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crazyice

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crazyice

Just wanted to say thanks again for the helpfull information that you gave us on saturday. After looking at your houses, it is too bad that we weren't able to rent from you, but hopefully next year. I will keep an eye on the reports and if things look good, we will probably be back up there on the weekend of march 24th.

As for our fishing, no 'eyes, but we did manage a meal of jumbo's. There was just two of us and I seemed to have the magic lure with a custom jig diamond jig in bright pink tipped with just a crappie minnow head. Had three jumbos over 12" and lost what I would guess to be a 14 or larger at the hole. We found the fish in 27 feet of water over sand on saturday. On sunday we searched alot of areas and ended up back where we were on saturday, but a little shallower. We finally found the perch right on the transition area from sand to gravel and rock. But they were very tight lipped. Finally to entice a bite I downsized to a #14 fly hook with a split shot 10" above the hook, and had to use the smallest WHOLE crappie minnows I could find, but even then only the small ones would take it.

Good luck to everyone in these final days of the 'eye hunt, and hope to see you in March Jim.

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The Cranker

Crazyice,

Thanks for the kind words. I am glad you found some fish. I am very thankful for all the nice things all the FM er's say here about me. I am just trying to be of any help to anyone.

Fish On!!!

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Realtor Boy

We will see you this weekend Cranker!! Im coming up with my dad and younger brother and staying in house 22, right next to Mr Bartz. grin.gif

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friz

Cranker,

Hope to see you tommorrow am, should be at Sunset between 9-10. If you happen to see Brian tell him I'll Be there!!Hope to snag a few...

Thanks,

friz

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picksbigwagon

just curious how the ice is up in that area, how will it be next weekend (3/2-3/3)????

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Team Otter

A lot can change between now and then. Just keep watching the updates.

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