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Spent a little time on the river tonight running around with the jonboat! Caught a few white bass and a few sheephead in very shallow water along the current seams! Could only catch them on beetle spins. Couldn't get a bite on ringworms or ring-n grubs! Lots of baitfish along the banks! We need rain, BAD!

Also ran into Kodiak down by the access! Always nice running into fellow FMers!

Rainman

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Thats kind of what I found the other day.The clarity is good ,so you would think that a plain plastic would do the trick,but they seemed to want a little flash.Every fish I caught was on a jig spinner with a power grub retieved as slow as you could while still keeping the spinner going.
The sun is warming up those little pockets along the shore and the shiners are thick in them.Amazing we are not seeing more fish feeding on all that bait!
Did you get a temp reading?

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Dennis/Rainman-

what color of ring n grub is hot in the minnesota river this time of the year, i am going to order some but i dont want to buy some colors that arent too effective. Also what type of jighead should i use on them? Help would be greatly appreciated... I got to get me a jonboat like rainman has, nice little unit for the river!

BTW- should get that rain today or tonight..by the looks of it.

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Finally found some white bass last night, we caught a couple of small ones, and missed a ton of fish. They were hitting real short, either that or they were small 'eyes stripping our minnows all the time. Nice day to be fishing though. I saw somebody out in a boat too, that was kinda surprising, i dont see many boats here in Mankato. Fish were biting on small white jigs in fast moving water, tipped with fatheads.

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Hey JP, E-mail me.. [email protected]

I'm gonna try and head down there tomorrow after work..Theres a spot thats calling me!

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The H2O precision jigs are made for ringies and ring n grubs. So far the only place I know, (unless you can get them here, sorry Rick I don't know if you have them) is Everts resort. (spelling off) They have a little hook that keeps the plastic on (not the main hook) and the hook shank is longer than say a fireball jig. Now is there a snagless version?

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MY favorite Catch-N Tackle colors for the MN River are chartruese/white core,tomato core,and chartruese sparkle,along with the white/firetail.They are very visible in the murky water.I think the ringworms are on the specials and rigging page.They have not put them up in the regular plastics section yet.I would get stocked up before opener to make sure you they are not short on the best colors.
I almost always use a yellow/orange jig head.Its been the best producer for me no matter the color of the plastic.JR's Tackle has some round heads with glow paint.The paint is tough and they really glow!That is what I am going to be using this year.I think the glow will catch the eye of more fish.I know they caught my eye. smile.gif
They also have some rattle jigs.I had been using the little glass rattle in my grubs for years and a lot of the time it can make a big difference.These rattle jigs are going to be sweet.I beleive they are brass rattles and they do make a lot of noise.It gets a fish's attention.

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Kodiak,
I pretty much use the same colors that Dennis uses! For jigheads I use mainly regular Northland and Cabelas jigs in Chart/green or chart/orange in 1/4 - 3/8 ounce sizes for heavier current areas, I usually use either H20 jigs or superdoo jigs for anything under 1/4 ounce sizes! Hope this helps! Keep us posted!

Rainman

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If the weather isn't TOO cold or windy tommorow, I think I may give those bass another try. I have a stupid class from 3:30-5pm, so I may be out in the early afternoon for an hour or two or after class. We're you trying to get ahold of my Dark30? If you wanna meet up for some river fishing, you can email at [email protected] I check it a few times a day usually.

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Ya, I was thinking of heading down that way today after work but now it looks like the weather is gonna turn sour. I may just stay close to home instead..I'll mail ya so we can connect later if nothng else. I'll be gone this weekend.

I tried for about an hour last night near Belle Plaine. Using Crawlers again, I hooked two good size water swine and had a number of bumps. The Minnesota is dropping pretty fast. I'm gonna try playing around Bevens Creek next week.

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Thanks Rainman and Dennis for the jig info, i was down there yesterday afternoon 4/7, got a white bass and a huge carp, the bass wasnt too big but was fun to get one under my belt for the start of the year lol. Got the carp on gold ol corn and got the bass on a fast retrieve on a power grub.

L8R

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