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SkunkedAgain

Congratulations on retiring. I hope the final day is a long lunch and a beer send-off.

 

I'll see you out there.

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Hookmaster

Congratulations on your retirement CigarGuy. I retired in December and it's fantabulous!!!  😃

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JerkinLips

Congratulations on retirement, CigarGuy.  It has been 2 years for me now and I know you will love it.  Can't say I have been fishing more than when I was working, but at least I can pick the best times to go.

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delcecchi

Congratulations on Retirement!

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SkunkedAgain

I was awakened this morning by the sweet sound of a 2-stroke plodding through Black Bay on the crappie hunt. It's a much better wakeup sound than a whiney snowmobile motor, that's for sure. I should find an alarm clock that sounds like an old outboard plowing through the lake waters....

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Sorgy

Cigar Guy congrats on your retirement!!! I will start spending a lot more time up there this season as well. There is nothing like that first run down the lake of the season. Good luck  on the early season crappies.

 

Steve

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Raven77

Congrats Bill!

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Fish Head

Congrats! I've got another 5 or 6 years to go before retirement. Plan to spend half the year at Vermilion and half in Hawaii. Already saving up for a saltwater fishing boat. 

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CigarGuy

Thanks for the retirement wishes! Spent the first official day putting in a new onboard charger in my boat and doing a little road maintenance with my neighbor. Just sat on the neighbors dock for an hour and got one crappie. Start of retirement feels great!

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SkunkedAgain

I saw a few boats out in the water but not as many as I expected for a nice weekend. When I left on Sunday night I noticed that your dock was still up, but I think your lights were on. It was tough though to see through the raindrops pelting my face! Fun times on the lake.

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CigarGuy

I got up Sunday afternoon. I'm debating dropping my dock in, I want my dock builder/ barge company to see the lean or torque that's on it since they made the "L" permanent. One boat came out of Black Bay when we were fishing. Did you happen to notice the water temp in the bay?

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BrianF

Was 46-48 degrees.  Guessing it’s come off of that since Sun afternoon. 

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SkunkedAgain

Thanks BrianF. I only took the boat out once and that was Friday evening to take a slow cruise and enjoy the sunset. I didn't pay attention to the water temp. However, there was a pod of six pelicans hanging out in the bay so that was something different.

 

Good luck with the dock.

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Sorgy

Nice view, Where on the lake is that?

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BrianF

East end of Waconda Bay.  Our dock points N towards Niles Point, which you can see in the background there.  Been eight years now since we bought; every year better than the last.   

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SkunkedAgain

That's a beautiful part of the lake. Great pictures.

 

Forgive my ignorance as this is more of a map question. Is "Garbage Point" right next to Niles Point? I've heard the name over the years and believe that it is right around there on the north side.

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BrianF

Due to all the the weeds, I’ve heard the name ‘Garbage Bay’ given to the bay just West of Niles Point - which bay actually has a name, Laura Bay - but I’ve not heard of Garbage Point.  Maybe it’s associated with Garbage Bay?  Dunno for sure...

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Crappie reports anyone?

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CigarGuy

Glad you had some luck. Dock fished every evening and only caught a couple of crappies-tossed them back. Manick put my dock in this morning, was going to wait till my lift gets put in to launch the boat. But, with your report and nicer weather coming early in the week, probably going to change my mind. Sure seemed like a lot of boats were heading back that way over the weekend. I was riding the utv, but I would be paralleling The Partridge river, but in the woods, so I don't think you could hear me. Was hoping for a report, thanks!! Btw, you made me hungry for a fresh fish dinner 👍

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SkunkedAgain

Looks like a 12oz crappie

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BigVTim
1 hour ago, SkunkedAgain said:

Looks like a 12oz crappie

12+" and said about a 1 lb fish on my bump board. They fight like bass on a med-light combo. Definitely a good way to pass the time until walleyes are fair game.

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Sorgy

BigVTim,

What version is your Helix 9? Gen 1, 2 or 3. Nice school that you found. Thanks for sharing the reports.

 

Steve

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BigVTim
13 hours ago, Sorgy said:

BigVTim,

What version is your Helix 9? Gen 1, 2 or 3. Nice school that you found. Thanks for sharing the reports.

 

Steve

Helix 9, Gen 3. Just bought it this year and got a good deal at Cabelas. I think it was $1,299 with another $100 off. Gen 3 and 4 are going to be compatible with the new Humminbird Mega Live (panoptix equivalent). Helix 10 would have been nice and fit, but another $500 felt like a lot for one more inch of screen.

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Sorgy

Those crappies did not hide from you. My old 998C HD SI did not show them very well. I could see the specs of white but very rarely saw the shadows. I am looking at an upgrade this season but I may go to the 12 Version 4  if I can find one over the next couple of months. A red squirrel chewed both of my transducer cables over the winter so now I am wheeling and dealing on replacements. Cash I am saving for the big upgrade..

 

Good Luck

 

Steve

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StateofHockey

Nice to be out in the Lund this weekend. Chased the crappies around Black bay, kind of run and gun, getting one or two on most spots but then would need to move again. Most bites seemed in 18" or less but I really didn't try deeper water.

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