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Slow Death

August 17, 2014

Most of my efforts are spent fishing for largemouth bass, however that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy walleye fishing.  It just seems that the majority of lakes in the Twin Cities are more suitable to bass and thus that is what I pursue.  Given the opportunity to fish with a buddy on August 2nd and 3rd at a lake in the Pelican Rapids area I was all primed and ready to go walleye fishing.  The lake has classic walleye structures: sand and rock covered humps, points, sand bars and reed islands.

Hitting the water at about six p.m. we trolled crankbaits along several points in 15 to 20′ of water.  My first fish of the trip turned out to be a plump largemouth bass that thumped the fire-tiger Berkley crankbait that I had on.  A little while later we switched to a slip weight, 8′ leader, red bead, red hook, and a leech on mid-lake humps.  My buddy got us started by catching a 20″ walleye almost immediately.  Things slowed for us as another boat moved onto the spot and proceeded to nail fish after fish on crawlers and a Slow Death rig.  My buddy had apologized for leaving the crawlers in the fridge, fortunately the friendly chap in the other boat tossed us a box of crawlers and a slow death rig.  In a matter of minutes I was on fish catching this 20″ walleye and two others measuring 12″ and 13″, plus a scrappy smallmouth bass.

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Near dark we switched to trolling minnow pattern Rapala’s in 5 – 7′ of water need the reeds which resulted in three more 12″ walleyes for me.  All fished were released and it was fun to try something different. I’d previously read about Mack’s Slow Death Rigs in MidWest Outdoors and it was one of those things I’d been meaning to try. Unfortunately, they are not carried by any of the major sporting good stores in the Minneapolis area.  Their patented smile blade and bent shank hook gives the crawler a nice and effective action at a slow speed.  I of course ordered several Mack’s Slow Death Rigs on line when I got home.

Sunday, August 3, got off to a late start with a pesky thunderstorm that lingered until about 8 a.m.  Waiting for the clouds to pass we hit the water about 8:30 a.m. or so. The Slow Death Rig produced this 17″ smallie the first drift across a mid-lake hump and six 12″-13″ walleyes throughout the morning.

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I managed one more scrappy smallmouth and a rock bass on a  crayfish pattern crankbait cast near a rock and reed covered hump before it was time to hit home.

A lot of driving for about six hours of fishing but a fair amount of fish were caught.

– Hats

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