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#11 Posted : Monday, July 24, 2017 10:42:41 PM
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I bought the Lifetime Tamarack 120 Angler this spring, been yakin, just not fishin while yakin
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Gurth
#12 Posted : Saturday, August 12, 2017 4:35:04 PM
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Joined: 11/8/2016
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Location: Madison
That's a funny looking rainbow...




Didn't find any bows on the spring pond/impoundment that I hit this morning (DNR stocks yearlings annually), but did run into a few fun-sized pike - all 24-28 inches and no snakes.

These could have been nice eaters, but I have some in the freezer already.







The first one towed me around for a bit and it was humorous trying to land these in a yak with just my trout net along. Laugh

Imagine when I get a really big one...

Will just have to unhook him in the water.


Was incredibly nice and peaceful to float instead of bushwhacking.

Going trouting tomorrow though. Wink
Your mother had a tongue like a trout!
Gurth
#13 Posted : Saturday, August 19, 2017 6:12:17 PM
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Went after green fish again this morning in the yak.

All I can say is that northern are an absolute hoot on light (not UL) tackle. Got a 30 incher and he went on run after run. Thought my line might not be long enough as he got close to the end of it a couple times while I'm just laughing like an idiot.

Rod almost a closed loop as he gunned it under the yak.

ZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzz......... Woot

Can't ever recall using light tackle on them before as I'm usually in a boat when I get them and have my heavier lake gear.

Definitely felt overmatched for part of the battle. BigGrin


Went to a second empoundment where there are largemouth, but they defied me. Got a snake of a northern there and saw a snapping turtle the size of a garbage can lid swim right under me. Nver been much good at targeting largemouth and catching them.


Was gonna go trouting tomorrow, but I may have to paddle agin instead.

Your mother had a tongue like a trout!
NBrevitz
#14 Posted : Saturday, August 19, 2017 10:20:00 PM
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Location: Lake Elmo, Mn
Gurth wrote:
Went after green fish again this morning in the yak.
Went to a second empoundment where there are largemouth, but they defied me. Got a snake of a northern there and saw a snapping turtle the size of a garbage can lid swim right under me. Nver been much good at targeting largemouth and catching them.

Glad you did well on Northern, awesome! For the Bass, I recommend trolling (yes, I know, heresy) a Rapala DT 10 in Bluegill pattern over depths of 11-18 feet. I'm not much of a Bass fisherman, but that bait has worked wonders for me on multiple occassions, including on the troll. My dad landed a 6 lb Northern Michigan Largemouth on one a couple years ago, a 6 lb Michigan fish is huge.
Also, might want to rock a heavy fluorocarbon leader, Pike also like DTs in Bluegill pattern, almost like it looks like their main prey or something... DT 4s and 6s work well in shallower lakes as well.
http://www.rapala.com/ra...amp;cgid=rapala-lures-dt
"I fish because I love to: Because only in the woods can I find solitude without loneliness."
Gurth
#15 Posted : Sunday, August 20, 2017 2:28:42 AM
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Location: Madison
That lure is pretty badass looking. I'll ponder them for sure. Thanks!

In regards to trolling though, this is really small water - often only a few acres and max depths of maybe 15 feet.

And I'm paddling - most of the time I'm actually stationary and casting at structure.

And yeah... I really don't like to troll.


Panther Martin fans - this is a killer northern lure and it's also good for smallies.

Have gotten some largemouth on them too although none today.

Initially bought them for weedy trout streams, but when I got them in the mail, could see they were too big for trout.

Northerns love them though. Got a bunch in Canada (my son also used them to great success) and also back here. The red tail seems to be the most effective, but the chartreuse and pink had worked too.

Your mother had a tongue like a trout!
Gurth
#16 Posted : Sunday, August 20, 2017 2:34:31 AM
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Oh yeah and if you don't have a boat and are pondering a kayak, all I can say is I'm loving mine even more than I expected.

It's freedom, plain and simple.

Can access so many cool places now. Many that boats can't even get to.

I'd like a boat someday, but for now, a kayak is pretty great.
Your mother had a tongue like a trout!
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