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Mel and Nancy were good friends of ours. Great folks. Miss them….  While we now have new neighbors and friends, we always will refer to that spot as ‘Luloff Point’. 

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On 9/14/2021 at 8:23 AM, BigVTim said:

Brian- funny! I knew Nancy and Mel Luloff when they were there. Fond memories… beautiful part of the lake. 

Interesting.   Have to give the narrows more respect in the future...

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41 minutes ago, tarpon6 said:

Today ended a truely epic Vermilion trip. Best smallmouth fishing I've ever experienced. They are definitely getting bigger, getting fat on all the rustys. 3 lb fish were the norm with several 3.5 - 3.75. I got three over 4 including a 4.56 yesterday. Lost a 5+ right at the boat, what a tank, ran alot of drag and took me for a couple laps around the boat. Thought I hooked a muskie until I saw it.

 

Speaking of muskie I fished more muskie this year and did not even see one (unusual) and only caught the big pike I posted earlier... Until today.   I was throwing a 3/8 spinner bait for bass and watched a good sized muskie come from side and kind of nonchalantly grab it. Fortunately I reflexively set the hook between my jaw drop and eyes ?.  Taped out at 47".  Don't worry despite not having a net and having to grab it with the boga I never hung the fish. It was fully supported with my other hand under it when I pulled it from the water for a quick measurement and pic. She swam away to grow to 50+ for next years trip.  

 

This was the kind of trip that will be hard to top.  New personal bests in smallmouth 3 times, pike and muskie.  Can't wait to come back though.

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Awesome fish!  I'll be there a week from Saturday.  Can't wait!!!

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Nice job @tarpon6.  Seems like virtually everyone is after bottom feeders on that lake.  Very refreshing to actually see someone chasing brown bass.  Beautiful muskie too.

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I am heading up there tomorrow.  Where do you guys get minnows up in the area?  Tower or Cook or down in Virginia?  I have never heard of pike suckers?  How large are they?  Are you guys fishing the East or West side of the lake?  Let me know.  I am thinking of fishing the East side tomorrow and then headed to the west side from Thursday thru Sunday.  Any help would be appreciated?  I am a newby to the area.  Any help would be appreciated.  Thanks!

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Got up Thursday evening to rain and pretty heavy wind Friday morning had us holding off on putting the boat in the water. Fished briefly Friday evening at sunset and picked up an 18" and a couple smalls. Fishing was decent Saturday morning but no real size, everything was 12-15". I had one that looked to be 17"ish flop off as I was trying to flip it into the boat. All the fish we caught were in 17-22'. We were fishing around about a 6' top but never caught anything on top. They appeared to be relating to the structure but not actually on it. Tried again Saturday evening for a couple hours and continued to pick up small walleye just like the morning. Sunday was windy again but we decided to slug it out for awhile and caught one decent perch and one small walleye. We fished similar depths and spots as Saturday but they weren't there. Marked them out in 35'+ but didn't feel like fighting the wind out in the big water so we called it quits around noon and never went back out(the wind never really did lay down or we may have tried again). Jig/minnow way outfished bottom bouncers/crawlers. Wish bottom bouncers would have worked better because it was tough to keep a jig down as fast as we were drifting and we never found a school to spot lock on.

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12 hours ago, MikeG3Boat said:

I have never heard of pike suckers?  How large are they?

Pike suckers are about 3½ inches long.  Walleyes really like them in the fall and early winter.  Caught my fish in 13-15 FOW drifting slowly.  Good solid bites.

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10 hours ago, SkunkedAgain said:

For those who think that fishing etiquette has gotten worse, I took a snapshot of the tv this morning. My 9yr old daughter loves watching old cartoons. In this one, the guy catches a fish the size of a minnow and then every boat on the lake zooms over to fish his spot. 
 

This has been happening since motor boats were invented!

 

 

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It's true!  Just got back from the west side today.  Wherever we went and spent some time drifting, trolling, or whatever, in came a bunch of boats!

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On 9/28/2021 at 4:16 PM, leechlake said:

Walleyes and Muskies biting in Head o  Lakes and Wake em Up.  I’ve had best luck finding Muskies in the old favorite cabbage spots that are near rocks. Doesn’t seem to be enough of them though. 

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Great fish. 👍 

Good to see your still kicking around! 😉

 

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spent the last five days up here in this super weather. Only complain could be it was a little too calm. Fishing was even better with a bit of walleye chop on a point, shoreline , etc..water temp was between 62-66 degrees. Most of the fish were caught in 18-25 feet of water but some in big bay came out of 40-50 feet. Most fish were just off the strictures out of the rocks.. we tried fishing top of the reef with slip bobbers with no success. Most of time, when we saw fish on electronics, we coughs the fish. Only occcassionally, did we find non biting fish. No fish over the slot, very few in the slot, most fish were good eater size.  Most fish were mid day, didn’t have to get up early or stay past dark.. pretty easy…..

 

dock bite was so, so.  

 

 

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Way to go Mark!  You haven’t lost your touch or for got your spots!

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A MarkB posting...a sight for sore eyes. 

 

It sounds like you had a great time. I enjoy reading your posts as usual.

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Great post, Mark. Great to hear from you. We had the leave the lake a week ago to get my 96 year old Mom into assisted living and from your post and partyonpine’s it sound like we missed the week of the year. I was doing the same kinds of fishing my last week, but no where near the numbers you found… but then that’s always the case. Glad you could make it up. Hopefully I’ll be around next year. 
It was a strange year with drought, smoke, very low water, but you’re right, Vermilion’s special.

Dick

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7 hours ago, Wanderer said:

Any luck with the birds?

5 woodies and 2 mallards in 3 mornings of hunting.  Haven't done that well since 2012.

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