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Went out to chester woods for a few hours friday afternoon/evening. The 24 v MinnKota 70lb thrust trolling motor was more than adequate for cruising with our pontoon boat.

For most of the first part of the time there we caught nothing. The water was surprisingly clear with visible depths of 8-10 foot. Caught a few little 8" yearling bass.

Then switched to DT10 brown/orange Rapalas. Caught the fish below as well 4-5 others slightly smaller. They regurgitated up orange crayfish demonstrating why this was an effective pattern.

One guy said he caught 40 crappies in a bay but we had no luck with those. Not even sunny on worm or paddletail.

Fun was had though.

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Thanks for the report, Carlcmc. I was about to head to bed so can get up early to try Chester tomorrow morning but fed my forum habit one more time. We'll see what tomorrow brings. I'll leave a post of some kind.

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By the way, Carlcmc, how do you get your pictures attached to the forum like that?

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