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Well , I fished the FRV Challunge on the Chain Tourney with my long time friend and esox partner MG (muskygun) , 1st my hat is off to the FRV guys , they did an outstanding job . 2nd a big thanks to the "Thirsty Turtle" They gave us a break on launch fees and only charged $5 and the food they supplied for the buffet was outstanding !!!
The day started out chilly and breezy , then the drizzle and rain started , time to put on the rain gear , which by the way did not come off all day !!!
The Tourney started off without a hitch and blast off went smooth , 65 boats were registered , we started in position 39. We headed to "go to" confidence spot on Marie , we found water temps to hold throughout the day at 50 degrees, MG started out throwing hair and I threw some top water over the weedy breaks. . We worked the breaks from 3ft- 17ft , nothing,, not even a sniff !! MG suggested we work the long weed flat , I threw a white and nickel bladed spinner and switched off with a crappie pattern shallow invader , The invader awoke a huge "ski right at the boat , we both immediately started throwing back into the area and could not raise her again  Well we trolled and casted the northern lakes and did not raise another fish. The day dished out some strong wind , heavy rain periods along with hail , lighting and thunder !! Hey was this November ??? or was it April ???? dang !!! Well all in all we had a good time , out of the 65 teams only 8 teams registered 9 fish , the winning team took 2 fish , 0ne I think was 36 and a 40 ½ the other fish were in the 30's , these fish cam from FOX lake and Petite lake !!! That team went against the grain and it paid off !!!! A variety of baits were used to catch the fish , plastics, jerks and spinners were used All the fish came from shallow water , 3-5ft deep !!.
It figures , all week we had mild to warm weather and it remained stable , but then on tourney day we get hit with a cold front and all mother nature had to offer !!! But that's what separates the good fisherman from the rest , they took the day , and adjusted to it and fish movements.
I won't be back on the water until Saturday and maybe Sunday . long range weather reports say rain and chilly again !!! I'm taking Friday off to do a little pheasant hunting with some Buds , I am getting the chance to hunt over a dog that I may purchase , My springer is going into retirement and time for a new hunting buddy !! I'll be checking out a german shorthair .
Tight lines everyone ~~~T
 

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Great report, my friend. Those who know me will say I sound like a broken record... but catching fish is the icing on the cake with the whole fishing experience.

That esox you raised by the boat will know doubt have your heart beating and brain thinking for days to come. THAT is why we love fishing.
 

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Nice report T. Given the conditions, that one fish would of put you in a good postion :( That is fishing though. I have had similar days. Sounds like you had a great time though :D
 

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GREAT REPORT !!!!

Nice work, Pheasant hunting doesnt sound to bad, good luck out there

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