O/T Caffeinated Shiners and a Fun Day

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O/T Caffeinated Shiners and a Fun Day

Post by Species8472 » Sun Feb 23, 2020 11:52 pm

As is my habit I picked up 2 dozen 3 inch shiners late in the day Friday. These get buried in a snow drift until Saturday when they get used. I find the attrition rate is usually nil and it saves time Saturday morning.

Saturday morning the wife and I slept in until about 8 had breakfast and headed out at about 1030. Takes about 30 minutes on the sled to get to Fish Bay and from there we went about 15 or 20 km to a quiet bay on the South Shore.

We were set up and fishing by about noon:

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Weather was decently warm so did not bother with the shelter but there was a decent wind all afternoon and with temps right around freezing it was a little chilly but manageable. Now comes the caffeinated bit. I had a thermos of black coffee i was drinking and had about 1/4 cup on the upside down pail next to me. Well an errant gust of wind blew the mug off its rest and landed it perfectly into my bait bucket. Had no clue how the coffee was going to affect the minnows but certainly did not harm them as my day-olds stayed lively (perhaps even more than normal) all afternoon right until we ran out at 530ish with no die-off.

The closest we came to a keeper (17 3/4 inches):

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Second closest (17 inches):

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Lots of dinks:

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A few keepers (11.5 inch, 11 inch, 10.5 inch):

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Beautiful Vistas:

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Tackle of the day was Little Cleos or Do-Jiggers tipped with shiners or a Rattling Rap tipped with chartreuse wax worms. All worked well and with all the dinks, a few keepers and a half dozen eyes we burned through the minnows pretty quick.
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Re: O/T Caffeinated Shiners and a Fun Day

Post by Cardinalsfanforever » Mon Feb 24, 2020 1:20 am

looks like a nice day
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Re: O/T Caffeinated Shiners and a Fun Day

Post by Stepnoutnb » Mon Feb 24, 2020 5:06 am

Nice day in the great white north. Great looking fish. You may just have invented a new Gulp flavour for your favourite plastics.
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Re: O/T Caffeinated Shiners and a Fun Day

Post by ChrisK » Mon Feb 24, 2020 7:33 am

I would have to put up my blind and turn my heater on

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Post by janesy » Mon Feb 24, 2020 7:50 am

What a great day
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Post by papa bear1 » Mon Feb 24, 2020 8:14 am

Thanks for sharing , I'm getting ready to go after crappie 1rst. of march here in Missouri.

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Re: O/T Caffeinated Shiners and a Fun Day

Post by Timbrhuntr » Mon Feb 24, 2020 9:54 am

Brrr thats cold fishing down here in the Keys is much warmer :lol:

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Re: O/T Caffeinated Shiners and a Fun Day

Post by robertyb » Tue Feb 25, 2020 7:55 am

Timbrhuntr wrote:
Mon Feb 24, 2020 9:54 am
Brrr thats cold fishing down here in the Keys is much warmer :lol:

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I would hope that you are doing better in the Keys than catching Hard Tails (Blue Runners). :lol:
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Re: O/T Caffeinated Shiners and a Fun Day

Post by Timbrhuntr » Tue Feb 25, 2020 10:16 am

I didn't say my fishing was better just the weather was warmer. I have caught so many fish I cant count them but I have no clue what they are lol I would take a nice stringer of yellow perch anyday ! Also had 4 sharks swimming around me yesterday one longer than my kayak scary ice fishing mught be less so :lol:

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Re: O/T Caffeinated Shiners and a Fun Day

Post by Farmer » Tue Mar 03, 2020 5:48 am

I only wish we had ice here ! Had to drive to Lake Simcoe area to get ice fishing in this year !

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