[20:00:34] ebijack (mi): Please welcome our host tonight BRIAN
[20:00:42] Jim Alton: Hi Brian.
[20:00:44] coop(oh): hey everyone
[20:00:52] Juls (WI): clap clap clap clap clap clap
[20:00:54] ebijack (mi): brian, tell us abit about yourself to get things
[20:01:02] Drift'r: Welcome Brian!!!!1
[20:01:12] BrianKeller: I am a guide on the Lake Winnebago
system in Wisconsin
[20:01:30] BrianKeller: I have been guideing for about 8 years
[20:01:55] Jim Alton: What made you decide to start guiding?
[20:02:06] BrianKeller: I fish all of the tournaments on the
Winnebago chain, (Merc nationals, Otter street, and the Fleet Farm
[20:02:15] ebijack (mi): brian, do you guide large groups, or just a
couple folks at a time
[20:02:19] BrianKeller: I love fishing and what better way to make
money than fishing
[20:02:28] BrianKeller: up to 3 people
[20:02:54] BrianKeller: check out my site, www.vbe.com/~reelhook
[20:02:54] LS (nd): brian what boat do you run
[20:03:01] BrianKeller: Ranger 620
[20:03:19] Juls (WI): cool
[20:04:00] Jim Alton: What's an average walleye on Winnebago?
[20:04:24] BrianKeller: 17-18"
[20:04:29] ebijack (mi): brian, do you also guide on the ice?
[20:04:51] coop(oh): what method (s) do you use
[20:04:53] BrianKeller: Yes, I do
[20:05:06] BrianKeller: I perfer to troll if I can
[20:05:24] BrianKeller: but I jig, and slip bobber and do what ever I
can to catch fish
[20:05:36] coop(oh): Stick baits or spoons or both
[20:05:39] Jim Alton: Can you give me a geography lesson... where
[20:06:09] BrianKeller: on the bago chain mostly stick baits, but I
have use spoons once and a while for white bass and northern
[20:06:22] ebijack (mi): brian, how far in advance do you need to
get scheduled for a charter
[20:06:29] BrianKeller: In Wisconsin, look on a map it is the biggest
lake in the state
[20:06:34] Juls (WI): reelhook is there any good nite fishing on the
bago? if so where?
[20:06:52] BrianKeller: the nite before if I am open the next day......lol
[20:07:28] Zimpelp: I just wanted to say "HI" Brian
[20:07:39] BrianKeller: I don't do a lot of nite fishing because my
theory is if I can't catch them during the day I don't need to catch
them, because I have never fished a tourney at nite
[20:07:53] Juls (WI): good point
[20:07:56] BrianKeller: but I do well night fishing in the spring walleye
[20:08:11] ebijack (mi): brian, how did you come to decide to
charter for fishing
[20:08:53] BrianKeller: I was out fishing ever day anyway so I
thought why not make some money
[20:09:15] BrianKeller: It also pays for my prefishing
[20:09:23] LS(nd): what did you do for a living before guiding?
[20:09:36] Zimpelp: Do you make all or money from charter fishing,
is that the only source of income?
[20:09:57] BrianKeller: Pretty much just fishing
[20:10:03] ebijack (mi): brian, would you recommend chartering to
any other fisherpeople?
[20:10:22] Zimpelp: Wow that would be a awsome job!
[20:10:28] Jim Alton: Brian, what advice would you give to
someone who was thinking about guiding?
[20:10:46] BrianKeller: I think that if you have the resources, I would
say go for it. It is a lot of fun
[20:11:02] Zimpelp: Is it worth it money wise??
[20:11:24] BrianKeller: Be ready for some fun, (broken tackle,
people getting snaged, etc.....)
[20:11:34] ebijack (mi): brian, what are your typical hours
[20:11:57] BrianKeller: I think it is worth the money, and like I said it
pays for my prefishing and i am hoping to make it big on one of the
[20:12:12] Juls (WI): what are your rates? sorry if this was asked
[20:12:31] BrianKeller: Half day or full day, half day is somewhere
around 4-6 hours and full day is 8-10
[20:12:43] Juls (WI): good luck to you in the tourney’s brian
[20:12:53] Holdzit: how old are you Brian?
[20:12:57] Zimpelp: That might be a good summer job in the future
[20:13:02] BrianKeller: 200 half day and 300 full day, everything
[20:13:09] LS(nd): Brian, do you have sponsors?
[20:13:09] BrianKeller: 19
[20:13:42] BrianKeller: No but I am working on them, I know most of
the people I just need to win some more tourneys and get a bigger
name if you know what I mean
[20:13:54] Juls (WI): :-)
[20:14:06] Jim Alton: Don't forget to brush up on the PR skills.
[20:14:47] Jim Alton: From what I understand... you have to sell,
[20:14:51] ebijack (mi): brian, is walleye your mainstay for charters?
[20:14:58] BrianKeller: yes, you are right jim
[20:15:17] BrianKeller: yes, it is but I also guide for Northern and
Bass on request
[20:15:30] Juls (WI): whats the biggest walleye you have gotten out
[20:15:42] Jim Alton: I imagine most of us go fishing for a vacation...
what do you do Brian?
[20:15:50] ebijack (mi): brian, do you clean and prep the fish for
[20:15:51] BrianKeller: 28" 5lb
[20:16:25] BrianKeller: no I don't some days we will come in with
50+ fish and that would take a while to clean them all
[20:16:35] coop(oh): do you flat line or use dipsies, down riggers
[20:16:47] LS(nd): Brain, you've been guiding since you were 11
[20:16:48] BrianKeller: I mostly flat line behind boards
[20:16:53] BrianKeller: yes
[20:17:41] Jim Alton: Thanks for your time Brian, best of luck... I'm
sure you'll be a success. G'night folks. - work calls....
[20:17:57] coop(oh): inline boards or skis
[20:18:09] BrianKeller: inline boards
[20:18:16] coop(oh): thanks
[20:18:28] BrianKeller: no problem
[20:18:49] coop(oh): what kind of stick bait do you use
[20:19:23] BrianKeller: Repalas and thunderstick mostly, I also use
Walley divers on occasion
[20:20:14] REELMAN: what type of electronics do you
[20:20:38] BrianKeller: All Lowrance
[20:20:43] Team Dunn(MI): Brian, what exactly do you do?
[20:20:45] ebijack (mi): brian, do you talk to other charter captains
to stay in contact with the fish, day by day
[20:20:45] big i (wi): brian can i ask you your accomplishments in
[20:20:51] big i (wi): brian where are you from?
[20:20:55] LS(nd): Brian, whats the best time of the year on bago?
[20:21:01] BrianKeller: I have an x-85 on the bow and the Lms-350
and the new Lms-160 map by the wheel
[20:21:07] BrianKeller: May and June
[20:21:14] BrianKeller: Oshkosh, wi
[20:21:26] BrianKeller: yes, ebijack I do
[20:21:27] REELMAN: what type of boat????????/
[20:21:33] BrianKeller: Ranger 620
[20:21:43] BrianKeller: you can see a pic of it at
[20:21:46] REELMAN: lucky DOG
[20:21:48] Juls (WI): brand spanking new 620...lol
[20:21:59] BrianKeller: just an awsome boat
[20:22:25] REELMAN: I think I looked at that web site
[20:22:33] BrianKeller: thanks
[20:22:52] Zimpelp: Brian
[20:22:56] REELMAN: ever use snap weights or
[20:22:57] BrianKeller: yes?
[20:23:29] REELMAN: what type of clips and what rods do you
[20:23:31] Zimpelp: Brain do you ever drift with bottom bouncers
[20:23:32] Juls (WI): what color jigs are working best on bago right
[20:23:35] big i (wi): brian had a situation this morning where we
could only get fish drifting in the wisconsin river.was wondering
what method you would use still fishing ?
[20:23:56] BrianKeller: I use daiwa and G-loomis
[20:24:11] big i (wi): we were drifting quarter once jigs
[20:24:19] BrianKeller: jigs, Orange and Black are working best for
[20:24:25] Juls (WI): thanks
[20:24:27] Drift'r: do you know Gary Gray
[20:24:46] BrianKeller: I would drift with jigs or try a lindy rig
[20:24:48] REELMAN: fire line with the snap weights????
[20:24:49] BrianKeller: yes, I know him
[20:24:58] BrianKeller: no I troll with mono
[20:25:04] big i (wi): thanks
[20:25:05] Zimpelp: Brian is chartering your only job, or do you do
[20:25:16] BrianKeller: no I only charter
[20:25:21] BrianKeller: and fish tournaments
[20:25:29] REELMAN: why mono over fire line?????
[20:25:31] Zimpelp: what do you do in the winter?
[20:25:32] Team Dunn(MI): Brain, Do you use In-Line Planners?
[20:25:41] big i (wi): what lake do you fish most ?
[20:26:34] BrianKeller: I perfer mono over fire line because I don't
like stopping the boat after I get a fish on, I like to keep the boat
moving and keep the baits working, because if you catch one fish
there are usually more
[20:26:39] big i (wi): i think i might know his answer lets see ?
[20:26:53] BrianKeller: yes, I use in line planners Dunn
[20:27:21] BrianKeller: I fish Bago most often
[20:27:22] big i (wi): what kind of boards
[20:27:23] Team Dunn(MI): What brand? our family business
holds the patent on the Releases that are on the Offshore Tackle
[20:27:30] BrianKeller: Off shore
[20:27:36] Juls (WI): :-)
[20:27:52] Zimpelp: Brain what do you do in the Winter then?
[20:28:08] BrianKeller: I guide Ice fishing and in the fall I guide Duck
[20:28:37] Zimpelp: Holy man that would be the best job you could
[20:29:13] ebijack (mi): brian, do you decide on how you'll fish or let
your customers decide
[20:29:18] big i (wi): do you feel like your job is like the rest of ours
[20:29:48] BrianKeller: I usually let the customers decide, but if I am
on a good bite doing something I will surely let them know
[20:29:59] ElyIA: Do you ever fish the big river between WI and MN
[20:30:03] BrianKeller: yes, it is work for sure
[20:30:04] Team Dunn(MI): Brain, Do you have any experience in
fishing jigs in heavy current?
[20:30:09] BrianKeller: no I have not
[20:30:48] Zimpelp: Do you use a console or a tiller?
[20:31:07] BrianKeller: yes, usually in the spring here the current is
very strong but not this year
[20:31:23] BrianKeller: console
[20:31:42] Zimpelp: Any reason why that over a tiller?
[20:32:05] BrianKeller: it is hard to steer a 225 with a tiller
[20:32:08] BrianKeller: lol
[20:32:13] RichardM(AB): I've fished both Detroit and Fox and the
Miss after Detroit the others are pretty pale
[20:32:20] big i (wi): how do you like your globalmap?
[20:32:36] big i (wi): he he
[20:32:40] Team Dunn(MI): How do you try and fish your jigs?
Vertical? 45* ?
[20:32:48] BrianKeller: I love it, it is going to be awsome for trolling
in the middle of the lake or on Green Bay
[20:33:07] BrianKeller: I try to fish vertical as much as I can
[20:33:14] Team Dunn(MI): With your Bow mount?
[20:33:23] big i (wi): i just put one on last fall and love it also so far
so much to get use too.
[20:33:35] BrianKeller: yes, and if the current is to strong I use the
kicker and then steer with the bow mount
[20:34:10] BrianKeller: you guys were asking about the boards
before and I thought I would tell you what clips I use
[20:34:31] Team Dunn(MI): What type of Releases/clips do you
[20:34:42] BrianKeller: I swiched the front clip to the Snapper Line
Release by wille Products
[20:35:23] LS(nd): why is that Brian?
[20:35:24] BrianKeller: I Like them because you can snap it closed
and the line can not come out so you don't loose boards on a
rough day and you can take them off with one hand
[20:36:36] REELMAN: Brian have you ever tried the Mr. walleye
[20:36:44] BrianKeller: I have never seen them by off shore, the
only ones that i have seen are by wille products
[20:36:44] Zimpelp: Brain you talked about tournament fishing, are
you fishing any circuits??
[20:36:44] ebijack (mi): brian, about how many days a week do you
[20:37:26] BrianKeller: about 5 ebijack
[20:37:44] Team Dunn(MI): On the Off Shore Boards, there should
come two small Blacks?
[20:37:47] REELMAN: yea i like the off shore boards but i put mr.
walleye clips on them
[20:38:14] Team Dunn(MI): Why put different clips on them?
[20:38:34] REELMAN: they hold the fire line with out double
[20:38:57] BrianKeller: because with the wille clips the board can
not come off your line and you don't have to wrap you line
[20:39:16] shad: whats better for walleye jigs or rapalas
[20:39:20] Team Dunn(MI): Bluewater R&D is coming out with a
new release for next year that should be introduced on the
Offshore Boards, that can hold the Super Lines
[20:39:41] BrianKeller: depends on the time of year
[20:39:46] REELMAN: is it easy to get off???????? do the pads
[20:40:06] BrianKeller: yes, I use them all of last year and they still
[20:40:11] Team Dunn(MI): It holds the line with a Centered set-pin
the line runs behind, and will not come out of pads, and yes it is just
as easy to take off the line
[20:40:36] BrianKeller: you can take them off with one thumb
[20:40:50] Team Dunn(MI): Just like the Normal OffShore Red
[20:41:07] BrianKeller: personal perferance
[20:41:11] BrianKeller: no
[20:41:43] BrianKeller: I troll a lot of rough water and I don't like
having to turn around to get boards
[20:42:49] ebijack (mi): brian, do you plan on still chartering after
you turn pro?
[20:43:05] porkchop: whats the best board Brain and how much $?
[20:43:10] BrianKeller: I will when I can, you are on the road a lot
when you turn pro
[20:43:11] Team Dunn(MI): Brian, do you have much experience
with shallow weeded lakes?
[20:43:31] BrianKeller: I like off shore and here they are about 20
[20:43:47] porkchop: thanks
[20:44:01] BrianKeller: yes, I do Butte des Morts and Poygan are
only 9 feet deep max
[20:44:29] Team Dunn(MI): How do you go after the Eyes?
[20:44:59] BrianKeller: Jigging the weeds, I use a 7' med. heavy rod
and 8/3 fire line
[20:45:32] Team Dunn(MI): Do you get alot of various other
[20:46:08] ebijack (mi): brian, do you find the fish travel alot thru the
lakes or do they tend to stay in the same places year after year
[20:46:19] BrianKeller: In the weeds once and a while a few
northern, while trolling we get white bass, sheephead, catfish,
northerns, perch once and a while
[20:46:37] Juls (WI): rock bass too...:-)
[20:46:42] Team Dunn(MI): Interesting, you dont get more Bass
[20:46:50] Drift'r: any muskies :)
[20:46:56] porkchop: what your favorite post spawn pattern?
[20:46:56] Steve (IA): of course you don't charge extra for the
sheephead do you?
[20:47:09] BrianKeller: well after the spring run the fish come back
down and filter into the lakes and then they stay there for the rest of
[20:47:15] Drift'r: sheephead = lake possum
[20:47:35] BrianKeller: no, steve.........lol come with the territory
[20:47:36] Juls (WI): lol driftr
[20:47:59] BrianKeller: I have a different word for sheephead, but I
better not say it.....lol
[20:48:22] Steve (IA): I think we all do!!!!!
[20:48:23] Team Dunn(MI): What type of Jigs do you use and the
setup as far as Twisters and whatnot in those Weeds?
[20:49:08] Steve (IA): do you fish exposed hooks in the weeds?
[20:49:17] RichardM(AB): they bounce off cowlings!!
[20:49:18] BrianKeller: I use mostly a plain jig and a leach most of
the time, I don't like to get to fancy because there is a lot of stuff to
snag up on
[20:49:29] Juls (WI): ever use roadrunners brian? we find they work
[20:49:52] BrianKeller: no I have not, I use the Loudmouth Jerk bait
last year and it worked great
[20:49:53] Team Dunn(MI): What size Jig Head?
[20:50:09] Juls (WI): roadrunner is a jig with blade.....
[20:50:11] BrianKeller: 1/16 to 1/8 and on windy day up to ¼
[20:50:20] Juls (WI): horse shaped head
[20:50:40] Steve (IA): what size hooks are in those jigs,Brian?
[20:50:44] Team Dunn(MI): How do you present it? Cast into the
weeds? or vertical?
[20:51:02] BrianKeller: I use the short shanked jigs, hook size not
[20:51:18] BrianKeller: pretty much vertical
[20:51:27] Steve (IA): Northland? Brian
[20:51:28] snagger: like a short bite jig?
[20:51:41] Team Dunn(MI): Thanks
[20:51:27] Steve (IA): Northland? Brian
[20:51:28] snagger: like a short bite jig?
[20:51:41] Team Dunn(MI): Thanks
[20:51:47] BrianKeller: yes, steve
[20:52:08] Team Dunn(MI): How tall is the emergant vegitation
[20:52:10] RichardM(AB): I like ebi style of jigs 5/8 oz .. 2/0 hook!!!
[20:52:14] Steve (IA): do you use the stingers that come with the
[20:52:19] ebijack (mi): :)
[20:52:30] BrianKeller: on the upper lakes we have cane and it is
up about 3ft
[20:52:31] Steve (IA): consider the source, Richard
[20:52:40] LS(nd): :-)
[20:52:44] BrianKeller: only in the spring sometimes
[20:52:45] ebijack (mi): :)
[20:52:49] ElyIA: do you use any northland whistler jigs
[20:53:12] Team Dunn(MI): Do you present just over the weeds, or
let the jig sink into them and pull it out ont he upward jig?
[20:53:16] BrianKeller: no, I don't get to fancy
[20:53:46] RichardM(AB): steve where he fishes that is ultra light
[20:53:53] Steve (IA): :-)
[20:53:56] BrianKeller: I only fish the outside edge along the weeds
and pitch it into the open pockets
[20:54:17] Team Dunn(MI): Thank you
[20:54:20] Steve (IA): Brian, I haven't heard you mention spinners?
[20:54:31] BrianKeller: here when we fish the weeds we are only in
about 3-4 feet of water
[20:54:38] BrianKeller: I dont' use them alot
[20:54:49] BrianKeller: only when I get desperate
[20:55:13] Steve (IA): not productive, don't like ???
[20:55:16] BrianKeller: I troll alot faster than most people
[20:55:25] porkchop: to small and to ezey?
[20:55:26] tp/colo: well some of us are desperate all the time
[20:55:28] Team Dunn(MI): How fast do you troll your spinners?
[20:55:36] BrianKeller: .5 to 1
[20:56:01] BrianKeller: if you ever see me trolling i will probably go
right past you
[20:56:11] Steve (IA): you probably don't use many live bait rigs
[20:56:26] Team Dunn(MI): Hehehe, we try to go about .4 or less,
thats interesting, do you have much luck?
[20:56:28] BrianKeller: no, only jigs and lindy rigs on windy days
[20:56:32] fox: Hi brian, looks busy tonight
[20:56:41] BrianKeller: we I fish spinner I do
[20:56:56] Steve (IA): with age, Brian everything slows down
[20:57:01] BrianKeller: lol
[20:57:01] Juls (WI): :-)
[20:57:04] RichardM(AB): lol
[20:57:26] BrianKeller: I have found that trolling fast catches me
bigger fish and i don't get as many sheephead
[20:57:34] Team Dunn(MI): Alright...
[20:57:55] BrianKeller: Last year I caught about 5 walleye to every
sheephead and if you have ever fished here that is good
[20:58:11] snagger: seems true on the miss too brian
[20:58:34] BrianKeller: I don't catch as manly fish probably but I
catch bigger fish
[20:58:46] Team Dunn(MI): Alright...
[20:58:50] RichardM(AB): good night all
[20:59:00] ebijack (mi): are there any more questions for our host
[20:59:02] snagger: thats the name of the game
[20:59:14] BrianKeller: yes it is
[20:59:18] porkchop: loose many plugs doing that?
[20:59:28] BrianKeller: no I don't
[20:59:45] snagger: do you troll tandem plugs at all Brian?
[20:59:59] BrianKeller: tandem plugs?
[21:00:10] Steve (IA): One behind the other, snagger?
[21:00:24] BrianKeller: you can only have 3 hooks on one line
[21:00:36] snagger: two plugs hooked together with the front plug
having the hooks removed
[21:01:02] Team Dunn(MI): Dont they use that plug setup alot in
[21:01:03] snagger: we kill em on the mississippi with that
[21:01:11] Steve (IA): enlighten me as to why you do such a thing,
[21:01:29] BrianKeller: ok, no i don't Last year I experimented with a
six pack ( they use them on Lake Michigan) they look like a school
of bait fish
[21:02:12] BrianKeller: the bait fish trailing the other looks like a
wounded bait fish
[21:02:29] REELMAN: did the 6 pack work????????
[21:02:31] Team Dunn(MI): They love those for the Salmon and
Steelies over there
[21:02:37] Drift'r: tell us about the 6 pk
[21:02:38] fox: How do you fish the six pack
[21:02:47] BrianKeller: it is natural for the fish to pick out the wounded
[21:02:49] Steve (IA): full or empty?
[21:02:54] Juls (WI): lol
[21:02:55] BrianKeller: yes, it did work
[21:02:57] BrianKeller: lol
[21:02:58] snagger: well i guess i don't know why a couple of guys
in our walleye club started it a few yrs ago and they out fished
everyone else so like they say when in Rome do as the Romans
[21:04:35] ebijack (mi): I'd like to THANK out host tonight BRIAN
[21:04:39] LS(nd): gotta go....nite all....thanks Brian
[21:04:41] BrianKeller: no not a problem
[21:04:42] ebijack (mi): clap clap clap
[21:04:50] Juls (WI): thanks brian...clap clap clap clap
[21:04:52] RoyGPA: thanks brian
[21:04:54] Zimpel: great job, brian!!!!
[21:05:01] Team Dunn(MI): Thanks Brain
[21:05:01] Steve (IA): clap, clap, clap....... thanks Brian..... good luck
[21:05:08] ElyIA: thanks brian
[21:05:18] snagger: thanks Brian
[21:05:19] Drift'r: Thanks Brian!!!!!!
[21:05:27] ebijack (mi): post your e-mail again brian
[21:05:33] fox: fox, thanks brian
[21:05:37] REELMAN: enjoyed the chat ....have a great year Brian
[21:05:39] BrianKeller: thanks guys for coming if you have anyother
question email me at email@example.com and check out my web
site at www.vbe.com/~reelhook
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