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A biggun

Postby cletedius » Jun Thu 13, 2019 5:30 pm

Unsure of its len
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Re: A biggun.

Postby cletedius » Jun Thu 13, 2019 5:38 pm

Unsure of its length or weight, but I am fairly confident its the best walleye I ever caught. Easily bigger than the 25" I caught last week. My guesstimate is 26-28", maybe a touch over 7? Snapped a couple pics & let it swim. Thought about a mount for a second, but nah, Ill get a bigger 1.
It ate a 5" brown grub of undetermined make on an 1/8 jig underneath a dam on the WI river. Decided to stop by for a midday cast or 3 at a spot I tore up the smallies pretty good at last night & caught this guy on the 3rd cast. I was pleased!
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Re: A biggun

Postby BrookeT » Jun Thu 13, 2019 8:09 pm

Nice! That is a pig!
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Re: A biggun

Postby Aux Pleins » Jun Thu 13, 2019 8:29 pm

Tank river Walter. :shock:
Nature and shit.
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Re: A biggun

Postby catchafew » Jun Thu 13, 2019 9:43 pm

Great eye Pat.
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Re: A biggun

Postby HEDDONFROG » Jun Thu 13, 2019 11:24 pm

Awesome catch Pat. Had to be a battle in current, fight like crazy when they get that big
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Re: A biggun

Postby minstrel » Jun Fri 14, 2019 5:56 am

Very impressive! I caught one around that size in Lake Geneva and it was quite the battle. And in river current and I can imagine this was one wild ride! Congrats.
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Re: A biggun

Postby polishfly » Jun Fri 14, 2019 7:26 am

good lookin walleye sammich right thur
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Re: A biggun

Postby vman01 » Jun Fri 14, 2019 9:54 am

Great catch & release fish
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Re: A biggun

Postby cletedius » Jun Sat 15, 2019 2:55 pm

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I got another one this a,m. :)
26 & 1/4".
Was a little shorter but a little heavier than the other 1. Nobody around to take a decent pic. Released a 23", too, but got 2 just barely under the 20" slot to bring home for dinner tonight.
Also caught a pretty nice bass & a few other smaller 1s
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Last nights fish were caught swimming a 5"black yamamoto grub on 1/8 head. This a.m.'s fish all were caught snap-jigging 4-5" minnow baits on 1/4 heads
Tonights dinner
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Re: A biggun

Postby joetrain » Jun Sat 15, 2019 3:35 pm

You should stay there till it starts snowing then head back south.
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Re: A biggun

Postby HEDDONFROG » Jun Mon 17, 2019 8:59 pm

joetrain wrote:You should stay there till it starts snowing then head back south.
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I agree with Joe. You seem to be in your element...bigtime. Nice fish
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Re: A biggun

Postby crankybass » Jun Tue 18, 2019 8:45 pm

The "Eye Slayer"! Nice fish.
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Re: A biggun

Postby mike son » Jun Tue 18, 2019 8:51 pm

Damn!!! The bronze on the first walleye really pops!
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Re: A biggun

Postby grems » Jun Thu 20, 2019 12:19 pm

Great catches, you are killing it in your new territory.

Both your big ones look like they have a lesion on their side, any idea why? Maybe just battle scars...
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Re: A biggun

Postby cletedius » Jun Fri 21, 2019 7:54 am

grems wrote:Great catches, you are killing it in your new territory.
Both your big ones look like they have a lesion on their side, any idea why? Maybe just battle scars...


Thanks.
Not 100% positive if they were lesions or battle scars. Most fish you pull out of the rivers seem to have beauty marks from brushes with the large musky population.

Since my last posting, I have caught 1 more 26" eye that flipped out of my hands & back into the river as I was getting a pic. Released 3 others in the slot (20-24").
Last night I was fishing with a local, on my 2nd cast got a massive strike on a #10 husky jerk. After a lengthy battle in the current we see a massive head & see what was easily the largest musky this guy has ever caught. Eventually I got it up on the shallow rock flat along shore on my GLX MBR842 w/15lb mono leader. When my new friend & fishing partner saw it, he immediately went wading to try & get it up on shore. Eventually the musky thrashed aound enough to pull the hooks & broke out of his grip. My fishing partner, who coordinates several of the local musky tourneys in town, said it was a 47-48" fish. Woulda been cool to get the pic, but it wasnt to be. Oh well.
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Re: A biggun

Postby FishinMatt » Jun Fri 21, 2019 11:14 am

I want to scrap my summer vacation and just come up and fish with you. Killing them wherever you go.
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Re: A biggun

Postby badger75 » Jun Fri 21, 2019 10:07 pm

Another great report
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Re: A biggun

Postby Bassin' Ted » Jun Sun 23, 2019 6:09 pm

Nice Walleye!
I love the smell of Powerbait in the morning!
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Re: A biggun

Postby cletedius » Jun Mon 24, 2019 8:12 am

FishinMatt wrote:I want to scrap my summer vacation and just come up and fish with you.


Packages are available!

But more seriously, anytime FM.

Had to play "guide" this weekend for some non-fishing kin folk. Was kinda tough to make anything happen while being constantly chased off by the passing rain. What was tougher yet was trying to get a meaningful cast on my own behalf while trying to keep up with 2 "anglers" who seemingly couldnt make 3 casts in a row without losing 1 of my jigs :x .
Anyway, had to run to the store in the early a.m., & while driving back I thought I got time for 5 casts (5casts? Yeah, right. That'll happen. 8) ). Never got that far. Caught this guy on cast#2. It smoked a 1/8 bucktail jig swirling in the whirl. Snapped a pic, let it swim off, & then I drove home!
23"
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Re: A biggun

Postby Islandfisher » Jun Mon 24, 2019 12:56 pm

Wow, you're slaying those walleyes, those are some healthy looking fish!
If you're fishing slow and not catching anything, fish slower.
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Re: A biggun

Postby cletedius » Jun Wed 26, 2019 12:35 am

Gave it a solid 1.5 hours this evening. Had 3 bites & these are 2 of them
A fat smallie Id guess in the 3-3.5 range
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& this slot walleye (22")
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Missed my 3rd bite.
Both caught snap jigging 5" triggerX minnows on 1/4oz heads off the bottom in the deep slack pockets alongside the main flow.

This is getting fun :D
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Re: A biggun

Postby jmdog2003 » Jun Fri 28, 2019 11:14 am

Wow you're on fire friend. Great fish :clap:
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Re: A biggun

Postby cletedius » Jun Sun 30, 2019 5:30 am

Fishing has been a little slower the last few days. Earlier in the week I had been not getting great #'s, but some really nice sized walleyes.as the week progressed. The smallies have been fewer than in weeks past, but again, a few really nice fish. Also started hitting topwaters (or, I just finally spent some time throwing them) this week. Got a couple 19"s + a few other nicer fish, just not any big #'s of fish...............yet. Might have to bust out the waders
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Went (keeper) walleye-less in my short late afternoon outing earlier today, & that stung a little, + . It was just like Marsellus Wallace told Butch in the movie pulp fiction:
"You might feel a slight sting, thats pride f-ing with you....."

I had been sitting next to a peaceful campfire for most of the evening & @ about midnight, was contemplating putting it out & going to sleep. Screw that! The day is NOT done i thought to myself. If those m-f'ers arent going to snap in daylight for me, maybe they will at night.
Headed to a dam about 5 miles from the house on the tomahawk river. Figured Id give it about 20 minutes, lose 3 or 4 jigs, tell myself Im an idiot for thinking this was a good idea, & THEN go home & go to bed....
Been catching a decent eye here&there on husky jerks after dark. Started off throwing a #10 clown HJ, & got a decent strike that wound up being a nice 18" walleye.
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Threw the HJ some more but it received no more love. Recalling a couple of outings a few weeks ago, I went & got my UL rig out of the car & began doing my best to work a 1/32 jig 12'deep in a moderate current, without being able to see the line. :x The very 1st time I was confident I had reached the bottom, in the slack, I got a "tick".
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Just shy of 22" & was a nice little battle on the 781UL. Threw it some more, but got pretty fed up with trying to keep that tiny jig down without seeing my line. Went digging thru my makeshift tackle bag looking for a specific plastic, but found something matted up & stuffed under the liner. A BLACK HAIR JIG! A 1/16oz black/purple craft fur creation.Thought I had lost my last 1 well over a week ago.
Well, my 2nd cast on the craft fur got violently greeted by a 15.5" walleye which was keeper #2 on the redemption outing. Started getting a steady pick of 10-13" eyes, & an occasional small smallie. Got 1 more slot fish that was 21" & went back. Didnt take long to get #3, & after that kept on catching/releasing fish for a while. Threw back another limit of keepers & a handful of small fish.
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Went home with my 3 for my weekly walleye dinner void of the sting that gripped my soul at the beginning of the outing!
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Re: A biggun

Postby joetrain » Jun Sun 30, 2019 11:10 am

Night outing. Heddon would be proud.
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Re: A biggun

Postby badger75 » Jul Mon 01, 2019 12:37 pm

Continuing great reports!
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Re: A biggun

Postby cletedius » Aug Mon 12, 2019 12:00 am

Fishing has become a bit tougher, for me, the last couple weeks. Presentations that were hammering fish good in may & june have slowed thru july & into Aug. The hair/finesse plastic bite has dwindled, & the few I have been catching have been on bigger plastics fished aggresively. As of late, my go-tos haven been the DOA swimbait on a 3/8-1/2oz head, 5"lunker city fin-s-fish, or any other 5"+ minnow style plastic, 1/4oz head & snapped off the bottom. Throwing a #10 clown husky jerk after dark always seem to catch something, too.
Have targeted walleyes, mostly. Crappie on occasions. 1 of these days im going to make a concerted effort to find & catch some of the big smallies that I know get overlooked here.
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And talk about the luck of this hatchling walleye....
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Re: A biggun

Postby HEDDONFROG » Aug Mon 12, 2019 9:09 am

Tough fishing or not you found a way to catch em’ The last couple weeks just about every fish has come off the bottom, day or night. Damn a Fin-n-fish, haven’t thrown one of those in 15yrs or so. Still have some 4” in the tub of soft plastics...thanks for the reminder, lol
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Re: A biggun

Postby urbanHog312 » Aug Mon 12, 2019 9:36 am

solid haul as usual. so no more florida?
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Re: A biggun

Postby cletedius » Aug Mon 12, 2019 5:12 pm

Snuck out at the crack of 930a.m. No hawgs, but solid specks!
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HEDDONFROG wrote:Damn a Fin-n-fish, haven’t thrown one of those in 15yrs or so. Still have some 4” in the tub of soft plastics...thanks for the reminder, lol


Lunker city had 5" ers for 2.88$/pack. Pretty cheap for 5" minnows, so I hit the GAS pedal. I still think fin-s-fish has the best color chart of all the mass-produced minnow style plastic.

urbanHog312 wrote:solid haul as usual. so no more florida?

Thanks!
One can never tell. Definitely digging it up here, finding a little work here & there, got a couple ideas, but easy to say that in Aug in N. WI.

I will be returning to FL at some point...............

If for nothing else, have to at least get my car, clothes, & the bulk of my fishing gear 8)
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