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Gary Gray's Y2K
Fireside Chat 12/20/2000
chatman- Ladies and gentlemen a warm round of applause for Gary Gray....
Juls- clap clap clap welcome Gary!
jerry- clap clap clap...welcome Gary
Gary Gray- Happy Holidays to ALL!!!!!
#1 Saugeye- Greetings Gary
Chris K- clap, clap, clap hi Gary
Driftr- welcome Gary!!!
eyefish(mi);- Welcome Gary...CLAP CLAP
river king- welcome Gary
slip-bobber(MT)- Hi Gary
chatman- Happy New Year! OOPS! too soon...
Gary Gray- I want to take this time to thank all of you at WC for having me on these chat's
Todd_NE- hi all, Chris from Canada
Juls- we love having you here Gary! Thanks for doing so many for us!
chatman- Always a good time and your always welcome Gary...
Bigfoot- we love you man
Driftr- ooops, anyone start the fire?
Gary Gray- Well, another year has past, and looking forward to 2001
chatman- So, where do we want to go tonight Gary?
Gary Gray- you's name it
Juls- Will you be fishing all 6 PWT's next season Gary?
Gary Gray- yes
jerry- Lake Winnebago and chain
chatman- I saw a photo of the new metaflake boats, lookin' pretty good...
river king- what kind of boat do you run Gary
Gary Gray- not in there this next year
Gary Gray- Yar Craft
Chris K- Are you going to run a metal flake color boat Gary?
Juls- will your new boat be all spiffied up with colors Gary? like NASCAR? seems everyone is going that way now...
Gary Gray- Green Poly Flake, w/Silver and Black
Chris K- That will be sharp!
Chris K- Going to run an Opti Max or an EFI?
Gary Gray- 225 EFI
Gary Gray- maybe a 250 EFI
Todd_NE- Gary, is the Storm line reduction/changes as doom and gloom as it seems?
jerry- Are other's going away from Opti's or just your personal choice
Gary Gray- everyone set for Xmas, last minute shopping
Driftr- Gary, 1 more day
chatman- never start till last minute, I love the hunt......
Juls- done here...wait forgot to get the dog something...lol
jerry- all done
Gary Gray- personal choice, everyone is running Opti, just different
Chris K- 250? What should the boat do with a 250 under tournament load?
jerry- I see
river king- Sunday morning shopping for me
Gary Gray- 68-70 MPH
jerry- like the wind
Gary Gray- How's Lake Erie doing?
Larry(WI);- Spoke w/ Rapala sales rep yesterday, all new colors(15 in T-Sticks)
Chris K- single console for next year again? I don't want to loose another hat with you!
Den- getting hard Gary
Juls- lol Chris
Gary Gray- only way to go
Juls- will you be mc'ing any of the 'bago tourneys next year Gary?
chatman- Are you gonna get in the Merc. Nationals as an angler?
Gary Gray- almost went to a full windshield this year, but then I would be like
Chris K- What has Mack's got in line for new products in 2001?
Gary Gray- yes, I will
Bigfoot- na I'm to slow for you Bubba
Den- gotta get the right color Gary
Gary Gray- haven't seen the 2001 product as of yet
Den- color make it faster foot
Gary Gray- old bull theory
Gary Gray- me too!
Bigfoot- slow and easy
Juls- - -)
ETT- old fart back complex, foot
eyeguy/mn- hi Ness!
Gary Gray- How is the RCL doing
Gary Gray- hi Ness!
Littlefoot- how fast is a grape
Larry(WI);- Gary, what do you think of the new Lowrance products for 2001?
Bigfoot- it's out
Juls- hahahaha littlefoot..too funny!!
Bigfoot- It will be on the wire in the morning
ETT- where is it posted Rick???
Gary Gray- they look Great, should have my new stuff shortly, then I can tell you more
chatman- I am looking at putting the new color unit on my next rig....
Larry(WI);- Which unit(s) are you getting?
Driftr- Gary, are you going to have an LCX-16CI?
Gary Gray- Has RCL made a press release yet ? Rick
Bigfoot- it will be on the wire in the morning
Gary Gray- Lcx 15
Gary Gray- Ice fishing has been good for pan fish, and white bass
Gary Gray- see ya swat
chatman- Do the White bass ever shut down on the system Gary???
Gary Gray- no
Chris K- Do lots of ice fishing Gary?
Gary Gray- something to pass the winter
Juls- how much ice is up your way Gary?
colin- Gary are you fishing any MWC's, or just PWT
Gary Gray- winnebago: 5-7" upper lakes 11-13 and they are driving out
jerry- crazy to drive out now
Gary Gray- PWT some MWC, Merc Nat'ls
chatman- Have the Pike slowed down in Boom bay Yet? or are they still going nuts like it was first ice?
Gary Gray- they are
Chris K- Any predictions for the future of walleye tournament fishing?
Gary Gray- Only getting Better, things like RCL, and PWT will take it higher
Larry(WI);- Gary, what is the best method on the upper lakes, jigging or tip-ups?
Gary Gray- jigging
Chris K- Do you think there is enough interest from younger anglers? Or is the
cost of tournament fishing too intimidating?
Gary Gray- cost has a lot to do with it, but there are some good young anglers out there, right Chris
Chris K- there are a lot of good young anglers out there, but with the cost of boats, travel, tackle... it is hard to jump into the bigger tournaments.
Gary Gray- Sponsors are getting tougher and tougher,
chatman- Do you think it is tougher for a young angler now Gary? More technology and tactics, but higher compassion level?
Juls- Gary...have you fished all the waters that the PWT is going to next year or is there some new water you will get to explore?
Gary Gray- yes, competition is getting tougher too!
Larry(WI);- Gary, how are they getting tougher?
Gary Gray- Would you like to start over in this game Rick? I mean with the competition, and Sponsors
Gary Gray- harder to obtain, there are a lot more people asking
Bigfoot- I like where I'm at now
Den- at home??
Gary Gray- Us old guy's, aren't getting any younger
eyefish(mi);- where you at Rick
Den- that's where experience comes in Gary
chatman- That's where the full windshields and deluxe canvas options come from
Chris K- Do you think that because of competition for sponsors, anglers are willing to do more work for less from the sponsor
Bigfoot- I got it
Gary Gray- that is sometimes the problem, hat and jacket theory, right Rick
Driftr- Yep, full windshields :)
chatman- gettin' older means you value comfort more and a fellow isn't as bullet proof....
chatman- I figured that out and I'm only 36....LOL.....
Bigfoot- you got that right
chatman- I know, I'm gettin' wimpy in my "old" age.....
gpare (Sask)- got socks older than 36
Bigfoot- easy Ralph
Gary Gray- I have been at this game for 17 yrs. now, and have most of the same sponsors
Juls- Dang! Your even younger than me...lol now I feel old
Den- not wimpy, that be smarter, lol
Den- who are some of your sponsors Gary?
slip-bobber(MT)- When Chris is as old as me I will be Dead!!! lol
Bigfoot- there goes the rest of the time
Gary Gray- Mercury, Yar Craft, Storm/Normark, Off Shore Berkeley, On and On and On!!!
Chris K- You are not that old Doug!
Juls- Will you be doing any seminars here in the area this winter Gary? I would like to see them
chatman- Here comes a real kick to the hornets nest....
Gary Gray- Yes
Larry(WI);- Gary, what is the most challenging body of water you have been on?
chatman- Do yon think long time loyalty to sponsors can help a pro's reputation Gary?
Gary Gray- Sault St. Marie
Gary Gray- Yes, loyalty is the most important, and longevity plays the same role
Chris K- I am young and I want to learn! Thanks for the lessons on Peck!
Gary Gray- who are you talking to
Chris K- Any new stuff from Offshore in 2001?
slip-bobber(MT)- My pleasure-Wish we could have found those same fish during the tourney
Chris K- Doug. Thanks for the day on LOTW too. I will never forget it!
Larry(WI);- When is the new snap coming out?
Jigbite- Gary, do you feel that there are a lot of young anglers ready to move up?
slip-bobber(MT)- Had fun
Gary Gray- I had fun
Gary Gray- yes, and I encourage them, just don't beat me up so bad
Juls- - -)
Chris K- Had a chance to use any Taildancers Gary?
Gary Gray- not yet
Chris K- What do you think of the new holographic colors from Normark?
Gary Gray- Have I missed any questions
chatman- looking really good...let's see if the eyes like em...
Gary Gray- haven't seen them yet
Larry(WI);- Gary, have you seen the new Thundercranks yet?
Juls- ya long time ago I asked if you were fishing new waters this year on the PWT...or have you been to all of them before?
Gary Gray- no
jerry- How's the future of Winnebago and chain looking? Size limits for next year?
Gary Gray- no, never been to New York since Basic Training
Gary Gray- I think it will be stable
Gary Gray- no size limits for 2001
jerry- okay, thanks
Chris K- What is your favorite type of water to fish?
Juls- do you think there should be a slot put on 'bago Gary?
Gary Gray- open water
chatman- Just to clear up a possible point, what basis is the no size limit on?
Gary Gray- yes, for 5 yrs
chatman- point of curiosity with me is all....
Chris K- Rivers, Lakes, Reservoirs...?
Juls- that would be nice..think they will ever do it?
Gary Gray- not to target the 15" plus fish
Gary Gray- no
jerry- wish they would
Juls- it would be nice to catch a bigger fish out of there someday
Gary Gray- so do I
Gary Gray- them days are gone for awhile
Fish'n Fool- Gary there are some nice fish there could it be that the forage is more tempting then our bait??
Gary Gray- yes
Den- oh, lol
Chris K- What is the worst thing that ever happened to you in a tournament?
Gary Gray- lots of bait fish this yr.
eyefish(mi);- Gary are you looking forward to coming back to Detroit in April
Gary Gray- missed first place by 4 hundreds of an once
Juls- where was that?
Gary Gray- love Detroit
Chris K- ouch!
EyeBoy- That is close.
bill- Gary, bill from Canada ever fish in Canadian waters
jerry- Did you fish the deep jig bite in Detroit?
Gary Gray- yes, used to go there every spring, and fall
chatman- It is even harder to take when you know the fish have coughed up that much or more in shad, into the live well....
Juls- true true
Gary Gray- yes, on the deep jig bite'
bill- river or lake
EyeBoy- Chat- put em back in.
Juls- - -)
Gary Gray- both
Gary Gray- what comes up, must go down
bill- if you get the chance fish the Ottawa
Gary Gray- OK
red- anyone catching anything
Chris K- Has the PWT ever gone farther west than Fort Peck? If not, do you think it will?
Gary Gray- not yet, but the are looking at Washington next month
Chris K- Where in Washington?
Fisherman- Gary when you're just kickin back for some relaxing fishing on Bago, what's you're favorite method
EyeBoy- Gary- what body of water?
Gary Gray- jig fishing
Juls- oo oo I know I know..lol
Gary Gray- Columbia River
Gary Gray- Juls has been with me just for fun, right Juls
Gary Gray- catfish and all!!!!!!!!
Juls- you betcha..that was fun!!!
Juls- thunderstorms too...- -)
bill- when fishing a large river what do you prefer jig or lure
#1 Saugeye- Gary, Have you had any embarrassing moments like Slip bobber has during a tourney?
Chris K- Ever had an amateur fall in on you?
Gary Gray- yes, Bill once got something caught in his zipper, and wanted me to help him, I said no, I don't think so!
Gary Gray- no
Fish'n Fool- lolololol
chatman- I remember that one, and the cup he was awarded to prevent that again....
Juls- - -)
Jigbite- Gary, been hearing allot of talk about no live bait tournaments, what do you think?
Gary Gray- had one almost fall out of the boat on the move though, right Chris!
EyeBoy- Gary- FDR Lake, Chelan Lake, Rufus Lake, or some where between?
Chris K- there has to be people other than me who have done that! I got some good pictures of Mark Martin though.
Juls- - -)
Gary Gray- no live bait, it has been talked about, it wouldn't matter to me
Fish'n Fool- Gary how much is it costing you a year to do the tournament circuit?
Gary Gray- I don't know where, just the Columbia
Gary Gray- about 25,000
bill- does the walleye tournament ever or wil it be coming into Canada
Gary Gray- PWT has talked about it, but the rules up there keep changing
Bigfoot- so do theirs
#1 Saugeye- any body heard when the PWT may be coming back to Peck
Gary Gray- 2003
#1 Saugeye- We'll look forward to it
Chris K- What kind of boats did you run before Yar Craft?
triton(WI);- where you fishing this weekend?
Gary Gray- no, up to Yar Craft
EyeBoy- Gary- will they use weigh boats on FP? Big hubbub over the mortality rate.
bill- on the average how much money does it take to run a tournament (Canadian)
Gary Gray- only can take a wait and see
#1 Saugeye- Just move the date ahead to cooler water on Peck - no problem
Gary Gray- depends on the added money for a draw
slip-bobber(MT)- where from eyeboy?
triton(WI);- you fished Winnebago this year yet thru the ice Gary?
Gary Gray- no, upper lakes
eyefish(mi);- Ice fishing .........Bahumbug
Juls- lol Rod
triton(WI);- how old were you when you started on the PWT?
Chris K- What was the best moment you have had in tournament fishing?
Gary Gray- Well, I want to take this time to wish All a Happy Holiday Season,
Gary Gray- Lake Erie WINNING!!!!
triton(WI);- you too Gary
Saker- u2 G
Driftr- same to you Gary
Juls- Same to you and yours Gary!
Gary Gray- 36
Chris K- same to you Gary
EyeBoy- Seasons greetings Gary!!
bob g- you to gary
eyefish(mi);- same to ya Gary
chatman- any more questions for Gary as we wind down tonight?
T-Mac- Thanks..same 2 u
triton(WI);- do you know when the net PWT event on Winnebago will be if ever?
donyar/mi;- Happy Holidays Gary
Gary Gray- yes
Gary Gray- 2002 for Winnebago
Chris K- sounds good!
chatman- Ladies and gents, a big round of applause for Gary Gray's annual
slip-bobber(MT)- Great Job Gary-Good info
triton(WI);- thanx allot Gary
eyefish(mi);- Thanks Gary
jerry- Thanks Gary. Happy Holidays.
Juls- clap clap clap clap clap..thanks Gary...
donyar/mi;- Thanks Gary
bob g- ya hoooooo
Chris K- clap, clap, clap, clap,clap, clap,clap... Thanks
Driftr- Thanks Gary, clap clap clap
#1 Saugeye- Thanks Gary, have a great Christmas
EyeBoy- Take care Gary!
Gary Gray- Hope I am able to do it again next yr, God willing and the water don't rise!
T-Mac- Thanks ....clapadee clap
Gary Gray- Thank you all for having me
eyeguy/mn- thanks Gary , was fun!
chatman- Hey, more water means more places to fish.....right?