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Zippel Bay Report 03/09 to 03/12 (With Pic of Gator)

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We had two houses - sleeper in the shallows and day house in the deep. We did much better in the shallows. 4 of us brought our limit home of walleyes but were only able to catch 3 keeper saugers. Did the best in the morning on the shallows. Our alarm clock was the rattle reels, once one went off, time to get up and start fishing. There was an average to below average evening bite in the shallows. Day bite in the deep house didn't go too good - we maybe got 10 fish between 4 of us. We caught a total of 52 fish for the trip! It wasn't fast and furious but it was still fun just to be with friends and family.

There was one nice pike caught by a member in our group, the only pike caught matter of fact. Caught it on a tip-up right before dark. Was just getting ready to pull it up when it hit. See the pics below. It came in at right around 40 to 41 inches.





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Thanks for posting your results, always good to get an update on the activity. Nice Nort, they are a nice bonus and get the blood pumping again. Good luck and hang on. Bill

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