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02/13/2018
Drift Fishing
Rainbow Trout
Jigs
Morning
02/13/2018
5
9771

It was time to give Rufus Woods another go after a couple of poor outings in December and January. Al and I launched at Seton Grove and had lines in the water at 7:30 near the upper net pens. We had good current which we were hoping to see and we landed a nice 5 lb triploid 30 minutes later. We bounced tube jigs off the bottom while drifting the bar. We ended up boating 11 fish over 6 hours, all but one C&R. Almost all the fish came as we drifted off the bar in 30-60 FOW and white was the color of the day. Water temp was 38.5.

I had to give this a #5 rating after Al's last fish tipped the scales at 18 lbs 10 ounces. This was a new personal best for Al and the boat. We had 4 other fish between 5 and 7 pounds. As usual it was another great day on the water! I don't think Al will remember this as the day I caught 6 fish to his 5 but I will periodically remind him.


Comments

Mike Carey
2/13/2018 6:53:34 PM
wow!
fisherman92
2/13/2018 7:11:07 PM
Another fishery on my bucket list... haha very nice catch! Thats a hog!
afk
2/13/2018 7:25:06 PM
OINK! OINK! One for the memory books.
nerka nailer
2/13/2018 9:18:11 PM
just 18 lbs? lol Holy crap what a fatty!!!! I need to give this lake a try. Thanks for the report .
boyscoutman
2/14/2018 7:59:02 AM
nice fish!!!
Sideburns
2/14/2018 9:31:16 AM
You are a true friend. How else could he remember the day he almost caught as many fish as you! ....Nice hog and thanks for the well written report!
Bent hook pontoon
2/14/2018 11:30:01 AM
I have been fishing Rufus for 20 years and the biggest I've taken was just shy of 15. Thats a wall hanger! You can just stop now while your ahead and let the rest of us catch up!
JoshH
2/14/2018 1:10:59 PM
Wow, fish of a lifetime!
FishingTenor
2/14/2018 3:08:01 PM
Impressive!
hewesfisher
2/14/2018 4:56:11 PM
What a pig of a fish! Thanks for sharing with us. :-)
juggalo
2/14/2018 5:55:21 PM
I really need to learn this whole drift jigging technique deal obviously. I've tried it for walleye with very limited success. Maybe I need more responsive/sensitive rods which seem to be out of my price range. If anyone would like to share some knowhow or video links which accurately depict this method I would be very greatful.
hewesfisher
2/20/2018 8:37:28 AM
We had a member and his wife who were experts on the jig fishing technique at RW. Search reports for bluefin louie and you might get some good info. Haven't seen a report him in quite a while... :(
tmanh2o
2/14/2018 6:33:47 PM
Isn't that a record size trout for this lake ? Wow is right.
fear_no_fish
2/15/2018 3:06:51 PM
Look up the state record, same lake. Just another 11 or so pounds of chunky rainbow. Doesn't take away from the fact that the fish pictured above is a fatty! Nice work boys.
tmanh2o
2/16/2018 7:39:34 AM
Okay so maybe this second largest in this lake. That's still amazing.
Mike Carey
2/14/2018 7:57:48 PM
I don't think I've ever seen over 3,200 views on a fishing report. That's a record too!
fishindoc
2/14/2018 9:09:28 PM
I'm amazed Mike, I will remind Al his fish is only a supporting actor!
fear_no_fish
2/15/2018 3:03:38 PM
There's reports with a fair bit more than 3200 views on them. I think some are pushing 6 thousand or so.
Part-Time
2/15/2018 9:19:39 AM
Wow! I want to be you guys when I grow up. What a fish!
Mike Carey
2/15/2018 7:00:07 PM
"fear_no_fish
2/15/2018 3:03 PM
There's reports with a fair bit more than 3200 views on them. I think some are pushing 6 thousand or so."
Hmmm, I'll take your word for it, trying to remember. At 4297 now.
hewesfisher
2/20/2018 8:40:18 AM
5851 seconds ago but each time you access report count goes up so not unique hits. If I go back and forth between the report and reports page 10 times, the count will reflect it.
hewesfisher
2/20/2018 8:42:15 AM
It's at 5860 by doing what I just mentioned.
Rocketvet
2/16/2018 2:50:57 AM
Yowza! Looks like a Gerrard you'd find at Pend Oreille. Nice Catch!
The Quadfather
2/16/2018 8:55:20 PM
In the first picture, the expression on the face of the fish is something like relief that he has been ‘saved from himself ‘. “I just could not stop eating the pellets!”
mlgetbent
2/27/2018 2:57:31 PM
WOW!! what a pig!! I plan on hitting rufus and buffalo spring break w the oldest. With any luck buff will be thawed out by then. any trolling tips?? Ive only fished rufus from shore but plan on taking the boat this time
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