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Rambler51

ADHD and Fishing the Croix

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Going to try to give it a go on Friday for the first time. I've got a couple of small boys (7 and 9) that sometimes lack in their attention span. Sooooooo what would you guys suggest to keep em busy? I was thinking about launching out of Beanies and heading up towards the 94 bridge. I've got decent electronics, but no gps. Jig and minnow would seem to be the ticket. Do you guys agree? Any suggestions for other areas to try? Also, what would be the closest place near that launch to get bait? Thanks for any thoughts, I appreciate it!!

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I'd head south of beanie's - find the drop-off just downstream from their docks - you might see a couple of boats pulling cranks in that area; it's kind of a 'community spot'. Jig and minnow worked pretty well for us last weekend. You can buy bait right there at Beanie's... good lively fatheads.

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Thanks for the reply!! Have 3/8 oz jigs been enough to keep it vertical?

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those should work... try to stay as light as possible while keeping vertical and being able to feel the bottom.

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Thanks for the tips, can't wait to get out!

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Just remember that on the river the bigger the jig, the slower the bite - normally. If you can slooooooow your boat down, or even stop, use a 1/4 oz jig. You will at least double your take. You have to be as vertical as possible, especially in deeper water. Under 15-18 feet it is not as important. Good Luck!!

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What kinds of jigs do you guys fish with? Do you use something plain like a fireball jig or do you use something with a skirt like a fuzzy grub? Just curious...

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I've found that a floating jig head on a short snell works really well for small children, it keeps the bait in the strike zone and they don't have raise or lower, very easy to fish and works real well. Blue and white and yellow and green are proven colors!

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or maybe a slip-bobber rig for the young'ens? I'm planning on getting out tomorrow morning and will throw one slip-bobber rig and jig another line.

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    • muskie-mike
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    • JBMasterAngler
      First time up in Brainerd in 3 years. Went to big trout on Friday, thinking it would be a guarantee (which it usually is). Nope! Not even the rock bass were hitting! Only ended up with a couple pike and a couple largemouths. The inspector at the boat launch was showing me some pics of a couple lake trout this one guy had caught a few days earlier, a 34 and 36 incher! Saturday we were going to fish gull, but it was jam packed with people! Was there a tournament going on? Ended up at a secret little lake where my wife caught bass and pike one right after the other, while I couldn't get a bite to save my life! Was good to be back up there after a 3 year absence. Hopefully I'll find the time to get up there again.
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