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Today’s Top 5
Why someone in the boat always catches more.
Jason Mitchell learns ya some knowledge on why it’s important to pay attention to the angle your line makes from your rod tip to the water:
Jason is being inducted in the ND Fishing Hall of Fame this July during the Governor’s Cup banquet in Garrison, ND. Congrats man!
Rigging a ‘tattle flag’ on Off Shore Tackle boards.
It’s easy to tell when you’ve got a big walleye on since it rips the board back, but a ‘tattle flag’ helps you know when you’ve got a small fish on so you don’t accidentally drag the little bugger around:
When someone’s fishing in your spot.
Bet you didn’t know they had an ‘I got my limit of walleyes’ emoji:
Literary no wake sign.
You’d have to be at a dead stop to read this!
Dang it. Prayers, fishing brother.
Caught the fish trolling crankbaits out in the mud on the west side of ‘Bago. They were moving their baits up and down in the water column depending where they graphed each fish.
> “…managed to recover from a poor start after they woke up to find that their minnows had died due to a power outage.”
> “DNR project that aims to curb development and stop deforestation around lakes containing ciscoes (tullibees). About $1.2 million will be paid to private landowners for permanent easements.”
So basically playing real-life Monopoly minus the hotels?
Save on a new LEER top right here!
Why not just make a whole boat out of magnets??
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Charity tourney. Proceeds benefit Confidence Learning .
Don’t see sales like this come around often — score a good deal on closeouts and samples.
Tip of the Day
Target Walleye’s Jim Edlund talked with a few of walleye fishing’s top sticks to learn how they catch walleyes during the dreaded mayfly hatch. Few excerpts below, but you can read the full write-up on TargetWalleye.com:
> “I treat engorged walleyes like cold-front fish. I go for reaction bites by using a Jigging Rap or spoon. Or if I’m pulling spinners, I’ll speed up from 1.0-1.2 to 1.6-1.8 mph.
> “On a lake like Mille Lacs, it’s key to know which flats have the biggest bug hatches. If I see clouds of bugs on my electronics I don’t even fish it. I’ll move to the gravel bars where they don’t hatch.”
> “One of the things during a big hatch is go really light and run a stealth rig of nothing more than a splitshot and leech. I’ll either troll really slow or sit right on top of the fish….
> “The rig is simple: 4- or 6-lb Sufix Fluorocarbon with 32-38″ between a #4 VMC Octopus hook and the splitshot. On the business end, I use a smaller leech like a medium or large to emulate the larvae coming off the bottom.”
> “I do things differently. I don’t compete with the mud buffet. I do downsize, but look for harder bottoms because there’s fewer mayflies. Even if it’s just harder mud bottom. There’s the spongy stuff and there’s compact, clay bottom. I go for the latter — areas where there’s less competition.
> “I’m either cranking or pulling spinners. I downsize blades and crankbaits, like going from Reef Runner 800s to Deep Little Rippers which are half the size. In terms of spinners, I drop one to two sizes in blades, like from #8 to #6, or #6 to #4 or all the way down to #3.”
Quote of the Day
They treat walleyes more as a predator than as a game fish.
– Jim Gillespie, prez of the Upper Missouri River Chapter of Walleyes Unlimited, talking about the MT DNR. Here’s a shot from the fisheries chief’s childhood, may explain a few things lol:
Today’s ‘Eye Candy
Typical MN date night:
That’s Target Walleye’s Brett McComas and his fiance Amanda last night at their local walleye league. Looks like it was a little wet out there! They caught ’em on a 1-2 punch of Rapala Jigging Raps and a Lindy/leech.
Unmanned ‘saildrones’ depart on Bering Sea data-gathering mission:
Data?? They oughta slap a couple rod holders on that thing and pull some Shad Raps!
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