Ended up catching probably 20+ fish out of that school before the sun poked out and they completely shut off. Lots of smaller 12-13″ fish, but a few of those better “unders” were mixed in. Had something along the lines of a 19″, 18.5″, 18″, 17.5″ then a runt 14″ for our bag that we couldn’t get rid of. So now it was time to go 🐷 hunting for our 1 fish over 20″.
Burned up about 3/4 tank of gas running ALL over the lake graphing before finally cracking the BIG one. Graphed a huge blob on my Humminbird Down Imaging in 29′ while scanning a very small hump surrounded by deep water – dropped a waypoint on it and circled back – a couple minutes later I watched her eat a 5″ creek chub on LiveScope and the fight was on.
There were 5 or 6 fish on my LiveScope at the same time. When that big one bit the chub, all the other fish instantly scattered. Had me thinking it was maybe a giant pike at first, but apparently the other fish just wanted to get out of mamas way lol.
Several powerful runs had me soooo thankful I was running 8-lb Sufix Advance Mono = don’t tear as many hooks out as you do with braid. I’ve actually switched all of my chubbing rods over to it now. And those VMC TechSet Live Bait hooks are legit. The #2s are a great all-around size for schmedium chubs up to say 5″. Any bigger than that and I would bump up to a #1 or #1/0 for the big dogs.
Realized just how big the fish was when the net hit the floor of the boat. She was super old and gnarly. Had some kind of moss-looking fungus growing on a couple spots, bunch of old scars all over, lots of character. We immediately pulled up the trolling motor and headed straight to the weigh station early. She was kicking super hard the whole time, but unfortunately just didn’t want to swim off, and ended up not making it after quite some time spent trying to get her to go.
Instead of cutting her up, I decided I’m going to have a skin mount made to hang on the wall next to the plaque. It’s not the longest or heaviest walleye I’ve ever caught…but to have it happen on “game day” with my good-est buddy Jason in the boat, she’s absolutely one I’ll never forget. 👊