We were spanking the walleyes pulling 1-oz inline weights and “hex copper” Northland Mr. Walleye Crawler Haulers 45′ back at 0.9-1.3 mph. Area was loaded with fish and once the wind picked up, it helped concentrate ’em in 18-24′ on the edge of a rocky point off an island — looked verrrry similar to this:
Back to the story: Had another walleye hit my rig, so dropped the rod tip back and swept into ’em. ‘Bout halfway through my hookset the rod tip stopped and stayed there — muskie must’ve hit the walter the same time I did.
The first 45 seconds or so it sat on bottom and never moved. Felt like snagging a log that was just big enough you could muscle it off bottom a few inches before it’d drop back down.
Got “the log” up to the edge of the boat fairly quick and saw a small 8-10″ walleye (or sauger?) comin’ outta the corner of her mouth — that’s when she knew something was up and took me for a ride!
Mr. walleye had already made a great escape and the muskie now had a single hook in its top lip…somehow my 30-week prego wife was able to get it in the net. Had the fish outta the water just long enough to snap 2 pics before I could feel she was about to thrash, and got her back over the edge of the boat.
For sure a fish I’ll never forget and a BIG highlight of the trip — though the walleyes were snappin’ too…. Here’s a thiiiique one my wife Amanda stuck — not too long after — running the same setup I mentioned above:
Can catch ’em a pile of different ways on Lake of the Woods…really anyway you want to. Most of our fish came running Northland Spinner Rigs in the mud around bug-hatchy areas or rocky transitions.
Both on the live stuff and Impulse Nightcrawlers, which I like ‘cuz you get twice as much fishing time during a hot bite (no re-baiting after missed bites or fish catches):
Also caught ’em pitching plastics to shallow 4-7′ rocks, like this mid-20 Nick Lindner first-casted with a 1/4-oz VMC Neon Moon Eye Jig and “silver shiner” Juice Baits 3.8 Pro Swimmer:
Overall awesome trip — can’t wait to get back up! Will be bringing you lots of edumacational vids over the next few weeks once I dig out from footage and emails…