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The smell of support

The smell of support

By James Hall

I bought a candle. I think it was the bramble berry scent, whatever that is. I do know that it was the color of my favorite junebug worm, which sealed the deal. The purchase was inspired by my...

Bad luck perspective

Bad luck perspective

By James Hall

Do you hang around people that have bad luck just to make yourself feel better? Wait, let me rephrase; that sounds mean. Do any of your good buddies happen to have a good run of bad luck, which...

Learning moment

Learning moment

By James Hall

Three things I’ve learned watching Cliff Pirch this morning:1. He turns the Lowrance on his console to face him while fishing on the front deck. He glances at both his bow unit (transducer at front...

Triple Play

Triple Play

By James Hall

Cliff Pirch just amazed me. Not with a fish catch, but by doing three things at the same time that most anglers struggle with individually. He made a cast, and while it was sinking, opened up a...

The Pirch clinic

The Pirch clinic

By James Hall

Cliff Pirch is on fire. In the last 15 minutes, he has broken off a big smallie and landed three others. One was short, the other two were in the 2- to 2 1/2-pound range.Hooked up again! This one...

Pirch strikes early

Pirch strikes early

By James Hall

We barely sat our boat down after locating Cliff Pirch when he set the hook. It couldn’t have been more than his third cast of the day. He fought the fish for .. ev .. er! I mean, it was a legit...

Cool move

Cool move

By James Hall

Bertrand just pulled up on the same piece of structure Lucas is fishing. As he was about to put his trolling motor in the water, Bertrand asked Lucas what he had. “I only have four, what about you?...

Bad break for Lucas

Bad break for Lucas

By James Hall

After watching Bertrand cull up to almost 13 pounds, we decided to slide over to Justin Lucas. He is also fishing deep structure on the main lake. A few minutes after we arrived, he set the hook on...

Bertrand set the hook

Bertrand set the hook

By James Hall

So, after 30 minutes of nothingness, Bertrand set the hook on his third keeper. It looked to be smaller than the first two but it went in the box. A few minutes later he was bowed up on another...

Bobbing for anglers

Bobbing for anglers

By James Hall

We sat bobbing in the middle of Lake Oahe on the south end of the fishery near the dam, waiting for Josh Bertrand to arrive at his starting point after a wind delay this morning.The waves are...

The dam anglers

The dam anglers

By James Hall

We left mid lake and headed to the dam. There are plenty of guys to follow within sight of the giant wall of rocks. Palaniuk was the first we ran into. Said he just had a batch of schoolers come to...

JVD needs more sun

JVD needs more sun

By James Hall

Just pulled up on JVD, who is skipping floaters. He said he caught some big fish here during practice. However, the sun was much higher. He believes the school he found is likely scattered until...

The floaters

The floaters

By James Hall

So far, we’ve seen only two types of structure on this lake: rocks and floating docks. Actually, there are only floating docks on this lake because of the extreme fluctuations in the lake levels....

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