5/12 Warm up act was decent as the smallies were a no show

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5/12 Warm up act was decent as the smallies were a no show

Postby catchafew » May Sun 12, 2019 9:08 pm

Smallies aren't in yet, give it a few days or a week at most imo.

Tag alder leaves are still in the bud. I base the point of the season often by the size, state and presence or lack of flora and fuana more so than the calendar date.

Anyway the musky were getting busy and so I brought one 6" silver jake, tubes of course, and 1/16oz jig and 3" pearl grubs to keep a NYT critic off my ass. All jokes aside I'll give 3" grubs a try when the smallies show up, and give respect where respect is due.

Jakes did most of the work but a tube, and a barbie rod 1/16oz jig 3" grub attracted attention.

Not the greatest but some of the bigger ones got my heart racing for a little bit.

Many will chuckle but don't use the plastic 'The Fish Grip' on larger fish she snapped like a toothpick when the largest musky head shaked. But I lost my net yesterday (don't ask but it's not in the water) so I used the grip. I didn't use the lanyard rope on the grip so the death grip I had on the handle contributed to it snapping.

Up in the shallow pool but some were near the current break. This type of structure and current situation typically holds skis this time of year up and down this river system. Other places I tried to hit either had washed out roads or river was too high to get to spots I like.

Funny story this weekend is the 7yo girl in the background in one picture tied into a 40" ski with a 1/16oz jig and 3" pearl colored twister tail. Longest two minutes in her life as the musky was fairly docile but did scream out the drag with impunity. I grabbed the net but she never got super close but I was being a pussy and should have gone knee deep to net fish. Always second guessing myself but I knew deep down it would be a miracle if we landed her. Got jig back with one scale attached, so she was foul hooked anyway. Still I give this little girl a lot of credit she throughly enjoyed those two minutes and was still happy when she got off.

Don't believe the hype!

Here's a few of these rag tag critters:

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Re: Warm up act was decent as the smallies were no show

Postby polishfly » May Sun 12, 2019 9:30 pm

Damn that’s freakin awesome!! That is some mean looking water there I can just imagine the roar of that water in some of those spots, good stuff.
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Re: Warm up act was decent as the smallies were a no show

Postby joetrain » May Mon 13, 2019 5:16 am

Wow, great scenery and skis to boot.
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Postby billebob5 » May Mon 13, 2019 8:13 am

You're the man in that spot. good stuff.
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Re: Warm up act was decent as the smallies were a no show

Postby urbanHog312 » May Mon 13, 2019 8:18 am

incredible tannin stained skis. just how they have been for thousands of years.
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Re: Warm up act was decent as the smallies were a no show

Postby Aux Pleins » May Mon 13, 2019 9:02 am

Way to move some skis mike :thumbup: :thumbup:
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Re: Warm up act was decent as the smallies were a no show

Postby HEDDONFROG » May Mon 13, 2019 9:27 am

Awesome Mike!!!
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Postby Phil6 » May Mon 13, 2019 9:49 am

Wow, amazing fish. It would make my heart race fighting those fish in that fast of water
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Re: Warm up act was decent as the smallies were a no show

Postby vman01 » May Mon 13, 2019 9:56 am

Dems some nice skis eh
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Re: Warm up act was decent as the smallies were a no show

Postby minstrel » May Mon 13, 2019 10:11 am

vman01 wrote:Dems some nice skis eh


Totttaly... amazing pics! Looks like a ton of fun.
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Re: Warm up act was decent as the smallies were a no show

Postby Rambler » May Mon 13, 2019 5:52 pm

Holy crap!
Keep calm and fish on...

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Postby rigmewacky » May Mon 13, 2019 8:00 pm

Awesome catching Mike! Makes carrying a net that size on shore well worth it.
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Postby Spi11 » May Tue 14, 2019 3:48 pm

Nice, great fishing great scenery! That's what it's all about.
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Re: Warm up act was decent as the smallies were a no show

Postby badger75 » May Sun 19, 2019 3:16 pm

Beautiful fish
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