One More Outing Pays Off

Posted by MNAngler On August - 1 - 2009

15" smallmouth bassSpecies: Smallmouth bass
Size: 15″
Lure used: white pearl super fluke

18" northern pikeSpecies: Northern Pike
Size: 18″
Lure used: white pearl super fluke

27" northern pikeSpecies: Northern Pike
Size: 27″
Lure used: white pearl super fluke

Date: 7/26/2009
Time: 5:30-7:00am
Body of water: Poplar Lake
Location: Gunflint Trail
Weather Conditions: overcast

I woke up a little after 5am the day we were to leave. Since I had such a fun time getting up early earlier in the week, I was a little torn about whether I should take the boat out one last time. It’s always nice to end the week on a good note. But the one that got away was still haunting me. I decided to get up and go after it.

I didn’t want to bother anyone so early in the morning, so I used the trolling motor at full speed to get to my destination. I trolled with a rattling Rapala on the way.

I started outside the narrow bay near where Ken and I caught a couple of Northern earlier in the week. There was nothing there this time, so I quietly snuck into the bay. Casts into the shadow from earlier in the week didn’t yield anything, but one cast nearby got a strike. The fish didn’t fight that much, so I was surprised when I discovered a gorgeous 15″ smallie on the end of my line! I guessed this was the one I missed.

I flirted briefly (very briefly) about heading home with my nemesis, but it was only 6:00, so I started covering the North shore.

As I was getting close to a short dock, I netted a decent 18″ Northern. I got a little closer to the dock and got another hit. When the fish got to the boat, I couldn’t believe my eyes! It was a 27″ monster. I grabbed the net to get him, got him in the boat and as soon as it was in, it thrashed and my line broke! I couldn’t believe how close I was to losing him.

I retied and continued around the dock and got a few more hits, but couldn’t set the hook on any of them. After one hit, I reeled in quickly to recast and the fish tried to strike again not more than two feet from the boat, but missed. Given the way it chased the lure, it must have been another Northern.

A little further down shore, I was feeling resistance, but no tugging. I jerked it, and it came loose. I went into another little bay and got a hit by a fallen tree. This one had a lot of ticks, so it was likely another Northern.

I was a bit nervous about the big Northern on my rope stringer, so I decided to head home. I was able to take a nap after my last morning outing, but this time I couldn’t get back to sleep. Because of my tiredness, it was a long drive home, but it was very worth it. Now I know why the dedicated fisherman get up early.

3 Responses to “One More Outing Pays Off”

  1. Optimista says:

    Now that’s a HUGE fish!

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