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My lucky fishing partner

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Had a guys fishing trip at Vermilion Dam Lodge June 2-9, and my fishing partner (brother in law) is the luckiest SOB I've ever fished with. We tried to catch muskies most of the time, but to break things up a little, also fished for smallmouth, largemouth, and walleye.

Only saw 3 or 4 muskies, but he caught this nice 41" musky at 4:30 pm; we were speed trolling swimbaits in the propwash in the outside of a bay in 13 ft of water. A little unconventional, but the musky fishing was slow so we tried every trick in the book. Of course the musky chose his bait.

Then, this 30" walleye was snagged at 2 in the afternoon as we were fishing for smallmouth with wacky rigged senko worms. Talk about luck.

We caught a lot of pike everyday, with a few in the 24" - 32" range. Caught largemouth at will on "reedy" shorelines and back bays with wacky rigged senko (many 3-4 lb'ers spawning, all released of course), and a decent number of smallies in the middle of the day on rocks, most were 5-10 ft from the shoreline, on wacky senkos.

Every night, we caught walleye from 10 to 10:45 in 13 ft of water....they were there feeding at that time like clockwork, then moved out. Used #5 shad raps, slow trolled and twitched. Caught numerous 20 - 24" walleye, attached a picture of my 24".

It seems like the slot for pike and walleye is working, we caught greater numbers of larger sized walleye and pike than ever before, though we usually fish in August instead of early June.

Another great trip to Vermilion, and Ed and Marty did a great job at the lodge for us. We'll be back with our families in August, staying on the West End at White Eagle.

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Those are some very nice fish guys!


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