Remember last week when I said that the Ned rig might be the best WALLEYE bait no one’s throwing? Had the chance to sneak over to Mille Lacs and put it to work on some skinny-water walleyes — including this 29.5″+ freakazoid!
Gotta give a shout-out to my buddy Christian Hoffman for hand landing that fish (no net in the boat) and snapping the pics.
Caught it (and a bunch of her friends!) throwing a 1/8-oz “green pumpkin” VMC Half Moon Jig with a “watermelon purple swirl” color Juice Baits 4″ Stick. Runnin’ 10-lb Sufix 832 braid with a 10-lb fluoro leader:
We were working the edge of an 8-10′ sand-to-rock transition…also found a pile of fish stacked in the 10-12′ depressions just off those transition edges. Water temps were around 50 degrees — loads of those 17-20″ fish were on the chew, with a few bigger ladies now showing up to the party.
You wanna talk about the highs and lows of fishing: My next time in the boat (after catching that giant) was last night on Gull Lake for our local walleye league, where I ended up weighing a goose egg. #HeroToZero lol
What keeps us going back out the next time! (Thanks to bass fishing TV host Mark Zona for that “slaunch” word!)