First there was Truman versus Dewey, Jesse Ventura in 1998, or even the Miracle Mets of 1969, but on Thursday I (yes I) shocked camp winning the much coveted Smoothrock Walleye Fishing Challenge" and got to hoist the Stan Peer Memorial Trophy for the first time ever and win the fabulous prize money.
Why is this such a shock? You may ask. First of all, we spent more time blueberry picking than walleye fishing, mostly because we found a blueberry spot that was just incredible and we never win the walleye trophy, walleye fishing is just too ....slow.
|Greg, boat partner, picking berries on "Burnt over Lunch Island"|
Secondly, we aren't very good at it. We do not have the sophisticated sonar, fancy rigs, or anything, we just fish jigs, sometimes rotate colors, but only reluctantly, and well, catch many small ones but nothing large. Greg, my boat partner almost never catches even a fish for the "Slot Board," over 19 inch fish we release and mark on the board. This year the group had 58 registered fish, Greg, he caught 1, and was happy he caught one. The first one I caught, was on a pike lure in 2 feet of water.
Our boat spends almost our entire effort pike fishing going after a separate trophy, one in which we can win, one in which we have won, and won in which we expect to win, the only question is typically who in the boat is going to win it, and it becomes quite competitive, I the "Pike Whisperer" but also the guide, who usually fishes second on casts, so Greg has an advantage on each bay.
|3rd place, 37 inches. The group landed and released 19 pike over 28 inches|
|2nd Place 40 inch fish, although heavier than the winning fish, it was a 1/2 inch too short to win. Our boat caught 197 pike for the week, about average. Our best total 352 in 2013, a year in which we boated 5 over 40 inches|
|Greg holding the first large fish caught, last Saturday, 40.5 inches, but it held out for the entire week|