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At 11:04am on March 26, 2020, Kelly Peterson said…

Marvin, which Thill floats, clip on or slip floats?

At 5:27pm on March 23, 2020, Marvin Morgan said…

Am looking for info about how to rig the different types of Thill floats, but unable to find any books/pamphlets that show the way to rig the different type of floats.  Can you point me in the right direction to find out about the different floats, and how to rig them?

At 10:08pm on June 16, 2014, Kelly Peterson said…

Hi Johnny;

Read your Gulp vs Waxie test thread and am really intrigue. Although I use live bait nearly 95% of the time I've never tried waxies, meal worms, corn or anything else other than worms, crawlers, leeches and minnows(the later is my least used). Over the years have heard of lots of people using waxies ice fishing but rarely hear about using them in open water.

I am definitely old school, still use 40+ year old Mitchell reels and 8-9 foot fiberglass rods and recently have graduated from the re/white round bobbers to the pencil type floats. Hate the slip type floats and the spring type can wreck havoc on light line. Sure would like to know more of the things you mentioned on another thread about older fishing tools were better than todays.

Thanks, Kelly

At 5:11am on January 19, 2012, Vic Tankersley said…

Johnny, thanks I am retiring in about 60 days . The floats will be well used or maybe just kept and added to my collection.. Again thanks. If you need my adress let me know..

At 9:42pm on December 21, 2011, Walt Foreman said…

Hey Johnny, I sent you a PM to this effect also, but what I'm really interested in testing are floats - I gave more detail on the kind of fishing I do in the PM. 


I might also be interested in trying some of your groundbait - I tried it once several years ago and didn't have much luck, but at the time I was living in California, and I was fishing it from the bank on a large public reservoir.  I'd be interested to see how it performs in ponds where the bluegill are fed daily with a high-protein food, which I would think would make them more susceptible to groundbait.  Is there a way to fish it on the surface?  The ponds I fish with automatic feeders all are fed floating pellets.

At 10:10am on June 11, 2011, Copperhead John said…
Thanks for praying for me.  I had my operation in May and it looks like they got all the cancer out.  I will think of you and others who prayed for me whenever I go fishing in the future.  Thank you so much.
At 5:17am on April 23, 2011, glenn spruille said…
thanks Johnny for the advise. I plan on going back to rasumessen lake in antioch in the week to come and try my luck again with the hopes of having better luck.
At 7:31am on April 2, 2011, David, aka, "McScruff" said…
By the way, I sent the book the other day. Keep an eye out for it.
At 12:51pm on March 15, 2011, John Sheehan said…

Hi Johnny -

  The fish weren't there at my spot today .Of course I gave it all of 15 minutes. The wind was from the south again but air temp has been colder the past few days. I'm convinced they'll be back .Maybe they were there but not hitting and sluggish but I suspect they dropped back away from shore  where I was casting .


At any rate glad you're doing your show again even tho I am having trouble getting a working password to go with my email so I can post comments to the blogtalk radio site.

What size hook do you employ with spikes? Maybe the livelier heartier spikes you get are a bit bigger than what I've been able to obtain. The small shriveled spikes I have left over from ice fishing look pretty ridiculous on the #12 hook I believe I was using today .More hook than bait!  I caught Perch and Gills on a #10 hook with mealworms which I know you don't prefer .

At 11:34am on February 26, 2011, 10.5" RES Sharon said…
good for you. what is in that pond? what do they want to get rid off? what do they want in there? probably koi, so they look pretty for the passer bys.
At 9:50pm on February 25, 2011, 10.5" RES Sharon said…
How can anyone poison your own personal pond?
At 7:02am on May 27, 2010, John Sheehan said…
Oh, I meant to ask you if you followed up regarding stocking groundbait with my two local Bait shops : Frank's Tackle,Wanaque NJ and Davisw Sport Shop ,Sloatsburg NY.
At 6:59am on May 27, 2010, John Sheehan said…
Enjoyed the show again John.By all means get Musky Mod on as a guest!His call in was great!I always listen the day after as I am busy teaching guitar on wednesday night so I can't call in live.
At 9:44am on April 8, 2010, John Sheehan said…
Thanks John .I kinda figured that was what was going on with the rubber sleeves.
Thanks for your detailed response .

While I got you, if you want me to send you mp3's to use for your Radio Blog Fishing show pick a tune .Would love to hear my "Trout and Daylilies " or "Cabin Fever " open your show!
At 6:36am on April 8, 2010, John Sheehan said…
John ,what's the proper way to attach/use the top float in this photo? How does one utilize the thin rubber sections on these floats? I bought these two recently and used the bottom float with good success yesterday. The Betts float that's slightly smaller works perhaps better but I like the fact the thill pear shaped can eliminate a bead.Gotta try the small swivel trick you suggested too. Thanks,
John Sheehan

At 8:43pm on March 8, 2010, Johnny wilkins said…
Thank you John! I will try to add great content on the show to make it interesting and will plug the site because I love
Next show - this Saturday or anytime you feel like it.
I will cover the cold water cane pole rig and how fish feed.
Great news here - rains and warmer weather expected this week - ice could be knocked off the water by early next week.
At 3:46pm on March 8, 2010, John Sheehan said…
Hey John-
Congratulations on your first program.Enjoyed listening and learning your concepts.Nice plug for John Sheehan
At 8:50am on March 6, 2010, John Sheehan said…
Your site here is great!
At 10:40am on February 15, 2010, Johnny wilkins said…
2 mile walk at Braidwood huh... well, I will have to pack light. I need the exercise too. I would think that long walk will mean better fishing, fewer people fishing. Edge of the rocks where they meet the bottom should be magic- filled with fish. I am going to give it a try one of the first two days.
At 5:32pm on February 14, 2010, jim cosgrove said…
the cooling lakes have current and are "perched"and have a lot of wave action and very little is tough fishing.the east side of lasalle lake in the big rocks still has some good panfish.the only structure is the rocks and depth changes.bring a bike it is a 2 mile walk minimum

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