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Riggin' and Jiggin'...WOW!

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The fall riggin' and jiggin' bite on Gull Lake has found a spot on my calendar for the last few years. Well, I just returned from a 4-day stint up there of hard-core fishing and I have to say, it was probably one of the best early fall bites I've been fortunate enough to be a part of in quite awhile. Most of our fish came riggin' with small rainbow chubs in 23 - 26' of water on the wind-blown sides of sharp ledges or drop-offs that had weeds up on top. We did catch some fish shallower on jigs but the presentation of choice was definitely riggin'. Snell length averaged ~4 - 7' and blue and purple hooks with glow beads above them were the dominate colors, although we did stick fish with chartuese and white as well. Limits of fish for the pan came as quickly as within 90 minutes for 4 people or as slow as 3 - 4 hours but there was always action. Of all the adjustments we made throughout the course of our trip, the one that sticks out the most is the size of minnow used. Small rainbows ruled the roost over everything. In fact, by Day 3 and Day 4, we didn't buy any red tails and just went with rainbow chubs.

Walleye Dan, It was great talking with you last Thursday night on my way up. Thanks for the information. I appreciate it. I'll shoot you an e-mail tomorrow evening and return the favor.

Enjoy a few photos from the trip!

5 minutes into Day 1; 20.25"

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Windy 24"er

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Double Trouble

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Typical Gull Lake "Eaters"

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29.75", 11# GIANT

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Awesome enough for a bonus photo

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Holy (you know what)!!! You set the bar high for the rest of us to top!!!!!!!

Did you try Sandy Piont at all???

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Nice job. That is a pretty walleye, really dark looking. Keep the lips tight, tightlines.

Take care,

Walleyedan

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Thats what Gull Lake is famous for! Nice job and nice report. The fall bite on Gull continues to attract more and more anglers every year. Mark it on the calendar and we'll see you again next year. It has been great lately, glad you were able to cash in on the action. Congrats!

Jason Erlandson

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That one fish is a H-O-G!!!

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Negative.

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Lips are sealed. grin.gif

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Jason,

Oh, the calendar is marked. In fact, I'll be up there for at least 1 more stint in mid-October yet this year. grin.gif

Thanks for your reports as well. All of that type of information really helps.

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indeed that is a HOG, gotta love the fall bite on gull, favorite time of the year!

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Hey Guys - if you don't mind me asking, where are you finding the blue and purple hooks? I have been looking for some time for different colors and all i can find is red, chart, pink & white. i have looked at cableas and GM.

Thanks

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I've had my best luck finding them at Reed's, Mills Fleet Farm and other "ma and pop" type bait shops. One in particular that I frequent often in southern MN is Reel Fishing and Tackle in Madison Lake, an FM forum sponsor.

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We bought all of them.

Walleyedan

p.s. Fleet Farm will have them soon.

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I'm sure Thorne Bros. and Vados (Fridley, MN) has them. They carried them all Summer long.

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Just to clarify, are these the purple & blue Gamagatsu (spelling) hooks that are kind of shiny,(hooks are colored) or the ones with paint on them.

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Thanks guys - I will head over to fleet farm....hopefully they will have restocked since Dan was there grin.gif

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Sgas,

I wouldn't get to worked up over hook color, those gull walleyes will eat just about anything right now.

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That's what I like to hear!

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Yup, those are the ones.

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Congrats on the big eye Jamison. I only fished the lake once on my honeymoon. I gotta get back up there. Thanks for the report and pics.

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Thanks.

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SHOULDN'T BE MANY PEOPLE OUT THERE THIS YEAR AFTER READING THIS, GOOD BYE GULL....

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Gull is a big lake I am sure a few walleyes will make it through the bite. This is a fishing web site. People come here for tips and pointers. Reading about the dead sea and terrible fishing just does not interest me. I am Glad you guys are having a great bite because they just do not happen that often. I am thinking there is a Packer rig walleye or two out there that will make it through this season but will be in big trouble next year.

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WITH PICTURES AND REPORTS SPLASHED ALL OVER THE NET IT WON'T BE LONG AND GULL WILL BE OVERFISHED LIKE MANY OTHER LAKES.

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The DNR has only stocked about 15,000,000 eyes from 2000-2005. I think the "pay pond" is overstocked myself. They need some predator fish and harvest the thin out the herd. Those little eyes are everywhere on that lake.

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