Afternoon outing, today.
Wind was cranking harshly & making precision boat control pretty impossible, especially from a transom-mount TM mounted off 1 corner of the transom.
Hit 2 spots of productivity in past days & zilch. 1 strike in total. Got fed up with the wind & sought refuge behind a large Island. Figured while I was taking a break from the wind I may as well be casting. Shortly after while free drifting & barely paying attn to what I was doing, I looked on the graph & saw a massive tree on the bottom in 18' with some fish marks. For once I actually immediately remembered the makeshift marker buoy I made 6 weeks ago & pitched it. Squared up downwind with the TM & began tossing a 1/16 plastic on the UL. Caught a fish every cast for a while. I honestly have no clue, but Id guess I caught well over 30 crappie off that 1 tree. Most were in the 7-9" range, with about every 5th 1 being a 10-12". It was a welcomed break for a while but I wanted to find the walleye, so back out in the wind
The breeze had slacked off enough so it was only mostly impossible instead of totally to make a presentation without boatdrift screwing it up. Even still, I was 100% confident I had put good casts where I wanted em & still blanked, so, what next? With little daylight & gas left, running any distance was out. I conceded the walleye had won today & decided to spend the last 30 minutes of light looking for just fish
A large point that is about 1/4 mile from where Im staying was getting pummeled by the wind. A slow-tapering, featureless point that gradually slopes to 18'. Have hit it a few times in the past & never caught jack on it. Set up about 1 bomber-length cast from the shoreline rocks & started flinging 1/4oz hair. About my 9th or 10th cast I was over it & started winding my jig back mid retrieve to pack it up. Felt a big knock. Hmmm, probably a 10" pike. Threw another cast, this time parallel instead of perpendicular to shore in about 15' & the jig got smoked! A nice fat 19" smallie.
Cast back out deep & midway back it got crushed again this time by a 17". This went on for a few casts. Twice after setting a hook, sticking, & losing a fish, another came & picked it up in a few cranks. Wound up catching 8 in about 25 minutes with nothing smaller than 15".
About the time they seemed to slow down, the sun was going away, I mentally declared "last cast" .
All that to finally get 1 walleye!
This has been a productive pattern for several outings. Normally I dont put a lot of angst into color, but this 1 has been kicking some tail. I refer to it as buffalo-flavored PB&J . Its about 5.5" long on a 1/4oz head on a 2/0 hook.
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