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A great evening on the river

  • James Holst
    Keymaster
    SE Minnesota
    Posts: 18799
    #1879111

    I had a chance to connect with good friend Bob Bowman last night to fish the Mississippi River. We were both looking for a way to put the rainy, gloomy week behind us and an evening out on the river with the clouds forecast to blow out and chance to see the sun late in the day was too good to pass up.

    In all honesty neither of us expected the fishing to be good. The rain over the previous 2 1/2 days had water levels on the rise and clarity very poor. As it turned out the smallies had a much more optimistic take on things. I threw a 3/8oz VMC SWIMJIG w/ 4″ white grub. Bob fished a junebug colored tube. I don’t remember either of us ever switching.

    Fish caught ranged from rediculously tiny to 20″ magnums. Man, it felt good to see the sun and get to spend some time on the water with a good friend!

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    bigpike
    Participant
    Posts: 6255
    #1879114

    Nice job. Glad to see you still have the old muddy touch! As if there was a doubt

    Deuces
    Participant
    Posts: 3683
    #1879178

    Good to see Bob in a post again. He had some good stuff.

    Were the smallies starting to migrate more to their wintering holes? Haven’t been able to venture over to my deep bends lately.

    James Holst
    Keymaster
    SE Minnesota
    Posts: 18799
    #1879180

    No, not yet. The water is up and the current is ripping pretty good. All fish were found in shoreline current breaks in shallow water. I’m sure once we get through this current stretch of high water the fish will start to settle into classic fall patterns and locations.

    James Holst
    Keymaster
    SE Minnesota
    Posts: 18799
    #1879181

    Good to see Bob in a post again. He had some good stuff.

    Bob’s still giving the smallies a hard time!

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    Tom P.
    Participant
    Whitehall Wi.
    Posts: 3208
    #1879226

    Nice to see you did not forget your roots James, it has been awhile since you have been on the river. Glad you had a good outing but I expect nothing but the best from you on these waters in any conditions.

    Thanks for all the knowledge I learned from the crew when Dean was at Everts, sigh miss those days and evenings sitting tipping up a few around a fire.

    Still run my 182 Crestliner TS for the river and the way I fish have not found a better boat, maybe prettier and faster but still gets the job done easily.

    James Holst
    Keymaster
    SE Minnesota
    Posts: 18799
    #1879230

    Yup, that was a fun stretch of time with a great group of people all sharing and learning the river together. toast

    Brian Klawitter
    Keymaster
    Minnesota/Wisconsin Mississippi River
    Posts: 58682
    #1879290

    I was thinking the same thing about the weather. Sunday was awesome too!

    Add fish snapping and a good ol friend and how can it get any better?

    tim hurley
    Participant
    Posts: 4270
    #1880291

    Glad you have a little time off from your job James-now you can fish!

    Deuces
    Participant
    Posts: 3683
    #1895348

    Smallies hammering it today.

    Here’s a 20″. Time for snack then heading back out.

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    Bob Bowman
    Participant
    MN
    Posts: 3512
    #1895467

    Nice fish!

    The big ones are eating

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    Deuces
    Participant
    Posts: 3683
    #1895475

    toast toast toast

    Their colors get so wonderful this time of year.

    Walleyestudent Andy Cox
    Participant
    Garrison MN-Mille Lacs
    Posts: 4484
    #1895486

    Smallies hammering it today.

    Here’s a 20″. Time for snack then heading back out.

    Nice pose and pic…Nick

    Easy for me to imagine that picture in Bass Pro Shop catalog. grin

    mbenson
    Participant
    Minocqua, WI
    Posts: 1455
    #1895528

    Nice fish!

    The big ones are eating

    OMG, name seemed familiar, then the picture!!! How’s musky fishing and that son of your doing???

    Mark

    P.S., best one in my boat this summer, 47″ for an old friend fishing musky league…

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    Mike W
    Participant
    MN/Anoka/Ham lake
    Posts: 12429
    #1895566

    Very nice bass.

    Bob Bowman
    Participant
    MN
    Posts: 3512
    #1895680

    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>Bob Bowman wrote:</div>
    Nice fish!

    The big ones are eating

    OMG, name seemed familiar, then the picture!!! How’s musky fishing and that son of your doing???

    Mark

    P.S., best one in my boat this summer, 47″ for an old friend fishing musky league…

    Nice lunge Mark!

    I’ve turned into a river rat but still find time to ski a little now and then. My son’s doing great, he’s driving now, heavily involved in sports and still finds time to jump in the boat with Dad. Thanks for asking. Attached is a pic from this summer, we fished a smallie tournament and had a blast

    Take care!

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