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Gurth  
#51 Posted : Monday, September 17, 2018 4:12:35 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Pete Go to Quoted Post
I haven't seen a perch that size since the glory days on Lake Michigan. Good to know they still exist somewhere.




The perch were biting on this…


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Except with a 4 inch lime green/chartreuse tail.

Was surprised not only with the size of them, but also that they'd go after such a large lure.


I was targeting northerns and sometimes largies will take these.

Smallies will too, but they aren't in these waters.



Oh yeah and MadGuy... I'm a wuss when it comes to float fishing. It's gotta be reasonably nice out.

Trout fishing?

Been out many times at zero degrees and never really been cold.

55 degrees out on the water?

Brrrrrr!!!!!
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#52 Posted : Monday, September 17, 2018 4:24:28 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Gurth Go to Quoted Post

The perch were biting on this…


UserPostedImage


Except with a 4 inch lime green/chartreuse tail.

Was surprised not only with the size of them, but also that they'd go after such a large lure.


I was targeting northerns and sometimes largies will take these.

Smallies will too, but they aren't in these waters.



Oh yeah and MadGuy... I'm a wuss when it comes to float fishing. It's gotta be reasonably nice out.

Trout fishing?

Been out many times at zero degrees and never really been cold.

55 degrees out on the water?

Brrrrrr!!!!!





Always something new to learn in this sport. I don't think I ever used anything bigger than a fathead minnow of a piece of soft shell crayfish when I used to perch fish. But that massive lure you used seemed to work just fine. I wonder what, if anything, they thought it was?
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#53 Posted : Monday, September 17, 2018 4:36:20 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Pete Go to Quoted Post


Always something new to learn in this sport. I don't think I ever used anything bigger than a fathead minnow of a piece of soft shell crayfish when I used to perch fish. But that massive lure you used seemed to work just fine. I wonder what, if anything, they thought it was?




That's what keeps it fun.

Always love the unexpected fish. Sometimes even more than the large targeted fish.


The pictured variant is what I got the musky on a couple months back.

Go figure.
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Gurth  
#54 Posted : Monday, September 17, 2018 4:45:26 PM(UTC)
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I should do a testimonial for Panther Martin.

"It literally catches EVERYTHING!"




Except trout. Flapper

Which is what I initially purchased them for.
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Gurth  
#55 Posted : Tuesday, May 28, 2019 5:35:22 PM(UTC)
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This sums up the (lake) fishing on Sunday - my first kayak outing of 2019…


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Lol. Sometimes the fish win.

Was a beautiful float though…


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big_river_bum  
#56 Posted : Sunday, June 2, 2019 5:42:29 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Gurth Go to Quoted Post
This sums up the (lake) fishing on Sunday - my first kayak outing of 2019…


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Lol. Sometimes the fish win.

Was a beautiful float though…


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if thats where i think it is it's amazing how fast things change once you get north of the interstate
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Gurth  
#57 Posted : Friday, July 5, 2019 12:41:17 PM(UTC)
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Opted for a 4th of July float over battling weeds, gnats and sweat.

Fished an area of the Madison Chain that I hadn't hit before. It's a channel connecting two of the lakes and it goes through a marshy area. Mostly sandy flats with some current as it moves downstream.

Took me a while to dial in to what they wanted to hit. Top water wasn't working at all and most of my other offerings including an X-Rap were getting down in the weeds too much. Ended up trying a Live Target jointed herring as it is a floating swim bait and I could generally keep it out of the weeds as long as I was subtle with my retrieve.

Most of the fish were caught out on the open flats amongst the clumps of weeds and open sandy spots.

Bite was steady enough to keep me entertained even if it wasn't exactly setting the world on fire. Ended up with 7 or 8 largies and a feisty 24 inch ass-kicker of a pike that I thought (hoped) was a giant bass.

The bass I got were pretty average fare but fun enough, especially compared to the little ones I got last weekend.


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Paddled over a couple of absolute giants, but they were too smart for my dumbass to hook.

Once the boat traffic picked up around 10:00, the bite slowed down and I was off the water by 11:30 and onto other festivities.




This was the catch of the day though…


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Laugh

Thought it must be a HUGE bass and then I caught a glimpse of the scales.

Snagged its dorsal fin.

Damn proud of this fish.

Flapper


Great little float and a beautiful morning!


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Gurth  
#58 Posted : Tuesday, July 9, 2019 4:24:25 AM(UTC)
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Went for a float tonight on one of my favorite little kayak lakes up north of Madison.

Fishing was slow in the big largie department. Caught several small ones on a top water popper.

This is a lake that drops to about 15 feet maybe 30 yards offshore and using a heavy football jig with a squid tail has been very effective in the past to hook big bass in this deeper water.

Not tonight. Not a one.

Got several pike in this fashion and was resigning myself to nothing but dinky bass and snakes when I felt a big tug and it was on!

Thought it must be a nice bass but as the fight went on and the fish buried itself on the bottom and refused to come up realized it must be a big pike.

The kayak was pulled to right above the fish before I could get enough leverage to lift it off the bottom.

Netted it and there was a raft about 30 feet from me so paddled over to it for a measure and a photo. No way I was bringing this fish in the yak with me.

31 inches and a new PB.

Fun fish that got the blood pumping for sure.

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shebs  
#59 Posted : Tuesday, July 9, 2019 4:35:21 AM(UTC)
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Haha those kinda fish are fun...I once had a 32" pike pull me around on my float tube for a good five minutes before I managed to net him. If I hadn't had scuba flippers it woulda been ten minutes LOL
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William Schlafer  
#60 Posted : Tuesday, July 9, 2019 3:31:11 PM(UTC)
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Nice Pike!

It's amazing how great the fisheries are around the Madison area.


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