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Working some more slabs and bulls

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It was 48 degrees thismorning.

Overcast and looking like rain.

Rick & I headed for the crappie lake and hit our usual spots.

WRONG! the slabs were not looking for protection from the sun .

So we decided to hit the river.


It's gill time!


I drilled a few bulls then it's slab time!


We worked the river and picked them off 1 ata time.

I had a bowfin attach!



Boy did I get a run for my money there.

Rick caught a goegous slab..


Then I did too.


We had a great day & I'll say that hitting the river in the morning will be awesome or at least really freakin great.


Everything was huge but about 7 fish.


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After yesterday of drilling them in the river we head out again for some great action.

I got the 1st one under the bridge and that was it.

We casted for an hour with nothing to show.

What was that?



So up the river we go to where we got them yesterday .

Nothing...nothing...and some more nothing.Now what?

Where did they go?

Are they done?

Is the pressure too high?

Is it too windy?

Is it too early?

Well we decided to go back to the bridge and walla,they are back.


We caught gills and slabs and this rocky even.


We cast into the shade & there they were.

We smoked several dozen for a few hours.


I think with grousing starting these will be the last until ice up.


I took Rick for a buck both days and with the Vikings winning over the Dirtybirds I'll add anothe 5 spot.

T'was a good weekend all around.

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I love your posts, they always make me want to hit BSL. One question for you, did you use any live bait, or did you just use the little jigs in the pictures and video? Keep up the good work.

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Impressive! Do you just keep tapping the line to make it move? I've always been amazed at people who can catch fish without live bait.

Thanks for the response!

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I put a small cork above it 2-5 feet depending on the depth I'm fishing.

If there is a ripple or wave ,the rocking action moves it for me.

If it's calm,I'll give the reel a crank or two making the jig rise and then because they are so light they fall slow.

That's the key...slow fall triggering the bite.

I know I've caught several thousand this year doing that plus,gills,bass,pike and whatever else is down there looking to eat.Not to mention several other guys doing the exact same thing,rearing on slabs!!!

Come fishing for a day....the rest will be history

and you'll no longer need meat!

There's no charge.....I'm just there to help you get better at what you love to do.Plus I get a new fishing buddy!

PS...would it help to know I have 5&6 year olds hammering slabs the same way?

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Hey CK,

I have a place at Ole's and I'm usually spending time on the pontoon with the kids,so getting some quality fishing time can be tough. I have caught some nice slabs out there but fishing with the wife and youngsters....well you can sum it up in my first sentence. I will be up there the 22nd & 23rd. If your looking for a fishing partner shoot me an e-mail,I'd like to get out there for some quality fishing time.Thanks.

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CK,does that same technique work on BSL in the winter too? I'm hoping to hit the lake up this winter (probably late winter though). It's aways away, but I'll let you know, maybe we'll bump into each other on the ice?

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No,ice fishing is way different.

Most lakes with 25-35 foot holes the crappies are usually stacked and suspended.

There you'd drop the jig to the top of the pack and lift a foot or so.

The top fish will come up to inhale it.

On BSL the come through onesy twosey along the bottom say a foot off or so.

There are a few deep hole where the stack up ,but not on the horn.

Anyway I may lift that fish up to 5 foot before it will strike.

I'll pull away 2-4 feet before it'll take off ,then as it gets close I'll pull away even further.

You should see how they speed up & pound it like they are after their last meal ,which it is really unless it's a releaser.

If it stops prior to drilling you and will not lift higher getting smaller helps or next time stop just before the place it stopped.That's what I call the ceiling.

You will always see the ceiling on the 1st couple if you lift too high.

Then stop 6" below the ceiling and when it makes it's run at the jig and is almost too you have the guts to lift that 6" and whammo.FISH ON.

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