Hey everyone, we’ll be at ICAST (fishing biz trade show in Orlando) next week and will have our eyes peeled for the latest and greatest. Not sure if we’ll get a Target Walleye out, but check our Facebook and Instagram pages for updates from the show floor. Hope you had a great/safe 4th!
Today’s Top 4
Which type of weight when?!
There’s a zillion different weights on the market — each has its own time and place. Here’s Brad Hawthorne talkin’ his favorites and when he uses ’em.
James Kemp on that new PB grind! Cracked himself a 32″ x 18″ [!!] Missouri River, ND mega melon on a #11 “bleeding hot olive” Original Floating Rapala. He said:
> “Wader fishing has no equal. Over the years I’ve caught several 25-inchers, some 27s, a 28.5, and last fall a 29″. Had been waiting a LONG time for 30″ fish and finally knocked down a 32″ fatty-pants.” #Stout
Tim Geni was playing with a prototype open-water bait from PK Lures on Last Mountain Lake, SK when he stuffed this 10.8-lb (30″) wall-zilla! Caught more than 50 walleyes outta 17′ in that half-day of fishin’ = [fire emoji]:
More than “just” greenbacks in Manitoba… Callum Spencer stuck this 30″ slab o’ gold (his new PB) — congrats dude!
Found the BIGS had pushed deeper off the edge of the break from all the boat traffic…talkin’ deeper like 45′. Caught ’em using 1-oz Northland Slick-Sticks with giant minnows — moving slowly to keep everything vertical. Would even park on fish they saw on their electronics and let the minnows do their job.
Here’s what 45.73 lbs for 5 fish looks like in facial expressions:
Did you know there are 35,500 fishing jobs right here in MN?! Imagine how many there are across the globe…. For sure more ways to break into the fishing biz than you’d think, and you can learn how at the Fishing Careers Workshop that’s tri-hosted by Al Lindner, Troy Lindner and Joel Nelson.
Was fortunate enough to speak at the last one (still think about it daily) and even more surprised to get the invite back (thanks Al!). The connections made, stories heard and advice soaked in are seriously life changing. Al’s fired up about it:
Happenin’ Oct 27 in the Brainerd Lakes Area (MN) at Madden’s Resort on Gull Lake. More info here.
> Vietnam vet Jim Moser: “Colors didn’t seem to make any difference. I typically run from 1.0-1.3 mph, and on warmer water you can run up to 1.5 and still catch fish. I want to keep the blades moving slow enough that they’re not going to have to chase them. If they chase, it’s more of a reaction bite.”
Joel Nelson makes a good point: When you see a mouth-watering spot, don’t just run in there and fish it…. First fish the outside, then work your way in:
Quote of the Day
I’ve never run into a boat that doesn’t eventually get sold someday….
That’s Joel Nelson talkin’ about getting married keepin’ his Lund 1975 Pro-V real nice and shiny like. Vinegar, water, and 60 seconds of your time = no more scum lines. It’s a cheap but awesome habit to get into:
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Target Walleye/Ice — walleye during open water and all species during hardwater — is brought to you by Al and Ron Lindner, Jim Kalkofen, Brett McComas and other diehard fish-nuts like you! #fishheads
Brett McComas is the main man for Target Walleye/Ice. He was discovered in Brainerd, MN after years of wondering how in the heck people break into the fishing biz. He’s in it now, but still can’t answer that question…. Brett is one of those guys who majored in marketing, only because there was no such thing as a “fishing degree” at the time…. Get him at firstname.lastname@example.org