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COTD 18 Inch Toothy Walleye On Tip-UP



On Monday I went to Harrier lake in search of some bass. The day before I went to Walk on Water, so I had some monstrous 8 inch suckers left over.  So I figured while I was out jigging, I would set up a couple tip-ups. Then 5 minutes after I set it up, FLAG!!! I raced over (but not running because if the fish hears me running he is likely to drop the bait), reeled in the slack and set the hook. It didn't take long to reel in my 17 inch bass by hand but it sure was fun. I like to rig my FrabillArctic Fire tip-up with 15lb. Ice braid, then use a Quick Strike Rig, to rig a big roach or sucker. And don’t forget, using your flasher to drop your bait down, it really helps it stay a couple feet off the bottom. Then, 30 minutes after that, I had another flag. I set the hook and squeezed my 18 inch toothy walleye threw the hole. A new personal record for walleye threw the ice. After that I caught another 3 pound bass on a tip-up but I was also catching a lot of 9-13 inch walleye and bass on a 1/8 oz. Custom Jigs and Spins Slender Spoon tipped with a minnow head. So next time you go ice fishing at a pond or small lake, don’t leave the tip-ups at home, you never know what you might catch.

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Posted: 21 Feb 2013 18:40 by mwolthusen #7149
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Nice eye! Going out again this weekend to try and catch me one of those!
Posted: 20 Feb 2013 22:14 by CrankinKing #7148
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Nice 18"er. Great story. Congrats on COTD
Posted: 20 Feb 2013 21:10 by Fluke #7147
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Nice 'eye dude!
Posted: 20 Feb 2013 18:00 by Orbits3 #7146
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That's a nice catch! It's always fun to catch a personal record! Great job on the pic also.
Posted: 20 Feb 2013 15:05 by JTC24 #7145
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Thanks guys, I was just shocked on how active the fish were on Monday in order to eat a 8 inch sucker!
Posted: 20 Feb 2013 11:10 by redhook62 #7144
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Very cool!
Posted: 20 Feb 2013 10:29 by CSimon2 #7143
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Congrats on the COTD! Great job!
Posted: 19 Feb 2013 22:28 by SoonerBass #7142
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That's a nice one, I caught a baby walleye on a big hammer swimbait that was about as long as the fish last time I was out there. Good to see there are some bigger ones as well.
Posted: 19 Feb 2013 21:33 by JC1Crappies #7140
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Great Job and awesome fish!
Posted: 19 Feb 2013 21:01 by Marty Rogers #7139
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What a great story and congrats on the Catch Of The Day!