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Old 07-17-2013, 03:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Maiden Voyages (Big Mac, Mendota, & Green Bay) Lots of Pics

A few days ago we got back after visiting my wife's family in Wisconsin, where they moved less than a year ago. It was our first time there & a great opportunity to try out the new boat.

On the way there we stopped at Big Mac to patiently (yet joyfully) break in the 175 Verado and fish for just a couple of hours. We trolled 3 shad cranks & 1 rainbow BBZ at a whopping 8". I certainly didn't expect channel catfish in 30-40 FOW with the lures way above them at 8-15 ft deep, nor did I anticipate cats taking these baits, but that's what we got instead of wipers. 3 of the 4 lines we had out were hit at the same time trolling with planers near the dam. It was mayhem but we managed to get them in. I had just enough nets on board... three :-) The two I caught were 6lbs 11oz (this one took the 8" BBZ) and 2lbs 12oz, while my 5 and 9 yr olds took turns on the 6lb 6oz cat. It was their first cat. We caught it on video. I'll try to post it later after I get some time to edit.

Here they are right before the slaughter. The fish fry was a big hit with the family in Wisconsin.



On our way to WI we stopped at Cabela's. While at the fish tanks, one catfish swam vertical like I had never seen before & then the Big Mac cats made more sense to me.

In the Madison area of WI, I did get away for a couple of mornings to fish 4-5 hours at Mendota. Would have been more but trying to figure out park entrances, hours, ramps, and regs made it challenging in a foreign land.

The 1st morning was decent for numbers with a dozen fish (white bass mostly, with a few smallies, a perch, and a drum). No size to them though as you can see in these pics.





And, here's a good shot of the boat at Mendota. My wife let me get the boat as long as I got her a captain's chair & bimini top.



The next morning I only caught 2 fish but they were better.

11 1/2 lb channel cat which I hoped was a monster walleye. No complaints though!



3 1/2 lb smallie



After a few days of enjoying the in laws & their country home along with my family, I snuck away for a few days of fishing at Sister Bay/Fish Creek (Green Bay/Door County Peninsula).

I arrived in Sister Bay around noon & embarked on a 5hr guided trip-

Each pic is a different fish (all in the 4 1/2lb to 5 1/2lb range).



Shown below... 5 1/2lbs (personal best) maybe 7 if it wasn't spawned out?



another nice one -



Though the big water experience & big fish was incredible, I suffered from some of the most severe back pain of my life, limiting me to 7 hour fishing days the following two days.

Day 2 & 3 (smallies were slightly smaller in the 3lb to 4 1/2lb range & the drum was 5 3/4lbs).

Here's day 2-


Caught a few drum too.




Day 3-





All fish were caught in the rocky flats of these islands or just below rocky ledges. Thanks to the zebra mussels I was able to sight fish about half of the time.








Here's what worked:

Kalin's 5" grubs on 1/4 or 3/16 mushroom jig heads
5" Wacky Senkos
Drop shotting plastic worms and tubes
Lipless cranks
Weedless Shad Huddleston (pictured)

Next time I get to WI, I want to make sure my family visits Sister Bay with me. Beautiful area-










We were going to tube Lake Michigan near Racine but the waves were a bit much for kids as the cold water splashed them, so we trolled for browns. I didn't expect much. We lucked into a couple of little Chinook (aka King) Salmon. Here's one my boy caught.



Clayton enjoying his new seat & my old hat I gave him.



Lighthouse we passed by-



Look what I found in the cooler. My ice tea had a surprise ice koozie-



On our way home we stopped at Big Mac one more time, just for watersports and swimming.


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Cool Report....
I gotta get Me a "captains" chair.
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Great report man... looks like fun. I absolutely loved Door County. I was there for the changing of the leaves and it is still one of my best memories. Those are some PIG smallies for sure. The new boat is a sexy sucka...
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Nice, Chris. Love the new boat. Impressive fish for sure!
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Nice ride! Some of those smallies look ancient! great pictures.
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Nice pics looks like a cool trip
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Nice post. My next boat will either be a Lund or a Ranger.
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Well done!
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Nice post. My next boat will either be a Lund or a Ranger.
I put serious thought into Ranger. Fiberglass has a bit more storage length to it though (not sure how but the specs don't lie). Also, I love how the bimini top hides under the rear seats and stays completely out of the way when not in use. You can't go wrong with either brand.
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Chris,

Great report, awesome pictures, congrats on the boat. Even better job with the kiddos. You ought to have a zillion stories the next time I run into in Bass Pro, I better make a dinner reservation at the restaurant! LOL!...thanks for sharing looks awesome. The smallies seem to have so much length. I wanna go to big mac! bwahahahahahahaaa...
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