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Bury my yak in whitefish

May 12, 2014

It’s a rare day when the collection of variables that influence a day’s fishing just seem to mesh perfectly. Today was one of those days.

I began fruitlessly trolling out from Simcoe’s shoreline at 5:30am on glass-calm water. When I got to where I wanted to be, I dropped anchor and got ready for some jigging. It seemed I had let out too much anchor line, because I wasn’t exactly where I wanted to be and the bottom foot and a half was occluded on my fishfinder. I figured I’d give it ten minutes and then reposition. Well, within two minutes I had a fish on, but lost it halfway up.

30 minutes later I was 1 for 4. Bad boys and jigging raps worked slow and on/near bottom was how I was getting bit. Even after I repositioned, I wasn’t marking the fish that were biting. I was only marking the fish that would refuse. The feeders were tight to bottom.

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The first fish was a lengthy 26 3/4″ the biggest one of the day.

Another.

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Surprise laker at 27 1/2″.

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And they just kept coming.

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The wind kept calm and gifted me glass-like water all day long.

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I eventually put the fish grip away because it didn’t treat their lips nicely. Without the grip I had a few jump ship before I could pose them for a picture.

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And they just kept on biting, and I just kept on pulling hooks. Over half of everything I hooked was able to wiggle free. One exception was one fish that snapped off my lucky jig after I forgot the check my leader for wear and tear.  However, at this point in the day I was all smiles.

There was a lull in the action sometime around noon and I decided to pull up the anchor and do some more fruitless trolling for lakers. After that I returned and just drifted around. I found whitefish wherever I drifted. They weren’t aggressive, any fish that would chase would promptly turn around and wait near bottom for me to drop the lure.

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Ended up 17 for 35ish (lost count of how many I lost but it was over half of the hookups). 16 whitefish, one laker, and one day I’ll never forget.

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