<Chatman> Lets have a big warm WC welcome with one of the best known pros on the walleye circuit, Mike Gofron!!!
<Fishnmagician> CLAP, CLAP, CLAP!!!!
<Satch_MN> CLAP CLAP
<WarrenMN> clap clap clap
<Ristorapper> Hi Champ clap clap CLAP
<sevenmmm> whistle, WHISTLE!
<Skis> round o' claps
<Rippin_eyes> clap clap clap
<ETT> clap, clap, clap, clap
<Gofron> Hi Everyone, thanks
<Chatman> thanks for being here Mike
<Troll-King> Welcome Mike
<Gofron> Good to be here
<champ.Ne> hi risto clap clap.
<wa_walleye> clap clap
<Chatman> Tell us what you have up to this winter, Mike
<Rippin_eyes> Good Luck this year Mike!!! Hate to run but have to go
<walleyekenny> mike are you upset that the pwt isn't fishing Erie this spring?
<Ristorapper> two champs!!
<Chatman> hello Dean
<Denied(OH)> Hi gang
<Gofron> I am finishing up my 31000 gallon fish tank in my basement
<Chatman> wholly cow
<Gofron> I am not upset with Erie, I like new bodies of water
<WarrenMN> Holy cow, what the dimensions
<Fishnmagician> stocking walleyes LOL
<Gofron> Yes walleyes , crappies, perch
<sevenmmm> Hey Mr. Gofron, who are your major sponsors this year?
<WarrenMN> wow, some pressure on that glass
<ETT> panels made of what ???
<Fishnmagician> almost fit your Lund in there
<ETT> mercy, big bucks
<WarrenMN> You just put a window over the basement and flood it?
<Gofron> It is pretty cool to watch the fish
<stacker> Hi Mike
<Gofron> Had a perch lay eggs this morning
<Troll-King> Mike are you fishing any RCL's this year
<ETT> no doubt
<Gofron> just about
<Gofron> Yes, Spring Valley for sure
<Ristorapper> pretty relaxing just watching I bet
<Satch_MN> Is that were you going to try your new rapalas?
<Gofron> it is better than TV
<Gofron> each fish has its own personality
<WarrenMN> What sponsors this year
<Gofron>a lot of the Rapalas and tune them
<Gofron> No new sponsors,
<Satch_MN> full circuits this year mike? pwt rcl
<ETT> how carefully do you tune lures Mike??
<Gofron> went to little bay for the walleye school, caught some hogs
<Gofron> very very carefully
<Troll-King> What size of Lund are you running this year
<Gofron> pwt full, rcl maybe
<Gofron> pro v le
<champ.Ne> Mike, what are your favorite Rapalas?
<Chatman> Mike do you usually use a rounded snap to connect to your crankbaits or something else?
<Gofron> counsel moved in makes a huge difference
<Gofron> shad rap, jointed shads, husky jerks
<Gofron> yes a rounded snap, not very big though
<Chatman> I see
<Satch_MN> what do you think of the new fire perch color in shad rap RS?
<Gofron> if i miss a question, ask again
<WarrenMN> Does a rounded snap allow more action than direct tie
<Gofron> should be great, looking forward to trying it
<Gofron> yes, for sure
<Gofron> i can see it in my fish tank
<Denied(OH)> what fish finder do you use?
<WarrenMN> Always wondered that
<walleyekenny> mike what spinner/rigs do you run?
<Gofron> Lowrance x19
<Ristorapper> even with the direct tie loop knot Mike?
<Gofron> I sometimes tie my own with Northland blades
<Gofron> They have good perch colors
<Gofron> and natural looking colors, like bait fish
<walleyekenny> what pound test line for spinners
<Gofron> It takes too long to tie the loop knot and just another place for line to break
<Gofron> 17 LB XT
<ETT> even on Erie mike?
<Jaren> Hi Guys!
<Gofron> for sure, when you get a fish in the net it won't break your spinner
<Troll-King> even on smaller bodies of water do you use ?
<Fishnmagician> hi J
<Chatman> wow I use the same line for my spinners. looks like i am doing the right thing
<WarrenMN> Your fishing east PWT
<walleyekenny> hey mike what in line planner boards do you use
<Troll-King> I go between 2 and 3 depending on the size of fish we are on
<Gofron> OFF SHORE with the flags
<Gofron> the only reason I use 17 XT is so the spinner does not break in the net
<Ristorapper> What makes you such a good jig fisherman; give us one or two of your strong assets as far as jigging goes
<Troll-King> Makes sense
<Skis> What line do you prefer for jigging?
<Gofron> Knowing where the bottom is at ALL times, and trying to picture what exactly I am fishing
<Ristorapper> do you see the subsurface in D then (or try to )
<ETT> mike don't answer if you feel you shouldn't just curious...who most surprised you to be left out of the PWT this year?
<BottomFeeder> Hi Mike! Its great to have you here..
<Gofron> Iron Silk Solar mint, or 10 lb xt for jigging
<Den> hi all
<Gofron> honestly, I haven't paid attention to who is not in
<Denied(OH)> Den, you da man
<walleyekenny> with the pwt being in
Cleveland and deep water,will you run lead core? dipseys?s nap weights
<Chatman> hey Den
<BottomFeeder> Mike, if you had one jig to use and one color what would you use?
<Skis> Iron silk is a fluorocarbon (?), right?
<BottomFeeder> in any water that is a jig lake
<Satch_MN> what technique do you need to have more practice in than others?
<Gofron> I will probably try them all, narrow it down in a couple days
<Chatman> Den its perchjerker posing as Chatman
<Gofron> Fireball chart.
<walleyekenny> hey den Kenny Morris here
<WarrenMN> Bull Shoals
<Chatman> Mike do you use any mapping software?
<walleyekenny> salt fork is open Denny
<Gofron> naviionics, its awesome with Lowrance
<walleyekenny> ill see you in Cleveland, IM in the offshore tackle booth this year
<Denied(OH)> A-men on the avionics
<Chatman> Yes, I just a Nav chip for my X today as a matter of fact
<Gofron> maybe trolling
<Den> yes it is
<walleyekenny> i agree
<BottomFeeder> where do you pick the Nav chip up? Does it come with MN lakes?
<Gofron> I never leave home without my Navionics chip
<Fishnmagician> yep, BF
<wa_walleye> are they available for Columbia river?
<Chatman> it can, I got mine through a connection with the company
<BottomFeeder> one foot contours?
<Chatman> you can get them about anywhere
<Gofron> I'm not sure check their website
<WarrenMN> hey eye
<Chatman> I would check their site for lakes coverage
<Denied(OH)> just don't try and copy one
<Gofron> it depends on the body of water
<Chatman> voice of experience Dean? LOL
<Gofron> smaller lakes will show more detail
<Satch_MN> whats better the old solar or ironsilk?
<BottomFeeder> do you feel that the new spray rail on the Lunds has really improved the splash? And has it made the boats any faster?
<sevenmmm> What's your favorite jigging rod and reel?
<Gofron> Yes it has, it gives the boat more lift yes, faster
<Skis> When jigging, do you have a preference in adding a body to a jig, or just put on a minnow without a plastic body?
<Gofron> Abu makes an awesome spinning reel and a Berkley Series One Ed
<ETT> Mike describe your favorite open water harness bead and blade colors, please
<Gofron> Only if I want to slow the fall down or the bite is finicky.
<Gofron> Berkley for more scent
<Fishnmagician> hey skip
<BottomFeeder> I'm thinking about buying a Lund, but I do a lot of night fishing, to you feel that Lunds has sufficient amount of lighting in their boats?
<Gofron> Orange, purple and silver or gold blades with #3 single hooks of them
<Gofron> Lighting is pretty good, if you are out there a lot, you might want to rig a bigger light for tangles
<Denied(OH)> no boat has enough light for night fishing
<Denied(OH)> always need more
<Den> lotsa lights needed
<elegy/MN> my thoughts topo denied, as my
eyes get older the more light i require!
<Gofron> I really like the lighting in the livewells
<sevenmmm> Is there any event in that you are really looking forward too? A Favorite?
<Denied(OH)> that may be my problem
<Gofron> Cass Lake
<sevenmmm> How come?
<Gofron> its new and more nooks and crannies for fish to hide
<Gu> hey eyeguy how's the fish
<Fishnmagician> mike, do you need a pre-fishin partner for Cass? for a day
<sevenmmm> How do you plan to fish it?
<Ristorapper> What is your take on Bull Shoals then??
<Gofron> i might email me closer to the dates
<WarrenMN> Have you been to Bull Shoals
<Gofron> Cass Lake - pull some cranks then fine tune it with jigs or rigs
<Fishnmagician> WOW, now that would be a good b-day gift LOL
<Gofron> Bull shoals is totally new, maybe deep water
<Ristorapper> hehe FM
<Denied(OH)> Mike when looking for fish what are you looking for ie; structure, bait, ?
<walleyekenny> yes Denny
<Gofron> i look for weed edges, rock piles that are different than others
<Denied(OH)> how about on Erie?
<Gofron> bait fish and water temp
<Denied(OH)> water temp?
<roc> hey eyeguy
<Ristorapper> water temp?
<Gofron> deep water close to the rock piles or weed edge so the fish feel safe
<Gofron> it depends what time of year Spring warm water you can find
<sevenmmm> How heavy is the large walleye you ever caught, and where?
<Gofron> I am working on a new website
<Gofron>13 LB @ Lake Erie
<WarrenMN> Risto is just itching to get one
<Gofron> they are up there for one reason to feed.
<Satch_MN> pulling spinners over foot rock flats what would you recommend for line out and at what mph?
<Ristorapper> I'm on one but patient Warren!!
<Gofron> these shallow weed areas should be adjacent to some deep water
<sevenmmm> What did that 13 bite on?
<Gofron> - mph is a good speed, you won't miss anything
<Gofron> a little faster than normal maybe - mph with heavier weight to keep them down
<Satch_MN> / oz to oz?
<Gofron> # husky jerk clown
<Gofron> No, i would love to try it someday
<Paul Myrdahl> Mike what areas in your fishing arsenal do you feel to improve on and how do you plan to work on these areas this season ?
<Gofron> depending on the depth of the rock pile maybe even up to oz or more
<Wallygetter> <Enter Text Here>Mike, how important do you feel the color of a jig is?
<early> Mike, are you fishing Spring Valley?
<walleyekenny> mike any other cranks you like? storm, renosky, reef runners?
<Gofron> Contour trolling...paying closer attention to mud transitions to hard bottom
<Satch_MN> How do I determine the size of spinner to run mph? Colorado, Indiana, willow?
<Gofron> color of the jig could be very important especially in clear water
<Gofron> yes i have, it is works well for aggressive fish
<Gofron> I would go with Indiana, it cuts the water better and size depends on size of fish your dealing with
<Gofron> long, get better hook ups
<WarrenMN> OK, I got a question for you and every one
<WarrenMN> any one else hear the TV ad saying some ones soft body caught more fish than live bait
<Gofron> I would use a spinner the size of your thumbnail
<Satch_MN> thank mike that should get me started
<walleyekenny> mike are you running quick change clerisies
<Paul Myrdahl> what electronics are you using to help you define this soft to hard bottom transition?
<Ristorapper> No W
<Gofron> on the bigger spinners but when I am going real slow i run the metal clevis
<Den> i saw it warren, but i dot believe it without trying it
<walleyekenny> any comments on bait scents? what brand?
<Gu> Mike, if it's been asked, don't answer, but who are your sponsors for ?
<Fishnmagician> tough to swallow huh warren
<Ristorapper> Good one for mike preference between live bait or scented bodies??
<Gofron> some days i will out fish someone using live bait while i am using Powerbaits
<Wallygetter> I think the new Gulp baits work as good or better than live bait
<Gofron> the fish seem to hit a lot harder on power bait
<Ristorapper> lol FM
<Skis> That was wierd, I was the "guest" that asked the last question.
<early> plastics Vs livebait, depends on how you are fishing
<Gofron> Mark Martin used it in the rcl on Erie and it out fished his nightcrawlers to
<WarrenMN> Will be interesting
<Ristorapper> Will we see an all artificial tournament then some day soon
<Satch_MN> Is it because the powerbait puts out more scent than an live crawler?
<WarrenMN> I'm waiting for a non electronic tournament
<Gofron> The Gulp also works well when you are fishing around a lot of perch etc. they don't get it off your hook
<walleyekenny> mike IM going to Detroit river here next month, what is this -inch worm they use up there while jigging
<Fishnmagician> good tip Mike!
<Gofron> ya know, i am not sure about that
<BottomFeeder> is Mike still here?
<Gofron> yep still here
<BottomFeeder> somebody fire questions at him and pick that boys brain!
<walleyewacker> probably loosening the cramps from his fingers.lol
<WarrenMN> Good luck at Bull Shoals, I researched it, very vertical, very clear
<walleyekenny> mike good luck this year,i'll see you in Cleveland
<early> How many tourneys do you fish every year?
<Chatman> easy boys lol
<Skis> Which body of water do you see the big challenge this year?
<Gofron> In my fish tank, I have 4 inch perch eating inch fatheads WOW that makes a guy wonder
<Gofron> probably bull shoals
<walleyewacker> keep your fingers out of that tank mike!!
<Fishnmagician> Mike, like watchin a little kid eat a big Mac
<walleyekenny> I've seen walleyes eat 6 inch smelt
<Satch_MN> Mike do you trap your own bait?
<Ristorapper> I've caught a northern one time with a pound walleye still hanging out of its mouth
<Chatman> lol magician
<Gofron> the fish follow us around the room, who needs a dog
<BottomFeeder> Mike, just curious. some fisherman have superstitions, do you have your own? or don't you believe in that ?
<Skis> I fish Chamberlain quite a bit....Does the lower river level make it easier or harder to find fish in your opinion?
<Gofron> no i don't believe in that
<Gofron> I do like to make sure i have the key chain my daughter made me years ago
<early> Skis, you been out there yet? I'm leaving for Chamberlain tonight.
<Gofron> should make it easier with lower water conditions
<Skis> Does lack of water movement (flow) make a difference?
<Paul Myrdahl> Mike what do you like to do away from fishing that helps you relax?
<Gofron> yes, the fish do not seem as aggressive
<Gofron> spending time with my family
<Gofron> Duck hunting!!!
<Gofron> My year old son is starting to get into also
<walleyekenny> mike i heard that if you quit fishing you could be a pro golfer
<early> With slower water they don't expend as much energy, thus feed less.
<Paul Myrdahl> cool
<Gofron> he killed his first goose this year
<Chatman> wow thats great
<Paul Myrdahl> where your favorite hunting area/
<Gofron> with his mom's 20 gauge
<Gofron> I would love to
<walleyewacker> would be interested in how you do early, I'll be out late this weekend or beginning next week for a day
<Chatman> wow he must be pretty strong
<early> When I get back I'll post in the reports
<reels> Are you still up in Antioch Mike?
<Gofron> yeah he is actually
<Chatman> hey guys get the last of your questions in for Mike
<Gofron> I love to hunt in AR and ND
<Fishnmagician> from your #1 fan, best of luck to you this year Mike
<Chatman> another hour has about flown by
<Ristorapper> where in ND ??
<Satch_MN> good luck to you this year mike!
<terroreyes> if you were going night fishing right now in a river in Mich. for eyes, what would you use first? Shallow water
<reels> Good luck this year!
<yellowdogs> hey, Mike, the party up at our house was cancelled due to computer operator problems so sorry we were unable to REALLY bother you
<Gofron> usually not the same place i look for the birds, depending on the weather
<Wallygetter> Good luck this year Mike.
<Skis> B of luck to you Mike. Gotta go!!
<walleyewacker> lotsa luck to ya Mike, we'll be rootin for ya!
<Paul Myrdahl> Flooded timber?
<Chatman> later skis
<yellowdogs> Just able to log in and now you are ready to leave!
<Ristorapper> Best wishes this year mike Stay Focused!!
<Gofron> flooded timber, yeah it warms up faster there
<walleyekenny> have a great year mike
<Ristorapper> scents /scented bait your favorite
<Chatman> ok guys that about wraps it up
<WarrenMN> Hey banger
<Fishnmagician> CLAP CLAP CLAP!!!!
<walleyekenny> thanks for all the info mike
<terroreyes> good luck......good chat!
<Chatman> I would like to thanks Mike Gofron for taking the time to visit with us tonight
<Ristorapper> great job Mike clap clap Clap
<Fishnmagician> thanks for chatting Mike
<walleyewacker> thanks mike
<Gofron> thanks for having me, it was great talking to you
<Gofron> I am looking forward to another season
<Chatman> and to wish you great luck this year on the pro circuits