Mark – or “The Doc” as we call him in our local walleye league – has been absolutely lighting it up around here this season. No matter what lake our local derby is on, he consistently brings in quality fish 🔥 and it’s downright impressive! I reached out to him to get a few details on their most recent Gull Lake win:
> The Doc: “We felt like we had a good game plan coming in but had to make a few adjustments after we spent most of the morning catching the Gull Lake specials…22-25″ walleye [this derby is a 5 fish bag and only 1 walleye can be over 20”].
> “We didn’t go deeper than about 30-33′ as we prefer the shallow fish to avoid barotrauma both prefishing and on tourney day. The way we fished was a combination of finesse rigging and power fishing with Rapala Jigging Raps. We got a lot of bites by targeting suspended fish with Jigging Raps. Those fish high in the water column crush them on the drop and it’s a blast to watch it happen on screen.
> “Using LiveScope to read the fish behavior and positioning in the water column was a huge help for us to determine if we kept at them or moved on. Eric Haataja on YouTube was the inspiration to chase that suspended bite.
> “I have to give a big shout-out to my partner, Leisure Outdoor Adventures guide Jeremiah Piepkorn. Not only is he a great partner but he made a crucial call towards the afternoon when I was looking to move locations and he convinced me to wait it out and we were able to get a couple of our 19″+ unders.”
Big props, fellas! 🙌
4. MN: Lake Vermilion fishing bust uses DNA to make case.
> Conservation Officer Shane Zavodnik made contact with some out-of-state anglers who make an annual trip to Vermilion. The 2 anglers had complained that the fishing wasn’t that great. But, upon closer inspection, Zavodnik found them with bags and bags of fish fillets – including 68 bass (largemouth and smallmouth) and 60 bluegills. That’s 56 bass and 20 bluegills over their limit.
> Because the fish were already filleted and not always distinguishable, Zavodnik sent the fillets to the lab for DNA analysis to prove how many fish the duo was over their limit for each species.
5. You asked for it…
…and StrikeMaster now has a 10″ Lithium 40V Lite coming = yup, a 10″ electric auger that can consistently cut as many as 70 holes through 16″ of ice on a single charge.
And it weighs roughly 22 pounds…LESS than your old 10″ gas auger LOL! Dude might be theeee definition of the strong, silent type. 💪🤫