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06/29/2012 Finally.. Some Success!

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Hey all,

So, thank you all for the ones that gave me some pointers over the past few days. I went to an area lake in the DL area this past Friday from 2PM to 10:30 PM. Again, I had a lot of the same I have been experiencing in the past for almost the entire day - a bunch of northerns and just marking walleyes on the bottom a lot out in the depths with no takers. At around 7 PM I saw a couple other boats catching walleyes and I started asking around a little bit out there even and getting some info. After 9 tough years out here on these area lakes, I am hungry for answers.

It got to about 8:45 PM and I went to an area on this lake that has actually given me some results in the past. I also used my go to rig in this area too - a 1 and 1/2 ounce bottom bouncer and a big hammered gold spinner with 4 red beads followed by 5 chartreuse beads and two red hooks with an air filled crawler. This area I like on this lake is like a big sunken island type thing that I like to troll around come evening time with these spinners. Well, I found just the slightest little inside turn type thing on this island and that was the ticket. I caught 3 eyes from about 9:30 PM to about 10 PM. At about 9:45 PM my bait got smacked and I fought a nice healthy 27 incher to the boat. I was ecstatic. I didn't have my tripod and camera with me and so all I got of this fish was two grainy phone pics that I will try to post below. The pics do this fish literally no justice but it was a fat healthy one and was 27 inches on the dot. It was a shame too as this woulda been a Christmas card worthy picture right here with the sunset and all... Darn! I also got a 12 incher before the big guy and a nice 14 incher as well after the big guy that I also will try to post below. All fish were released to fight another day!

So, the one semi pattern I have been able to nail down in the past was the ticket for me on this outing and with some of the pointers I got from some of you and watching / talking to some of the locals, I had a pretty solid outing that day. I'm learning slowly here!

Anywho, I might be getting out again tomorrow and then most likely a lot in the coming week with the Holiday.

Good Luck to all!




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Don't be afraid to try a fat head minnow with that spinner set up. I have been having real good luck the last week or so. They don't have to real big minnows either. The ones I have been getting are not a whole lot bigger than crappie minnows. I troll these at about 1.2 to 1.5 MPH and the eyes jump on this, it feels like a northern when they hit!

Good Luck

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It may not be the best picture, but you can tell how wide that fish is...really stubby nose!

Good work.

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Yeah that's exactly what I thought. I had to look back up at the scenery when that one came up and make sure I wasn't in the Rainy River!! :):):)

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Great Job Bison! That same technigue will work on most area lakes. This is the time of year I switch to spinners and pretty soon plugs.

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