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Post Posted: 06:50pm - Oct 9,10 
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GooseHunter and myself will be making the trip south on Monday. am.
Reports of the water being down some will help us dock casters.
Hope to have a good report to post on Thursday. :lol:

Heard from a waitress I know that her hubby's group landed a 22 lb Catfish fishing from a pontoon about a week ago.
Looks like the weather will be good.

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Post Posted: 06:37am - Oct 10,10 
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Good luck you two. Look forward to the report.

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Post Posted: 12:49pm - Oct 10,10 
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Good Luck guys, don't forget the cameras !

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Post Posted: 12:56pm - Oct 10,10 
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It's already packed. :thanks

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Post Posted: 03:33pm - Oct 15,10 
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OMG, what a "GREAT TRIP" we had. Thanks John for the invite!

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Post Posted: 04:52pm - Oct 15,10 
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Oh that's just great.
Again, I get left sitting at home, barefoot and pregnant.
I never ever get to go nowhere.
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Post Posted: 05:21pm - Oct 15,10 
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Yes indeedy, it was so nice we stayed an extra day. We caught hundreds of Crappie over our four day stay.
For the less particular coolers full of 8 1/2 inchers and under could be had with very little hunting.
We were greeted by J. Williams and crew going out as we were coming in.
We decided to stay with 9 and over We brought home 55. GH had the top fish with a 12 incher the first afternoon braced by a nice 11.
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I kept six of "Keepin size plus a Striper and a Kitty Kat.
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I had a crazy sleep night on Monday and ended up back out on the pier for a few hours catching smallish Crappie and a couple of 'Gills. I was one tired pup the next day. I remedied the sleep problem the next evening at Wal-Mart. GoT me a nice Air matress to suppliment Anthony Acres plywood mattresses.
Oh, the second day fishing was great. We did a little tree huggin' and brush whackin' along with
dock casting. I have to tell ya, even with the water being almost 3 ft. low, we gave a bunch of minnows a migrain bouncing them off the docks.
We had a very productive day with Crappie, Stripers a few cats and a few 'Gills.
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Being that it is close to Halloween, this "Punkin' Head" got his p[icture taken before going back home with a free minnow for trick or treat.
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Day three and things just kept gettin' better. ( 'cept when one of my Ugly Sticks decided to "Jump Ship" )
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The boat ran fine and didn't seem to care about lugging that extra 8 horse around just to get some running time on it.
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You can see in the photo how far the water is down. Great stuff for us dock plumbers.

The morning of day 4..Thursday was the best 4-5 hours of Crappie catchin' of the trip.
They were surrendering at an amazing rate. I even got to hold up a pair of Good'uns.
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The accidental Striper catch wasn't too bad either. I think we kept 8.
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We should have never gone in for lunch. I tell ya, sumthin' happened. I don't know if it was the wind and weather change or the Blue water minnows I bought at AA but catching fish the rest of the day was like pulling teeth. Nothing keepable for the rest of the day, but there was nothing to complain about because we just had one of the best trips to Lake Sara in my 25 something years going there.

This a.m. we slept in ( or at least I did ). Chef Angelo prepared a liesurely breakfast then we packed up the Hemi hitched up our wagon and headed for Chi-Town. Just might make it back in a week or so. If not, I couldn't complain one bit.
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Post Posted: 06:04pm - Oct 15,10 
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:jump Great Job Fellas !! John, The boat looks great. Looks like quite a few good meals right there. Thanks for the pics.

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Post Posted: 06:11pm - Oct 15,10 
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Way to go guys. Sure looks like you both had a great time. I sure want to get down there one of these days.

GREAT POST. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

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Post Posted: 09:02pm - Oct 15,10 
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What a beautiful fish that is..........thanks for sharing that with us.

You guys had a fantastic trip from the look of things, just what was it that tempted all those nice specs to your hand?

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Post Posted: 11:23pm - Oct 15,10 
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Wsj, most of everything we caught: Stripers, catfish Bluegill Bass and Crappie were all caught on jig heads from Panfishpro.com ( check slightly imperfect jig heads. ( the kind Cubby uses. ) and plastic bodies and wedgies from kjbplastics.com you can get some great deals from these providers. The main colors we were using were glow and flourecent green. Fished alone or under a slip bobber these things worked like crazy.
The baits were mostly Minnows of Crappie or bass size brought from up North. The other baits included waxies and gulp Crappie Niblets.
Yep that Punkin was one of several we caught and released. That particular on came on a jig & minnow combo. I put the minnow back in his mouth and sent him on his way. Kinda an early Trick or treat thing.

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Post Posted: 02:36am - Oct 16,10 
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Great report guys, wow you hammered them!!! Love the pics.

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Post Posted: 07:53am - Oct 16,10 
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Well done boys! John, glad to see ya let Angelo catch some. Angelo, glad to see ya let John catch some.

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Post Posted: 07:56am - Oct 16,10 
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Sounds like you guys had a great trip thanks for sharing it with us.

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Post Posted: 10:57am - Oct 16,10 
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Oh that's just great.
Again, I get left sitting at home, barefoot and pregnant.
I never ever get to go nowhere.

Any,
that's kinda like how I feel when you go runnin' off to all those exotic spots with that fishesalot Johnny guy. :rotflmao

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Post Posted: 09:59pm - Oct 16,10 
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Looks like you had a great time - I have family down that way but haven't been to see them in years, might have to take a trip someday.

Nice report

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