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30 Days Later

September 28, 2014

It has been 30 days since my last post, but not my last fishing adventure.  In fact there has been a lot of fishing.

August 29th found me on Bush Lake again plying the shoreline slop  with just a northern to show for it.  Bush has been tough this year.  Maybe things will heat up in the fall.













August 30 – Took the wife and Kiddies for a paddle down the St. Croix River.  While not necessarily a fishing trip we trolled a Heddon’s Tiny Torpedo behind the canoe and caught a few scrappy smallmouth bass and a couple northen pike.















August 31 and I was on Lake Minnetonka for a little walleye action in North Arm to start the trip and musky fishing thereafter.  A slow death rig tipped with a crawler turned out to be the ticket for one small walleye.  Only one other fish and that was a small largemouth bass that pounced on a homemade musky bait in Crystal Bay.

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September 1, 2014 – Hit Minnetonka (lower end) for Musky.  No musky.  Funny how when you switch baits you seem to catch something.  Caught this bass the first cast after I switched lures.  The pike was caught a few casts later.


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September 7, 2014 – Lake Minnetonka – Bright sunny day – lots of boats on the water.  Took a buddy with and saw two nice musky – one on a Rapala F18 and another on a Medussa bait.  The fish that followed the Rapala was following the figure 8 and then disappeared only to reappear a minute later as my fishing partner was reeling in a snake Northern that briefly got its attention but then vanished.  Caught a couple little bass and pike so we didn’t get skunked.

September 11, 12, 13 – Lake of the Woods – First time to Lake of the Woods.  My initial excitement about catching fish was tempered by the recent cold snap but those concerns were soon laid to waste – well at least once I got my line unwound from the kicker motor – nice move – what a rookie.  Totally embarrassing, but hey, I redeemed myself with the first fish in the boat a few minutes later. Plus, it tasted delicious.  I was simply amazed at the number of fish (Walleye and Sauger) that we caught over the three days.  No trophies.  Just lots of solid fish in the 15″ – 20″ range on jigs and fathead minnows.  Out of curiosity I tried snap jigging a Rat-L Trap to no effect.  Twisters and power bait caught a few fish but jigs and minnows were the ticket for everything we caught, including some very nice perch and crappies.  The immensity of the lake is hard to comprehend.  It is massive, which makes it is easy to see how one could become disoriented amongst the many islands.  Worse yet would be to wreck your boat on one of the countless reefs/r

ocks lurking just under the surface.  GPS and a big boat are a must.  Gave musky fishing a whirl for a few hours on the 13th and had a monster follow the Medusa bait I was tossing.  I really like the action of this bait.  My only complaint is that the tails get caught in the trebles which makes the bait roll and that is what it was doing when the fish followed.  It had no interest in the Figure 8, probably because the bait started running properly, and quickly disappeared into the dark, stained water.  Totally surprised by how green the water was due to a massive algae bloom, I had heard that the water was dark – wasn’t anticipating a Metro lake area type algae bloom.  Shore lunch on Friday was scrumptious.  Thanks to my hosts. It is a haul and a production to get there, but well worth it.  No problems crossing the border as everyone was professional and efficient. Learned how to “zipper” walleye resulting in nice bone free filets.  Also learned a trick for learning how the oil is hot enough to fry fish, drop a match in the oil.  When it flames out the oil is hot enough to fry the fish.  All in all it was a memorable trip.  You know the fishing was good when you immediately begin thinking about going back.


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Haven't seen one of these in awhile.

Haven’t seen one of these in awhile.





































September 22, 2014 – Lake Hazeltine.  What? Below is a photo taken as I walked towards the 16th green, the signature hole at Hazeltine National.  I was blessed with the opportunity to play Hazeltine as part of a work event and much like Lake of the Woods, it is big and challenging. I have never played greens that fast.  They were true but lightning quick.  Hard to believe they can get the grass that short.  Thanks to my creative shot making skills I  was able to sample the rough, the sand, and the trees on my way to a 94, under my goal of 100.     Thankfully,  the Hazeltine staff provided favorable tee and pin placements, as we played from the regular tees and not the Tournament tees. My driver was on (abnormal) and my iron play, with the exception of my approach on #1, and chips on #11 and #16, was sketchy at best – it is usually the other way around.  The highlights: a birdie on Hole #1 and pars on #11 and #15.  Hole #1 featured a lengthy drive for me that was in the middle of the fair way; played a slight draw with my #9 iron from about 135 yards and stuck it within 3 feet of the flag leaving a quick downhill putt that looked like it was going to just slide on by but caught enough of the right side of the cup and fell dramatically in the hole.  Awesome! The other 15 holes?  Didn’t I already mention the rough, the sand and the trees.













The view from my second shot at #16.  Bombed a high fade that caught a down hill slope leaving a short pitch to the green which I then proceeded to chunk into the rough in front of the green.  My third, a chip, rolled off the green….. and it was all downhill from there on my way to a double bogey.  I should have been focusing on my golf instead of letting my mind wander towards the water and contemplating the possibilities of catching a bass from the rushes which would have been awesome but probably would’ve got me tossed off the course.













September 27, 2014 – Finally – bass on Bush Lake including one real beauty.  Rib-it Toads were the ticket. One one a buzz bait and a couple northerns too.

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– Hats

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