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FYI - MISSISSIPPI POOL 4 REPO - 3/15

For some reason the day just felt like a finesse day and as it turned out that was what we found on my trip today..I started double plastic rigging and stubbornly stayed with it until I was forced to go livebait because my guest was kicking my butt!!! He went plastic/livebait combo with an average sized but fiesty fathead, on a #6 blue or glow hook working by far the best for us. aggressive strikes occured on ringworms and very very subtle tag along bites on the minnows. Great day all in all most fish ran from 17-20, with one fat 25.5 inch walldad (what a piggie!). Best depths ran from 20-24 feet.

Keep catchin'
Turk Gierke

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Bodyman

How's the ice doing down that way Turk? I'm thinking I may head back to LaCrosse for the weekend and fish below Dresbach. I need a fix. Getting the jitters with this warm weather. Can't be spring yet is it???

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Turk

Mr. Bodyman,

I don't know about the ice, i've been floating the boat...it sure feels good too!

Say did you top a 20"er on the croix this winter? From what I saw the Bigger fish where a bit harder to catch this last winter...

Turk

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Hey Turk. I got one at 27" and released that. Everything else seemed to run 17"-18". I did find a secluded spot down from Afton State park. Not a soul out there. Must be the walk keeps people away. It has all the qualitys of a good fishing spot. Next year know that I know it better, I'll do better. It's killing me to see the spring comming. D##n warm weather. raising hell with all this good ice. I would rather be ice fishing then about any other thing. Especially working, and the ice is good for that to. Seems alot of people around here don't know how to drive on ice and snow.Been a busy winter for me. The body shops don't like this warm weather either :-). Acouple more trips to the ice and I guess I'll have to wait till next year. Good fishing

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