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Any FMers fish this tournament? I'm just curious what the heck guys like the Linders do to consistanly catch those monster smallies?

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Al fished in Seine Bay.

I was fishing on Thursday a.m. in an area called the Hole in the Wall. The Hole is a narrow section of water which connects Bleak Bay and Seine Bay. It's about 200 yards long and 20 yards wide.

We were there jerking up weed walleyes in 8 feet of water, when I could hear a boat in the distance speeding toward us. I said to my partners that the driver is going to be surprised to see us in the Hole. There is not enough room for more than one boat.

Five seconds later a Pro-V with a 250hp comes around the corner full blast. The driver sees me at the last second and pulled back on the throttle. He looked scared, realizing how close he came to bashing in to us at 40 mph.

My buddy gets a look at the driver and whispers "do you know who that is.... that's Al F'n Linder!

We waved, but Al had no time for us. He putted by us and headed in to Seine Bay.


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Jimmy Lindner has the fish pretty well figurer out as do the lindsey's.

I fish the event, did ok, We also fish east, The hole in the wall is not a safe place to be during the event as several of us cut between bleak and seine.

We do slow down a little, but I know a lot of boats (non tournament blast through there too.

The fish out east did not go for us, we had about 14-15 lbs a day, but I have weighed a 21 lb bag from there!

I probably saw you there too.

Al fishes out there because if they go for even two days you can really sack them up.

It is pretty cool to be fishing aspot and have AL come around the corner and see you on the spot he wanted!

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The Linders pattern that has won the previous two derby's was to target deeper orientated smelt feeding fish. They were using smelt looking plastics like the Berkly Power Bait Smelt minnow. They use a slow dying smelt presentaion and use very little rod jerking. They drag the deeper areas but just down a few feet. Suspended fish rise up and eat their baits. They usually fish the mainlake stuff with very deep water within a cast of them. It's a very hard presentation to get right.

This year that bite died after day one and they switched to a "run and gun" like the teams who ended up winning it but it was too late. The "run and gun" using similar baits won.

The fish were moving hard this year which made for a tough bite for those that failed to move enough to find an active school. Moving fish usually are never interested in eating until arriving where they expect to eat.

The best way (once the bass masters are gone) to catch the big fish is to top water. Adjust your presentation to match the conditions whether to pop, prop, or walk the dog. The big are easy to fool with the top water, once all the traffic has left the lake and the fish settle down.

Smelt looking plastics should also be used. Flukes pinned on 1/16 onze aspirin head jigs with large eyes on the jig works well. Putting the rods in a rod holder will open your eyes to catching large fish that will not go if you are actively jigging it. The "do nothing" approach works best when fishing with the fluke for suspended fish.

Rainy Dude.

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Good Post! I've been up there a few times and the sheer size of that lake makes finding and keeping on these smallies amazing to me. I'll caught them on topwater in 50 feet of water on that lake, sometimes you'll just be there and the suckers start jumping all around you in the middle of nowhere and you can catch 5 of them in 5 minutes.

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