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Sand Burr

The 4th report

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Sand Burr

Well, can you say sport boat traffic! I guess thats no real big surprise considering it was the fourth of july. My success this weekend was poor at best mostly because I stopped fighting the traffic and joined them! The kids liked that anyways. When I was out the small pike along any weedline was the only fish that wanted to cooperate with me. Did hear some reports of panfish in bays without traffic. If you are heading up and plan on trolling lindys bring a few the pike will bite them off also make them long 6-10 ft worked well. Anything shorter was a dorment line probably due to the traffic. Well not much info but will be back up this weekend to try again!

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Mark Christianson

I did get out on Sandy this weekend. Unfortuneately I fished walleyes for 1.5 hours the entire weekend.
They were biting. I went out Sat night from 8 to 9:30; and I got a 23.5 inch and 17 inch Walleye. 6 others that were 10 to 13 inches.
6 to 8 feet deep. Lindy rig(home made with 4 lb test) betweeen 24 and 36 inches.
Big leeches.

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Mark Christianson

I wish I would have gotten out a little more, but the holiday cheer tied me up over the weekend.
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Sand Burr

Way to go! At least you got out in the evening. Wife kinda had me tied for the family thing and the kids were plenty beat by the end of the day (so was dad).

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united jigsticker

Yep. Plenty of Holiday Cheer.

Between boat parades, hot sunny days, and evening fireworks around the lake, I'd say it was a plenty eventful and fun weekend. Good times, unless you thought you were going to be getting some sleep before 1am.

CRACK! BANG! BOOM! smile.gif

UJ

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Sand Burr

Biglake,
Are you willing to give a general area on were you caught the "Wall Dogs"?

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Sand Burr

Nope, never intended it to be exact spots. Just a general direction and depth. Just trying to help out because I know this Mcgregor section does not see alot of action. It Sandy can be as good or better than alot walley lakes in MN. (Shhhhhhhhh)
A big thank-you to you!

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Mark Christianson

Ah Geez Sand Burr,
That's pressure that I new was going to come my way. Like lots of guys I have seen on here, specifics are tough to divulge.

Alright. The trouble is that I can't narrow it down to the specific hump/s. On the big lake, there are several reefs/small flats/sunken islands, etc...
We got them out there on the top of one of them that came up between 7 and 8 feet. The trouble is that there are several of these spots. The one in particular is due north of Battle Island(I think thats the name). Not quite half way between the island and the north shore.

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