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Cass Lake report....2/3-2/5


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My dad and I fished out of Jones' 8X20 rental hose this past weekend. Here's our results:

Friday, 2/3......We arrived at the lake at around 3:00pm. Got to meet Brian and talked to him for almost an hour. Really great guy to talk to, knows a TON about Cass. We got started at about 4:15 or so and started off with a few small perch. I got a 12" walleye, released him, and got a 16" about 10 minutes later. I would have kept him, but I did'nt have that good a grip when I brought him up....so down he went. The rest of the evening was pretty fast at times, but slowed down around 7:00. There were some nice perch mixed in, but we released all of them. Left some rattle reels down overnight....nothing touched them.

Saturday, 2/4....Morning bite was kinda slow with alot of small perch, but we did manage to get 2 10"ers which we kept. Dropped down the camera and saw a nice sized walleye at about 3pm. About fifteen minutes later, something hit a rattle reel. We got it up to about 5 feet under the ice before it snapped the line. From the looks of it, it was either a walleye, pike or small muskie. The evening bite never really happened. After Brian stopped in, we only caught about a dozen small perch. Set rattle reels down overnight again....nothing.

Sunday, 2/5...Morning bite was ok, with one more 10" perch to add to the bucket. A little bit of excitement at 9am with a 23" pike I got on rod and reel. Saw a muskie (could't tell how big it was) on the camera, so that was pretty cool. A few more small perch, but that was about it. We left at about 12:30.

All in all, it was the best fishing we've had all year. We ended up with 3 nice perch to bring home, so that was real nice. Plenty of action from the little guys, with a good number of border-line keepers mixed in. Walleyes were down there, but not biting too consistent (weather?). The ticket was using 1/4oz. Northland Buckshot rattlespoons in glow patterns tipped with either a fathead or shiner head. Glow jigs with shiners on the rattle reels did the trick too. We had a great weekend, eventhough it was a bit cold outside and we didn't get to explore at all. It was nice to meet Brian and chat for a bit. Really great guy, and I can tell you we will DEFINITELY be renting a house from him or hiring him for a day in the near future.

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Musky,

Sorry I couldn't make it out there to visit.. I'm trying to finalize my boat purchase so I was running around Saturday like crazy... I did get a chance to hit Bemidji for an hour and half Saturday... Next time up I promise I will stop by and say hi.... Thanks Again!!!!

Beef

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Beef,

Sorry that I was not able to give you a call. Forgot the piece of paper that I had written your # on. Anyways doesn't sound like you make it out to pike this weekend.

Had a decent weekend. Probably 35 8-13 inch perch wish more of those 13 inchers could of came through. Probably could of done a little better if we moved around a little more but we were too lazy and It was to cold. Sunday morning thought we had a big eye on but turned out to be a 5-6 pound eelpout. We were like finnaly an eye then we see that ugly thing come up.

Well i will be up on in 2 weeks maybe we can have a drink or something.

Matt

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I did make it out on Pike late Sunday... In 1.5 hours I think we caught 100-150 perch.... Alot of tiny ones(5"-8") but I keeped 10 perch around the 9-10 inch mark... Found the ciscoes too!!!! Fished 36 feet of water and dropped the camera down and watched a ton of perch just sit down there... It was pretty awesome.,,,

Good Luck,

Beef

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Sounds good. Yeah we had the camera down too and it was fun to watch them bite then say set it now and watch them come up. We caught a ton of small perch too. Hopefully that it only will get better. By the way what kind of boat are you going to get. A Ranger VS or Commanche???

Matt

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I have two settle with the Tuffy 18 foot osprey... It is a good looking boat and should have plenty of horsepower and toughness for the Cass Lake Chain... It maxes out at 53MPH and can handle the big waves... Should make it comfortable for guiding out of and fishing in tourny's... Can't wait to get it in the soft water!!!!

See ya soon,

Beef

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That will be a fine boat for the Cass Lake Chain. That is the problem with my Commanche is that on a windy day I don't want to be out on the north side of cass taking on water over the bow. I am trying to get my dad to get a better walleye boat for our place on Pike. I mostly fish Northerns, Muskie and Bass so that is why I got a commache, but now am targeting walleye more often that in previous years. Your boat should be perfect for the chain and 53 MPH is plenty fast enough, even though have had my Ranger at 70. smile.gif

Soft water is near.

Matt

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Hey beef,

Yeah, that's too bad we didn't get to meet. I'm not too sure if we'll be up at Cass again for the rest of the ice season this year. But, this summer I'm going to try to be at our camper at Break on the Lake as many weekends as I can. I had mentioned to Brian this past weekend about maybe hiring you guys for a summer muskie trip. I'd like to get out and fish the main lake a bit more. Maybe I can help you break-in your new boat grin.gif.

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That would be great musky... Cass and Pike Bay are still my 2 favorite lakes to fish... Hopefully with this boat I will be able to have more fun and get to more spots to explore... PikeBay, I know someone selling a 175 Tourny Pro with a 90 tiller... Interested drop me an email I can send him your way... Also there are some pretty good deals here on the For Sale Forum on walleye boats to...Take a look there you may run across a great deal for your dad grin.gifgrin.gif..

Musky we will now have the 8X20 through the rest of the hard water season to rent out... We thought the we would be taking the house down to EelPout, but we have a big interest in still renting it out... Just thought I would let you know...

Good Luck,

Beef

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