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Zumbro River today....

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The boy and I hit the stretch between the Falls and Hammond today. We just brought the big poles and the big tackle. We hit the first wingie up from Hammond and pounded it for about an hour with no prospects.

Then we went to the place we call the long hole. We casted at that place for a half hour or so and didn't get bit there either.

Oh well we know their in there and we just couldn't stand not going down there and at least try it.

I think we are going to Mac's tomorrow after church. Anybody else want to come along and see if we can get Musky or two to cooperate? Murph, Tyler, Andy?

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Hey Dan, What time were you guys fishing?

I was down by Hammond today checking to see how much corn was left and scouting my deer hunting area for 3b. And of course I had my fishing stuff with.

I was looking for some walleye and sauger, fished the river road holes from 2:30pm till dark. But you two must have worked the fish into a frenzy for me.lol I scored a large carp and what I think was maybe a Quilback(it was some kind of rough fish, with the top point of its dorsal nearly as long as the fish was wide). Had a nice pike or musky follow a shadrap at one hole, then at another spot almost landed a musky that was probably 34-36 inches, on a rap long cast, it broke me off as I was reaching down to grab it and stole my lure. My walleye gear and 6lb test where out matched at the end.

Never did find any sauger, and some plastics that are catching just about everything on the Root river, only managed the two rough fish, so fishing really wasn't that great for me either. But at least the corn all around where I hunt is out this year.


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Hey Sarge, we started out in Hammond and worked our way upstream. Started at about 11:00. There was some people hanging out under the bridge, but I didn't know who they were. Did you see my green truck? It's too bad we missed ya!

I wish we would have brought the other poles with to try for some saugers, but we didn't. Oh well.

What kind of deer firearm season was open yesterday? I thought there sure was a lot of shooting going on up in the hills.

Pretty windy today, but I think I'll still go and give a whirl and see what happens.

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