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Northerns?


Bobb-o

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anybody havew any reports aboot northerns? got my dad, brother and a couple uncles coming up this weekend, all red Lake rookies and am hoping to get them on one or two gators.

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I have heard that the Northerns have been on one heck of a tear out of Hillmans out deep with the crappies. Some of the crappie fisherman are complaining about the pike trashing their crappie rigs. Sounds like its time for a little gator pest control. wink.gif

I will be out of Rogers on the south Shore this weekend for the slabfest and I may stray from the group and look for my last run in with a few pike in that area.

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Hi Bobbo, The Gators are alive and well on Red Lake. I was up last weekend, in that cold weather with my son. We stayed in one of Fosters Rentals and I had just put two tip-ups outside and went back in to warm up and lone behold one of the flags was already up and spinning like crazy. Well I ran out and proceeded to catch my biggest Pike of my life and what an absolute adrenline rush it was, all 42 inches and 21 pounds of her. What a Great Lake!!! Good luck to you on your pike quest, they are definitely in their. We were out of Hillmans about 7 miles out.

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We got several real nice northerns out of Agassiz 6 mi. or so.

Tip ups with suckers or crappie rigs did the trick. Got a better chance of landing 'em with the leaders on tip ups but you can get even bigger northerns maybe 40% of the time on crappie rigs if you play'em right- on the other hand getting a crappie on a large sucker minnow I'm guessin' is pretty rare.

One option is to put down one rattle reel or heavy rod and leader combo in your house if you have a 4 or 6 holer

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Slabby, did you have any luck with the slabs 6 miles out of agassiz? I am renting a shack out there this weekend.

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    • redlabguy
      Mark, Glad your crew had another great outing. It’s always good to read your reports. Just wish there were more of them like the old days. Sorry you hit the storm. One of the worst in our 14 years. We’ll be dealing with dock issues for a long time but nothing like the good folks in Cook have.  The fishing has come around a little since the storm. Definitely nightcrawler now. I don’t get far out of Frazer but the reefs are where the action is. Looking forward to hearing from you in September.  My best to you and Linda, RLG p.s. Our good old red lab, Ole, cashed it in last summer, but we have a 6 month old lab now who is learning the ropes up here (and teaching us we’re older than we think we are!)
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