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Paul Waldowski

Monday 10/02 Report - West Side

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I had the pleasure of spending a night of trolling with fellow Pro Staffers Mark Stanley and Joel Nelson. We fished the west side Monday night/Tuesday morning, while not exactly setting the world on fire, we did manage some nice slot fish, a couple of larger fish and 2 personal bests for Joel Nelson. I will let him tell you about them smile.gif

Water temp was 55 degrees, fish were caught on the inside of the weedline, trolling speed was 1.6 to 1.87 mph and color preference was clown. HJ14's. 99% of our fish came off of rocks, with only one coming out of the weeds.

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Nice... smirk.gif

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Nice fish guys.......that slimy is nice also shocked.gif...Just funnun ya on the stinky. That monster came out of the inside of the weedline?? WOW!!

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Funny thing is Joel was asking if we ever caught muskies trolling at night on Mille Lacs. We told him it happened now and again and less than 5 minutes later he tagged the muskie in the photo.

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Has anyone heard anything as far as a day bite going, and where?? I would like to get up sometime next week and fish the afternoon and then stay out late and crank.

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Where did that bottom feeding gator come from exactly?? I'll be sure to avoid that place, don't want my rapala's ripped off:}

Yes there is a day bite...

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Please stop posing pictures of those rough fish! grin.gif I keep telling ya, running #14 is nothing but trouble. Sure they catch lots of walleyes, but they catch too many rough fish too!

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