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Borch last won the day on May 28 2017

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    St. Cloud,MN,USA
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  1. Sounds like an exciting hunt!
  2. I always loved chasing those merriam out there. Way to go guys! It can be tough going there for us flat landers.
  3. I personally don't use hens often. When I do she's in a breeding position near a strutting tom. I usually go jakes of various postures or no decoys. I like to keep them guessing where that hen is at. I've had too many mature Tom's hang up, strut and gobble until the real hens show up to escort him away when using just hens.
  4. Borch

    MN Opener

    Way to go featherslayer!
  5. Borch

    It Begins

    There you go!
  6. Borch

    Ne 2019

    Awesome hunt! Congrats!
  7. Stuff is getting hard to find so best load up on ammo I'd you find it. Many have rebates going now so that helps some. I haven't shot the new Feferal TSS shot yet but guys that have report excellent patterns and downrange energy. Luke Don mentioned 45 yards is doable depending on your gun's pattern. Two springs ago my dad dumped a big Tom at 54 yards, (misjudged the yardage and bird was working away) with the federal heavyweight in 6 shot with his 20 gauge. I'm not advocating for shooting those distances, but it's a testmate to how far this ammo has come.
  8. I've been seeing them in corn fields and around home owner homes.
  9. I have seen fewer birds late morning through evening but killed a much higher percentage of them. If they respond to your calls a few times get ready. They usually come in pretty hot then. I usually hunt strut zones on fields, ridges or travel routes and food sources. Like Don mentioned late afternoon hunting travel routes near roosting areas can be very productive. I've shot 2 nice toms in the last 20 minutes of my season 3 times now. So be persistent if it doesn't pan out right away.
  10. Decent walleye bite this morning once I figured out the pattern. Jigging raps with a horizontal presentation on midlake humps. So far the big fish is this 25" eye.
  11. I fished most of the lake in scout mode today. Found walleyes early on midlake humps and bars in 18-24 fow. Got a couple to go on jigging raps but then they shut off. Spent the rest of the day trying to pin down a panfish pattern. Found good numbers of sunfish in shallow cabbage beds(6-9 fow). None were huge but good numbers of 8-8 1/2" gills. A few crappies are mixed in with them and some are suspending off the break. There are also good numbers of sunfish in or just outside the reeds. Most of the sunfish ran smaller though although there were some keepers there too. Pike and bass I did not target but saw others do so successfully. Plenty of bass in the reeds and spinnerbaits seemed to be what most were using. Troll over the weeds and you will be rewarded with pike.
  12. We got settled into our camping spot last night and the fishing report is that the sunfish and crapoies are on fire. Walleyes are very tough right now. But bass and pike are also being very cooperative.
  13. Weather was unbelievable! No issues other than dang hot with no breeze. But we can handle that.
  14. Whatever people bring. Bring something to pass. Still deciding what I'll bring myself.
  15. Kewaunnee 8/8-8/13 My dad and I fished out of Kewaunee for about 5 days and it was slow but steady for us. Ended up 12-16 with about a dozen shakers on top of that and a couple drive byes. We caught fish in 80-165 fow but fished as deep as 370 fow with only one drive by in 312 fow for the deep run. One one fish in a meat rig, one on a flasher fly, 3(+5 shakers) on clean spoons, 1 in a spoon with a dodger and 6(+7 shakers) on a spoon pro troll 8" spin ray. We added the spinner/spoon into the spread the last 2 1/2 days. Outside of the shakers the fish ran nice but no giants with the biggest just over 19 lbs. Sog was 2.2-2.8 mph. Surface temps ran 67-73 degrees. Fish were caught 40-70 feet down. Talking to a few other boats reports varied from 0-8 fish per trip and boats were scatteredall over the lake. Some big fish being caught and lost. Here's a few pics from our trip.
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