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July 4th Holiday Weekend Bass Fishing Recap

No better way to spend a long holiday weekend then doing a little bass fishing!!!  Friday July 4th, I had a guide trip out on Lake Minnetonka.  We launched out of Gray’s Bay and kind of stuck to the east end of the lake.  We started throwing some topwater and spinnerbaits over some weedlines that I had caught fish on in the past.  I caught a pike and a nice little bass pretty quick on a Vixen.  We then started working the deeper edge, quickly Daryl boated a bass on a black 10″ Power Worm.  I then caught several fish on soft plastics ranging from ring frys, robo worms and Big show paddle tails.  Daryl caught his fair share on a wacky rigged Yamamoto Senko.  We probably caught close to 10 bass on the first area.  The next area we each caught one keeper on soft plastics.  The 3rd area produced 3 small bass on spinnerbaits and another on a drop shot.  We tried a couple more deep areas, but the boat traffic started to be too much to fish main lake areas.  We then fished some shallow weeds, pads and docks.  We caught another 6-7 bass on jigs, frogs, sweet beavers & senkos.  On the way back in I spun the hub on my prop, so we ended up fishing our way back through Wayzata bay and I caught one more real nice bass on a green Brovarney Swim Jig.  We finished up in the pads across from the access and I caught one fish on a frog and 2 more on the swim jig.  All in all, a pretty good day for numbers, but nothing over 3lbs.

Saturday morning, I got out on Lake Marion just to try my spare prop, making sure it was just a spun hub on my good prop.  Thankfully that was the case, I fished for about 45 min, caught a few small keepers but nothing to write home about. 

On Sunday, my Pan-O-Prog partner spent a full day out practicing on Lake Marion.  In all, we found plenty of fish but had trouble getting the quality bites that you normally need to do well in this tournament.  Out best numbers bait was a green pumpkin Brovarney swim jig.  We covered a lot of water and that will be the plan during the tournament. 

If you are not too busy on Saturday afternoon, come check out the Pa-O-Prog weigh in at Casperson Park on Lake Marion.  The small lake usually kicks out some big bass, as it always seems to take 20-24lbs to win this tournament.

See ya on the water!
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Fishing Last Weekend

Well this past weekend I got out on one of my favorite south metro lakes to do some fun fishing.  I quickly found some of the larger bass keying in on bluegill beds.  This is an often overlooked pattern and at the same time one of my favorite ways to target post spawn largemouth bass.  You can hear more about Bluegills beds and post-spawn fishing very soon on a Podcast I did with John Haynes and Bass Fishing the Midwest.  I actually won a tournament on Chisago & Lindstrom Lakes last year on the bedding bluegill pattern.

I caught most of my nicer this past weekend in 1-4ft of water on frogs and a Deps BuzzJet in a Bluegill pattern.  You cannot complain catching 3-4lbs bass on topwater.  The frog fish were fun, but the strikes that the Buzzjet drew were some of the most ferocious I can remember.  I think it does such a great job of imitating a wounded bluegill, the big bass cannot resist hunting it down and destroying it, its pretty wild!!!

The buzzjet has a very unique and loud action on the surface, kind of a topwater slash wakebait.  Below is a picture of one of the many bass caught on the Deps Buzzjet this weekend.  This was one of the smaller ones.

Also, this weekend, I have sorted though some of my extra gear and have listed it here on eBay!  Check out my listings.  I have some Sonar & GPS units, Lowrance accessories, Sebile Magic Swimmer, Lucky Craft, more swimbaits & jigs.

Tight Lines & Good fishing!
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MN Bass Opener Big Bag Challenge!!!

Here is the deal, my buddy Josh Douglas decided to do some fun fishing on Memorial Day, not practicing for a tournament, just going out and trying to really whack’em!!!  But being the competitors that we are, we had to spice it up a little.  We decided we would make it a team tournament, US vs. the Bass!!!

We picked a South Metro lake, calculated a loft goal, set that as our mark.  Two guys, 6 hours, the goal….
Best 5 Bass = 20lbs.  I told you, we had lofty goals!!!  They sound familiar if you watched the episode of World’s Greatest Fishing Show where Zona and KVD set a 20lb goal on Lake St. Clair in the fall.  Nobody said we were original..  LOL!!!  Neither one of us would claim to be as talented as Kevin VanDam, but the antics that happen in our boats are not much different then you see on Mark Zona’s show.

We decided to fish out of Josh’s boat, we got to the landing and were fishing by about 8am.  We started the day shallow, working inside week lines and pad clumps with weightless soft plastics.  We quickly started getting bit, but the first few were the wrong size.  Keepers but not the kind of fish that add up to 20lbs.  A few more boat lengths down the bank, Josh gets a big fish on, but is snaps his fluorocarbon leader.  The fish stayed there and we could see it.  It was a real toad, we tried to get her to bite again, but nothing doing.  In the next little cut, I had a pretty good fish hooked up on a 4″ Green Pumpkin Ring Fry, but sure enough I dumped here too.  We continued to work the same patterns in similar areas and got a pretty quick limit, but it only weighed around 7lbs, time to start culling!!!

Pic of 4″ Green Pumpkin Ring Fry

Finally about an hour later I get the first nice fish in the boat, a definite 3lbs plus on the Ring Fry.  From that point on, things slowly got better, we started putting better fish in the boat.  Even though things were getting better, we both missed some more nice fish, that definitely could have helped our bag.  At about noon, I got our biggest fish yet, it was a 4lb 7oz beauty.  She took the Ring Fry as well, she was hanging on a stump in about 3ft of water.  A beautiful fish, big head & healthy, but clearly spawned out.  A week earlier and she was an easy 5 and she will be a 5lb fish later this summer when she starts putting the feed bag on.  That fish gave us about 18lbs.  We decided to head back to work that big fish from early this morning.  We made long casts to the area, no bites, we got just close enough to see she was still there, but she was not having anything to do with us, we also saw one just as big about 20yds down the bank and neither one would humor us.
We then moved out to the main lake to work some smaller pockets and some rocky humps and shoals.  I broke out my Tru-Tungsten Bluegill swimbait as I knew we needed a big bite to push us to our goal.  No takes, but I was really impressed with the action.  You will hear more about that bait this summer!!!!   Josh then tried my TT Swimbait, so I picked up my Ima Shaker in Matte Bluegill and started working the rocks & weed clumps.  I quickly boated a nice 2lb plus fish and then got a 3lb’r up to the boat on the Shaker, both nice fish, but not increasing our total.  But I was impressed with the Shaker’s action and its quick return on investment
Pics of bigger fish

We finished up working some docks, wood & milfoil with Jigs and other baits, couple more fish, but no bigguns
We ended the day with 5 fish 18lbs 4oz, overall we must have caught around 30 bass, and had several more bites and saw other big fish cruising.  Once again, it was frustrating too see so many big bass, but so many not in a catchable mood.  I think all or all but one of our big 5 came on the Ring Fry, one may have been on a weightless tube.  Had we not set the goal, we would have called the day a huge success, but we really wanted to get there, but still a great time.  We both could have fished cleaner and we both believe we had the bites to meet our goal.  I think you will see some more challenges like this in the future

I am sure you will see Josh post his summary of our trip on his Blog soon as well!  Also welcome email subscriber #71!!!

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Quick Outing, Quick Blog Entry

Well I finally got my boat out on Sunday.  Probably on Crystal Lake for about 1.5hrs, spent most of my time running the outboard to make sure everything was running well.  I also, made sure, livewell pumps, pro-air, bilge and all electronics were a go.  Might have to do a little trouble shooting on the front flasher.   Water temperature gauge said the main lake temp was around 57 degrees.

Also put down the trolling motor for a bit, threw a little #8 Husky Jerk & Secret Weapon Lures Sidearm spinnerbait.  Caught 4 bass pretty quick, 3 little fellers and one about 2.5lbs, could not find the northerns I was looking for
I also, made about 5 casts with a Picasso Fantasy Football jig across some rocks with my new Shimano Cumara Rod and Core reel just to see how it felt, better then I imagined!!!
Ken Cook Fantasy Football - Dressed

Also, if you have time, check out the Record Setters video of Paul Elias on Falcon.  You pretty much see every fish he catches and he talks a lot and breaks down the tournament, very good if you have 20 minutes to watch it.

Also, check out a new MN Bass Fishing Blog by John Haynes!!

Welcome email subscriber #70!

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First Bass Fishing outing of 2008

Hey all,

Finally got back out after my late December trip was foiled by another motorist.  The weather was beautiful for Minnesota in January standards.  For the 6 hours we fished, the temperature hovered between 35 & 40 degrees.  Overall the fishing was solid as well, I did not catch as many fish as I did in my trip in late November, but the overall quality was better.  I am going to let the pictures do most of the talking
Good Start
Brushhog with a nice a smallie & I with a 10lb 15oz carp
Josh Douglaswith a 3lb 6oz & Ryan Brant with two goodns’
Another chunk, along with my biggest 3lbs 3oz, it looks cool with the snow & ice on its tail!

I caught several fish on a drop shot Gulp Alive 3 Minnow, but most of the fish came on either a 3″ Yum or Berkley Green Pumpkin tube, the biggest was on the Power Tube.

My totals: 49 Smallmouth, 3 Rock Bass, 3 Carp
Overall 4 guys: 207 smallmouth, 3 carp, 1 walleye, 1 northern, and handful of Rock Bass

I am sure most of you enjoyed sitting on the couch watching the NFL playoffs, but you missed out

P.S. Josh & I snuck out before the bass club meeting on Monday night as well……  check back for details.

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Not Giving Up Yet – Part Two

As I eluded to in one of my comments, Josh & I did very well in our little excursion to the Mississippi River.  We started fishing sometime after 11am.  As we worked our way to the spot, the bet was set. We decided to bet big fish, and the reward would be dinner.  We also would keep track of numbers for bragging rights, it is just in our competitive nature

It started fast & furious, I managed to land 6 smallmouth bass in my first 7 casts.  When we first started, I was using a Green Pumpkin Mizmo tube on a BiteMe Tube Jig head.  I think early on, I was up 10 fish to Josh’s 4 and thats when I lost a decent fish right at the bank and soon after that I broke of my tube jig.  So I played around with my mojo rig, and caught several bass on a Baby Ring Fry-Green Pumpkin.  Although during that time period, Josh got up like 17 to 12.  That is when I told him, “numbers are all fine & good, but today its the big fish that pays the bills.”  About that time, Josh hooked a good one and lost it to a big pile of wood.

By this time, I had rigged up a 3 Green Pumpkin Berkely Power Tube on a fine wire 1/8 tube jig head.  It was game on, I came storming back and got the first fish weighing at 2lbs 14oz.  Blame Josh for the poor photo quality.
We left the first hole around 2:15pm and it was Rich 29 – Josh 24.
My First Good Smallie                                               My Power Tube Setup, Along with some chewed up casualties
At the next hole, Josh made a surge, then I got on a school of fish where it seemed like I was catching them every cast for 20 minutes.  It was actually a little ridiculous.  About the time I hit 40 fish, Josh double up his rod on fish #30 for him, but that one weighed a staunch 3lbs 13oz.  I knew I had my work cut out for me.  I caught another 10 quick fish and was at 50.  Knowing I needed to try to catch a big one, I made my way down from Josh looking for a honey hole.  Caught several more fish, but nothing over 1.5lbs.  Now I am around 65 fish, so I switch back to the mojo rig with a larger bait, a Green Pumpkin Fork Craw.  I now started catching some better fish, the number slowed but I caught several fish in the 2lb class.  I then got sawed off on the rocks by a decent fish.
One of my 2lbs+ Fish                                                                                       Josh’s 3-13
I went back to the tube near Josh, I continued to poor on the numbers of fish, and sure enough Josh got one more nice fish – 3lbs-12oz.  I think I caught about 60 of my 76 fish on that little Power Tube setup. I think Josh caught most of his fish, including the big ones on a Green Coffe Tube.  It was 5pm and now too dark to really fish, overall, very good trip.  Final fish count, Rich 76 – Josh 65.  Josh, nice job on the big fish.  On a positive note, Josh had previously told me that, none of his other buddies had every caught more fish then him here.  I guess that little run is over

Josh’s 3-12
Guess it’s time to keep our eyes on the long range forecast and wait for another warm day to sneak out
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Not giving up yet

I am refusing to let winter be here yet in Minnesota.  I am going Smallmouth Bass Fishing tomorrow.  My buddy Josh Douglas & I are going to fish the Mississippi River from an undisclosed bank location.

So today, I went through my tackle like I had a tournament tomorrow, funny stuff.  Anyways got a couple spinning rods setup with 8lb fluorocarbon and two baitcasters.  I also made up a little smallie box.  Got some 1/0 & 2/0 wide gap hooks, drop shot hooks, hair jigs, tube jigs, scroungers, etc.  Then I sorted through my plastics and grabbed a bunch of grubs, tubes, smallie beavers, & salty sinkers, etc.

I also spent some time updating my websites, as well as my MySpace page.  We even are starting to think about getting the Christmas tree setup tonight.
I have to get up early and make a bunch of turkey sandwiches from leftovers. Also, Josh & I plan to stop at Cabela’s on the way, get some last minutes supplies as well as stare at & hold the Shimano Core they have on display. It should be fun, look for a report early next week.  

I hope I do not freeze tomorrow, hopefully the smallies keep me warm
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Lake Marion Evening Outing #2 & more….

A little late, but I have been really busy.  Ryan & I got out a bit earlier on Thursday night last week.  We started out by poking around on a hard bottom spot with a Fantasy Football jig, no takers.  We then moved in and found some nice 3lb fish on an adjacent inside turn.  Ryan caught his on a Sweet Beaver on a Title Shot jig and I got mine on a Yum Craw Papi rigged on a straight shank tied with a snell knot and a  3/8oz Denny Brauer Flippin’ Weight.

We hopped around trying some different things the rest of the night, caught 8 or 9 fish, but nothing over about 2.5lbs.

Hats off to KVD as the only angler to win two Elite Series events in a single season so far.  Sounds like he pretty much cranked his way to the victory on Grand with a Strike King Series 5 & 6 Crankbaits in a new color called “Sexy Shad” that should be available for the masses very soon.  I like the sounds of it

Also, it was another Jekyll & Hyde weekend in my club tournaments on Clearwater & Chisago.  I should have posts on those in the next few days.  And thanks to Davey Hite, I got $5 back from Mr. Veech on our usual Super 6 fantasy bet.

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Lake Marion Evening Outing

So my Pan-O-Prog partner Ryan & I got out for about 2.5 hours last night on Lake Marion in Lakeville.  We decided to look for some new shallow water / slop areas to go with some of our deep water stuff that we fished last year.  We tied on frogs, buzz toads and flipping rigs and worked the shallow pads & weed mats.  We managed to catch 3 bass all around 2lbs and missed a couple more.  They all came on black floating frogs.

Nothing to write home about, but it was good to be out bass fishing again after being in Europe.  Also, while I was gone, we climbed to 39 email subscribers, thanks to all you new subscribers!

Another note, did you see the 2008 Bassmasters Schedule?

Elite Series

Click on the links below for a preview of the
2008 Bassmaster Elite Series destinations.

February 22-24 Bassmaster Classic Lake Hartwell — Greenville, S.C.

March 6-9 Sunshine Showdown Harris Chain of Lakes — Leesburg, Fla.
City of Leesburg/Lake Co. Dept. of Tourism
March 13-16 Citrus Slam Kissimmee Chain — Lake Wales, Fla.
Polk Co. Tourism/Sports Marketing
April 3-6 Lone Star Shootout Falcon Lake — Zapata, Texas
Zapata Chamber of Commerce
April 10-13 Battle on the Border Lake Amistad — Del Rio, Texas
Del Rio Convention/Visitors Bureau
May 1-4 Pride of Georgia Clarks Hill Lake — Evans, Ga
Columbia Co. Tourism
May 15-18 Carolina Clash Lake Murray — Columbia, S.C.
Capital City/Lake Murray Co. Regional Tourism
June 5-8 Southern Challenge Wheeler Lake — Decatur, Ala.
Decatur-Morgan Co. Convention/Visitors Bureau
June 12-15 Bluegrass Brawl Kentucky Lake — Gilbertsville, Ky.
State of Kentucky
June 26-29 River Rumble Mississippi River — Fort Madison, Iowa
Fort Madison Convention/Visitors Bureau
July 31-Aug. 3 Empire Chase Lake Erie/Niagara River — Buffalo, N.Y.
Buffalo Convention/Visitors Bureau
August 7-10 Champion’s Choice Oneida Lake — Syracuse, N.Y.
Syracuse Convention/Visitors Bureau

Couple thoughts, sad to see the Majors gone, but very excited to see them coming to IA, I am definitely going to put my money in for that tournament as a co-angler.  Good to see some new water like Falcon, that will be a great tournament, probably better then Amistad.  Also Lake Murray is a great lake as well.  Probably will get out on Marion tomorrow night as well.  Then Friday night I will get all tied up and prepared for my club tournaments this weekend on Clearwater & Chisago, have not been on either one this year :0

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Bass Opener on Minnetonka

Well, the plan was to hang sheet rock all weekend, but my buddies inspection did not pass, so I quickly made plans to hit the water to do some bass fishing 

Couple of my fellow Gopher club members are fishing the Denny’s tournament today and had invited me to go prefishing with them, so on Saturday morning I hopped into the Ranger with the Brant Boys.  I started the morning tossing a 6″ Optimum suspending swimbait over the milfoil & cabbage while they fished docks.  I had a good fish on for a split second, but never got to see it, not sure if it was a muskie, bass or pike.

We fished everything from 1ft to 15ft, our best fish came relatively shallow on inside weedlines, throwing soft plastics and finesse jigs tipped with smallie beavers.  I caught most of my fish pitchin’ a regular Watermelon Green Pumpkin Sweet Beaver rigged with a color matched 1/8oz. Tru-Tungsten sinker, force bead & smart peg. Based on what I saw, I would say that the vast majority of bass are already done spawning.  I would guess the best 8 fish in the boat that day would have weighed between 20-22lbs, so hopefully they bag them today.

My dad & hit the St. Croix for some smallmouth action, should have a report up on that soon as well.

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