Long overdue up-date.

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I’ve been asked many times over the last few weeks “How come you’re not writing a blog anymore?” Well, the truth is, I have not written one in my website for quite a while, but it’s not like I quit doing them. I just have not had time OR an impelling topic to write about.

My focus lately has been on rentals and real estate… getting renters in a couple of open units and looking at some new house deals, but my readers are not generally interested in that topic. Also, because of the season, I’ve not been fishing, so I have no fishing related stuff to report other than a lake trout fact below. Additionally, with Christmas just around the corner, Margie and I have been shopping for a house full of kids anticipating joyous season… and waiting for the snow to come so we can hit the slopes.

In between the above activities, I’ve been working on improving my home made fishing lure test tank. (see video on youtube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULFWmn3Z6G8) The water in the viewing window area has been a little too turbulant for some lures to be tested effectively, so I am in the process of installing small “golf bag tubes” in order to smooth out the water. I’ll be posting later on how this works out. This might give an idea of what I’m talking about. The water will be forced to flow through the 2″ diameter tubes and come out the other side “smooth.” Just after the small tubes is the lure area and viewing window.Here they are filling the whole 12″ test tank tube. Now I just have to figure out how to keep them in place without disrupting the smooth flow.

Here’s a picture from last winter as I was testing a spoon. You can see the lure through the viewing window near son Bruce.

Just a little tidbit on lake trout: There are basically just 2 different species of lake trout in Lake Superior, the Salvelinus namaycush and Salvelinus namaycush siscowet. The siscowet are often called “fats” since they have up to a 70% fat content and are not very good to eat.  The Salvelinus namaycush are called “leans” and is the targeted lake trout and is much more tasty than the siscowet. Fats inhabit the deeper waters of the lake, usually below 220 feet and the leans spend most of their time in waters above 220 feet.

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About Brian Helminen

Brian is the owner and Captain of Sand Point Charters, LLC. He also owns and operates Designotype Printers, Inc. with his wife, Margaret. They have a cottage on Lac La Belle that can be rented by the week in the summertime.

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