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Well, for as long as I've been on the line since picking up the bait, Sue finally got me boatside and in the net on the 7th. She's got a pretty nice boat though. I don't think I'll mind if she doesn't toss me back. smile

We chose our little place in Ely for the 'moon, but since the oldest is leaving for the Navy this weekend, we decided to pack up everybody for what may be last time for a while that all of us can be together up there. Hence, the name of the thread.

Now for what FMer's want to know. This is long. Sorry.

Aside from trout fishing in SE MN over Memorial weekend, last week was my first time fishing open water this year. Thankfully I've been too busy to realize what I've been missing.

We fished Farm and White Iron on Tuesday. We caught walleyes up to 13 inches just about everywhere we tried, but those spots were all 13-16 feet deep. We were searching, so it was a jig and minnow or leech. The minnow outfished the leech by alot. Not even one fish on that felt like a serious keeper though.

On to the 1/2 day guided Cliff W. trip on Vermilion Wednesday morning. I won the trip in the silent auction at the Bash. Sorry Northlander, but you're a better 'eye guy than me and I wanted Sue to catch some fish! I would've kept bidding for awhile. wink

The weather wasn't nice. Cool and windy with the promise of more wind from the East. Cliff's least favorite conditions.

He had a spot picked out that wouldn't beat us up and held fish. A nice boat, nice rods, and rigged with an easy to fish Lindy rig style of set up.

Sue got the first fish quick. $1 down.

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....then another. Bad pic, but there's Cliff helping her with another. $2 down.

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22 fish in all with 9 keeper walleyes and a couple in the "no keep em slot" in about 3 1/2 hours fishing. She, well we, were happy. Thank you Cliff!

So I goes to Shags on Friday. We work the usual haunts with Lindy's and jigs in about 13-16 feet again. Slim pickins for a while. 2 keepers. 15 and 16 inches. But I start looking for new turf and find some things I want to check out later.

After dinner, I tell my lovely new wife that I plan to hit it hard on Saturday. I get the response I've been training her to give for years - Oh, O.K. grin

5:30 The oldest and I are up and headed down the road back to Shags. 7:00 we're finally buzzing the lake after I try to rid my hands of the gas I spilled while refilling the tank. With the gas problem, I'm thinking this day is all hers. Nothing will touch my bait, but thats O.K. as long as she gets something.

I pick a spot I've never looked at before. The wind is blowing right through this funnel and its 28 feet deep. I have no idea if this is "Stinky Ditch" or not but we fish anyway.

1 decent smallie, 1 decent northern, and 12 little walleyes on Lindys in 27 feet in about an hour and a half. We move on after marking the trolling pattern at each catch on the GPS. Good to know for later.

Eventually the walleye bite just sucks in deeper water. I go up with a crank into shallow water and find two nice smallies. I tie a tube jig onto my jig rod with 6 pound test and start picking the area apart.

2 hours later, I have 15 smallies boated and 4 lost. At least 10 of these dudes were between 3 and 4 pounds. We snapped pics of the first two but then the batteries went dead.

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I measured one at 18 1/2 inches and weighed another at 3.5 pounds. The biggest one boated didn't get weighed, photoed, or measured for fear he would die.

He was SOOO beat up from rooting crayfish out of the rocks that he looked like a spawning salmon covered in a full 1/8 inch of mucus. His sides were blood red and scales were falling off. I tossed him as soon as I could since he was thrashing like crazy even in the boat.

Probably the hottest smallie bite I've ever enjoyed.

I tried repeating the pattern on the other end of the lake and it worked there too. Not as many and not all as big but fun, and an 18 inch walleye was mixed in with them. He's still swimming too.

After dinner, we wrapped up that evening on the lake with the loon spot. Not wanting to crowd the yellow pontoon, I found a small point that topped out at 13 feet.

We slip bobbed a hand full of sunnies, a few smallies, and one 20 inch eye and this 23 incher.

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Nothing enormous, but I was satisfied with my first time out there. I may even have to pour gas on my hands next time too! crazy

This was Sue and I during the non-sightseeing and non-fishing times.

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Thanks for reading.

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Priceless, Tracy. Great fishing and great times. And a repeated congratulations! gringrin

Um, why are you wearing gloves in the last picture? Raw hands from too much lipping smallies? grin

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Um, why are you wearing gloves in the last picture? Raw hands from too much lipping smallies? grin

gringrin

Bass thumb....my favorite ailment!

I was on a beer break from actual manual labor. First time up this year. Weeds to whip, fallen trees to saw and firewood to split. tired

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Wanderer,

Thanks for the story and pics. See ya at the bash! Oh ya Congrats too! I also honeymooned ( 25 years ago) in Ely up on the Echo Trail at Lodge of Whispering Pines. Didn't do much fishhing though if ya know what I mean! blushblushgringrin

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Excellent post Wanderer, headed to Tower right now, from the lack of Elyites chatting it up on FM the fish MUST be biting!

Shoot me an email to [email protected] hotmail . com & let me know when you'll be up north, mabye we can fish together this summer. Believe it or not my Morell patch is kickin' out the best batch right now!

I also Hunnymooned in Ely ( basswood ).

Later -CLoma

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I sure wish I could write fishing reports as good as you! Congrats again Tracy! grin

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Hey, thanks everybody!

Cloma, you'll have mail. Post your findings from Tower!

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If I've told you once I've told you a thousand times.....

Nevermind, you've heard it all before. wink

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Congrats Tracey, thanks for the story and pictures.

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