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Hoey

Ice already?

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No - just the stormy horizon.....  🤤

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srj

Cool pic, Hoey.

Last week fished Thurs and Friday. The rock bite was very slow for me even when fish were on top. Lots of very nice rigs on the water for the NWT championship. Leadcore was the name of the game for the 30 or 40 tourney boats I saw on Thursday. It appeared to be a day long grind with many boats fishing the same general area.  Quite the massive payout for first and second place in that tournament  I caught a fair number pulling a spinner and shiner in the mud but crankbaits worked better. Friday I fished a good bit shallower outside the gap and found a fair number of nice fish. I would think the shoreline bite should be happening before long.

Good luck

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Hoey

SRJ nice report.  Here is mine.

 

We (wife and I) hosted a neighbor couple for the weekend.  So did not want long, wear-you-out runs out to the mud, my least enjoyable place to fish. 

 

Was out for 3 hours on Thursday late afternoon.  Fished deep sand, near mud off local reefs, more or less scouting since I got a big one there the prior weekend.  Caught five total, kept a 16, released a fat 25. 

 

Friday we fished 10am to 4pm, on some shallow flats (8 to 20ft), scouting again, Went through all 50 of our crawlers.  Ended up keeping 9 or so eyes and 6 nice perch.  Fish for dinner!!!

 

Saturday we got out early and off early, 8am to 1pm.  Again fished shallow flats and some shallow rocks, and ran out of bait again, this time was 60 crawlers.  Each of our guest got fat 26 inchers.  Wrapped up our limit of eyes.  No sauger at all this trip and some more perch.  We cleaned-up and participated in a local barn dance.  

 

It was fun and great weekend.  Our neighbor, he had never been on big water, nor fished for eyes, and he did well.  I hope they look forward to another trip.  

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srj

Good fishing Hoey. Hopefully, the near shore bite kicks in over East here soon....I'm with you on the mud bite...least fav way to catch them. However, when it is the only bite going, I sure appreciate it. Not sure when I can chase them around again as we leave for Saskatchewan next Saturday and that is usually the highlight of the year. It would sure be fun to take a bit of fishing equipment with as it drives me nuts seeing guys bank fishing on the N and S Saskatchewan rivers. Just not enough time.

 

Good luck.

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Hoey

Heck the weather is not being very cooperative with fishing out of a boat.  I was at my cabin two weeks ago and only fished for an hour.  Planning to be around this weekend and seeing nothing but cold, rainy, and breezy conditions.  I usually take the boat in for year-end service around Halloween, looking forward to a couple of nicer days.  Not this year, the boat is getting dropped off for service on Sunday.  Good-bye to a very nice summer and crappy fall.  I can not wait to say hello to the ice fishing season.  Oh - I did invest in a Stryker outfit this weekend at Thorne's mod event and two fully thermal houses to get er started.

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I'll be up the 2nd and 3rd weekends in October. Pontoon gets put to bed the 1st trip with the wife and kid and the cabin gets shut down for the season on the second trip for the last hurrah with a couple of buddies. Take the boat home and get that winterized before deer hunting. Before I know it I'll be looking forward to next May. Here's hoping for a good snowmobiling season!

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I have had a couple years where early Nov snow prevented me from picking up the boat at the dealer following service due to too much snow in their yard and at the storage lot.  Nice dealer, he says "just leave it here and we will do a spring start-up for you."  Other years, picked it up and the boat and trailer got coated in slush, sand, and road salt.  Yuk!!!  

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