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*ebijack- Please Welcome our host tonight RALPH MUCCILLI !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
*ebijack- clap clap clap
*river king mi- welcome ralph
*Jenn_WI- welcome ralph
*Driftr- Welcome Ralph !!!!!
*Driftr- Welcome Ralph !!!!!
*Driftr- clap clap clap
*Ralph Muccilli- Hello and welcome to my 6th attempt at being a cyber angler
*Ralph Muccilli- So what do you wanna talk about tonight?
*ebijack- ralph, i read your new article on walleye central about
fishing shallow, how did you find the mind set to fish that shallow
*Ralph Muccilli- I guess it's a throw back from, gulp, Bassin
*Jenn_WI- how shallow, what type of water?
*Ralph Muccilli- And, walleyes on Bago can be really shallow, that
was my first experience with 1 foot of water
*Ralph Muccilli- The article Ebi mentions is on my pro page, river backwaters
*ebijack- ralph, ( good article in the walleye central mag too!)
*Ralph Muccilli- Thanks Tom
*ebijack- ralph, how often will you spend time fishing water that
shallow when others ARE catching fish deeper
*Ralph Muccilli- The article is titled Skinny water and Tradin Paint
*Ralph Muccilli- If the fish are there, you know pretty quick Tom,
the hard part is knowing when to leave them
*Jenn_WI- where's your fav . water in wisconsin ralph......and why..
*Ralph Muccilli- I think having faith in your presentation and
some history with shallow water helps
*ebijack- ralph, do you try trolling a shallow/deep pattern to
check that water out?
*Ralph Muccilli- Fox River in Green Bay, Lots of quality fish to
catch in my favorite ways
*Jenn_WI- and what are you fav. Ways
*Ralph Muccilli- Jigging and casting to the fish, shallower water.
*Ralph Muccilli- But trolling bite can be very hot too
*Jenn_WI- oh do you mean at de pere?
*Ralph Muccilli- I will troll an area as I scout it for the first
time, I like to move to find fish then key on them when I do find them
*Ralph Muccilli- Yes, From Depere out to the mouth
*Jenn_WI- ok....got it then...
*Ralph Muccilli- I spend relatively little time at the dam
*ebijack- ralph, what are some of the first things you do before
reaching a lake for a tourney
*Jenn_WI- what tourn. are you in now ralph
*Ralph Muccilli- Pour over all the maps and fishing reports I can find
*fisherman- Ralph do you troll the shallows while looking
*Ralph Muccilli- Right now I am keeping an eye on the bite up at
Little bay de Noc via, e mail, message boards and phone calls
*Ralph Muccilli- Yes I do fisherman, as much as I like to cast and
Jig, you gotta cover water to find them
*ebijack- ralph, are finding walleyecentral to help you in your
contacts for tourney waters
*Ralph Muccilli- If the fish are scattered all over a flat,
trolling will usually fit the bill
*Ralph Muccilli- I have found lots of usefull info and met many
great contacts here
*ebijack- ralph, who are your sponsors
*Ralph Muccilli- I also want to point out ,I use the same approach
when out for fun
*ebijack- and how much time do you spend working on new sponsors
and time working for sponsors you have now
*Ralph Muccilli- Ranger Boats, Mercury, Bayshore Resort In
Gladstone, UP Prop repair, Bait Rigs, Car Quest in Escanaba,
M*W Marine In Hales Corners WI
*ebijack- what boat are you running ralph..620?
*Ralph Muccilli- Lowrance Electronics, Big Jon Trolling Sysytems
*Ralph Muccilli- I think I got them all,
*fisherman- Ralph did these sponsors seek you out or was it the
other way around
*Ralph Muccilli- I run the 620 with a 225 Opti on the back
*Ralph Muccilli- I pretty much was friends with them all first,
and I perused all of them. I believe in all the products I represent
*ebijack- that's good to hear ralph
*Ralph Muccilli- Max brought in Car Quest, and I met Pat that way
*Dan (MI)- Bait Rigs has great stuff Ralph
*Ralph Muccilli- I am very pleased to be on their team and friends
with Joe and Tony
*Ralph Muccilli- I have known them since they started
*Jenn_WI- what's carquest....
*ebijack- ralph, do you travel much to do shows?
*Ralph Muccilli- Auto Parts stores, they are a nationwide chain,
but I am affiliated with the Escanaba store
*Ralph Muccilli- I get my boat Batteries there, among other things
*Ralph Muccilli- I travel some Tom, but have a busy schedule, next
*ebijack- ralph, do you have any plans on fishing more or other curcuits?
*Ralph Muccilli- I am sort of semi retiring next year, from full
*Ralph Muccilli- I want to fish a few different sanctioned events
on new waters
*ebijack- ralph, you going to write more articles than fish tourney's?
*Ralph Muccilli- I am still gonna be around though
*Ralph Muccilli- Yes thats the plan, also looking into a couple of
book ideas etc
*fisherman- Ralph what circuits are you doing this year?
*Ralph Muccilli- gotta take some time to find another good partner
*ebijack- ralph, how many years have you been fishing the mwc
*Ralph Muccilli- I am doing the MWC this year, it is my 11th year
*Jenn_WI- holy cow 11 years
*ebijack- father time of the mwc eh ralph...:)
*Ralph Muccilli- Yeah, I figured out I am one of the longest
running fisherman on the circuit
*Jenn_WI- have they changed locations much ralph
*Ralph Muccilli- Not yet
*Ralph Muccilli- There is talk of divisions and new water next year though
*Jenn_WI- might be diff. next year
*ebijack- ralph, what's the best thing to come to tourney fishing
since you've started
*Jenn_WI- yep we talked of that at the last advisory council meeting
*Ralph Muccilli- Oh Jeez, let me think
*Ralph Muccilli- Probably the advancements in the boats
*Ralph Muccilli- When I started I had a 16 foot glass boat with a
50 on it and everyone thought that was a big motor
*Ralph Muccilli- There has been so much though, techniques, lures
and on and on
*ebijack- ralph, do you think you'd ever go back to a non- console boat?
*Ralph Muccilli- I contemplated real hard over the 617 in the
tiller model, nice boat
*ebijack- what made your final decision ralph
*Jenn_WI- don't ya think tiller has its advantages sometimes?
*Ralph Muccilli- But there is so much room in the 620 and the 619,
that the space of the consoles has no bearing anymore
*Ralph Muccilli- Besides, I gotta run the big boy!
*Ralph Muccilli- LOL
*Ralph Muccilli- Yes, I think tillers do have advantages, such as backtrolling
*Ralph Muccilli- I also have a rule, My tow vehicle cannot cost
more than the boat!!!!!LOL
*ebijack- ralph, how do you try to handle a tourney day when the
wind whips up above 30 mph
*Ralph Muccilli- Hide behind an island........tee hee
*Ralph Muccilli- Actually , I try to use the wind to my favor, if at all possible
*ebijack- well, fishing greenbay, i know you must have a back up plan
*Ralph Muccilli- As a case in point, last year at little bay, the
wind was real hard out of the north and we had 6 to 8 footers
out at Driscoll
*Ralph Muccilli- If the wind was out of the south, I would not
have gone out there
*ebijack- ralph, do you put out socks and drift?
*Jenn_WI- and so what did you do in 6 to 8 out there
*Ralph Muccilli- Too rough to have fun in or fish real effectively
*Jenn_WI- is that the one a boat went under in
*Ralph Muccilli- We trolled with the wind and caught small fish,
we should have stayed up at Black bottom or the river mouth
and put five solid fish in the boat
*Ralph Muccilli- Well, I did, until I lost the darn thing last
sept, gotta get a new one
*Ralph Muccilli- That is a good point though Tom, you have to be
able to fish effectively, and I have a big enough boat that I
can do that if I have to
*ebijack- ralph, do you prefer to find a river to fish in than a
lake..bad weather or not?
*Ralph Muccilli- If I could pick only one place to fish the rest
of my life, I would probably pick a river
*Ralph Muccilli- lot's of reasons, I like the lay of the land, the
methods I love work well all year, I think I understand them
better than open water fish
*ebijack- ralph, do you prefer a mudline in a river or clear water
*Ralph Muccilli- Even when the weather turns ugly there is always
some protected water to fish, that holds fish
*Ralph Muccilli- I like slightly stained rivers best
*Ralph Muccilli- More for the ability to conceal me from the fish
and the fish have more ability to move about
*ebijack- ralph, do you ever anchor in a river or only use your
electric trolling motor
*Ralph Muccilli- I anchor on certain situations, but prefer to
hunt from the bow
*Ralph Muccilli- I am more comfortable up there and really want to
keep my boat, exactly where I want it
*ebijack- ralph, how do you use your electronics in shallow water
*Ralph Muccilli- If it is someplace I know, I just watch the
depth, in clear water, I dont even turn the depth finder on
*Ralph Muccilli- When on the bow that is
*Jenn_WI- ralph do you ever fish the lakes around waukesha
*Ralph Muccilli- I have also found the GPS on the bow of my boat
very effective on big water or when drifting
*Jenn_WI- do you have gps at console and bow?
*ebijack- ralph, do you also prefer a high resolution lcr on the
front as well as the console
*Ralph Muccilli- Cut my teeth there Jenn Waukesha and East Troy areas
*Ralph Muccilli- I have an X-85 on the dash and a 160 GPS and the
160 GPS on the bow
*Ralph Muccilli- I will probably add an X-85 up front next year too
*ebijack- ralph, do you believe you need higher than 400 watts for
*Ralph Muccilli- The 160 has the equivalent of an X-65 built in
and I find it adequate on the bow, but would still prefer
higher resolution and power there too
*Ralph Muccilli- Not for shallow water Ebi, but i work from the
bow over mud flats and such too, weeds are another area where
you want a little more power
*ebijack- ralph, how do you adjust your lowrance to read fish in the weeds
*Ralph Muccilli- Have I missed anyone so far?
*ebijack- don't think so ralph
*Roy G (PA)- you are doin a great job ralph....
*Ralph Muccilli- Honestly, most of the time I simply turn it on,
however there are times when a will go into manual and mess with it
*Ralph Muccilli- If I am looking through the weeds, it is nice to
be able to dial in the locator
*ebijack- ralph, were you ever a flasher guy vs being a lcd guy?
*Jenn_WI- what do you mean ralph
*Ralph Muccilli- Same with deep water, dirty water of fish sitting
REeeeeaaaal tight to the bottom or a drop off
*Jenn_WI- do you mean zoom in or adjust something or? ..in those cases
*Ralph Muccilli- Sometimes the fish will be buried down in the
weeds, in the sparse roots, and it is kinda cool tom look for them
*Ralph Muccilli- Mostly, when the weeds are real thick, it is hard
to get an accurate bottom reading
*ebijack- did you cut your teeth on a flasher and find it hard to
switch to a lcd
*Richard- I currently have a Lawrance LMS 650 A
*Ralph Muccilli- Sometimes finding that patch of bottom that is a
little harder than all the rest is the key to finding the fish
*Ralph Muccilli- Very hard tom, this is my first boat without a
flasher of any sort
*Ralph Muccilli- My last boat had two flashers and a Stand alone GPS
*slickster- Ralph, Im 15 what would be a GPS you would suggest to me??
*Ralph Muccilli- Jenn, I will adjust the sensitivity, gain, etc as
needed. I also will be zoomed in at least 2x when looking for
eyes on structure
*Jenn_WI- ok i have to play w/ that adjusting more and learn that better
*Ralph Muccilli- Hey slickster, I would probably recommend a hand
held to start out with, unless you plan to only use it on a boat
*Richard- anyone ever use Leadcore line ?
*Jenn_WI- just when in the boat w/ someone once richard...don't
know it really
*slickster- any specific brand??
*Ralph Muccilli- I have used leadcore from time to time, with mixed results
*Richard- I am going to try it this weekend.
*Ralph Muccilli- Lowrance or eagle are my recommendations
*slickster- does eagle make lowrance??
*Richard- I believe Lowrance makes Eagle
*Ralph Muccilli- Yes, Eagle is basically the entry level
technology/brand and is more user friendly to newcomers
*slickster- i knew it was one of those
*slickster- does anyone know if eage/lowrance has a website??
*Ralph Muccilli- I run about a 10 foot leader usually with
straight lead and a little longer with spliced
*Jenn_WI- that is how you're supposed to use that powerpro slickster
*Jenn_WI- mostly mono then powerpro after it has that on it
*Richard- does a person need to run a leader Z?, or just break out
some lead, and tie it to a swivel ?
*Ralph Muccilli- I suppose you could run it that way, but If you
are in clear water, the line will show up like steel cable would
*Airwave(OH)- The leader keeps the action in the bait I feel
*Ralph Muccilli- I would agree there too airwave
*slickster- ok i will explain my question better
*Richard- what type of leader do you run ?, and do you run it tied
directly to the end of the line -
*Ralph Muccilli- I use Trilene 10lb XT for a leader and tie right
to the lead if I am splicing it in
*Ralph Muccilli- Yes you can slickster
*Jenn_WI- yes but you don't need to fill the whole spool w/ powerpro
*Richard- I use powerpro slickster, and have never had a problem
destroying the eyes with it.
*Ralph Muccilli- However, you may want to back the spool with
mono, about 1/2 and then tie in your power pro
*slickster- will it wear out my eyes on my rod?? i have a Fenwick
*ebijack- are there any more questions for our host tonight?
*Ralph Muccilli- Your rod should be just fine
*Jenn_WI- thanks ralph
*Airwave(OH)- I agree Ralph -no trouble with guides
*Ralph Muccilli- The problems with the guides were on much older
or really cheap rods
*slickster- thanks for the info guys. i should back it up with
mono though right??
*ebijack- great job ralph!!!!!
*DonP (Mi)- Good luck this year Ralph.
*Richard- Ralph....., do you use a backer on the spool with leadcore ?
*Ralph Muccilli- No slickster, I mean the 19.95 combo from the
local discount store
*ebijack- I'd like to thank our hots tonight RALPH MUCCILLI !!!!!!!!!!!!
*Jenn_WI- see ya in a couple weeks ralph....gotta run
*slickster- thanks for the info ralph
*Driftr- Thanks Ralph
*Ralph Muccilli- Yes Richard
*Ralph Muccilli- Thanks again for having me
*Driftr- clap clap clap!!!!!!
*Roy G (PA)- thanks ralph...for your time and knowledge
*ebijack- thanks ralph!
*Ralph Muccilli- Slickster, keep an eye on the message boards here
and post as many questions as you like, you'll be amazed at
all the help you'll get