Sayonara September

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Sayonara September

Postby Aux Pleins » Sep Mon 30, 2019 8:04 am

Same horrible rains that washed out last fall look to be happening again here. The end of the summer which is normally a great time to fish the DPR has been a real struggle with flood stage, high murky water, and unseasonably cool weather to start the month. Still got on a few fish in flooded grass and patches of better clarity.

With water temps cooling a tad down to 70-64 degrees, reaction strikes have been best. Bucktails, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, and the shudderbait. I have to tell you now after a summer of fishing chatter and shudderbaits side by side, I now wholeheartedly prefer the shudderbait. It just provides a lot more thump/vibration and does a better job in and around weeds/snags.

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Ended the month going up north for some river fishing. Conditions were pretty tough with the weeds(grass) dying off and floating downstream and filling the water column with snags. Picked up good amount of smallmouth and two of the smallest muskys I've seen. A lot pike showed up too. A few walleye made appearances and Beer-rogi got a good one.

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Re: Sayonara September

Postby urbanHog312 » Sep Mon 30, 2019 8:14 am

hoping it recedes a bit and we get some normal flows during peak fall colors. nice job brotha. i'll have to give the shudderbait a whirl next year.
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Re: Sayonara September

Postby Aux Pleins » Sep Mon 30, 2019 8:18 am

urbanHog312 wrote:hoping it recedes a bit and we get some normal flows during peak fall colors. nice job brotha. i'll have to give the shudderbait a whirl next year.


I'll add that if I were to fish deeper and wanted more sink I would go to a chatter because the shudderbait has some rise to it and it doesn't sink as fast.
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Re: Sayonara September

Postby minstrel » Sep Mon 30, 2019 12:53 pm

I expect a surge in shudderbait sales :D What kind of trailer were you using on them?
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Re: Sayonara September

Postby Aux Pleins » Sep Mon 30, 2019 1:16 pm

minstrel wrote:I expect a surge in shudderbait sales :D What kind of trailer were you using on them?


I was using a variety of swimbaits as trailers. Really like using those BPS speed shads, especially when they're on sale. A really good trailer was the cabelas hoochie coochie. Those are the best plastic for the money I can find.
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Re: Sayonara September

Postby jonny2can » Sep Mon 30, 2019 2:25 pm

Awesome fish! Those large mouth are fatties!
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Re: Sayonara September

Postby ccorso » Sep Mon 30, 2019 4:29 pm

Thanks for the report Aux. September has usually been my best month on the river, but I barely even made it out this year with the weather and flooding. And who needs a fish cleaning station when you have paper plates? :clap:
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Re: Sayonara September

Postby Aux Pleins » Sep Mon 30, 2019 5:40 pm

ccorso wrote:Thanks for the report Aux. September has usually been my best month on the river, but I barely even made it out this year with the weather and flooding. And who needs a fish cleaning station when you have paper plates? :clap:


Story behind that it was an inner gill hooked smallie that was bleeding out. So a quick shore lunch out of it and it was delicious. My mother who worked as a butcher for decades always said you can't taste the difference between pike, walleye, or bass. I don't eat much fish so I know I can't.
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Re: Sayonara September

Postby cletedius » Sep Mon 30, 2019 10:06 pm

Nice fish & cool pics :thumbup:
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Re: Sayonara September

Postby DPMike » Oct Tue 01, 2019 5:08 pm

Aux Pleins wrote: My mother who worked as a butcher for decades always said you can't taste the difference between pike, walleye, or bass. I don't eat much fish so I know I can't.


Nice pics! I'm not so sure about those fish tasting the same though.
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Re: Sayonara September

Postby Aux Pleins » Oct Tue 01, 2019 6:58 pm

DPMike wrote:
Aux Pleins wrote: My mother who worked as a butcher for decades always said you can't taste the difference between pike, walleye, or bass. I don't eat much fish so I know I can't.


Nice pics! I'm not so sure about those fish tasting the same though.


Go to Captain Porky's, order some Blue Gill, Lake Perch, Walleye Pike, and Catfish. They have it all. I can't tell them apart, my taste buds are probably damaged from years of eating frozen pizzas that were too hot straight out of the oven.

I think people prefer walleye and its built a lake to plate following because they have larger fillets than a panfish and are easy to clean, unlike a northern pike which requires a little more attention to fillet with the Y-bone. Jon Gillespie prefers pike on his plate, that's a fish eating slob if I ever seen one.
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Re: Sayonara September

Postby badger75 » Oct Tue 01, 2019 7:02 pm

Great pics and info.

I would disagree with your mother (OOPs that could get me in real trouble).
I think it depends on how you cook them. If heavy batter and a whole lot of deep fry time, it does all taste the same.
But with a light fry or baking, I believe there is a difference, although I might fail a true blind taste test.
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Re: Sayonara September

Postby Aux Pleins » Oct Wed 02, 2019 4:29 am

Thanks badger. And that's the point I was trying to make, I'm willing to put money on all of us failing a blind taste test. :D
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Re: Sayonara September

Postby Woohoodude11 » Oct Wed 02, 2019 6:51 am

Aux Pleins wrote:my taste buds are probably damaged from years of eating frozen pizzas that were too hot straight out of the oven.

I don't think we've ever seen more eye to eye on a topic :lol: the amount of tongue burns in my life just from frozen pizzas I'm shocked I don't have callouses on my tongue.
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Re: Sayonara September

Postby vman01 » Oct Wed 02, 2019 8:37 am

Really nice Aux despite the high water some great fish.
Count me in on the pizza blisters.
Have to agree. There is probably a bigger difference in fish texture than fish taste on the ones mentioned assuming the same preparation on each. Given a choice though I'm ordering a steak or chop most of the time.
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Re: Sayonara September

Postby jmdog2003 » Oct Sat 05, 2019 11:25 am

A good lookin' lot of fish you got there. Yeah, these high waters are starting to get a bit annoying. Exact same conditions that limited my options on my week off last October.
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Re: Sayonara September

Postby Rambler » Oct Sat 05, 2019 4:31 pm

The DPR magic man strikes again!
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Re: Sayonara September

Postby HEDDONFROG » Oct Sun 06, 2019 7:51 pm

Us lake guys love rain and rising water :D But I know how bad it sucks when your favorite rivers are swollen out of their banks. Your results look good on the Shudder, I'll give mine another try on some ponds but I just found them to have too much lift. I had a hard time keeping a 1/2oz from breaking the surface. Maybe I need to rewire my brain into not working it like a bladed jig. Are you using a sub-7 gear ratio reel for those? I was probably using a 7.1 or 7.4. As per usual Aux, great monthly report and killer fish,
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Re: Sayonara September

Postby Aux Pleins » Oct Sun 06, 2019 8:58 pm

HEDDONFROG wrote:Us lake guys love rain and rising water :D But I know how bad it sucks when your favorite rivers are swollen out of their banks. Your results look good on the Shudder, I'll give mine another try on some ponds but I just found them to have too much lift. I had a hard time keeping a 1/2oz from breaking the surface. Maybe I need to rewire my brain into not working it like a bladed jig. Are you using a sub-7 gear ratio reel for those? I was probably using a 7.1 or 7.4. As per usual Aux, great monthly report and killer fish,


I've been using high speed reels. But you're definitely right about the rise. Its best for fishing higher in the water column, over weeds, tree limbs, etc.

I have been putting the shudder blade on 3/4oz swim jigs instead of the stock jig it comes with. I would definitely go chatter if I thought I wanted more sink. As you know, you let the fish decide where you should fish. My preference for the shudder was mostly based on presenting in the river and heavy weed covered.
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Re: Sayonara September

Postby Rambler » Oct Tue 08, 2019 8:04 am

BTW - I'm guessing no Piketoberfest this year...?
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Re: Sayonara September

Postby Aux Pleins » Oct Tue 08, 2019 2:28 pm

Rambler wrote:BTW - I'm guessing no Piketoberfest this year...?


2 yrs in a row :x .

We might as well just do a New Years Day Paddle. Seems to be one of the few months of the year that the water has been manageable.
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Re: Sayonara September

Postby Grain » Oct Wed 09, 2019 9:28 am

Aux Pleins wrote:Seems to be one of the few months of the year that the water has been manageable.

You were not kidding when you said this crap will take a month. But I'll try tomorrow anyway, otherwise I am afraid I won't get to kayak DPR until next summer.
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Re: Sayonara September

Postby Rambler » Oct Wed 09, 2019 6:23 pm

Just stopped by the river in Riverside. Fugidaboutit.
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