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james_walleye

Congrats Casey! Thats got to be an unreal feeling sliding the net under a gosh fish like that in that tourney.

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Pretty slow walleye weekend for us around Moccasin Point area compared to what we usually do. Managed to put together a fish fry and bring a couple home but had to settle for 14" - 15" to get them. Di

I just returned home from a sweltering 4 day trip on Vermilion. In all of the years that I have fished Lake Vermilion, I don't ever remember it being so hot for so long. We had no top on our boat and

We returned home today from a short 3 day fishing trip on Vermilion. The weather was chilly most of the time and windy during our entire trip. All of the fishing took place on the east end of the lake

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Nice going Casey, congratulations! I fished it with Travis Sorokie and finished "somewhere" in the middle of the pack of nearly 100 boats, weighing in five fish for 4.55 pounds. We had a couple better fish die on us and couldn't weigh those. Acually, we quit fishing a couple hours early because most of our fish looked like they wouldn't make it, being caught deep and being bounced around out there all day. Fun event though and once again, CONGRATS!

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Congrats Casey and Dave! It absolutely couldn't have happened to two nicer guys or better fishermen. Just think Casey, assuming you and Dave split the winnings, 13 more wins like this one and you'll have that new boat ALMOST paid for! laugh

Good Fishing,

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Silver Scale

Congrats Casey and Dave. Always nice to see local guys cash the big checks.. grin

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We fished it for the first time, (first time fishing the lake on Friday) we weighed 6 fish for 6.11 lbs all the fish were 15"-16", we caught 12 keepers on Friday prefishing and then caught 15 fish on sat, we weighed 4 fish at 9am because ther was no way they were going to make another 6 hrs in the live well and went back out looking for a kicker and released a 22" and 20" and caught more 15"ers. It took about 7lbs to cash a check, we ended up in about 18-20th place. It was a record for most fish caught in the tourney.

Can't say enough good things about the tournament! I'm not a tournament guy but I will be back!

The fish were 26'-40' right on the transition from the rocks to the mud off of structure that topped out at 15-20 feet, we had three spots all to ourselves for fri and sat, red beeds and a red hook with a rainbow or shiner out fished everything else.

Thanks to mark b and the other guys on here for such awesome info last week, it got me started and we picked up a pattern and we had a blast!

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Tjo, the bite could be anywhere on the lake right now. This storm may change a few thing tho.

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Hey John, by chance, did you fish out of a red Lund? If so, I'll explain why I ask.

Good Fishing,

MarkB smile

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Older black Lund 1890 tiller with a 90 hp merc. It has a little red on it.

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Do you guys run mono as a main line on your lindy rods or a braid with flouro leader? I noticed the line section my weight was sliding on was pretty beat up. Rocks down there don't help either.

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Casey Sunsdahl

Thank you very much for the congratuatulations!! I am taking the day off today to relax! Definately awsome putting the net under a 28.5 on tournament day!! gringrin

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Vermilion_figure_8

Congrats again Casey, always nice seeing people ya know getting the win! Ill finally be heading up this weekend coming up, excited to fish for the first time this year. Ill be doing some trolling...passing the time before the real opener starts...Muskies crazy

Timmy

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Cliff Wagenbach

tjo,

I was out this morning with clients and we boated 23 walleyes and kept 12 nice fish!

Largest was 22inches.

Cliff

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Uncle Boney

I think most of the experts (not me) will say they use a braid and flouro leader.

Get a snag, pull hard and break the flouro, just retie the leader and you are back in business.

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You can go either way. I think a quality rod with a good tip is more important. I like berkley sensation on my jigging and lindy rods. I always use fluorocarbon no matter what on lindys. It's all personal preference.

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I honestly feel sorry for the fishermen that have to work all week so they can come to the lake on the week-end and then get the kind of weather we had this past week-end. Actually, the fishing was quite good if you wanted to fight the wind most of the day Saturday and fish in the rain most of the day Sunday. Rain is most welcome, but during the week would be better.

And then there was today grin You absolutely couldn't ask for a more beautiful day to be on the lake. Sunshine and light variable winds made fishing conditions perfect! The week-end cold front appeared to have absolutely no effect on the appetite of the walleyes. My wife and I started out at the deep water mud and today we pulled up with another boat as the first boats out there. Eventually, the numbers swelled to over 30 boats. Everyone is still catching walleyes and the depths still range between 30' and 40', with perhaps the nod going to the 30'-35' depth. The only significant change that I could detect in the bite was that the walleyes seemed a bit more tentative in the "hit" and we had several pick it up and drop it. With that said, any lindy style rig, bouncer/leader, etc would catch all the walleyes you could possibly need.

About 11 o'clock I suggested to my wife that we try a rock reef or two away from the crowd. The fishing was spectacular! I have a mark in 19' on a reef that tops out at 14' surrounded by 30'-40' of water. I knew I was in the right spot because it took my wife <5 minutes to get the first snag. The walleyes were scattered from 25'-29' for about 200 yards along the deep edge of the reef. I marked quite a lot of fish and it was refreshing being able to see them compared to the mud where they are, most of the time, harder to see(for me anyway). We actually caught more walleyes there than on the mud and, today, the average was bigger. Most of the mud walleyes today were 15"-15.5" while the walleyes we caught adjacent to the rocks were beautiful 16"-17.5" The first walleye my wife caught there was smallish but that was the only one. In addition I got a 18" smallmouth in 25' of water that had me going for a bit. When it didn't give me the tell-tale thump when it ran I was certain I didn't have my first big walleye of the season cry

The reason for todays post is that several people that I talk to are having issues with mud questions: are they only on deep mud?, how do you tell if it's mud?, how long will they be on the mud? Well, a blanket answer today would be: if you feel more comfortable fishing more "typical" walleye structure away from the big crowds of boats, then, by all means, give it a try because they were certainly there for us today.

Personally, I'll keep fishing both places until they all go to the rocks.

Good Fishing,

MarkB smile

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Thanks for the updates Mark. How can you tell if you are on top of the mud versus rocks?

Thanks

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Visually, you can see the difference on your sonar. Mud shows up somewhat granular and dull colored:

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Rock will show up as a solid dark band and, of course, large boulders,etc. will protrude up from the bottom.

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Now, this is precisely the reason I like using bouncers. With a bouncer, a fast tip, and braid, I can "feel" the bottom blindfolded and know what it is.

Hope this helps.

Good Fishing,

MarkB smile

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The walleyes were scattered from 25'-29' for about 200 yards along the deep edge of the reef.

bingo!

also, the way we could tell is when you use an old fashion bottom bouncer, you can tink it down the rocks and the when you hit the mud you can feel the soft bottom, do that on a few drifts and pay attention to how deep the transition is and then use your gps and trolling motor to keep you there and follow the structure.. that mixed with my new Humminbird 798 on the same screen that Mark showed is an easy way to find the transition.

Our biggest fish were actually on the rocks and they must have been huge because we were snagging all the time in that spot compared to our other spots.

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delcecchi

Our biggest fish were actually on the rocks and they must have been huge because we were snagging all the time in that spot compared to our other spots.

The fish were huge or the rocks were huge? I presume it was the rocks that were huge, but that's not what you wrote. Grammar police in action.

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Casey Sunsdahl

There are some big fish there also.. I have a giant corrugated plastic check

To prove it grin

Capt.

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Lol I didn't know I had to use proper grammar on here... I was on the Tower end where that is allowed, i guess you get called out on the cook side.

I meant the rocks but there was no doubt they were holding bigger fish.

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Yep, folks is very picky about proper language usage on the Cook end. smile

Nah, it just struck me funny is all. Like the old grouch marx thing about "One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas I don't know"

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Mark,

The graphs are very helpful identifying rocks versus mud. Much appreciated! Does anyone have the full auto Glass standings? Can't find on the web.

Also, does anyone else get logged out of the forums regularly after checking "remember me"? not a big deal, but I must contiuously enter my ID and password.

Thanks

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They compiled the results yesterday and they are being uploaded today on their website. 27 teams out of 91 didn't weigh a fish, I thought it was less than that but that is still pretty good, I think they said there were 350 or so walleyes weighed, 3 over 26" and that doesn't count the ones that people culled and I heard a few guys say that they just took theirs home for the frying pan instead of weighing them. (going off of memory so may be a bit sketchy)

That is very impressive!

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WallEYES

Got into the slab crappies on opener...here are a fewfull-885-20832-540012_4035141123782_1439

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Cliff Wagenbach

Got into the slab crappies on opener...here are a fewfull-885-20832-540012_4035141123782_1439

Nice crappies! Great photo!

Cliff

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Greg Clusiau

2012 City Auto Glass Walleye Classic results:

1. Casey Sunsdahl & David Schaeffer – 14.56 pds (*New tourney record*)

2. Steve Amundson & Brandon Mihm – 10.63

3. Tom Schlotec & Len Petroskey – 9.72

4. Tony Oehrlein & Brian Zak – 9.50

5. Buck & Todd Lescarbeau – 9.45

6. Troy Jutting & Ben Johnson – 8.30

7. Ralph Teschner & Horst Graser – 8.12

8. Zach Dagel & David LaCoe – 8.08

9. Jerry & John Waldvogel – 7.94

10. Pat Savage & John Martire – 7.88

11. Chad & Scott Hinrichs – 7.81

12. Dave & Zachary Beckmann – 7.66

13. Mike McPherson & Steve Krasaway – 7.63

14. Russ Dahl & Gary Savela – 7.25

15. Tim & Andy Woitalla – 6.92

16. Steve Rowe & Troy Weyrens – 6.73

17. Steve & Terry Anderson – 6.68

18. Jeff & Frank Niepagen – 6.53

19. Tim & Steve Tauer – 6.16

20. Lorne Jonassen & Mark Sindelir – 6.13

21. John Cochems & John Reilly – 6.11

22. Marc Snow & Brad Engman – 5.67

23. Terry Sjoberg & Kyhl Kissinger – 5.59

24. Don Neisen & Trent Zilmer – 5.36

25. Jack & Mark Bradach – 5.32

26. Brandon Ward & Josh Juaire – 5.24

27. Duane Zywicki & Jamie Loftis – 5.18

28. Paul Pollock & Joe Secola – 5.17

29. Joe Lorenz & Noah Wendorf – 5.16

30. Brad Zilmer & Matt Weimer – 5.12

31. Jeff & Tristana Tatur – 5.03

32. Brad Schuett & Keith Behn – 4.92

33. Henry & Michael Gatzke – 4.58

34. Travis Sorokie & Greg Clusiau – 4.55

35. Johnny & Mike Neisen – 4.45

36. Greg Ribich & Bob Lubovich – 4.29

37. John Cann & Ted Olson – 4.12

38. Jason Svaleson & Gunder Nelson – 4.02

39. Craig & Darin Johnson – 3.87

40. Allan Thompson & Brock Dahl – 3.37

41. Denny VanDeLinde & Larry Burton – 3.30

42. Bobby Schlieske & Scott Dougherty – 3.16

43. Jim Buranen & Darren Simonson – 3.13

44. Patrick MacMillan & Catherine Farley – 3.04

45. Tom Taber & David Haedtke – 2.97

46. Jim Patterson & Adam Ryan – 2.79

47. Mike Sanborn & John Kerr – 2.77

48. Grant Schultz & Lance Dougherty – 2.42

49. Doug Palazzari & Jim Perpich – 2.15

50. Sam & Paul Stanisich – 2.10

51. Erik Ruud & Josh Simon – 2.04

52. Matt Nelson & Mike Sehr – 1.95

53. Jason Hamre & Rich Lees – 1.87

54. Paul Duerre & Josh Kruse – 1.71

55. Joni Mogen-Pfutzenreuter & Pia Starkovich – 1.69

56. Randy Marsh & Gary Setala – 1.36

57. Chris Vogel & Bill Detienne – 1.28

58. Josh Day & Todd Sturk – 1.19

59. Jeff Jandl & Lloyd Williamson – 1.17

60. Ron & Rick Flesvig – 1.06

61. Ben Dery & Dan Brelje - .96

62. Ryan Rud & Joel Pagnac - .88

63. Mark Vermette & Mike St. Vincent - .79

64-90: 27 teams with 0.00 pds

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