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Rock melons of the week!
Layne Maier was HAMMERING slobby humpback whale-eyes on the new Rapala Flat Jig (said he got turned onto it by TW!). This one went 31.5″ and was stacked up on the edge of a feeder creek in 20′ with a bunch of other plus-sized friends:Tanya “I only catch giants” Regush with another Tobin Lake horse caught pulling a crawler harness. Let us know when you’ve got an open spot in your boat! Great fish:
Jake Alexander was working a VMC Neon Moon Eye Jig on the Canadian side of Lake of the Woods when he popped this 30-incher. First thing out of his mouth after was, “This walleye is bigger than any you’ve ever caught, Dad!” Lol take that old man:
Ryan Cameron stuck this 29″ Saskatchewan rock melon while jigging with a Lunkerhunt Swim Bento. Not a bad 1st fish of the day:
Bro goes WWE.
Brian “Bro” Brosdahl and Paul Nelson took 2nd place at the GRAHA Walleye Shootout on Pokegama Lake, MN over the weekend. It was a crazy tough bite that had 52 of the 100 teams zeroing (!) but they cashed some $$$ with an 18.80-lb bag-o’-lizzies:
> “Caught our fish on community holes that were full of boats but our cutting edge was speed. Most people were going slow — we were going really fast [normally pull chubs at 0.4-0.6 mph but they upped it to 0.9 -1.4 mph]. Our whole philosophy was big or nothing.
> “Used Roach Rigs with a Northland Rock-Runner Bottom Bouncer (parakeet) in 18-23′. We experimented with super-long 14-15′ snells but got no fish on it — went down to a 7-8′ snell and tagged all the fish. All of them ate the 3.5-4″ redtails and wouldn’t touch the bigger ones.
> “Some boats were sitting on suckers all day. We used the Humminbird HELIX 12 and CHIRP to pattern both the suckers and walleyes, then avoided areas where we knew suckers would be.
How to catch your own creek chubs.
All you need is some dog food and a couple Snoopy poles. Here’s Andy Walsh:
> “Whether we’re out fishing for fun or competing in an AIM tourney, our team likes to target walleye using big creek chubs — and we’re able to save quite a bit of dough trapping our own. You likely have fertile streams in your neck of the woods that will hold your favorite bait-shop minnows, and catching them isn’t as hard as you’d think.
Then put all the $$$ you save on bait towards buying your wife flowers…you’ll need ’em if you plan on being gone another night of the week just to fish for bait now lol:
Dog days of summer.
Hot enough for ya yet? Here’s MN guide Chris Granrud helping ya chill out with a Rainy River chunk from just 3 months ago…tough to believe:
Ahhhhhhhhhh yeahhh — sorta like sticking your head in the freezer, closing your eyes and pretending it’s early ice again. If you can’t tell, the crew at Rainydaze Guide Service is on ’em year ’round. In fact, we think they may have coined the term “shiner hand.”
How Canadian are you?
Definitely not as much as Canadian walleyenut Steven Gottfried:
> “The bite was good all week until Saturday [how it always seems to go!]. The change in bite could have been caused by the shift in weather, from storms earlier in the week to a calmer lake Saturday.”
Tim’s also the tournament director, so he must have a special bond with those Poke’ walleyes. Something like this:
Norm Sillerud and J.R. Rasmusan’s 2-day total of 58.92 lbs took top honors. We heard of many double digit fish, up to nearly 14 lbs. Working on getting more deets/pics.
> “Every spring they see these fish that are pushing that state record material (18-13). So we’re talking 19- to 20-lb walleyes live in this very impoundment right in the middle of Denver.”
Love these ladies keeping it fun!
Can’t wait to get this puppy on the water.
…with the HELIX 10 SI. That’s their 6th consecutive win….
> “These loon deaths come just weeks after the implementation of a new law strengthening the ban on lead fishing tackle in the state.”
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> “The trolling bite has still been going strong. It seems that most fish are starting to be caught in depths right around 20′ off old submerged shorelines. Try using a 1.5-oz or 2-oz bottom-bouncer with a spinner to get down to them.
> “Peak feeding windows are during the early morning hours and late evening — they’ll slide up into 5-10′ and can be caught on slip bobbers, jigs and cranks. During the daytime it’s all about the reaction bite.
> “Walleye fishing continues to improve with limit catches of eater-size walleyes. They are mostly biting on Berkley Flicker Minnows using 25-35′ of line behind Off Shore Tackle planer boards in 5-8′. On calmer days — monitoring the wind direction and wind speed — we are finding walleyes in 10-18′.
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The full Jim Edlund write-up is on TargetWalleye.com, but here’s a glimpse:
Topwater walleyes? Lol:
> “Why topwaters? Baitfish drawn to the moving clean water can be found breaking the surface to feed on food washed into the main river channel. In turn, the walleyes don’t mind chomping at the surface one bit.”
> “Troy Lindner may be keeping this close to the vest…. Seems that not long ago he and Cherokee Lake TN tournament partner Derrek Stewart accidentally hit walleye paydirt slow-trolling A-Rigs over submerged humps in the lake’s main channel.”
Doctored cranks for wood:
> “Jason Mitchell doctors #6 H6F Salmo Hornets & #6 Salmo Super Deep Runner Bullheads, removing stock front and rear trebles. He leaves the front hook off entirely and sizes up the rear two sizes….”
SUPER jumbo depth probe:
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