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  1. I had my musky pole but with heavy tackle. The pike and the musky seem to like the number 5 Mepps spinners. I was using fireline but yes the stronger pole might have helped me horse him in
  2. FisherMusky, I guess musky's in said pond is not a secret. I guess the good news is that it is land locked and no real access. The times I have been out I have only seen another boat once or twice. Do you have any secrets to share. If so I can give you my email address vs. a public forum.
  3. Once the inlaws purchased property on this little pond near White Bear I am certainly enjoying the Musky's. I knew the lake had musky but my first few ventures I targeted crappie and bass. Then while out on kayak and boat I saw a few of these monsters cruzing the shallows in the clear calm water. Then one morning I am in my kayak and musky goes right underneath me. The fish may have been one foot under water. I could see the massive head to one side of the kayak and the tail on the other. Beautiful pure strain musky !!!! I then go over this little point which is sandy, rocky, weedy, and then drops off. I toss my little Mepps spinner and bang its fish on. The musky comes right out to me. We make eye contact and he start to swim out deep. Not a run per say just a slow swim out deep. The water was calm and I started to ore myself towards shore. The fish turns and as I paddle he swims with me with out a huge battle gently toward shore. I get the kayak to shore and get him to come in on the rocks and sand of the point. My plan was to beach him and do my best to get the fish free and try a photo. I would guess it was a 48-48 inch fish. The lure came lose right at the shore so saved me trying ot have to get the lure loose and a struggle on shore. I had the boat out recently and actually targeted the musky. Raised 6 fish on Saturday with a friend in a few hours. Two were on with one being a true beast. He got me some massive weeds I could not free the fish to land. The other fun part was I found the lake also has a very good Norther Pike populations. Over the weekend I got 10 or so fish with many 5-7 lbers and one going 10-12. Anyway it was a blast to mix in the nice pike and bass while at the same time getting some musky action
  4. Box, I was up an the inlaws cabin and for the most part pounded the smallies. My go go to baits there are no secret. I use senko's and tubes around the docks. Top water and small cranks over the rocks and around the shoreline where the shady spots are. Now something I have been using recently with fantastic success is also not a secret lure but not talked about as much as they should be. The simple number two or three Mepps spinner ( I like the number two with gold or silver blade and at times add a twister tail). The other one is a bettle spin type lure again with a twister tail. Sometimes the oldies are still goodies. I was actually fishing the river today and the smallies were on fire for the Mepps spinner at a very slow speed. I find many times spinners will lead to strikes for fish that are not feeding or agressive. One final note as it relates to the bettle spin. I fish it with 2-3lb fireline crystal for those pike or musky that hit it. I mention this as I was fishing a private lake in my kayak about 2 weeks ago and tossed said beetle spin over a rocky, weedy, sandy, shady point at about 7:30 am and bamb hooked into a 45 plus inch Musky. Thankfully it was a calm day and I was able to over time guide the monster to the point and beach the beast...
  5. I am an avid fisherman but primarily target Bass and Walleye. There is a lake by house that I get 3-5 Tiger musky every year while bass fishing. Mostly on top waters and buzz baits but got a couple of docks on senko's. I must say the tiger musky's are really fun to catch and quite cool looking markings. Two years ago on Vermillion I was fishing small mouth. I had seen some large muskies in the shallow bays so I decided to bring a muskie pole with just in case. I see this what looks like a moving log in the shallows...I pick up my pole and make one cast. It hit the water and bang I am in for the fight of my life. After about 20 minutes I landed her and she was a 50 incher !!!! Anyway to my question. My inlaws have this place on a small private lake. I had heard there were musky ( pure strain ) which I found a bit odd for a small metro lake but who am I to argue. In the spring I found some crappies and also saw a musky in the shallows. My last trip out there I was in my kayak bass and pan fishing. The water was crystal clear and I decided to toss a bobber. The bobber hit the water and there was a splash (I think I might have screamed like a school girl as well) and I saw a huge tail. Moments later I see the fish coming towards me and he decided to sit right under my kayak. When I looked to one side I could see the large tail and body. I looked to the other side and saw his monster head and body. The fish might have been a foot below me and just sat there, kinda freaky.... Anyway what would you recommend on a smaller clear lake. I am thinking topwater buzz baits of some kind. Or based on the fact this fish tryed to hit my red bobber, maybe something red !!!
  6. MT, My wife and daughter were up at the cabin this weekend with her parents. That is why I had the weekend free to do some local bass fishing. I have not gotten up there as much the last few summers. My wife said she saw a group of people over at your place for the holiday. This year I think we will be doing a week in July and few 4 day weekends. When I am up there I most definatly chase the small mouths. The last few times I have been up there the numbers have been outstanding and the size has increased with many 18-20 inch fish. Vermillion is known for the great walleye and musky fishing but I would venture to say that it is also a world class fishery for Smallies.
  7. Got out to the river to finish out the weekend. Me and my fishing parther got 30-40 smallies. Almost all were caught in shady area's and 70% came on topwaters which is by far my favorite way to catch bass. The larger fish all came on topwaters with the largest fish in the 18 inch class. The rest of the fish came on Senko's, followed by small spinners, and cranks. Topwater and senko were 1 and 2 but again the bigger fish were hitting the topwater presentation. My fishing parther was out on Saturday and the quite a few 19 and 20 inch fish. The front and maybe some more pressure may have impacted. We also mixed in a handfull of 12-13 crappies with some shoulders. Great weekend and great day to close out the bassing !!!!
  8. Well, today was a number not size day. From an individual perspective I even surpassed Dietz. I stopped my clicker count at 125 bass and it was just me. Two important points of clarification I was fishing on a private lake with no public access and no fish were over 16 inches. I actually took out a row boat. It was a bit breezy so I had to anchor along point and weed edges and pockets. I brought out five combo's to cover my bases: One senko rig One tube rig One top water (tiny torpedo) One number two Mepps spinner Aguila silver blade with tripple twisty tail One beatle spin type lure due to the success from yesterday The senko and tube both worked with the tube being a bit more productive then the senko. The top water worked very well and I would say a bit better then the tube. The Mepps number two spinner by far was the best combo. On this presentation I got a fish every other cast or worse case scenerio the third cast. Had I fished this exclusively would have caught even more. I did mix in the beatle spin at the end for fun and it was on fire just like yesterday On Monday I plan to hit the river for some small mouth action. My fishing partner was out on Saturday and got a ton of smallies with a few 19's and one just a hair over 20. Looking forward to a great day to close out the opening weekend
  9. Wow, Good day on the water Dietz. I decided to get for a few hours this morning on a local small lake. My old reliables were not producing as I had expected to start things out. I decided to quickly change tactics and presentation. I decided I was going to fish the shallows and target shady areas. I went with a presentation I have not used since a kid. I went with a small beatle spin type lure with a plastic twister tail. To my surprise this worked and I got about 20 bass. Nothing went over 17 inch mark but with a beatle spin on 4lb mono that was probly a good thing. I am planning on the river for some small mouth action on Sunday and Monday.
  10. Its been about 4 years since I actually went out on opener. I usually wait and take a day off early in the week to avoid the crazyness. We Fished North West of the Twin Cities. Was out from 2:30 am till about 10:00 am. We got into a very nice walleye bite from about 6:00-8:00 am. Simple 1/8 jig and shinner or fathead worked for us. I am for the most part a catch and release guy but with the early start and drive I figured should bring something home for the efforts. Me and my parnter took home a total of 7 all int ath 16-19" eater class.
  11. My work cell phone number is Perhaps after work on Friday or over the weekend. As I stated I am in the Maplewood area so perhaps meet there.
  12. 311Hemi, We used the grill for some burger and dogs about a week ago. Each burner worked fine and grill temps hit the 400 range. I am sure the unit will serve a purpose but as stated not in mint condition by any means. My thought is if someone was interested it is theirs at no cost. If not we will be brining to local area for disposal.
  13. The Sears Kenmore model number is 141.16221. This grill has three burners each 10,000 BTU for a total of 30,000 and electronic ignition. This electronic ignition works and the grill is fully functional. The issue it that there are three burner knobs. One of these a small metal piece rusted out so the plastic knobs slip. This should be an easy fix or you simply can turn the metal piece under the plastic knob by hand to the correct postion of low, medium, high, or off. The grill is several years old so it has the normal wear you would expect as it got used a lot. We also have the Kenmore grill cover which will be tossed in for free as well, but this is worn. Anyone interested let me know. I am in the Maplewood area and could meet at public area nearby to drop it off for anyone interested.
  14. Eric, agreed. Ran into one minor problem. I was going to take off the drain plug to add and while adding inspect to see if a seal. One minor problem now I can not get the thing off I think its a bit stripped. Nelson Marine is near by so Monday I will go see if they have this part as one I do get this off may need a new one anyway. Oh well worse case scenerio I end up changing out the lower unit oil twice this year. The good news is I have plenty of time to fine tune prior to opener...but with the way its looking might see the water late next week for that first run on the water
  15. Speaking of the drain screw slipping out of my hand. Is there suppose to be a little seal with it? Now that I am thinking about it I hope did not loose this...My motor is a 2000 90hp Mercury. Yikes I can't go into the season with this in the back of my mind. I may have to go to the dealer to ease my mind.
  16. As mentioned Miss, St.Croix, Rum, an MN river. White Bear lake also has a small mouth population. However, rivers with out question are were you will find quantity and quality
  17. Okay so every year as a right of Spring I change my lower unit the old fasion way. Drain it and fill with the old squeeze tubes. Generally speaking when I put the drain plug in I always lose a little bit of gear lube. However, this time the plug slipped out of my fingers and more then usual drained before I could seal it up. So I guess my question is if not entirely full does anyone see any risk?
  18. Deadsea, fully understood. I am out for enjoyment and thearpotic. Never looking for any trouble. I just don't like the occassional sence of entitlement I see on occassion on local lakes.
  19. Not to stir the pot by my personal opionion is that they should not allow perms on the ice. Many of the lakes I have fished all my life for crappies there is no big secret as to where the deep holes are that hold fish. Far to often I have seen a guy in a perm house think they own a spot on a public lake because they put there perm out. If you do not like the crowds on a known deep hole for crappies set up in a nice 10 foot dead spot on the lake and enjoy the privacy.
  20. Thank you. I am thinking I can hit this trail in the next few days with lot of snow pending
  21. I have used the gulp waxies and had very good success. I picked up some of those 1" gulp alive minnows to try but on my first trip out neglected to give them a shot with a good bite going..... One other plastic I recommend for ice is Little Atom power nuggies....Dont know why the crappies like these but they do...This year they have additional glow colors and mirco's I really like glow blue and red...The purple not so much
  22. Ah great question. Many fish all their lives not realizing it is not fish they seek..... For me personally I have never gotten past the excitement and rush I feel planning for the next time on the water be it ice or open water. I hope that child like excitement never ever goes away. I enjoy being outside and all the wonders of nature. I enjoy the time and stories shared with friends and my father. I enjoy the mystery of not knowing what you might catch. I enjoy exploring a new lake and again the mystery of the structure below. I enjoy trying new rigs, new tackle, new tacktics, new toys. I enjoy that rush I get as my vex shows movement on the bottom of the screen or school of crappies in deep water. I enjoy just being away from the day to day routine. I enjoy that on the ice you can meet people from all walks of life and for that moment in time its all about ice fishing and the moment.
  23. I am curious as to what trails there are near by White Bear lake and Dellwood area. Or if anyone can advise of a good HSOforum or place to go to get good snow mobile trail information.... Is there a trail system by Lake Elmo or is that really more cross country skiing. Thanks
  24. Wow, those are some very cool pictures to see of first ice. I am much to skittish for early ice. I like a good 8 inches to get my courage up and really like late ice when the ice is supporting full size trucks.
  25. My favorite are the diamond jigs, glow demons, and angel eyes. The diamond jigs are ideal as I usually fish crappie in deep water. This jigs get you down to the fish quick. The gold angel eye is my calling jig. Drop down and aggressively jig and you can get a school of crappie to come check it out and I usually find that the larger aggressive ones in the school will pound the angel eye. Glow demons in the smaller size are what I compliment with in my second hole along side the fore mentioned diamond jigs. For bait I have become more and more reliant on the plastics. My favorite is the little atom glow nuggies regular size or mini's. I also like the gulp waxies. I am going to try the gulp alive 1 " minnows this ice season as well. I always have my little bait puck with waxies or spikes and a scoop of small crappie minnows. I usually am someone mobil but have over the years become less and less mobile. As it stands I have some go to places in deep water that generally produce so I am excited to hit some of these haunts and also explore a few more. When crappie fishing I always target the deep holes first and look for them on the electronics. If this does not work I check out the shallows and hope to find structure. I remember one year we could not find them deep. We got lucky and the hole we drilled near shore also just happen to be around fallen tree and stumps. It was game on for 12-14 inch fish in about 8 feet of water...Man that was a blast. I also have a very fond memory of hitting this small pond that happend to be connected to larger body of water. There was no map of the back pond but after drilling a bunch of wholes we found what we believed to be the deepest hole. It was in the center and went about 18 feet, right near by a flat that went up to about 8 feet. Holes were drilled and it was just about dusk. It was almost like a dream. No holes had been drilled so to our knowledge no one had fished this lake which was very remote. I looked at my vex and it was lite up like a christmas tree. So much so that I thought maybe my vex was malfunctioning and wasted some time trying to figure out what was a mis. It turns out it was no malfuntion and the action was non stop. The crappies were all at minimum 9" with most in the 12-14 class and an occassional 15 or 16 mixed in. Now here is the real kicker the bite was so good no live of plastic bait was required. Just drop your jig into the lighted mass below and enjoy. Another thing I found amazing was the speed at which the agressive crappies would zoom to your lure. Sorry I digress...Short answer to the question diamond jigs, glow demon, and angel eye.
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