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Hello, my name is Randy and I am a fishing addict.

Despite all the reasons NOT to go out this morning, I went out of HI at 10 AM. I will have kids in the Classroom on Monday, and I had the urge to fish before then. As I idled to the no wake buoy I noted fish at 20 feet with bait above them. I added that to reports that others have posted recently.  I decided to troll a crank at 20' to start. In three hours I had five fish on. Three came unbuttoned before I could get them in the boat. One, a bass, was foul hooked and shook off on a jump. Two others that behaved like walleye, got off when they hung me in brush or trees. I netted  the other two.

All hit an original series wiggle wart in firetiger trolled in water between 19 and 21 feet deep with 150 feet of 10/2 braid out from the rod tip at 1.8 to 2.0 mph. All hits came as the bait ricocheted off the bottom or trees and changed speed - reaction bites.

My Lund is a very safe boat, but it is only 16.5 feet long and made of aluminum. By 1:00 PM it was no longer safe to be amongst the tube towers, the wakeboarders, and the slow cruisers not quite on plane.

Be safe everyone!

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Nice looking fish rps and thanks for the report..

I have fought the urge all last month to go fishing just knowing what was in store for me. All schools around here should be in session by Wednesday..

As I grow older I get grumpier and since I carry a fire arm that I would be in trouble..but on the bright side there would be a few new artificial reefs for the fish to call home....lol

 

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pretty sad when a normal fishing boat is not safe to be in on the water, and the safety issue is not weather related.

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3 hours ago, Quillback said:

Good to see you get a couple, looks like they are pretty healthy.

They were. TR is a great fishery!

 

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3 hours ago, 176champion said:

Nice looking fish rps and thanks for the report..

I have fought the urge all last month to go fishing just knowing what was in store for me. All schools around here should be in session by Wednesday..

As I grow older I get grumpier and since I carry a fire arm that I would be in trouble..but on the bright side there would be a few new artificial reefs for the fish to call home....lol

 

More and more frequently I think to myself ... Aren't you lucky I can't cull you!

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1 hour ago, Jerry Rapp said:

the big boat owner on a public water said "I can't believe someone is out there fishing in a row boat".

I know, really. My little boat may seem like not much to them, but to me, it was the largest investment ever for my hobby. I just want a fair share of the water.

 

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Was out until 11:45 ish this a.m. just below Piney.  Couldn't stand up in the boat any longer and decided to put it on the trailer before my 12 year old or I got hurt.  43 years of fishing TR and I've never seen it like this summer.  Written my letters to $Long, $$McCaskill and $$$Blunt along with making my views known (politely) to the Corps and Water Patrol.  Hoping everyone else has also.

How in the world they allow massive cruisers on a lake like TR is beyond me. The wake board boat chaos was down right nuts.  Cutting in front of one another, not paying a bit of attention to what was going on around them.  NOT one sign of the Water Patrol.

Fishing was fairly good on 3.5" swim baits and spoons.  4 nice keepers with a total of 16-18 fish on flat points near deeper water.

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