Saturday, May 31, 2008
The weather looked threatening but I decided to head out anyway to give the Cemetery Jetty another try. The weather never got out of hand and the wind barely blew at all. The sun even made an appearance so I could see my lures a long ways away. I tried Frenzy Poppers, swim jigs, Subwalks, and X-Raps and I could not even get a sniff. I thought more fish would move in but apparently not. I saw another rainbow over Mille Lacs and enjoyed watching the birds.
As it got dark I made a last second stab at some action off the Eddy's Jetty, but two guys were fishing the center Jetty. I worked the corners and once again didn't even have a sniff.
Friday, May 30, 2008
I worked my way around the South Jetty without any action until I was casting just off the rocks at the center Jetty. I had something come up at the shore minnow Frenzy Popper. I cast back and ended up tying into a 13." I made a few more casts off the rocks on the center Jetty and another fish showed itself but didn't hit the popper. I threw back in there with a 3/16oz Wht/Chart Strike King spinnerbait and on about the 4th cast I tied into a 16.5" smallie. I then headed to the middle Jetty where I caught a 16" smallie on the Frenzy Pop fished very close in to the Jetty rocks. I am amazed this fish struck where it did. I heard somebody on a launch say "look at that rock bass he just caught." I got a chuckle out of that. I then headed to the North Jetty where I have never caught a smallmouth from. I was working the Frenzy Pop out into the lake just beyond the corner when I had another 16.5" smallmouth attack. I was quite pleased to get 4 smallouth off the Eddy's Jetty in one day. This is the best I've ever done numbers wise for smallies off the Eddy's Jetty. I think I fished from about 4:30 to 6:30pm.
I then headed over to "Cemetary Jetty" and started throwing a wht/chart Outcast Swim Jig with wht/chart grub in the cove. Last year on Opener there were a bunch of largemouth in the cove, but no such luck this year. I didn't get a bite in the cove. I headed out to the tip of the point and on my first or second cast I had my grub tail bitten in half. A few casts later straight off the point with the swim jig and I tied into yet another 16.5" smallie. I worked the point over with the swim jig and didn't get any more takers. I then worked the point over with the Frenzy Pop and didn't get so much as a sniff. I put on the wht/chart nosed Rapala Subwalk and got a 16" or so smallie up to shore where it got off. I kept working the Subwalk for a while but could not get anything more to go. I then put on a white X-Rap and I think I missed a hit. A front moved through and kicked up the wind and it sprinkled a little. When the wind was going I switched to the swim jig and had a grub stolen straight off the point. I was hoping I could get this fish to go on topwater or a spinnerbait or on the swim jig again, but it didn't cooperate. Once the front blew past there was an awesome rainbow over the lake. As the sun set it calmed down again and I got my last 17.5 smallie on the wht/chart nosed Subwalk. I headed out after sunset but before it got very dark because I worked the area hard and was just not getting any fish to go.
I was quite pleased to get a total of 7 smallies from shore. 3 Frenzy Pop, 2 Subwalk, 1 swim jig, 1 spinnerbait.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
It would have been a good day/night for me to head to the Eddy's Jetti because of that SE wind and overcast. I thought about it, but I took the Crystal Fireline off the Fig Rig and my heart was not in it, so I didn't go.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
The night could have been worse as I had a shore minnow color Frenzy Popper cut at the spool on a backlash. Fortunately the cast was at a 30degree angle from shore and there was a lot of Crystal Fireline out for me to catch. I moved down the shore towards where the lure was and cast another Frenzy Popper out and reeled it in. It took a few tries but I did eventually catch the Fireline and was able to bring the lure in. That 10lb Crystal Fireline is going to be taken off the reel and be replaced with smoke Fireline in 14lb test and hopefully that will put an end to this cutting at the spool.
Fishing was less than spectacular. On the South side I caught one small slime rocket on a white OutKast Swim Jig and missed a pike on the "lost jig". On the North side I got 1 Pike on the "lost jig," 1 small bass on the white swim jig, 1 small bass on the "lost jig," 2 bass on a bullfrog Frenzy Popper, and 1 small bass on a clown colored Subwalk (very first cast). I missed 2-3 hits on the popper and had a grub tail bit off on the "lost jig". I fished just short of 2 hours for those 5 bass and 2 pike.
Mosquito's are starting to come out and there were a lot of gnats too. Quite a bit of panfish movement on the waters surface. GOM Lee Ander got 5 bass on the South side on worms, other than that the bass seem to have vacated the south side.
It was about 8:10pm and I decided to make a quick run to see if Loon Sex Bay was on fire. Conditions were perfect to smash them in LSB if the fish were in there and active. Unfortunatly nothing was going on in LSB except a few little northerns. I might have had a bass hit on a Horny Toad by the NE cut, but that fish got off. I fished to the cut then headed to the PRO which I have already reported on.
For the Night I think I caught 22-24 bass and 6-8 pike which is a little disappointing because the water looked so good and the water temps (60degrees) seemed right.
Also the X-Rap Subwalks I won on Ebay came in the mail today. I have them in four different colors: Clown, 37, 53, and 55. I gave the white one a few quick casts at the landing to see how it ran. I think learning to walk the dog with it is going to take practice as it seemed to get out of rhythm quite easily. I tried it for a short time out on a weed flat, but had no confidence in the bait or the area so I quickly put it down.
At about 8:45pm I headed to the PRO to give the river mouth a shot. As I approached I didn't get a hit on the "lost jig" or Berkley Frenzy Popper. I decided what the heck and put on the white Subwalk. I started banging fish immediately. The first fish was a small pike. A couple of casts later I was into a small school of bass, I think I caught 4 and lost 2. They were all 14" to 15.5" bass. After that bite subsided I headed into the river a little ways and missed a bite. On the next cast I hooked into a bass and as I was reeling it in it looked like a pike must of taken a shot at the bass and was holding on. What I was actually witnessing was a second bass hitting the Subwalk and getting hooked. I landed them both. This is the first time I have ever caught two fish on the same lure on one cast Here is a pic of the two bass. They were the last one's I caught.
Rest of report to come later...
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
I think I headed out to Rock around 3PM and temps had dropped into the low 60's and were heading down with a 15mph North wind. The plan was to hit the RPRO with some Zoom Horny Toads. The day started out with both legs getting bit off a Toad and no hook up. Probably a pike. About 5 minutes later I landed this 24" Pike.
While I was fooling around trying to get the camera, the pike somehow spit my black Toad body into the lake. I worked my way East to West along the South windblown shore losing 1 Toad leg in the process. I got my first bass, 16.5", at the end of the pass by the beaver dam at the river mouth. That was a long stretch of fishless water, not a good sign. I started working my way back East along the North Shore and the next bass I scored, 16.25", came on the "lost jig." I then caught a couple of more bass on a bullfrog colored Berkley Frenzy Popper. When I got to the Eastern edge of the pass I caught a small pike. I decided to make a pass back to the West along the North shore again. On this pass I caught a few bass and pike on the popper and "lost jig". I would anchor when I would get a bass, but I don't think I ever got two fish from the same area. I also missed several hits on this pass. I did one last half past from the middle South shore West. I caught a 16.25" which I think was the same fish I caught on the "lost jig" earlier. I also caught a Pike on this pass. I left the RPRO with 10 Larry's to my credit and 5 Pike.
I then headed to the far north end of Rock where a little river runs into the lake. It would be an awesome spot except for the fact that it is a bit on the shallow side. I made a cast up to the left of where the water runs in with the popper and a bass just annihilated it. I thought I had a true pig, but it was only a fat 17.25." I continued to fish the flat in this little North bay and I caught 3 pike. One was 24" and one was 26."
From there I went to a windblown flat were pads are emerging but I didn't get a hit. With that it was about 8:15 and I called it quits. 11 bass and 8 pike.
I did hit the GOMH on the way home but didn't land a single bass.
Monday, May 26, 2008
Now being this is bass opener I started a thread in the Bass forum asking how people did. This is the one responce so far:
We did really good on Saturday, 3 over 5 lb, 6 over 4 lb, 12 over 3 lb, a couple of 2 lbs.
Not bad for a day.
I suppose this qualifies as a "report" but compare it to the average report on the walleye forum:
Got out after the storms last night. Other than a very short shower, the weather was very pleasant. The fog was pretty cool, you could hear boats running around but not see them. Visibility was good enough that we weren't worried. We figured the weather would have the fish hanging tight and a little deeper. Our target was a sand/gravel flat and we found some willing biters in the 18' to 19' range. Action slowed once the lake went flat but we manged 5 for the frying pan by that time. All in all a very nice evening on Lake Mille Lacs
The eye guys always seem to provide tidbits of real info such as depth, bottom content, general area of the lake, bait or lure used, and so forth. The report I got on the bass amounted to nothing more than a bit of bragging. Those kids of internet "reports" bug me. Gee you caught some really nice fish and had a better day on Mille Lacs than I think I have ever had, SO WHAT! For all I know this person thinks a 3lber is 5lbs or maybe the weights were taken on a scale, whatever! At a minimum I think a bass report should contain at least a general mention of the presentations that were successful. I don't think saying we got them on "tubes" or "jerk baits" or "X-Raps" is giving away much information, but at least it is some useful information none the less.
Jon Jordan who is a Mille Lacs regular reported in the walleye forum that he tried for smallies for a couple of hours with nothing to show for it. If you caught nothing, then you have nothing to tell.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
The rain that was West and North of here didn't materialize and I headed out the door at around 7:30pm. My first stop was going to be at the Bulldog Public Access but there was a car there with two people fishing. I didn't stop and went straight to the GOMH. When I arrived at the GOMH people were fishing the SE, SW, and NE sides. The guy on the SE side had just caught a walter on a leech fished on the bottom. The group on the SW side had a couple of orange bullheads and they said they also caught some jumpin bullheads. The guy on the NE side was fishing for orange bullheads and getting an occasional jumper as it got dark he started catching whiskered bullheads.
I was all set to take the NW side when two girls who were hanging out at the bridge went down there. It looked like there was a spot to fish 15 feet E of the SE side, so I headed down there and I'm glad I did. In the next hour and a half I landed 15 jumpin bullheads. 13 on a shore minnow colored Berkley Frenzy Popper and 2 on the "lost jig." All that topwater was a blast even though I always had to pick a bunch of weeds off the hook with every fish landed. The biggest I got was 16" with most being 12" or less.
I think I was standing almost right on top of a dogfish bed because there was a small dogfish giving me the eye and swimming around. I was going to try and catch it but a kid came down to talk and scared it off. After that I kind of decided it was to small to bother with. I don't know if it was even 20 inches.
As it got dark the topwater bite seemed to shut down and it was getting hard to see to work the lure. I took the "lost jig" and fished the SE side and managed to scrape up 1 more jumpin bullhead. So in a hour and a half I managed to outfish what I did on Rock yesterday in 3 hours, but the average size was quite a bit smaller, but the big fish were comparable.
I started fishing on the NE side with the wind at my back throwing a shore minnow color Berkley Frenzy Popper. I quickly put 4 jumpin bullheads and a toothy bullhead on the bank. After that the action died on the NE side so I switched to the SW side. The wind was now blowing in my face but not to bad. I managed to pick up a few right off the bat on the popper but I also missed a couple of hits. I then switched to the "lost jig" and got a couple on that, but then my tail got bit off and that was the end of that. I then switched to a white spook and caught one on that. Next I tried a couple of different X-raps but didn't get so much as a tap. I finished off fishing the SW side with the popper and got a couple of more to go. Before I left I got 1 more jumper on the NE side with the popper and had a toothy bullhead take a shot at the Spook.
For about an hour fishing I got 13 jumpin bullheads and 1 toothy. The biggest jumper maybe went 15" and the toothy was around 20" maybe under.
Also the two guys in Kayaks were fishing the greater GOMH area and getting action on bass and pike. Since they were not shore fishing they weren't in bullhead territory.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
On the West end of the RPRO there is a beaver dam and I had a shot at a big fish there 3 separate times. Twice it didn't hook up and the third time it was on and felt like the best fish of the night, but it got off. Maybe it was a dogfish.
There was still a little light left when I was all done loading up the boat so I headed to the GOMH and caught 4 solid bass on the "lost jig." I tried a little topwater with a Spook but there weren't any takers.
So for the day I caught 41 bass with the biggest being 16.5" .
Tommorrow I am gonna get up early and hit the GOMH from shore to see if I can outfish what I did on Sullivan today.
This is my first bass of the 2008 season. It hit on a white Zoom Horny Toad and went about 15.5inches.
So I get up at 4:20am with the idea of being the first one on the lake. I got burned a couple of years ago when I didn't hit it at the crack of dawn on bass opener and several boats were ahead of me into the Platte River Outlet (PRO) river mouth. Not any surprize I was first one at the launch. Got the boat in the water, motor started and I was on my way. In the distance on the west side of the lake another boat was under way and heading north. When the boat reached the "intersection" it headed west and I was out of luck. This boat was heading right for the PRO river mouth. The PRO river mouth always seems to hold aggresive bass and some of them can be very nice sized. Get first crack at it and your sure to be in business, get there 2nd and it's scraps from the table.
I ended up setting down about 150 yards South of the other boat. I changed my change of plan back to the original plan. The water was reading 57degrees and the wind was minimal so I figured topwater might be the ticket. My first cast was indeed with the purple Berkley Frenzy Popper. A couple of casts with that and I was fouling in the "hay" (stubble left over from last years wild rice). I decided the Zoom Horny Toad would be the better option as I made my way North. A little more past half way to the river mouth I had a strike on the Toad. I was not exactly fishing on point and gave a poor hookset. I thought the fish got off, but all of a sudden there was tugging on the line and I landed #1 for the year. On my way North to the river mouth I had two more good strikes on the Horny Toad but once again was not fishing on point and I missed both. The other boat had made it's way into the Platte River and so I approached the mouth. I immediately caught a bass on a white spook. Then I caught another one and I anchored. On one of the next casts I had an awesome blow up on the spook by a bass, but it didn't hook up; It was a nice fish. I worked the river mouth with the Spook, Horny Toad, 3/16oz spinnerbait, and an X-rap catching fish on all of them, but the average size was around 14 inches.
I was anchored trying to milk the river mouth when two Kayak Fisherman approached and went right by me into the river. They did not have the decency to stop fishing until they were out of casting range. I had no problem with the Kayaks going past as that they are quiet and unlikely to spook the fish, but to fish through my anchored area was bush league. I think one of the guys caught a small bass while still in my cast zone.
About 5 minutes later another fishing boat with three people approached and fished right past me also. These people knew the guys in the boat that beat me to the PRO and the word from the people that beat me was that they caught quite a few fish. After milking the river mouth for all I thought it was worth I elected not to fish behind those 4 boats in the river. I headed out to take a look at the GOMH but there were two trucks parked and guys covering the South shore. I then decided to work the flat that makes up the North side of the PRO. Conditions were still right for topwater and so I was chucking a watermelon Zoom Horny Toad. While working my way West I had the legs bit of my Toad a couple of times. I got good action on the buzzing legless Toad and so I kept fishing it. There was a boil, but I missed the fish. I quickly cast back to the spot and this time the fish was on. A 16.5" and my best of the morning. As I worked west the wind started to increase and I started working in the Spook, a spinnerbait, and the "lost jig." With the wind blowing in the remnants of last years wild rice and this years pads coming up, the water looked great but was just not holding fish. By the time I got to the river mouth the wind was really picking up. I got one small one at the river mouth.
I then made a run down the middle of the PRO with the intention of drifting in the wind and throwing a rattlebait over water that was a little deeper. Tried that and didn't get a thing. As I was getting blown along the South shore it became shallower with "hay" and emerging pads. I went to the Strike King 3/16oz spinnerbait and started catching fish. I made it to the river mouth and then headed up for another drift pass. The wind was really howling by now and I was moving quite a bit faster than I wanted to because when I got a fish, I was immediately blown right past the area it was caught from. I made several drift passes and usually caught 1 or 2 fish per pass but nothing big. I tried the "lost jig" and a white swim jig, but the spinnerbait seemed to produce best.
At about 11:10 I elected to call it quits with 24 bass landed. It was starting to cloud up and I didn't remember the rain gear, so I was going to need to hit home before venturing to Rock. At the access I was checked by CO Kuske who had been out in a boat, but pulled out just after I did. A guy with a Stratos trailored up while I was getting myself organized. He said he got a couple of really nice fish including a 19.5" but he and his buddy had under 10 total. It looked like he spent part of his time in the general vicinity of the GOMH.
I plan to rest and then hit Rock lake a little later on. Hopefully that SE wind will simmer down some.
Friday, May 23, 2008
Topwater may not go first thing, but I expect it to go at some point once the water warms up.
Updated: I just got back from the GOMH and the conditions tonight were kind of cool and windy. There was not nearly the fish activity tonight as last night. This leads me to believe that topwater first thing is a non-starter as I don't think water temps rose very much today and as mentioned above, it is going to be a cool night. I tied a spinnerbait on my topwater rod and tied the white Booyah spinnerbait on another. Now I'm thinking my first cast will either be a spinnerbait or X-rap.
How to participate as a Derby Contender:
#1 Select a moniker (example: Cyberfish, Duffman)
#2 Go out and catch big bass then measure or weigh them.
#3 Leave a comment with your moniker letting the BP know about your catch so he can credit you in the Derby.
If you have one, email a picture of you and your fish or just the fish to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Rules (as I have them so far)
The Derby starts on Minnesocold Bass Opener Saturday May 24th 2008.
This family of four (Mom not in pic) fished the SW side and they managed to get one nice silver, a few oranges, and even a couple of jumpin bullheads. On the left is Willard on the pallets.
This jumper was a solid 19.25". Willard took the picture which uncropped was a great shot of the GOMH bridge. Willard said he was no photographer and I am inclined to agree.
Fishing Report: The day was warmer with a little bit of a NE breeze. I arrived at the GOMH sometime before 6:30pm and got right to trying to catch a few toothy bullheads on the "lost jig." All that I could get to bite were a bunch of pesky little jumpin bullheads, with the exception of the bullhead in the picture. I had 30 jumpin bullheads by the time the two family's with kids arrived around 7:15pm with probably 25 of the bullheads being smaller than 12 inches. Since the toothy bullheads were just not going, I gave my spot on the SE side to the red head kid and his Dad. What they caught is underneath the picture.
I stood over on the SW side of the bridge and watched the family with the two little boys do there fishing. It was semi-organized chaos. It is a miracle that they didn't end up with some day ending tangles. What they caught is underneath the picture. At about 8:15pm they packed up and left which I kind of figured would happen.
I took up position on the SW side to try for some silver bullheads on the glow Cubby and a minnow. The fish did not disappoint and I landed several silvers quickly and missed a few. I gave the fish to Willard who actually was fishing tonight. By this point Willard had a small collection of orange bullheads and one silver. It turned out to be a very nice evening as the wind died down and there was lots of fish activity on the water. Willard was his effusive self commenting on what a nice night to fish it was and on how good the fishing was. Willard went home with a limit of 10 silver bullheads and 9 or 10 fair sized orange bullheads. I donated 6 silvers to that cause. I ended the night ar 9:35pm with a total of 6 silver bullheads, 33 jumpin bullheads, 0 toothy bullheads, and 0 dogfish.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Hellabass has clued me in to a fourth BassNblog from a member of the Gopher Bassmasters Club. The guys name is Sport Smith and just like Rich "Hellabass" Lindgren he has a main webpage: SportSmithFishing.com. Now we will probably be getting a fourth perspective on Gopher Bassmasters Tournaments.
He has a blog up about the tournaments at Bone and Deer...
Hellabass has now blogged the Deer Lake tourny...
Not a Minnesocold BassNblogger but the Mitchell Report has a new tournament blog up...
Josh Douglas at Bone WI... Not bad for a no cull.
John Haynes at Bone and Deer WI... Get em next time John!
Carl Spande at Beaver Dam WI... Way to go Carl!!!
Bob Downey at Beaver Dam WI... Way to go Bob!!!
Yes that is right, there are 3 BassNbloggers in Minnesocold's Gopher Bassmaster Club and 2 BassNbloggers in Minnesocold's Lakes Area Bassmasters Club.
Art Simms at the Balsam WI Lake Fishers of Men... I feel your pain Art.
Don Zaegel at Upper Chesapeake Bay BASS/ABA Weekend Series... Way to go Don!!!
He's not a tournament guy, but he has been offering up some helpful tips, so check out Bassfishingdem @ I am a bass fisherman.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Happy Birthday Devi Doo!!!
Devin lives in FL, so I won't be attending a birthday party. Devin hit the terrible two's at about 6 months old, so Steve and Kim have so much to look forward to as the little tornado spins around faster and faster. She is a cute kid, and even though she has met me now, I don't think she knows her Uncle Dave from Uncle Jeff. She knows Uncle Todd though.
I headed to the GOMH at about 6:15 and stopped at Bear Trax to get my last scoop of crappie minnows for the year. My "bait card" was full so the minnows were free. Now I am entered into a drawing to win free stuff. When I got to the GOMH around 6:35pm no one was there but Willard. I was kind of surprised because it was sunny and half way decent out at this point; It did get quite cool as the sun went down. I started on the NE side and immediately noticed pink stakes that were driven into the lake. Maybe the Platte/Sullivan channel bridge replacement is going to happen this year. I didn't catch anything on the NE side. I switched to the SE side and caught a few small jumpin bullheads. It was slow so I switched over to the SW side to the pallets and stayed over there the rest of the night. Action was slower than it's been and I did not catch a single toothy bullhead. The "foul mouthed dad" did almost catch one on a minnow. I ended up with 15 jumpin bullheads before I put the "lost jig" down. Most of the jumpers were small with the exception of a chunky 19.25". At 8:15 I switched to a glow Cubby and a minnow, but all I caught on that was two small orange bullheads. I don't think I even had a hit from a silver bullhead. The "foul mouthed dad" managed one nice silver. By 9:10 the current had stopped flowing into Sullivan and by 9:20 it was slowly moving into Platte. I called it a night around 9:35pm.
It's supposed to be quite a bit warmer tomorrow so hopefully that will bring the silvers in for one more go round.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
My verdict: Mend-It is fabulous for Snagproof Frogs, this is where the bottle paid for itself. I was not as impressed working with Zoom Trick Worms and Zoom Super Flukes but it did save otherwise worthless baits and I had about 6 bags worth. I used it on 4 Cubby Mini-Mite bodies and it seemed to work well. The only thing that I used it on that I actually tried out was some green Power Grubs. The Mend-It glue made unusuable baits usable again, but they were not tough as new and it only took a few fish to put them in need of repair again. Tomorrow I will put Mend-It to my collection of worthless Zoom Horny Toads.
Fishing Report: I arrived at the GOMH at about a quarter to 7pm and it was cloudy cool/cold and windy out of the NE. I started fishing into the wind on the NE side and right away I got a nice toothy bullhead on the "lost jig." The fish bit on pretty much the exact place where I caught my first Pike yesterday and it was about the same size, so it could have been the same fish. Willard was more than willing to take it and so the days of that Pike attempting to steal lures is over. That was all the action I got on the NE side so I switched to the SE and SW shores where it was more wind protected. The wind really died down about 8pm. On the south side I went through 33 jumpin bullheads before I landed another nice 23" toothy bullhead which Willard was glad to have. I caught 9 more jumpin bullheads before I tried for silver bullheads for about 10 minutes than called it a night around 9:30pm.
I caught most of the fish on the "lost jig", with about 10 jumpers coming on a white Booyah Spinnerbait, and maybe 2 jumpers coming on the white OutKast swim jig.
Monday, May 19, 2008
Cyb arrived a little after 8:30 and decided to join me for a little bullhead or dogfish action on the pallets (SW side). He met GOM Willard and was talking smack about "sewer trout" and how great dogfish are because they are so much harder to catch than a bass. Cyb put on a Cabela's AquaGlow™ Hoochie Koochie Swim™ Shad on a plain jig head and was trying for toothy bullheads, doggies, and walters. He ended up catching quite a few of the famous GOMH jumpin bullheads and he missed quite a few strikes.
While we were fishing together I nailed the Toad in the pictures. Obviously a very ripe 19.5" jumpin bullhead. While we were fishing together I missed either a nice toothy bullhead or a dogfish (I think it was a toothy) and also caught a few small jumpers. It got dark and Cyb and I called it quits. One downer was that Cyb and I had to listen to this foul mouthed and bigoted dad who was fishing with his son, that baitcaster kid, and making an ass of himself while catching some nice silver bullheads.
As for how the night progressed, I decided I liked fishing the GOMH in my waders and decided to give that another go. When I put the waders on I noticed that the feet were wet from before and there were a couple of obvious cracks in both of the boots. Before heading out I put a new skirt on the "lost jig". I left around 6:40 and when I arrived there was a group of young adults fishing the SE, SW, and NE sides, but by the time I got geared up the NE side was open so I headed down there with a white Booyah Spinnerbait. I had zero luck on the spinnerbait and went up and switched to the "lost jig." I missed a couple of bites, then I tied into a solid 23" toothy bullhead. Willard was no where to be found and another guy there fishing didn't want it, so back it went. I think I might have then caught a couple of small jumpers than I switched to the SE side. While fishing the SE side I got hung up on a limb of the Beaver Dam and things were not looking good for the "lost jig". GOM Bud suggested I walk up on the road and try and get it from the other side. That did not work but I could see the jig was on a single branch up off the water. I played around with it and by some stroke of luck, the jig popped loose and the "lost jig" was not lost again. I got some jumpers on the SE side. Bud commented that I better not have the lost jig on if CO Kuske shows up, but Willard set him straight that the "lost jig" is an effective pike lure. Things slowed down so I went back to the truck and got out a white Outkast swim jig with white grub. I started out on the NE side, and missed a couple of hits than nothing. I went to the SE side and got one jumper. I moved to the SW side and started getting jumpers with a slower retrieve and I was also missing quite a few hits. I had the grub tail completely stolen once. While I was fishing the white jig, the foul mouthed dad and his son "the baitcaster kid" showed up. The Dad started fishing behind me in the bullhead sweet spot and he started getting into the silver and jumpin bullheads right away. The white jig dropped off and so I went to get the "lost jig" again. I hit the NE then the SW side on the pallets getting a few jumpers. I missed a toothy that struck right up close and shortly after that is when Cyberfish showed up.
So on the day 1 Toothy (a couple of missed toothy's) and 19 jumpin bullheads. The foul mouthed dad had 10 nice silver bullheads when we left. Scott Johnson was just getting there as me and Cyb left.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
At about 8:20PM, I switched to silver bullhead fishing with the glow cubby and a minnow. I was down to my last 7 minnows. Some of the Johnsons showed up at this point, Scott came a bit later. No sooner had my bobber hit the water and it went down. It ended up being a small toothy bullhead which I also gave to the friend of Willard. That guy ended up with a limit of Pike when one of the Johnson's caught a nice toother on a spinnerbait. I ended up getting 1 small silver, 1 small orange and missing two silvers and a couple of other bites. I went through all my minnows. It was getting cold in that wind and so I gave up about 9:30pm.
Friday, May 16, 2008
Dad's Team which has been fairly poor to this point managed to get 2 anglers in the top 10.
I got my lost swim jig back!!! I wore my chest waders to the GOMH and waded a little ways into the cattails and there it was, so I grabbed it. I was one happy camper in the smoke from the burning cattails from the NW side of the GOMH. I have no clue what the point of them burning that stuff out is; They burned it last year too. Lantern Man and his girl were fishing the SW side, they offered for me to join them there but I wanted to fish the swim jig on the SE and NE sides. It was maybe a little after 7pm at this point.
I got the swim jig tied on and went about casting on the NE side but didn't have a luck. It turned out a teenager was fishing one of his departed grandfathers lures and got it stuck in the Cattails. I didn't think I would be able to get it because it was out at the edge, but it turned out to be a hard bottom and I was able to retrieve it. It was some type of jointed lure with a propeller in the middle. The kid was quite greatful. At that point I started fishing the SW side and I got a solid jumpin bullhead right away. I then pulled a 19+" jumpin bullhead and thanks to having my waders on was easy to land. Soon after that I hooked up on what I thought was another toad, but it turned out to only be 17.5".
The rest of the night I switched off between the SE and NE side catching 11 jumpin bullheads and 5 toothy bullheads on the "lost" grn/brn/chart Tom Monsoor swim jig. I got GOM Willard his limit of pike and he was happy about that. One of the teenagers fishing there tonight was the same noisy kid from a couple of days ago. He was using a Daiwa Procaster baitcast reel that he had bought and was quite proud about it. Just like the other day he complemented me on my Team Daiwa reel. He was fishing a white single colorado spinnerbait and I think he caught 4 pike and 12 or 13 bass.
At one point I helped Lantern Man by wading out to get a small toothy bullhead that had swam into the Cattails. The waders definitely came in handy. LM and his girl caught a few silver bullheads but they were mostly to small to keep.
I started out by testing the Team Daiwa X-100 with an all white Booyah spinnerbait. It did not take long and I hooked up with a nice jumpin bullhead. After about another 10 minutes I hooked up with a fiesty 24" toothy bullhead. I think I caught 1 more nice jumper on the spinnerbait. I tried the spinnerbait on the NE side but didn't have any luck. I switched to the green/brown/Chart Swim Jig with green grub and I started catching little jumpers. After the action slowed, I went to the NE side and caught some jumpin bullheads and missed a few strikes. Willard showed up as I was switching to the NE side. He said he tried for toothy bullheads earlier in the day but didn't catch a thing.
Around 8PM I switched back to the SW side and got a jumper on the swim jig, then I switched up to the glow Cubby and a minnow. I quickly had a toother bite me off and I switched to an orange Flu Flu. After about 5 minutes I got a bite from that lure stealing toothy bullhead. I got my Cubby back and gave the fish to Willard. I then proceeded to catch jumpin bullheads numbers 14 and 15 on the Cubby and a minnow. I switched to the swim jig and caught two more jumpers and then I ended up breaking off the jig in the Cattails. I went back to the glow Cubby and a minnow and caught two silvers for Willard. He joined me for a while fishing with waxies, but he didn't get anything and I missed a good bite. Eventually Willard went back to the car and it got dark and I didn't catch any more fish, no bites even. At about 9:35 I packed up and left.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
I also had a Cubby get bit off by a Pike tonight. That was my last glow Cubby, so I switched to an orange Flu Flu and after about 5 minutes caught that lure stealing pike which had my Cubby down in it's throat. When I was getting the Flu Flu out the hook on it broke. I was able to retrieve the Cubby with pliars, but the plastic body was in pretty rough shape. I now have 3 Cubby bodies in serious need of Mend-It.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
At about 8pm I switched up to a glow Cubby and minnow in the bullhead sweet spot and caught a jumpin bullhead right away. It was then a half an hour before I landed my first silver. The silver bite was slow but steady. There was this guy Scott Johnson fishing on the pallets and it seemed like we would get bit almost simaltaneously and then there would be 10 minutes of nothing before we would both get bit again. I ended up taking home 7 silver bullheads to clean and I think I threw 1 small one back and Scott had pretty much the same when I left.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
JP DeRose is back out whacking huge Erie Smallmouth... Recently at Futurebass.com forums somebody said something about Mille Lacs being one of the best if not the best smallmouth fishery in North America. I am sorry but Mille Lacs doesn't even come close to producing for anyone like Erie produces for JP DeRose and his friends. From what I read a mediocre day on Erie would be considered a great day on Mille Lacs. They get 100+ fish days on Erie, that is unheard of on Mille Lacs.
Josh Douglas is journaling about the St. Jude Tourny...
"BassAckwards" has Redeye Shad Review and Deer Lake Tournament journal...
Bassfishingdem has been hitting the water quite a bit of late...
The Angler Report has some new blogs...
FLW Bass Pro Sean Hoernke blogs his big win at Norman...
Monday, May 12, 2008
After 8pm I tried for some silver bullheads. I had a couple of bites on the SE side but didn't connect except with Pike #3 about 20". I went back to the SW side as it was getting dark but there was a guy taking up the bullhead sweet spot. The wind was blowing really bad making it so you could only bobber fish in a small area. The wind was cold and the action was slow so I gave up before it got to dark.
I ended up with 34jumpers, 3 Toothy, 0 silvers and 0 dogfish.
In the picture you can see Pallet Man's pallets to the right of the pike.
Attention Butch Tucker! Butch writes the best angler journals on the internet...
Butch Tucker is a guy who chronicles some of his tournament experiences at the Bass Fishing Home Page Bulletin Board. Now don't get me wrong, Butch's journals are entertaining to read, but there is a whole heck of a lot of good journal/blogging out there between fishing bulletin boards and fishing blogs. Bass Fishing is just one form of angling and the number of good angling journals out there has to be pretty large.
My personal favorites would have to be Hellabass and BassFishingDem. I like Hellabass because his journals are of interest to me as a Minnesocold bass fisherman and BassFan. The simplicity and consistancy of what BassfishingDem writes appeals to me, I look foreward to his blogs even though they are generally low octane.
Of coarse Keith Nighswonger is a BassNblogger who I don't think even knows the first thing about BassNblogs, so take his recommendation for what it is worth.
Dad and I headed to the GOMH at about 6:30pm and since it was such a nice night, sunny 55 degrees, I was not surprized to see all four corner of the GOMH covered up. Dad and I got out of the car and hung out for a bit. Willard was there of coarse along with a family with 2 or 3 kids and a group of 3 guys and 2 girls, but only 1 person in this group was fishing when we got there. After a short time the SE side opened up and I went to casting a spinnerbait. I didn't get anything on about a dozen casts, so back to the truck I went to get the X-Raps. I put on the #8 White X-Rap and quickly caught a 14inch jumpin bullhead, but that was all I got on the various X-Raps I tried. I then went and got the Cubby Rod and minnows. My first fish was a solid silver bullhead. I then caught another nice Silver and it was shaping up to be a good night. Pallet Man showed up and started fishing from the pallets along with Waterboy. The people on the SW side were starting to catch silvers but many of them were small. Dad was content to stay on the bridge and watch.
My bobber went down and I missed a small toothy bullhead. Then I hooked into a jumper who swam straight for the weeds. Willard suggested I move to the SW side of the bridge because that would give me a better angle for pulling the fish free of or through the weeds. That worked and I didn't have to break my line, but the hook broke when I took it out of the bullheads mouth. I am now down to my last glow Cubby Jig; I think I had seven to begin with. I then caught a 19" toother and then a couple of small silvers. I got one more Silver than missed 3-4 fish. It was getting to the point where I needed to light the bobber up or go home. I chose to go home. The people on the SW side did have a fair amount of action but lots of small ones. I gave my 3 silvers away.
Dad had a good time jawing with people including GOM Bud and Willard.
The CO Kuske also came by for a bit. He looked into pales and chatted. He didn't check for licences this time either.
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Unfortunately I think El Skunko's presence around here is due to the fact that we had a bunch of garbage piling up in the Pole Barn. Some critter, most likely El Skunko, was getting into the garbage. Dad got rid of the garbage a couple of days ago and now yesterday El Skunko made an appearance. El Skunko was in the garage for a while yesterday afternoon while I was out fishing. Dad didn't kill it then when he probably had the chance. Where is Rick "One Bullet" Recker when you need him?
This puts a whole new spin on getting skunked for the Fishing Opener.
I got the backlash picked out tied on a Glass Perch Husky Jerk 12 adjusted the reel and threw out my 2nd cast, no lost lure this time. After several casts I got a feel for the area and I was hitting rocks almost right away. That is not a good sign if you want to keep your Rapala's. I probably would have headed to the North Jetty but a couple of guys were fishing that corner, so I elected to go to plan B.
I went back to the truck and retieved my bobber set up and minnows. I got the first cast out just fine but on the next 3 or 4 casts I ripped the minnow off the hook. I did finally get my casting down. Even though there was no wind to speak of and the lake was glass, the bobber always slowly made it's way toward the Jetty. I really didn't need to have my bobber lighted as the light from Eddy's Marina was plenty good to illuminate my big bobber. At one point a guy fishing the Center Jetty saw 3 walleyes swimming along. More excitement was a 3.5 foot muskie cruising along in the shallows next to the Jetty. I did not catch a fish, nor did I see a single fish caught. No wind No Good. I quit around 2AM.
Maybe the daylight will bring better fortunes.
Friday, May 09, 2008
I will probably fish the GOMH for bullheads tonight. I need to pick up more bullhead minnows along with thos Fatheads.
Fishing Report: Before heading to the GOMH I went to Rock Lake to make sure my Husky Jerks were tuned in and didn't sink. There were less sinkers then I thought but at least half the lures needed to be tuned. No wonder I caught nothing on most of them last fall. At about 5:30PM I was done and headed to Bear Trax for some minnows. The lady who did the minnows took my minnow scooper out and forgot to put it back, agggggh. I then headed to the GOMH.
When I arrived there were 3 guys fishing the SE side and 3 guys fishing the SW side, but no one was standing in the upper area of the SW side so I set up camp. Almost right away I hooked into a nice silver but lost it as I tried to pull it up to me. That set the tone for the way things went. I missed a bunch of bites, had fish come off, and lots of times the bobber would go under for a second but would come right back up. There were a number of boats fishing the Sullivan side GOMH bay. I could see them catching bass, crappies, and sunfish. Fishing on shore at the GOMH was mostly slow with a flew flurries of jumpin bullheads.
As it was a ways into primetime and I wasn't getting hit Willard suggested that I switch up my jig. I did that and caught a keeper silver and two little bullheads then a jumper, but then the action died. I found out that Grumpy Old Man #4's name is Bud. At some point Jenny Olson's niece Pam showed up and she and this guy started fishing from the bridge. The guy got a silver, then Pam had a nice one on that she lost when she tried to pull it up and then she had a jumper get her caught in the weeds on the SE side and it ended up with a broken line.
The fish just never went for me. A guy and his son were fishing off the pallets and they ended up with about a dozen or more silvers and one orange. The Dad also caught 2 Dogfish or maybe the same Dogfish twice. As it started getting pretty dark I got fed up and left. I got 5-8 jumpin bullheads and 4 small silver bullheads. My next cast will be at midnight with a purple perch Husky Jerk 12.
I switched up to the glow Cubby under a bobber and started getting more silvers and jumpers. The family left a little after 8PM and I had given them about 10 fish. As it started to get dark the action was consistant but I was catching quite a few small fish and I missed quite a few. I caught my first orange bullhead of the season and it was a keeper. I half wonder if some of those misses weren't orange bullheads messin with me. I fished to about 10PM with 6 silvers and 1 orange kept. All told I caught at least 18 silvers on the night and 8 jumpers, so it was a productive 2.5 hours.
Thursday, May 08, 2008
The day started out with a trip into Onamia to check out the new Reeds Sporting Goods store. They did not have the Shimano Crucial rod I wanted, but I did pick up a Pokegama map, X-Rap, and sinkers.
I headed to the GOMH about 5PM and when I got there both Willard and Lewis were in their trucks watching the day go by. I started out by putting a couple of reels I won on Ebay through some paces (Team Daiwa X-103HVA & Team Daiwa S-103HVA). I was satisfied they worked as advertised after getting a few bullheads on each. I then started fishing with a small jig and glow twister tail and caught a couple of more bullheads. I had something stike and and peel some drag then get into the weeds and get off. Could have been a dogfish, jumpin bullhead, toothy bullhead, or even a carp, I didn't get to see it. After a while I switched to the glow Cubby under a bobber with a minnow and things got slow. I did catch the occasional bullhead including one TOAD. I got the TOAD up to shore but still in the water and started fiddling with the camera because I wanted a pic. The Toad eventually started flopping and went right into a clump of weeds and got hung up. As I tried to free him my line broke and the fish ended up swimming away with my glow Cubby in full view. I was not happy.
Action was slow but steady on jumpers until a little after 8PM when "Pallet Man" scored the first silver. It took quite a while before I scored my first. I ended up catching 10 silver bullheads but 5 of them were not all that big. I kept 7. Pallet Man and Waterboy caught just short of two limits before we all left just short of 10PM. In total I got 10 silvers, 13 jumpers, and 1 toothy bullhead.
Also a rare appearance was made by Mr. Foulmouth Grumpy Old Man #4. He and Willard shot the breeze for a little while. The GOM were high entertainment as usual.
When it rains it pours...
Art Simms Bass Fishing Blog- An old friend from the Vikings Bassmasters days Art Simms has started his own BassNblog. YES this is yet another BassNblog originating out of Minnesocold.
Camera Yo's: As you can probably tell from the inclusion of pics in recent blogs I got my camera woes figured out to some degree. Yes the A70 appears to be a gonner and two DX3700's are needed to take pics and get them on the computer, but it works and that is all that matters. Just wish I wouldn't have lost that Cubby due to the Camera (See 5-7-2008 report).
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
Willard does not want to be photographed...
5-6-2008- I headed to the GOMH around 5PM and when I arrived there was a truck with a guy in it sitting on the SW side shoulder. I parked on the NE side and got my gear together and headed over to the SW side. Lo and Behold the guy in the truck was Lee Ander aka Grumpy Old Man #2. Before I started fishing I filled him in on the details of how the fishing has been. He told me that he just had eye surgery and how he had flu and pneumonia earlier this Spring and was in the hospital for a few days. After catching up I started to fish while Lee Ander stayed in the truck. I was throwing a small jig and twister tail and eventually hooked into a small jumpin bullhead. With that Lee Ander got out of the truck and came out to fish. He didn't have minnows and didn't try any when I offered him mine.
I started fishing with a glow Cubby and a Minnow and started catching a few jumpin bullheads including a 19.75". The action was slow but steady. A number of vehicles stopped and left and then it happened; Willard, aka Grumpy Old Man #1, made his first appearance of the year. Willard didn't come to fish but to fling the BS. Willard was his usual comical self and he actually bore some good info regarding the planned rebuilding of the GOMH bridge. At one point a Conservation Officer Kuski(???) stopped by and chatted with Willard and he had info about the planned rebuilding as well.
One of the guys who fished last night showed up with a teenager and started fishing. I caught a few small jumpers and he wasn't getting anything. Sometime after 8PM I got my first silver bullhead of the night and it was a keeper. I put it in the bucket and it proceeded to bleed out for some reason. I caught 2 more silvers before the other guy caught his first. We then had slow but steady action until I left around 9:45PM. I ended up with 6 keepers and no dinks. The other guy and the teen had 5 keepers and 3 lost fish when I left. I didn't get any fish when I went to the lighted bobber.
Monday, May 05, 2008
Fishers of Men Spring Outing...
Rush Lake and Mille Lacs scouting...
Camera Woes: I forgot to bring the Canon Power Shot A70 to the Spring Outing, not that I needed it. When I got back home I turned it on and the stupid thing isn't working yet again. I guess it's back to using the Kodak DX3700 which is a much cheaper camera.
Does anybody have a recommendation for a durable digital camera that I might be able to pick up on Ebay for a reasonable amount that takes Compact Flash memory Cards?
Tonight at the GOMH: Got out around a quarter to 6PM. There were some teens fishing off the North side of the bridge. I started off on the SE side then moved to the SW side. For the night I caught 15 jumpin bullheads and 8 silver bullheads 4 of which were small 8 inchers. The first silver was about 11" and it just inhaled the Cubby and minnow. I was visited by a guy who caught around 4 bass on a jig and minnow and also by a lady and a guy; the lady ended up casting over the powerlines and then the guy brought out a baitcaster with a spinnerbait and proceeded to nail about 6 jumpers. The silver bullheads bit from about 7:20 till after dark. I threw all the bullheads back.
Thursday, May 01, 2008
Can you tell what kind of "bullhead" this is? Find out the answer at the BP Fishing Log Blog.
"Bullheads": For those of you who don't know, the Grumpy Old Men at the Grumpy Old Man Hole call everything they catch there a bullhead. Someone stops to ask what they are catching, "bullheads" is always the reply. It's their way of trying to keep this very public spot a secret. Because of this I have taken to refering to every fish I catch at the GOMH as some type of bullhead here at the blog.
I have caught "jumpin bullheads," "silver bullheads," "orange bullheads," "toothy bullheads," "golden bullheads," "yellow striped bullheads aka tiger bullheads," and of coarse yellow brown or black bullheads. I have also seen a few dogfish get caught.
If someone passing by asks me and the GOM's are not around, then I will often spill the beans on what I am catching, but sometimes not . So far this year I have had company from another fisherman only once and he fished the NW side, neither of us caught anything that night as the water was flowing into Platte.
Fisher of Men Spring Outing: This upcoming Fri-Sun is the big weekend at Big Sandy camp on Big Sandy Lake. After a years absense our "KING CRAPPIE" trophy is up for grabs again. The weather on Friday is supposed to stink: windy, cool, and wet (I think I'll sit that one out). Saturday is supposed to be bearable and Sunday might actually be nice with 60°F for a high. I will be amazed if the fishing is any good. Big Sandy lake is at least another 30 minutes North, so the water temps there are going to be even colder than here. I think at least some of Big Sandy still had some ice on it this week.