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> Caffeinated Shiners and a fun day, eyes and perch and coffee
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Posted: Feb 23, 2020 - 06:50 pm


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As is my habit I picked up 2 dozen 3 inch shiners late in the day Friday. These get buried in a snow drift until Saturday when they get used. I find the attrition rate acceptable and it saves time Saturday morning.

Saturday morning the wife and I slept in until about 8 had breakfast and headed out at about 1030. Takes about 30 minutes on the sled to get to Fish Bay and from there we went about 15 or 20 km to a quiet bay on the South Shore.

We were set up and fishing by about noon:

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Weather was decently warm so did not bother with the shelter but there was a decent wind all afternoon and with temps right around freezing it was a little chilly but manageable. Now comes the caffeinated bit. I had a thermos of black coffee i was drinking and had about 1/4 cup on the upside down pail next to me. Well an errant gust of wind blew the mug off its rest and landed it perfectly into my bait bucket. Had no clue how the coffee was going to affect the minnows but certainly did not harm them as my day-olds stayed lively (perhaps even more than normal) all afternoon right until we ran out at 530ish with no die-off.

The closest we came to a keeper (17 3/4 inches):

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Second closest (17 inches):

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Lots of dinks:

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A few keepers (11.5 inch, 11 inch, 10.5 inch):

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Beautiful Vistas:

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Tackle of the day was Little Cleos or Do-Jiggers tipped with shiners or a Rattling Rap tipped with chartreuse wax worms. All worked well and with all the dinks, a few keepers and a half dozen eyes we burned through the minnows pretty quick.

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Posted: Feb 23, 2020 - 07:21 pm


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Definitely a good outing. Thanks for sharing.

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Posted: Feb 23, 2020 - 07:59 pm


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Definitely a great report and sounds like a awesome day..Well done folks..
Thanks for sharing.

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Posted: Feb 24, 2020 - 06:58 am


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I often add instant coffee to my salted minnows and the fish seem to like the flavor. Maybe when they are alive its gives them a touch of flavor an a lot of pep.

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Posted: Feb 24, 2020 - 09:38 am


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Looks like a great day to be out with a couple decent size perch caught for a fry

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Posted: Feb 24, 2020 - 04:17 pm


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Pics are amazing and what a nice day to be out catching fish

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