👀 But also because:
> A few years after graduating from Bemidji State University, Paul and his brother Gregg opened Thorne Bros. Custom Rod & Tackle, a prominent Twin Cities shop, designing and building thousands of fishing rods. The brothers are recognized for introducing some of the very first graphite ice rods into the market. Ever an entrepreneur and forward thinker, Paul went on to co-found MarCum Technologies, a leading brand of fishing electronics.
> In 2018 the brothers regrouped, creating Two Brothers Innovations and were back to designing innovative high-performance fishing rods under the brands Elliott Rods and 2B FISHING.
Well-deserved, man! 👊
5. ND: Gov’s Walleye Cup is on Lake Sakakawea this weekend.
260 two-person teams are signed up for the 46th annual derby.
6. MN: Mille Lacs is back open for walleye fishing.
Catch and release only now thru Sept 15. No fishing for walleyes from 10PM to 6AM.
Then Sept 16 – Nov 30 folks can keep 1 walleye between 21-23″, or 1 fish > 28″. All other walleye must be immediately released. During this timeframe the night closure doesn’t start until midnight…so get a couple extra hours of trolling after dark.
Full Mille Lacs regs here. And probably the only place you should be checking in case there’s any changes to the regs or a sudden closure…which does sometimes happen.
Soooo what could cause the walleye season to be closed early? Here’s a little info from Erik Jacobson in the Mille Lacs Messenger:
> Nowhere else in the state does the DNR keep track of post mortality walleyes (the fish that die after release). On all the other lakes a dead walleye is simply bird food. But on Mille Lacs, that fish counts towards the angler portion of the allocation for the year whether it actually existed or not. The post mortality pounds are the biggest reason the season has been shut down every year now since the first time in the history of Mille Lacs in Aug of 2015. And there is no solid proof the numbers are even remotely accurate.
> The allocation is a finite number. Once it is supposedly reached, the lake is shut down. But here’s the kicker: the post mortality number is a calculated guess. An interpolation of the number of walleyes the DNR thinks that anglers have caught and released according to the creel data taken at the accesses. It is then put into a formula that determines how many fish they think died after anglers released them.
7. FishUSA has Acme V-Rods buy 2 get 1 free.
Comes in 2 sizes (1/4- and 3/8-oz) and 12 colors. Clockwise from the top left = dead meat, maverick, big muddy and party boy: