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Log your setup - depth - direction - decoy - etc.

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I thought it might be interesting and helpful to post your setup. Depth, decoy used and what direction the fish came in from. You can keep lake private but mention general location like metro, central, northern MN etc.

I'll start

Location: Central Minnesota

Date: 11/29/08

Time: 7:30 am til noon

Setup 6 1/2 feet of water on drop.

Speared a 29 3/4" at 8:00 came in from shallow & attacked decoy

decoy - red & white

Speared 31 1/2" at 9:00 came in from deep. Same red and white

Decoyed nice and slow.

Anyone else interested in logging their setup/sit.

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I have only speared one so far and it was on 11/30/2008 in central MN. I was in about 7 feet of water with drops to back and side from 2pm to 4pm. One came in at about 3pm very slowly from the deep behind me between the live and fake decoy. Fake was a small northern fire tiger color.

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cool idea, I'll start on my next outing.

cant remember all the details of last few outting except that MAN those pike are tastey

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I thought it would be nice to follow the depth everyone sets up in and see as the season progresses where people are seeing fish and if they are coming in from the shallow or deep. Could be helpful. Decoy color might put some people on a pattern although can be lake dependent. Helpful to log in fish that one passes on as well.

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well I gave it a whirl tonight and

Location: Zimmerman area Little Elk Lake

Date: 12/4/2008

Time: 1:30-4:00pm

Setup: 9 1/2 fow decoys set at 3 and 3 1/2 foot down

Water contions: murky, water clarity 4 1/2 ft

Decoy: Beavercreek, chartuse sucker and live sucker, two lines

around 3:15 pm had one slash and beavercreek decoy, while jigging. nothing else seen. noticed panfish all afternoon 4 to 5 ft off the bottom.

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central minnesota

12/4/08

noon to 3:30

9 FOW decoy 5 feet down

red/white with spinner on back

could see the bottom but kind of stained, put one potatoe worth of slices to help see

1-4lb. pike for the smoker

1st time out this year

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Location: Central Minnesota

Date: 12/06/08

Time: 7:30-11:00

Setup 8 feet of water - decoy down 4 feet

Speared a 6 pounder for the pan

Came in from deep nice and slow

decoy - red & white

Saw one more after I speared the first about 4 pounds

Watched it decoy and it left.

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Well this is my half of the report

Location: Central Minnesota

Date: 12/06/08

Time: 7:00 am til 12:30 or so

Setup Aprox 5 feet of water in the flats.

Speared a 33" 7lber at 10:15 Decoyed Slow head on infront of me; then slipped past decoy to the center of the hole

Decoy - Anthony Grandbois red & white worker

Supper Plans- Baked

I will let Huey log the rest.

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Location: Central Minnesota

Date: 12/6/08

Time: 8:30am-12:30pm

Set-up: edge of weeds in 7 FOW.

Speared one pike. About 25", 10:30 am.

Saw one other pike about 11:30, might of spooked by me reaching for spear.

Decoy: 6" red and white decoy, and large sucker down the whole time.

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Location: Central Minnesota

Date: 12/06/08

Time: 7:00 am til 12:30 or so

Setup Aprox 5 feet of water in the flats.

Speared a 21" at 9:00am, came in slow from the deep water. Ignored the sucker minnow and went for the fake. Also speared a 31" at about 11am. My personal best. grin Also came in slow and went for the fake.

Decoy - Bear Creek red and white mini (4 1/2" or so) sucker.

Supper Plans- Fried fish.

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Location: North Central Mn

12/5/08

9am to 3 pm

Set up around a clearing in a cabbage flat 6' or so, visibility wasnt the best.

Saw 4, missed one, hesitated on another. 2 came in like rockets, take my shiner on a treble,managed to keep only 1,lost the other in the hole.

Decoys: Red and white Dueys rattle decoy

4" shiner on a treble rattle reel.

Bound for pickle jars

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Location: Central MN

Date: 12/7/08

Time: 1:30-2:30

Pike: 3 snakes, 2 speared, 1 angled.

7 FOW

Decoys: red and white, sucker

Hunting and Fishing during Vikes games has been VERY productive for me this year.

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Location: Central Minnesota

Date: 12/6/08

Time: 9-12

Set-up: 6.5 FOW on a flat

Speared one pike. About 27", 10:04 am

Decoy: 8" red and white decoy, and med. sucker down the whole time.

Also saw a few sunnies but couldnt get them to bite

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Hunting and Fishing during Vikes games has been VERY productive for me this year.

its also been pretty good for the vikes grin

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Location: North Metro? - Coon Lake

Date: 12/7/2008

Time: 1:00PM - Dark

Setup: 6 fow on a Bump with a 9 Foot Deep channel in front of me.

Fake Decoys set at 4 foot down Live Decoy set about 3 ft down

Water conditions: murky, water clarity less than 5.5 ft

Decoy: Everything in the box plus 2 live ones.

Ice thickness: 9 solid inches measured with a tape measure off the block.

Never saw a fish.

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location: Zimmerman area

date: 12/8/2008

time: 8:00-10:00 speared fish at 8:30

water: 9ft and dingy

decoy: beavercreek red and white pike 10inch and a yellow with red dots spoon and 11 inch sucker

destination: lunch for today

saw 4 fish got a 29 incher, came into the live decoy didnt even look at the fake one. the other three fish one on outside of hole would'nt come in and one came in to the spoon when I reached for the spear it spooked and the last fish I was on the phone gabbin away when I looked down and saw one crusin thru a foot under the ice after my sucker it was around 36 inches, jigged the spoon but it never came back. I'll get um another day.

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same as previous post except

Time 2:30-4:00

speared 26 incher at 3:50 the pike swam around the outside of the hole all the way a round before coming in very slow and I was using a 11-12 inch live sucker only 9 fow 18 inches below the ice.

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location: central MN

time: 9:00-1:00

date: 12/8/08

Decoy: red and white, sucker

7 FOW

Missed one at 10:30. Speared a smaller one coming into the sucker at 11:00. Another one decoying into the red and white 12:00 or so. Speared a carp in the tail at 12:45. That sure dirtied the hole.

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Location: Metro

Date: 12/5/2008

7-8 foot depth, sand bottom, no weeds, outside a backwater

Time: 9:15am-2:00pm

Small pike hit 10" red/white pike decoy as I dropped it down the hole. 2 pounder came for a look five minutes later. 9:40 had a keeper slide in, no warm-up tosses this year, 36 inches and 13 pounds. Bigger than I thought but it was 20 minutes into my first time this year. Took a 28 incher at 10:30 and then watched 2 pounders off an on until I left.

Next day same lake, 10 yards to one side, plenty of weeds, 12:30 -4:30 pm. Seven pike seen, biggest one taken 27 inches with a hook and leader in it's mouth. Others were 2-3 pounders which came into red/white pike, perch, firetiger pike. Saw about a dozen bass (two bigger than Merk and Huey's visitor), a few perch, and well over 50 sunfish.

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A lot of success had. Interesting results. I'm thinking of creating a database in access so some of this information can be mined.

If anyone is interested in it for their own use let me know. I'll email to you. Hopefully I'll have it done in a few weeks if I ever get time to work on it.

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