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2013 Muskies

Stay Tuned for some 2013 giant MN muskies!

June 1

As you all know the muskie season is FINALLY upon us!  A late ice out on Vermilion has made for some cold water temps and to make matters worse opening day was hit will a cold front and rainy weather.  To my surprise the fish were showing up and I managed to put a nice 45 1/2" in the net on my first cast!  The weed growth is just starting with water temps in the upper 50's and small bays into the low 60's.  The fish are definitely coming off spawn and should be looking to eat! A slow approach worked well with jerk baits or rubber while I also saw a few fish burning small blades.  Some warm temps ahead should get the fish going here soon.  Good luck everyone

-Andrew

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June 8-10

I finally got so spend some more time chasing muskies after a busy work week.  The water temps were still in the high 50's and hitting low 60's by the afternoon.  I raised a ton of fish in two days and sunday when the rain came they were finally active.  I put a beautiful 47 1/2" muskie in the boat right before dark.  It ate rubber in the first turn of the figure eight!  I had a half day guide trip early monday morning with Mark Pederson of Shakopee.  He caught a very nice fat 42 1/2 incher in the first half hour right about 7a.m.  Right at moonset!  We had a great time and thanks again to Mark!  I have been finding fish on the rocks near shallow bays with deep water and hunkered down in the shallowest bays.  Rubber and jerk baits have moved fish and also burning blades as well.  The weather finally turned and the water is starting to heat up.  Monday night I moved three fish one being an absolute GIANT!   Hopefully this warming water will get em going quickly!  Stay tuned- Andrew 

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June 15th

Although I did not get to fish many hours this past weekend I still managed to put a fish in the boat!  46" on saturday morning in the figure eight.  My girlfriends younger brother also hooked into a nice fish that unforunately got off after a nice battle.  The fish are still showing up with the water in the upper 60's and weed growth finally starting to spring up the fishing should only get better!  I was lucky enough to catch my muskie battle on my GOPRO and hopefully ill have a lot more footage in the future!  Good luck everyone!

-Andrew    

GOPRO footage of the 46" muskie in the figure 8

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June 22-23

This past weekend was spent more with the family but there is always time to squeeze in some fishing.  The walleye fishing was great all day saturday in that off and on rain and wind.  Water temps staggering anywhere from 65-70 degrees and we were finding fish shallow on crawlers.  The muskie fishing reports all over the lake have been slow to say the least.  I spent a few hours trolling planer boards and a few more casting weeds and rocks with mixed results.  I saw 5 fish sat. afternoon all coming on wind blown reefs.  I spent some time studying my navionics chip searching for new places to cast for giants!  It paid off with three big fish showing up all on one new place.  The warming weeks ahead should get the fish back on track and in eating mood.  I finished off the weekend bobber fishing the dock where my girlfriend Jordyn and I tag teamed some walleyes.  Awesome night! 

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July 4

The past few weeks have had its ups and downs on Vermilion.  The musky fishing had slowed down while the walleye, bass, and northern fishing had picked up.  I spent some time fishing with friends and family and had great success catching walleyes in less than 10ft of water.  We had many days with limits.  The smallmouth are on any rocky shorelines and around docks.  They are eating anything thrown in front of them.  The northerns are pretty consistent in the weeds hitting spinner baits or top waters.  We managed to catch a few real nice fish including a 37 1/2 inch northern my brother Louie got trolling.  Unfortunately the mayfly hatch has brought alot of the good fishing to a hault.  Its been tougher the past few days but putting in time does pay off.  The musky fishing has been hit or miss. With the water temps holding in the mid to high 70's for the past week it should pick up very soon.  Good Luck everyone

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Best Worst Week

Its like somebody turned on the feeding light switch on Vermilion and the muskies are going crazy!!!  This past week has been unbelievable with the numbers of fish I am seeing each day and the number of opportunities we have been having.  Unfortunately this past three days yielded a dozen + bites with only 2 making it in the net and one giant northern.  Tough to swallow but hey action like that is better then none.  The water is holding from 73 in the morning up to 76-77 in the afternoons.  The fish are everywhere on their summer spots including rocks and weeds.  Most fish have been hitting bucktails and jerkbaits.  The full moon is upon us and the night fishing has produced a good bite as well.  Good luck everyone-

Andrew 

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July 22

I set out for an afternoon of chasing muskies with friend Andy Schwab.  We didn't know it would be our best couple hours on the water that we ever had!  Three fish hit the net with another dozen plus follows and a few other chances.  The water was right at 72 degrees and the wind was 10-15 mph out of the northwest.  The fish were on the feed!   We spent the majority of our time fishing the wind blown reefs with bucktails and some rubber.  Some places were producing follow after follow and we put a few nice fish in the boat.  A 52", 44 3/4" and Andy finally got his first in the figure-8 a nice chub 41".  My dad Bob smacked two 41"ers earlier in the day on bucktails on wind blown rocks but we didn't get pictures unfortunatley.  Overall it was an awesome 5 fish day on the water!

Good luck everyone!

Andrew  

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July 23-24

Vermilion is still hot!  The fish are still biting and showing up everywhere.  The conditions have remained the same the past few days and more fish hit the net.  A guide trip with Al Louis produced three muskys and a big northern with a ton of follows .  Thanks to Al for coming out and a great job on those fish!  The night before produced a 39" musky on a topwater right on moonrise at 9:12p.m.  Its always important to be on a previous follow or a place that you know holds multiple big fish at moonrise.  Be ready!  The past few days have been awesome with a dozen fish hitting the net and many more opportunities I can't complain!  They are there so stay confident and keep at it.

Good luck everyone!

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Al's 47 1/2" PIG

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Al's 38 1/2 Pike & 38" musky

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July 25 Chasing Giants

The seventh day straight on the water proved once again there are still fish to be caught on Vermilion.  Tonight started off slow with a few lazy follows but close to dark it came alive with a storm to the north forcing the wind to pick up.  We picked up  a nice 42 1/2" that went airborn on the hookset.  Paul and Christian Belobaba were along for the trip and Paul handled that fish like a pro.  Moonrise being around 10:15pm I managed to hook a giant right before.  50 1/2 inches is a great way to end the night!  Water temps are still holding around 73 degrees and the fish continue to bite.  Good Luck      

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Fish In the Net

We closed out July with an absolute Bang and started August with an even bigger one!  18 fish hit the net in the last 5 days on the best stretch of fishing I have seen.  Although the feeding windows have been a lot shorter,time on the water is giving us chances to get multiple fish.  The water is still hanging between 67-71 degrees but not reaching much over that.  Still getting fish on both weeds and rocks and the patterns are only slightly changing from day to day.  The night bite has sure turned on.  930pm-11pm has been great the last few nights with fish coming on blades and topwater both.  Hit the same places throughtout the day because the fish are moving in and off spots.  As we get deeper in to August lets hope the water warms and the fish keep biting!

Good luck everyone

-Andrew   

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Early August Fish

Nearly 2 weeks into August already and the fish keep hitting the net.  The last five days produced a dozen fish with a few nice northerns as well.The water temps are holding nearly the same 67-70 degrees.  Each day is producing chances at fish with many still coming on bucktails. The night bite is still consitent with fish coming blades and topwater.  The feeding windows are definitely shorter but pay close attention to moon phases and storm fronts.  Sadly I think the short summer is already coming to its end.  Hopefully August will continue to produce nice fish!

Good luck everyone

-Andrew         



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Musky Tournament Weekend

The 2013 muskie tournament couldn't have turned out any better!  We entered 2 boats this year.  My brother and dad and my buddy Andy and I fished together.  After a tough day of losing fish my brother nailed a 50" muskie in the last half hour and won the tournament.  I pulled out second with a 45.5" and Andy was 4th with a 42".  My brother brought home the 2 thousand grand prize money to top off the day!  A sunny windy day had fish on the move and everything worked out perfect.  The rest of the weekend produced some nice fish after dark and with a full moon today the fishing will hopefully remain hot!

-Andrew

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August Full Moon

The full moon produced an awesome bite.  The hot weather warmed that water back into the low 70's which must have turned on the night bite.  We had a couple really good nights with fish coming off the same spots night after night.  Bucktails were the go to lures.  Tuesday was the full moon and it produced 4 big fish between 10:30pm and 1am.  The fishing pressure has been low and almost nonexistent after dark.  My muskie season is coming to a close as I return to college in ND this fall.  Sorry to those I missed on taking out and I hope to see all my clients next year!  After a late ice out and slow start the season turned out to be my best to date.  Over 75 fish in the net in 2 months with dozens of huge northerns to go along with that!  This season set the bar but the goal for next year is always to catch more fish and learn that much more about them.  Good luck to everyone this fall!

-Andrew

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Labor Day Weekend

I left school to head home for possibly my last weekend of muskie fishing this season.  Vermilion still had some warm water temps in the low to mid 70's.  The water was very green just like I expected and hoped throwing rubber would be the answer again this year.  Saturday I guided David and David from Iowa and we saw a dozen nice fish but just couldn't connect with a muskie.  We did however get a beauty 39" northern on bright rubber which was David's personal best.  Saturday late afternoon produced a 49" at boatside for my brother Louie and another beauty 48 1/4" for my dad after dark.  Sunday was a crappy rainy day but the fish were moving. Lou got another pig 49 1/4" and I managed to pop a 36 1/2" at boatside.  Overall an awesome weeknd and put us up to the 80 fish mark for the year.  Good luck to everyone this fall there is a state record lurking in that lake!

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Sept 14-15

I was lucky enough to sneak home from school for a quick weekend of chasing muskies!  It turned out to be one of our best weekends to date.  The water temps are sitting in the mid 60's and it's the greenest water I have seen all season.  We targeted the rock reefs with big bucktails and big rubber.  That was the ticket because we put 11 fish in the net and lost another handful.  The feeding windows were definitely smaller but where we found one there were many.  The night bite produced as well.  It was great to be back on Vermilion and fish with my dad and brother again.  Proud to say my girlfriend Jordyn caught her first muskie all by herself a beautiful 43".  We ended the summer at 96 fish in the net but I'm still hoping to get back for a late fall opportunity and hit that magic number of 100 fish.  Good luck everyone!     

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