Saturday, April 14, 2007

Labor Day Weekend 2006 Mille Lacs

It's been a while since this trip but I'll relay what I remember. I was fishing with Cyb and Jack aka Bake of "Shake and Bake". "Shake" is an alias of the "Thompson Shake" aka Cyberfish. We hit the water mid morning and it was mostly sunny with just a bit of a NW breeze, it didn't make much of a chop though. Our intended target was Fall smallies, but we got a few other fish including some nice eater eye's.

The first fish went to neither Cyb or I, but to Bake. He caught a small Muskie which was his first muskie ever, at least I think it was. That little (3.5lb) guy cleared the water big time during the fight, so we knew it wasn't a smallie almost immediately.
The Muskie reef produced zero smallies and we tried an off shore hump with no results. We then hit some new water that I had never fished before. In this new area we finally started getting some hits and we settled on a big rock reef that had fish scattered. The fishing was pretty equal between Cyb and me at this point. None of the smallies were huge but we got some nice 3lbers. We fished this big rock reef for several hours making several passes, with both Cyb and Bake getting a walleye. Finally we got tired of this place and headed back towards Isle.

We fished a reef of of the big Isle Peninsula/Island. I caught a nice smallie that shadowed my lure. I saw him lurking right beneath my frenzy pop and I slowed it way down letting it sit for several seconds, finally I gave it a pop and I was fighting the biggest smallie of the day (2nd picture). As we went towards shore on this reef we hit into a school of smallies and the action was fast and furious for a while on medium sized fish. When that action died down we called it a day as the sun was going down. All in all we all caught fish but I bested Cyb in numbers of smallies caught and size (at least that's my recollection).

More Pics and Cyberfishes account of the day here...

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