Regina and Mike Orawiec cracked this Lake Erie ‘eye that weighed in at a huge 13 lbs and 31″. Old-schooled it trolling a crawler harness, released her…to get even bigger??
…with northern MN fishing guide Justin Bailey:
Because sometimes we just need to go back to our roots.
> Set up on the inside edge of the weeds, making your casts out to the deep water. This allows you to split the difference and find the exact depth at which the weed edge is.
> I like to use a 1/8-oz Thill Splash Brite. This lighted slip-bobber has a brass opening on top that allows the bait to sink quickly and prevents line twist.
> My main line is usually 6- to 8-lb with a 6-lb leader. The leader is attached using a small #7 barrel swivel to prevent line twist. Just above the barrel swivel is a 1/16- or 1/8-oz egg sinker, depending upon weather conditions and wave action.
> Leader length depends on cabbage weed density — extremely dense cabbage calls for a shorter 18-24″ leader to keep my bait from swimming too free and getting wrapped up in the weeds.
> A jumbo leech hooked right behind the sucker or a nightcrawler hooked twice through the head allows the rest of the body to dangle and move freely. Match your hook to the size/type bait you’re using — too small of a hook may impede hooksetting ability.
> Weed walleyes are usually feeding fish and tend to be more aggressive — don’t be afraid to set your bait several feet off bottom.
Justin also said that you gotta “be one with the cabbage:”
Think you’re having a bad hair day? Check out this Devils Lake unicorn caught by Ben B., named Alfalfa of course:
For anyone who may not remember Alfalfa:
Not the drain plug, but the right rear buckle.
Apparently many of his adventures have been documented in print:
> “A record number of 134 teams raised a quarter million dollars to support MN Adult & Teen Challenge drug and rehabilitation programs statewide.”
Sydni and Eric Raiber won the walleye division with 3 for 8.51 lbs (tough bite!). No word on how they caught ’em, but we did notice they were wearing Rapala hats and shirts. Congrats!
Yep, Al fished it too, no idea how he didn’t win and we’re not asking lol
Timothy Johnson and Jason Zsebik earned a 10K payday after putting together a solid 2-day weight of 84-11 to win the Masters Walleye Circuit derby on Lake Erie.
Caught their fish on 2-oz snap-on weights to zero-in on bottom-hugging walleyes while keeping their speed 1.8-2 mph. #ChaChing
Pete Petta/Dave Cooper won the Warrior Boats National Championship on Lake Superior/St. Louis River.
Ryan Foster/Jeff Nuechterlein didn’t win, but still got a pile of clams:
> Kelly Curb and Jim Sutton, both of Bemidji, made a repeat performance to win the 8th annual Leech Lake Walleye Tournament….
> The duo jumped five spots with a second-day basket of 15.27 lbs, including the biggest fish of the day at 7.03 lbs. Their 28.06 lbs, nearly 4 lbs ahead of 2nd place, brought them a check for $14,200….
> Sutton said the morning bite was tough on Sunday, but once the wind picked up, they were able to catch a lot of fish. Their basket on the second day was more than 3 lbs heavier than the closest haul.
> Finishing 2nd were Gordon Fothergill of Grand Rapids and Brad Rasmussen of Buffalo with 24.94 lbs and a check for $7,500.
Most are guessing it’ll take 70 lbs to win. Do you think it will be won by casting or trolling?
6. MN: LOTW ‘Girls Gone Fishing’ tournament.
Looks like it was a ’70s theme tourney??
Disagreement on the status of the fishery. Didn’t sound like much came out of it.
Guess the only thing they have agreed on so far is that this stuff didn’t taste as good as expected:
Check out this giant Mille Lacs rock melon from the recent Trolling For Troops event:
…by spearing, 15% less than 2015.
Pike just wouldn’t let go:
Reminder: Make sure to sign up for Cover Cash after you’ve purchased a LEER product and make some extra cash in tournaments.
Score a good deal on closeouts and samples
Tip of the Day
> Cold fronts wreak havoc on fishing and make it tempting to skip the water altogether. Being willing to change your presentations can turn a disappointing day of fishing into a respec day on the water.
> The first thing to do is to look deeper than normal. Walleye are trying to get warm and avoid the intense light piercing the water. Use a good quality fishfinder to locate where the fish are bunched up together. Don’t be surprised if they are suspended 20 to 30 feet down.
> Once you find the fish, you will need to downsize your bait. If you are using live bait, opt for smaller versions of your favorite species. The walleye will be lethargic and larger bait may seem like too much of a challenge. A 2″ fathead or 4″ chub will be far more appealing to a hungry but lazy walleye.
> Dropping down to a 1/16-oz jig will make the bait fall slower — it is important to keep your retrieves slow too. Walleyes won’t go after anything that moves fast during this time, so bait needs to stay in the water longer.
Quote of the Day
This fish has more miles in my car then it does in Lake Erie.
– David Berg talking about getting the runaround while trying to get his OH record yellow perch verified on a certified scale.
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