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Jul 9, 2024 14:29:54   #
fishyaker Loc: NW Michigan (Lower Peninsula)
 
Total calm this morning at a favorite nearby lake, so why not go fishing!

Arrived with intentions of seeking Northern pike, but ended up catching several LM bass and a bluegill in the process. Only a few pike were able to hone in on my lure offerings, but that was enough to make for an exciting time in the kayak.

The day got off to a good start, but then immediately took a "wrong turn" when the first Northern of the day broke off and stole a Williams Wobbler lure in "yellow with five red diamonds" from me. This happened on the first cast, and before the spoon had even reached my intended trolling depth! "Welcome to the lake"...says a hungry Northern with an attitude! "I was waiting for ya to show up...so let's tango!"

For a Tuesday, the lake was rather busy with fisherman. Besides myself, there were eight other boats out. Everybody seemed to have a unique agenda, and there was no competition for space as we all poked our way in and out of various coves, mini bays and open water. By this time of Summer, nearly all of the homes and cottages that dot the shoreline are occupied with residents enjoying the bounty of the lake!

The fish seemed picky today, so I ran thru quite a few more hard body baits than usual. A large Mepps Aglia Long spinner with white bucktail produced well, along with a frog patterned Beno, a Berkley flicker shad and finally a classic Hot-n-Tot in red/translucent pearl. The Williams Wobbler gets a "nod", although as mentioned above, it had been donated as a chin ornament to a sulking predator. No other lures even had a strike, but you'll never know unless you submerge them for a while!

Talley for the day was 2 pike, 4 LM bass and the little bluegill.

Two foot long and spunky. I spent quite a while trying to get a snapshot of this guy, as each time he reached the kayak another "escape" plan was hatched!
Two foot long and spunky. I spent quite a while tr...

Three of the LM bass were of respectable size, and put up a good tussle.
Three of the LM bass were of respectable size, and...

This little fellow must have been pretty hungry! "Just an FYI Mr. Gill...that lure was never going to fit inside of your belly!"
This little fellow must have been pretty hungry! "...

Biggest loon I've ever seen! Had to sneak up and take a picture!
Biggest loon I've ever seen! Had to sneak up and t...

Actually, there were quite a few loons out and about. This one swam by right in front of me during a trolling run thru the middle of the lake.
Actually, there were quite a few loons out and abo...

The second Northern pike of the morning...resting on the surface and catching his breath. I stayed close until he went back home, in case any overhead eagles were aloft!
The second Northern pike of the morning...resting ...

A "smattering" of tackle choices this morning....
A "smattering" of tackle choices this morning.......

Northern pike seem to like this particular flicker shad color, although sometimes I wonder when it comes to a pike. They'll strike at just about anything!
Northern pike seem to like this particular flicker...

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Jul 9, 2024 14:48:43   #
NJ219bands Loc: New Jersey
 
Nice πŸ‘

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Jul 9, 2024 15:08:32   #
Fredfish Loc: Prospect CT.
 
fishyaker wrote:
Total calm this morning at a favorite nearby lake, so why not go fishing!

Arrived with intentions of seeking Northern pike, but ended up catching several LM bass and a bluegill in the process. Only a few pike were able to hone in on my lure offerings, but that was enough to make for an exciting time in the kayak.

The day got off to a good start, but then immediately took a "wrong turn" when the first Northern of the day broke off and stole a Williams Wobbler lure in "yellow with five red diamonds" from me. This happened on the first cast, and before the spoon had even reached my intended trolling depth! "Welcome to the lake"...says a hungry Northern with an attitude! "I was waiting for ya to show up...so let's tango!"

For a Tuesday, the lake was rather busy with fisherman. Besides myself, there were eight other boats out. Everybody seemed to have a unique agenda, and there was no competition for space as we all poked our way in and out of various coves, mini bays and open water. By this time of Summer, nearly all of the homes and cottages that dot the shoreline are occupied with residents enjoying the bounty of the lake!

The fish seemed picky today, so I ran thru quite a few more hard body baits than usual. A large Mepps Aglia Long spinner with white bucktail produced well, along with a frog patterned Beno, a Berkley flicker shad and finally a classic Hot-n-Tot in red/translucent pearl. The Williams Wobbler gets a "nod", although as mentioned above, it had been donated as a chin ornament to a sulking predator. No other lures even had a strike, but you'll never know unless you submerge them for a while!

Talley for the day was 2 pike, 4 LM bass and the little bluegill.
Total calm this morning at a favorite nearby lake,... (show quote)


Nice catching and great pics Yaker. Sorry about the lure sacrifice, but it happens with toothy critters.

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Jul 9, 2024 15:33:09   #
fishyaker Loc: NW Michigan (Lower Peninsula)
 
NJ219bands wrote:
Nice πŸ‘


Thank you NJ219! Glad you enjoyed the post!

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Jul 9, 2024 15:36:00   #
fishyaker Loc: NW Michigan (Lower Peninsula)
 
Fredfish wrote:
Nice catching and great pics Yaker. Sorry about the lure sacrifice, but it happens with toothy critters.


Thank you Fredfish! I have had a pretty "lucky" streak going so far this season as far as being broken off by a fish...so I think my number got pulled this morning!

The lure in question is a "modern" one, so I plan to replace it ASAP if possible! The Williams Wobbler, which I believe may have originated in Canada, has an interesting action. Sort of like a Daredevle...but different!

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Jul 9, 2024 16:50:56   #
Jross Loc: VA
 
Great fishing, appreciate the pics !

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Jul 9, 2024 17:15:26   #
Jer Loc: N. Illinois πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
 
fishyaker wrote:
Total calm this morning at a favorite nearby lake, so why not go fishing!

Arrived with intentions of seeking Northern pike, but ended up catching several LM bass and a bluegill in the process. Only a few pike were able to hone in on my lure offerings, but that was enough to make for an exciting time in the kayak.

The day got off to a good start, but then immediately took a "wrong turn" when the first Northern of the day broke off and stole a Williams Wobbler lure in "yellow with five red diamonds" from me. This happened on the first cast, and before the spoon had even reached my intended trolling depth! "Welcome to the lake"...says a hungry Northern with an attitude! "I was waiting for ya to show up...so let's tango!"

For a Tuesday, the lake was rather busy with fisherman. Besides myself, there were eight other boats out. Everybody seemed to have a unique agenda, and there was no competition for space as we all poked our way in and out of various coves, mini bays and open water. By this time of Summer, nearly all of the homes and cottages that dot the shoreline are occupied with residents enjoying the bounty of the lake!

The fish seemed picky today, so I ran thru quite a few more hard body baits than usual. A large Mepps Aglia Long spinner with white bucktail produced well, along with a frog patterned Beno, a Berkley flicker shad and finally a classic Hot-n-Tot in red/translucent pearl. The Williams Wobbler gets a "nod", although as mentioned above, it had been donated as a chin ornament to a sulking predator. No other lures even had a strike, but you'll never know unless you submerge them for a while!

Talley for the day was 2 pike, 4 LM bass and the little bluegill.
Total calm this morning at a favorite nearby lake,... (show quote)


Always enjoy your reviews and photos.
Yellow 5 of Diamonds is a really good spoon. Red and White Daredevil too.

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Jul 9, 2024 18:15:30   #
bknecht Loc: Northeast pa
 
fishyaker wrote:
Total calm this morning at a favorite nearby lake, so why not go fishing!

Arrived with intentions of seeking Northern pike, but ended up catching several LM bass and a bluegill in the process. Only a few pike were able to hone in on my lure offerings, but that was enough to make for an exciting time in the kayak.

The day got off to a good start, but then immediately took a "wrong turn" when the first Northern of the day broke off and stole a Williams Wobbler lure in "yellow with five red diamonds" from me. This happened on the first cast, and before the spoon had even reached my intended trolling depth! "Welcome to the lake"...says a hungry Northern with an attitude! "I was waiting for ya to show up...so let's tango!"

For a Tuesday, the lake was rather busy with fisherman. Besides myself, there were eight other boats out. Everybody seemed to have a unique agenda, and there was no competition for space as we all poked our way in and out of various coves, mini bays and open water. By this time of Summer, nearly all of the homes and cottages that dot the shoreline are occupied with residents enjoying the bounty of the lake!

The fish seemed picky today, so I ran thru quite a few more hard body baits than usual. A large Mepps Aglia Long spinner with white bucktail produced well, along with a frog patterned Beno, a Berkley flicker shad and finally a classic Hot-n-Tot in red/translucent pearl. The Williams Wobbler gets a "nod", although as mentioned above, it had been donated as a chin ornament to a sulking predator. No other lures even had a strike, but you'll never know unless you submerge them for a while!

Talley for the day was 2 pike, 4 LM bass and the little bluegill.
Total calm this morning at a favorite nearby lake,... (show quote)

Wow FY, yet another great narrative and phenomenal photos.

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Jul 9, 2024 18:16:11   #
fishyaker Loc: NW Michigan (Lower Peninsula)
 
Jross wrote:
Great fishing, appreciate the pics !


Thank you Jross! It was such a calm morning that I almost considered starting the day by just trolling a pair of jitterbugs and driving the kayak backwards so I could watch the show!

I did make a few top water casts from the launch site dock...with no interest from fish, so I stuck with "plan A"...head out to the larger region of the lake and run spoons....later changing things up with a spinner and crank baits.

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Jul 9, 2024 18:18:51   #
fishyaker Loc: NW Michigan (Lower Peninsula)
 
Jer wrote:
Always enjoy your reviews and photos.
Yellow 5 of Diamonds is a really good spoon. Red and White Daredevil too.


Thank you Jer! That is a very classic color combo! I was surprised that I had no action today on the Daredevle, but I ran it weightless and it may not have been running deep enough. I had a 1-1/4 ounce keel sinker on the Williams Wobbler, which took it down near the bottom quite nicely.

After the break off I got scared of losing more spoons!

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Jul 9, 2024 18:22:36   #
fishyaker Loc: NW Michigan (Lower Peninsula)
 
bknecht wrote:
Wow FY, yet another great narrative and phenomenal photos.


Thank you BK! I appreciate the compliment. With the other boats out today, it was sort of like a little "fishing party" going on! I did not get a chance to talk to anybody, but whenever we were within "waving distance" of each other, folks would acknowledge and keep on trolling.

A few boats were still fishing...most likely for panfish. One guy was set up like he was after musky, and I had to admire his technique. I assume he was targeting Northerns like me, because as far as I know, there are no musky in this lake.

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Jul 9, 2024 18:22:45   #
Jross Loc: VA
 
You did really good buddy !
It's amazing to catch such nice fish of different species

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Jul 9, 2024 18:31:24   #
fishyaker Loc: NW Michigan (Lower Peninsula)
 
Jross wrote:
You did really good buddy !
It's amazing to catch such nice fish of different species


Thanks Jross...it was definitely fun to end up with other fish besides the pike.

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Jul 9, 2024 21:23:49   #
DVTracker Loc: Harrisburg, PA.
 
fishyaker wrote:
Total calm this morning at a favorite nearby lake, so why not go fishing!

Arrived with intentions of seeking Northern pike, but ended up catching several LM bass and a bluegill in the process. Only a few pike were able to hone in on my lure offerings, but that was enough to make for an exciting time in the kayak.

The day got off to a good start, but then immediately took a "wrong turn" when the first Northern of the day broke off and stole a Williams Wobbler lure in "yellow with five red diamonds" from me. This happened on the first cast, and before the spoon had even reached my intended trolling depth! "Welcome to the lake"...says a hungry Northern with an attitude! "I was waiting for ya to show up...so let's tango!"

For a Tuesday, the lake was rather busy with fisherman. Besides myself, there were eight other boats out. Everybody seemed to have a unique agenda, and there was no competition for space as we all poked our way in and out of various coves, mini bays and open water. By this time of Summer, nearly all of the homes and cottages that dot the shoreline are occupied with residents enjoying the bounty of the lake!

The fish seemed picky today, so I ran thru quite a few more hard body baits than usual. A large Mepps Aglia Long spinner with white bucktail produced well, along with a frog patterned Beno, a Berkley flicker shad and finally a classic Hot-n-Tot in red/translucent pearl. The Williams Wobbler gets a "nod", although as mentioned above, it had been donated as a chin ornament to a sulking predator. No other lures even had a strike, but you'll never know unless you submerge them for a while!

Talley for the day was 2 pike, 4 LM bass and the little bluegill.
Total calm this morning at a favorite nearby lake,... (show quote)


Nice fish, pics and info Yaker. It looks like a splendid day on the water. Thanks for sharing.

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Jul 10, 2024 06:06:18   #
1Oldboat42 Loc: Kearney, Nebraska
 
Yes it was another enjoyable read here fishyaker, and for it being an apparently calm day wind wise you did well. The one Flicker Shad that has the red head and light color back half is one I have not seen nor used.

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