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Photos, finally.

August 18, 2013
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August 17, 2013

Better late than never I suppose, but I have photos to spruce up my posts.  Finally.

This northern pike that blasted my spinnerbait this morning kept me from getting skunked on Bush Lake.  I had one other teeny pike holding on to the skirt and another blow up on the spinnerbait that I was bulging beneath the surface.  My goal had been to wade the shoreline and catch some bass in the slop.  Unfortunately, the bass were nowhere to be found.  I tried spinnerbaits; buzz baits; and a surface frog in the slop.  The action was surprisingly quiet despite the abundance of small bluegills in the shallows and the occasional frog skittering along the surface.

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Speaking about getting skunked…. that is what happened on my trip to Lake Nokomis on August 11.  I spent a good two hours trolling crankbaits and tossing jigs with plastics for walleyes and nary a fish.  The flooded brush along the shore was too tempting though and I decided to cast for bass.  The water is a nasty shade of green and I tied on a black spinnerbait with neon-orange blade in hopes that something would see it.  As luck would have it I soon tied in to musky that nailed it a few feet from the bank. It made a mad rush underneath the Pelican Raider and towed me around a bit.  It wasn’t a giant but as I monkeyed around with the net and tried to get ready to land it, it came flying out of the water and tossed the hook it.  It was a solid fish right around 36″ and enough to keep me interested for another hour or so.  Unfortunately, that was it for the day – skunked.

August 4 found me back at Hyland Lake and the water there too was mid-summer green.  Nasty looking stuff.  Fishing was really slow and I had to really work to scrape together five bass, all of which were about the size of this one.

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The wife and kids decided to hit the beach the evening of July 29, 2013, so I picked up some fat heads at the bait shop and headed for Hyland Lake.  I was really hoping for some shiners but the fat heads produced a number of small bass and one 14″ walleye.  Nothing to brag about but better than sitting home and watching the tube.

– Hats

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