Pool 4 Super Doo Report (For Beginners)

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WOW! High 40′s with very little wind on December 1st! Great weather if a person isn’t thinking about ice!

Kerry Harvey (formally known as Hawger) has been telling me most of the summer he was going to take me out for the sauger bite. Today was the day and as an added bonus, we where riding in his (still has the new boat smell) Skeeter MX 1825. What a smooth 50+ mph ride up to the dam area.

This report actually starts out around 40 years ago when I was growing up in Hutchinson, MN. Over the years we would hear reports of this place called Red Wing that had great fishing. I remember thinking “Red Wing, that’s a long drive from here. Wonder what so special about that area?”

Then about 20 years ago, we moved to the St Croix River Valley. A friend asked if I wanted to go fishing in Red Wing. I though I was going to find the answer to my question.

It was March and I was amazed at the number of boats fishing. My friend and I started fishing just like everyone else. A jig and a plastic and drifting down stream slowly.

At the end of six hours, we were both tired of watching everyone else catch fish, and we had ZERO to show for our time. We loaded the boat at the DNR ramp right after dinging up his prop on the closing dam.

Ok, there’s a trick to the Red Wing thing, got it.

Now I’m going to just bet there are others that have experienced the same frustration. Hopefully this will help you folks.

The first thing we did wrong was we didn’t stop at Everts Resort or 4 Seasons Sports in Red Wing. Just a little update on the bite and what’s working and how to use it would have helped.

I’m sure they would have set us up with the tools needed.

So what’s the big secret??…It’s not vertical jigging, it’s VERTICAL HOLDING!

Let me explain.

Kerry set me up in the back of his boat with 5/16 oz jig and a Super Doo from BfishN Tackle. He explained that he was using the same set up but because he was right above the trolling motor, he would be using 1/4 oz jig heads.

“Now Brian” Kerry said, “I want you to drop the jig down until it hits bottom. You’re line will go slack and you’ll know your on the bottom. Then reel in just enough line to be 2 to 4 inches off the bottom.” Kerry looked at me real serious and said “now hold it as still as you can, this is the most important part!”

What’s happening is the Super Doo’s tentacles are undulating in the current of the river on the hold. The angler needs to do nothing except ensuring the lure is near the bottom where the saugers are. All of the experts say the same thing, the most common mistake anglers make on the river is over working their baits.

I’ll say it again, let the river do the work

Kerry was in charge of Skeeter Boat control, and used his trolling motor to keep his new boat in 25 to 17 feet of water moving down stream at .3 to .5 mph.

In 2.5 hours the fish counter said 38 saugers with a few walleyes mixed in all released and we put 7 saugers in the box.

If you are new to fishing the Red Wing area or just tired of watching people pulling in fish around you, give the over looked simplicity of the Super Doo a shot this time of year. Other plastics work of course, but “doing the Doo” is not rocket science will put fish in your boat!

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Brian Klawitter

• Trophy Catfish/Sturgeon Guide on the Mississippi and St. Croix Rivers • Founded The Minnesota Catfish and Sturgeon Alliance. • Networked to change the MN's Bullhead Bait length laws for Catfish Anglers • Worked with the MN DNR to Create the Catfish Work Full Bio ›

30 Comments

  1. Move your mouse over the smaller photos while watching the large photo. This is the river making that plastic “thing” come alive that fish just can’t seem to resist!

  2. Thanks for a fun day on the water in the beautiful weather Kerry!

    Photo of Kerry when I told him my bucket of Secret 7 just tipped over in his new boat.

    Priceless!

  3. You couldn’t have went with anyone better than harv to do the doo!
    Guess we should refer to you as “Captain Doo Doo” now !

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    Guess we should refer to you as “Captain Doo Doo” now !


    BK this could have sticking prowess.
    It was fun to fish next to you guys Saturday. The Doo can get addictive. That video you Mike and Jess did today was a Hoot. Thanks

  5. I noticed you didn’t take Kerry up having me jump in your boat…even with the $20. bill to go along with it.

    Ya know, with all the press the Moxie’s, Pulsar’s, Ringworms and Paddletails are getting, the old Super Doo’s just get over looked. Not saying the others don’t work, just that these are so easy to fish.

  6. Nice Report BK! Thought Id share these Pics from the other night fishing with Jakob and Steve. Fishing has been pretty good lately! Your defiantely right let the current do the work wait for the Smack n set!

  7. Brian yes I do have footage but have not watched it yet..I have a feeling its gonna be too dark because the light I was using was not very bright unfortunately, but I’ll let you know as soon as I check it out tonight.


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    You couldn’t have went with anyone better than harv to do the doo!
    Guess we should refer to you as “Captain Doo Doo” now !


    Dean, that made my day…..no it made my week … Captain Doo Doo

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    Captain Doo Doo, not alot of space left in the back of that nice new skeeter.


    I’ve always wondered why you have that 20 foot Skeeter with a 300 on the back. Have you ever had it on plane?

    BK 1
    Jeff .5

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    Captain Doo Doo, not alot of space left in the back of that nice new skeeter.


    Seems to be sticking better than secret 7….

  11. Oh boy I’ve been humming a new song in my head il see if i can type the words when i get a better handle on it Capt. Doo Doo kind of re-defines the term stink bait

  12. Feelings, nothing more than feelings
    Trying to forget my feelings of love
    Teardrops rolling down on my face
    Trying to forget my feelings of love

    I’ll send you the ring tone Brett.

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    the old Super Doo’s just that these are so easy to fish.


    ……..They made Super Doo’s So cat guys can fish walleyes to. And be able to fish without a ANCHOR. …rrr

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    Quote:

    the old Super Doo’s just that these are so easy to fish.


    ……..They made Super Doo’s So cat guys can fish walleyes to. And be able to fish without a ANCHOR. …rrr


    Exactly! That’s what Sgt Nothing Special has been telling me for years. Just didn’t believe him!

    Super Doo’s are a newbies dream!

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