Unexpected catch at Beck!

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Unexpected catch at Beck!

Postby toyasu » Apr Mon 29, 2019 11:46 pm

I got to Beck today around 4:30 PM. Walked around the East side (boots were a must) and headed toward the long drainage ditch area. I always like to stop and fish the mouth of it, but there was a guy there already so I moved on to the long wide flat stretch. I threw a squarebill, drop shot rig, jig, shaky head with a trick worm all up and down that stretch, but couldn't arouse any interest. I tied on my white/lavender 6th Sense Diving Swim Jig (I love this jig) with a Keitech trailer and bombed it out to the middle knowing that there's decent vegetation out there. No takers. Then I tied on my Lucky Craft LV-500 lipless and bombed it out to the middle and along the bank ripping it through the grass. I tried straight retrieves and yo-yo retrieves. 5 minutes later a feisty 1.5 pounder grabbed it about 10 feet off the bank. Nice little fight.

Nothing after that and I figured, well, just another slow day at Beck. It's a tough place to find the fish without a kayak. I started heading back and got to the drainage ditch and noticed, hey, there's a nice bit of outflow at the mouth of it (raining the past 15 hours or so). And the guy who was there left. So, I said, ok, try it for 5 minutes and then I leave. I fan casted the drop shot all around the area - nothing. Then I started throwing the swim jig. A couple of casts and BAM, I hooked into a lovely, hard fighting 2.2 pounder. I threw a couple more times and got another hit, but he came off. I was feeling like, ok, this is getting interesting and it makes perfect sense for them to be hanging out here. I cast out again and retrieved at a medium-slow pace with some pops and then suddenly my line got heavy. I set the hook, but it hardly moved. I thought, oh boy, this one's big. It stayed down. I didn't really feel any head shakes and I thought this is strange. That doesn't feel like a bass. Is it a catfish? What is it?

A WALLEYE. My first in probably 20 years. I was shocked. I heard that they were in here, but I thought it was just a myth. I was so excited. A Walleye on a swim jig. Just 2.25 pounds, but I was ecstatic. And yes, I put him/her right back.

Nothing after that, but wow. What a great experience. Oh, and when I was walking back to the car two deer ran by. The cherry on top.
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Re: Unexpected catch at Beck!

Postby Busse Jim » Apr Tue 30, 2019 12:20 am

Awesome!!
Beck Walleyes are pretty mythical, and yet it look pretty healthy! :clap: Nice Walleye!
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Re: Unexpected catch at Beck!

Postby joetrain » Apr Tue 30, 2019 12:48 am

Nice catch. The walleye are in there for sure just not in big numbers.
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Re: Unexpected catch at Beck!

Postby minstrel » Apr Tue 30, 2019 3:08 am

Sweet day... though the non-catching parts sound like my experiences of late as well, throwing tons of different baits to no effect. It's got to kick in sometime soon, glad to see it did for you!

I saw a walleye cruisin the shallows last year so I'd raised them from 'mythical' to 'rare' but knew they were indeed out there. So very cool you got one to hand! Nice work not giving up, eventually Beck rewards perseverance and dedication. Savor this one!
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Re: Unexpected catch at Beck!

Postby FishinMatt » Apr Tue 30, 2019 7:57 am

Those surprises are the best. Persistence pays off sometimes.
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Re: Unexpected catch at Beck!

Postby urbanHog312 » Apr Tue 30, 2019 9:17 am

killer beck haul
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Re: Unexpected catch at Beck!

Postby Phil6 » Apr Tue 30, 2019 9:38 am

damn! Nice eye!
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Re: Unexpected catch at Beck!

Postby czambole » Apr Tue 30, 2019 11:20 am

Very nice 'eye. Congrats.
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Re: Unexpected catch at Beck!

Postby vman01 » Apr Tue 30, 2019 11:24 am

Great catch day and report. Very encouraging to say the least.
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Re: Unexpected catch at Beck!

Postby JB » Apr Tue 30, 2019 12:12 pm

Love it when you get a bonus like that!!
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Re: Unexpected catch at Beck!

Postby badger75 » Apr Tue 30, 2019 12:28 pm

A great nice surprise.
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Re: Unexpected catch at Beck!

Postby Peter Piper » Apr Tue 30, 2019 3:03 pm

Excellent Walleye!! After The Rain, I somehow wandered onto the same spot between 2:30 to 3 and then 3:30 to 4. The dog park was giving up a big brown stream, I caught #1 on plastic the first cast across the stream and then at 3:30ish #2/3 on the crank along it. Great conditions. Had to go then.
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Re: Unexpected catch at Beck!

Postby crankybass » Apr Tue 30, 2019 3:38 pm

Wow! Toyasu you are the man. That is a beautiful Eye, and I've been thinking about throwing swim jigs.
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Re: Unexpected catch at Beck!

Postby toyasu » Apr Tue 30, 2019 3:57 pm

Peter Piper wrote:Excellent Walleye!! After The Rain, I somehow wandered onto the same spot between 2:30 to 3 and then 3:30 to 4. The dog park was giving up a big brown stream, I caught #1 on plastic the first cast across the stream and then at 3:30ish #2/3 on the crank along it. Great conditions. Had to go then.
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Re: Unexpected catch at Beck!

Postby catch&release » Apr Tue 30, 2019 4:11 pm

wow second walleye report in less than a year!
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Re: Unexpected catch at Beck!

Postby HEDDONFROG » Apr Tue 30, 2019 4:22 pm

Fantastic Job Toyasu. Love how you stuck to it and made it happen and now you know to never, ever walk past an outflow pipe with moving water without fishing the snot out of it, lol
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Re: Unexpected catch at Beck!

Postby minstrel » Apr Tue 30, 2019 5:11 pm

Hey Peter Piper, nice work! How funny that I've used that exact rat-l-trap pattern to snag pike, bass and even a crappie (last week!) at Beck. :D

I worked this area Sunday late aft with a black/blue chatter, but the outflow wasn't much. I'll keep my eye on it now though! :mrgreen:
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Re: Unexpected catch at Beck!

Postby Grain » Apr Tue 30, 2019 5:26 pm

Now all the Eastern European bucketheads will head to Beck to get Ze American Zander. :D
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Re: Unexpected catch at Beck!

Postby mike son » Apr Tue 30, 2019 9:09 pm

Nice suprise! I saw your catch on fishbrain a day or so ago.

Peter piper - what plastic is that sticking out of the bass ? A fluke maybe?
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Re: Unexpected catch at Beck!

Postby Peter Piper » May Wed 01, 2019 7:52 am

4" zoom, tied on, no weight.
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Re: Unexpected catch at Beck!

Postby mansari2 » Jun Fri 28, 2019 4:38 pm

Hey!! I think I know you :D Hint Hint MLK. Glad to see you exploring the area.
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