'Tonka Report and Loby Mini Flei's
Fished Phelps Bay on Minnetonka yesterday from about 4:00 - 10:00. During the daylight hours the sunnies were freaking suicidal. I must have caught 75 - 80 of them. They were all your typical "Tonka Sunnies", most about 6", a few larger. I was in 18 FOW and fish were stacked up to about 8 feet. I hopped back & forth between two holes so I could give each hole a chance to "rest". A "glo red" (looks pink in daylight) 'Gill Pill with a bubble gum Loby "Mini Flei" was my bait. These Mini Flei's are great.
Once dusk came the sunnies turned off, but the crappies became active. I had to work harder for the crappies, they were much more neutral. I tried a variety of baits, but none seemed to turn them on. I caught a few on a 1/64 oz white glow jig with a chartreuse Loby Maki. I decided to downsize, and the 'Gill Pill and Mini Flei were on top of my tackle box, so I tied it back on. Plus, it glows red, which is kind of a cool color. Anyhow, that bait got a lot more attention from the crappies. Light takes, and I was just lip hooking them, but they had a lot more interest in the little GP and Mini Flei. Overall I probably caught 2 dozen crappies.
Color me sold on the 'Gill Pill and Mini Flei.
The one dissapointment was that I caught no slabbers. Tonight my biggest were a couple of 9" fish, but I've caught a number of nicer-sized crappies in this same spot. It's 18' on the top edge of a 30' hole. There were guys set up over 30' and they were catching smaller fish too. I'm wondering if the bigger females have relocated to a different area?
Anyhow, it was a load of fun, a real nice day to be out fishing. Plus, it's sunnies for lunch today!
"Only dead fish swim with the stream.” - Malcolm Muggeridge