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Forest Lake

posted on 02/20/2010
Me and three buddies went out to Forest Lake (Lake 2), yesterday around 1:30 pm. I have never been on the lake, summer or winter, but have heard good things so I was hoping we'd get into some fish. My wish came true, we did catch ALOT of fish. However, the size wasn't really there with the numbers. We caught a wide variety of fish: Sunfish, Crappies, Perch, Walleye, and Northern. The only fish with any size were a handful of Crappies, and the Pike I caught on my tip-up.
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My flag went up and within 30 seconds, I was there removing the flag from the hole. It had pulled out about twenty yards of my spool and was no longer spinning. I grabbed my coated line and slowly pulled it in waiting for tension, after pulling in close to fifteen yards I was pretty sure it had spit the sucker. But sure enough, my line tensed up so I set it, and it peeled out of my hands quickly. I slowly pulled it back near the ice and it would take off again, this went on about 5 times and then I was able to get it through the hole. I was happy because it was the biggest Northern I've caught through the ice this year. Seeing the thick belly on it meant it was eating well, it was close to 30 inches and weighed around six pounds.

It was a fun day on the ice, it was so nice out we all just sat outside in long sleeves and sweatshirts until the sun went down.

I wanted to share with everyone one of the Crappies I caught, it's markings really shocked me. I've never caught or seen a Crappie that looked like this one. Let me know what you think...
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Mitch Bradshaw
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Carpin'

posted on 06/06/2009
Yesterday at around 4:30 PM, I set out to catch some carp. Another MFP user was nice enough to share with me one of their secret fishing spots so I decided to try it out. I brought crawlers and sweet corn out with me, but I barely used the crawlers. I started out by trying a spot that visually looked like it would hold fish. I rested my hook baited with corn on the bottom and caught 6 or 7 bullies. I couldn't keep my line in the water long enough to entice a Carp so I decided to switch up my tactic. I grabbed my ultra light, tied on just a hook, and threw on some kernels of corn. I just let the corn drift and float in the water. I caught a few more bullhead and the smallest Northern I have ever caught.
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I decided my best bet would be to find a spot which wasn't packed with Bullies and rest my corn on the bottom so as I was walking to a new spot, I spooked three Carp which were in shallow water. To be honest, THEY spooked ME I was not expecting them to be where I was walking and I jumped when they thrashed away from me. I watched where the Carp went and then I realized that there were quite a few carp swimming around in this area. I casted out my line and put it in a rod holder, I also attached bells to my rod tip. It took about thirty minutes but the bells were ringing loudly and my reel was spooling out! I grabbed my rod, turned my reverse off, reeled up until I felt the tension and leaned back. It had been years since I've caught a Carp and I forgot the strength of these fish! It was peeling out drag and after a minute or two of fight, the fish was coming to shore nicely. Little did I know, it still had some fight left. As it got close to me, the fish made one last run and then SNAP, my 14 lb Mono broke. I never got a good look at the fish but it felt nice.

After about an hour with no luck, I heard some splashing coming from behind me. I did not know this would lead to something that I will probably never ever see in my life again. The splashing was coming from a hen Mallard. It had been going on for a minute or two and I thought it was feeding because it had been swimming around in this shallow weeded area for a while now. As I walked out on this point to get a closer look, I realized something was wrong with the hen. Her head was under water and she now had weeds all over her wings, I thought she was tangled up. I grabbed a 6-7 foot branch next to me, walked out as far as I could with my knee boots on and tried to reach towards her, I was still about 5 feet short. I threw it towards her hoping to jar her loose, I missed. So I ran back to get my rod. By the time I got back to her, she wasn't struggling anymore and her feet were now sticking straight up out of the water. I began casting at her and after about ten casts, it worked! I had hooked into her leg and I wanted to drag her to shore. I started pulling her to shore when I noticed there was a lot of tension and resistance. I then realized there was something on the other end of this duck. I would pull her about two feet, then stop. The duck would then bob and thrash around a bit (it was clear it wasn't her moving herself, she was dead). After about a two minute tug of war, I dragged the duck and its predator to shallow water. I had my line tight and was just walking backwards slowly, pulling, and then I noticed a tail come out of the water. That's when I realized it was a snapping turtle. Ten seconds later I pulled them as far out of he water as I could and about a third of the turtle was exposed. I decided to make a move and lunged to grab the turtle by its tail or shell, an as I did, it let go of the ducks neck and swam away. I pulled the duck well out of the water and examined it. It's head was untouched, same with its body, but its neck, well, all of the feathers and skin were missing from the neck.
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I think the duck was feeding in the shallow weedy area when it was grabbed by the neck by the snapping turtle. The turtle was then holding the ducks head under water and I would say it drowned in about three minutes. It was dead by the time I got to it. It was a shocking display of nature at its finest. I had no idea that a snapping turtle would prey on a duck, a duckling I could understand, but not a full grown adult. It was something I doubt I will ever witness again! After I realized there was something on the other end of the duck, I grabbed my phone and started recording. I was holding my phone with my left hand and I was pulling her in with my rod which was in my right hand. Once I upload the video, I will try to post a link.

Now back to fishing.......thirty minutes later I was packing my stuff up about to head home, when the bells went off again. I set the hook and another fight was on. This Carp was smaller than the other one I hooked into but it put up a very good fight for its size.
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It is safe to say I have the Carp itch now.





Mitch Bradshaw
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Hidden Falls Regional Park

posted on 05/28/2009
So today I went down to Hidden Falls Park from like 6-9ish. We fished on the bottom. I mainly used a bait holder hook with some split shot sinkers a foot above the hook. My cousin used a lindy rig and then a gumball jig head. We both used nightcrawlers while down on the river. Shortly after getting down there I hooked into my first sheephead. It was small but I was excited to catch a new species.
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I then realized that sheephead get much bigger than my first catch as each one we caught progressively got larger.
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We both also hooked into a channel cat both small though....
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Then the cast after hooking into my cat, I hooked into something with a lot more size. I couldn't get it out of the current and it took me like two minutes to get on shore. It was a big 20' sheephead!
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It was a good time on the river!!





Mitch Bradshaw
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Hidden Falls Regional Park

posted on 05/26/2009
Today I was working on University Avenue and decided to make a stop on the Mississippi River after work for a few casts. I have never been on the river before so I was pretty clueless as to where to fish, what to use, what to look for etc. I parked at Hidden Falls Regional Park and walked upstream for a bit. I fished for a little over an hour and only caught one fish. But it was my first ever Smallie so I was excited! Me and my cousin plan to go out again tomorrow afternoon after work and try fishing the bottom and see what we can get. Hopefully we pull up some fish.

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Shore Fishing

posted on 05/25/2009
I have been out twice in the last few days. I tried to target some Channels at a local lake in Shoreview but I came up unsuccessful. I was using an egg sinker set up with bullhead cut bait. Since the last time I was out on the lake, when I caught my first Cat, the weeds have grown a lot. The lake has Eurasian Milfoil so that doesn't help matters. I think my bait is just sitting on the lake bottom in a bed of weeds. I'm afraid the spot I've been fishing has become weeded out. I now have to find a spot on another nearby lake with Channels to get my fix. Me and BigFisherman55 will be getting out Wednesday evening somewhere new and I hope to come home with a new spot or two...





Mitch Bradshaw
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