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Everyone must be out fishing and not have any time to post here anymore. I hope that's the case, the other guess would be noone is catching much and doesn't want to post.
Went out for the whole day today and did some experimenting with trolling planers and snap weights. Much like off shore trolling but on a much smaller scale. The reason for the snap weights is I like to use shallow runners. They seem to have a different wiggle to them and I've been catching more fish this way than with standard deep downs. Caught 5 walleye. No sauger! Kept 3. One was a nice 19". The others I had to pinch the tail to fit in the slot. They were right on 15". Later on I found a school of crappies by a marina. They were off the edge this time, not under or next to it. Must have been following baitfish or something. Ran into some real nice whities while engaging battle with the crappies. It's a good thing I brought enough fatheads. They cleaned me so many times it wasn't even funny anymore. Took 8 of them home though. Biggest was around 11".
One smallmouth rounded out the day and I was sun beaten and casted out. A really nice day on the Croix. I wish they were all like that! Keep searching and trying new things. The fish are there, you just have to figure out what they're interested in.
Today the hot ticket was a yellow/orange 1/4 jig with a fatty. Trolling cranks landed my largest walleye, but the numbers of fish were all on bouncing a jig. Even the crappies. It was a little fireball with the shortened shank. I think that made a difference. The river is still up, fish are still relating to baitfish schools close to shore. When I saw the surface breaking today, I thought it was only whities, but the majority of the fish I hooked from that spot were crappies!
Don't be afraid to get away from shore as long as you are using a shoreline structure as a reference point. Trolling is a different story. Caught the nice walleye on a midriver bar in about 16 ft.
Hope this helps out anyone who is having a tought time out there.

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Sucka,

What kind of boat are you running. I was out there on monday too. I was fishing for some ski's and pike but nothing to wright home about. They must have went deep. I thought I might have seen you out there. I was in an alumacraft lunker.

See ya.

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I am running a white Glastron Tri-Hull with brown on the back. It has a 115 Hs. Mercury pushing it. Does real well. Sometimes it's hard to troll with a motor that big, but in the narrows areas it works really nicely.
I saw a few fishing boats pass by but I wasn't sure who is who. I almost always have an old brown fishing hat or a dirty old A's baseball cap on. If think it's me just say "Hey Sucka!" and I'll be sure to respond. I suppose if it wasn't me someone who isn't familiar with my handle could take offense to this but, heh, I guess you just gotta chance it if you wanna talk to me.
No seriously, my name is Derek, but on the water my friends call me The Sucka.

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