Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Smallies on the Mississippi

Monday July 28th.
Pete woke me up at about 3:30PM and asked me if I wanted to go fishing. I wasn't enthusiastic about it but I said OK. Then Pete informed me we would be going to fish Smallmouth on the Mississippi with his friend Greg Jones from Mid-West Outdoors. This perked me up quite a bit and we were out the door around 4PM.

We met Greg in St. Cloud around 5PM and headed North. Greg is a Salesmen, Editor, and TV guy with Mid-West outdoors and he is also a Mississippi River Rat. His command of the river was impressive as we ran the river at full speed even though the area we were to fish has a lot of shallow stretches. I saw a couple of eagles and a bi-plane.

I started out with a Frenzy Rattlebait, Pete tried a Strike King Rocket Shad, and Greg had on a small white buzzbait. Greg started getting some hits on the buzzbait and I switched to a swim jig. Greg kept showing us we were around fish and so I switched pretty quick to a purple Berkley Frenzy Popper. It didn't take long and I was catching fish. I think my 3rd fish was a small pike. Basically we drifted down the river until it got to dark to fish. The fish were not suicidal but the action was pretty steady. I got the biggest smallie at just under 19 inches and that was the only one we got over 18." There was a good mix of fish between 10" and 17" plus Pete got a nice Pike. I think all but 1 fish were on topwater. I swear I casted that Popper straight into the big fishes mouth cause I didn't see it hit the water and there was no swirl but the fish was on immediately.

I had a lot of fun. Greg is a really good guy and even had an interesting story about seeing a UFO on the river that looked like a flying telephone pole. Someone was with him so he has a witness. Unfortunatly they didn't get close enough to find out what they were actually seeing but it was flying and it was big.

Fishing w/Pete ML Friday July 25th.

We didn't get to the lake till well after midnight. Pete got the boat started but once again it didn't run while in gear, so the gas wasn't the problem. Pete went about working on the motor and eventually I went to the car. Above the trees were filled with bugs as the sun came up. About 6 AM pete yelled for me to come as he had the motor running. The wind was blowing 10-15mph out of the SE so it was rolling pretty good out on the water. Pete was running us straight out into the lake from the access and I was growing concerned. The flats with a ruff ride and a motor we might not be able to count on seemed like a bad plan. Pete was just running us out so we wouldn't get blown into shore if the motor started acting up. We ended up going over to the North end of Sherman's Point and started trolling water with Shad Raps. We trolled for about a hour and a half with no luck so then we went into the protected water on the North Shore of Sherman's Point and tried for Smallies, Northern, and Muskie. I caught two 13-14" smallies on a white X-Rap and that was all we got. I believe we were off the water by 11am. On the way in Pete's motor started acting up again. It was a problem with some loose wires or something like that.

Fishing w/ Pete on ML

Pete finally came up on the Wed. 23rd and we hit Mille Lacs about midnight. The moon was out at least part of the time and there was very little wind. We trolled from the Casino Access around Sherman's Point all the way through Wig Wam bay and a little bit East of Wigwam. We were on the water until about noon, thanks to Pete's motor not wanting to run when he put it into gear. While it was dark Pete got a smallie that was almost 20 inches on his little clown minnow. Nothing seemed to be going shallow and so we put on shad raps and started running 10-15ft towards dawn. Pete caught another smallie 17inch and got a 24" walleye. I finally got a hit from a rock bass, then after the sun was up I caught a nice perch. Some fish were rolling out over open water on top and we tried for them but didn't have any luck. We trolled back to Sherman's Point where Pete got a perch. When we got on the Shabosh Kung side of Sherman's Pete tried to fire up the big motor. It would run in neutral but not in gear. Pete figured it was bad gas. We ended up drifting plus using the trolling motor to get in. We didn't get a single smallie off the South side of Sherman's Point.

Saturday, July 05, 2008

7/2/2008 Eddy's Launch with Dad

Tonight Dad and I went out on a Launch on Mille Lacs out of Eddy's Resort. The night was windy and a bit cool. Dad and I got the back of the boat which was packed with about 17 people. We ran up by Indian Point and fished in area's where the wind maybe wasn't quite as bad. Dad spent much of the night talking to Karen, or maybe it was Carol, who was from Cambriage and comes up to the Casino to gamble and fish by herself cause her husband doesn't care for it. I helped her get set up and she did catch a small walleye. A few weeks ago she got a 28inch walleye on an Eddy's launch. The guy next to me in the back of the boat caught a 24.5" Northern and a 23.5" walleye both of which had to go back due to Mille Lacs size regulations.

Dad and I both missed bites a couple of times. Dad caught a cigar walleye and I caught the only keeper for the whole launch (14inches.) The boat caught about 8 fish total and I think we did better than the other launch that was out. All in all it was a good time with Dad.