Rainy day at 3 Oaks

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Rainy day at 3 Oaks

Postby HEDDONFROG » Oct Wed 09, 2019 10:36 pm

Here’s a late one I forgot to post. Got an invite to fish 3 oaks with one of the local young guns Erik Brztowski. Woo, Phil and Urb are familiar with his big catfish and sturgeon posts on Facebook but he also loves bass fishing and giant carp. His PB’s in just about all species can make grown men cry. He’s a good stick with whatever species he puts his mind to. He’s also a cocky little shit but in a humorous way to me. Next year he’ll be old enough to get his Wisconsin guiding license and will start guiding for flat heads and Sturgeon. Also look for his Sun-Times Fox River catfish reports included in the Wednesday fishing report article (those weeks he’s able to fish)

So we got to Oaks on a rainy Sunday morning and it just screamed ‘good fishing’ but for some idiotic reason they weren’t renting boats. Yeah it was raining, the water was high and it was semi-windy but no way unfishable. We were rigged for boat fishing not shore fishing and i certainly didn’t have my waders with but we had to make the best of it. We really didn’t catch that much but it sure was memorable wading in sweat pants or rain pants, in pouring rain. Air temps 58/59. I found a mini pattern, fishing a Chug Bug in flooded brush and grass or if I played the wind and could get the Bug close to one of the islands. Which is how I caught our lone Smallie. Erik’s friend caught a rare Tiger that had some weird markings. Woo named it the Cheetah Musky. That’s it, no big fish. Not many fish to speak of but the conditions made it a fun memorable day
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Re: Rainy day at 3 Oaks

Postby cletedius » Oct Wed 09, 2019 11:19 pm

Looks like a worthwhile outing. Chug bug in oct. :thumbup:

HEDDONFROG wrote: Which is how I caught our lone Smallie.


Could swear I see 2?
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Re: Rainy day at 3 Oaks

Postby HEDDONFROG » Oct Wed 09, 2019 11:35 pm

cletedius wrote:Looks like a worthwhile outing. Chug bug in oct. :thumbup:

HEDDONFROG wrote: Which is how I caught our lone Smallie.


Could swear I see 2?


Oh yeah, I did catch another small one. Good catch Pat, also caught on the Chug
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Re: Rainy day at 3 Oaks

Postby philkol123 » Oct Thu 10, 2019 8:15 am

Nice Muskie! Beautiful colors.
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Re: Rainy day at 3 Oaks

Postby Woohoodude11 » Oct Fri 11, 2019 8:01 am

HEDDONFROG wrote:
cletedius wrote:Looks like a worthwhile outing. Chug bug in oct. :thumbup:

HEDDONFROG wrote: Which is how I caught our lone Smallie.


Could swear I see 2?


Oh yeah, I did catch another small one. Good catch Pat, also caught on the Chug

Almost thought we were about to have another SMB vs LMB debate ala Rambler c. 2018 :lol:
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Re: Rainy day at 3 Oaks

Postby Aux Pleins » Oct Fri 11, 2019 8:24 am

That cheetah is thin. Hopefully it puts on the weight over winter like the rest of us. Always cool to see a smallmouth come out of a inland lake.
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