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#11 Posted : Monday, July 24, 2017 3:42:41 PM(UTC)
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I bought the Lifetime Tamarack 120 Angler this spring, been yakin, just not fishin while yakin
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#12 Posted : Saturday, August 12, 2017 9:35:04 AM(UTC)
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That's a funny looking rainbow...

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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.


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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

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#13 Posted : Saturday, August 19, 2017 11:12:17 AM(UTC)
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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.

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#14 Posted : Saturday, August 19, 2017 3:20:00 PM(UTC)
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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
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#15 Posted : Saturday, August 19, 2017 7:28:42 PM(UTC)
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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.

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#16 Posted : Saturday, August 19, 2017 7:34:31 PM(UTC)
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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.
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#17 Posted : Saturday, June 16, 2018 6:13:01 PM(UTC)
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It's odd for me, but since returning from my big trout trip, I haven't really been in the mood for stream fishing.

The last two times out have been on warm water in a boat and today in my yak.

Mostly targeting buckets but also throwing some spinners hoping for a big northern.


Got a couple of solid buckets today (along with a 2 foot northern)...

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The larger of the two was probably almost 4 pounds and the biggest I've gotten as I haven't spent a lot of time going after largies and really don't know what I'm doing yet. Was pretty stoked. Laugh

Saw a couple of absolute TOADS swim under the yak but didn't get them.

Probably gonna do it again tomorrow AM.


No gnats... no tall grass... no hot waders...

It was pretty freaking nice.


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#18 Posted : Monday, June 18, 2018 3:58:53 AM(UTC)
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Well.... since we have a lake fishing section... may as well use it!

Continuing with Gurth's Yak Chronicles...

Went to a 150 acre bass lake NE of the Dells today from about 7-11. Here's how it started...

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Wait... now it almost looks like the ones I got yesterday...

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Next up was this...

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The northern pictured above hit top water and unbeknownst to me, buried itself in weeds. I thought I had a tank on and the yak was towed over to its area in the fashion that large fish will take you for a ride/tow sometimes.

Then I got it loose of the weeds and saw it and had to laugh my ass off. He gave me a good tail splash upon release too.


This was the typical "good" fish today.

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Got a half dozen or more of these 12-14 inchers.

Saw a couple bigger ones, but they saw me first as the lake was crystal clear.


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Not sure what the Gil here was thinking, but I like his spirit. He wants to be a bass when he grows up.


All told, 13 or 14 largies, 2 northerns and a bluegill fighting above his weight class.

Variety of spots with docks, a severe dropoff just offshore (2 feet to 15+ in about 3 feet of distance), lily pads and a cool bay accessible only by yaks or canoes where I got several top water.

Got 6 or 7 top water (which is always a hoot, regardless of size) and the rest with a jig/tail combo in deeper water, mainly along the aforementioned dropoff.

Outstanding float on a beautiful lake.

There are several more of these small lakes in the same general area and I look forward to exploring more of them. A few even hold trout, but I've never caught a trout in a lake that I can recall.



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#19 Posted : Tuesday, June 19, 2018 3:51:58 PM(UTC)
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Nice to see a fellow Phish fan on the board, Gurth!
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#20 Posted : Tuesday, June 19, 2018 4:44:11 PM(UTC)
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Same!


My plate for the past year...


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Have decided that I'm not a personalized plate guy though (this was the first ever for me) and let it go for just a regular TU plate which should arrive soon.

Got my 3 day floor pass for Rosemont. Glad it's a weekend after trout season is over.



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