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Monet – Water Lilies

October 20, 2012

September 23, 2012

The only good thing I suppose about getting skunked the other day, at least in my mind, is that it brought me one more step closer to success.  With a couple hours Sunday afternoon to spare, I launched the Pelican Bass Raider at Mt. Normandale Lake.

It was a gorgeous, sunny fall afternoon with a temp in the low 70’s and a breeze out of the NW.  With the Vikings ahead in their game, I parked my truck and was soon casting a way.  I slowly worked the lily pads with a jig tipped with a Ribbit Frog but nothing was happening on that or a buzz bait.  Tying on a spinner bait with Colorado blades it wasn’t long before there was a solid thump, which I missed.  Approaching the boat, I noticed a small northern pike flash away.  Not much later I felt another strike and hooked up with this scrappy northern pike.

Looking again at this photo, my eye was caught by the water lilies in the upper left hand corner.  Cropping the photo in iPhoto brings to mind Claude Monet and his Water Lilies.  It isn’t always about the big picture, or the fish, that I’m fishing for.  Sometimes the beauty lurks magically in the margins and in the corners.

Working around a small island, I was able to get out of the wind a bit.  The calm water covered with lily pads was an invitation to try a top water bait and so I tied on a buzz bait that unfortunately produced zilch. Going back to the spinner bait I missed another northern pike, and then got a strike from a fish lurking around a clump of pads and coon tail.

Burying itself in the weeds it took a short fight before I was able to scoop up this large mouth bass along with about five pounds of weeds.

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