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Today’s Top 5
> Never made a cast all week. Fished vertical on fish I could see on screen. Had to spend quite some time on bigger fish — some took 10+ minutes to catch. Almost like bed fishing sometimes: Leave bait on fish and back off, barely pick bait of bottom — deadstick it for long periods of time and they would finally pick it up.
> The two giant (5.5-lb) Shadow Rap fish were fish I couldn’t catch on a dropshot. I backed off, let that thing sink by the rock and worked it slowly. It was pretty cool, actually.
> The spot itself is a big fish’s dream [do fish dream?]…. There’s a lot of current in this open area, but the money spot is a giant eddy that corrals the bait and provides big slob bass [can there be small slobs?] a deep resting area where they don’t have to fight much flow.
> Patrick attributes the size of his fish to both the quantity and size of the gobies stuffed in this area. The goby bites were abundant, and he even pulled up a few 6+” specimens.
> …as fast as he got there and caught the giant and the 5-lber in the picture…the calm spell was over and that window of opportunity closed.
6-INCH gobies!! Our dropshot baits are too small!?!
Thrift is a local and fished a jillion spots to win it. Here’s the Top 10 baits breakdown:
Senko/worm = 70% (mostly finesse worms)
Jig = 50% (30% used Shooter Jigs, known as the deal on that lake — shocked more guys didn’t use jigs)
Buzzbait = 50% (all but one had a Zoom Horny Toad)
10% each = swimbait, dropshot (Wes Strader used it! Get in your nuke fallout shelter now!), soft jerkbait, walking topwater (and Whopper Plopper), spoon.
> One angler — I’ll not name him — made the decision to continue fishing [during lightning on day 2 at Mille Lacs]. His marshal demanded to go to the bank. The angler complied. The marshal wasn’t seen again. I told the angler straight up, “Your marshal had it right.”
[Not sure who Hack was talkin’ ’bout but here’s a sick shot of Skeet riding the lightning there. That’s an old-school Metallica reference for Z and KVD.]
> If I’m honest with you, I’d say that when I was young I probably would have fished through it, too. We all think we’re invincible when we’re young.
> Nevertheless, fishing in a lightning storm just doesn’t make sense. It’s not worth the risk.
No joke. I’ve done it plenty of times, no good reason for it…except the fish were biting….
Didn’t have a great one. Talks about his upper Miss pattern going away. For sure happens even to the Elitists.
Barone tour. Good stuff.
6-10 PM ET, Swindle, DeFoe, Feider, more, at IkeLive.com.
Two words that should never go together: child abuse.
Check it, from Mon night — lovin’ the bass love from a bass-head:
Headline of the Day
So…guess it’s not endangered anymore?
Not News But Interesting
Fishing BIG Swimbaits in a Small Pond is the name of a vid made by some younger dudes fishing a pond from the bank. Has 416K views, which dwarfs pretty much anything the majors in bassin’ have done. Can anyone tell me why? Not a trick question….
Should mention they’s feeshn SPRO swimmy-baits….
Do I need to say anything else about how great that would be?? Same deal: Fill it out with your email addy (so we know who enters!), then share the link you get fer more points. Good luck mang!
Quote of the Day
I spent the night out there with the raccoons and mosquitoes.
– Casey Ashley talkin‘ ’bout gettin’ stuck on that sandbar durin’ the upper Miss Elitist practice. Super-dangerous. Why? Here’s a sign seen all over the roadways of MN:
Shot of the Day