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The "Up's and Down's"...

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W and SW winds, mid-80's, a thunderstorm, E winds and a 40 degree morning all in the same weekend. Welcome to MN right? smirk.gif

I spent this past weekend chasing after 'eyes down here and as always, we were challenged but certainly not out-done. I would not say the bite is "on" by any means but there are plenty of fish to be caught for the person that is willing to adapt, change, be mobile and do the little things right, often times all at once. grin.gif I worked through several presentations with my clients and we really only pegged down 2 that worked well. On Saturday, jigs and leeches in the weeds was definitely the answer to the question. Mid-day proved to be the strongest bite in 6 - 10' of water and the presentation, without a doubt, had to be vertical in order to get bit. Whether you pitched or drug, the fish that bit were the ones right under the boat. Color didn't seem to matter a whole lot but the predominate colors in my boat were green, charteuse and white, in no particular order. So, this morning when I was packing my gear, I thought it would be appropriate to finesse the fish like Saturday but in a different location because of a change in wind direction. Well, we beat the jig and leech theory to death with nothing to show for our efforts. I then made a drastic move to slip bobber fishing tight cover adjacent to gravel but that didn't pan out either. As a last ditch effort when the sun finally popped out this afternoon, I decided to really go against the grain and pitch cranks to weed lines, despite the seemingly negative mood of the fish. 2nd cast, BAM, and many others after that. I was pleasently surprised to see the fish that active on such a goofy day. The key to getting the fish to "go" this afternoon on cranks was to fish the emerging weedlines in 3 - 4' of water that also had submerged vegetation in front of it that almost acted as a step for the fish. It went like this; pitch the crank as tight to the weed line as possible, slowly roll the crank over the submerged vegetation and by the time your lure was half-way back to the boat, hang on! Despite the occasional northern pestering us, the 'eyes wanted to pay too. #5 shallow runnin' Shad Raps was the best crank today and Baby Bass and Crawdad definitely were the colors of choice.

Some of our better fish from Saturday

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21"er that inhaled a #5 Shad Rap (released)

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Back to Back!

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I'd love to stick around and really get these fish pegged but I'm off to Mille Lacs at the latter part of this week for a guiding stint up there for 3 - 4 days and then off to SD for a tournament the following week. Can't be everywhere at once as much as I'd love to.

One thing is for sure...those shallow fish will be in a sure-fire pattern by the time I return to these waters. grin.gif

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You the man!!!!! laugh.gif Nice, as my 2 year old daughter would say, wishies.. Good luck in SD.

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Nice report TO, sounds like my kind of fishing! Gotta love casting crank to 'em!

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A COUPLE OF GOOD FRIENDS AND I WERE OFF CHASING EYES TODAY WITH SOME SUCCESS, PITCHING JIGS AND LEECHES WAS THE TRICK I HAD NOTICED WHEN I GOT HOME FROM THE LAKE TODAY THAT THE FEW WE HAD KEPT. REGURGITATED SMALL BLUE GILLS. YET I STILL DIDN'T EVAN THINK ABOUT CRANKS. THE BITE WENT SOUTH ABOUT THE TIME THE CLOUD COVER BLEW AWAY ALL IN ALL A GOOD DAY HOWEVER WE LANDED About a DOZEN NICE EYES FROM THE 16-21" RANGE (WEIGHED AND RELEASED A FEW AVERAGING 45-48OZ.) . AND A FEW LARGEMOUTH AND 2 PIKE IN THE 5LB RANGE 1 MUSKIE ABOUT 38" ALOT OF SHEEPIES ONE THAT WAS 115 Oz.(THAT WAS FUN) grin.gif WEED LINE WAS ABOUT 10.5 -11 FEET MOST FISH CAME OFF THE WEED LINE WITH A SLOW TAPER RATHER THAN A CLEAN EDGE. NOT SURE WHY BUT I THINK IT WAS CAUSE THE THE SLOWER TAPER WEEDS WHERE A HAIR DEEPER AND ACTED AS A TRANSITION LINE TO A SOFTER BOTTOM. ANY HOW CHOW FOR NOW !!!!! here are just a couple pics sorry i didn't take more as i was busy netting fish but catching on ocassion toobooneye.jpgboonebass.jpgpatmuskie.jpg

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WEED LINE WAS ABOUT 10.5 -11 FEET MOST FISH CAME OFF THE WEED LINE WITH A SLOW TAPER RATHER THAN A CLEAN EDGE. NOT SURE WHY BUT I THINK IT WAS CAUSE THE THE SLOWER TAPER WEEDS WHERE A HAIR DEEPER AND ACTED AS A TRANSITION LINE TO A SOFTER BOTTOM.


Bingo! grin.gif

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Thanks. My partner and I will take all the help we can get. We always go up against a lot of strong local talent. But, in the end, we seem to do well. In the last 6 years, we've finished in the top 5 every year.

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1 MUSKIE ABOUT 38" A


What lake???

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FRENCH BUT YOU PROBALLY EXCPECTED AS MUCH

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Nice 'eye, did the skie put up a good tussle?

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Otter, my employer has me moving out to Spokane, WA this summer. I am estatic, at least the hunting and fishing looks promising. However, my son has never chased MN 'eyes(he lives in WI). How is your calendar looking for June? Thanks

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the skie was fun however the 7.5 lb sheepie was a bit more powerful

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Nice fishes LC. From the pictures, I can see you caught them where I normally fish them too. smile.gif

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it was funny i threw out a bouy after the first fish within 5 minutes there was 3 boats one anchord.one when trolled circles around us over the tip of the bar, the other boat about drifting into us. i really gotta move the mapping software to the front of the boat. so i can stay on the spot without marker bouys!

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Yes, I noticed another boat bow in the background of one of your pics sitting awefully close with plenty of open water around. smile.gif

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Nice fish,Lucky!! As for the company you had, unfortunately, people's desire for fish overides fishing "etiquette". Close drifting is bad enough , but anchoring near the spot, that's tough to take. How's the water clarity? L2f

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approx 2.5 -3 feet all in all fair!

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