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Well, I didn't get any responses to my previous post and went back to Vineland to start where I left off on opener.

Yesterday the wind was going pretty good from the south. The fishing in the day was slow. But at 4pm the bite was on in 20 - 25 feet. Between two of us we boated 20 fish in 4 hours (and yes, we missed plenty too). Largest was 26 inches, 3 in the slot. It seemed everyone else around us was not as productive even when they started following our drift pattern.

So what was the secret? 8 foot snell with a #8 red hook and leech was going well until the sun started going down. Then an 8 foot snell with a #8 yellow hook and leech was UNBELIEVABLE. The GPS read our drift speed at 1 - 1.5 miles per hour, no wind sock. No other presentation came close.

Good luck, PRACTICE CATCH AND RELEASE, and I hope this helps your Memorial day weekend.

PS. I lost my unattended ultra light to a whale of a walleye. If anyone finds a Shimano Sedona on a 5 foot Gander Mountain Guide Series IM6 at the bottom of the lake, consider it yours.

[This message has been edited by Fidelis (edited 05-22-2002).]

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Thanks for the info. I used to fish the bay a lot years ago, but haven't been on Mille Lacs much for quite a few years now. I plan on spending one evening this weekend there with my wife and three kids (6, 5, and 3 years old). I'm guessing 8 foot snells in 20+ feet of water aren't going to work too well with the kids. I was thinking about slip bobbers on one of the nearby rock piles to keep it simple. Any word of how this approach was working for people? Seeing how deep everyone is fishing in their posts, I'm starting to wonder what results to expect. Other years, Memorial weekend has produced great on the rocks.

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I fished off of Indian last weekend drifting and was pulling in some real nice fish. Not much for slots but we ended up boating about 20 - 18" to 26.5". There were several boats anchored using slip bobbers doing just about as good. Also fished Wigwam Bay and caught quite a few smaller fish. 14" to 22". Ended up with 3 slots. We were drifting the bay as well. Bobbers looked like it working for quite a few. Overall, from what I observed, bobbers were working. Good luck fishin'

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