And you’ll never believe (okay maybe you will) who took home the ‘dubyah’…again…. #RealNameNoGimmicks
20 year-old fish-head Dylan Nussbaum won the first ever MLF format (catch, record, release) artificial-only walleye tourney on Mille Lacs with 67-15 on 26 fish (that’s a 2-10 avg). Note: He’s from PA and has never fished Mille Lacs before…!
Here’s a face you better get used to seeing — also a photo summary of what it feels like chatting with Al Lindner (right) a few minutes before winning $10K:
Dylan caught ’em fishing a #6 “flake parrot” Rapala Flat Jig in 10′ on small gravel humps — with scattered weeds on top — where walleyes were feeding on perch:
That #6 Flat Jig weighs 1 3/16 oz [!] — runs 80% heavier than similar-length Jigging Raps — making it THE option for heavy current or ultra-deep water…. So WTHeck was Dylan doin’ using it on shallow 7-10′ gravel?!
Said running big, heavy baits up shallow is something they do a ton back home in PA.
Was watching him fish the bait and noticed he paused a bit longer between snaps than what would be considered “normal.” Me being a fish-nerd, timed his rips and had 1.6-2.0 seconds between (most) snaps.
That Rapala Flat Jig is way less “darty” than a Jigging Rap, and instead glides 4-8′ out to the sides — the longer pause lets it shoot out farther. It’s a little different look than most hard-bodied jigging baits, and one that obviously works…!
I hopped in Dylan’s Lund 2075 Pro-V after the tourney and got a recap of his day:
Sure we’ll be seeing you again soon — congrats dude!
Reminder: MLF format = every fish over 1 lb counts, catch weigh release, most weight wins.