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Chug Bugg

smallies on the Croix

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The St.Croix River is AWESOME! Like you said Crappie Getter it is a smallmouth mecca. A friend and I fished the BassWrangler tourney this Sunday and did well,finished in top ten.Dissapointing that we lost 8 3lb fish and a hand full of 2 pounders at boatside. Oh well thats fishing. We ended up with two fish for the tourney 4.80 lbs.Congrats to the Top team who had almost 12 lbs. 3 inch Tube jigs in dark blue,dark green,and brown seemed the best. It was crucial to maintain bottom contact. Only caught small ones on cranks and 4 inch worms,nothing on jig n pig,spinnerbaits or topwater. You can't go wrong by fishing the rock shorelines. And when you do,take some notes and find out why a certain areas hold more fish than others and than look for the spot on the spot.GOOD FISHING.

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I was out on Monday and caught 6 small mouth in about 1hr. I'm new to the Croix but i was south of still water on the west shore near a marina that had 3 blocks of rip rap. I knew i was in for some fun. I used a perch colored rattle trap. You had to throw the lure with in 6inches of the rocks for it to be a good cast. Check this out I was trolling later that afternoon with a hotntot and caught and 13inch carppie. HOLY ****!!!

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Chug Bugg,

Where was that touney on the Croix? Hudson area? Just curious, those are some nice fish you mentioned. Good report.

Bigfishcountry, good report as well.

I still haven't made it to the croix yet. OK once, but I was shore fishing for cats and got skunked.

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Thats a nice crappie Bigfishcountry.I also tried rattle traps but no luck. Maybe I was using the wrong color and or size. And by the way the tourny was at the Hastings landing. Pool 3 and the Croix up to the highway 94 bridge. It was the BassWranglers 5th annual at Hastings. I think it always coincides with Hastings Days. 40 teams can enter,100% payback as long as the sponsers help promote and a 5 fish limit. From 6:00 am till 2:00 pm. I am doing it again next year. Also the bigger fish came from the breakline into the deeper water the 8 to 12 foot range. A rock, is a rock, is a rock, not! Take special notice of the rock size. Where rocks, say the size of bowling balls meets an area of fist sized rocks. That little difference is an area to key in on.I think the larger rock rather than pea sized gravel is better because it allows hiding spots for the forage. I hope this info helps. until next time, Good Fishin and hope to see ya on the water.

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chug bugg,

I was also in that tourn. We also had the tourn blues. We missed some largemouth and had some other nice smallies get off. The weather screwed us up a little with the rain. We also made some bad choices easy to say after the fact. The best thing was fishing my spots yesterday first 5 casts and I got two 3-3 1/2 pounders. They are easy to catch when you don't need them!! I'm sure everyone has their stories though thats the way tournaments go!!

crappie getter,

Chris's Croix Guide Service
(651) 458-1899
St. Croix River

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