Morning Success

Posted by MNAngler On August - 2 - 2010

Date: 7/31/2010
Time: 7:30am – 11:00am
Body of water: Tiger Cat Flowage
Location: Hayward, MN
Weather Conditions: partly cloudy

After my initial success from the night before, I had high hopes the next morning. I woke up at 7:30am and couldn’t go back to sleep, so I decided to get up. My brother repaired my scum frog before we went to bed, so I cast with that for about a half hour with no bite when my brother came down to the dock. We decided to take my dad’s canoe out on the lake.

I sat in front and stuck with the scum frog. My first cast to try to get under an overhanging tree branch met with the tree branches before it nicked the water. My brother laughed, but turned into a “whoa” when a fish tried to nab the frog. Before bringing in the canoe to retrieve my frog, he tossed his plastic craw into the spot to try to catch the offender. Fortunately for me, it wasn’t interested in my brother’s craw. We got my frog free and continued down the shore.

My brother remarked that he thought it was too late in the morning for the scum frog. I (obviously) begged to differ. But he said he would switch to a popper if I caught anything. Not more than a few casts later, the surface exploded around my frog. I paused, then set the hook and pulled in a muskie. My brother couldn’t believe it. It turned out to be 23″.

Unfortunately, with the way it got hooked and with all the thrashing, the girl was pretty wounded by the time I was able to get it back in the water. I tried to revive her for a good 20 minutes, but she couldn’t swim away, so I decided to keep it. When my dad saw it later, he said it was a Northern. I looked again and he was right. I didn’t even think there was a single Northern in our lake, so my brother and I just assumed it was a muskie.

Species: Northern Pike
Size: 23″
Lure used: chartreuse scum frog

By the time I got to fishing again, my brother had gone to a popper and back to his plastic craw. The wind had picked up, so I put away my scum frog and put on a white pearl super fluke. About a dozen casts later, I caught a nice 13″ largemouth bass. My brother has teased me over the years for being a one lure wonder, but when I caught a fish before he did, he said, “I can’t believe that thing works.”

Species: Largemouth Bass
Size: 13″
Lure used: white pearl super fluke

We worked the shore West a bit more, but headed back toward our dock because our California cousin wanted to come out as well. We were working the East shore and got some bites, but nothing we could boat when he showed up on the dock. My brother decided to work on getting our bass boat ready and let our cousin and I go out on the canoe. My son wanted to join us so he sat in the middle.

We were out for about a half hour before my son wanted to go back. But during that time, I landed a small muskie (a real muskie this time) on my super fluke. My cousin threw a white spinnerbait, chartreuse spinnerbait, and orange/brown spinnerbait with no luck.

Species: Muskie
Size: 18″
Lure used: white pearl super fluke

My brother needed help with our bass boat, so we quit for the morning. It was a good start to the Saturday. There was plenty of more fishing to do and we did a lot of it. Afternoon and evening stories coming soon. Stay tuned. It will be worth the wait.

4 Responses to “Morning Success”

  1. Noah says:

    I have become a huge fan of the scum frog. I fish it in small ponds for bass when the carpet of weedie things is fairly thick and it never seems to disappoint!

    • MNAngler says:

      I’ve gotten swirls around scum frogs, but never actually caught a fish with it until this weekend. It will definitely be a staple in my tackle box from now on.

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