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The Fisher
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 11:07 PM 02/07/05 (CST)
I mentioned in the story "Muskie-There Ain't No Such Thing" that a feeding window was thrown open. It is a phrase that represents a phenonenon that I have seen happen numerous times. Primarily with muskie but also with other species. My question to forum posters is this. Do you have specific instances you can recall of periods of low or virtually no fish activity that SUDDENLY changed and for a short period you then experienced a massive feeding spree (or window as I call it) that opened? Examples I have experienced on multiple occasions were for muskie when a wind direction changed or light changed (clouds rolled in) and in smallmouth I would catch 1 fish and that seemed to turn the whole school on. They seemed to think they were now missing feeding time and cranked up to attack your lure from virtually ignoring it moments before. A really good tactic in this reguard seemed to be to play a hooked fish slowly to the boat, and as he fought the others in the school took it as a clue to turn on the feedbag. Casting behind the hooked fish by the other guy in the boat often resulted in a double hook up. The same fish were there all the time but those changes caused an alteration in the fish from nuetral or negative feeding attitudes to positive feeding attitudes. What experiences have you had that would relate to this phenomenon and WHAT WERE THE TRIGGERS that set the fish off in your opinion? And although I don't know anyone on this forum personally I really would like Ted to post his experience---his other posts make me think he has insight into this.
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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 08:37 AM 02/08/05 (CST)
Okay, not really related to something I did that triggered fish to bite, but I will tell you what happened...

I was up in the BWCA with a buddy of mine, fishing hard for walleyes. We caught nothing but rock bass for 4 days straight. I don't mean just a couple of rock bass, I mean hundreds. We couldn't keep them off the hook. No matter what we threw out there, they tried eating it.

One evening as the sun was going down, I decided to throw a line in right off a rock in front of our campsite. It dropped off to about 40 feet a foot off shore. I was using a leech and caught (you guessed it) a rock bass. I was a little ticked off and threw it maybe a little too hard back in the water :-| The next cast, while I was retrieving, I got another bite right at the shoreline. Thought it was a rock bass, of course, but lo and behold, and boy was I surprised, I pulled out a sauger. I unhooked it and casted again. The exact same thing happened - another sauger.

I called out to my buddy and told him to grab his rod. From that point 'til we couldn't see any more, we caught a fish with every cast. It was nuts. Most were pretty small, but it was so nice NOT catching a rock bass, we fished it for all it was worth. We hooked 'em as fast as we could get our line out there.

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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 12:36 PM 02/08/05 (CST)
Lot's of times will see schools of baitfish and large predator fish on the electronics and they are suspended out off of points, bars, etc. The wind changes to blowing into the structure and BANG the little fish blow in and the big fish move in to feed. I think that when the bait was pushed onto the structure and then pinned against the rocks or whatever and instict takes over--its easy to eat fish that have few options of where to swim. Wind has been key 1 for me. A good second one is rain runoff. Anytime a rain happens and there is an inflow of water from somewhere fish go straight to it. All the bugs, worms, etc being washed in bring the little guys and when they come the big guys follow just to stay near the dinner table. Those are 2 times i have seen fish really crank it on when they were slow before. By the way, WebDude, the story of the rock bass up at BWCA, when you caught the saugers, was there anything you can remember that changed, or might have "opened the window" as fisher puts it? what brought those fishup there at that time? any ideas?
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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 01:19 PM 02/08/05 (CST)
One of the lakes I fish up north is funny this way with that window you're talking about and thunderstorms. I've seen this at least a half a dozen times. It almost gets me killed too :-\

Out in the boat and nothing happening. I mean nothing. Usually dead calm, dog days of summer. But what the heck, I'd still rather be in the boat. You see it coming from the west, the big thunderheads moving in. About a half hour to 15 minutes before the rain actually hits -- BOOM, can't keep the 'eyes off the line. A couple of times I ended up fishing 'til I thought I would fry, especially in an aluminum boat. But when nothing is happening for so long and you suddenly have so much action, it's hard to get off the lake. Once I just parked the boat on the nearest shore and waited it out. Sometimes after the frenzy, and the storm has past or it is still sprinkling a bit, the 'eyes will keep biting, but not like just before the storm hits. Sometimes, as soon as it starts raining, they turn off altogether.

I was with a buddy last year in the middle of this summer doldrum and one of these storms started drifting our way. He looked up at the sky and said something to the affect of..."Well, we better be headin' in." I just sat there and kept fishing. He actually started getting a little worried, we were a ways from the home base. But sure enough, 15 minutes before it hit -- BOOM -- 'eyes started hittin'. Lots of fun for a short amount of time.

disclaimer - If I were you, I wouldn't try this. But some days I'm a fool.



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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 01:34 PM 02/08/05 (CST)
Sometime when I am fishing northers, I will find a couple of dead minnows in the bucket and cut them up and throw them in the water. My pals call this chumming the water. I heard it works great for sharks and I have found it works great on northerns sometimes too. Seems to get them worked up or somthing.


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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 01:47 PM 02/08/05 (CST)

My wife uses the dead suckers as bait. She has me put them on her hook and she wings it out. Every so often she'll twitch it. And she'll out fish me. aaaahhhhhhhh....


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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 01:58 PM 02/08/05 (CST)
Don't get too bummed out Scum. My wife will take along the suntan lotion and a cool beverage along with a book. I'll be casting, moving, rigging, baiting, trying everything and sometimes she'll out fish me. Go figure. And she says she hates fishing.

Just as well, I get out most of the time by myself or the kid :-)



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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 02:11 PM 02/08/05 (CST)
Yah, wives outfishing husbands is an old story. My wife doesn't like touching fish or bait, so I always end up unhooking her catches. Meanwhile, I'm not fishing. I think that's her secret. I'm rigging her up, baiting her up, or unhooking her fish.

Hmmm...I wonder if she doesn't know exactly what she's doing????





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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 02:52 PM 02/08/05 (CST)
Johns mention of tossing out the dead minnows from the bucket as Northern Chum (hmmm someone may snatch that name up and market it)made me remember something --anyway, I was at a well known fish camp on Eagle Lake (the one that specializes in Muskies) but took a day and was out trying to nail a trophy walleye. The owners son was in the boat and did a cool trick--we were over fish we could see on the sonar but couldn't get them to bite. So he took about a dozen minnows and put them in a can with just a little bit of water and shook the bejeebers out of those guys. When he was done he turned them loose over the side of the boat and they all sort of swirled and twirled and jerked toward the bottom. AND it turned those fish on and if I'm not mistaken we caught 7 really nice walleye from that little minnow from a can "window opener". Have any of you guys that fish walleye alot had this happen? or with other fish? Dude, more fish knowledge going on in this site than a Babe Winkleman video !!! Webdude rocks !
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Daily Subscription Msg 10 Posted: 02:59 PM 02/08/05 (CST)
Chumming...is that legal in MN? It was illegal in all fresh water in California. It's a very effective technique for turning on fish, and everyone uses it in ocean fishing. But is it a legal technique in freshwater here?





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