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Post Posted: 06:42am - May 2,05 
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Hey Everybody-

Well, Mrs. Into The Outdoors and I set the coffee pot timer for 3 bells on Saturday morning and rolled outta the sack a bit groggy but ever optimistic about another elephant hunt! I told the chapter guys we'd come help with coffee and set-up etc., before the tourney so we headed outta the house at 3:45. Skies clear, wind calm, air temp 35 degrees- we got the gear on. Put the boat in and got over to Thirsty Turtle right at 4:45. A few guys rolling in, getting registered etc. We ended up with 76 boats I believe and the take-off began promptly at 7AM. I'd pre-fished a bit on Thursday morning to find very clear and very cold (48 degrees) water temps- did not move a fish (may have seen a tail on Petite but unsure) while pre-fishing. Saturday AM temps water temps were 51. We headed south from Channel- started on Petite- worked the East and West end weed beds with small spinnerbaits, a perch color Matzuo crank and a small bucktail- no movers. Left there- worked the channel from Petite into Fox Lake- nothing doing. Went to look for warm water. Headed around Indian point and made a decision to work up into Ackerman's channel. Went WAY back in there- found 52 degree water- worked wood, reeds and some shore cover and docks- no fish. Got outta there and went further south- headed to Dunn's lake in fact. Through Nippersink, through the channel- into Dunn's- water's still 52. Worked the throat in there, around the north side of the island- felt a little mojo in there with the wind blowing into the island and the moonset just took place- 11:02. Worked a variety of small baits in there- marked lots of bait- bluegills and crappies I'm sure- but not a swirl. Left there at 12:15 and went back to Nippersink then up to Grass Lake Rd. Bridge- threw a few casts in there- thinking maybe a little current and maybe a fish- nada. Ran through Grass back into Marie- trolled the channel from Grass to Marie- nada. Went into the cabbage on the NW side of Marie- worked that on a growing wind and cloud cover. Fished the edge and up into the cabbage with some plastics (Killer Eel) Small bulldawg. V hollers "FISH" and she's got a decent (but not huge) bend in the rod. I drop the rig- get the net- she brings up a 20" walleye- on a firetiger Frenzy Rattl'r- nice fish- not what we're lookin' for. I chide her a bit telling her the PWT was last week.. she giggles. We fish the bed once more- no fish. Leave and head to Channel. Fish the old Teepee spot, over to the Parrot, down the shore towards Double D- nada. Water's still 52. We run to the North end - fish the weeds there and work the horseshoe around toward the sandbar- same story. Run over the sandbar and hit the rock point on Catherine- zip. Run to the brick boathouse on the NW shore- work that entire shore all the way around to Trevor Creek- water's calm outta the wind- we see 2 nice walleye in 7-8' of water- virtually laying right on the bottom. We work the weeds all along to Trevor, wind picking up now and we feel mojo again- worked the whole creek outlet- threw an aresenal of baits- felt like at 3:30 we just might dredge up a fish- not to be. 3:50 (4PM ending time) and we're back to the rock point again- a few last casts- in vain! Never moved a fish all day which is unusual- you usually at least see a couple follows or drift over and past a fish or two. Not disappointed though- we been here before and know the game- we enjoyed the day with each other immensely. We trailer the boat and head back for the gathering and the results and raffles and dinner. Good food- Italian beef, chicken, salads, etc.- all good. There were 16 fish registered, from 31.5" to 39". The large fish was caught on a Super Top Raider- as the last boat was leaving the dock at 7:30AM- about 100 yards off the Thirsty Turtle dock! Go figure. Other fish came on small spinnerbaits, bucktail, small jake, Husky Jerk- bass gear basically. Funny how these fish respond to such small baits and everyone lamented that it's tough to gear up for them that way and match rods, reels, line and terminal tackle for what could be a 50" fish- always hard to throw bass rods and gear and keep positive that you've got a shot should you hook a big fish- alas that was not our worry for the day!! :lol: Everyone reported cold water- very sluggish fish and there were no doubles- each team that got one got just one. Not alot of sightings- a few. Water's still cold- we need a warm-up in a big way. Hoping the weather forecast is right for the end of the week- be nice to see some reasonable water temps again! Have fun, be safe, more later.

Tight lines all-

Todd / Into The Outdoors

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Post Posted: 07:20am - May 2,05 
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Wow, what a heck of a post!! Thanks Todd for all the info, posts like that are very nice to read. Too bad no fish for you guys,well at least the kind you were after, but we all know you will make up for it in the Future soon.
See ya on the water soon! :)

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Post Posted: 07:31am - May 2,05 
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Thanks Jay- but I think even though it was a bunch of fun- we should've gotten up and come on the big pond with you guys yesterday! We sincerely thought about it- but didn't get home til about 8 on Saturday night- then would've had to put on the downriggers, swap out rods and tackle etc., and after the 18 hour day on Saturday it was all we could do to get our gear out of the truck and hang up parkas and stuff prior to falling into bed at 9:30 on Saturday night!!! Next time. We'll hook up on the big pond one of these days for sure.

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