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Rainy Lake Fishing Reports by Capt John

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Also noticed or heard you say your using 4 lb. test line. Is that correct?? We used 10-12 mono and 15  flouro.  We sure love this lake. Can't sleep for next three weeks waiting to head up there LOL

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J-Roy,  I use UL rod and 4 lb a lot when throwing jigs. I have found that the lighter the jig head, the more fish bite and the more you hook. Wind will mess up using light jigs though. When fishing heavy jigs, cranks, top water or spoons, I use heavier line and rod. If fishing weeds need heavy line as well.

 

Hook ups/bites is much higher with lite jigs. I missed about 50% of hits yesterday using 1/2 oz head. Landed about 90% of hits a few days ago when using 1/8 oz head. Tough to fish 1/8 oz on even 8 lb line so I stick with 4 lb .

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Finally got great conditions for surface lures. Got five beauties on one of me favorite antique top water lures. Easily a 20-lb bag if I'd been in a tourney. Good luck finding one of these lures as it is almost as old as me. The last one I wore out I had to super glue it back together when it split down the seam. Then a year later, I had a hit and thought I got bit off by a pike - bye-bye lucky lure. But when I reeled in, I still had the line tie !! but nothing else. The tie had ripped out of the body of lure.

 

Had to beg fellow lure collectors for the one I am using now. What !! ye didn't know the old Cap likes antique tackle ??  Best sell me some of yours and keeps a smile on me kisser.

 

Caught lots of other fish on real small jigs (Grubsters and much smaller) and such but who cares about those when bronze bombers are smacking surface lures? Walleyes in about 17 FOW. Lots of dink pike trying to bite off my top water lure as well. Didn't see any mayflies today. Link below:

 

bass on TOP

 

 

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Wasn't going to go today. But it was just too nice to sit at home. Bowman's was a zoo at 2:00 p.m.and somebody parked in the Cap's spot right next to the ramp! No room at the inn for me so I had to park on the road almost up to the highway. Mike told me he went yesterday but caught nothing - too many mayflies (hmmm!)

 

I was out about five minutes and got a walleye but things slowed down. Ended up with a dozen. The last bite of the day was a dandy. Most fish in about 20 FOW on smaller Lunker City Shaker.

 

Watch video to see what happened,

 

July 3, 2017 video

 

 

 

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What kind of camera do you use to make your fishing videos?  The picture and  sound is really good. 

 

Thanks

 

 

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Captain John:  Is most of your fishing on the Canadian side?  I stay at a family place near Ranier so most of my fishing has been from there to maybe five miles to the east, but only on the American side.  I'm wondering how the Canadian side compares and how far you have to motor to get on better fishing.  I've been frustrated the last few years with the action closer to town.

 

Also, what is the process to get access to the Canadian side by boat?  I have a passport, but not sure what is needed to get a RBC permit.  Do you have to call in every day?

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5 hours ago, DennisTyrl said:

What kind of camera do you use to make your fishing videos?  The picture and  sound is really good. 

 

Thanks

 

 

My last few videos are with my new Go Pro Hero 4. All the others are with a hand held Canon Powershot 610. Now as long as I remember to wear the Go Pro, should have good videos.

 

 

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Fishing started out fine, but I should have quit at 0730. Very slow after that. MANY dead mayflies everywhere on lake so hopefully they are just about done. Too hot for me and few bites so quit at 1:30.

 

today's video

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Another slow day. Started out fine with a big walleye for Mike but that was the end of the excitement. Just a few more walleyes and bass so we quit early. No other big ones.

 

I have a good lead on a bunch of antique tackle two hours south of here so no fishing tomorrow. If I buy the 3000 lures, I will be busy for awhile. I have lots of newer crank baits available for $2 each and Rapalas at $3 each. Let me know if you are interested and headed up here. Lots cheaper than at the store and many you will never see at Bass Pro Shop or Cabelas. I have way more than I will ever use.


Mike scores early video

 

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On 7/5/2017 at 3:13 PM, CaptJohnWis said:

 

My last few videos are with my new Go Pro Hero 4. All the others are with a hand held Canon Powershot 610. Now as long as I remember to wear the Go Pro, should have good videos.

 

 

Thanks I am amazed how good the sound is. My Go Pro in the water proof case has terrible sound quality. 

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Any reports on smallmouth on rainy? Be there on the 21st - 29th. Can't wait, hope there stacking up on the deeper points and ledges. Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated.

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