Saturday, October 31, 2020
Friday, October 30, 2020
Saturday, October 24, 2020
The cold through Tuesday should have Platte Lake locked-up tight with possibly Bulldog and Rock being safe to fish as well. I'm definitely thinking about getting out on October ice if it's safe. I've already snow blown the driveway, so why not. Not sure that the Expedition will be up to get me out though. Maybe I'll trade cars with Steve.
Thankfully it doesn't look like the Jetty is going to be ice-covered. So hopefully I'll be fishing out there next week after we get out from beneath the freezing temps.
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
In light of the impending freak snowstorm today, Dad and I pulled the Trophy out of the water this morning. If the forecast for the weekend holds Platte should be iced up in a week. I dropped my iPhone in the Lake and got a towel stuck in the winch. Other than that it went smoothly.
Sunday, October 18, 2020
Thursday, October 15, 2020
It was a memorable trip. After two straight skunks, I found them and capped it off with a couple of three pounders on top.
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
It was a windy cloudy cool day on Borden Lake for the 2020 Challenge Cup. The Snatchers were a lost cause without Chuck Steinbauer to lead the team. We came in Last. Tim Benson did leave with 2nd Place Money though. All of the Snatcher Co's only caught 2 keepers apiece. My fish being the lightest of the bunch. The fishing was more difficult than it should have been. I expected the fish to really be snapping, but they weren't. Which led me to become discouraged, disinterested, and bored. After a long dry stretch, my boater finally started getting some fish and I perked up for the final couple of hours. I caught my second keeper with about 5 minutes left to go. My boater Jason Schmitt ended up being just shy of the money. He got his fish on the chatter and swim jig with a swimbait trailer. His boat was sweet.
Friday, October 09, 2020
The inaugural episode of Covering Water was on Mandy Uhrich, a Brainerd Area Fishing Icon. Apparently, they just shot an episode yesterday with Josh Douglas on Mille Lacs Lake. I thought the initial Episode really set a high bar, excellent production. Really looking forward to more.
Wednesday, October 07, 2020
Sunday, October 04, 2020
Conditions: 36-48℉, Cloudy in the morning turning PC around noon, Clouds returned the final couple of hours, 0-4mph
My Boater: Club President Tim Benson (2nd Tournament I've fished with him)
Oopsie: As I started North on 25 toward Brainerd I remembered I didn't put my cull tags in my bag.
The Day: Everbody was there early in the belief that there wouldn't be parking spaces due to a big walleye tournament, but that wasn't the case. I was the last guy to arrive. I got my stuff in the boat and Tim had four extra cull tags. We blasted off a little before 7:30AM and we headed right to the reeds on the West side of Round Lake. It wasn't long and I flipped up my big bass of the day 2/15 on a Texas Rigged junebug craw tube. Tim got 2 or 3 keepers on our first pass along the outside edge in maybe a 60-yard stretch. We then worked our way back inside the reeds but not too far from the edge. I missed a bite on a Hack Attack Jig and caught a pike around the same area where I got my bass. As we started back on a second pass Tim got a nice one. I think he was culling by the time I got another bass. I did lose a fish that broke me off. Tim threw a chatter jig to a small reed island and had a good one jump all over it. I cast my craw tube to the area and was immediately hit by my second biggest bass of the day. We thought maybe we found a school, but nope. So after checking the area out resumed fishing down the reed line. Not too far down Tim got another good one on the chatterjig. I caught a 12.5" just outside of the reed line on a Hack Attack Jig. Then I got on the reed line on a tilapia craw tube. The sun had come out prompting me to go to a lighter color. I got my fifth fish on a D & M Baits junebug Piranha 2 Swim Jig (chatter). I got my limit fish around noon on the craw tube. We then worked our way back with me missing or losing several bites.
We then tried a small reed bed and Tim got a couple of upgrades. At that point, we decided to leave Round. We went to reed bed on the North end of Gull. I got one upgrade on a junebug craw tube and caught a dink on a LiveTarget Baitball Popper. It wasn't happening. We spent the final hour and a half on the South end not catching anything.
The Results: My fish weighed 12/13oz putting me in 7th Place. Tim had 18/9 putting him in 4th. Keith Tuma won with 20/6 and got Lunker with a 4/7 fish Second went to Smitty with 19even and Al Steinbauer got third edging Benson by 6ozs. The Co-Angler Challenge was won by Beau again.
My Thoughts: I am satisfied with my day. It took me a couple hours to relax and get comfortable and in tune with pitching the reeds. We were the only boat in Round and because of that fact we probably should have stayed there the whole day.
This Tournament guaranteed I will finish 5th or 6th in AOY.
Friday, October 02, 2020
Cedar Lake: Try to figure out a pattern and if we can't hopefully I can junk fish up a limit. I have failed to get a limit both times the Snatchers have fished here.
The goal is to get a limit both days and be the top Co-Angler at least one of the days.