat1 - All 5 of the lakes do Ralph.

Chatman - Find a shallow rapids area off the main lake, or fish ''em at the dam or a power discharge. They are in to spawn now and are thick!

Bob Jensen - Most deep clear lakes have either whitefish or tullibee or smelt.

Chatman - Rapids, in a river that is.

Bob Jensen - They are all pretty similar aren't they?

Backwater Eddy (ND) - Whitefish are oily fish, right?

Swat1 - Yes Bob, and Eddy too!

Driftr - I have never heard anyone catching any around here.

Backwater Eddy (ND) - They sound like catfish bait to me!

Chatman - Don't know, never squeezed the stuffing outta one BE...LOL!

Swat1 - Most of the ones from Erie come in the commercial nets.

Bob Jensen - I don't think a lot of people catch them on purpose.

Bob Jensen - But they should give it a try, they're fun to catch!

Chatman - Everything, including ducks is good cat bait!!

Backwater Eddy (ND) - LOL!

Driftr - How big are they?

Bob Jensen - And if I remember correctly, they are great when smoked in a smoker.

Swat1 - Lots of fun on light tackle!

Backwater Eddy (ND) - Tiny bones, but good smoked.

Swat1 - They can get up to maybe 4 lbs Jim.

Chatman - They are a lot of fun. They can hit really funny too. A slight pull then a bang. If you set on the bang you may miss them. Gotta get them on the tug.

Bob Jensen - Do you eat the ones you catch Chatman?

Swat1 - Yes they are sold in stores smoked, and are very good that way.

Bob Jensen - The whitefish I mean.

Backwater Eddy (ND) - Goldeye are good too. Smoked. But better as bait.

Chatman - My parents and friends used to drive to a fish house, north of Milwaukee, to get smoked whitefish. About 45 minutes round trip.

Chatman - Yes I do eat them Bob. They are really great battered like you would eyes or any other fish.

Driftr - Fired eyes....had some last Friday :)

Swat1 - So, of all the lakes you fish Bob, do you have a favorite?

Backwater Eddy (ND) - Devils Lake maybe?

Bob Jensen - I really don't have a favorite.

Chatman - The whitefish thing brings up a question Bob. What types of fish do you pursue that others may not even know about?

Bob Jensen - But if I had to commit, it would be Red Lake in northern MN

Backwater Eddy (ND) - Crappie.

Swat1 - How about a favorite species of fish?

Bob Jensen - I don't think I chase any type of fish that is really unusual.

slickster - Do any of you fish with fire line micro ice in the winter?

Bob Jensen - Just the usual stuff, walleyes, pike and bass.

Driftr - Oops, FRIED eyes Friday night....fired eyes on Thursday!

Bob Jensen - Crappies, catfish, carp and bullheads.

Chatman - Just wondering as I don't think whitefish are really unusual, just not that many pursue them anymore.

Bob Jensen - Definitely no favorite species for me.

Driftr - Bob, have you ever fished for Sturgeon?

Bob Jensen - If it pulls back, I like it!

Chatman - A man after my own desires!

Bob Jensen - Yes, did a sturgeon show with Ron Lindner a couple of years ago.

Backwater Eddy (ND) - Did you ever target carp Bob?

Bob Jensen - Yes I target carp every now and then, but catch more accidentally.

Bob Jensen - Caught a twelve to fifteen pound carp the other night while throwing minnow baits for walleyes!

Bob Jensen - Carp like crank baits so well this one tried to eat it with his tail!!

Backwater Eddy (ND) - They are harder to catch than folks give them credit for, at least when you are trying to catch them.

Chatman - I don't know, maybe BE.

Driftr - Was it pretty hard to turn that fish Bob?

Chatman - Carp are much more wary than most give 'em credit for.

Bob Jensen - It's unfortunate that some folks look upon carp as in inferior fish.

Bob Jensen - It is interesting what the word "carp" becomes when you reverse the "a" and the "r"!

Backwater Eddy (ND) - I had clients from England who came to fish cats and carp this year, no interest in walleye at all.

Bob Jensen - I just about did that (reversed the two letters) a minute ago!

Chatman - Man I love 'em. Except in a tourney. I have a line class world record carp and caught a 40lber on a t stick jr. this spring. It hit the t stick!

Backwater Eddy (ND) - Bad spelling, fat fingers tonight folks, sorry.

Chatman - I have that problem every night BE! Thankfully, I can edit before posting a chat!!

Bob Jensen - Fishing is supposed to be fun, and if you're not having fun catching carp, something is wrong!

Driftr - They are fighters.

Chatman - Carp are wildly popular sport fish in Europe.

Bob Jensen - Smoked carp is pretty good also.

Driftr - Speaking of carp, that leads me to sheep head. I had one on last week that I thought was at least a 10 lb eye!!

Backwater Eddy (ND) - At Lake Tewauken they netted 70,000 lbs a day for 3 days a few years back, they all went to Ca. and sold for $4 a lb.

Bob Jensen - Fish are fish, prepare them the right way and they will usually be Ok.

Driftr - Hey, spring suckers are good eating as well!!

Chatman - What is on the horizon with Fishing the Midwest Bob? Any new exciting shows being planned for 2002?

Backwater Eddy (ND) - On the Red River creel survey, the non-traditional fish are in high demand by anglers. Many new Americans fish for them by preference over walleye or pike.

Swat1 - Grind it up and spice it right then cover it with the right batter and who can tell I guess.

slickster - I only eat sunfish, crappies, walleyes and perch.

Bob Jensen - Except the ice-fishing stuff.

jerry - Why is that Eddy? Because they're usually easier to catch than walleyes or pike?

Backwater Eddy (ND) - During the spring, white suckers are darn good Slickster!

Bob Jensen - We have all our open water shows taped for the first quarter of 2002.

Denied(Oh) - You could say the same for a 2x4 swat!!

slickster - I've never tried them Ed!

Chatman - It is what you are used to eating, or if you need to catch fish to survive I guess.

Bob Jensen - We will start planning next years shows in February

Driftr - I like 'em BE.

jerry - Ever try ice fishing Little Bay de Noc for walleyes, Bob?

Bob Jensen - Does anyone think a show from Huron or Erie would be popular?

jerry - Yes, very popular.

Mike F - Bob, any thoughts on where the hot bites will be this winter?

slickster - I would Bob.

Backwater Eddy (ND) - No, not because they are easy, just because they are not as fussy as us educated anglers in the US, they use what they catch and waste nothing.

Chatman - Is there any show in the new season to be aired we'd be more interested in, as a "can't miss?"

Bob Jensen - Never through the ice on Little Bay Jerry.

Driftr - Huron would be highly popular Bob.

Swat1 - Funny Dean, that's how you fix Sheep head. On a 2X4. Then throw away the fish and eat the board...LOL!!

Denied(Oh) - Huron would be popular with most of us.

Bob Jensen - But I have to Little Bay de Noc, several times, for the open water Walleyes.

jerry - I see BE.

Bob Jensen - Mille Lacs will be good for walleyes through the ice, so will Leech Lake.

jerry - The first ice bite, on Little Bay, is awesome. Lot's of big fish!!

Denied(Oh) - The only problem with an Erie show would be catching the weather right.

Bob Jensen - Winnie will be good for perch too.

Bob Jensen - And, Red Lake will be good for crappies.

Bob Jensen - In South Dakota, the northeast corner will produce killer perch.

Backwater Eddy (ND) - I measured thousands of Fresh water drum this season harvested by Asian anglers, they like them very much.

Bob Jensen - There will also be good pike fishing in South Dakota's northeast corner.

Bob Jensen - But the fishing Mecca of the world will remain Iowa!

Driftr - :)

jerry - Fished RCL at Devils Lake, was impressed with that fishery. Huge pike, perch, walleyes, it has it all.

Mike F - Bob, it seems as if Iowa has it all, fishing and football!

Chatman - Also, Iowa is the Baby back Ribs Mecca of the world!!!

Driftr - Unless ya live near Erie!

Backwater Eddy (ND) - IOWA?

Backwater Eddy (ND) - :)

Bob Jensen - Where are you getting the ribs in Iowa Chatman?

slickster - I think he has Iowa and Minnesota messed up, hey Ed?

Driftr - Spareribs & salsa for the Chatman!!

Chatman - Yum yum!!

Driftr - Ralph , I had your jar of salsa at Huron too.

Bob Jensen - Don't get me started on food or Hawkeye football or I will forget about the fishing!!

Chatman - I dunno, Iowa is know for their pig farming in agricultural circles. I am sure many of the pig sicles I have eaten come from Iowa!

Backwater Eddy (ND) - South Dakota is on the up swing, in a big way, for nice fish. South East North Dakota is close behind.

Bob Jensen - Next week on the website, I am going to start a post on the Message Board regarding favorite places to eat throughout the Midwest.

Chatman - I know Jim, I am sad I missed it.

Bob Jensen - Places that are Fisherman friendly.

Backwater Eddy (ND) - Krohl's Diner, come in and eat!

Chatman - That'd be neat. Everyone always wants to know a good place to eat, when out traveling.

Mike F - Eddy, what places in South East North Dakota do you recommend?

Backwater Eddy (ND) - Did I say SE ND, I must have been mistaken......d'oh....d'oh....d'oh....d'oh!

Bob Jensen - I don't have a South East North Dakota place yet, maybe backwater can help there?

Driftr - Howdy Scott!

Chatman - Hiya boss! Are you finally home from Huron?

Golden - Hi Bob, I was hoping I didn't miss ya!

Backwater Eddy (ND) - Howdy Scott!

Swat1 - Howdy Boss Man. :-)!!

Bob Jensen - We were talking about you earlier Scott.

Golden - Just got home last night, had to do the honeymoon thingy with the wife for a couple of days in Cleveland.

Bob Jensen - That carp that you and Zach teamed up on, was the topic a while ago. 

Golden - I hope it was good, otherwise don't believe a word of it.

Swat1 - All good stuff Scott, don't worry....LOL!

Chatman - Scott, don't worry, I'll delete most of the four letter stuff....

Chatman - LOL!!

Driftr - LOL! Ralph!

Backwater Eddy (ND) - There are sloughs in South East North Dakota that have produced 2-3 lb perch!! During the past 2 years, some were hit hard, while others are protected by landowners. I grew up there and may know a few ponds to try?

Golden - I tried to knock that carp off with the net but you wanted me to net It! ;-)

Bob Jensen - If you would have knocked it off it would have got away!

Chatman - Well the hour is gone, has Bob Missed any questions?

Bob Jensen - That would have denied Zach one of his proudest moments

Swat1 - It always works that way when you least want it to, ya know?

Driftr - Scott, we are trying to get Bob to do Huron next year as a show.

Chatman - Ladies and Gentlemen, lets have a round of applause for Bob Jensen and Fishing The Midwest!!!!

Golden - Wheeeeeeee!!

Driftr - Thanks Bob !!!

Bob Jensen - Thank you all, very much, for stopping by!

Chatman - Clap, clap, clap, clap!!!!

Swat1 - Thanks for the great chat tonight Bob!

Driftr - Clap, clap, clap!

Backwater Eddy (ND) - Thanks Bob, lets do the fishing deal soon!

Golden - Take a white suit for Backwater Eddy Bob, he's a nut!!! LOL!

Bob Jensen - It's time for me to watch Hawkeye basketball.

Bob Jensen - Keep in touch Eddy, let's line something up

Chatman - Great chat Bob! Come back anytime!!

Bob Jensen - See you all next time!

Golden - C-ya Bob! Sorry I was so late.

Chatman - Nite bob, thanks again!

Swat1 - Nite Bob, thanks again!

Mike F - Thanks Bob, I gotta go. 

Golden - Bob is a great guy, one of the nicest people I've ever met.