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This is me with 2 Tiger Bass caught in my private lake in S.C. I have fished Lake of the Woods, Ont., 51yrs. I lived in Ill. my whole life and moved to S.C. June, 2011. I had a home at Lake of the Ozarks for 17+ years, where I caught all species of fish.

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Third Time Is The Charm

Posted May 22, 2011 by guideman (US)
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 I was finally able to get together with Dahlilama and hit the water together around 4PM on May 19th. This was only my third time on the water this spring. It had been a nice sunny day and I hoped the conditions would be very favorable for a few hours on the water. Before he got there, I started fishing off the dock while I waited for him. I was using a chartreuse dyed 3 inch tube, rigged Texas style. On my second cast, I felt a solid thump and immediately set the hook. I reeled hard and felt some solid resistance and my rod bowed over very nicely. I was able to gain line and quickly flipped the fish up onto the dock. I was very surprised to realize I had caught a 19" to 20" very healthy
WALLEYE! I had forgotten my camera so I immediately and very carefully released this pretty fish. Shortly afterward, Dahlilama showed up, we loaded up and shoved off. He said that he had rarely ever fished in this shallow bay previously. I indicated to him that this bay had been very good to me in the past, especially in the spring. We started working the back of the bay with him using a buzz bait and I stuck with my tube. We figured we should try different methods to see which worked best. Both worked very well! We both started catching fish and as we worked our way toward the main lake, I asked which side of the bay he wanted to hit. He picked the west side stating that side of the bay should have gotten the most sun during the day. He is a knowledgeable and very smart fisherman for such a young man. We were working our way towards a dock as he cast his buzz bait past it. He then saw a torpedo shape bolt from the shore and make a wake line under the surface directly toward his lure. The fish hit solidly and he set the hook saying that this is a GOOD FISH! He fought the fish like an expert, keeping his line tight and making certain it had no chance to rest. He remained calm and by the way he played it, he showed me this was not his first rodeo. I had brought a small net for the bass and we both wondered aloud if this fish would even fit into it. I was worried that I might blow the landing of our first nice fish and screw up our new friendship. The fish was now tiring and came swimming just under the surface right at me. I put the net down and the first third of the fish swam into the net while the rest was clearly not in the net. I made a scooping motion and fortunately the fish turned it's head up so the rest of it's body doubled over and completely slid into the net. Dahlilama had just caught a beautifully marked 39 inch TIGER MUSKY! We caught several more fish including more bass, some nice crappie and big gills. We fished until almost dark and had a great time. You can see the pictures on Dahlilama's site and read his accounting of the evening's events.
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guideman (posted May 25, 2011)
Hey Ma, I have just done CPR on this lake for as long as I have fished it. I do love to eat fish too but since I don't live on this lake, I don't keep anything I catch here. It is a privilege to get to fish here and I want to keep it going for as long as possible. A nice eating size walleye always creates a dilemma, though. I definitely hear you loud and clear.
FISHINMA (posted May 25, 2011)
Love those Tiggers! I would of ate that Eye!YUMMER YUMMER! Smiles Always! MA
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