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Mike Stark

fished this morning....had a nice laker get off at the hole cry....i ordered a 10in auger bit yesterday...if i would of had a 10in hole i would have landed that fish....just couldnt get the head started up the hole...o well...it was a fun fight...had a couple other lookers.

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Wanted to provide a follow-up report for all interested. In a word...tough. Got to the campground on Friday with a huge wind coming off the lake from the SW. Got set-up just before the rains came.

We had an incredible trip last year in the BWCA. Smallmouth action was the best I've seen it. The best that time of year were poppers, jerk baits, and wacky worms. Here's a video I put together of the

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Stevo,

I think 4 inches of snow on Burntside will stop, or greatly limit pickup travel.

Hopefully we don't get that much, but it will cut down the competition gringrin

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ordered a 10in auger bit yesterday...if i would of had a 10in hole i would have landed that fish....

Yeah, but your boot might go down a 10" hole....or....you lose so much stuff down a 10" hole....yada yada, blah blah....

You will really like the bigger hole for fishing predator fish. REALLY like it!

Hope the lakers keep biting. FINALLY getting out to chase them this weekend.

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So far we've only had less than half an inch here at the house, and it's barely flurrying out at all. I can see the stars up in the sky, even. Updated forecast says total possible accumulation of 2 inches or less. Less would be good, but 2 inches isn't going to stop pickups.

Mike, you'll like the big hole that new drill will make. smilesmile

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Stevo,

I think 4 inches of snow on Burntside will stop, or greatly limit Dodge travel.

Hopefully we don't get that much, but it will cut down the competition gringrin

Fixed your post for you, Maki. Most of us knew what you really meant but I figured I would clarify anyway.

For those of you driving a real truck with tires other than the cookie cutter style no worries. grin

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Casey, you're so mean! gringringrin

FWIW, we didn't even get an inch of snow. Half inch, maybe. I was out on the lake this morning and it was fine going. But then, I drive a Chevy. wink

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I didn't fish. I was out locating half a dozen new spots. Seems there are permanent shacks sprung up on a lot of my traditional spots. No surprise there, with the traffic we've been having due to this winter's easy driving conditions. winkwink

With the camera, I did see a few lakers move through on those new spots, which is encouraging. I mean, we know there are gajillion places that hold lakers on Bside in winter, but even though I am confident in the new locations, it's nice to look those fish right in the eye. smilesmile

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those perms will be gone soon...there is so many spots to fish on burntside and so many of them hold fish...the spot that i had the big fish get off at the hole was a brand new spot...no one had fished it this year...there are tons of spots like that..untouched...that hold BIG lakers.

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Agreed. It's always good to take a day and just run around with the auger, gps, map and Vex (and now the camera). I'd hoped just to be able to shoot the Vex through the ice with the help of a water puddle on the ice, but all the places I hit, while the ice was clear and hard, had really rough surfaces, so it wouldn't work, and I had to drill.

I've got a bunch of great spots I've trolled over during open water season and still need to punch holes and pinpoint. Searching out laker water is fun. So many locations, so little time! gringringrin

And my monster map is getting very cluttered with locations/structural elements that don't even show up on the printed version. smilesmile

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Not very often at all. I've caught one in 8 years. The smelt have pretty well demolished both the whitefish and the cisco/tulibee populations. No cisco have been found in DNR nets for years, and the whitefish they net are fewer and farther between each year.

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GMC stands for Grave Mistake, Casey. smirk

Just pray you never get stuck when I'm on the lake.

You'll see the Ranger approaching, then watch me circle you while taking pictures cry

But, I won't be too hard on you, because I'm not that kind of guy. smile

After 10-15 years, it will be like it never happened!! gringringrin

Bwaaaaahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!

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great outdoors, I sure like the tracks on your ranger. Thinking about getting some for mine, have they worked well for you.

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... You'll see the Ranger approaching, then watch me circle you while taking pictures cry ...

Other than for the usual reason... you're lost on your own lake laugh

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For that comment, there will be no statute of limitations on pictures of you shoveling out your truck!! laugh

PS-I see you're from Silver Bay now.

Did Babbitt extradite you, or has the GMC been stuck in a 6 inch snow bank on the North Shore for so long, you had to change your address?? gringringringrin

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They'll be just like your photos of the Easter Bunny and Sasquatch....

You are correct, they'll be exactly like them combined! smirk

A creature with large furry ears, big & ugly, shoveling out his GMC pickup! laugh

Yup... I'm movin' up in the world.

Babbitt's gain is Silver Bay's loss gringringrin

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Fished b-side yesterday morning and just like last time I was up fishing with mike stark my fish came in the mornin...My wife barely got her bait down on a 55ft cliff when she caught this respectable fish and 20 minutes later while moving to a spot that was still in the shade I caught this scrawny 29 incher that put up quite a fight. Later on the wind picked up a bit so We again moved to a more sheltered but proven spot I caught a decent 27 incher that also had some battle in him. Hoping to be up soon to test some new baits that kept me up at night wondering.

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nice fish lee! and welcome back. looks like you had a good day. cant wait to see some of those new lures. im hoping to get out soon.

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my new 10in auger bit is coming in today...cant wait for that bigger hole...its going to be so much easier getting those pigs up the hole.

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Thanks mike, Im headed up in the morning.....Ive been making lures too long and now I wanna play with them!! was going to head up this morning but I had too many crown royals last nite after work and didnt have my &*^&*^&*^ together. Ive caught some decent lakers thru my 8 inch hand auger hole but I hate fishing without my 10 inch hole....my brother drills two 10 inch holes right next to each other cuz he likes to watch tv I guess....myself everytime Im looking at a fish down my hole it just messes me up and I end up not getting the fish. Btw I caught that dark fish out of the same hole where we fished about the same time too it was the skinniest most feeble laker ive ever caught up there...29 inches but not much weight....ud think the thing was starving to death lol!

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i might be off tomorrow...when you heading out? if im not working i think i will be out at sun up...the morning as been the best time to be out.

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What a beautiful day to be on the ice. While it was -10 at sunrise, it was a CALM cold. gringringrin

Sun all day, light winds, got above freezing. Darn it, I love this kind of weather on the ice. And we've got ALL of March ahead of us! gringrin

Here's Stan with a 7 from today, and the view of the west side of Water's Island facing east as the sun set and the moon rose.

God's country indeed. smilesmile

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Hopefully you will have some pictures of me and a laker to post after Thursday! I don't think I will be sleeping much this week!

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I don't think I will be sleeping much this week!

You'd better get some sleep. I'll work your arse off. Kidding! gringringrin

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