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Walli1

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Walli1

Just came off the river and the bite was weird,whats with all the stripers and small too, left the river with three eater saugers, one on a leech lindy riggen, and two bottom bouncing with spinners, got two other little ones and quite a few stripes, plan on hitting the river again early in the morning. Time for shore lunch!

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dieguy

Hey Walli, was that you trolling around the beach by the bluffs between 6:30 and 7:30 this morning. I know you have a red lund but I wasn't sure if it was you. I was out from 6:30 to 11:30. 3 small stripers, 2 small cats and 3-4 Sheephead. I haven't caught a walleye or sauger in almost a month and I am getting frustrated confused.gif I tried Lindies, Bottom bouncers, trolling cranks, Jigs, Etc. Etc. Oh well it was a beautiful morning. Nice and cool. Good luck to you.

Dieguy

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Walli1

Yeah I was infront of the bluffs around that time I headed across around 8 and made my way towards the cove bouncing. I have a blue tag on the front of my red lund left from the last tourney I was in. What is your set up for lindy riggen and for bouncing, lets solve this eye and sauger problem cause their there and you should at least get one, let me know ok

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I was in the green and Tan Crestliner wih the 50 HP tiller. I was using just the bottom bouncer with a 1/2 nightcrawler at first running about .5 MPH. I hit a couple cats and a sheepie. Then I added the second line which had an in line 1.5 oz wieght and a chartreuses (sp?) spinner, sped up to about 1 MPH and didn't have much luck at all. So I switched to a leadline setup with a Wallydiver (which I am very green with) and kept the bottom bouncer setup on the other rod and started trolling the break on the upriver side of the bluffs beach all the way down the adjacent shoreline. I tried varying depths from 20' to 40'. I tried varying speeds from .5 MPH to 2.5 MPH. I seem to mark fish on the sonar (which I also am fairly green with) I hit a few more sheepies and some silvers doing this. I am putting the time in and hopefully I can get this figured out. I was off for 3 days last week and spent a ton of time with almost nothing. I even tried to get an appointment setup with Turks guide sevice to try to learn some better technique but he was all booked up for those days I was off. Oh well I guess figuring this out is half of the fun. If this was easy I probably wouldnt be as fired up about trying. All of the tips I pick up here have been invaluable. So a big thanks to you Walli and to all of the others a bit further along in their experience. Now I am going to go check out the weather forcast and see if I can talk the wife into heading down today cool.gif with the cool weather maybe the big boats wont be so thick.

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Billjr

we were out saturday my wife and I for the evening bite and trolled plugs caught 5 saugers and a nice smallmouth and someone's pants that somehow got tossed in the water and must have been there for a while. We lindy rigged first only one small perch and we caught the saugers as soon as we started trolling and we thought we were going to have an awesome bite but it slowed down pretty quick -all fairly niced sized all released. We had several people cruise over to see us pul up the waterlooged pants -as the rod was totally bent pulling that up -so we had a little fun and even got out the net.

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Walli1

Rain yeah! Burnt up 5 gallons of gas, 9 dozen crawlers,scoop of fat heads, caught walleyes,saugers,stripers,smallies,northern, sunfish,sheeps, cats and a mooney, 14 hours on the water getting rained on and bring home ONE WALLEYE (16 1/2) priceless! Can't wait to go again

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Walli1

Hey dieguy, I run a 3oz bottom bouncer orange and yellow, travel 1.8- 2.6 just depends on the depth, spinner color I like gold or perch pattern. Today I did alot of lindy riggen found a nice combo that work great, #6 moon glow hook, moon glow on line floater about 4 inches from the hook on a 5 foot snell, with that floater you don't need air in your crawler to get it off the bottom. I bottom bounced watching the graph and when a marked schools of fish worthy of a look or if I picked one up, I'd stop and lindy rig work well!

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Thanks for the tips Walli, I have been running a 2 oz bouncer and I was thinking about upsizing as I was having to let out too much line when I would get above 1 MPH. Ihave recently started tying my own spinners and snells(boy it took me a while to figure out that snellknot). I started using 4lb but had too many breakoffs so I have stepped up to 8lb.I will have to start experimenting with more floaters. Do you use any beads on this new lindy setup? Also when you are lindy rigging do you just drift or do you use the trolling motor? I suppose it depends on the situation. I need to learn a bit more about boat control to keep me in the areas that show fish longer. I was out yesterday from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM with my wife and sister in law. Boy did we get wet. We started all the way up at catfish bar and worked our way back to the bluffs. Stopping at many potential spots along the way. Still not finding the Walleyes just the sheephead, cats and a few striped bass. Got too much to do today so I wont be out but hopefully one or 2 evenings this week and next weekend my brother is camping at the bluffs and invited my family so I will be able to spend lots of time next weekend can get out real early, I am very excited. Thanks again for the tips See ya on the river

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Walli1

Hey dieguy, I for sure will be on the river this coming weekend, maybe I could show you around a little and give you a couple snells I tie and give those a try, always lurking on the page. Didn't make it to the river today, mad.gif needed to rest my wound on my leg so I can heal up.

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Hey Walli, i just got back from the river. Another strike out. I was out from 5:30 to 8:30. I tried speeding up like you had suggested. I also got some 3oz bouncers. Not a strike confused.gif . oh well I had my 6 yr old with me so I probably wasn't concentrating as much as I usually would be. I am probably camping with my brother this weekend at the Bluffs so I should be out early Saturday AM. I am going to start out on the flats out from the beach at the bluffs. Drop me an e-mail if you want to setup a time to meet:

bkjohan@msn.com

Hopefully the rain wont be too bad. See ya

Dieguy

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Walli1

Were going to have to hook up and try to get a eye in your boat cause it's just not that tough. There has to be one in the river that's willing to be caught by you wink.gif

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BigWadeS

I feel your pain, I haven't got any eye's for quite some time on the river. I need to find out the secret's that are hidden in the posts. I must not be able to understand completely, oh well, sure is fun trying. confused.gif

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