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12/14/18 @ 11:31 AM
Capt. Robert Claus
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MEMBER since 6/18/01
Hey Lake Linkers......its been a while and I had a minute to drop a quick note on here. Just wanted to say thanks to all the LL'ers that became customers of mine this season. And also Thanks to all the LL'ers that continue to be my customers. I appreciate all of you and had a blast fishing with you this last open water season! Also thanks to all the LL'ers that stopped me at the landings to say hi or who pull up by me on the water and say hi. I appreciate all the kind words from you all!
With that I am hard at work getting the last minute items done preparing for the upcoming Ice season. Rental shacks are all most all ready to rock and the Rangers are all tuned up and ready to roll just need to spend several hours spooling up the St. Croixs to get them ready for all those Whitefish! We are booking like crazy and weekends especially Saturdays are beginning to fill up. Plenty of Friday and Sunday openings are to be had though along with some week day stuff. If you are thinking about coming out to fish with us this ice season don't wait too long to call for a spot. We are hoping to be up and running (pending Mother Nature) right after the 1st of the year! Rental rates start at $50/person, if you need equipment or want a fully guided trip we can handle that also! We can tailor the day to your needs.
I hope everyone has a Safe and Festive Holiday season and we look forward to 2019!

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12/6/18 @ 9:40 PM
CNL1987
CNL1987
USER since 6/18/18

Thanks Capt. Jerry! 

Edited on 12/6/18 9:41 PM
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12/5/18 @ 6:26 AM
Jerry Ruffolo
jerry
MEMBER since 6/18/01

CNL1987,

I use 12 lb Trilene Big Game.  It is the same diameter as 10 lb Trilene XT, which is the line used for the crankbait and snap weight dive charts for Precision Trolling App.  It has the stretch element I like and its very abrasion resistant.  Because I have people who do not regularly fish, I want the stretch so when someone is horsing a fish there is a little give besides my drag.  I am not a fan of superlines for any trolling applications.  They work great for jigging but I like that give one gets from monofilament for trolling.  Capt Jerry.

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12/4/18 @ 11:22 PM
CNL1987
CNL1987
USER since 6/18/18

So it is time for me to put new line on my trolling reels. What do most of you use for trolling?  What kind? Pound test?

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11/16/18 @ 6:28 AM
h20walker
h20walker
USER since 3/13/12

Yes yes and yes

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11/16/18 @ 4:31 AM
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soup
soup
USER since 8/13/17

MOON PHASE (61%)
Waxing Gibbous

Is there a good walleye trolling bite on the bay this time of year? Not sure if the islands would be good or maybe sturgeon or the mouth of de pere.  I finally have a few days to get out and would love to pull some boards. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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11/4/18 @ 11:58 AM
Jerry Ruffolo
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MEMBER since 6/18/01

The shad in my hand is 5-6" long, typical of the size found on the bay and in the river.  I believe that size forage is why musky seem to prefer 5-8" baits in the Bay.


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11/3/18 @ 7:51 AM
JamesD
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MEMBER since 2/16/04

The shad in the photo is larger than most I've seen. There were huge schools of them by the treatment discharge near the mouth of the Fox River. The guide to Wisconsin fishes says 11 to 13 inches is the average adult size gizzard shad but the largest I've seen on Green Bay was 8 inches and deeper bodied like a bluegill. Years ago net traps were strung up out of Algoma to catch them for pet food, I was told.

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11/2/18 @ 4:16 PM
musky2day
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USER since 8/25/11

Would that shad in your hand be considered an average sized shad in the bay?

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11/2/18 @ 6:11 AM
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Jerry Ruffolo
jerry
MEMBER since 6/18/01

MOON PHASE (28%)
Waning Crescent

Shad species spawn both in spring and fall.  This is a typical shad found in the bay, one I accidentally snagged along a rock reef.  They were indeed spawning.  I'm not sure which species of shad this is, but I assure you they do spawn in both spring and fall.

I refer to Longtail and Littletail as points.  They look like points to me.  They have shallow shoals on their edges which attract bait and gamefish, due to the near constant current flowing at their edges.  When I speak of the musky bite and trolling these points, in most cases, I'm not trolling the edges, just between them.  Capt Jerry

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