Tom Neustrom caught this gravel croc on a VMC Moon Eye Jig:
Bret A. whacked this beast, 31″ and 11 lbs, from Green Bay:
32-incher from Gunisao Lake, MB:
The Boundary Waters gave up this 34-INCHER! Wow!
Most expensive fillet knife?
In 140 lakes. Because of wet cycle, number of fishable lakes has gone from 200 to well over 400 now in last 10 years.
2. ND: Devils on fire!
Emailed from guide Johnnie Candle:
> It is just plain crazy here now. Spinners and Gulp! or live bait, bobbers, crankbaits and jigs are all working. Flooded roads and main-lake humps are holding fish. The sizes are from 14 to 27 inches. In the past 15 years guiding here, I have never seen it like this. The Devils Lake Chamber Tournament will be very interesting this weekend.
Sounds like a mess.
…for bass fishing.
> The DNR extracts 582 million eggs each year.
> 1,050 lakes are currently being stocked in the state
> 85% of walleyes harvested in the state were naturally reproduced.
Gave ’em a listen. Awesome stuff for you bait-pullers.
> …releases the Micro 5 PLUS, a powerful, por and affordable viewing system…with a vibrant 5-inch color LCD and a patented high-resolution Micro camera….
> While prefishing a recent National Walleye Tour event, Tommy Skarlis utilized an Aqua-Vu Micro camera to positively identify walleyes on a spot that ultimately yielded 2nd place fish. “The Micro is an awesome tool for verifying or disproving what I’m seeing on sonar.”
> “During practice, I could drop the camera and determine the species, size and position of the fish-and see the exact habitat or forage that was attracting them. The Micro gave me needed confidence to stay on a spot and work it, so I could extract precious bites and earn a nice big check.”
Few doozies in here.
13. Did you know…
Your insurance may not cover you: Did you know some marine insurance policies don’t cover you when you go on the Great Lakes?
Contact Bob Luellen at Worldwide Marine Underwriters to make sure you’re covered:
800-339-1235 and email@example.com
14. Did you know (#2)…
…at the ripe young age of 80, Ron Lindner still fishes tournaments. Here’s a shot of Ron and his partner Curt at the Camp Confidence Nick Adams Memorial Fishing tournament where they finished 32nd:
Looks like the dynamite Lunkerhunt Swim Bento is catching them in Europe too. Here’s a zander from Germany — nice shot:
Tip of the Day
Joel Nelson tip (tx Joel!), full post here:
> I just got back from a tough-bite on Lake of the Woods where active fish were few, and passing fronts were many…we saw it all in 2 days of fishing. Still, we caught a good number of fish, and our group even put some 28+” eyes on the board – just not the way I’m used to doing it.
> I’ll be the first to admit that vertical jigging isn’t my favorite way of tempting a walleye…but at times it can be one of the most effective.
> I first learned this as a college-kid while fishing a Vilas County, WI lake known for great populations of eater fish and some true giants…. I was on a group of extremely stubborn mid-lake ‘eyes that would simply not eat anything that I drifted past a deep feeding shelf at the tip of a long rock/sand point.
> Trolling was illegal, so crankbaits were out of the equation, and at that time I didn’t own any leadcore setups. I could use a trolling motor to hold location, however, so I did just that while dancing with the foot pedal to point windward and offer just enough speed to stay completely vertical. One by one I was able to pick off those fish until they scattered during mid-day.
> When fish are unwilling to chase, perhaps the best way to “slow-it-down” is to put it in their face for prolonged periods of time. This is especially true for live bait offerings, but also for more aggressive lures like a Jigging Rap….
Quote of the Day
I’ll have ice in the cooler, the live well and in my underwear.
– Participant in the WA Governor’s Cup walleye tournament talking about the 100+ temps forecast for this weekend there. #TMI
Shot of the Day
What happens in the boundary waters doesn’t always stay in the boundary waters…. Awesome shot of TW reader Scott N fighting a 40″ water wolf: