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I'll be up Monday and staying at Thunderbird. We have RABC permits and chasing smallies with the fly rods. The last 2 years we have had great fun fishing Bleak and Swell Bays. I'm not asking for specifics,but any new direction would be appreciated. Thanks!!!!

Willard.....

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Try Redgut.

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Thanks tearin' lips. How long of run is it from thunderbird?Is it a mine field of rocks ? I just replaced my lower unit. Is it marked decently? I don't have GPS, just a good map. Any info is appreciated. I run a 17 foot with a 90hp.

Willard

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Follow the channel from the north end of American Narrows and go through Swell Bay. Can't miss bears pass from there. It's fairly well marked. As you know the rules don't change for navigation in Canadian waters....I haven't actually locked in how far it is, but I am assuming its somewhere around 15-18 miles from Thunderbird. It's a little bit of a run, but your boat will handle it.

As far as the fishing, we were there yesterday and it was decent. The tunnel bay area is always a good spot for some smallies. Just work the rubble on the shorelines...anywhere there are some big submerged boulders there will be smallies. You are working post-spawn fish so they may be a little deeper when it comes time for your trip. Yesterday an x-rap over 8' of water was the trick.

Take Care and Good Luck Fishing!

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