Razorbacks of the week!
John Schelling’s 1st bite of the morning — on the Canadian side of the Boundary Waters — was this b-e-a-utiful rock melon that measured a shade over 32″:
Mike Wagner bottom-bounced this 29 incher into the boat with a spinner/half crawler fishing the Devils Lake Basin area of ND:
Al’s Jiggin Rap line-selection tip.
> “One of the most important things about fishing the Rapala Jigging Rap is using a barrel swivel about 15-18″ above the bait — especially if you’re casting into the wind. The way the bait fishes will cause line twist and a barrel swivel simply eliminates that.
> “About 50% of the time I’m casting the Jigging Rap, 40% of the time I’m pulling it behind the boat and 10% is spent vertical jigging it.
Keeping your crankbaits rust-free.
We all spend a ton of $$$ on our tackle, so the last thing we want to do is have to buy them again. Here’s how Lund pro Jason Vogelsang keeps his hooks from rusting…for FREE:
Plus it’s a good excuse to buy new boat shoes:
…because sometimes they just don’t want their picture taken.
French River fishing guide Tyler Perry can put ’em on the fish, but he can’t hold it for them lol. No 27″ walleyes were harmed in the making of this photo:
Lake of the Woods PokéStop.
Not sure what type of Pok-éye-mon this is, but we want to catch ’em all:
…against the state over Mille Lacs walleye quotas.
> “We’re going to try reaching out to the state and coming to an agreement again. There are steps to be taken before it actually gets to the point of a lawsuit.”
Detroit Lake, Signalness Lake (AKA Mountain Lake), and Round Lake in Aitkin and Crown Wing counties. This is becoming a weekly trend…. #CleanDrainDry
Quick tip on how-to fight a fish without clearing your other lines when fishing multiple boards.
He’s an avid outdoorsman + marketing guru. Good combo.
…and they’ll PAY you for ’em! They use ’em to make their hand-tied dressed hooks.
> “This image is what you see if the back end of the transducer is tilted lower than the front. We call the fish “1/2 arches.” If all your fish look like this, go check your transducer to see if it was bumped.”
> “Over time, all lead-acid batteries will lose their charge. Without regular re-charging, even the highest quality battery can become so damaged it will refuse to take a charge. Worse yet, it could appear to take a charge, only to fail on the ice.”
Supposed to charge ’em every 30-60 days during the off-season — get on it!
You might have missed this video we posted on Wed, but there’s a reason that 976,851 other walleye nuts saw it….
> “Walleye fishing was awesome this past week. Minimal wind and lots of sun allowed anglers to go anywhere and fish any tactic they wished. Drifting with spinners, anchoring and jigging, and downrigging crankbaits all brought fish in.
> “Many walleyes are still holding in 28-32′ with trophies mixed in. Gold, pink, white, blue, and silver were best colors.
> “Targeting main-lake sunken shorelines in 24-27′ by pulling 1.5-oz bottom-bouncers at 1.1-1.2 mph. We’re tipping our spinners with Gulp! to save time on re-baiting and the walleyes are hitting it like a Mack truck.”
> “Sturgeon Bay area continues to produce a mixed bag of trophy-caliber and eater-sized walleyes. We’ve been starting when the sun is coming up with bites usually right out the gate.
Tip of the Day
Target Walleye’s Jim Edlund tracked down Capt. Ross Robertson to get the deets on a little-known technique: speed-trolling spoons for walleyes. You can read the full write-up at TargetWalleye.com, but here’s a few excerpts:
> “Spoons are probably the best walleye-finding tool not currently on the radar of most walleye anglers. Unlike a crankbait, I can run them really fast. Not many cranks run well at 3.5 mph.
Is a wilderness still a wilderness if you can text your spouse from camp? Or check on a presidential campaign? Or look up the capital of Zimbabwe?
– Outdoors writer Sam Cook’s reaction after he pulled out his iPhone at fishing camp — in the middle of absolutely nowhere — to find he had cell service. Pretty tough to disconnect now-a-days…it’s hard not to use it when it’s there.
Today’s ‘Eye Candy
See…you CAN catch walleyes when it’s glass calm + bluebird skies:
There’s just something special about the way they munch the Rapala Jigging Rap:
Man builds house over pond so he can fish through a hole in the living room floor. His ice-fishing game better be on point: