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Pepin....smallie attack

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I took the afternoon off on friday and fished Pepin again. I was not finding any cooperative walleye / sauger in the heat of the day so i decided to switch tactics.

I fished the rip rap shoreline on the minnesota side and it was very productive for smallies. I wasn't doing anything special but using my go to smallie bait.....3 inch twister tail cast to the shoreline and slowly retrieved.

I caught about 12 smallies, 2 crappies and one sheephead. the majority of the smallies were 12-14 inches. I caught 1 15 inches, 2 16 inchers and 1 18 incher. I was surprised at how shallow these fish were in the heat of the day....most were caught in 2-4 feet of water.

Here are a couple pics

16 incher:

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18 incher:

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I really thought that 18 incher was going to be a 20 inch class fish but it wasn't. Fishing smallies on Pepin is a great way to spend a hot afternoon when nothing else is biting. All fish were released!

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Awesome fish daddy,

Those smallies are a total blast. Nice fish. Shallow rocky water.... Yep, that sounds fimiliar. Nice report and pics.

PS. Your 16"er looks 20" Very Nice!

Rugby and I got into heaping piles of smallies at the BWCAW and I'm still working on getting the pictures and a post up. My avatar is a dead giveaway(the smaller one is 18.25")

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Nice fish

what were you using to catch those big daddys

ike

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Nice fish, and even nicer pictures. The bluffs look beautiful in the background. I grew up in the area and moved up to the cities about 5 years ago, and man, I sure miss seeing those bluffs.

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