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Ill-Advised Outing

Posted by MNAngler On July - 7 - 2009ADD COMMENTS

Date: 7/5/2009 Time: 8-9:00am Body of water: Poplar Lake Location: Gunflint Trail Weather Conditions: sunny, clear, strong wind out of the West The night before, Ken and I had intended to go to the channel on the North side of his cousin’s island where I caught some smallies the first night of Memorial Weekend, but because of our time spent at our favorite hole, we didn’t get a chance to get there. We decided to try the next morning. We got a late start and it was pretty windy. We drifted... (more...)

July 4th

Posted by MNAngler On July - 6 - 2009ADD COMMENTS
Daughter's drawing of family watching fireworks from our pontoon.

Species: Northern Pike Size: ~17″ Lure used: white pearl super fluke w/ red hook Date: 7/4/2009 Time: 8-9:30pm Body of water: Poplar Lake Location: Gunflint Trail Weather Conditions: clear Having been disappointed the night before, I wanted to go after the one that got away. Ken and I headed to our favorite fishing hole again. We did some casting in the bay, but headed in to the hole pretty quickly. A few casts with a white pearl fluke and I got a hit. It was a Northern that looked a... (more...)

The One That Got Away

Posted by MNAngler On July - 6 - 2009ADD COMMENTS

Species: Northern Pike Size: 17″ Lure used: white pearl super fluke w/ red hook Species: Unknown Size: 16-17″ Lure used: white pearl super fluke w/ red hook Species: Smallmouth bass Size: 9.5″ Lure used: white pearl super fluke w/ red hook Date: 7/3/2009 Time: 8-10:00pm Body of water: Poplar Lake Location: Gunflint Trail Weather Conditions: clear After not seeing many fish earlier in the evening, we didn’t hold out hopes for a very fruitful trip to Walleye Alley, but... (more...)

Reconnaissance

Posted by MNAngler On July - 6 - 2009ADD COMMENTS

Date: 7/3/2009 Time: 5-6:00pm Body of water: Poplar Lake Location: Gunflint Trail Weather Conditions: clear Water temp: 65 degrees Ken and I spent the good part of the day installing his new fish finder on his pontoon. Once it was installed and the pontoon was on the water, of course we had to try it out. We went out to Walleye Alley because we were planning to fish there after dinner. We had about an hour, so we put my kids into life jackets and puttered out there. If you’re an avid fisherman... (more...)

Splurge for Color

Posted by MNAngler On July - 6 - 20091 COMMENT
Splurge for Color

For you more experienced anglers, what I’m about to say is going to come out of the “well, duh” category of fishing. But to those of us that haven’t had the privilege, you don’t know what you’re missing til you’ve got it. So here goes… If you have a boat and are going to fish with it, invest in a good, color, fish finder. You shouldn’t need to spend more than $400 for a decent one, but put in the extra money for color if you can afford it.... (more...)

Slow Night

Posted by MNAngler On July - 1 - 20093 COMMENTS
Slow Night

Date: 7/1/2009 Time: 6:30pm-9:30pm Body of water: Lake Owasso Location: Shoreview, MN Weather Conditions: scattered clouds My old colleague that had introduced me to the super fluke actually lives in Orchard Lake where I fished last week and after our outing, we stopped in to say hi (he also knew the two colleagues I fished with). While talking to him and his wife, I found out that his wife really likes the pink (“bubble gum” to us guys) colored super flukes. Apparently, she has done... (more...)

Almost Skunked

Posted by MNAngler On June - 25 - 20094 COMMENTS
Almost Skunked

Species: Largemouth Bass Size: ~17″ Lure used: white pearl super fluke with split shot Date: 6/24/2009 Time: 7pm-9:00pm Body of water: Orchard Lake Location: Lakeville, MN Weather Conditions: rain in the early afternoon, scattered clouds while fishing My colleague John and I have a mutual former colleague by the name of Matt. Matt’s been bugging us to go fishing the past few weeks, but schedules haven’t worked out. Until yesterday. Matt brought one of his current colleagues,... (more...)

Fishing (not singing) in the Rain

Posted by MNAngler On June - 20 - 20091 COMMENT
Fishing (not singing) in the Rain

Species: Largemouth Bass Size: ~14″ Lure used: white pearl super fluke (first cast of the night!) Date: 6/19/2009 Time: 7pm-9:30pm Body of water: Lake Owasso Location: Shoreview, MN Weather Conditions: overcast and rain My neighbor, Mark, and I went out after dinner and were out on the lake by 7pm.  There were some ominous clouds coming in, but we figured we could always get off the lake if we saw lightning.  On my first cast using a super fluke, the retrieve didn’t feel quite right,... (more...)

Walleye Frenzy

Posted by MNAngler On June - 14 - 2009ADD COMMENTS

Species: Walleye Size: 12″ Lure used: leech on lindey rig Species: Largemouth Bass Size: 12″ Lure used: white pearl super fluke Species: Largemouth Bass Size: 12″ Lure used: white pearl super fluke Date: 6/14/2009 Time: 7:30-11:30am Body of water: Bald Eagle Lake Location: White Bear Lake, MN Weather Conditions: sunny Mark, Rob, and I decided to go to Bald Eagle Lake this morning in the Norther suburbs of St. Paul, MN. We had determined yesterday that we would meet up at 7am. ... (more...)

New Fishing Buddy

Posted by MNAngler On June - 12 - 20091 COMMENT

Mark is a neighbor of mine that lives two houses down from me. We are the second house off the corner, so he’s actually across a street. That extra psychological barrier usually prevents either from us from seeing each other or talking much. But his son plays with my next door neighbor’s son a lot and their family is always invited to our neighborhood gatherings that we have every few months. Usually only Marks’ wife and son show up because Mark is off fishing. My impression... (more...)


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