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11 1/2 lb Pike in Wabasha back water (pic inside :-) )

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Went out and fished the Wabasha backwaters from 1-9pm on Sunday.

On my second cast i caught a 1-2 lb pike. On the 10th cast of the day my wife had a big fish follow to the boat. Stupid me says oh that probably was just a big carp swiming around (tons of em visible in the water with polarized glasses.) She says NOOO it was a big fish! So I said throw back to the same spot and do the same retrieve. It gets to within 1-2 foot of the boat and she make the spinnerbait turn to the side and ZZZINNNNNNNGGGG goes the drag as this enourmous pike slashes it and takes off. He made several large runs with it and almost got caught in the trolling motor. I put a net under it so that its gills stayed in the water while I powered up the camera.

We each took our picture with it. measure 34-35 inches and 11 1/2 lbs on my berkley lip grip scale. Black spinner bait with a trailer of a minnow like thing that comes on the new berkley minnow spoon type contraptions.



She then proceeds to catch a walleye! on the same spinnerbait! Her first walleye and her first pike! Her first pike beats my record of a 7lb pike by a long ways!


We also caught a few little smallies:



Some bass caught on spinnerbaits and buzzbaits as well. Caught 1 1/2 -2 lb bass on a green fire tiger/pike type pattern rapala x-rap. Had to stop fishing it however cause there was so much friggin foilage in the water it was about impossible.

In the backwaters in the thick mats of vegetations and weeds and moss one sometimes sees surface blow ups etc. How do you target these fish? I assume these are bass? It was so thick that spinnerbaits got clogged. Carolina rigs fouled, I couldn't puncture through with texas rigs, and my jig and pig would punch through and then come up on top when i pulled on it instead of swimming under the weeds.

What would be best presentation?

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Those backwaters are simply unreal, Carl. Great to see you and the family had a productive outting there! Good looking pics, too!

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Way to go Carl! Awesome pictures! What a great day your family had.

Where did you launch your pontoon at?

And about how to get to the fish beyond the massive veggetation, who knows. Maybe bring some Thousand Island and make a salad.

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That is simply awesome Carl. Great pics and great stories.

I'm not a bass expert, but maybe something like a Heddon Moss Boss would work in that heavy slop. Its a top water lure. Another suggestion is ask over in the bass forum. Tell them the conditions your fishing and I bet those guys could help you out.

Once again congratulations on the great day of fishing and family time.


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we launched close to the dike. came into wabasha and took hiawatha road east then south then took another road over to the edge of backwaters. if you need better directions email me and i'll send you a google maps link. or check dnr recreation compass. cchristensen15 @charter dot net

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Carl, for those annoying mats of grass, try a plastic lizard with no weight or perhaps even a sluggo worm. The lizard works great and the bass will come up from below and take it. Just move it across the top and drop it into holes in the weeds and bring it back on top. You'll want some heavier line to bring the bass out of the grass. Good luck!

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we'll have to try that next time i go back.

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