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Drew
Posted: Jan 10, 2021 - 08:02 pm


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So after planning to fish today with my step dad, he bailed on me last minute this morning. I think it was because of the thermometer showing -17 although he didn't admit to that. Went alone, ...usually that's when the best fishing happens anyway.
Using 10" herring on still line, quick strike rig, trying for size, not quantity...switch goes down, good battle, a couple runs down deep...land this one...

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Drew
Posted: Jan 10, 2021 - 08:03 pm


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Hands are frozen from hand-lining in the first trout, and in my jigging hole I mark one...fish on...little guy...got it in and released...

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Drew
Posted: Jan 10, 2021 - 08:08 pm


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Inside the stomach, when I filleted this laker, was another 10" partially digested baitfish. So, belly full, and still taking down a 10" herring. And it's not a huge laker. Imagine what a big one eats!
It feels ridiculous putting down a bait that big. Moral of the story...big bait, big fish. I'm starting to believe in and use this theory more and more.

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Drew
Posted: Jan 10, 2021 - 08:10 pm


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Oh yeah, and I made sure to send pics to my step dad right away. Guess who asked for directions and depths and bait and location for his trip there tomorrow!?

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Posted: Jan 10, 2021 - 08:10 pm


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Some good eats there Drew

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Posted: Jan 10, 2021 - 08:41 pm


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Nice catch! I have found the same in the past on Joe. A few had herring partially digested, tail in the mouth just as yours. One spit up a 8" herring so i threw it on a treble but no luck. Are you using live or frozen?

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Drew
Posted: Jan 10, 2021 - 09:38 pm


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QUOTE (simcoeslayer77 @ Jan 10, 2021 - 08:41 pm)
Nice catch! I have found the same in the past on Joe. A few had herring partially digested, tail in the mouth just as yours. One spit up a 8" herring so i threw it on a treble but no luck. Are you using live or frozen?

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frozen and thawed...slit the side to deflate air bladder/body cavity. the tail in the mouth in my pic is the bait i was using.

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Posted: Jan 11, 2021 - 12:17 am


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Nice going Drew

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Posted: Jan 11, 2021 - 05:39 am


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Buddy lost a massive trout yesterday afternoon with this setup.... got it to the hole once after 10min, it saw me then went right back to bottom and snapped the line. Man that fish was huge... at least 12lbs. Though, this lake doesn’t have 10” herring..... maybe 10” whitefish though... I have some massive swim baits can be jigged, maybe I’ll try one day.

Nice outing! That small one could definitely be devoured by the bigger one!

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Posted: Jan 11, 2021 - 08:21 am


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Nice trout Drew! I got a 6 to 7lbs laker out of Simcoe one year and it had a 1.5lbs whitefish in perfect condition in its belly.

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Posted: Jan 11, 2021 - 09:10 am


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Nice fish ... I didnt think of big cut bait for Lakers on quick strike. I prefer quick strike compared to tip ups, especially for the odd catch and release. Nice fish for the smoker mmmm yummy!

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Posted: Jan 11, 2021 - 10:39 am


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Nice Fish! Congrats!

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Posted: Jan 11, 2021 - 10:44 am


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Lovely haul

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marcballs
Posted: Jan 11, 2021 - 02:43 pm


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Where do you get your herring from?

Thanks

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Posted: Jan 11, 2021 - 03:40 pm


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hey how far off the bottom are you fishing the herring. I usuallly put them quite close to the bottom but never have much luck on big dead bait for lakers.

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