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Post Posted: 09:41pm - Jul 26,10 
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Goose Hunter hosted N9Phil and myself to an afternoon at his pit club.
We were chased around a bit by a couple of ski boats but soon had them out of our hair.
GH and I started out the trip not too far from the launch ramp. We stayed in a roped area and whittled away at some Gills until Phil arrived to join us.
Phil put on his thinking cap right away. Hmmmmm, how am I gonna outfish both of these guys.
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Well, It didn't work out that way cuz GH and I kept right up with him.
You can see it doesn't take too much to keep us happy.
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Lots of pretty colored fish came to the boat today. Most all of the larger ones coming from Steep drop offs and tight to outside weed edges.
Waxies, Small minnows combined with plastic wedgies accounted for most of the catch.
Slip bobber rigs caught a few nice ones.
Long about dusk we tucked in close to a couple of docks with deep weedlines and started taking Crappie tight to the edge with jig and minnow.
Most were about 9 in and came in a goldish Green wrapper.
We are guessing it has to due with the staining of the water by the plant life.
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We wrapped up the pm just about the time the skeeters got hungry.
Phil gets to clean fish tonight!!!!!

Thanks again GH for another fine day at your private retreat.

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Post Posted: 09:49pm - Jul 26,10 
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Nice, looks like a good time.

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Post Posted: 04:21am - Jul 27,10 
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Now that just looks down right relaxing............and with dinner to top off the day. Nice.

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Post Posted: 05:33pm - Jul 27,10 
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The crappies are gone :D :D

My wife and I just finished eating the Crappies that were caught yesterday. They were outstanding.

Thanks to Angelo for the invite to fish at the club. As usual, I had a great time.

John, it was good to get out to fish with you again.

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Post Posted: 05:52pm - Jul 27,10 
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The hat that the Goosehunter has on looks like the perfect crappie catching hat.
Thanks for the fine report guys.

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Post Posted: 09:33pm - Jul 27,10 
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Sounds like you guys had a good time. Thanks for the report John.

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Post Posted: 02:57pm - Jul 28,10 
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John & Phil, thanks for coming out and enjoying a nice afternoon and evening of fishing with me! "Well all I can say is wait until next time", my friend Darrel came out Tuesday morning and we tried the back pits with a little better success. Only used the trolling motors because of all the sand bars and weeds, but caught a lot more fish! Only 1 Crappie but it was just over 10.50 inches caught right off the bottom. Most of the rest of the fish caught where also deep and they were "Perch" all fish about same size 9 to 9.50 inches and thick caught on minnows! I also used some Waxies and the Gills were hitting them hard, most of them were smaller but some 6.50 to 7.50 were mixed in with them and couple of 8's also join in on the feast. We only explored about half of all the water before it got too hot, but well worth it. The ramp at the back pits is not great and I was a little scared of not being able to get the boat out of the water but it made it out without too much trouble!

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Post Posted: 04:20pm - Jul 28,10 
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I agree with Any, nice crappie catching hat Angelo!!!! So just one question, do you guys ever have anyone under 50 fish with you, hint hint hint :lol: As always you guys have some great reports, pics, and stories to go along with. Thanks for sharing fellas!!!!

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Post Posted: 04:33pm - Jul 28,10 
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Hey Val, you know you have been invited before, for both "Hard and Soft water fishing" you just never want to come south. ( you should have seen John's hat even nicer than mine )

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Post Posted: 04:07pm - Aug 23,10 
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GooseHunter,
I just got my membership out there this year. What a fun place to fish. I agree about the ramp in the back pits...can be a challenge. Havent tried the minnows yet...just waxies and crawlers. Question about the perch if you dont mind....were you able to pick any up with consistency? I catch them the same size you mention, but they are always completely random...one here, one there....never seem to find them schooling. Great looking fish BTW.....taking my dad out next monday....can't wait.

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Post Posted: 08:46am - Aug 24,10 
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JFDBasser, the last time out was in the back pits and yes we caught a lot perch most all of them were in 9 /9.50 inch range in about 14 FOW. If you going out there on Monday 8-30-10 let me know and maybe we can meet up? I prefer NOT going out during the weekend because of all the ski boats!

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Post Posted: 11:48am - Aug 24,10 
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Sounds like a good time had. Phil, I thought you didn't do photo's ;)

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Post Posted: 06:24am - Aug 26,10 
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I'm with you on the weekend fishing...nice thing about my work schedule is I can sneak out there on weekdays if I don't have the kids....Can't wait till the are big enough to go fishing...that will be fun. Good job on the perch...

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