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8/25/15 11:24 PM CST
This report is very late, but after andreindy3's, I had to concur with all his feedback on Jeff Robl. It's true, he's a great guide and a real, genuine nice guy.

This was also my second year on the TFF with my Dad and two brothers. After catching very few walleye last year, we decided to hire Jeff for an AM trip early in the week this year, to mainly have him show us the trick to fishing the TFF. We had spent the past 10-12 years fishing Lake Kabetogama in MN (Ask Jeff to pronounce that name, it'll make you chuckle.), where the technique was Lindy rigging with heavy egg sinkers. We knew this doesn't work so well on the TFF, especially if you're fishing the right spots, near submerged wood, but with such a big body of water and a totally different way of fishing for us, it made sense to hire an experienced guide. I'm so glad we did. As andreindy3 mentioned, Jeff showed us what to look for on the graph, how fish and cribs look differently when you're moving versus still, how to position the boat for anchoring, how to cast and let your jig drop, how to rig your slip bobberd, how to set the hook, etc. He shared all his knowledge and even his top notch St. Croix equipment. This did not go unnoticed, we really appreciated it and believe those sensitive rods helped us catch fish that day.

We took the knowledge gained from our time with Jeff and put it to use the rest of the week and caught fish. Not a lot of fish, but enough walleye, perch and panfish to have a couple of big fish frys and a few to take home. My only regrets from last week were: (1) not hiring Jeff for the whole day. For the small amount more, I know it would've been money well spent. Plus, he's fun to fish with! (2) Losing at least 3 nice walleye right at the boat. That is SO frustrating, but I guess one has to be optimistic about the thought of those fish growing bigger for the next guy. (3) Caving in after my Dad's persistent nagging and agreeing to drift and use Little Joe's & leeches on a windy day. Certain he would get snagged up and have to break his line, I just cracked open a beer and waited...only to watch him catch a 17" walleye! I guess you never know..

Lastly, I'd like to give a shout out to Marvin at Donner's Bay resort. Great guy! We weren't staying there, but stopped nearly every day for something. Gas, Seafoam, Shore Lunch mix, etc., he had everything we needed. And, he pours a good Jack & Coke at the bar!

See you next year, TFF!

- Shawn

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8/25/15 10:18 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 56° - 60° F Water Temp: 61° - 65° F
Thank you for the compliments, nice report andreindy3, you write well. It is rewarding to hear words like that.

A part of the day I really enjoy is the boat ride back to the landing often by myself, after dropping customers off, a good day of fishing and company in the boat. To put it simply, one of my favorite movies: " It's a wonderful life".


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8/25/15 10:29 AM CST
andreindy3, that is a great report... any body of water can be 'stubborn', especially one a big as the TFF with SO MANY spots to try

you're day with Jeff doesn't surprise me one bit. He is definitely in the right business... we experienced an awesome time with him as well

if you go to the TFF again and hook up with Jeff, I highly recommend a shore lunch if you didn't do that

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8/24/15 8:30 PM CST
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Hello all. I just returned back home to Waukesha after spending several days on TFF with my (much younger) brother and 14 year old son. My second year there, the first for the boys.

I was entirely and utterly humbled by how difficult the fishing was for me, and subsequently, my companions. After 3 full days of fishing, we had caught a grand total of 4 fish (small SMB, 2 Bluegill and a little rock bass) despite the relentless flogging and effort we put forth. We fishing stump flats, we fished drop offs. We fished edges of humps. We fishing river channels. We slip bobbered, we jigged. Casted cranks. I studied contours. Maps. Motored in circles.

After 3 full days I became increasingly desperate. I almost considered human sacrifice. My son had yet to catch a single fish. My brother had caught 1. I am so proud that they didn't quit....they never gave up....despite dropping anchor and pulling it up again and again and again and again. I did my best to keep everything fun and light hearted. In other words, I willingly allowed myself to be the butt of every one of their jokes...which began as light ribbing but was heading to full on kicks in the nuts. However, I could see the disappointment in their faces when quiet would settle in the boat. There are life lessons to be learned in getting skunked, but I wanted more for this trip. For them. You know what I am saying? I was in full on Dad mode...my one and only fishing trip with my son this year....

I needed help. I reached out to Jeff Robl from Bobber Down Guide Service. I explained my situation and shared my story...Jeff listened and replied, "I want to help you". AND HE DID. He would pick us up at 8am and fish with us for the morning. Folks, I can't thank Jeff enough. Honestly, I can't. Did we catch fish? Yes. But it was more than that. He was so good to my boys and shared stories that had us laughing until we almost had tears. The TFF was such an intimidating body of water to this out-of-towner and he taught us. Taught the boys (so much better than I did) how to fish jigs...when to drop the tip....when to set the hook. He brought me to the back of the boat and taught me how to read the locator...how to identify what a crib would look like...how to identify some areas where there are deep stump beds near channels for when I would be on my own. He taught us how to best anchor...how to drift....how to rig several other things.

Without a doubt, our time with Jeff was the wisest money I spent the entire trip (the 4 pounds of bacon would be the second). Jeff accelerated our learning, understanding and enjoyment of TFF to such a degree that my son knelt before Jeff and called him our fishing Messiah. He got a quite chuckle out of that. AND, after our time with Jeff, we successfully went out and caught some fish on our own. The proof is in the pudding and turned our trip entirely around.

Attached is an end of the morning picture of my brother and the Messiah (Jeff).

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8/21/15 10:22 PM CST
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A few pics. From last few trips.

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8/21/15 9:51 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 71° - 75° F Water Temp: 66° - 70° F
Had 3 consecutive pretty good days of walleye fishing as mentioned in last report, the last week, more challenging days though still getting nice panfish. I think the erratic weather has played a roll in the slow bite on some days. Wednesday was a slow bite day for us, I didn't fish yesterday but am guessing it may have been challenging.

Today I picked up customers in the Bastine area as I often do and instead of pointing out good areas and specific spots between Bastine and the dam which I know are good from past fishing but seldom fish, instead of driving by, I decided on a different course for the day. We fished 7 of these spots, caught 9 walleyes, 5 keepers and other fish some of which we kept ( perch, a big crappie, gills) released smb, rock bass and sunfish. We fished slopes with stumps and wood, which in 1925 would have been land projections(peninsulas and points) jutting out into the Turtle River. I wanted to run and gun and had guys who had jig fishing experience so we didn't put out bobbers. We cast slow fall jigs with half crawlers and fatheads. The minnows did well at first but does limit you to fewer perch and bluegill bites. The fishing wasn't fast and furious but we caught fish and did miss quite a few fish, probably me the most, I don't mind missing perch or gills with an 1/8 oz. weedless jig but walleyes!, how do you fish every day and still get ticked when you miss a walleye? Considering the fishing the last few weeks I was pretty happy with the start. At around 11: 30 we headed out to the big water with the big chop ,I had good expectations , to be blunt the fishing stunk. We had a big lull then at the end of the day some nice gills and one more keeper walleye.

My observations: the water was much clearer from Bastine to the dam ( not churned up by the wind) then on the big water. Honestly didn't take too much stock in Nick's theory( see last post or maybe one before that) of attributing the slow bite to the murky water but I have fished the clearer water a few times now in the last 10 days and have caught more fish there. There has to be some explanation.

Apology for personal message: Andy, tried responding to your e-mail got the standardized out of office on vacation response. Would like to help you catch fish call 6-7:30am. If that was you in grey lund we did catch fish in 6 of 7 spots you probably saw us fish in morning.


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8/20/15 9:34 PM CST
Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 61° - 65° F Water Temp: 66° - 70° F
Just arrived from Waukesha today. Staying at Cedar Cove. Got on the water with two boys around 3pm. Moments before we pushed off from the dock I got the boys to laugh heartily because I almost accidentally sliced the tip of my finger off with my trusted pocket knife. Bled a bit, but not fatal.

Started by fishing a cove across from Cedar Cove. A big stumpy bay. Fished in about 6 feet of water. Tough fishing for the boys trying to use jigs in this. Was going to switch to slip bobbers, but didn't. Tried a few random areas on fishing hot spot map.

No fish big or small caught. Tomorrow is a new day. Armed with leeches, fat heads and crawlers.

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8/20/15 12:39 PM CST
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I was trolling in the flats in depths of 8 to 15 feet. I was trolling cranks and letting them out enough to just be tapping the bottom. I didn't get snagged or hung up at all, but you have to know the right areas or it could be costly. I was trolling at 1.8 - 2.1 mph

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8/19/15 10:39 PM CST
Fish biologist.. How deep were you running your cranks when trolling? I'm going to give it a try and an not afraid to lose some baits.

With regards to follow jigs. I've tried them at all times of the year and have seen them work some days and not on others. I wouldn't be hesitant to give them a try. Good luck on the fish and enjoy making memories.

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Last year was my first adventure ever to TFF. Went with my father (his first as well). It felt good....really everything about it...to the degree that TFF is on the decisional brink of being made an annual "tradition" for me and those fortunate/unfortunate to travel with me.

This year (my second), my oldest son is coming and my step-brother. We will be there at Cedar Cove cabins from Aug 20-24th. Dad unfortunately is staying behind. My oldest son (14) has never been particularly interested in fishing, but is open to my invitation, most likely because my step-brother is 20 years younger than me and can name more video game characters than I can.

About the fishing. I am not necessarily worried about the fishing. Well, I sort of am. And then, I settle myself down and then I'm not. Until then I am. And this goes back and forth. Why am I worried? Because I have two young dudes who really believe I know what I am doing. Why am I not worried? Because the guiding principle of this trip is about being together and that we will have until we are begging each other to bathe on Day 4. I know deep down that regardless of the existence of any fish at all, we are driving away from this trip with permanently cemented memories we will share around family tables for generations.

But back to worrying about fishing. Question for you all considering that the fish seem to have a very ample food supply right now: Do jig heads that glow provide any added benefit in this dark water and help set your offering apart? I spent a good quality evening with guide Jeff Robl last year (thank you again Jeff) and I don't recall asking him that question. Thank you all!

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8/16/15 10:18 PM CST
Nisif

I am trying to keep a more professional dialog on Lake Link and not respond to personal comments but as I am sitting at the table eating my late night dinner of fresh Wi sweet corn and red wine, not to mention deer hamburger from the grill. I saw your response pop up and starting laughing out loud ( I think now they have an internet abbreviation for that, not too tech savy). Anyway thanks for the humor, haven't heard from whistling gull lately, but another great comic, with contributing dialog.

Not everyone is on the same plane as I am, but this is not Bobber Down Guide Service's all knowing web site, for the record, I was not happy with the censorship of divergent viewpoints such as CatchinFish's last post that got deleted or nisif's ,and mine being modified. varying viewpoints should be welcome, personnel attacks, especially untrue false allegations quickly banished.

I enjoy writing ,have met a lot of nice people, and Lake Link has been good for my business.Hope to be doing fishing reports on this site for many years.

Jeff


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8/16/15 9:36 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 76° - 80º F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
A few more pics. Thanks for all who chose my guide service . I hope you had as much fun as I did!


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8/16/15 9:26 PM CST
sweet pics and report... happy to see that the TFF used the old Mark Twain quote

"The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.

Mark Twain"

Wink

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8/16/15 9:21 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 76° - 80º F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
A few pics from last reports.


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8/16/15 8:59 PM CST
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Not sure why but the last three days the walleye fishing has turned on a dime. For two to three weeks walleyes have been hard to come by, while other fish have bit pretty well. Please don't take this the wrong way but I don't take a lot of stock in other peoples theories as to why. There are a few exceptions, one a person with a science background, two other people who have way more years( me 35) fishing on the TFF then I do. The fishing in August can always slow down with all the available forage but not generally as slow as the last two or three weeks. One theory, a huge hatch of perch, another, the combination of the normal August forage base but more so some pretty cloudy water from a long stretch of wind and rain. My customers and I caught a bunch of fish in the Bastine area a few days ago, I happened to run into the proponent of theory two the next day, he asked what the water was like in the Bastine area " ya know Nick, now that you mention it, it was real clear compared to elsewhere I've been fishing". Not sure who was right but in the last three days we caught 40 walleyes ( counting all sizes) today my father and daughter customers only wanted to keep enough for shore lunch and a fish fry for mother and two sisters back at the cabin, they ate a couple gills a crappie and big perch kept 4 walleyes 15-1/2-17-1/2" and released the rest.

I'm not sure why the slow stretch but it is nice to have a hiatus from the tough walleye bite.

Today with the chop and clouds we fished shallow ( for this time of year) 7-11', mainly because they were also interested in smb, we also caught some nice bass, why do the dead sticks with leeches catch most of the smb? Previous two days, calm sunny: deep wood, 1/2 crawlers, bobbers and casting slow fall jigs.A few crappies and walleyes on fatheads.

Good fishing to you.

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