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Pine Island Bite Last Weekend with River Bend

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My 12-year old son and I fished with River Bend on the 15 and 16. Saturday we were in 28 feet and the fish were biting when we got out there a little after 8:00. The morning was the best with the afternoon being slow, only 2-3 fish. 15 sauger and 2 walleye. Kept 8 and had 5 for dinner. Biggest a 15 inch sauger. Jigging out produced bobbers by 4 to 1.

Sunday they started again when we got out a little before 8:00 in a little over 30 feet. It took an hour to get all 4 lines down due to the action. 41 fish total. 8 walleyes from 14-16 inches with one throwback. 32 sauger many in the 13-15 inch range with about 14 dinks. We threw back a few 13s and 14s. One 11 inch Jumbo. Jigging was best again by about 3 to 1 but almost all of the bigger fish hit the bobber rig on which we put the biggest fatheads. We had runs at 8:00, 9:00 and 1:00. Steady action up until 2:00 then it was slow.

Overall, the morning bite was the best, the best jiggin spoon was a red glow rattling varmint which I just bought before the trip smile.gif and we had good luck with adding some scent to the minnow head. Sometimes if the fish were sniffing but not biting and wouldn't follow the lure up lifted slowly, we lifted it 4-5 feet up fast and this would trigger the fish to come up and nail it.

Last year my son wasn't too interested in jigging. But this year being a year older and with an LX-3TC he jigged the whole time which made me proud. We were going toe-to-toe all trip for the most fish but I held on to win by two. He made up for it by kicking my behind in the Buck Hunter game at the resort. A great trip for sure! Bill Turck, I thought I was going to meet you since we originally were going up after Xmas but changed it a week and a half ago. Good fishin' when you're up there.

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Hook: Great report. Sounds like a decent bite and the young guy hung right in there with you. Ya just couldn't let him beat you though. Watch out next time, he's got it figured out now.

Did you drive out to the house or did Riverbend transport you? One week from tomorrow and hopefully we'll have something to report as well. Are you headed back again this year? I was looking forward to meeting you as well, especially wanted to talk to your son and pick up some pointers from him. blush.gif.Maybe next time. Bill

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Bill,

We were transported. They were running 2 bombers. My son had his first bomber ride on Saturday morning. The rest of the time it was the Samurais and a trailer.

Right now I don't plan on making it back up until March frown.gif but you never know. Good Luck to you and your group.

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I'm staying with River Bend in in a couple weeks. First time staying with them so I'm glad to hear you had a good experience. I choose them because they are a sponsor on this forum. Hope the bite stays good and thanks for the info!

pickle

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Ditch: One week from today I will be at Riverbend and hopefully have some walleye being prepared by the chef for supper. I've stayed there for the past 9 years with the prior owners Glenn and Pam and now Charlie and Judy. They have a nice operation there. You should enjoy your trip. I'll post our results late on the 28th when we get back good or bad, hopefully it will all be good. Bill

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Thanks again. Good fishing is always a bonus to having a great place to stay!

pickle

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Fished off pine island monday and tuesday out of sportsmans. Monday on the far eastern edge in 21', Tuesday in 28' to the west. Both days the best bite was from 8-10. Early afternoon was sllooowww both days. Got the sleeper corner monday, got 5 all day. Between 4 of us got about 30, only 6 over 16"... Got the hot corner today, pulled out 25+ myself, 5 over 16". Biggest both days was 18.5", lots of dinks. Slowest fishing in years this time of year. Got all of them today off JRs stopsign and glow drop.

Sportsmans food is on the skids...

LB

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Looks like a great trip with the boy!

Could have been my house with the Varmit,scent, & LX-S....

Good report.

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