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Lunker

Calhoun bass and acc. muskie report

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Just hit calhoun from shore and the bass fishing was slllooooww. Fished about an hour and a half with a total of one missed bass that missed a popper. The milfoil isn't to the surface yet so I tried fishing poppers and spinnerbaits over the stuff, as well as a texas rig worked through it. Nothing was working. Weather may have been affecting it a little too, couldn't decide whether it wanted to be windy or calm or sunny or cloudy. Maybe some post-spawn blues as well?

The one exciting moment was when I was chugging my popper across the foil, and as I got to the shallows I started to wade farther down the shoreline while still bringing in my popper with little to no action. As it was about 3 ft from me I heard and felt an explosion and as I set the hook and looked to see about a 36" muskie was 3ft in front of me in 2ft of water with one little treble stuck in its jaw. I had almost no line out, and it started thrashing its head and made a couple of strong runs towards the foil. I did the best I could with my med. spinning rod and after I stopped it's second run it made a beautiful leap in which it cleared the water, and the hook from it's jaw. This was the biggest muskie I've had on yet,and brought some action to an otherwise slow day of fishing.

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pjfweb

I bet that got the heart going!

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Bloomington, MN
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iFishMN.us

That must have been fun!

Reminds me of the time when I was really young, fishing with my stepdad at the yearly tonka crappie tourny, I was fishing crappies of course and on black lake, I just got done reeling in my line and I was talking to my stepdad and I was dangling my little hook and minnow about a foot ABOVE the water, when all of the sudden we all hear that big spash and my pole bent over and that fish took my 6 lb line for a ride, amazingly I got a perfect hook in his lip and my hood didnt straiten out and I was able to land him, about the same size as the one you lost. Not a giant but was still amazing that I caught this fish and it jumped out of the water next to the boat to eat my little crappie minnow. Fun times I tell ya.

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    • gimruis
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