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2010 Spring Open Water Reports n Ramblings

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Spent the day cutting grass, cleaned the garage, painted the picnic table, spread mulch... crysick

About an hour ago I grabbed the flyrod and Beth and I went for a walk...

Not sure how big this guy was, but I'd be afraid to guess. eek Big!


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Nice pictures fellas. Todd gave me a last minute call Friday after one of my many games to go fish eyes and we caught quite a few Friday night and Saturday we fished again but it was real slow. Still great to finally get out and fish. Thanks Todd! Here's my guide!



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Nice Waldo's I'm jealous

Spent the weekend chasing cod

5/22/10 left the dock at 8am arrived to the fishing grounds at 10am gishing until around 2:30pm then another 2 hr boat ride back in.

Caught a few keeper fish but nothing crazy. or group of 3 only ended up with 8 fish 4 haddock 1 cod and 3 cusk. Sadly this haddock of around 5 or 6lbs won me the pool.


5/23/10 We went on our planned charter trip 25 guys on a 90 foot boat we had plenty of room to fish with minimal tangles. Left the dock at 6:30am got to the fishing ground around 8:30am and put in a real good effort until 2pm when we headed back in for another 2 hr boat ride smile. Again is was slow for keepers but the quality was better. We did catch a bunch of non keepers as well.

The wife caught a double of 10lbers.



I got a around 20lb cod and 2 more around 10lbs and one haddock.


Btw thats not my electric reel smile on out charter we had this one guy that's 70 something years old and said he has a hard time reeling up all day long. More power to him those things are $1,000 bucks and he did snap 80lb braid will reeling up with the button smile

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