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Babbler's report 02-17 to 02-20

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Had a nice trip for my first experience to the area (I usually fish the Pine Island area.) I fished near Gull rock and never had to go to a second area because there were enough bites to keep me interested. I fished 28 feet of water and caught plenty of small fish with a few nicer ones mixed in. My friend and I brought back our limits with about 10 jumbo perch also. We caught quite a few more walleye than sauger. We ended up tossing quite a few walleyes back and had to work for the bigger saugers. Biggest walleye was only about 2 1/2lbs. There wasn't really any hot colors in my opinion. When the fish showed up on the vex and didn't bite, I'd change colors or lures and that usually did the trick. I used all colors of the rainbow. Caught a lot more on the jiggin line than the bobber line. Smaller buckshot rattle spoons in orange and gold seemed to work just a little better than the others. I only caught one fish which was off the bottom by more than a foot. (walleye 10 feet off the bottom.)

Babbler's roads were nicely marked with stakes and it was easy to go wherever you wanted due to the lack of snow. The roads/ice were good but a little bumpy with the retractable wheel shack so take it slow!!!

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I was out that way last week too and did well with some dandy Saugers bulking up the bucket. Jigging a Sunfish colored JR's Crusher worked best for me and the fish would just plain 'crush' it when they came thru. Deadstick did'nt get alot of fish for me but I did have some success with a chartruese gold back Frostee with an orange dot. Probably have to give the nod to Fatheads on the deadstick too though I got a few on Shiners as well. That Crusher spoon with a half Shiner kept me pretty busy though. 9 out of 10 fish I got that day were keeper sized and I did'nt see much for weee ones at all, and I did'nt see a Perch one that day either....Weird no Perch that day on that waypoint???

Babs road is closed till he can get out with the plowtrucks and I've heard the crack has grown even worse so who knows how long it'll take for them to get that mess all back into safe for travel out and over that breaker.

I've contacted friends in Warroad and Baudette this morning and it sounds like we've seen 6 to maybe 10 inches of snow so far and this will make getting around via vehicles a bit tougher when things do finally settle down.

Wanted to go so bad this weekend too, BUMMER! Put it off yesterday hoping today would be a go only to hear from Babs that he's got it shut down. Oh well lot's of winter left yet!

Regards all.....fiskyknut

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So you woosed out, eh? grin.gifwink.gif 1DIRTBALL wink.gif

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I'm ready.....Let's go! I've sent you 2 mails since late yesterday with no reply my man? I know you been busy having fun with that other "stuff" though....LOL!!!

Barometer is still on it's slow fall and I can catch enough for the both of us anyhows!!!!

Thats what you get for calling me a woosie!!!!

Norm

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We were up to 16 mile on saturday morning (our house was already there), all I can say is tough going. The only way to get there is to go to 12 mile then shoot off to 16. No markers just GPS, bomber trails were tough crossing. We didn't want to spend the night up there so we just took off with the house and headed back for the access. Round trip to get the house took over 3 hrs, went and dropped it at gull rock and it was pretty slow on saturday. Ventured out on the closed road sunday after some shoveling, tugging and breaking trail us and two other trucks made it back to gull rock for a VERY slow day of fishing, not hardly worth it. Unless the road gets plowed open its going to be only sleds and wheelers. When we headed off yesterday the drifts were getting way deep and firm. Glad we left when we did, not something you usually say when fishing. wink.gif

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Dear Woosie, I never got the emails you sent me. Probably all BS anyway!LOL! Hopefully I will have that frozen septic tank beaten into submission today. I'll give you a call later. grin.gif1DIRTBALL wink.gif

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