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Tyler Holm

Sunday Saugers at Alma

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Tyler Holm

I finally had the chance to get out to the Miss River (below the "damm" at Alma) to chase down some of those river saugers. What a blast…

We dipped the boat in the water just after daybreak. It took a few lure changes to find the hot lure. Power Bait and ringworms boated zero fish collectively. Bareback bucktails did it for us today. Chartreuse was the hot color.

I had my limit by 9:30 just as the bit turned south. All in all 8 saugers were caught in the 14-17” range with a couple more dinks. All our fish were on the chunky side and the 17”er showed signs of the Saugeye variety. It’s nice to see these fish good and plump as last year they had the girth of cigars.

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One thing I’ll note is the stinger on these bucktails. This was crutial today as 60%+ of our fish were caught via the stinger.

There were only 3-5 other boats to deal with. The float had around 10 folks on it. From what I could tell, most of the other boats were rockin the jig/minnow combo but their catches ranged from 6-9” saugers.

The air temps varied from 30 to a steamy 31 degrees outside. The breeze wasn’t bad, but chilly on the hands.

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spankster

WE had four guys fishing in a Lund Tyee just below the dam and had great success getting Saugers. Most were 14-17 and we got them on shiners and 1 ounce purple and black jigs. We fished from about 1-6 and netting about 15, keeping the biggest eight. A great place to go right now. There were also some nice perch caught as well.

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David Frank

Very nice Tyler,

Your Grandpa and I had some luck of our own last week catching a limit of walleye on Waubay.

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Slayer

Where does a guy find bucktail jigs like that? Did you tip the jig with a minnow?

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Trumar

If people would include where they live in thier profile or avatar it would be easier to tell some one where to buy things such as those jigs, BUT most bait shops carry them.I do know that there is shop on the S.E side of Rochester that carries themand a good selection of all the hot colors.

you can either bare back them or tip them with your favorite bait ,fatheads or crawlers.I wouls use fatheads this time of year thoo

If you cant find them jigs just holler I will direct you in right direction

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Tyler Holm

Slayer,

I worked those jigs bareback as shown. Too chilly to be dipping into a minnow bucket.

These particular jigs are made by a friend of mine. They can "sometimes" be found in Rochester bait shops, but if you drop me an email I'll get you the info.

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Northlander

I know those jigs anywhere. Crappie Tom, former Pro Staff here makes them. I think he calls them TS JIgs and you once could find them in shops around Rochester.

These are great jigs and the way the stinger is mounted on them makes for a sure hookset when the fish bite short. The narrow/deep profile gets them to the bottom quick. Great in current.

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Tyler Holm

Northlander is exactly correct. You can also find them in RedWing at a local shop there.

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PDOGG

I wouldn't mind picking a couple of them up either for saturday. Do they have them at either shop in Red Wing? Otherwise I'll be in rochester on friday but i have no idea were anything is there.

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NAGORSKI

At the shop by the bridge or the one west of it down the road? I'm headed down on Sat. and might give em a try. Thanks. Good Luck J.P.

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Tyler Holm

The jigs are available in Red Wing but not at the local bait shops. From what I understand they are available in the mall only a block or so from the main baitshop. Shoot me an email and I'll direct you to the guy who can provide details.

Sorry I can't help more.

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PDOGG

Tyler I sent you an email.

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NAGORSKI

Me Too thanks.

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Moses2531

Just curious how far this part of the Mississippi was from Sioux Falls, SD? We get classes off monday and tuesday so I was wondering the driving distance to get a chance at some hot fishing!? Thanks!

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smg04

east on I-90. 4.5 / 5 hours drive

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upnorth

I gonna takin the boat down to visit my kid in Buffalo City(8 miles or so south of Alma) next weekend. What are some go to things to try other than the bucktails? That and how heavy is the current, am I going to need some really heavy jigs?

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NAGORSKI

Went to pick up the jigs and they weren't there. They never heard of them. So don't look for them in Red wing. Not saying they never were there but just not there now. Oh well, found some fish anyway. Thanks anyway Tyler. Good luck. J.P.

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Crickschop04

I believe that the jigs Tyler was using were custom made. I'm not sure where one might find anything similar.

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Tyler Holm

Nargorski,

I just got word that they were our and will be restocked today in a variety of colors. Sorry you missed on them.

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Tyler Holm

upnorth,

I general, you should be able to fish just fine with 1/4 oz jigs (maybe even 3/16 if your out of the current). Up at the face of the (Contact Us Please), you'll need to go heavier 1/2 to 3/4.

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upnorth

Tyler thanks for the info. I do have some jigs in the 1/2 ounce plus range, just don't need to use someting that heavy that often. Most of my rods don't like stuff that heavy smile.gif

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NAGORSKI

No prob Tyler, Just wanted to support him. I did find some tear shaped custom jigs at the newer bait shop but we had to add the stinger hooks.We used 3/8 oz. jigs in 15-30 feet and got down when the boat wasn't moving. Good Luck J.P.

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Trumar

I can get them jigs by the bulk, what color you want ? and size ??

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Northlander

Trumar you cant get the TS jigs jigs in bulk. The ones Tyler was using are not made in what I would consider bulk.

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