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    Glad you filled the spot DJ,

         Hope you guys have tight lines all morning! May your wallet be full so you can buy you a Doty original :) ,


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4 hours ago, JestersHK said:

When I question my sanity... 

Made good time, wadered up and guess I'll go get a head start before my ride gets here.

Hopefully more to come.

Good luck buddy. I want to see you tag a big brown on this trip. Wish that I didn't have to work/pack, etc.

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Well what I can say is that it's gonna be a long time before I can even pretend to know as much karate as Mr. Miagi!

I had just got done releasing a little Walter when my phone went off at 4:45. "U ready?" Was all it said.   And you betcha I was up the hill and headed to the MDC ramp.   By this time Mr. Miagi had already landed 2 fish on 4 casts.  It was gonna be one of those mornings I could feel it...

We drifted around by the ramp and just sore mouthed a boatload of small to average rainbows on the Duane special as I'm now calling it.  A 2 hook shallow stick which has some amazing action to it, and is a masterpiece to boot.   We took turns whacking them along with a few doubles in there to boot!  Had a ton of light from the moon and water was like glass.  We'd catch a V every now and then or they'd hit it from below and come up with a big splash. Makes me giddy when they do that lol.

We worked our way up past the boat launch again taking turns catching fish.  I hung for a few fish then Duane really started whacking them.  He was also hitting the best fish as I milked a school of stockers just to try and not get lapped too bad by Mr. Miagi.

With thunder in the distance the sun started to creep up.   By this time we were almost up to the root wad by rebar!  Duane even pulled one out of the choot lol.  

He also hooked a nice one that we could actually see now with the sunlight, we think it was a brown but broke him off along with one of his lures... that made me sad, but some lucky angler now has a chance of scoring a Doty original if they can land that fish!  Luckily I still had waders on as Mr. Miagi caught a snag on a log and I did my best flying kick impersonation as I jumped right into the lake to retrieve it.   These babies are worth saving!

Bite pretty much shut off for me after sun came all the way up.   We drifted back down,  I even jigged for a hot minute,  but as soon as the jig would hit the water,  guess who'd hook up again lol.

Fantastic morning though.  Beautiful and it didn't start raining til I was getting my gear outta the boat.   Timed it perfectly. No big brownie this time. Duane did catch a smaller brown though so there's that.   Among with a fat little stinking bass too.

@duckydoty thank you buddy! Truly you are just a heck of a fisherman, and just a great and generous person.   I learn something new each time.  It's always a pleasure, and I'm lucky to get to spend time on the water with you. 












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We had some fun this morning and the storms stayed just far enough away to allow us to fish from 4:30-9 am. No monster browns landed but we did land a bunch of fish. I did loose one lure to the face of a big boy this morning.  DJ is mad at em like I use to be🙂




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that is REALLY good stuff guys thanks for taking us along.  Are we allowed to ask questions such as what size line are your throwing the jerkbaits on and how you are fishing them?  I know there is the jerking retrieve during the day and water flow but when the water is low like that and before daylight are you willing to share your retrieve style from a boat?  I used to throw my jerkbaits on 6 pound test down there but have upped it to 8 pound test the last couple of years.  Is that a mistake? 

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