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Matt Johnson

Big Marine Results - 1/12/14

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Matt Johnson

A few records were almost broken yesterday! A great weigh-in and some excellent competition! Nice work everyone!

Here are a few of the results from yesterday's event on Big Marine Lake...

1st Place - Lawrence Luoma/Michael Thompson (7.78 pounds)

2nd Place - Ron Miller/Henry Ulm (7.41 pounds)

3rd Place - Steven Mathews/Juan Arellano (7.28 pounds)

4th Place - Josh Sykora/Drew Little (7.135 pounds)

5th Place - Chris Lafean/Mike Stein (7.015 pounds)

Big Fish - Mitch Thies/Chris Wallace (1.585 pound Crappie)

For a complete list of yesterday's results and photos... Big Marine Lake Results - CLICK HERE

Also check out the UPL Facebook page for more photos from the event... UPL Facebook Page - CLICK HERE

Next event is on Lower Prior Lake... Sunday, February 16!!

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polarsusd81

Here are a few pics from the event.

Tourney Take-off

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Matt and his son Ben with a tiny gill.

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What the UPL is all about.

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First Place to Mike and Lawrence

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Second Place to Ron and Henry

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Third to Steven and Juan

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Fourth to Josh and Drew

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Fifth to Chris and Mike

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Big fish went to Chris and Mitch for Chris's 15" crappie.

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Great job finding some big hungry panfish.

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th64

Nice pics and stats-Looks like nobody got a limit of crappies(team of 2 would be 20 right?) I usually do not get a limit out there either. Anyway what depth was good for people? Patterns? Time of day?

Part of the lake, what happened out there?

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Lawrence Luoma

th64, there was 10 limits of crappies weighed. UPL rules are you weigh you best 7 sunfish and best 8 crappies as a team. Then you can weigh one extra bonus fish. Basically, what ever 8 sunfish or crappie that weighs the most. I would bet Mike and I caught around 50 crappies that day. Both species seem to be located 8' - 10' of water in the weeds. We caught fish all day long but had to stay on the move to locate active fish. Plastics like maki polli and Clam Drop jigs in size 14 seem to work well!!

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Cyberfish

The zone seemed to be 4 to 7 feet down, just above the weeds mostly. they were active but not in big bunches, fishing higher up was more likely to catch their attention and draw them in. The crappie were chasing tiny sunfish about the size of a thumbnail. I used a glow 3mm with a wax worm. the crappies were aggressive and would hit plastic bait fine, but I was hoping the live bait would tempt a few sunfish that were mixed in. that paid off with two good sunfish upgrades that were much needed with the weights being so close at the top.

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Lawrence Luoma

Sorry I meant to say you your best 7 and 7 with one extra bonus fish. So a 15 fish total!

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th64

Very interesting thanks for the reply-how was driving on the lake? Also did people do well on the east arm?

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stretch

Driving on the lake was fine. We caught a few fish on the east are but it was closer to where the east arm goes into the main lake.

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th64

You guys went to E. Rush too-what was caught and what was the pattern out there?

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Lawrence Luoma

E. Rush event was cancelled do the extreme cold weather that weekend. I wish we could have fished it as with Big Marine I have never fished the lake before that event.

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