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First Trip to Cass

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After hearing about all of the fishing opportunities, and being through the area a few times myself, thought we'd try Cass for a family vacation this past weekend. My wife, son, and I, along with another family, stayed at Sunset Cove Resort and had a wonderful time!

Al and John were extremely easy going, and that made our stay there pleasant. We even switched cabins upon arrival to be a bit closer to the lake, and they had no problem with it at all. As for location, it was nice being tucked away a bit in Allen's Bay when the wind kicked up, and we were a short boat away from where we did some fishing for walleyes/perch.

We found the perch to be more cooperative than the 'eyes, and only boated 3 walleyes in about 3 days of fishing. When I say "days-of-fishing" understand that my son is 1 1/2, and my buddy's son is 4. smile.gif We got the kids/wives into some larger perch by finding a pocket in the weeds no bigger than the size of a house.


The perch were really agressive near weedlines, and harassed lindy-rigs if you trolled too near, but the walleyes we did catch were trolling steep breaks with a crawler on a 6 foot snell, red-hook, no bead. This was a tip from Al, owner of Sunset Cove, who found time to get out fishing and was more than willing to share information. He sat us down, pointed out spots on the map, and put us right were he'd boated a few only hours earlier. If you end up staying there, pick his brain!

Anyway, just wanted to thank Al and John for the great time, and say thanks to Brian Jones who added some insight pre-trip. The weather and people were great, and the last day we headed to star island for some lunch and swimmming. We then came back to let the kids play at the beach.



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Hey Joel,

Man am I jealous. I was about 20 before I made my first trip to Cass.

Thanks for sharing the pics too. Beeaauuutifull !!!! But

how'd they find time to get in some beach volleyball?

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Sounds like a great family time. Nice to see the boys learning to fish, great memories Im sure. I have two sons, one is 21 the other is 18. They started "fishing" about the time they learned to walk. We always kept it simple and had things like snoopy bobbers and matchbox cars in the boat for those slow times.I took one of my sons with me every morning I went fishing. Some days we caught fish some days we didn,t but we always had fun being out together, and often recall some of those times. Now after all those days we have great memories to look back at. Those days go by quickly,the next thing you know they will be all grown up, but then you will have fishing partners for life like I do. My advice, keep it simple when they are in the boat go for the easy stuff when they are not in the boat go for what you want. By the pic's you posted it look's like you are doing a great job. Enjoy these times!!!!

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Thanks for the kind comments. Yep, it's difficult to take it easy sometimes on fishing for the bigger fish, and concentrate on them having fun. However, like you said, if I do it right I'll have a fishing partner for a lifetime.

Thanks again,


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