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Unusual Catches On The River

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catflisher

it sure was..thats how i came to love the croix.

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F!$|-| P!/\/\P

Funny Topic.

Me and a buddy were going through the Hudson Marina and I just happen to have left my spinner bait dangle on the side of my boat and didn't think nothing much of it. I saw a momma duck and 3 baby ducks swim by close to the boat. Again, I didn't think much of it either. All the sudden my bait caster starts to zip like a big fish was on it. My rod nearly fell in the water too. All I heard was splashing and quacks. My buddy turned around and his jaw dropped with disbelief. One of the baby ducks (almost adult size and color), had bit right into my spinner bait. I couldn't get the duck in and the momma duck was going crazy like I did it on purpose. *sigh* I had to cut my line and lost my spinner bait. My buddy had some demented thoughts of what to do with the duck on my line and afterwards but, like I said, I cut the line. Not only that....everyone along the Hudson Marina park was looking at us like "(Contact Us Please) are they trying to hurt the poor wittle duck for?". Made me feel really bad. I didn't mean to do it. It was the duck's own stupidiy...or rather man's ingenious creation?

And ya...I almost caught a dead floating body...couple of years (2004?)ago on the croix. Floated down underneath the 94 bridge. Was a man that disappeared during in February...still had his mits, coat, etc on. Within minutes, Washington county sheriff and St.Croix county sheriff's closed off the entire eastern half of the croix from the 94 bridge to where the river opens up into St. Croix lake. To make things worst, I had my two daughters with me and my wife wanted to check the corpse out! I was like "Yo WOMAN, are you NUTS?"...well not in that tone and demeanor but...hehehe.

So those are the two weirdest things I have caught..er almost caught in the case of the corpse. Sorry, if someone knows the corpse.

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kaptnkarl

moon eye, eel, gare , mud puppie, shoe

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tunrevir

Allright, I have another one to add! I was fishing with Ole Matty on this past Saturday, trolling upriver and he gets a good hit solid hookup a few tugs and the line snaps. Fast foreward to today, I'm trolling upriver in the same general area but about sventy yards upriver and I get a tug. Weird, feels like a fish but not fighting much, I think maybe a branch, nope it is tugging. I see a swirl about thirty yards back and a fishes mouth...I see my lure about ten yards ahead of that but as I'm reeling in I see this fish skiing along towards the boat tenyards behind my lure. Here I see my shad rap tangled in some line and there is a fish on the other end with a firetiger flickershad in its mouth. Guess who was fishing that exact lure two days ago! What a catch! Legal eye 15 1/4"! Ole Matty will get his crank back but that walleye went into the frypan!

Tunrevir~ cool.gif

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FL SNIPER

Tunrevir...you and Ole Matty sure do make an entertaining fishing pair! With the huge crappies Matty pulls out and the trick fishing you do...interesting stuff. Good story! smile.gif

You ever fish muskies on Forest? If so, do you mind if I email you a couple questions?

Good luck with MN opener. Clam-up and myself will be on Mille Lacs early Saturday morning.

FL

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ole matty

-_-now i feel embarass that it was 15 inches walleye not 45 inches northern pike i was hoping that snapped my line off!....

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tunrevir

Quote:

Tunrevir...you and Ole Matty sure do make an entertaining fishing pair! With the huge crappies Matty pulls out and the trick fishing you do...interesting stuff. Good story!
smile.gif

FlSniper,hey you can e-mail me but I won't be back in the states till the 20th. I'm over here in Belgium today and then Italy tomorrow for a couple dqays then off to Paris and Germany. Course I couldn't resist checking out the sight this morning before I left!

You ever fish muskies on Forest? If so, do you mind if I email you a couple questions?

Good luck with MN opener. Clam-up and myself will be on Mille Lacs early Saturday morning.

FL


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FL SNIPER

I will try and get ahold of you in late May. I don't have your email address right now anyways. (I probably could do a search as I think you've posted it before.) Thanks! Enjoy your trip...hopefully its not work related and just a vacation! Clam-up and myself will try and catch a few walleyes in your name this weekend! grin.gif

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analyzer

I used to love fishing the croix with my dad when i was little. We'd go north of marine and find a log pile and sit there all day. You never knew what was gonna bite on your gob of worms...

eyes

cats

carp

sucker

redhorse

sheepdip

mooneye

buffalo

sauger

smallies

whitebass

pike

rockbass

blah blah blah

but then there was the strange stuff

leatherback turtles

clams

mud puppies

eels

sturgeon

all of that stuff use to spook me

Hasn't anyone caught a paddle fish? or are they not in the croix?

I was fishing in the bayport area this evening... and saw a beaver swimming up stream... I had no idea there were beaver in the croix.

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ole matty

i dont think there r high populations of paddlefish but few year ago i went out with my ex gf dads and he caught 4 or 5 paddlefish *24 to 38 inches* in row down at prescott area i think...

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    • IceHawk
      That's awesome Don. Very creative and looks like fun. 
    • Wanderer
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