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by Dan Vinovich
It was one of those mornings we all dream about, cool air, a light breeze, and not a boat in sight. I was working a flat with a crawler harness, slowly slipping shallow to deep. Shad were busting the surface all around the boat. Back and forth I worked, careful not to miss any areas a hungry walleye might be waiting in ambush. One hour later, I had nothing to show for all of my effort except a few yellow bass and one lost crawler harness I donated to a hungry muskie. I reeled in my rods, poured a hot cup of coffee, and sat back to enjoy the morning. I thought to myself, “No fish, who cares.” “This sunrise is too good to pass up.”
Just as the sun started peeking over the trees, I heard the faint sound of a small outboard in the distance. Within a few minutes, I caught a glimpse of an older gentleman heading my way. As he approached, I could see a couple of old rods tied up with some of the largest jigs I think I have ever seen. He slowed down off the port side and offered me a greeting. “Beautiful morning, huh?” he said. “The only thing missing is a few hungry walleyes.” I said. He replied, “I got my limit the last three days here.” “Not today.” “I think you must have caught them all,” I replied. “I think I will give it a try anyway,” he said. “Good luck,” I replied. I thought to myself, who are you kidding old man, as he putted to the far end of the flat.
Rather than taking the time to retie and try something different, I
opted to pour another cup of joe and just sit back and enjoy the sunrise.
Not five minutes had passed when, out of the corner of my eye, I saw the
old boy scrambling for his net. I could not tell what kind of fish
it was. However, I did notice it had to be a good one by the way
he hoisted it over the gun wail. He then dropped the fish in the
live well and continued fishing. Within a few minutes, he repeated
with another fish. This one I knew was a walleye because he caught
it a few yards off the bow of my Targa. Now it was time to pay attention
and watch what he was doing. He was working the same flat in the
same fashion as I had been. I did notice he was working a lot faster
than I had been. Suddenly, he set the hook yet another time.
That hook set yielded another big walleye. I could not take it anymore.
I fired up my trolling motor and moved in for a closer look. As I
moved within a few yards of him, he said, “I thought you said there were
no fish on this flat.” I told him that I had been pulling crawler
harnesses with not so much as a hit. I then asked him what he was
using. He lifted his bait from the water for me to see.
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