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Crystal Lake Fun Fishing

Wow, October 1st already and this is only my 3rd time on the water since April that was not practicing for or fishing a tournament.  Basically John & I had a tough day on Medicine Lake the day before, so we thought we would go to Crystal for about 3-4 hours to rinse that from our mouths.

We got on the lake around 7:30am, I caught one on a light carolina rig using a Zoom Super Hog and a 1/8oz Tru-Tungsten Tungsten Sinker.  I believe I had one or two other bites out on the bar.  We then bounced into some docks, I lost a nice one on a jig and then caught a little peanut.  We fished some pads in the large no wake bay, no bites but I saw some nice fish swimming around.

We then ran across the lake to fish some other docks, I got one decent keeper on my Tru-Tungsten Jig.  We fished a bit longer, but that was the last fish we caught.  Another tough morning on the lake….  Fall fishing can be a feast or famine kind of thing, the past two days have been a bit more famine

I will spending the next couple weekends at home getting stuff done, preparing for the trip to Patoka.

Tight Lines,
Rich
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Gopher Jr. Club Tournament – Clearwater Lake – August 27, 2006

This past Sunday we had the 2nd of our two Jr. Club events.  The first event was Prior Lake back in June, where the kids fished two to a boat with a boat captain who did not fish.  This second tournament was a team format with one Jr. Angler partnered with an adult boater as a team.  A shared limit of 5 fish and the Jr. angler must catch at least 3 of the 5 fish.

I fished with Cody Sieben who is the current MN State Champion and is headed to the Jr. World Championship in February on Lake Logan Martin.  He and his father had been prefishing and I had not been on the lake in several years.  Somehow my cell phone alarm failed me and I was 15-20 minutes late, so they started fishing out of his father’s boat and had 1 keeper in the boat on a spinnerbait our of the reeds when I picked him up.

We continued fishing the reeds he was in, and as I was digging a rod to rig up out of my rod locker he got another keeper on a Green Tree Bronzeye.  I soon got my act together and caught two keepers on a Ring Fry and he missed one on the frog.  He also got a couple short fish on a white Fluke and lost one on the Fluke.

We hit another reed area and we each missed a fish and the sun was getting high so we went to check a weedline of Cody’s.  I caught a couple short fish on a Ikey Head and DT6, Cody then got a keeper on a drop-shotted Sour Grape Baby Ring Fry.  He then got another on the Ring Fry which was a nicer fish that culled.  We then moved to the docks and we each caught several fish, Cody got them on the Fluke and I got mine on Pumpkinseed Ring Fry and a Fall Craw 3/8oz Tru-Tungsten Jig.  He caught better fish then me and we ended up keeping 4 of his fish and only 1 of mine.

We won with 5 fish 9.7lbs, it was close all 5 teams had their 5 fish limit and all between 8 & 9lbs!  Did I mention I fell in the lake at our first spot adter 15 minutes of fishing, I slipped on the landing net, that is the fun story!!  I also caught a fish on Cody’s Bronzeye right at the landing after the weigh-in while waiting to load the boat.  Jr. Tournaments are always fun

Rich
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Lake Minnetonka Weekend Series Early Practice #2

My buddy and I launched out of Gray’s Bay last night at about 4:15pm.  It was a mostly overcast afternoon evening with a light easterly wind.  We spent most of the evening in Excelsior and St. Albans Bays.  We caught right around 20 fish.  Towards the end we found some better quality fish (2.5 – 3.5lbs).  Almost all our fish came on 3/8oz Tru-Tungsten Jigs in Sunfish and Watermelon Brown colors using a Green Pumpkin Speed Craw as the trailer.  I also caught one bass on a Sammy and another on a Watermelon SWL Spinnerbait with Gold Willow Blades.  This is much better than what I found in my last practice day.  I feel that these areas will only get better as we approach tournament time as the milfoil becomes less thick, it will concentrate fish in these areas.
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We hit a couple areas in Wayzata on the way back, but it was getting pretty dark and Ryan got two northerns.  I will be out there for a solid day this Satuday and hopefully next Wednesday evening.

Earlier in the day, there was small celebrity/Sponsorhip/charity type deal.  Sounds like it only took 15lbs for 6 fish, I think the bite was probably off a little, that is not that impressive for Tonka.

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Cass Lake Vacation & Leech Practice

I left directly from Pokegama to meet up with my wife and in laws for a family vacation at Sunset Cove resort on the Cass Lake Chain.  I got there on Sunday evening, no fishing.  Saturday we went to town for breakfast and I stopped to get bluegill tackle at Froggys and gas for the boat.  I took Laura, her mother and sister out in search of some bluegills, did not find anything to speak of after and hour and we went back to the cabin.  Laura and I went back out and we caught a few gills and I got a nice bass on a Jig and missed one on a Perfect Frog in the rice and pads.  I went back out myself for about 2 hours and bagged a couple nice bass on jigs and a white Snag Proof Bobby’s Perfect Frog.

Later on in the evening, it was time to put the boat on the trailer, I fished the rice near the landing with a Black Bronzeye and caught one more nice 2lb bass before the day was over.

Tuesday we fished off the dock for bluegills and perch for a bit, left the boat on the trailer all day.  I am very impressed with the Berkley Gulp Extruded Baits (Corn, Grub, Earthworm, Maggots); the maggots worked great.  Got plenty of bites, just as many as pieces of crawler and not as nearly messy.  Plus they do not rot in your boat in the sun and last forever.  Check them out next time you are doing a little panfishing.

Wednesday, on the way home, I stopped to practice on Leech for about 2.5 hours on the way home.  I boated 5 nice keeper bass all on a 1oz Blk/Brn All-Terrain Grassmaster Jig tipped with a Green Pumpkin Super Chunk..  I was using the heavy jig so I could cover water fast, and I had several follows on the jig as well.  Most of the fish came out of the reeds and one about 4lbs off a bog point.  I was pleased with what I found in such a short time and feel confident that I can put a decent limit together in my club tournament. 
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Crystal Lake – PrePractice

My partner (John) for the Crystal Lake club tournament decided to head out on Memorial Day for a little pre-practice/fun fishing.  We fished from 6am – 2pm, we started in a shallow bay with topwater, no luck on Lucky Craft Splash-Tail or 1/4oz Buzzbait.  I then switched to a watermelon Zoom Super Fluke because of the large amount of small bluegills spawning in the shallows.  I quickly caught a nice 2lb keeper on the edge of a dock.  After that I threw a brown/purple Swim Jig, I quickly caught 2 bass and got bit off by a northern.  Through the rest of the day, most of the fish we caught were relation inside weed edges and pockets.  Some were guarding fry, couple were on beds, most were just cruising.  We also picked up a few under trees and around docks, but most fish were just along the inside edge or in a pocket.  John caught all his fish on a texas-rigged Zoom Baby Brush Hog (watermelon/red) with a small pegged sinker.  I caught fish on  LFT Ring Frys, LFT Twitch Worm (watermelon) on Shakey Head, and a LFT Craw Tube (Bull Bream).  I also had my first fish on a Pumpkin/Gold Rad Lures Chatterbait, too bad it was a small pike.  I also had a 2lb bass on that spit the hook    All in all it was a pretty solid day, caught 15 keeper bass between us with the biggest being about 4lb and most around 2lb.  I plan to practice Friday and Saturday for this Sunday’s Bassmaster Weekend Series on Le Homme Deu Chain.

Tight Lines,
Rich
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Old Man River was Unkind

My first official & “legal” MN bass outing was this past Sunday – April 23rd.  My buddy John & I took his boat down to Red Wing, MN and launched it on Pool 4 of the Mississippi River.  Water temps ranged from 54-58F, a little warmer in one cut where there seemed to be some warm water discharge.  We started on some main river rip rap bank, no reel luck.  I worked that with a craw colored Bandit 200 until I lost it to the rocks.  Turns out that was the only lure I ended up losing.

We hit the next cut with rock and flooded wood.  I had one smallmouth follow and flash at my Husky Jerk.  Then I caught one, 13″ largie, on a 3/8 Chart White Secret Weapon Spinnerbait with tandem gold Indiana blades.  Fished the rest of the cut with little luck.

John & I headed to some WI backwaters and worked some more wooded banks.  I caught a really nice white bass on the spinnerbait right away.  About halfway back into the cut John banged a nice 2lb largemouth on a Lil’ Critter Finesse Jig tipped with a Smallie Beaver.  About 2 casts later I got a 12″ bucket on a texas rigged Gambler B.B. Cricket .

Still better than work,
Rich
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