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well on the 5th i got a 30''er, and last night cool.gif i ended up getting another 30 and a 31'' fat girl. with pics of all three. grin.gif the only bummer is i also got a very very fat 29. was even fatter than the 31, probly even weighed more. only thing is my polaroid ran out mad.gifof film. looked to see how to get the pics on here but it looks like i need a website. don't know for sure. and don't have one. too bad, these are nice, fat three little piggy's. frown.gif. also tonite i got a few that were about 25-26 some 20's and a few in the teens. all in all i had a very nice 5 hours tonite. yesterday was all day from noon till morning and i got only the one pig and a few in the teens and mabe two 20'ish. unreal. i think the fall bite just kicked in. the emeralds are just about adults so it makes sense. as always fall key's worked for me.park the boat, emeralds, the right bait, and the ohhhhh so boring and monotonous retrieve. oh yeah and i lost count of the sheepies. sorry blush.gif think i'm gonna muskie fish tommorow, er, today. confused.gif good luck. and park that boat.

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GoggleEye

Wow! Nice fish, congrats. That had to be fun. What area of the croix are you fishing? Not looking for your spot, just the area of the croix you are targeting. Thanks!

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rosspj59

Wow b1gf1sh1, sounds like you are having one heck of a week! If you save the pics to your computer, then you just have to upload to a site like imageshack or others and then click and paste the link here. Once you do it is a piece of cake.

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blueroof

Hey B1gF1sh, you getting those on Shad Raps? Glad to hear my stank finally wore off of your boat. Oh wait, you've been ditching the boat smirk.gif

LB

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got a 40'' muskie this mornin' too , lol, real nice silver blue with real dark bars but it's top bill looked like it was split at one time by somthing, poor thing frown.gif.thanks guys for the reply's. yes was alot of fun. best wally day i've ever had. best b4 was was a 31 1/2 and a 29 1/2,20 mins apart in the spring along with a bunch of males. anyways goggleye,since you don't want the spot..., confused.gif, well let's just say it was north of the kinni on NEVERMIND POINT grin.gif. closest town was wink.gif. it's a super secret spot my grandpappy Amos showed me. rosipp i'll try that but i'm a 'puter illiterate. and last of all Mr. Blue. how goes it? ummmmm well. mostly what works at one spot won't work at others anyway so i'll save you some money and not give you a bunch of lures and tackle to go buy. if you read above i kept saying night, tonite and such. that could give you the best key. walleyes move shallow IMO at night on the croix. they can be anywhere, sand, rock, mud, clay or any combination of these. all i can say is EMERALDS, EMERALDS, EMERALDS. those are those little raindrops you see on the water when it aint rainin'. try bounching deep divers off sand humps. or dragging a minnow over it instead. go fast go slow or not at all with anything. when i say i'm parkin' the boat i mean on shore downstream from the spot i want to fish. (mabe that's why they can't smell it grin.gif.) then walk up to it to fish with waders. seem to be better able to get all angles and cover more area. besides, that way i can shut off my nav. lights so nobody see's me wink.gif. good luck.

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Mr. Blue. how goes it? ... i'll save you some money and not give you a bunch of lures and tackle to go buy. if you read above i kept saying night, tonite and such.


Well, your previous tip on color has been key, I picked up some Gamakatsu's with the paint on them and whoo-ee, catchin 3x the fish. Too bad zero times anything is still zero. Anyways, always love to buy tackle, keeps the wallet from making my (Contact Us Please) look too big. I'll need to see if I can get a hall pass to stay out one of these nights.

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well Blue let's start this off right.the last two nights i've got only smaller eye's.in the teens. and only a few at that. so i did what any desperate fisherman does... i blamed the tackle and went and bought some new stuff. so i spend 50 bucks on some right. well one was the biggest rapala countdown i could find. i put it on 8 lb. test mono with 2 feet of 6 lb flourocarbon leader and cast a few times and WHACK!!! my line stops. did i say stop? i mean it freakin' stopped cold dead. so i said... ut ohhhhh. then the head moved and when a head moves over a foot from side to side in a slow almost lethargic way like it just can't figure out what that little tug is and you got 8 lb test and a 6 lb leader you are in deeeeeep doo doo. blush.gifso i loosened my drag and held the line to feel all the weight i dared and the head started moving in a more tight 6 inches so i let go of my line.wzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.god i love that sound,you know the one..well it stopped for a bit and just hung out there so i started to tighten my drag some and tug.it swam to me almost like it was gonna kick whatevers butt was at the other end of the line so i loosed my drag again and it shot left then back out again. my initial thought was muskie but it gave no jump. so i started thinking northern. after a good 20 minutes of sparring i finnally got him/her in the net smile.gif. 40'' northern. basicly 6lb test no leader,my best i've landed cool.gifgrin.gif previous was 38, same fish twice a week apart confused.gif. so i let him revive for ten mins in the net and pulled him/her out and get two quick pics and slide it back in push pull back and forth and it kicks water in my face and is gone. so i move, nothin. next spot WHACK same as before but with jumps and a cut line. lost my new lure to what looked like about a 45-46'' muskie. oh well they'll make more. hope she lost it too frown.gif man have i ever had a nice week. actually three day's/nights.as far as tackle what you absolutly need is some frenzy stickbaits(good luck finding them). rapala countdowns in all sizes, and my personal favorite ... husky jerks in all sizes. if you use bigger stuff be prepared for a big toothy thing though. these baits work anywhere not just the croix/sippi. well mabe not on a dirt road. get all natural colors or what works for you. good night, good luck. tell the wifey if you can go stay out at night you'll give her a back rub and you'll be off the river before smile.gif2 a.m. wink.gif

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Big Jeff

Where did you find the emeralds?

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emeralds are anywhere.most times people mistake them for shad because from above they look similar.if you see shad from above them, they just look long and skinny, but when they turn they have a broad side. emeralds as a general rule stay in the top three feet of the water,shad ''mostly''from there to basicly any depth. from above if you look at an emerald they look like a shad. so they are hard to see if you don't know what to look for. they have a narrow side,even narrower than a ''crappie minnow''. almost always they are above pods of shad even if those shad are much deeper and out of sight. not a rule of course, but a darn good bet. if you find shad(or what you assume is shad) look closely at the uppermost fish. skinny is probly emeralds. sometimes they are common shiners, but again, they are a little broader, they look kind of like a tiny Tarpon. try and find more info if you can. you'd be amazed at how much of the food base emeralds make up if you read about them. good luck.

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Big Jeff

thanks for the lesson I will let you know how it goes, heading out this weekend again. Looking for Walter

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TRZ

any pics of these amazing catches? that would be something to see! grin.gif

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shale

I saw pics of B1gf1sh1's piggys. He had one heck of a night. It seems like he's got some wicked night maneuvers going on - Eddy Philpot style.

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now, now, the Legend has spots and wicked ways i could only dream about. but i get luckier grin.gif no skill needed for that wink.gif. see ya on the water. or, parked.(moored)

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blueroof

Here's a photo of b1gf1sh1's big piggy. Fat and freaky for sure. Nice fish!

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rosspj59

Nice fish B1gf1sh1!!

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thanks ross. this one was 31'' and very full of shad and emeralds, as you can see. even threw a few up she was so full crazy.gif. just wish i could have gotten a pic of the 29 i got that night. it's head was way bigger, it's belly was a-lot fatter, and it's body was a-lot thicker. it looked like a freak of nature. fought a-lot harder too. i released it also so in a few years it just may tip the scales past the state record. who knows. smile.gifgood luck!!

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