Didn't Think It'd Be a PB type day...

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Didn't Think It'd Be a PB type day...

Postby minstrel » Mar Fri 13, 2020 5:28 am

... but that's what ended up happening!! :mrgreen:

Long story short, I was at Beck not able to even scare up as much as a bluegill on 'crawlers (one on the bottom one on a bobber) at the far side so I brought out the big stuff for the first time aiming for a bass that hasn't just been hammering it's snooze alarm 8)

I swapped out the bobber line for a senko first in my most 'responsive' section... nuthin. Not surprised at the non-response I moved on to the next spot and decided to bring out my rod I had rigged for my river trips. Looking in the box I'd packed up I went with a white chatter with a white curly tail grub. No takers. Tested out a ragetail which is new to my collection with no response.

Debated heading out but saw I'd packed in a new Rat-l-trap in my most succesful pattern, bleeding shad. On literally the first cast a few reels in I get snagged, and before I could get mad about losing a lure on it's first cast that bottom snag started moving... :shock: It then headed for the middle of the lake and I could barely move it I just felt it barelling forward shaking it's head back and forth. It took some wrangling just to turn the thing back toward shore, it was also taking line out every couple cranks in.

I knew it was a hog but I caught a side flash at say 25 ft out and ruled out bass as it would be a titan mother of all bass. As it got closer I got a better look and ruled out pike because again, wrong shape... that was when I went a little nutz realizing it was a giant walleye, my first! Thankful for the heavy line and steel leader I was able to bring 'er up to shore as I didn't have a gripper:

Taped out at 28 inches!!! Girth was about the size of a coffee can...
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Ooh... toothy!
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Even harder to selfie this thing but gave it a shot...
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Released it and it swam away like a shot back into the depths. What a rush. Also odd catching the biggest fish of the 2020 season in March :lol:
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Re: Didn't Think It'd Be a PB type day...

Postby Rambler » Mar Fri 13, 2020 6:56 am

Holy crap!
Keep calm and fish on...

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Re: Didn't Think It'd Be a PB type day...

Postby ganz1960 » Mar Fri 13, 2020 7:15 am

Wow! Nice Walter! Love those Rat-L-Traps!
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Re: Didn't Think It'd Be a PB type day...

Postby SmalliesNEyes » Mar Fri 13, 2020 7:35 am

Hell of a walter. Now is the time of the year when you have the best shot at catching a PB/pig walleye, honestly. So good job on getting one.
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Re: Didn't Think It'd Be a PB type day...

Postby FishinMatt » Mar Fri 13, 2020 7:43 am

Excellent fish!
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Re: Didn't Think It'd Be a PB type day...

Postby RonG » Mar Fri 13, 2020 7:53 am

It's nice but scary to know there are fish like that among us.

Congrats!
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Re: Didn't Think It'd Be a PB type day...

Postby bobberwatcher » Mar Fri 13, 2020 8:16 am

Gotta love it when those snags start to move! :) awesome fish!
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Re: Didn't Think It'd Be a PB type day...

Postby cletedius » Mar Fri 13, 2020 8:23 am

Wow! Hell of a fish!
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Re: Didn't Think It'd Be a PB type day...

Postby SmalliesNEyes » Mar Fri 13, 2020 8:37 am

bobberwatcher wrote:Gotta love it when those snags start to move! :) awesome fish!


It's funny. Big walleye always seem to do that. You set a hook in em, and they seem to sit there stunned for a few seconds making you think you have a snag. It's like they're thinking to themselves "WTF was that pinch in my mouth? Did breakfast bite back?" Then they start moving. I wonder how many people have shaken off a big walleye thinking it's a snag. :lol:
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Postby urbanHog312 » Mar Fri 13, 2020 8:43 am

helluva walleye. nice job
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Re: Didn't Think It'd Be a PB type day...

Postby DasGoby » Mar Fri 13, 2020 8:56 am

Wow wow! That could qualify as fish of a lifetime, certainly as a Chicagoland fish of a lifetime.
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Re: Didn't Think It'd Be a PB type day...

Postby polishfly » Mar Fri 13, 2020 9:56 am

wow, that thing ate everything else in the damn lake no wonder your crawlers were untouched!! niceeeeee
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Re: Didn't Think It'd Be a PB type day...

Postby grems » Mar Fri 13, 2020 10:59 am

Great fish and great story, congratulations!

That is one heavily pressured lake, making it an even bigger accomplishment, way to stick it out and finding the magic presentation.
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Postby Phil6 » Mar Fri 13, 2020 11:13 am

You have some monster sized feet!
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Postby Bassin' Ted » Mar Fri 13, 2020 12:58 pm

Great job! Awesome fish.
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Postby czambole » Mar Fri 13, 2020 1:20 pm

Awesome walleye. Love it when they'll chase those horizontal presentations.

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Postby joetrain » Mar Fri 13, 2020 1:46 pm

That is a horse. Massive for even Canadian waters. Funny that today while I was out fishing I was thinking about how much I always enjoyed fishing Beck Lake.
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Postby Zenfish » Mar Fri 13, 2020 4:40 pm

Helluva walleye! Congrats on the PB. That chrome, dark back Rat L Trap is money in the early spring. Especially at Beck.
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Postby Aux Pleins » Mar Fri 13, 2020 4:43 pm

Cook County Dino!
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Re: Didn't Think It'd Be a PB type day...

Postby DPMike » Mar Fri 13, 2020 5:10 pm

WOW, a beats. Congrats and nice to see that fish 2 miles from my house-LOL
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Re: Didn't Think It'd Be a PB type day...

Postby Grain » Mar Fri 13, 2020 5:25 pm

I am generally in awe of people capable of catching anything at Beck, but this is just stunning.
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Re: Didn't Think It'd Be a PB type day...

Postby Busse Jim » Mar Fri 13, 2020 7:23 pm

:clap: :clap: Huge ass Eye!! gotta be over 7lbs

They've stocked over 20000 in Beck since 2012 , probably that old ! way to go and excellent PB (gonna be hard to beat)
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Postby vman01 » Mar Fri 13, 2020 8:03 pm

Monster first walleye, Great post to go with it.
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Postby catchafew » Mar Fri 13, 2020 8:15 pm

Awesome fish, what a beast!
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Postby JasonN » Mar Fri 13, 2020 10:33 pm

That is SO damn cool to see! I've been fishing that lake since the early 90's and i've never actually seen one. I've even spoken to the fisheries biologist and he's said they're in there. Once upon a time it was considered the top walleye lake in the Cook County forest preserves.

Dude you caught a really nice fish!!! Congrats!
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Re: Didn't Think It'd Be a PB type day...

Postby Skifish1 » Mar Fri 13, 2020 10:49 pm

Very cool. Crafty old fish...
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Postby HEDDONFROG » Mar Sat 14, 2020 8:34 am

Whoa, thats a big Eye. Congrats bro
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Postby mike son » Mar Sat 14, 2020 9:09 am

Awesome! Cook county beast right there!
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Postby ccorso » Mar Sat 14, 2020 12:51 pm

That's incredible! Can't believe there's walleyes like that in the Chicago area, way to go!
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Postby Fishy Bitch » Mar Sat 14, 2020 1:52 pm

Nice! Catch a few more and you will be addicted to extracting walters from CCFP lakes. The hardest part is beaching one that size, nice job.
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Re: Didn't Think It'd Be a PB type day...

Postby cletedius » Mar Sat 14, 2020 2:03 pm

Holy sheet! In 1 day this thread has approx 1/3 as many views as the GAS thread has gotten in 4+ years :shock:
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Postby FloridaRigger » Mar Sat 14, 2020 2:03 pm

Awesome catch and even more impressive from shore
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Re: Didn't Think It'd Be a PB type day...

Postby CBatt2 » Mar Sat 14, 2020 2:25 pm

Great Fish!! Congrats.
Saw a couple of big (24+") walleye doing the "backstroke" at Tampier a couple of years ago. Heartbreaking, but it tells you the quality of fish that are around, when you work for them.
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Re: Didn't Think It'd Be a PB type day...

Postby Skifish1 » Mar Mon 16, 2020 1:23 pm

The fact that they are harder to catch. Especially after weeds setup means they grow big in our local waters. Catching them not so easy. But since walleye more of a cold water species they probably feed pretty decent most of the months and gobble up a lot of these stunted gills shad etc
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Postby philkol123 » Mar Wed 18, 2020 7:21 am

Incredible fish for these parts. Congrats!
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Re: Didn't Think It'd Be a PB type day...

Postby Wolfnight » Mar Wed 18, 2020 7:29 am

Congratulations. Thanks for putting it back to fight another day. Backs up what I have been saying for years. The Cook County forest preserves lakes are golden if you want to put the time in and be smart.
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Postby EricSignGuy » Mar Wed 18, 2020 10:48 am

Great fish, thanks for the post and info
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Re: Didn't Think It'd Be a PB type day...

Postby Islandfisher » Mar Thu 19, 2020 9:53 am

Amazing fish you got there! Beck is still my favorite cook county FP lake. Funny, there are currently 11 people on this thread, me and 10 guests.
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Re: Didn't Think It'd Be a PB type day...

Postby Peter Piper » Mar Thu 19, 2020 8:33 pm

Great catch, that’s the best fish I’ve ever seen outa beck! Good job putting her back too
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Re: Didn't Think It'd Be a PB type day...

Postby Brandon » Mar Sun 22, 2020 10:42 am

Helluva Walleye. Very very nice!!! Put in the time, get rewarded.
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Postby ohoffm » Mar Mon 23, 2020 7:04 am

nice fish and post
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