Sunday, May 31, 2009

GOMH and Mille Laction

(Grumpy Old Man Willard shows off the pike he caught on a spoon)
Today Willard, Lee Ander and Lewis were all at the Grumpy Old Man Hole.

The plan was to try a repeat of Friday night where I would catch the bullheads in a feeding frenzy before a storm came through. It didn't quite work out that way.

I think I headed out around 4PM and when I arrived the NE & NW sides were covered leaving me to fish on the South (Sullivan) side into a wind that was blowing in at 20 and gusting to 30mph. I did manage a small toothy bullhead before I lost my 3/16oz white Strike King spinnerbait to a Norman Speed Clip malfunction when I backlashed. Fishing spinnerbaits with Norman Speed Clips isn't the smartest thing in the world to do. After about 20 minutes the guy fishing the NE side left and so I snapped that casting spot up. I caught a couple of quick jumpin bullheads on the Lost Jig. At some point Lewis showed up followed closely by Willard. Action was kind of slow but I would get a bite every now and then. It sprinkled for a spell and the wind switched out of the NW at about 7mph. I hooked into a decent 22+ inch toothy bullhead and gave it to Willard. I got a bullhead on a blue Brovarney Swim Jig as I was reeling it over the rice, so I went and gave a Zoom Horny Toad a try. I had a few little bites on the Toad but nothing to set the hook into. Eventually Lee Ander showed up and it started to rain. Since I wasn't catching much I went into the truck to sit things out. After about 20 minutes the rain slowed down and Willard went fishing and got his pike. With the rain about stopped I went out and fished with the Horny Toad again not having any luck. I switched up to using the Spro Rojas Popping Frog for the 1st time. I got a few hits but only hooked up with 1 14" jumpin bullhead, most of the strikes I got were pretty weak and either from little jumper or a small toothy or two. I caught a 3rd small toother on the Lost Jig and eventually put a gold Berkley Frenzy Popper on when things got calm and I nabbed a few jumpin bullheads on that. I got hungry so I left at 8PM even though it was really nice out and I could have probably continued to catch some fish.

All in all I ended up with 12 jumpin bullheads and 3 toothy bullheads.

On to Mille Laction:
I was hungry and we didn't have anything much to eat at home so I went to the local Bar and Grill, but their restaurant was closed, so I headed to Onamia to the Cedarwood, but they were closed so I went to DQ. Since I was close to Mille Lacs I figured I would hit up the Eddy's Jetty to try and bag me a smallmouth as it got dark. The smallmouth on Mille Lacs tend to turn on at dusk and dawn. It turns out I made a good choice because I nailed a 18.75 smallie and a 17.75 smallie on a 3/16oz white/chart with chart blades Strike King spinnerbait. Unfortunately I took the camera out of the car when I went home before I went out to eat.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

My streak is over.

Last year as a rookie I caught a 6 fish limit of bass at each Baxter Bass Snatchers tournament. I will not accomplish that feat this year as I only brought 3 keepers to the scales today. I caught fish but I kept getting one's that were a quarter inch or less shorter than the 12 inch minimum. My partner caught only a few more bass than I did, but almost all of his were over 13". My partner Adam also caught 2 muskies. I caught 3 pike and 2 rock bass as well. I will have a full tournament report once I know my final standings.

Note: My right hand is beat up from that 2nd muskie which was a 40inch class fish. It wouldn't fit in the net, so I hand landed it by the gill plate once it was good and tired.

Friday, May 29, 2009

The Great GOMH Whackfest of 2009

Tomorrow I have my first Baxter Bass Snatcher Tournament of the year, so I took a short trip this morning and then spent the rest of the morning into noon organizing my tackle to be ready to go for tomorrow. I got it in my head that I would take a trip to the GOMH tonight to see if I might be able to catch a few bullheads. A little before 5PM I noticed on the weather map that it looked like showers were closing in and I thought I better get going before the rain hits, it never did rain. I grabbed a couple of rods I will not use tomorrow along with having my rods and tackle for tomorrow in the truck.

When I arrived at the GOMH, Grumpy Old Man Lewis was there and he wasn't fishing as usual. I set up on the SE side (Sullivan Lake) with the Lost Jig and a white 3/16 Strike King spinnerbait. The wind was coming in out of the SW pretty good and current was flowing at a good clip North into Platte Lake. It wasn't long and I had my first bullhead on the Lost Jig. I followed that with several more than switched to the spinnerbait and caught a couple more, then I switched back to the Lost Jig and got a couple more then things died down, so I decided to switch to the NE side (Platte Lake). I think I had 7 jumpin bullheads at this point. As I was walking up to the road Grumpy Old Man Willard showed up. Once on the NE side I immediately started catching more bullheads on the Lost Jig. After that action slowed I switched to the spinnerbait. It wasn't long and I was up to 20 jumpin bullheads and I decided since they were going pretty good, I would try a gold Berkley Frenzy Popper. The jumpin bullheads were on that like white on rice. I was getting a hit basically every cast and I got a couple of Derby Fish (17.50"1st picture& 17.25"). Most of the fish were 12"-14" with an occasional smaller, but nothing in the 15 & 16 inch range. At some point the current switched directions and started flowing into Sullivan, the bite just kept on going. I was having a blast, I landed close to 30 fish on the popper and had numerous blow up misses. Eventually things slowed on the popper, so I went back to the Lost Jig and landed another Derby fish (17.50" 2nd picture) but things were slowing down. I got the bright idea to go to the truck and try out some of the stuff I will be throwing tomorrow. I got a couple of jumpin bullheads on the first thing I tried, then 3 boats came through and the action just stopped. I gave the SW side a shot and caught 2 small toothy bullheads on a blue Brovarney Swim Jig with junebug Zoom Speed Craw trailer. By 8PM I couldn't buy a bite and left.

I caught at least 57 jumpin bullheads and 3 toothy bullheads. It was AWWWWWWWWWWWN!!!

I think there is zero chance I would have done anything close to what I did if I had been in the boat tonight.

On the Board (Barely)

Due to the fact that I have a tournament tomorrow, I took a short hour and 15 minute trip this morning (8:15-9:30AM). I would have been out longer but I didn't get out of bed until an hour and a half after I had my alarm set. I basically went back and fished a stretch of water that I fished last night and like last night I was flinging a funky chicken Super Fluke. Water temp was down to 59-60 and the air temp was around 50 degrees with sun and almost no wind. I was working docks but got my first bass (13") casting out into the lake. The 17" came out from under a boat lift on a dock that had a small dogfish nesting and tons of baitfish on it. I saw 1 other small doggy on a nest.

The 17" is my first entry for the Bass Pundit Minnesocold Bass Bloggers Derby 2009 . It is sad and pathetic that it has taken me 9 days of open bass fishing to get a single 3lber.

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

I'm Having Problems

I was out from 6:15 to 9:15. The sun was out and there was a 10mph wind out of the NW but I fished a protected North shoreline most of the time. My main mission was to practice with Zoom Super Flukes around docks in preparation for Saturday's tournament, that mission was accomplished.

Tonight ended like last night started, missed fish and an blue/black Outkast Swim Jig lost to a pike. This is not the way I want to head into my first tournament of the year.

I started out on docks on the North end of the big middle bay on Platte. I started out by seeing lots of sunfish activity. Water temps were up from 58 yesterday to 63-64 tonight. I did get a little bit of action from small bass on the docks and in between docks either in reeds or on the inside weedline. I saw a low 20 inch dogfish on a bed. I tried to get it to take the Fluke and it bit at it but didn't suck it in.

In between a certain dock I got a decent bass then dumped one about that size of bigger, then I caught another decent bass under the dock which got caught in some fishing line that was caught in a boat propeller on a boat lift. I got the line off of the prop and the lady at the place thanked me. On the next dock I missed a good bite. Then I missed a couple of good bites on the inside weedline.

The sun was basically down, so I ran to a spot in the reeds where there is some thicker weed growth where I caught a couple of bass the other day. I am not sure if this thick patch is some maidencane or just reeds. I made a cast with the Herb's Dilly buzzbait and had something waking behind it. I let the buzzbait sink and a big dogfish whacked it and then went berserk. The dogfish went into a spin and the hooks came loose but it was lassoed. I went for the net but it made a run and got off. I am guessing it was a minimum of 26 and maybe as big as 28". I wanted that doggy. I cast a black/blue Outkast Swim Jig to the back of the weed clump and hooked into a medium small bass but as I got it to the boat it jumped and got off, not long after that I lost the jig to a pike.

I started throwing the Herb's Dilly Buzzbait in the reeds and just like last night had a fish, which I think was a big bass, just clobber it and then bury me in the reeds and get off. The reeds in this particular spot were not that thick. I think the lesson is that my medium heavy Shimano Crucial is not really heavy enough to fish the buzzbait in the reeds. When I throw the Dilly in the Reeds I'm going to need to put it on a flipping stick.

What a lousy way to end the night.

I recorded 9 bass but I think I caught more than that. Of the one's I recorded 5 were over 12" and the night's big bass was 15.5". I counted 7 missed opportunities, probably bass, and that is excluding the dogfish and pike bite off. I think I caught a pike but didn't record any, so maybe I didn't get one.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Missing Fish

Tonight I fished from 5:45 to 9:15PM sky's were cloudy all day but cleared right before I went out. There was a 10mph NE wind that diminished around 8:30PM. I spent the night on the North and Northwest end of Platte Lake. I started in reeds with a maidencane bed, worked my way into a shallow bay with sparse pads and wild rice, fished another area with reeds and maidencane, and ended in a reed bed with rice and pads on the inside edge towards shore.

Things did not start out very well for me I missed a bite, dumped a nice bass, caught a 13.25 bass, had a Outkast Swim Jig bit off, dumped another good fish, had another Outkast Swim Jig bit off, missed another bite, caught a 21.25 pike, missed another bite, then dumped another nice bass that flipped me off on a jump and missed another bite.

Things finally turned around when I caught a 13.25 bass on the blue/black Outkast Swim Jig with Junebug Zoom Speed Craw trailer. Then I nailed the 28.5" pike in the picture on a straight legged Zoom Horny Toad. I had another solid bite from a good fish on a Horny Toad but didn't get a good hookset and lost it. I switched up to a Herbs Dilly buzzbait and caught a couple of pike that way. I had a good fish just annihilate the Dilly but I lost it in the reeds. I got a couple more pike on the Outkast Swim Jig.

With the sun going down I made a move West and caught a couple more 12 inch bass; One on the Herb's Dilly and one on the Outkast. I think the last fish of the night was a 21.25 pike.

By my count I missed at least 12 solid bites with 2 of those being bite offs. I caught 4 bass and 7 pike.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Platte Sullivan Platte

Conditions: Overcast with a N NW wind 5-10mph. Time of Day: 4-9PM

Today I got my first bass before I even left the dock. For some reason when I tied on a gold Berkley Frenzy Popper I decided to try it out even though there was a pretty good cross wind and chop at the dock. On about the 3rd cast it got smoked by a preggo 16" largie. I thought for sure it was going to be a pike when it first struck.

I got the boat started and headed to Sullivan Lake to fish the Platte River Mouth and the Sullivan Platte River Outlet (SPRO) area. The river mouth did give up a couple of bass on the Frenzy Popper and I think I missed a bigger fish in the river when the popper hung up on a lone lilly pad.

Next I worked the North SPRO which is a huge weed flat with wild rice, pads, cabbage, and a little curly leaf pond weed. The rice isn't to high or thick yet so I could get away with subsurface baits. Some of the shallow area's Pete and I caught fish in on Sat. didn't give up anything. I had to move off the bank. The most productive lures were a blue/black Outkast Swim Jig with junebug Zoom Speed Craw trailer and a black/chart DM Custom Baits Piranha chatterjig. The bass seemed to be scattered on the flat and I couldn't really tell if they were relating to anything particular. There was a surprising lack of pike as I only caught 2 in a full pass and 3/4. Once I got around the North corner at the end of the pads I moved in close to shore and got some fish on a Horny Toad in the calm stuff.

I went back for a second pass into the river going into it about 1/2 way to the dam. I picked up some 11-13" bass, no pike. From there I went onto the flat for 1 more pass. Towards the end of the pass I got the 16.50" which is pictured. It took the Outkast Swim Jig.

It was after 8PM when I headed back to Platte to fish the NW end of Channel Inn Bay. I started a little south of the NW cut and was rewarded with a fat 15.5" on a Herb's Dilly Buzzbait. I didn't get anything in the cut, but got a 16" on the Herb's Dilly at the start of the reeds on the point. The wind made fishing the old reeds difficult. I had a bite on a Monsoor Swim Jig and missed it. A couple of casts later I got hung up, I don't think a fish did it, and I was putting quite a bit of pressure on the line and my 30lb Powerpro broke. Not Happy! and that's how I ended the day.

I got 2 pike, one of which was 24". I caught 24 bass with 15 of them being over 12". The biggest 5 were 16.5,16,16,15.5, and 14.75 so this was my best outing of the year so far, but still no 3lbers.

Minnesota Bass Opener Round 5- Platte (Yesterday)

Once again Pete didn't come with me and I was out from 7:30-9:30PM. Conditions were overcast with a breeze that I was moderately protected from out of the SE. I spent the whole time in "Loon Sex Bay" which is the SE bay on Platte Lake. In some area's the wild rice was already on the surface and I seemed to get most of the fish by some kind of feature and towards shore. Unfortunately the big pad flats didn't seem to be holding fish.

I started out by running to the back end of the bay a little East of where the shallow creek comes in. I started by throwing a yellow/brown buzzbait and was quickly rewarded with a 21.75" Pike. I switched to a Zoom Horny Toad and had a pike bite off the legs. I got a 12" bass where there is some brush in the water. In this corner I got another couple of pike including a 25.5 on the buzzbait and another bass or two. I think I also had a dogfish follow.

I worked my way North making one long drift to Loon Sex point, but like I said the pad flats were barren and the point didn't give up anything. I drove back to my starting spot and hugged the shore North getting a few bass and pike, missing some fish as well. There was a stick away from shore where I got a preggo 15" bass and a 13" may have been spawning or very late pre-spawners. As it got dark the action faded and I left.

Minnesota Bass Opener Round 4- Platte Lake (Yesterday)

This morning Pete decided not to come out with me. Conditions were over cast and breezy out of the SE. I fished from around 8AM to 11AM.

After Pete caught a 17+ Largie in a big reed bed last night I made that my starting spot. About 1/3 to 1/2 of the reeds were exposed to the wind. Also of note is the reeds in this bed are not old growth but new growth sticking 1 to 2 feet above the water. For the most part their were not any areas where the reeds were super thick and close together although areas that seemed to hold a higher concentration of reeds seemed to hold the fish.

I started out using a 1/2oz all white Strike King spinnerbait but that didn't produce a thing. I might have gotten 1 smaller bass on a 3/16oz white Strike King Spinnerbait. The lure that did almost all the damage in the reed bed was a brown/blue Outcast Swim Jig with green Berkley Powerbait Grub trailer.

One of my first fish was this nice 26 inch Pike:

I think it was the only Pike I got in the reed bed.

This 16.5" bass was my biggest out of the Reed Bed and I think for the entire weekend:

Obviously there were some fish in the big reed bed but I didn't find any good concentration and the fishing was steady but slow. It also didn't help that I missed several bites. I did lose 1 nice bass that was hooked up and jumped.

On my first pass in the reeds I tended to stay closer to shore and on the 2nd pass I stayed towards the outside edge not getting anything.

Next I moved towards the shoreline where are cabin is starting a 1/4 mile East of our place near the dock and weeds Pete caught one of his 3lbers last night. This area was protected from the wind. I started out throwing a black/chart DM Custom Baits Piranha with watermelon Yamamoto Swim Senko as a trailer. The pike seemed to like it and I pulled in a nice one real quick then I missed a couple. I switched over to a Zoom Horny Toad and got a mix of bass and pike. When I got over by Jenny's the fish seemed to shut off and I don't think I got a bite from Jenny's to our place.

For the morning I got 5 pike and 8 bass, 6 of the bass where 13" or bigger and the other two were just under 12". One pike was 11 inches and the rest were over 22".

Sunday, May 24, 2009

MBO Round 3 Cedar Lake Pre-fish

(The only picture I got was when we were off the lake, so you can see the rig I will be fishing tournament day.)

Today I prefished Cedar lake West of Aiken in Aiken County for my Baxter Bass Snatchers with my boater for the tournament Adam. Cedar is a lake with lots of bays, plenty of undeveloped shoreline and varying water clarity. Most of Cedar is deep water and medium depth weed flats are seemed to be almost non-existent. Most of the time we were either in fairly shallow water or on a steep break near shore. I think we are hitting this lake a little too early because of it's depth the grass is late blooming and so cover right now is pretty scarce or last years growth.

We covered a lot of water and saw more fish than we caught which isn't saying much. We saw quite a few crappies which looked like they were bedding, but very little bass bedding activity but there were some. The sunfish seemed to be scattered and not very abundant. I also saw quite a few pike and 1 muskie.

I caught 3 small keepers and 1 dink and 2 pike. I missed several strikes on the Zoom Super Fluke which I assume probably were pike because they were swirling on it and not hooking up which is rare for bass but common for pike. I caught all the keepers on a swim jig.

Assessment: If it is a good bass lake it didn't show it today, maybe if the grass was farther along that would make a big difference as there would be some good pad and reed area's and even a little rice. We did talk to a boat that was bass fishing that said the fishing on the lake was much better yesterday, so maybe the cold night pushed em back.

For the tournament their will be heavy doses of jigs, Zoom Super Flukes, and Zoom Horny Toads. I eliminated hard jerkbaits and hard topwaters because there really won't be good water for these things. I don't anticipate using spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, or chatterjigs unless there is significant wind. There wasn't much wind today and there is a very good chance you are fishing at least semi protected water because of the many bays.

Since I got 3 keepers when we were covering and eliminating water I think there is a good chance I will get a limit, but size is a real concern.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Minnesocold Bass Opener Round 2- Platte

Pete and I got out for a night cap starting around 7PM. Basically Pete cleaned my clock. Pete caught the 1st bass, the most bass, and two more derby qualifying bass (18",17.5"). I got a single 15.5" bass and five small pike. I missed a ton of bites as well. Pete caught 2 hammer handles. Pete had a big pike steal his $1.99 buzzbait.

My first and only bass which was caught on a brown/blue Monsoor Swim Jig with Watermelon Zoom Speed Craw trailer that was soon lost to a toothy critter.

This is a quality bass Pete caught. He got 2 that were bigger including this 18 incher.

Pete's big bass pattern was a pink Terminator Spinnerbait near reeds.

Minnesocold Bass Opener Round One- Sullivan

I woke up just before 4AM, so I beat my alarm clocks by 25 minutes. I decided to get up and get ready. I knew Pete, like me, got to bed after 1AM so I thought I would just let him sleep and I would go out and then probably meet him on the lake. I think I left the house around 4:40AM forgetting a ball cap and my Cocoons sunglasses. I realised I didn't have the sunglasses when I was loading the boat. I pretty much had everything loaded when the cell phone rang.

Oh coarse it was Pete. Apparently his dog Sandy must have heard me pulling out of the driveway and started barking, that or she desperately needed to be let outside because of the runs. Anyway Pete was on his way with Sandy who would come along with us.

I am pretty sure we were underway to the Sullivan Platte River mouth by 5:30. As we got a clear view of the area it looked like we were going to be the boat with first crack, however, when we arrived at the mouth there was another boat already 75 yards into the river. Ohh well, beat to the spot yet again.

It didn't take long and Pete had the 1st bass on a buzzbait.

I tried a Horny Toad and Strike King Pure Poison chatterjig over some of the river mouth sweet spots but couldn't get a fish. I did hook up with my first bass when we had moved a little East of the mouth on the North Shore line.

Here is #1 for Me

I was kind of lucky to catch the 14 incher because I was using a brown/blue Monsoor Swim Jig with green pumpkin Zoom Speed Craw and I got distracted by something and let the jig fall slack. When I picked it back up there was weight on the line, so I set the hook and BAM first bass of the season. For the next several hours Pete and I worked the weed flat I call the Sullivan Platte River Outlet(SPRO). We fished from about a foot of water to maybe 5 feet deep amongst emerging pads, wild rice, some curly leaf pond weed, and cabbage. Pete's hot bait was a pink Terminator spinnerbait which caught him our biggest bass and a 27 inch pike. Pete ended up with 20 bass with one close to or maybe over 17" as the biggest.

We took the picture but didn't measure it.

As for myself I probably threw a Zoom Horny Toad most, then the Monsoor Swim Jig, then a white/silver 3/16oz Strike King Spinnerbait catching fish on all of them. It was not a good morning for big fish as my biggest bass was 15.75" and I think I got it on the Horny Toad. My biggest 5 were 15.75", 15.5", 14.5", 14.25" and 14". I caught 12 bass 12 inches or bigger, 9 bass between 10" and 11.75", one dink at 8.5" and I had 3 bass that I long lined released close enough to the boat to count. That puts my tally at 25 bass and 1 Pike.

We headed back in at 11am and the morning water temps were 60-61 degrees. Our best action was before 9:30AM.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Short Trip with Pete

Tonight my buddy Pete showed up around 5:30PM and we were on the water around 7:30PM. The plan was to only use the trolling motor and stay close to the cabin, basically fishing to the East past Jenny's and then back.

Even though I had a big head start in casting, Pete nailed the first two pike. Pete wanted to keep fish and kind of gave me the impression he knows how to get all the bones out of pike, turns out he really didn't (Pete says he made no such claim). When he filleted the 4 fish we kept I think he did each one a little differently depending upon what we read and saw on the internet.

I only brought 2 rods out with me and the DM Custom Baits Piranha was not stoking any action so I switched up to the brown/blue Monsoor Swim Jig with green pumpkin Zoom Speed Craw trailer. It wasn't long after I made the switch when I came up with my 1st fish which was a 12inch or so bass. I think my next fish was a pike, then I went on a streak of bass and missed bites. Just like last night we were fishing an old reed bed and over the top of young of the year short growth wild rice beds. Pete mostly caught pike on a small muskie spinnerbait called an Eagle Tail. It was a very pleasant night to fish. I think I ended up with 7 or 8 bass and 3 pike with about 7 or 8 missed bites. I think the biggest bass was 14.5." I pretty much went through what was left of the green pumpkin Zoom Speed Craw trailers, so now I am out of that color.

Pete caught about 6 pike and 2 bass and missed the biggest bass of the night.

Bass Opener Eve

Tomorrow is the first day of largemouth and smallmouth bass open season here in Minnesota. In the far northern reaches of the state, the bass has been open since May 9th, and on the Mississippi River south of St.Paul, there isn't any closed season for bass. Tomorrow marks my Bass Opener, even though I already opened my bass season in Wisconsin. Initially, I thought I would be fishing Platte and Sullivan lakes with a group from my bass club, The Baxter Bass Snatchers. Unfortunately, that get-together is not going to happen this year. No problem, the boat is in the water, and I will fish Platte/Sullivan anyway. About half an hour ago I got a call from my friend Pete. He has been up in the area doing National Guard duty and wants to get some fishing in with me before he heads fishing farther North early next week. We store Pete's boat at our place. So now it looks like I will have company for tomorrow. I will have to re-think how many rods I bring with me. On Sunday, I have plans to pre-fish Cedar Lake West of Aiken with my tournament partner for my club tournament on the 30th. On Monday, I will probably hit up Platte/Sullivan again. 

What I will be throwing: If I can get away with it, the Zoom Horny Toad will see a lot of use, as will Swim Jigs, Chatter Jigs, Spinnerbaits, Zoom Super Flukes, and maybe jerkbaits, rattlebaits, and shallow cranks. I don't foresee slop frogs getting much use because the grass is not up yet, and it doesn't look like there was a lot of carryover from last year. I plan to start at the mouth of the Platte River on Sullivan Lake, which means an early start. I believe people have beat me to the spot on bass opener the past couple of years. 

Update: Despite the mild weather of the past few days, I am skeptical that a topwater bite will happen tomorrow, but you can bet I will try it.

Hellabass Expands His Blogging Horizon's Again

Rich Lindgren is now doing a blog called Bassin' Insider for the cable TV channel VersusCountry.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Shore Fishing May Be Done...

Ok maybe not done, but things are not going to be the way they have been for the past month.

Today I learned that that my Bass Club, the Baxter Bass Snatchers, are not getting together for Bass Opener on Platte/Sullivan lakes this year. Kind of a bummer cause I was looking forward to it.

Anyway I spent a good part of the afternoon organizing tackle for use out of "The Trophy" which is the boat I have access too. I was on the water shortly before 6:30PM and the motor started on the first pull, which was a blessing because the wind was blowing in at the Platte Lake public access and so I was able to get off the trailer and not get blown right into shore. I realised I forgot the camera before I started fishing, so no pics from tonight's voyage.

The Platte Lake public access is on the Peninsula between Channel Inn Bay to the South and the Big Western Bay to the North. I just drove down a little ways to the point and started drift fishing down the point because the wind was favorable to do that. My first fish was a largie on a DM Custom Baits Piranha chatterjig. I got this 13 incher close to a dock. I didn't get another bite until I was around the point and pretty much out of the W NW wind. My second bite was a 19 inch Pike also on the Piranha.

Around the end of the point I was fishing is a reed bed and I spent a lot of time fishing the old reeds with a brown/blue Monsoor Swim Jig with green pumpkin Zoom Speed Craw trailer and the Piranha. The fish preferred the swim jig. I caught a bunch(11) of 11" to 16.5" bass and got 4 small pike and had one jig stolen by a pike. I think this is the 3rd day in a row I've lost a swim jig to pike. I actually had another pike break my line just as I lifted it into the boat, so that jig already was on borrowed time.

As the sun was going down I ventured into the North end of Channel Inn Bay and started throwing a purple Berkley Frenzy Popper. My temp gauge said 61 degrees so you would have expected this bay to be teaming with life with an aggressive topwater bite but it was pretty dead. I didn't get a bite on the popper until I approached the little cut in the NW corner of the bay; The fish was yet another under 20" pike. I cast into the cut and had something swipe at the popper. A couple casts later I think I had a dogfish follow and strike but I didn't hook up and I couldn't get it to hit on anything else.

I started throwing a white spook in hopes of getting the doggy to bite that but it didn't work, so I moved away from the cut throwing the spook. I hooked up with 3 more bass on the spook and had a couple of misses before I switched up to the Monsoor Swim Jig; I caught a couple of bass on that and had my Speed Craw claws stripped twice. I called it a night around 9:30PM.

Yesterday's Shore Fishing Report

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Pics for the Paper

Yesterday Fishing Report

Yesterday it was over 90 degrees in the Twin Cities. Up here just 90 miles North we didn't make it out of the low 60's and by the time I went fishing after 7PM it had dipped below 60's and by the time I quit fishing around 9PM it was down to 50 degrees with wind chill. OUCH!

I started the night by heading to the GOMH. For the 1st time in a long time no one was fishing the evening bite when I got there. I started on the SW side and missed a couple of bites. I switched to the SE side and caught the little toothy bullhead in the picture on a brown/purple Monsoor Swim Jig. A little after 8PM I headed out to make some quick stops even though the wind was out of the NE which is a sucky direction for my usual haunts except the SE side of the GOMH.

Bulldog- Nothing
Rock Dock- Nothing
Jenny's- Nothing

I stopped at the Platte Lake place to take a picture of the dock and I got a few casts in catching a hammer handle on my last cast with the Monsoor Swim Jig.

Next it was back to the GOMH NE side. I got a 3rd small toothy bullhead again on the Monsoor Swim Jig and 2 jumpin bullheads including a nice 16"+ male on the Monsoor Swim Jig. Tonight I had several bites that never hooked up and 1 more toothy bullhead that was bigger than the 3 I got but still not very big that got off.

Man do I hope the weather improves a bit, today was a bad joke.

The Dock is in!

Dad and I put the dock in at our place on Platte Lake on Monday. It didn't want to move at first, but once we got it started it was good, maybe even a little too eager when it was time to ramp it down into the water. Last year we never did put the dock out.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Fish At Every Stop

When I make several stops shore fishing, it isn't often that I catch a fish at every place I stop, but that happened today. Today's weather was sunny with light winds and temps in the low to mid 60's. I think I got out of the house around 6:30PM and my first stop was the GOMH. There were quite a few cars parked at the bridge but the SE shore was open. When I got out of the car, Grumpy Old Man Willard had a rod in his hand with a Dardevle on the end. He was happy that he was able to snag a stray line and get himself a bobber and lure. I took to fishing the SE side and was rewarded with 2 small jumpin bullheads on a silver DM Custom Baits Piranha. A guy who was on the SW side came over to the SE side and took up the area close to the channel, so I headed to the NE side and missed one bite there.

Next I was off to Bulldog where I sacked this hefty 16.75 inch largie.
As you can see in the 2nd picture I caught it on a brown/purple Monsoor Swim Jig with brown grub trailer. I may have gotten one more bite, but I am not totally sure. If Bulldog gives any fish it is a bonus.

Next I headed to the Rock Dock where dinks were the order of the day.
I got 3 little bass (1 brn/prl Monsoor Swim Jig, 1 orange/chart X-Rap, 1 silver Piranha). It was getting close to 8PM when a guy and a gal came by wanting to fish, so I let them have the dock. Apparently they had hit a few spots without much luck, he said he lost a big pike at Lake Shakopee.

Next I went to Jenny's and started by throwing the Monsoor Swim Jig. I had a solid hit but it got off. A few casts later I caught a small bass. On a long cast straight out I had another bite that didn't hook up. A few casts later and I caught this pike.

The pike nicked the line and when I went to get my scissors to retry I discovered my scissors were gone; I must have put the scissors on the car bumper when I tied on the Monsoor Jig at Rock Lake yesterday. I decided to take a few more casts then go back and see if I might be able to find the scissors. I was now throwing the silver DM Custom Baits Piranha and I had a fish nail it but get off. 5 bites at Jenny's is about as good as that little shore spot gets. After a couple more casts I went to find the scissors.

I didn't have any luck finding the scissors but the guy and girl were still at Rock Lake and I asked if he had a pair of scissors so I could retie. The nicked line was 30lb braid and the line cutter on my pliers won't cut braid. He did have some scissors and while I was retying he said he caught a keeper size crappie and they saw a couple others. The guy ended up giving me the scissors because he had several of them that he bought at the dollar store. I think leaving right away and letting them fish the dock might have been a factor in his generosity. I am so glad to have a replacement pair of scissors.

Since Jenny's was so productive I made the call to hit up the shore at my parents lake place on Platte Lake. It didn't take long throwing the Monsoor Swim Jig and I was battling with a good pike that jumped 3 feet into the air. I landed it and it was just short of 24 inches. A few casts later and I was hooked up with another pike that was at least as big, maybe an inch or two bigger. I got the pike most of the way in when I saw the jig was back in the pikes mouth. Sure enough it sawed me off before I could get it on shore. I made casts down to Jim's dock with the Piranha but didn't get any more action.

It was fairly dark when I arrived at the GOMH and I gave the Piranha a try on the SE side. I got 3 bites but didn't convert any of them. I decided to quick tie on another brn/prl Monsoor Swim Jig and tipped it with a pumpkin Zoom Speed Craw. I got a couple of hits on that but didn't connect with a fish. It was dark and after 9PM when I left.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

FLW Tour Beaver Lake Final Results

Ray Scheide wins!!!

1 RAY SCHEIDE DOVER, AR 5 11-07 5 10-09 10 22-00 5 8-13 5 12-04 10 21-01 $150,000
+$50,000 (Ranger Boat Bonus)
2 MARK ROSE MARION, AR 5 13-00 5 9-11 10 22-11 5 11-00 5 8-13 10 19-13 $55,000
3 CLARK WENDLANDT LEANDER, TX 5 7-08 5 15-06 10 22-14 4 5-00 5 14-12 9 19-12 $45,000
4 JASON CHRISTIE PARK HILL, OK 5 11-08 4 11-12 9 23-04 5 12-15 3 5-12 8 18-11 $35,000
5 KEITH COMBS DEL RIO, TX 5 9-08 5 11-13 10 21-05 5 6-04 5 10-10 10 16-14 $30,000
6 JAY YELAS CORVALLIS, OR 4 10-00 5 12-08 9 22-08 3 8-03 5 8-01 8 16-04 $28,000
7 GABE BOLIVAR RAMONA, CA 5 11-11 5 9-09 10 21-04 5 9-15 3 6-02 8 16-01 $26,000
8 GLENN BROWNE OCALA, FL 5 10-15 5 12-04 10 23-03 5 7-03 4 6-07 9 13-10 $24,000
9 ROB KILBY HOT SPRINGS, AR 5 12-03 5 9-05 10 21-08 5 6-07 5 6-15 10 13-06 $22,000
10 BRENT EHRLER REDLANDS, CA 5 10-13 5 13-09 10 24-06 5 7-01 3 5-02 8 12-03

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Rock Dock Bad Luck Plus

Tonight I took a picture of the Rock Dock cause I had a feeling I might get skunked. I think I headed out around 6:30 and my first stop was the GOMH. 3 Grumpy Old Men were in attendance and there were quite a few people fishing. The NE was open so I took that and I missed the only bite I got. By 7PM I was off to Bulldog for a quick stop with no luck, so per usual I next hit the Rock Dock.

I think I missed a bite right away on a brown/purple Monsoor Swim jig with brown grub. My next round of fan casting was done with a silver DM Custom Baits Piranha chatterjig and I got a bite from a little bass. I was going to take it's picture for the Bassholes May Dink Contest because it was even smaller than one I caught earlier this month. While I was going to get the picture sheet out of the camera case I was going to dip the little guy in the water and when I did that it got off, bummer. However, I was pleased not to be skunked even if it was a dink.

After a little while Grumpy Old Man Willard showed up. I had told him I was headed to the Rock access and he was hoping to get a pike from me. Apparently he had a close call with a guy and kid riding on an ATV, if Willard hadn't have been going fairly slowly he would have hit them. I put on the "secret weapon" orange/chart X-Rap but couldn't get a sniff. I cycled through several lures snagging a small sunfish on the watermelon Dead Stick Rogue that I caught the bass at Rock on yesterday. I was just about to give up with a last round of fan casting the brown/purple Monsoor Swim Jig when I had a solid hook up. It was a hard fighting pike and I got it most of the way into the dock when it took a hard run and got off. I went to tell Willard who was in his car that I just missed catching his supper. When I was talking with Willard I noticed that the jigs hook was no longer there. Sure enough this is the 2nd Monsoor Swim Jig hook I have had fail on me this week. The first time it happened the hooks wire looked clean, but this jig definitely had some rust issues. I will now do careful hook inspections on my Monsoor Swim Jigs when I use them in tournaments. I ended up trying a couple more things then split. Willard left shortly after I misse the pike.

Next I headed to Jenny's where I threw the silver DM Custom Baits Piranha. I got smacked 3 times with a swirl on one cast but didn't hook up. I threw right back to the area and hooked up with this 22 inch pike.

I did end the day at the GOMH and Scott and John W. were there. Apparently they were going to try for golden bullheads after dark. It was pretty dark when I got there and I only got 1 small jumpin bullhead on the Piranha.

Bass Pundit Minnesocold Bass Bloggers Derby 2009 is now ready.

I think I pretty well have the Bass Pundit Minnesocold Bass Bloggers Derby 2009 blog put together. Basically this years derby is open to any blogger who catches a bass 17 inches or 3lbs or bigger North of Minnesota's Southern border. The biggest 5 fish limit on November 15th wins the bragging rights and who knows, maybe I will throw in a prize or something. The competition actually opened May 2nd, but a fish only counts if it comes from a body of water where bass are in season. Last year it took a 5lb+ average to win.

If you don't have a blog but want to participate, start up a blog and start blogging about all those big fish you catch.

As of right now Rich's Bassin Blog is the only one with fish. But Fishing Hype has fish pending from the St. Jude's Tournament.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Productive Day from Shore

We had a pretty good rain storm this afternoon and I headed out fishing when it was over around 5:30PM and conditions were still overcast. I decided to make the GOMH my 1st stop and it was probably a good thing I did. John W. was there with his 2 girls and they were on the SW side, so I took the SE side. In short order I landed a 22", 19", 12" and 19" toothy bullheads on the black bladed black/chart DM Custom Baits Piranha. After a lull in the action I decided to move on.

Nothing at Bulldog.

At the Rock Dock I didn't have any success right away. When I arrived it was calm and the sun had come out, but that didn't last long. It clouded up and a West wind started up, still I didn't have any luck until I started twitching the orange/chart X-Rap. The first bite was this 25 inch pike.
This pike fought like a 30+ inch fish going on several hard runs. About 5 minutes later I nailed a 19" pike on the same X-Rap.

I cycled through a few more lures and got my first bass on the Dead Stick Rogue that I bought on Ebay this Winter.
I tried for about 15 more minutes and then headed to Jenny's.

I didn't get a thing at Jenny's, so I headed to the GOMH. When I arrived at the GOMH there were no shore fisherman, but a boat was sitting close in on the SE side so I started on the SW side. While the boat was still there I got a jumpin bullhead on the black/chart DM Piranha. After the boat left I got one last toothy bullhead for the day and several more jumpin bullheads. The wind really started to blow and it was 50 degrees so I gave up a little earlier than usual.

FLW Tour Beaver Lake Day 2

2 Jump in 2 flop out, that is the story of my FLW Fantasy Fishing roster today.

I had Yelas jump from 31st to 6th and Wendlandt with the jump of the day from 100 to 4th.

On the down side Fukae went from 8th to 17th and Morgan went from 4th to 23rd.

Here is the Top 10 Cut:
1. Brent Ehrler -- Redlands, Ca -- 5, 10-13 -- 5, 13-09 -- 10, 24-06
2. Jason Christie -- Park Hill, Ok -- 5, 11-08 -- 4, 11-12 -- 9, 23-04
3. Glenn Browne -- Ocala, Fl -- 5, 10-15 -- 5, 12-04 -- 10, 23-03
4. Clark Wendlandt -- Leander, Tx -- 5, 7-08 -- 5, 15-06 -- 10, 22-14
5. Mark Rose -- Marion, Ar -- 5, 13-00 -- 5, 9-11 -- 10, 22-11
6. Jay Yelas -- Corvallis, Or -- 4, 10-00 -- 5, 12-08 -- 9, 22-08
7. Ray Scheide -- Dover, Ar -- 5, 11-07 -- 5, 10-09 -- 10, 22-00
8. Rob Kilby -- Hot Springs, Ar -- 5, 12-03 -- 5, 9-05 -- 10, 21-08
9. Keith Combs -- Del Rio, Tx -- 5, 9-08 -- 5, 11-13 -- 10, 21-05
10. Gabe Bolivar -- Ramona, Ca -- 5, 11-11 -- 5, 9-09 -- 10, 21-04

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Today's Fishing Report

Short Report...

FLW Tour Beaver Lake Day 1

Here is the Top 10
1 MARK ROSE MARION, AR 5 13-00 5 13-00
2 THANH LE LAKE HAVASU CITY, AZ 5 12-08 5 12-08
3 ROB KILBY HOT SPRINGS, AR 5 12-03 5 12-03
4 ANDY MORGAN DAYTON, TN 5 12-01 5 12-01
4 BRYAN THRIFT SHELBY, NC 5 12-01 5 12-01
6 JOE THOMAS MILFORD, OH 5 11-15 5 11-15
7 BRETT HITE PHOENIX, AZ 5 11-14 5 11-14
8 SHINICHI FUKAE MINEOLA, TX 5 11-12 5 11-12
9 GABE BOLIVAR RAMONA, CA 5 11-11 5 11-11
9 CRAIG POWERS ROCKWOOD, TN 5 11-11 5 11-11

Once again my fantasy team is looking mediocre.
Robertson 90th
Dudley 140th
Fukae 8th
Bohanan 82nd
Morgan 4th
Newby 44th
Shaw 105th
Pack 24th
Wendlandt 100th
Yelas 31st

Realistically, at best I could squeeze 5 guys into the cut, but the odds on that happening are not very good. What are the chances that Yelas, Pack, and Newby weigh the biggest sacks tomorrow while Fukae and Morgan hold serve?

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Monday, May 11, 2009

Fishing Reports

Dawn Patrol...

Rock, Jenny's, GOMH...

Mille Lac of Action Report

I decided to try and beat the night ban to the punch and headed to Mille Lacs at 1AM. I thought the nearly full moon and clear sky's might have the eyes on the feed. When I arrived at Eddy's it was pretty much dead calm. No wind, no good! I worked the whole Jetti without any hits. I called it quits a little after 3AM.

I did not see lights for even a single boat on the lake which I think is kind of strange being that it is the last night of night fishing and conditions while cool were quite pleasant.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Opener Day 2

As far as I am concerned the Minnesota Fishing Opener is a 2 Day affair. The Minnesota Bass Fishing Opener happens on Memorial Day weekend and is a 3 day affair. I set my alarm to get me up at 4AM for a trip to Mille Lacs, but when the time came I turned the alarm off and went back to bed.

I didn't get out fishing until 6:15PM and I started at the Rock Dock. On my first round of fan casting I caught 2 pike on the gold DM Custom Baits Piranha chatterjig. The first pike was about 16 inches and the 2nd was about 24." The 2nd pike just thumped it as I was letting the bait fall to the bottom on the intial cast. I switched to a orange/chart. X-Rap and proceeded to miss 3 bites. I had 2 of the fish on but didn't get to see them. I went through several more baits with nothing and went back to the orange/chart. X-Rap. I made a short cast because of a backlash and was watching the lure the whole way back when a pike just blasted it 7 feet from the end of the dock. I tried a while longer but couldn't get anymore bites.

Next I went to Jenny's and did get a bite that took the tails off my Speed Craw. I threw back and it hit again but didn't hook up, probably a small pike. I tried the lake place but didn't get a hit.

Last stop was the GOMH and when I arrived no one was there, but as I was getting my gear another car pulled in. I started on the NE side with a white/red Strike King Pure Poison chatterjig and I got a 14" jumpin bullhead on that. Next I threw the watermelon Monsoor Swim Jig all along the NE shore but didn't get bit until I was almost back at the bridge by another jumpin bullhead. The light was really beginning to fade and I headed across the road to the SE side. On my very first cast I nailed a toothy bullhead right by the spot I caught one last night. That toother is gonna be in somebodies frying pan. I worked the SE shore and got 4 more jumpin bullheads including 1 that was pretty close to 16 inches. It got pretty dark so I gave up when I caught that 6th jumper.

Elite Series Guntersville Day Final Liveblogged

The Hunt for the Century Club:
Kevin Wirth weighs 29-3 and I believe breaks the 100lb barrier. Yes he does 102-3!!!

Menendez weighs 20-14 and comes up a little short of the century mark, which he really wanted to hit.

Byron weighs 18-1 and comes up short of 100.

Martens stumbles with 19-15, but that is more than enough with 107-8 and Martens wins!!!

Fralick only catches 17-7 and is well short of 100.

Ouch, Alton only weighs 12-11, doesn't break 90.

Reed and Faircloth have also come up short at this point.

Skeet sacks 27-11 for a total of 104-4 and he takes the lead.

McClelland weighs 17-00 and comes up short at 94-4. Hardly a surprise as Mike has been running out of steam.

IKE just makes it with 101-1. He had 20-15 for the day.

Stone weighs 18-8 and comes up short at 99-5.

Will Martens choke and Skeet walk through the door? He only needs 16-12.

Man are they dragging this out! Weigh the fish already!

Martens stumbles with 19-15, but his 107-8 takes it, Martens Wins!!!

Saturday, May 09, 2009

2009 Minnesota Fishing Opener!

My trip to the Eddy's Jetti was not fruitless, but when I went to get the camera I found that I forgot to put it in the bag. Ohh Well.

When I arrived at Eddy's I was kind of glad about what I saw. The wind was coming into the Jetti with some pretty big waves and the sky was pretty much clear so there was a full moon. I arrived just before midnight so I got my stuff together and headed off to the South Jetti as the wind was supposed to be out of the North. I started by throwing Husky Jerks and was pleasantly surprised to find out the water is deep enough so I wasn't cranking in the rocks which has been a problem on the South Jetti for a couple of years. I cycled through some dark colors and the occasional backlash before I picked a clown HJ 12. Very 1st cast I smacked a 23inch Walter. Unfortunately that was all the action I would get for quite a while.

A guy came and fished next to me and hooked into what was probably a nice muskie or pike. I saw the fish break water but didn't get a good look at it. He was using 6lb line and it stole his brand new X-Rap.

I eventually gave the North Jetti a try but the wind limited casting distance. It was also curious that I was hitting rock with some of my stick baits. After about 20 minutes of nothing I went and talked with a guy fishing the North Channel. He was fishing with 2 lines and hadn't had a bite. He said they did well last year coming out at midnight off the North Jetti. So it was this guy and his buddies that kept me off the North side last year.

Eventually I went back to the South Jetti and caught a 22" on a clown X-Rap. I tried for a little while longer but it was pretty clear that it would be a slow slog between fish and I might not catch anymore. 2 fish in 3 hours was enough and I called it quits.

I fell asleep when I got home and woke up just before 7AM so I decided a quick trip to the GOMH was in order. I headed out with 3 rods but only used 2 of them rigged with a gold chatterjig (DM Custom Baits Piranha) and a Monsoor Swim Jig with a Zoom Speed Craw trailer. There were people on the SW and SE sides so I went to the NE side. I got a small jumpin bullhead on the first cast with the Piranha. I got a small jumpin bullhead on them 2nd Cast. I caught several jumpin bullheads and missed several strikes before I switched to the Swim Jig. I got a couple of jumpin bullheads on the swim jig, then had a fish demolish the Speed Claws. I didn't have any back up jig trailers with me, Oops. I kept throwing the swim jig anyway and was rewarded with a couple of jumpers and a 22 inch toother which will be dinner for some guy who was at the bridge. I also had a number of follow from an under 20" toother. I got 10 jumpers and the 1 toothy on the NE side.

The SE side openned up so I gave that a shot. The Piranha came up with nothing so I switched to the Swim Jig. I missed what I am guessing was a pike on a cast to the east bullrushes. A few minutes later I cast over the channel and let the jig sink to the bottom. I got a bite but lost it half way in. I cast back and got another hit, set the hook, nothing. Jigged a couple of times and got another bite, set the hook nothing. It turned out that the hook broke, bummer. At that point with no jigs or jig trailers with me I called it quits.

UPDATE: 2 More Trips

I went to the GOMH from 3:30 to 5:30PM. It was partly cloudy to cloudy with little wind. When I got there the SW and SE side were taken so I hit the NE side. I fished all along the NE shore and picked up several little bullheads including the Bassholes Dink picture fish on the gold DM Custom Baits Piranha or a Monsoor Swim Jig with Zoom Speed Craw trailer.

Next I went to the SE shore for a little while and missed a couple of bites. The SW shore opened up so I went over there. It was really slow. I got a couple of jumpin bullheads on an X-Rap. The group fishing the SE side caught a few silver bullheads. Eventually nature called and I had to leave. I think I got 8 jumpin bullheads total.

The next trip was from 6:30 till around 9PM.

Bulldog: Stopped at the Bulldog access and caught a hammer handle on the gold DM Custom Baits Piranha.

Rock: Didn't get any bites. Talked to a boat that came off the lake and they got a couple small pike and some small sunfish. They said the fishing was slow and they didn't catch a single bass.

Jenny's and Lake Place Platte: Nothing

GOMH: I started out on the NW side and missed a bite on the Pirhana. Next I went to the NE side and I think I missed a bite on the Monsoor Swim Jig. Next I went to the SE side and missed a couple of bites. Finally I hooked up with a small toothy bullhead on the Monsoor Swim Jig that I gave away to a guy who was fighting a cool colored dogfish. As it started getting towards dark I pulled 5 small to medium sized jumpin bullheads on the Monsoor Swim Jig. It slowed down and was getting pretty dark so I left.

Friday, May 08, 2009

Off to Eddy's

Wish me Luck!!!

Illinois High School Bass Fishing State Championship

Lunker Hunt has it covered...

Opener Eve

The Opener

In the state of Minnesocold the gamefish species (walleye, Pike, Bass, Trout) all have seasons in which they are closed for fishing. The 2nd weekend in May is the traditional "Minnesota Fishing Opener" for Walleye, the state fish, and Northern Pike; Bass don't open until Memorial Day weekend. Being that this is the 2nd week of May, it is the week of "the Opener." "The Opener" week is for many a time of hightened excitement in preparation for angling the preferred species in MN...

This year for Opener once again I will be hitting the Eddy's Jetti at midnight, which I have done for at least the previous 2 Openers. Last year sucked, the year before I caught my limit in an hour and a half. The wind isn't ideal and so I am not that optimistic. Maybe the higher water levels will bail me out. It is supposed to be cool with possible precipitation at midnight with N to NW winds. Some wind is better than no wind, but as we learned 2 years ago a SE wind is best.

I also plan to hit the GOMH tomorrow morning for a little pike try.

Opener Eve @ GOMH: Tonight I hit the GOMH from 7:20PM till dark. It looks as if the silver bullheads have disappeared as I didn't see a single one caught, although there were not a whole lot of fishermen and just a few boats. Conservation Officer Kuske stopped by and told me he has seen some nice golden bullheads caught at the channel at night after the Opener.

As for myself, all I could catch was small jumpin bullheads. I used the 1/16oz Panfish Chatterbait and 1/8oz Storm Wildeye Swimbait. There was a little girl fishing that caught a 3lb+ jumpin bullhead.

Elite Series Guntersville Day 2 Liveblogged

Bass Trak is working for KVD, Faircloth, Short, Pace, and Herren...
I think it is probably a given that Faircloth does indeed have a drop in weight for the day but KVD could easily have more than Bass Trakk is letting on.

Weigh in started:
For some reason Mark Tucker who was last to weigh in yesterday was not the 1st to weigh in today. I was a bit worried but I now see his name in the queue, so it's all good. With 10 weighed it looks like the fishing was excellent again today with 5 of the bags being 25lbs plus.

KVD only weighs 23-7, not good! Meanwhile Evers sacked 26-5, the schmuck!

IKE sacks 27-5 for the 2nd straight day and takes the lead. How impossible is it to catch two 27-5 bags in a row. The odds on that have to be mind blowing.

Ahhh the dogs went nuts and we had a doggy visitor from next store. As I was bringing the little guy home I stepped in a big pile of dog crap. NICE! At least I didn't collect any ticks.

Boyd Duckett takes a tumble ONLY 17-12 will 43-15 be enough to make the cut? I think it will.

Mark Tucker on weighs 17-8. This fantasy pick is a bust! FYI- It was Hellabass that tipped me off on this one. He is going down with the ship too.

Egads, just picked a little tick off me, pretty good chance it was a Deer Tick. After a much more thourough inspection I didn't find any more. The little bugger must have jumped me from a tree.

Tim Horton 15-13 Ouch, my fantasy team is taking it on the chin.

Skeet weighs a respectable 24-14 and will be my top guy, both he and KVD will have a shot at the 12 cut with good bags tomorrow. I have 3 guys outside the 50 cut, that is a disaster!

Martens Sacks 29+ again and takes the lead by an ounce short of a pound and a half.

Here is my pathetic Fantasy Line Up after Day 2
Skeet 14th
KVD 18th
Horton 58th
M. Tucker 69th
Herren 84th

Here is where the 12 cut sits:
1 Aaron Martens 5 29- 2 5 29-12 10 58-14
2 Mike McClelland 5 30-10 5 26-13 10 57- 7
3 Todd Faircloth 5 31- 0 5 24-15 10 55-15
4 Byron Velvick 5 29- 4 5 25-14 10 55- 2
5 Michael Iaconelli 5 27- 5 5 27- 5 10 54-10
6 Rick Clunn 5 25-14 5 26- 0 10 51-14
7 Alton Jones 5 28-12 5 22-15 10 51-11
8 Kevin Wirth 5 24- 6 5 27- 4 10 51-10
9 Jami Fralick 5 26-11 5 24-11 10 51- 6
10 Mark Menendez 5 24- 7 5 26-12 10 51- 3
11 Edwin Evers 5 24-12 5 26- 5 10 51- 1
12 Marty Stone 5 26-15 5 23-13 10 50-12

Looks like I made a huge mistake with Evers. I will keep Horton for Kentucky Lake however.

2nd Guessing Aaron Martens

Normally it is kind of hard to 2nd guess the decisions of a Tour level pro, especially when they have a good day, but Aaron Martens did something inexplicable on Guntersville Day 1 that is ripe for some armchair quarterbacking.

Here is what BassFan reported:
His marshal had him down for 137 fish. He said about 80 of those were keepers and 60 or so weighed at least 3-pounds. And here's the biggie – he culled at least a dozen 5-pounders.

Under the circumstances I just do not think trying to cull up when he had at least 25 pounds in the well was good decision making. How can you just throw away 25+ pounds of fish in a 4 day tournament?

Caveat: We might not have the whole story. Maybe Aaron was sacking fish in a quest to find new stuff and was just popping fish no matter where he went. If so it is a little more excuseable.

We will soon see if Martens maddness matters or not.

Update: Martens weighs 29-12 on Day 2 and takes the lead. He must be on an insane good pattern.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Elite Series Guntersville Day 1 Liveblogged

I did put a fantasy team together last night. I decided to drop Edwin Evers because he just is not having that good of a season. I also dropped John Murray who was kind of a throw away pick from Smith Mountain.

My Fantasy Line UP:
Tim Horton
Mark Tucker
Matt Herren

I have had Herren since the beginning and he is turning out to be the bargin pick of the year. I think he nows goes for $2 over what I have him locked in as.

Once again Bass Trak does not appear to be working...

On Bass Cast they have KVD and Skeet. I think I'll have to watch.

Wow 3 bags weighed, all over 25lbs!!!

Yes Skeet with a 25lb string.

Faircloth in the lead with 31lbs
McClellend Jacks 30-10
Byron in 3rd with 29-4
Martens in 4th with 29-2
Ken Cook with 29-2

Uh-Oh Herren with only 14lbs. That is going to be a lot of ground to make up for the 50 cut. With 64 anglers weighed there are 39, 20lb+ strings.

Horton puts in a respectable 24-1 but Edwin Evers who I dropped laid down 24-12, it's Day 1, this means Jack Squat!

KVD 25-9 which should have him in the Top 20.

Looks like Mark Tucker weighs last.

Pre-tournament favorite Ike weighs 27-5 which will have him in the Top 10.

Just noticed Skeet and KVD have the same weight.

Tucker weighs a mediocre 20-6 which puts him in 57th

So here is my Day 1 Fantasy Team Results
KVD 15th
Skeet 15rh
Horton 23rd
Tucker 57th
Herren 94th

Not exactly a great start.

Here is the Day 1 Top 12
1 Todd Faircloth 5 31- 0 5 31- 0
2 Mike McClelland 5 30-10 5 30-10
3 Byron Velvick 5 29- 4 5 29- 4
4 Ken D Cook 5 29- 2 5 29- 2
4 Aaron Martens 5 29- 2 5 29- 2
6 Alton Jones 5 28-12 5 28-12
7 Michael Iaconelli 5 27- 5 5 27- 5
8 Marty Stone 5 26-15 5 26-15
9 Mark Davis 5 26-14 5 26-14
10 Jami Fralick 5 26-11 5 26-11
11 Boyd Duckett 5 26- 3 5 26- 3
12 Rick Clunn 5 25-14 5 25-14

I contemplated going with Davis and Martens.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Fishers of Men Club Spring Outing Camp/Lake Wapogasset

May 1-3
I arrived at the camp around 3:30PM and had the boat launched by 4:30PM. There was a mix up in communication so we ended up eating camp food rather than grilling our own for dinner. After dinner I went out with Gordy and Gary Pflipsen. We fished right by the camp and I could not get a white bass to go. Gary P. caught this sunfish which was the 1st fish of the weekend.

Not long after Gary's sunfish, Gordy pulled in this nice crappie.
Gary P. got the first bass of the weekend, but it would not be in season until midnight.
I drank to much milk for dinner and had to be let off at the dock so I could use the facilities. Here is Lowell Borgen, Jim ???, and Art Halverson just off the Camp Wapogasset East dock.
Our accomodations on this outing left a little bit to be desired. Lowell had to organize his tackle while sitting on the floor. We had 9 guys at the Outing: Myself, Mike Thompson, Gordy, Gary P, Gary Ellis, Lowell, Art, Jim, and John Cummins.
Mike "Cyberfish" Thompson and I elected to not get up at dawn. I headed out in front of the camp around 7AM but didn't get a bite before breakfast at 8AM. I don't remember for sure if Gary P. and Gordy caught a fish, but the other two boats came in skunked for the morning.

Cyberfish and I headed out after breakfast and fished around the Camp in Bear Trap. I think Cyb openned things up with a 10inch "Larry." I was throwing a small Fat Free Shad crank and connected with my 1st bass of the season but it only went 12.5". My crankbait got out of tune so I switched to a little bigger Fat Free Shad in citrus shad and I got another bass. Mike got a 22 inch pike on the drop shot and a couple more small bass. Coming up on lunch time we ran across Jeff Bosshardt as he was headed to the camp for lunch. He and his partner only had a few small bass on cranks and he got those on the North end of Bear Trap by the break for the boat channel, basically what we were fishing.

After lunch it was slow and I got tired, so Mike dropped me off at the dock and I took a nap in the truck. While I was relaxing Mike just went out a little ways off the end of the West Camp dock and started blasting sunnies, crappies, and even a few largemouth (biggest 15.5"). Eventually I got up and fished off the dock, landing an under 10" bass on the Storm Wildeye Swimbait, unfortunately I didn't have my camera to take a dink picture for The

We had pizza for dinner at 5PM and the guys were pretty beat up from a rough day on the water. Winds were NW and around 20mph and it was in the low 60's and cloudy. Mike won the tournament easily thanks to the pike and crappies. I think Mike may have been the only one with more than 1 species of fish.

After dinner Mike and I started around camp and I got a couple of bass on an Outkast Money jig with a Cabela's Aqua Glow Hoochie Koochie Shad. The wind started calming down so we headed South on Bear Trap. We first went to the point with the bouy and Mike had a pike break him off. Next we went to a spot that has been productive for a variety of fish in the past. Mike caught a couple of crappies and I caught a dink bass on a Fat Free Shad. It started getting dark and I didn't have a way to hook up the stern light so we headed in.

Mike Thompson ended up getting "King Crappie" honors with a 10 incher.

I did a little fishing before brunch on Sunday off the camp dock. I missed a small pike on a bubblegum Zoom Super Fluke. Brunch was at 9:30AM and everybody but Mike and I headed home. Naturally Mike and I started fishing right by the camp. He got a crappie and sunfish, but we couldn't pick up any bass. Next we headed to the North end of Wapogasset and it was just dead up there despite the fact that water temps were 53-54. We fished up there for quite a while. Mike got a sunfish, crappie, and missed a nice sized bass and I got a small pike. The water was not warming up quickly and so we gave up on the North end before 2PM. We stopped at the YMCA camp to the North of the Culvert but nothing was in there so we headed back to the South end of Bear Trap. We fished that spot that has been productive in the past and Mike caught a few crappies, but just couldn't get dialed in and it was cool and windy, so around 3PM we headed back off the camp docks. Mike caught a small mess of crappies and sunfish which he kept.

While we were anchored two loons came to visit (in the upper left corner is a loon beak and head just coming out of the water click pic to enlarge).
We fished until a little after 4PM but the bass just were not showing up, so we called it a day. We didn't land a single bass on Sunday.

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Back from Wapo

I will probably get around to a full report tomorrow. Fishing for bass was on the difficult side and Cyberfish and I didn't have the patience to hold out for the Sunday evening bite that may or may not have materialized. We ended the day fishing a transition area that gave up a few bass yesterday but there were none to be found there today as of 4PM, so I we left the lake today without a single bass to our credit on the day although Cyb did have one that was probably over 14" but it got off about 3/4 of the way to the boat.

Friday, May 01, 2009

Headed to Wapo for Sconi Fishing Opener

Within an hour I will be headed to Lake Wapogasset Bible Camp near Amery WI for tomorrows Wisconsin Fishing Opener. In that part of WI bass season opens up along with everything else except muskie. Within 17 hours I will be chucking and winding for Larry and Sally. Wish Me Luck!


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