Part 3 (from Minnesota): Cold weather, hot SMB fishing

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Part 3 (from Minnesota): Cold weather, hot SMB fishing

Postby ganz1960 » Feb Sat 15, 2020 7:06 pm

In the spirit of my earlier 2 posts (hot weather, hot fishing from Corpus Christi and Miami):

I recently flew to Minnesota to try smallie fishing in the Mississippi River for the first time. It was epic.

My fishing partner and I waded and fished from shore throwing sucker minnows under a float. We saw others throwing lures (I would guess plastics on jigs) and catch plenty of fish too.

We landed an estimated 40 bass in 5 hours and missed many more. Many in the 3-4 lb range. Plus a bonus small pike, walleye, and dogfish.

It was so much fun! Cold but fun! Highly recommended if you like smallies (though the season is ending next weekend for awhile).

Now it's back to Miami for more hot weather and hot peacock bass fishing. Here are some photos from today:

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Re: Part 3 (from Minnesota): Cold weather, hot SMB fishing

Postby ganz1960 » Feb Sat 15, 2020 7:11 pm

Here are 3 more photos:

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Re: Part 3 (from Minnesota): Cold weather, hot SMB fishing

Postby joetrain » Feb Sun 16, 2020 12:58 am

Looks like fun but cold.
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Re: Part 3 (from Minnesota): Cold weather, hot SMB fishing

Postby ganz1960 » Feb Sun 16, 2020 8:19 am

Joe,

Yeah it was cold but not bad, at least relatively speaking. I got to Minnesota on a Wednesday afternoon. Then Thursday and Friday, temps were in the minus teens, so I didn't try it.

But Friday afternoon, temps warmed up to 15 degrees and Saturday when we went temps eventually reached 33 degrees. So (relatively) balmy!
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Re: Part 3 (from Minnesota): Cold weather, hot SMB fishing

Postby jmdog2003 » Feb Sun 16, 2020 9:46 am

Yeah, that's a great fishing option in the cold months. Winter fishing really isn't that bad as long as you layer up properly. And you clearly demonstrated that the effort is worthwhile.
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Re: Part 3 (from Minnesota): Cold weather, hot SMB fishing

Postby polishfly » Feb Mon 17, 2020 8:45 am

well damn!!! this is awesome!
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Re: Part 3 (from Minnesota): Cold weather, hot SMB fishing

Postby cletedius » Feb Mon 17, 2020 1:54 pm

And that, people, is how you do retirement :thumbup:
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Re: Part 3 (from Minnesota): Cold weather, hot SMB fishing

Postby ganz1960 » Feb Mon 17, 2020 2:26 pm

cletedius wrote:And that, people, is how you do retirement :thumbup:


Ha! Thanks! After 34 years in a cubicle, I am having a great time being retired!

Edit: Here's a photo I missed when creating the original post. As far as I remember, it was our only double:

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Re: Part 3 (from Minnesota): Cold weather, hot SMB fishing

Postby DasGoby » Feb Mon 17, 2020 4:00 pm

That is really cool. You fishing a warm water discharge or regular open water? I remember reading an article in In-Fisherman talking about how different populations of smallmouth behave differently in sub 45 water and it mentioned upper Mississippi smallmouth as being less active / less catch-able, so well done sir!
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Re: Part 3 (from Minnesota): Cold weather, hot SMB fishing

Postby ganz1960 » Feb Mon 17, 2020 5:35 pm

DasGoby wrote:You fishing a warm water discharge or regular open water?


As far as I know, we were fairly near a warm-water discharge near the city of Monticello, MN. The water had plenty of ice chunks flowing downstream (mostly on the east side of the river), but there was also plenty of open water to wade or cast in (mostly on the west side).
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Re: Part 3 (from Minnesota): Cold weather, hot SMB fishing

Postby joetrain » Feb Mon 17, 2020 5:48 pm

Good for you enjoying retirement. I thought I would miss work. NOT! I thought I would miss my co-workers. NOT!
The thing I like most about being retired is not having to go to work tomorrow. If that makes any sense.
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Re: Part 3 (from Minnesota): Cold weather, hot SMB fishing

Postby ganz1960 » Feb Mon 17, 2020 7:03 pm

joetrain wrote:I thought I would miss work. NOT! I thought I would miss my co-workers. NOT!
The thing I like most about being retired is not having to go to work tomorrow.
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I agree and it makes perfect sense! Sounds like you're enjoying retirement too!

in my case, I liked my job just fine, but now that I'm retired, I really enjoy knowing I have the flexibility to change plans, go or not go, do something else, just step outside and see where I end up.

Much more freedom than getting up, going to a cubicle, typing and writing and reading all day, then going home and doing it all again, same time, same place. Day after day after day.

And I'm focusing on making life more active than it was when it was cubicle-oriented.
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Re: Part 3 (from Minnesota): Cold weather, hot SMB fishing

Postby Rambler » Feb Tue 18, 2020 9:47 am

A month or so ago I was walking my dog in our local park. I ran into a woman who had been the nurse practitioner at my doctor's office. We said hello & I asked what she was up to. She told me she had retired. I said congrats & asked how long it took her to adjust. She said she'd struggled for several months. I said for me it was a grueling struggle for all of 10 seconds. I woke up my 1st day of retirement, thought, "I don't have to go anywhere, meet with anyone, call anyone or deal with any shit. I guess I'm good!" Haven't looked back.
Keep calm and fish on...

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Re: Part 3 (from Minnesota): Cold weather, hot SMB fishing

Postby ganz1960 » Feb Tue 18, 2020 2:07 pm

Rambler wrote:I said for me it was a grueling struggle for all of 10 seconds. I woke up my 1st day of retirement, thought, "I don't have to go anywhere, meet with anyone, call anyone or deal with any shit. I guess I'm good!" Haven't looked back.


Great! Glad you took to it so well and so fast. Quickly and easily accepting retirement has been my experience as well. It's been fantastic, even better than I thought it would be.
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