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Gurth  
#61 Posted : Tuesday, July 9, 2019 5:19:41 PM(UTC)
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Last night's lake rests about an hour north of my place in Madison, but point taken.

Pretty crazy the opportunities I have within 90 minutes from a multi-species perspective and also with the diversity of environments that I can visit.

From bluegill to musky and brook trout to chinook.

Been fishing all my life but it's become THE passion over the past 5 years or so and I'm enjoying the learning curve on many species in many places that I never really targeted before or visited.

Can't believe I wasted all that time raising kids and coaching on weekends.

Flapper


Just wait till I get my boat… hopefully this fall.


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NBrevitz  
#62 Posted : Tuesday, July 9, 2019 7:44:04 PM(UTC)
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Nice Pike for a metro area Gurth!
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weiliwen  
#63 Posted : Tuesday, July 9, 2019 8:01:01 PM(UTC)
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I'm also considering a boat - probably just a 14' aluminum boat with a 5HP outboard, not a fancy flecked fiberglass bassmaster with 200HP on the back. Back West, I had one that I used constantly, mostly trolling for trout, kokanee, or salmon in local rivers and lakes. I'm just too stout to be comfortable on a kayak.
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Gurth  
#64 Posted : Tuesday, July 9, 2019 8:56:03 PM(UTC)
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I’m not thinking of anything fancy but will go with a 16 footer.

Trolling motor, no middle bench, 15-25hp, and raised platforms.

Live well would be cool but doubt I’ll find all that within my budget.
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Gurth  
#65 Posted : Tuesday, July 9, 2019 9:00:40 PM(UTC)
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Nice Pike for a metro area Gurth!


Haha thanks but it wasn’t. Was up near Westfield. Came from a 45 acre lake though.

Pretty funny that I’ve been fishing waters where pike live for 40 years and that was the first 30+ I’ve caught. Goes to show that they really aren’t that common at that size in many areas.

I’m gonna concentrate on a 40 next year in Canada.

I don’t normally have goals like that but a big pike is something I’d like to tangle with.
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Gurth  
#66 Posted : Monday, July 29, 2019 2:47:30 PM(UTC)
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I don't know if it's a dog days of summer thing or if I'm just not that good at all this, but haven't had a big day on the warm water for a while now. I've caught a few nice fish here and there, but overall numbers and action have been low.

Went out yesterday and hit two small lakes and managed a small largie and a small gill on the first and a decent/average largie and a micro-pike on the second.

Stopped at a marginal trout stream briefly on the way home and got a little smallie (go figure).

Was excited and tried a few more bends to see if there were more or larger ones around, but that was the only smallie although I did have a PM on and if I really wanted to target them I'd have gone to the van to get an X-rap.


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Anyway, it's to the point that my next outing may be a trouting. Either that or maybe I'll go dam hopping.

Need a fish count day soon.


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William Schlafer  
#67 Posted : Monday, July 29, 2019 5:39:05 PM(UTC)
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Got to love the ambition of that Blue Gill!

-Bill
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Gurth  
#68 Posted : Monday, July 29, 2019 5:45:29 PM(UTC)
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For whatever reason, gills hit big poppers like that fairly often. I've caught several now and have had numerous hits that were clearly not bass and assume were gills.

I gotta think it's more of a defensive/territorial response than wanting to eat.

I watch them chase crank baits that are longer than them also.
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