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Enough already...how about a report?

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Tell me the bite continues...I heard things were going well this weekend. Will this weather put a damper on things? I hope to be going up tomorrow...still waiting on the results of the hall pass request from the mrs.!!

One of my buddies was up a couple times last week and he said he caught them with bottom-bouncers and crawler harnesses in 26-32 feet on the east side.

Does anyone fish with jig/minnow on Mille Lacs? Seems like it should work with the reduction in bait fish...probably just need to find a gravel/rock edge in deep enough water and let it happen. Opinions?

Looking for good news...

Mike

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I have tried jigs in the past and have about the same luck as I do with a lindy rig. Seems as though most people use lindys up there however. To be honest with you I am one of those people who use lindys almost exclusivley. It has worked well lately and I guess I have used the if it ain't broke don't fix it mentality. I may try a jig this weekend myself. I think when they are biting like the have been they will hit just about anything

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DCICE

We fished Sloppy Joes and the south west shoreline reefs last friday, mainly drifting in 30-34ft by sloppys, and 19-25ft on the shoreline, was too windy to run to the north end for us. Good fish'n!!

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Mobile03

DCICE,
How did you do out there?

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Blaze

DrMike,

Was out on the "Super Puddle" 7/3 and we had 3 guys in the boat - 2 using jigs and I used a lindy. We used both leeches and crawlers. Jigs almost produced same amount of fish as the lindy, although lindy seemed more consistent. Everywhere we fished I pulled eyes with the lindy - there would be schools where the jig would be the key and the other 2 would out-fish me, and other schools where only the lindy produced. Mix it up a little and try different things to see what turns the fish on more. Crawlers -vs- leeches didn't matter, but I will say that I lost more fish on the crawler due to their tendency to nibble from back to front rather than slamming it like they did with leeches.

Tight lines,
Blaze

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Jim W

DRMIKE,

A couple weekends ago I was the only one who stuck with the jig and a leech. I never switched to the rigs and caught as many.
The key is presenting it as vertical as possible(like always). I would pick some up drifting it, but the best action came when I had it vertical.

I kept a jig even during a pretty fast drift.

I would cast it "downstream", letting it sink. As soon as it hit bttom, I reeled in the slack and kept it vertical as long as the drift would allow. Then, when my jig began drifting past and lifting off the bottom, I would repeat the process. Most fish hit right when the jig approached parallel to the bow of the boat.

Jim W

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