Little insight from Gary “GP” Parsons:
> “I knew the area held good fish…we had a couple other days in practice just like this. I’m fishing one large 5- or 6-mile square area. Today I just drove around until I found the marks I wanted.
> “I bet we caught 25 walleyes or so…I know I could have caught 60 or 70 in other places. But in this area, I don’t catch hardly any small ones. Most are 2.5- to 3.5-lbers. They’re not all giants, but there aren’t any small ones.
> “I run my Lowrance graph on medium chirp with double the screen speed, and then I pump up the sensitivity. This allows me to drive around 26 or 27 mph. When you’re moving that fast, if there are any high fish, you see them. It’s a pretty good system. Once I saw the thick orange bands, I started to fish again.
> “It’s a bummer that I had my short day, because I really believe that school of fish was just starting to fire up. That’s how it was in practice too. At 2 pm, they start biting. With more time, I think I could’ve caught 40 lbs.”
Said he’s trolling with 4 different baits, including a little something special Berkley has in the works:
> “One of my best baits right now is a Berkley test bait, a prototype. It’s a 3D printed bait, and I only have a few. And to be honest, they’re more fragile, because they’re not the final plastic. It’s fun, but it’s nerve wracking. This bait won’t be out in production for a while, but it’s coming, and it’s going to be a good one.”
And in case you didn’t know…GP is currently battling inclusion body myositis (IBM), a degenerative muscle disease. Supposed to be strong southerly winds today (day 2) so he wasn’t sure if he’d be able to reach his primary area:
> “I’ll try. If it’s too dangerous, I’ll have to settle for staying closer. You have to treat these big bodies of water with some respect. With my condition, I do lean on my partners more than I used to. I can still fish, but I have to make accommodations. I’m keeping a positive mindset. I want to fish as long as I can, but I just don’t know how long. It’s nice to be in this position, and I really enjoy running with these younger guys.”
Do your thing, Gary! It’s an incredible one. 🙏🙏🙏
The final weigh-in started at 3pm EST on National Walleye Tour’s FB page and website. Can also smash refresh on the live leaderboard here.