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St Joe has been hot last 3 weeks Been catching around 30 every trip Using 2 " shad raps and fishing softshells in the holes Went today for about 3 hours was all I could take in the heat from about 11 till 2 Caught about 30 between 2 of us Lots between 12 and 14 inches few 15's and 2 that went 16 1/2 inches was a good day again
 

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That sounds great to me. Way to go. Gotta love catchin smallies, nothin fights harder pound for pound. You catchin your own crawdads or buyin em?
 

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Unfortunetly buying them...:( But its well worth it Get a 14" on in the current and he feels like a 19" And with the soft shells we just anchor above the holes and fish on the bottom Its 1 after another Even in the heat today
 

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i know a good spot over here in orland to trap them. even get some big blues sometimes.If you ever come this way let me know and i could have you a bucket full.
 

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Pigeon Flier,


Do you ever use the Rebel Crawdad Crankbaits (wee R's)? I've got them in all different sizes, colors....they catch about anything.
 

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Wee craws --Deep craws-- Shad Raps I have a box full of all of them All colors They work great Have had great luck with the green and brown craws But if you want to catch big ones consistently LIVE BAIT cant be beat Atleast on this stretch Someday I will learn to jig with minnows Alot cheaper
 

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I have a close friend who fishes the St. Joseph River a lot. He goes by Indiana Jack. Jack is always telling me how much he loves that river fishing. Glad you had good days on the water.

ccavacini, I fished the Maumee River for years growing up. Loved that Rebel wee crawfish. It caught just about everything. I'm not sure if you had problems losing fish with yours or not. I replaced the #14 with a # 12 treble on the back. With the larger hook, I lost less fish. I could be mistaken on the sizes. It could have been going from a #12 to #10 on it. Either way, it was one size up from the size that was on the crankbait. I really think it made a difference in the number of fish caught, rather than lost.
 

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I have a close friend who fishes the St. Joseph River a lot. He goes by Indiana Jack. Jack is always telling me how much he loves that river fishing. Glad you had good days on the water.

ccavacini, I fished the Maumee River for years growing up. Loved that Rebel wee crawfish. It caught just about everything. I'm not sure if you had problems losing fish with yours or not. I replaced the #14 with a # 12 treble on the back. With the larger hook, I lost less fish. I could be mistaken on the sizes. It could have been going from a #12 to #10 on it. Either way, it was one size up from the size that was on the crankbait. I really think it made a difference in the number of fish caught, rather than lost.
I crimp all my barbs anyway..have taken too many treble hooks out of guys (and my) fingers...but never seem to lose fish if I keep a tight line....I do know this, the small wee's have the sharpest hooks I've ever got in my fingers.

The only problem with the deep wee's is sometimes they don't track very well..I like to troll them and am constantly twisting the screw to get them to run straight.
 

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ccavacini, I fished the Maumee River for years growing up.




When I first saw that, I thought you were talking about the Maumee in Ft. Wayne.....:yikes: The only thing you can drag out of that with the Rebel is a dead body.
 

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When I first saw that, I thought you were talking about the Maumee in Ft. Wayne.....:yikes: The only thing you can drag out of that with the Rebel is a dead body.
Cary, I'm down at the exit end. :) Right near the mouth of Lake Erie. Known for it's great walleye runs in the spring. Bodies? We have plenty of them in our end too.:yikes: Seems like every Spring 2 or 3 anglers drown in there, and they don't find the bodies for a while. That's not including the murders that are dumped in there. We have had some interesting things come out of the river.

Couple years ago, a boyscout group found a 3 foot long alligator swimming around down there. Someone must have had a pet that got too big for the home. Some time ago, the Toledo Zoo had a seal escape. Took them a while to catch it in the river.

I should consider bending the barbs down on my trebles too. Especially after last week.:help: Reason I changed out the smaller hook for a larger one. Didn't lose the small fish, but I lost the bigger ones. Couldn't get a good hook in them.
Tight lines:)
 

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Better. I really don't put much pressure on it. Most of the weight is on the other digits, and balls of my feet. So it hasn't bothered me at all. Short little story here. 2nd day after it happened. I took my daughter down to the beach swimming. We had a good time in the water, and I had it covered pretty good to keep infection out. We'll later that night, I notice that I have some sand around the wrap. Take the wrap off, and it appears to be a grain of sand in the wound. However, I really can't tell, because I'm no yoga expert at getting my foot at the right angle to see. So my wife starts scraping at it with her fingernail. Finally gets the dark piece between two of her nails, and gives it a pull. I about went through the roof!:yikes: :yikes: It must have been a nerve ending there. It wasn't sand after all. Put some antiboitic on it, and covered it back up. I won't be pulling on anything in there again.
 

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ouch!
I kinda did the samething a couple of months ago. I cut off a couple of fingers at the end of march.After i got the stitches out and they were healing, i got out of the shower and some of the scab was gone, i noticed a little bit left in one spot and figured i would just pull it off. I grabed on and pulled and it hurt verybad and didnt come off it just got longer and the next thing i knew there was blood drippign out of the end of my nub. when i went back to the doc the next week he told me that was the end of one of my nerves. So be carefull what you pull.

If i ever get my fish pics developed you might see what they look like cause i think you can see them in one of the pics.
 

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i go to blue grass island every year fer them there eyes broke my record for eye's brought home this year 68 of them the smallest was 20 in l even got one taged from st. clair ;) fish on :fish: :fish:
 

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ouch!
I kinda did the samething a couple of months ago. I cut off a couple of fingers at the end of march.After i got the stitches out and they were healing, i got out of the shower and some of the scab was gone, i noticed a little bit left in one spot and figured i would just pull it off. I grabed on and pulled and it hurt verybad and didnt come off it just got longer and the next thing i knew there was blood drippign out of the end of my nub. when i went back to the doc the next week he told me that was the end of one of my nerves. So be carefull what you pull.

If i ever get my fish pics developed you might see what they look like cause i think you can see them in one of the pics.
You guys are a hoot.....sounds like a conversation on the third floor of the Lutheran Hospital....Kevin, how did you cut your fingers off?
 

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lol i wasnt on the third floor i was on the second. hahahaha

I worked for a metal spinning company,running an automatic spinning lathe. There was a burr on the roller ( a steel wheel that forms the metal to the shape of a steel spinning block) so i got my sand paper to clean the roller while it was running. As i pulled my hand away the roller caught my glove and pulled my fingers between the roller and block at around 650 rpm's and 3 1/2 tons of pressure. it took the middle 2 fingers of at the middle knuckle and the tip of my pinkie. but its all good i just had to learn to fish with my other hand cause i cant hold the rod very good with my left hand any more, i'm glad i am right handed.

http://www.leifeldspinning.com/spinphotos.htm
if you go to this page that is the kind of machine i was running.
 

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I'm almost afraid to ask about the fingers. How did you do it?

i go to blue grass island every year fer them there eyes broke my record for eye's brought home this year 68 of them the smallest was 20 in l even got one taged from st. clair ;) fish on
I live 5 to 10 minutes from there. Only went down there twice this Spring. I'm not one for crowds and standing shoulder to shoulder. There are some rude folks down there in the Spring. Pretty cool about your tagged fish. From my buddies that go out on Lake Erie a lot. They say next year should be fantastic. They are catching loads of 12 to 15 inch walleye. They will all be legal fish next Spring.
 

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lol i wasnt on the third floor i was on the second. hahahaha

I worked for a metal spinning company,running an automatic spinning lathe. There was a burr on the roller ( a steel wheel that forms the metal to the shape of a steel spinning block) so i got my sand paper to clean the roller while it was running. As i pulled my hand away the roller caught my glove and pulled my fingers between the roller and block at around 650 rpm's and 3 1/2 tons of pressure. it took the middle 2 fingers of at the middle knuckle and the tip of my pinkie. but its all good i just had to learn to fish with my other hand cause i cant hold the rod very good with my left hand any more, i'm glad i am right handed.

http://www.leifeldspinning.com/spinphotos.htm
if you go to this page that is the kind of machine i was running.
Ouch..... I mean "Ouch!" That's why I stay away from machines...too dangerous...I don't even feel safe with a screwdriver........Although, I must say, I became a man the day I bought my chain saw....most dangerous thing I've ever been around (not counting some women I used to know.):dizzy:
 

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bigbass you are right there are some a-- hole's but alot of good pepole down there too.you have to get in with the right ones .we meet up on walleyerun.com and meet there and get 20 or 30 foot of bank and its not to bad . or i just love walleye enought that it dont bother me ?:fish: :fish:if i had a bigger boat i would use that as to stand in the water .yes next year out look is good .
 

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Thanks for pointing that out to me Cary. I missed it. Must be those late working hours. :bonk:


P.B. good idea of bringing a group down to the river. That's one way to cope with it.
 
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