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Sterling
Posted: Jul 15, 2018 - 09:14 pm


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Made it out today with my dad and uncle. Lines were in from 4 to 7. With the recent heat I knew fish would be hunkered down deep. Trolled 2.1 to 2.5mph on graph. All fish caught in 33 to 37 FoW.

1 huge sheepshead
1 small pike
1 huge bass
1 perch
15+ walleye, 1 keeper @ 19in

Ministry crew was out doing creel surveys. Interestingly they asked to age our fish. First time I've heard of them doing that. A cool initiative either way. They said the fishing was REALLY tough. I think people are out there insisting on fishing too shallow?

Great time out there but man the heat is unbearable!

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Posted: Jul 16, 2018 - 08:17 am


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I'd say you had a good night ps how do you like the sheepy's taste wise?

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Posted: Jul 16, 2018 - 08:29 am


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Great report and nice fish..

Sounds like a fun time.

Thanks for sharing.

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Posted: Jul 16, 2018 - 10:09 am


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QUOTE (ldub @ Jul 16, 2018 - 08:17 am)
I'd say you had a good night ps how do you like the sheepy's taste wise?

No idea. Cleaned yesterday and diced up into smaller pieces. Apparently that makes em easier to cook. Took the time to trim off any dark and red meat. It went belly up immediately so we decided to keep it rather than feeding the gulls. I'll let you know though.

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Posted: Jul 16, 2018 - 11:08 pm


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It was on/off for us. We would be in the middle of a bite and it would just stop. Sat night we got skunked. Same spot Sunday morn and they were back on. 1 keeper.
We fish above the thermocline all summer. Never have trouble catching 'eyes.

I would like to add that the drum/sheepshead are always huge. Their purpose is to make you think you have hooked into a monster walleye. I have never heard of anyone catching a small one
I caught one last weekend. It peeled line to the point I had to turn the boat and chase it (light action rod)

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Posted: Jul 17, 2018 - 07:00 am


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QUOTE (Northhunter @ Jul 16, 2018 - 11:08 pm)
It was on/off for us. We would be in the middle of a bite and it would just stop. Sat night we got skunked. Same spot Sunday morn and they were back on. 1 keeper.
We fish above the thermocline all summer. Never have trouble catching 'eyes.

I would like to add that the drum/sheepshead are always huge. Their purpose is to make you think you have hooked into a monster walleye. I have never heard of anyone catching a small one
I caught one last weekend. It peeled line to the point I had to turn the boat and chase it (light action rod)

Now that is interesting. I took all of my fish at or near bottom. Didn't even bother checking for the thermocline since 90% of big arches were sitting right on bottom. The other 10% were at the 15-20ft mark, is this where you were fishing?

The sheepshead came right before the perch... that's when we knew to bump our speed up a bit.

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Posted: Jul 17, 2018 - 08:07 am


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We generally fish off bottom too, just never deep. Our fish came from maybe 8-12'? I only mentioned the thermocline because we are always above it.

I don't run a finder anymore.

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Posted: Jul 17, 2018 - 08:50 am


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QUOTE (Northhunter @ Jul 17, 2018 - 08:07 am)
We generally fish off bottom too, just never deep. Our fish came from maybe 8-12'? I only mentioned the thermocline because we are always above it.

I don't run a finder anymore.

Might want to look deeper! All the other boats in the area were fishing reefs near buoys and if the MNR's input was any reflection of how they were doing... the fish were being marked but not caught!

Are you checking the thermocline with a probe? That's how I do it.

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Posted: Jul 17, 2018 - 09:33 am


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Great report! I love catching those sheep's heads.
Strong fish!

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Posted: Jul 17, 2018 - 12:41 pm


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You can have all my sheepshead koke...come get them anytime you want.

The disappointment upon seeing that silvery 'tuna' at the end of one of our lines is nothing short of gut wrenching.
The biggest ones you know immediately...the slightly smaller ones give you a few fleeting seconds of optimism and encouragement...maybe, just maybe, there's a potential trophy walleye on the other end...only to crush that momentary euphoria and forever dash any of those hopes and dreams....like the rejection from a hot girl at the school dance.
I've tried to shake them off in the water any number of ways rather then bring their grunting, misshapen carcasses in the boat.
Their rubbery lips just cling to your hook like a street vendor to a five dollar bill.
They suck up worms like an aquatic vacuum. Their beady bulging eyes look at you like pathetic veal calves about to be slaughtered.
You know they're laughing at you...you can almost hear it....as you hurl them back in the water in abhorrent disgust.
When they're anywhere in the vincinity of your baited presentation...they're as hard to get rid of as a Jehovah's Witness at your front door.
They're a genetic aberration of nature, who's only function appears to be to deflate and demoralize hopefully fishermen....and give them yet another reason to quit the sport...pitch their prized rod into a watery grave....and return home only to weep into their pillows like six year old school girls.

They're the demons spawn!

Yup....you're welcome to all my fresh water drum...koke...no questions asked.

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Posted: Jul 17, 2018 - 02:14 pm


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Well written again Grumpa........love your comparisons

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Posted: Jul 17, 2018 - 03:14 pm


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Great catches guys and thank you for sharing

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Posted: Jul 18, 2018 - 12:31 am


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QUOTE (Grumpa @ Jul 17, 2018 - 01:41 pm)
You can have all my sheepshead koke...come get them anytime you want.

The disappointment upon seeing that silvery 'tuna' at the end of one of our lines is nothing short of gut wrenching.
The biggest ones you know immediately...the slightly smaller ones give you a few fleeting seconds of optimism and encouragement...maybe, just maybe, there's a potential trophy walleye on the other end...only to crush that momentary euphoria and forever dash any of those hopes and dreams....like the rejection from a hot girl at the school dance.
I've tried to shake them off in the water any number of ways rather then bring their grunting, misshapen carcasses in the boat.
Their rubbery lips just cling to your hook like a street vendor to a five dollar bill.
They suck up worms like an aquatic vacuum. Their beady bulging eyes look at you like pathetic veal calves about to be slaughtered.
You know they're laughing at you...you can almost hear it....as you hurl them back in the water in abhorrent disgust.
When they're anywhere in the vincinity of your baited presentation...they're as hard to get rid of as a Jehovah's Witness at your front door.
They're a genetic aberration of nature, who's only function appears to be to deflate and demoralize hopefully fishermen....and give them yet another reason to quit the sport...pitch their prized rod into a watery grave....and return home only to weep into their pillows like six year old school girls.

They're the demons spawn!

Yup....you're welcome to all my fresh water drum...koke...no questions asked.

Not a huge fan of water goats eh? After releasing one, I told a buddy that they're the only fish known to have eye lashes and sometimes they wink at you. He bought it and asked "is that why they look so f'n weird?"

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Posted: Jul 18, 2018 - 02:41 am


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QUOTE (Grumpa @ Jul 17, 2018 - 10:41 am)
You can have all my sheepshead koke...come get them anytime you want.

The disappointment upon seeing that silvery 'tuna' at the end of one of our lines is nothing short of gut wrenching.
The biggest ones you know immediately...the slightly smaller ones give you a few fleeting seconds of optimism and encouragement...maybe, just maybe, there's a potential trophy walleye on the other end...only to crush that momentary euphoria and forever dash any of those hopes and dreams....like the rejection from a hot girl at the school dance.
I've tried to shake them off in the water any number of ways rather then bring their grunting, misshapen carcasses in the boat.
Their rubbery lips just cling to your hook like a street vendor to a five dollar bill.
They suck up worms like an aquatic vacuum. Their beady bulging eyes look at you like pathetic veal calves about to be slaughtered.
You know they're laughing at you...you can almost hear it....as you hurl them back in the water in abhorrent disgust.
When they're anywhere in the vincinity of your baited presentation...they're as hard to get rid of as a Jehovah's Witness at your front door.
They're a genetic aberration of nature, who's only function appears to be to deflate and demoralize hopefully fishermen....and give them yet another reason to quit the sport...pitch their prized rod into a watery grave....and return home only to weep into their pillows like six year old school girls.

They're the demons spawn!

Yup....you're welcome to all my fresh water drum...koke...no questions asked.

I for one completely understand where you are coming from can not describe it any better for every 1 walleye I got this weekend it came with 17 sheep drove me nuts.

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Posted: Jul 18, 2018 - 04:48 am


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Sterling - Do us a favor and let us know how the sheepshead taste? I catch them fairly often and was told they taste fishy so I have never kept them.

They can be a real pain to get off your hook and they wreck a lot of lines because they seem to swallow them. They do add a bit of interest to a trip and are very entertaining fish when you get a new fisher person in the boat.

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