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Big Bass on Day Two Surges Fabiano onto State Team

 Following a shortened day one due to fog, Daniel Fabiano was filled with optimism for day two as he had more time to fish and mentally changed up his game plan for day two.

“I decided to share water with a club member on a large flat for about an hour in the morning and after only grabbing one small keeper, and knowing that we would have high sun, and calmer conditions from the day before I ran to the docks to grab a quick limit before the masses swarmed the shorelines,” said Dan.

This did result in a quick limit for Dan, but it was not going to propel Dan up the standings to make the MN state team.  “I had a bunch of stuff from practice up north, but was hesitant on taking the run. With a little convincing from my co-angler Jeff Pfeffer, we ran up to an island I was successful on in practice. Within my first few casts I was able to upgrade with a 2.9 lb fish to help the cause.”

Dan then ran across the bay to a long secondary point with deep water on the sides while the flat sat in about 4-8feet. The flat was bare apart from scattered cabbage and grass which held some decent numbers in practice, but the size was not present. Dan was casting into the dark areas on the flat, which was littered with perch and bluegill.

After about ten minutes up on the flat Dan picked up his 3/16 oz shakey head with a 3″ Arsenal BoomStick screwed on the end, and on his first cast he set the hook and felt something immediately dig into the grass.  “Feeling the strength, weight and how it was darting towards the boat I thought I had an enormous pike on the line. When it got closer to the boat I could feel that beast shake her head and knew it was a massive largemouth. It was stuck deep in the grass which started to really scare me. I was getting anxious and noticed I started to yank her up and stopped immediately before I made a mistake and just let her swim out on her own accord. The moment I gave her some slack, she immediately swam free and directly up to the side of the boat like she was ready to be done fighting. After a few scary jumps and thrashes, Jeff was able to scoop her up and we celebrated as I had pretty large screaming session and spaz on my front deck!”

On the next cast Dan had another largemouth around the same size come off, but this kept Dan in this area for another hour.  With thirty minutes left Dan went to a spot he had caught some three pound bass in practice.  “I thought it was extremely risky to take that drive to only have time to fish for maybe ten minutes max, so I decided to stop by my number one spot from both practices. I pull up and notice nobody was on the spot for once during the two day event, and I was going to be able to position myself exactly how I wanted to grab the fish I knew would be there.  I turned to my co-angler and said, if they are here, I am going to make State.”

Dan picked up a Neko-Rig with a 3/32oz Arsenal Pagoda Nail Weight tucked in the end of a 6.5″ worm and first cast caught a 2.12 and 3.10 to upgrade his limit.  His co-angler stopped fishing and told Dan that if he caught one more he would most likely be a contender to make the team.  Dan casted out and boom caught another 2.10 largemouth, “I started to freak out and shake so hard I couldn’t even continue to fish. Jeff looks at me in disbelief and says I think you are around 17 lbs now, I can’t believe that just happened.

“In disbelief myself – I told him I didn’t want to risk being late, so we packed up and headed to weigh-in. What an epic day that I will never forget for the rest of my life.”

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Pinkerton Claims Historic ‘Biggest Limit’ Club Title

Coming into the bottom portion of our 2018 Lunker Squad Series season, we found ourselves yearning to fish Lake Koronis for those big smallmouth bites. The wind was moderate to heavy at times throughout the day and most of the lake had strong gusts with very little areas out of the wind, which made the bite for most of the group difficult. Instead of a smallmouth mayhem – we all figured was going to happen, realistically only one person actually laid the smackdown and brought in a sizable mega bag. That club member was Justin Pinkerton.  Being that Lake Koronis is one of his top bodies of water to fish, we all knew JP had the upper hand on both lake knowledge and adapting to the condition based on his smallmouth knowledge on that body of water. Staying in a section of the lake 85% of the day – JP was able to conjure up 19-02lbs of smallmouth bass to seal the victory for the day, and also set in stone a new club record by having the largest daily limit in club history. He also sets the record for largest smallmouth only limit. Second place contender to both of those records is Justin Hill from the previous season on the same lake weighing in 17-15lbs of smallmouth bass. Congrats to Justin Pinkerton on his continued progression within the club and also his fishing career. He is sure to be a feared Minnesota hammer in no time!

I had a game plan to stick around the islands in the morning, usually throwing a top water but my starting spot was kicking waves as soon as we got out there so it made top water difficult. Once I caught a small flurry of smallies in the morning I knew that spot had a lot of fish concentrated in that area, and I knew I could stay there all day and find them. After the morning bite slowed way down, we ran to some deeper spots to see if we could find a pattern. I managed to catch a quick limit of largies and smallies but I knew it wasn’t enough weight. I had a gut feeling to run back to my starting spot and sure enough I slowly but surly started catching the right size fish. The spot I found was about the size of my boat and every fish in my bag was caught off that one spot. If you casted to the left of the “juice” you would only catch dinks and or perch. We were sitting in 9-10ft of water casting up to 3-4ft. Once I landed the 4-2 smallie mid morning, I told Lou that we will be sitting here for the rest of the day. It sure was a grind, Lou even took a little nap mid-day due to how slow it was at certain times lol. I found a massive school of perch that were moving around our boat and were there all day. I was rotating between 4 different baits. 1) smaller swimbait with a yellow 4in keitech. 2) swim jig with a more natural color 3) craw-tube [green pumpkin+blue] 4)drop shot 5in green pumpkin with purple fleck senko. I started out drop shotting smaller 3 inch baits but would only catch little dinks. As soon as I put on the 5in senko I started catching more fish with bigger size. Every smallie I caught I was dragging the bait across the bottom as slow as possible. Not using a net made this day twice as challenging but I managed to land every fish I set into some how. That was definitely a day on the water I will never forget and thank you for all the positive words! It feels good to finally win one of these things haha. Looking forward to the Championship on Tonka!
-Justin Pinkerton


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Pinkerton Claims Historic ‘Biggest Limit’ Club Title