Gray "Fireside Chat" 12/19/01
Chatman - Ladies and Gentlemen, a warm walleye central welcome for
Bad Finger - Go Gary!!
Plainhook - Welcome Gary!!
river king - Welcome Gary!
Juls - Clap, clap, clap, clap, welcome Gary!!
jerry - Welcome.
Dale F. - Welcome Gary!!
Driftr - Welcome Gary!!!
Gary Gray - Happy Holidays to all.
perchjerker - Wow, what a crowd! Cool!
Chatman - Well Gary, what's new on your horizon?
Gary Gray - Renosky Lure's Chatman.
perchjerker - Hey gang!
bob g - They're good baits.
Gary Gray - I first learned about them at Dunkirk.
Chatman - You are now acquainted with Renosky Lures?
Gary Gray - A real, fish catching bait!!
bob g - They work good off divers.
skeeter - Those aren't made in the US are they Gary?? If it's the one I am thinking of.
Gary Gray - Yes, even got Joe to make a deep diver in both sizes!
Juls - Cool!
Gary Gray - I believe they are.
norm - Gary, do you have any tips on keeping whiskered fish off my line while dragging meat on Saginaw Bay?
bob g - I'd like some of thooossssssse!!
Gary Gray - No, but usually when you are catching cat's, walleye's are nearby!
river king - If you fish Saginaw Bay, you might as well get used to the catfish!
Chatman - Cats gotta eat too! And channel cats compete with 'eyes for some of the same forage.
Dale F. - Do they have Renosky's at Tews?
jerry - Do Renosky's come in more than one size?
Gary Gray - Renosky's new Glow, in 4 colors, will glow for up to 4 hrs without a Recharge!
Gary Gray - Yes, Tew's has them.
skeeter - Do they have a web site?
Gary Gray - Yes, but I would be lying if I told you the address!!
Juls - LOL!
Gary Gray - Anyway, what is new with everyone?
Driftr - Gary, what Renosky lure did you favor?
skeeter - I'll find it, it gives me something to do. There's no ice here yet on Saginaw Bay.
bob g - Are the deep divers going to be out this year Gary?
Juls - Has the excitement of taking PWT Angler Of The Year worn off yet?
Gary Gray - I like the blue/glow, and the perch colors.
Gary Gray - What excitement?
Juls - LOL!
Driftr - LOL!
perchjerker - Congrats on that win Gary!!
jerry - LOL! Kinda keeping it low keyed, eh Gary?
Gary Gray - It was a privilege to win that title fishing against all those good Sticks!
Juls - He's used to those kinds of achievements. It gets boring I guess! LOL!
Dale F. - Ya, he's Mr. Poker face!
Juls - LOL!
jerry - It'll be old hat for you in a few years, Juls.
norm - The ice is pretty weak up here on L.O.T.W too. I've been out twice, pike fishing in the bays.
Driftr - Ah, Gary is still grinning! :)
Gary Gray - No, just a good feeling!
perchjerker - The message board keeps is pulse going these days! ;-)
Juls - I'm sure he is Jim! ;-)
Gary Gray - Ya, I know. I shouldn't have been so nasty to Tom P., and I kinda feel bad about it.
Juls - Gary can you tell us who some of your sponsors will be for next season? Are there any changes for you?
Bad Finger - Gary, you are being modest. It's time to toot the horn!
Gary Gray - I am not changing any sponsors, just adding Renosky Lures.
Chatman - Can you run down your sponsors list for us? Who have you been supporting?
Chatman - Or who has been supporting you....LOL!
Bad Finger - And running a Yar-Craft of course. We met at the owners tourney.
Juls - What are your predictions for the Winnebago PWT next summer Gary? What do you think the bite will be like? The system seems to be getting stronger, I think.
Chatman - I know you are one of the most loyal pros around, so we may know most of the names.
johnnierat - Gary, when fishing a lake for the first time, ' the best
suggestion for finding the 'eyes?
Gary Gray - Mercury, Yar Craft, Catch Cam, Berkley, Quantum, Motorguide, Tew's, Chief Equipment, and to many more to list!
Chatman - And now Renosky too.
tristen - Congrats Gary on a great year! At Dunkirk how much lead core were you running, and how deep were your lures?
Gary Gray - 5-7 colors of lead core, the lures were running 35-42ft deep.
Juls - What reels are you using for your lead core?
norm - Gary, what are those new Quantum spinning reels like? The ones with the magnetic bail trip?
Gary Gray - I know I missed a couple of questions, so please ask again. I was one finger typing again!
Gary Gray - Juls, I use Diawa 47LC'S with lead core.
Juls - Any predictions for Winnebago next season?
Gary Gray - And Quantum Big Iron rods.
Gary Gray - Winnebago is going to be Great!!!!!!!!!
Gary Gray - Weight wise, to win a tourney, will be 40-50lbs!
tristen - If you had one lure to run on Erie by the Islands in mid-April what lure would it be, and at what depth?
Driftr - Gary, do you segment your lead core, or run straight 7 colors?
Gary Gray - Depth would depend on where the fish are, then I would use Rattlin' Rouges, and try the Renosky's!
Gary Gray - I segment my lead core.
Gary Gray - Rick LaCourse, and Billy Ortiz helped me at Dunkirk.
tristen - What's the best Renosky color? I bought a bunch years ago. I thought they looked good. I've never taken them out the boxes!
Juls - Billy was having a good tourney out there too!
iamwalleye1 - Gary, what will be the answer at Erie this spring?
Gary Gray - I like the perch best, and the blue glow.
iamwalleye1 - Reef runners!
Bigfoot - I got tired of watching those two catch pigs!
Juls - LOL!
Gary Gray - We'll have to wait and see.
tristen - What happened foot?
Dale F. - Gary are you staying with the cash colored boat next year?
iamwalleye1 - LOL!
Juls - ;-)
Gary Gray - You bet, it attracts fish!
Dale F. - At least that way I can see you coming.
Bigfoot - I was just a spectator tristen.
Gary Gray - You bet I am! But now there are three of them out there!!
Chatman - Your gonna confuse the competition Gary!
Gary Gray - You were a good teacher Rick!
Dale F. - Yours seems to be the fastest though!
Juls - ;-)
Bigfoot - Not me! I learned a lot watching you, as always!
Gary Gray - Not in the plans, but what the heck!
hugh albrecht - Gary, what type of GPS unit do you use?
Gary Gray - I have always said, what goes around will come around!
Gary Gray - I use the Lowrance X15.
Gary Gray - But this year I will have the Global Map 3000.
iamwalleye1 - Gary, what length rods do you troll with?
hugh albrecht - Does Lowrance have all the bugs worked out?
tristen - What's it going to take at Winnebago PWT tourney to win? Jigs?
Juls - That's a nice unit. I've been playing with the simulator / demo download from Lowrance. It's pretty cool!
Gary Gray - 7'9"-8 1/2 foot long rods.
Juls - The X-15, I mean.
iamwalleye1 - Thanks Gary!
Gary Gray - Trolling, jigging, live bait? We'll have to see.
iamwalleye1 - Glass Rods for cranks?
hugh albrecht - Are you still going to run Lowrance sonar's?
Gary Gray - Yes I am.
perchjerker - I was just going to ask that!
tristen - How deep do you troll at Winnebago? What lures?
norm - St Croix's gt80's are darn nice!
Gary Gray - This year I am using the Global Map 3000.
Chatman - That is a nice unit there Gary.
perchjerker - Gary, do you know if you can run an LMS 350 a and an X70 on the same transducer?
iamwalleye1 - The st80's are glass?
Gary Gray - Shad raps, thunder sticks, hot'n tots, Renosky's all work in Winnebago.
norm - The gt80's are glass.
hugh albrecht - Why did you decide to go to the Global Map instead of running the combo unit?
Chatman - A good glass rod is a great trolling rod.
Gary Gray - I will also have 2 X-16's on my boat.
tristen - How do you feel about fireline for trolling? I lose a lot of fish!
Chatman - Are you using stiff graphite rods tristen?
norm - A softer rod might help tristen.
hugh albrecht - Well, at least you won't have much money tied up in electronics!! (ha ha)
Gary Gray - I don't troll with it, for the same reason, but there are a lot of guys that have good success with it.
tristen - Team Diawa Rods by P&K.
Gary Gray - Ya, right Hugh!!!!!!!!!!
jigger - Fireline is a good trolling line. But you'll need loose drags, and biting your tongue can't hurt!! LOL!
Gary Gray - I use Quantum rods.
iamwalleye1 - 10lb XT?
Chatman - While trolling with fireline, don't set the hook or horse 'em in either Tristen.
Gary Gray - That's my choice of line!
Chatman - 10lb XT has gotten me by for all these years!
iamwalleye1 - How about trolling with boards, still a glass rod?
tristen - Those Lake Erie hawgs are too much for fireline!
Gary Gray - Yes, Iamwalleye1.
hugh albrecht - Gary, will you be fishing any circuits other than the PWT?
tristen - I like the fireline because of detection of small fish. Cost me two tournaments at Saginaw & Erie!
jigger - Gary, I hate to bother you, but I could use some advice on getting launched into selling sporting goods. Thanks.
Gary Gray - Get a hold of reputable tackle Rep.
Gary Gray - Have I missed anyone?
Juls - When does Sturgeon spearing start on Lake Winnebago? Is that in February?
Chatman - Gary, are plans in the works for next years Yar Craft tourney? You guys ran a class A show this fall!
Rich S - Hey Gary, did you get another pickle boat for this coming year?
Dale F. - February 10th, I think, Juls.
Gary Gray - They just announced the date, 2nd weekend in February.
Gary Gray - You bet I did Rich!!
Mckoz - Gary, do you ice fish much or are you just gearin' up for spring?
Gary Gray - Just like yours Rich!!
Juls - What's the biggest sturgeon you've gotten from Winnebago Gary?
Gary Gray - 138lbs, in the upper lakes.
Chatman - Hey Mike, Gary even got Juls out on the ice!!! Quite a feat!! LOL!
bob g - When will the deep Renosky come out Gary?????
Juls - Wow, that's a big one!
Juls - Hahaha, Ralph! For two seconds he did!!
Driftr - Gary, are sturgeon good to eat?
Gary Gray - We should have prototypes in 2 weeks.
Gary Gray - They are Great smoked!
yoopere - Hey Gary, Merry Christmas from Bill and Gary from Sugar Island, Sault Ste Marie!
Juls - Oh man! Gary made some killer smoked sturgeon last year!! Yeah, it's good!
Gary Gray - Hi Bill and Gary!
Bigfoot - How do you keep them lit Juls?
Driftr - Man, a fish that big is like getting a deer! :)
Juls - LOL!
Gary Gray - It took 2 of us to drag it out of the hole!
Driftr - I bet it did! :)
norm - We have a pretty decent sturgeon fishery up here on the Rainy River I got a 59 incher, this fall.
hugh albrecht - Bigfoot, do you run pinpoint on the console? And, what have you heard about their GPS?
Gary Gray - They are fun on hook n' line!
norm - No doubt!
Bigfoot - I'm waiting for one of the proto-type's now.
Chatman - I heard today, the DNR has modified the spearing regulations, to help extend the season while still protecting the population of Sturgeon
Gary Gray - Is this the same Bill and Gary that taught me about the Soo?
Juls - Modified how?
norm - They make a mess of lines ice fishing though!!
hugh albrecht - Bigfoot, will it be compatible with the 7500?
Chatman - I caught a 40 incher, on the Menominee this fall, on a bass rod!!!
Bigfoot - Yes.
Dale F. - That's true Chatman, only spearing half days now.
Gary Gray - Yes, 6:30am to 12:30.
hugh albrecht - Thanks bigfoot!
Juls - Oh, I see.
yoopere - Gary do you know if we'll see some more tournaments on the St. Mary's River in the near future?
Gary Gray - You never know.
donyar - The MWT has a tournament there in 2002.
Rich S - Gary, do you think Winnebago will produce the nice size fish next year like this one?
Juls - I sure hope so, this was a fun year!
Gary Gray - I think you will start to see more 3lb class fish, with an occasional 4-5 lber!
Chatman - Awesome! I had some of the best trips I ever had on Winnebago this year! I ' wait for it to get better!
tristen - Gary what's your favorite body of water?
Gary Gray - This not having ice, saves a lot of fish up on Lake Poygan this time of year. About 1500 a day!!
Gary Gray - Lake Erie.
Mckoz - Why is that??
Gary Gray - There are big fish, and lots of them.
Juls - ;-)
Rich S - Did you think before this year started that Lake Winnebago would produce such large catches?
tristen - I hear you Gary! Can't beat Erie!
Gary Gray - Yes.
Rich S - Gary, how long until someone beats 29lbs?
Gary Gray - Where?
Rich S - Lake Winnebago.
Gary Gray - This year Rich.
tristen - Gary, do you see any changes in walleye tournament fishing in the future? The FLW is really impressive.
Gary Gray - It was evident in every tournament fished this year, lot of close Weights!
tristen - I think ETT, Foot, and I can attest to that with Erie in backyard.
norm - Does the RCL ever make it up here to Lake Of The Woods?
Gary Gray - The RCL has a great format, so does the PWT, and we need them both!
Rich S - Here, here!
Chatman - What are your thoughts on the MWC restructuring Gary?
ETT - Dan (Oh), is the one with Erie in his back yard... literally!!
tristen - I agree! I hope they both stay around.
Dan(oh) - And I still don't go enough!
Gary Gray - I think it will improve Ralph, I hope so. They just need the fishermen and fisherwomen to participate.
Chatman - As a side note, we have Sonny Reynolds here on the 26th.....
iamwalleye1 - Thanks Chatman.
Gary Gray - I might even find a partner and fish Spring Valley.
Rich S - I am here for you buddy!!
Rich S - LOL!
iamwalleye1 - Jigging!
Bigfoot - Hand lining!
Juls - Me too! ;-) Oh wait, I like to hand line! Heheh!
Gary Gray - Sonny is a Great Guy, and you should all be here to hear him chat.
Juls - For sure.
tristen - Gary, what's your most memorable and least memorable tournament fishing experience? I'm sure there are many.
Bigfoot - I'd rather listen to Sharon though.
iamwalleye1 - You don't get the southern drawl on the computer!
Juls - ;-)
Gary Gray - I would get all tangled in that hand line equipment, and knock myself out with them big weights'
Chatman - LOL!
Juls - Heheheheh!
Bigfoot - LOL!
iamwalleye1 - LOL!
Chatman - I just tie Huuge knots with the steel line, or loose weights...
tristen - I think that's how they catch all the walleyes. Knock 'em out!!
Juls - LOL!
dan - Gary & Bigfoot, what part of what month do you guys recommend for the early season peak, on Erie's Western Basin, open water trolling bite? Thanks.
ETT - Knock 'em with the weight and snag 'em on the way by!!
Juls - ;-)
Bigfoot - April.
tristen - ETT I know they smoked me at Detroit!
ETT - It can happen.
Gary Gray - I got to tell you, I had the best day of fishing and chatting with a friend at the Soo. He was so knowledgeable about the water, and just fun guy to have in the boat, and that guy is Mr. Bill Boyne.
Juls - I hope the bite on the Detroit River this spring is a good one. I want to experience what everyone is always talking about there!
Juls - I can't wait!
Chatman - That gives me an idea. Gary, how would you compete against the hand liners at a place like the Detroit River?
Bigfoot - Jiggers have won it in the past, Ralph.
Gary Gray - I did last year, but they do have the advantage in dirty water
Bigfoot - We pray for dirty water!
tristen - Foot did they use the "special" jig worm?
Chatman - That's true Rick. I was just looking to see how Gary approaches the situation.
Dale F. - Hand lining is too much like work!
Bigfoot - YOU CAN DOOOOO IT!
Juls - It's easy!
Juls - If you're coordinated that is....LOL!
Rich S - It's not so much work when you get a big fat check for it!
Gary Gray - I have tried hand lining, and the first time I caught a fish, I threw that big weight over my shoulder, and it came around to almost knocked me out.
Juls - LOL! Gary!
ETT - LOL, Really??
Juls - Who was your teacher? LOL!
Bigfoot - Dale won me some money hand lining!
Gary Gray - That's the truth!
Juls - Cool.
Dale F. - I tried it with a guy once, my hands got too cold!
Juls - I would have liked to have been a fly in your boat that day...LOL!
Bigfoot - LOL!
Gary Gray - Juls, no you wouldn't, there was lots of #$%^&*(( being said!
Juls - LOL!
ETT - Right approach wrong item.
tristen - Gary, does your family like to fish?
Gary Gray - My sons, and daughters do, mother likes to perch fish.
Bigfoot - should have been here this year Gary
ETT - How many kidlets have you got???
Rich S - Are there any future tourney anglers in the family?
Juls - I like perch fishin too! ;-)
Gary Gray - I have 6.
ETT - Wow, I'm impressed!
norm - I like perch eating!!
Juls - Mary should be in line for saint-hood! LOL!
Gary Gray - Yes.
Gary Gray - Getting there!
Bigfoot - Juls can destroy a boat perch jerking!
Juls - LOL!
tristen - Gary, does she bait her own hook?
Gary Gray - Yes.
Bigfoot - She had scales everywhere!
tristen - You got lucky Gary.
Gary Gray - Mary even takes the fish off the hook!
Gary Gray - Is anyone here fishing the amateur/co-angler side of either circuit this year?
Rich S - I am, in the PWT.
tristen - Gary, Do you know if Rapala will ever bring back old T-stick colors? I miss 'em?
Gary Gray - Which ones Rick?
instigator - I'm fishing the PWT eastern division as an amateur.
Chatman - I want to go amateur in one or two this next season, either in the PWT or the RCL. Or one or two in both.
Rich S - Here on Winnebago Gary.
Bigfoot - Do you know the most hated statement, from a women, in the back of the boat?
norm - I'm gonna try and get in the Minnesota tourney.
Juls - What's that Rick?
Bigfoot - GOT ANOTHER ONE !
Juls - Hehehe!
Gary Gray - I don't know Tristen, I haven't been with them since January of last year.
Rich S - I would not mind drawing you, and picking your brain all day long!
Gary Gray - I should get Kaz to fish Spring Valley with me.
Denise - Juls, have you been fishing any tourneys?
Juls - I did some this year, but they're over now until next season.
Denise - Juls, how did it go?
Rich S - It would be fun.
tristen - Gary , What 's the best thing about being a Pro fisherman?
Bigfoot - Fishing for a living?
Juls - I had a third place, a club tourney win and the rest were in the middle of the pack.
KAZ - Gary, the MWC is paying $25,000 to the winning teams next year.
Denise - Juls, that doesn't sound bad at all!
tristen - Gotta love America!
Bigfoot - I'll be at Spring Valley
Juls - It was a blast! ;-)
Gary Gray - The friends you meet out there, like the people here at Walleye Central, they are Great!!!!!!
Gary Gray - You never know, Kaz.
Rich S - Are you in the book?
Bigfoot - Got all Bruce's fish.
KAZ - Gary is the all time money winner on the MWC.
Gary Gray - 920-426-2577
Chatman - Has Gary Missed any questions?
Rich S - I was the guy in the red Triton you shared the river with in early March.
Chatman - Ladies and gentlemen, a rousing round of applause for
Gary Gray and his annual fireside chat!!!!
ETT - Clap, clap, clap!
Juls - Clap, clap, clap, clap, clap. Thanks Gary!!
jigger - Thanks Gary.
Chatman - Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Dale F. - Thanks Gary!
bob g - Thanks Gary!
KAZ - Gary, Merry Christmas to the Gray family.
tristen - Thanks Gary.
Gary Gray - I want to take this time to thank all of you at Walleye Central for being there. You're Great! My family and I wish you All a Happy And Safe Holiday season.
Driftr - Clap, clap, clap!!!
Rich S - Gary, you are a machine, keep it up!
Juls - Thank you Gary, the same to you and yours! ;-)
Bad Finger - Thanks.
Driftr - Thanks Gary!
Chatman - Clap, clap, clap, clap!!!
jigger - Same to you Gary.
Gary Gray - Thanks for having me here tonight.
MURFA - Same to you Gary!
hugh albrecht - Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!
Chatman - Anytime Gary!