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Drew
Posted: Jun 04, 2018 - 05:41 pm


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I convinced my old man he could make the walk in to a lake I wanted to take him to...about a mile...all he had to do was carry the paddles. (They secretly helped as walking sticks, I know it). So Saturday morning, I had a bit of a hunch we might have a really slow day, as the temps dropped quickly Friday evening and overnight, and the winds were still gusting when we left my place 5:00am. (6degreesC')

So after driving to the Park, and portaging in, it was after 7:00 when we made it to the lake. After trolling around for a bit, with no signs of life, I decided to add a little flavour to my spoon, with the frozen shiners I brought. I wasn't overly confident that the specks would be willing,(I've been skunked after a cold front a few times) but as soon as I cast, put my rod in the holders, and took a few paddle
strokes...I was pleasantly surprised with a little tap, tap..........tap, tap.....tap.... on my rod tip.
Again and again, little swipes, and hits, but not enough for a hook set. It can be hard to set the hook when I'm the stern man, and always have a paddle in my hands. But after several misses and bumps, I finally hooked into a nice speckie, and got it in the canoe after a couple little runs, ...nice looking male. Hadn't seen a fish that nice out of this small lake before! Kept trolling around, and had another decent one, same length,(19.5") but not as thick, within a half hour or so. (Pic below)

So after we managed to land 7 nice ones, we headed back to the portage out of there. Overall, we did well, but the fish were in a terribly shy mood. Almost all that we caught swiped at our baits numerous times, and followed for surprisingly long distances, before striking well enough to be hooked. Without the minnows, I dont believe we'd have managed more than 1 or 2 fish....it just seemed to be the 'little extra' they needed to commit.

Anywhoo, 'twas a great day, all nice brookies, and good to see the old man out getting a couple too. We heard a moose crashing off through the forest when we arrived at the trail, but didn't get a look at it.

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Tazman71
Posted: Jun 04, 2018 - 06:12 pm


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Nice looking brookies!! Well done!👍

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Ice
Posted: Jun 04, 2018 - 06:28 pm


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Nice looking trout.

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Mr Meat
Posted: Jun 04, 2018 - 08:08 pm


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Very nice specks

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FatRap
Posted: Jun 05, 2018 - 11:03 am


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Great report Drew, nice specks for sure. Good to hear you were able to spend the day with your old man, great memories for both of you

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Posted: Jun 05, 2018 - 11:26 am


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Nice catch Drew !!!!!

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caspersphilly
Posted: Jun 06, 2018 - 07:48 am


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Nice job!

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Posted: Jun 06, 2018 - 02:59 pm


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great report/adventure
I have had the same problem where they need that little extra smell to make them commit when they get in close. a bit or worm was usually the solution for me.

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Fishnhunt
Posted: Jun 07, 2018 - 05:49 am


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Good looking specks.

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Nuclear
Posted: Jun 07, 2018 - 11:23 am


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Nice looking fish and to top it off you were able to take your dad with you which is a big bonus .Tight lines

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