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Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Corey, Oct 12, 2004.

  1. Corey

    Corey OGF Team-Charter Member

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    Well, we rolled back into Ohio late Sunday night. Skipjack and I had a great 9 days on the Rainy River/Lake of the Woods. While we didn't do well in the tourney as far as standings, we caught some great fish and had a great time. The weather went through drastic changes over the 9 days, rain/snow/sleet/freezing temps to high 70's. The one constant was high winds for most of the entire trip. There were many super bags of 'Eyes weighed in over the three days of the Grand National Walleye Cup event with the winners bringing in 6 fish limits each of the three days for a total of nearly 65 pounds. Skipjack and I weighed in 16 fish for a total of 32.84 pounds and finished in 52nd place, lol. Our biggest fish in the event were a 4 pounder on day-1 and a 5 pounder on day-2. We did catch other big 'Eyes during prefishing, including a 7 and an 8 pounder. Our small boat (compared to most of the others in the event), 40 hp motor, and high (up to 35mph) winds prevented us from making the 30-40 mile runs that most of the top finishers made to find concentrations of bigger fish. The camera got soaked on Monday so we left it in the cabin on the following days and we missed pics of some big Rock Bass, Northern Pike, and Burbot. The Sturgeon were a blast!! Definitely a destination for a vacation!

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  2. captnroger

    captnroger OGF Webmaster

    Welcome back Jim! Glad you had a good/safe trip, but sorry you didn't place in the money!
     

  3. rockbass

    rockbass Banned

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    Yeah Welcome back Jim! Good to hear you had some fun mixed in with the goofy weather!
     
  4. Jim, Glad to see your back! It sure looks like you had a lot of fun! 52nd place and 32lbs of fish is still good fishing in my book! It's always tough when you venture someplace new like that. That place looks great though!
     
  5. bttmline

    bttmline E.B.C.C. Founder

    hey jim
    welcome home. 52nd is pretty good considering there was 53 boats in the tourney, ha ha , just kidding i know you would make us proud| i'll be out to harrass in person soon enough.
    tim
     
  6. Doctor

    Doctor CJ Cat Attack Pack

    Corey,

    Welcome home, 52nd place that means there was 37 boats behind you and in a national tournament that is pretty darn good, it's tough fishing waters that your not used too, but I know your always trying for that #1 spot, proud of you and your partner bet they know about OGF now, welcome home again and get them next time, never give up..........Doc and Lynn
     
  7. Corey

    Corey OGF Team-Charter Member

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    Thanks guys. There were actually 118 boats registered in the event. Even with the high winds nobody could figure out why so many boats would elect to not fish after they had paid their entry fees and their national team registration fees. For 'Eye people, LOW is one of the dream locations. Go figure. We have some pretty good stories to tell. Day 1 was a real squeaker for us. After keeping track of our weights on the Tuesday and Wednesday before the event and having 18 and 15 pounds, respectively, on those days, we had high hopes of doing well, since we would be targeting our good spots and not running and gunning like we did in prefishing. We arrived at our best spot about 7:30AM and I put a 4 pounder in the livewell within 5 minutes. "Oh Yeah!" We proceeded to catch dozens of 10 to 13 inchers over the next few hours. With time passing we had to make a tough decision and make about a ten mile run to our second best spot. When we got there it was DEAD. Not a fish to be seen. Now what? We decided to return to our original spot as it was closer to the weigh-in site than some of our other spots. We were in the second wave and had to be back at 3:20PM. We dropped anchor at 2:50PM, put 17 to 18 inch keepers in the livewell at 2:58, 3:06, and 3:09, and made it back to the weigh-in with 2 minutes to spare. That was our worst day, with only 4 keepers but it kept our hopes alive and was exciting, even if it was a good way to get ulcers, lol.
     
  8. Welcome back Jim. Glad to hear you had a good time. :)
     
  9. Lewis

    Lewis ORIGINAL TEAM OGF

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    Welcome back buddy.
    Now we can get down to the business of chasing these local fish! :D
     
  10. Corey

    Corey OGF Team-Charter Member

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