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> Sturgeon Lake - Oct 1/21, Big smallie + small muskie
Skippy
Posted: Oct 01, 2021 - 02:51 pm


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Managed to get out earlier today to search for big fall bass.

I was hoping for a good day on the water as I am not sure how much more I will get out this year.

Weather started cool, but ok for the first of October and I knew it was going to warm up. Launched just before sun up and started off with two quick smallies within 15 minutes of getting on the water. Thought this was going to be the start of another action packed day, but it was not to be. After those two fish I didnít even feel another bite until after 10am.

Was honestly thinking about packing it in just before I caught my next fish. I had covered a lot of water and couldnít entice any action. I had mentally prepared myself to drift through one area again and if I didnít get a bite, I would pick up. Glad I stayed as I managed a small muskie and a tank smallie within 10 minutes of each other.

Overall - it was a slow day. Over the course of about 7 hours I only managed 4 smallies and 2 small muskie. All but one of the fish came on a chatterbait. The second, smaller muskie came on a small swim bait.
The good news - the best smallie was probably pushing my personal best. Unfortunately I didnít bring my bump board or a scale. Rough measurement in the pics below.

I was hoping for more action, but any outing where I catch a smallie like this is worth it.

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Posted: Oct 01, 2021 - 02:53 pm


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Rough measurement - tail to the sole of my shoe and the tip of the head came up just above my knee. Tape measurement at home = 22 inches, which would be half an inch longer than my official PB on the bump board.

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Posted: Oct 01, 2021 - 02:54 pm


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Muskie #1 - chatterbait in its lip

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Posted: Oct 01, 2021 - 02:55 pm


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Muskie #2 - a bit smaller than the first. Caught on a small swim bait

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Posted: Oct 01, 2021 - 03:16 pm


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Those are some nice fish there. We were out yesterday on the boat in the daylight and caught more walleye than bass that was weird. Like your way to measure. A good day on the water perfect weather.

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Posted: Oct 01, 2021 - 07:08 pm


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Wow , nice fishing for bass and cool looking muskies !👍
Keep it up!
I also caught a chunky 4 lb smallie yesterday in shallow rocky and weedy area on a whopper plopper but then pike was stealing the action

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Posted: Oct 02, 2021 - 06:18 am


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Congrats on the smallie.. Nice tank..
Must of been a fun fight..

You too JB, lovely fall smallmouth.

Thanks for the reports

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