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Mark Christianson

10/8-10/9 Miss reports

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What the heck happened????
Thursday we went out and got 37 smallies for 2 guys.
Today, it was 4 of us(Smallie_Hog, myself and our sons).
We boated 6 bass total today. There was NOTHING working. Absolutely crazy.

We did however have an experience that I think will take the top spot of any river adventure that anyone has taken this year.

We got to watch a guy floating down river with 2 law enforcement boats trying to catch him! It was nuts. No clue what was going on, but we saw the guy treading water, and slowing moving down river for over 20 minutes. He would go under the water for a while, then come back up again. At one point, both boats converged on him, and it was chaos. The guy dove under water, and swam under one of the boats, and popped up down river on the other side of it. They were trying to get the guy to take a life jacket, they were holding out long poles for him to grab, and he just kept hollering at them. They finally got the guy and raced off.
It was not something I expect I will ever see again. Very wierd.

The water was 51 degrees. I can't believe the guy made it that long, and who knows how far up river this whole thing started.

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BigMike

BLB - crazy story about the guy evading officers! Definitely a good river adventure...you just never know what is going to happen on the river!

I went out today with Marblei (Thanks again James!). We hit the monti/otsego stretch and had similar success: a pretty tough go at it ALL morning! The water looked real cloudy and I didn't even get a fish in the boat for the first 2-2.5hrs! Marblei caught a nice 18incher and had most of the fish for the morning. I finally a few in the boat, mostly 12-14's.

However, I did hit the water in the waders from 1-3 after our float trip and nailed tons of "pocket bass" (less than 10'') with one nice 17.5''. I saw a boat drifting down (2 dads & 3sons) and as they drifted by the son caught a huge smallie - probably 19-20''. The dad's were freaking out more than their sons! LOL! It's always great to see kids catch'en whoppers! Maybe that is my problem - I grew up and now I don't catch'dem whoppers any more (except the kind from Burger King - hence the co-sign "bigmike" rolleyes.gif

I used a bunch of lures today: cranks, spinnerbaits, inline spinners, buzz, tubes, plastic stik baits, etc...

I think the morning bite just hasn't been there like it was last fall. But once noon/early afternoon rolls in, the fishing seems to pick up. Maybe I need to stop getting up at 5:30am every Saturday and start heading up there around noon!

Can't beat the amazing views, river foliage, bald eagles, & 'dem smallies (even if they are fewer and farther between)!

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Royce Aardahl

I decided not to hit the woods and got in a couple hours this afternoon. Really beautifull out there! Worked hard and boated 8 with three at 17 and the rest smaller. 6 on mepps and 2 on plastic.

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Mark Christianson

Great pic eyedude.

I wonder if Smallie_hog can figure out the exact location????

I'll bet my next paycheck that he can.. smile.gif

Hey, how has the bowhunting been going in MN? (Not to change the subject here)

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Royce Aardahl

Been out 4 times so far. Had a six pointer under me for about 15 mintutes one time and another 6 pointer at 40 yards another time but they get to grow. No does came buy yet for the extra tag. I might try to get out today.

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Mark Christianson

What'd ya get RR???????

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river rat316

just a little dinky 14 footer from val but she goes up and down the river and floats I will have plenty of time to work on her this winter and turn her into a good river machine I only hit bottom once and had a nasty run in with a overhanging tree while we were drifting... all the sudden I here my son go uhhohhh and I turned around just in time to almost be impalled in the throat by a branch and my son had to dive to the bottom of the boat to avoid the main limb that ended up ripping off my pedestal.... I think I need to remember to pay attenntion at all times... It'll take some getting used to..... no more daydreaming about kt giving me the deal of a lifetime on a riverpro while I'm out there

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river rat316

I finally got my river rig!! but man is it weird fishing from a boat in that river! spent bout an hour farting around this morning and caught one at 17 inches and my son had a monster break his 6 pound test at the boat ( never seen him so upset over a fish, he really wanted to be king for a day! so I let him reel mine in) but no other bites kinda weird was expecting alot more action

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river rat316

With temps forecasted to be in the 40's this weekend I doubt it will be this weekend but if we get a nice saturday I'll definetely take you out, if no more nice weekends she goes in the garage so I can put that marine plywood to good use!! I'm also looking for a trolling motor and depthfinder... comeon HT I know you want a 100+ lbs of thrust model sell me your old one it might get my little boat up on plane lol

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Mark Christianson

Hey,
RR, I have a Minnkota bow mount laying in the garage.
I think its only 36 lb though.

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Do you need a graph? I just put a new one in my Dads boat as well.

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river rat316

How do you think a 36 lb would fair in the river? (it is only a small 14 footer) and thats a yes on the graph! drop me an email cdemars316@yahoo.com


lol didnt notice your email I'll email you!

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BigMike

RR - congrats on the boat! I'm jealous - even if it is "dinky 14 footer", a boat is a boat. Now you don't have any more excuse for not showing me the secret spots cool.gif j/k. Now you've got to figure out a way to get the digital camera up and working again. LOL.

This weekend's bite was slower than I expected it to be, but I know that won't keep you from getting out on the river in the new rig. Drop me an email sometime bigmikefm@comcast.net

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EBass

I have a 50lb thrust and it slows me down but I can't go upstream in the swifter current. I have a 14' jon boat to. It's better than nothing, but if you want to "hover" in one area with a trolling motor you'll need a lot more thrust. At least 74lbs.

I know, it sucks - I have to get a new one next year as well, and a jet, and a GPS, and a wheeler, and new ice house and some more rods n reels and .. oh I can shut it now. smile.gif

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HawgTide

RR, I guess I'll be running into you a lot now, well at least starting next year. If you really want to do well out there, 74lb or better is the way to go. Running a motor on high all the time will drain that battery fast. I usually keep my 82lb thrust at about 1/2 max power and it will last all day.

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river rat316

sooooo what your telling me HT is that you want that 100+ pd model so you can run it at 1/4 throttle and sell me your 82? sound right? lol think I'm gonna buy blb's deal though if it dont work I'll just have to save up over winter.... or find out where you live lol jk

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HawgTide

RR, If you saw the beating that mine takes, you probably wouldn't want it.

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BigMike

All I have to say RR is something is better than nothing, however 74+lbs is the way to go for any kind of heavier current. A 55 will do the trick in slower current and slow you down enough to slowly slip. If you buy a 12volt trolling motor just buy another battery and make sure both are charged and in the boat to just swap when one runs outta juice as you'll probably be running full power all day with less than a 74lb.

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HawgTide

BM, if you have a 12V system with 2 batteries, you just connect them in a parallel circuit (+ to +, - to -), that will keep the voltage the same (12V) and double the "staying" power. Sort of like a Trolling motor on Viagra.

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Mark Christianson

Thats the set up I have in my boat.
Amazing how much longer it lasts on full power.

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BigMike

Duh, I knew that! LOL. It's been one of those days, I'm telling you!!! Is it time to go fishing yet...

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