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Craigums

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About Craigums

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  • Birthday 06/06/1983

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  • Location:
    East Metro, MN
  1. Bass Photos

    20''
  2. Bass Photos

    I'm not a fan of fishing in that type of water. The West end of Prior Lake looks the same right now
  3. Mille Lacs Update

    So, who's going to the pond this weekend? I plan on leaving the house around 6am, Probably fishing the East side
  4. Low water clarity; off-shore fishing

    Had to be a pile of rocks in that 28' of water, right? I mean SOMETHING to hold the fish. Was it a deep point or hump or what? That's the stuff I'm trying to learn. If what I'm doing isn't working I want to be able to look at a contour map and say "Let's try here". Sure I can side image to try to put it together even more but where's the starting point? On a side note: I fished what I would call a hump this weekend that topped out in about 10-12' of water, little to no weeds on the top. On the side imaging it looked like a sunfish bed (it wasn't but thats what it resembled in the image). I dragged a jig around and could feel it bouncing off what I assume was small rocks. Decided to try out a drop shot and was rewarded with this guy
  5. Swim jig trailer

    I use a Zoom Fat Albert or a small swimbait 100% of the time, They should both last several fish at the very least
  6. Weekly Bass Reports

    I also got out Wednesday and have a similar report as rascal23. Due to the wind I tried to stick to protected areas, got a few blow ups on frogs but couldn't connect. Finally tried fishing some rocks in 18fow, Got a nice one on a jig and 2 more on a grub. The deeper stuff was difficult to fish with the wind
  7. Mille Lacs Update

    I'm signed up to be a marshall. We'll have to get together. If I'm not mistaken they don't fish on Saturday, something about the Bass University. Anybody have info on exactly what's going on Saturday?
  8. Weekly Bass Reports

    Haha, you win some and you lose some. I'm getting back in the saddle tomorrow night hoping to change my luck
  9. Weekly Bass Reports

    Sunday my buddy and I decided to drive 60 mins to scope out a lake, after much debate we decided to take his boat (we both wanted to fish out of our own). So I set my alarm at 5:30AM, Wake up at 5:00 to the sound of thunder and light rain. I grabbed my rain gear but wasnt to concerned because the previous evening I checked the hourly forecast and saw rain with only a slight chance of anything stronger until about 10am. So we hit the road, turns out the weather man was wrong: We wait out the worst of it at the launch and finally put in the water around 9am. Launching was not easy as the ramp was super shallow, sandy, and the dock had blow to a 45* angle from a previous storm, We made due and I only ended up with some soggy sandals and wet ankles. We go to start the motor up and it's having trouble turning over. After 15 minutes of fussing with it, we finally get it going. We shoot across the lake to a few nice looking docks and my buddy lets me take the front of his boat while he reties. I pitch a few docks and feel a slight "tick" in my line, half heartedly set the hook and a 3.5+ bass comes screaming out towards the boat, I try to control him but I'm ultimately let down by my failed hookset. It shakes off, but I'm encouraged by the nice bite. We finish up the run of docks with no other action. Go to lift the trolling motor up and the cord breaks, we have to use pliers to trigger the release to finally lift the motor. At this point the Wind is blowing pretty hard so we decide to run a couple miles east into the "river" to escape it, Once we get all the way in we realize we are now fighting high winds AND current. We work our way into a little cove and once it gets to shallow to proceed we decide to crank up the big motor and check out a new area, as my buddy is trying to pull an Austin Powers and get out of this little area I realize something is wrong as he is not able to turn the motor to the right, it's stuck facing slightly to the left. So at this point with no ability to go straight with the big motor we just decide to give up and head back. Problem is we are ~3miles from the launch and are now fighting 16MPH+ winds and current, I realize we aren't going to have enough battery life to troll all the way back. After some discussion we decide our best course of action is to have me on the trolling motor and him on the big motor, He can run the big motor for 15 or so yards before the bow is facing the shoreline to our left, at this time he goes into idle and I use the trolling motor to point the bow to the opposite shoreline, and we repeat the process about 70 times until we finally make it back. By the end of our outing we had caught zero fish and our GPS trail showed 60-70 half circles and short spikes all the way back to the ramp. Being on the bow the whole time I am completely soaked since we speared several waves when I was trying to straighten the bow for another run :'( It was a tough trip, but I feel even worse for my buddy who is going to have whats probably going to be an expensive repair to fix his steering. :'(
  10. Mille Lacs Update

    Anyone been out lately?
  11. Punching Rod help

    The 735 might be the best frog rod on the market right now. I love everything about it
  12. Low water clarity; off-shore fishing

    Anybody have luck fishing off the bank on lakes with low water clarity (2.5' or less)? I've always just hit docks, laydowns, and emergent vegetation on lakes like that since a lot of the time it seems like the weeds wont grow to deep. Thoughts? Sorry about all these "off-shore" questions. I just got a GPS graph on my bow with mapping and now I'm kind of obsessed with fishing away from the bank...
  13. Finding a bigger bite off shore

    I was out there again, throwing a 3/4oz jig. Still nothing but dinks. That lake is infested with dinks, I was snagging them in 16 f.o.w.
  14. Deep weedline Jigs

    ^^^^ That is something I go back and forth on. In my head a Jig is just a better big fish bait, when the fish are biting.
  15. Deep weedline Jigs

    Thats a good point, Ive been in 14'-16'. Tried using a 3/8 and 1/2oz jig and I struggled to "feel" it.