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Hello All,


I took on a big project this year that made me pretty much sacrifice an entire fishing season.  Still, I had to make one venture out because the weather conditions were perfect for my little boat.  First hookup of the day was amazing.  Right when he bit I swore he had a baleen grin.  A couple of years ago I wrote a report here where I described a battle with a 40 inch laker.  This one put that fight to shame.  I must have had him on for about 15 minutes.  When he came up, it wasn't straight up, but swinging way behind the boat.  Right when the dorsal fin broke the surface, the hook popped loose.  I never saw him but for the tail flip when he went back down.  My knees felt rubbery right then.


On the plus side, I always wanted to film myself jigging up a laker.  Tough with my cheap little camera with very limited battery and memory card capacity.  I experienced a little flurry of action, so I put it on a tripod and turned it on.  Recorded a few missed strikes and finally a fish!  i have gotten questions from some of you about jigging over the years.  In the video I talk about how to do it and you can watch what I'm doing, see the tackle I use.  So maybe this will help some of you what always wanted to give it a try!



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With the sonar.  Around July the thermocline is set up and they settle into the areas where they will hang most of the time.  Finding them can be the hardest part, but if the weather is stable they will sit tight.  I like going 2 consecutive days, because the fist morning is spent looking and the second day you can go back and whale on them!  Nice thing is, trollers don't like them, and are pretty free and easy with telling you whee they are.

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nice video   Pete, Ive been jigging Lake O for the last 3 years for lakers, best times for me are actually around noon on those flat calm days.

Gapen Flicker has been my best all around laker jigging spoon, I have modified it with assist hooks and stick on eyes




Ive experimented with all sorts of metal jigs and plastics but the Gapen spoon is my best  so far, cant wait for spring!


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Gordy,  I read your message right after wistfully walking through cabelas, already yearning for fishing season.  I will have to look up those jigging spoons.  I'm always looking for that lure with the perfect amount of weight to get down quickly.  Do you fish east or west end?


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Hey Pete,   I order those spoons right from Gapen Fishing.  

I fish the west end for lakers, mostly right out of Jordan. I have had the same experiences as you, some times you have to wait for them to turn on.

I actually never had no luck using plastics so mostly just use jigs and spoons for them. I find it interesting to watch them on the fish finder as they come up to investigate the jigs as they drop.  For me its way more fun than trolling for them even though trolling is more effective way to catch big numbers of  them.


Check out some of my pics here:https://www.flickr.com/gp/142157822@N02/1n7j86








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