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draik11  
#21 Posted : Tuesday, June 19, 2018 8:40:00 PM(UTC)
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Haha oh man that license plate is awesome. I'm jealous of your floor seats. I haven't had a chance to catch a show since a few years back at Northerly Island and I REALLY wish they would come back to Alpine. Thanks for the thread link.

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#22 Posted : Saturday, June 30, 2018 9:36:04 PM(UTC)
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Got out this morning before the heat got too bad.


Got a half dozen nice, fat backed buckets...

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Along with some other stuff...

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Was floating with bare feet dangling in the water. Not a gnat to be seen.

Not sure when I'll get back on a stream.

Maybe September. Laugh
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William Schlafer  
#23 Posted : Saturday, June 30, 2018 9:44:23 PM(UTC)
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Got out this morning before the heat got too bad.

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Nice! And on the classic Jitterbug. I used to toss that and a Hulu Popper years ago when I was a bass fisherman. Love those explosive top water strikes.


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FYI; my car thermometer read 107 degrees earlier this afternoon. It's probably not quite that hot here in Milwaukee, but it sure feels like it.
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Gurth  
#24 Posted : Saturday, June 30, 2018 10:17:37 PM(UTC)
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That Jitterbug was in my grandpa's tackle box, so it's likely pretty old.

I've caught quite a few fish on it.

Also have a red and white one that's the same size that I bought in the 70s. Maybe the first lure I bought myself.

Love top water hits... even if they turn out to be little guys.
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#25 Posted : Saturday, June 30, 2018 10:17:40 PM(UTC)
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Got out this morning before the heat got too bad.


Hey, that sky doesn't look like it's 4 AM!

Went to the farmers market before it got too hot, or so I thought. It was 84*F at 8:30 this morning.

Rains are just starting here in La Crosse - cooled off a dozen or more degrees in the last 30 minutes or less. Looking forward to fishing tomorrow morning.

Gurth  
#26 Posted : Saturday, June 30, 2018 10:57:18 PM(UTC)
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Got out this morning before the heat got too bad.


Hey, that sky doesn't look like it's 4 AM!




Ha!

It was 84 at 6am when I was driving up.

There was a breeze even first thing (didn't get to do much top water) and I kept getting pushed up onto the flats instead of sitting at the drop off where I wanted to be.

Glad I stuck it out though as the biggest fish was gotten over there.

Eventually went to the calm side of the lake and insta-sweat kicked in. I was medium well by the time I got off the lake at 11:00.

Great morning though.
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#27 Posted : Sunday, July 8, 2018 5:29:15 PM(UTC)
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Still spending a lot more time in the yak (spent a few days last week up by Phelps lake fishing) than on streams although I did get to a really cool north woods stream last week while visiting my folks.

Got out this morning on the Yahara and had a pretty slow time of it (1 snake of a pike) until the last little side bay that I was gonna cast…

Found out how it was gonna go if I ever hooked into a large fish in the yak.

Saw the boil and a flash of a fat back and wondered if it was somehow one of the multiple 2 foot carp that I had been seeing all morning.

Then got a better look and saw the markings and the length and... oh crap!

A musky!


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Was in calm water and thought, “don’t let him pull you into the current” as it’s cooking along pretty decent in this stretch and it would be hard to control the yak and the fish once we were out in it.

Sure as shit… he wants to go that way and into the current we go.

Pulled out my oversized trout net and eyeballed the fish that was now next to the yak.

Ah… yeah… no.

At this point we’re moving with the current and saw my exit point about 40 yards downstream and across the river. I had one chance or we’d go under a bridge and into a wooded area with no bank access.

Used one hand to paddle with the kayak paddle and he obligingly swam forward on the other side of the yak and we made our way across the river.

I knew I had one shot to hit the 4 foot cut in the bank where the canoe access was or we’d be heading downstream.

Nailed it, got out of the yak and landed him in the shallow, calm water.

Of course I was alone, so don’t have a good photo but a fine, 38 inch small river musky in a kayak.


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I’m no musky fisherman and realize that this isn't a trophy per se, but this is my largest to date and I was pretty pleased considering the improvising I had to do to land him and the small water from which he came.

Oh yeah... using a light GX2 with 8lb and no leader. Hooked in a great (fortunate) spot.



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#28 Posted : Sunday, July 8, 2018 9:17:52 PM(UTC)
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Sweet!

That has to be a thrill to hook one of those beasts while on a kayak. Good thing he didn't just tow you right down the river and out onto the lake.

Well done!
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madguy30  
#29 Posted : Monday, July 9, 2018 3:07:14 AM(UTC)
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Awesome to catch one of those. I've realized targeting them isn't worth the time and the chances can't be that much different if just fishing for whatever's around.

Hooked into one on a small river up north a few weeks ago. Small fish, maybe 2 feet long but I'd forgotten how wild they are. Much more energy than a pike, which is weird since Pike are more aggressive.

Did you paddle up the Yahara or do a shuttle/paddle down?
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Gurth  
#30 Posted : Monday, July 9, 2018 12:22:55 PM(UTC)
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I put in at a couple different bridges and paddled/fished upstream and then drifted back down while casting.

It's an interesting fishery that I discounted over the years mainly due to what it looks like in the city.

If you wanted to target carp, it'd be amazing as they're common and big.

I've only started fishing it this season, but I've already gotten my largest largemouth and musky out of it. Have heard tales of musky in it, so not surprising that I ran into one although they are exceedingly rare for me to hook personally.

River fishing appeals to my trout fishing side and getting the potpourri of warm water species is fun too. Never know what you might hook into.

Will say that the current is a butt pain in a yak but I'm getting better at managing it the more I'm out in it.

Was looking for smallies yesterday and saw a few, but didn't catch any. Had something on that pulled hard like one, but it got off after some violent tugs. Honestly pulled harder than the musky.

Also had a blast up north floating really shallow lily pad fields where boats couldn't access. It's a lot like trout fishing when you place your Jitterbug right in a pocket and get that strike. Too fun and can't wait to get back at it.
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