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  1. #1
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    Default Really big Walleye

    Check out the Walleye I got on the 5th. I was using a blue/white clouser. I got four fish in an hour and 15 minutes and the small one was 22 1/2"! My hands were shaking after this one. When I got it close to shore I got a hand under the belly, scooped it up and tucked it like a football and ran for shore. A little over excited. It was 29 3/8 inches long. I got good video of catching it and it swimming away at the end. Great trip.

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    Nice!!

    What kind of rod is that you are holding?
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    Outstanding, and the fact that the fish was released makes it that much sweeter Dan!

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    Nice!

    And thanks for setting a good example of wearing something to protect your eyes from the hooks flying past your head, even when its not bright outside.

    Cold enough for neoprenes already?
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    The rod is a 15' 8/9 wt. Meiser Clearwater I built, ianhughscott. I love that rod. I made it bercause the banks are high, the river is really wide, and you can't get much more casting distance even with waders. The river gets to deep to fast. I can toss over 100' casts without having to worry about digging flies out of the brush.

    Hardyreels, I have been checking out your flies on some of these threads. You are quite the tyer. Thanks for the comment. I have never killed a big walleye yet. I actually don't kill big fish of any kind. Now if that fish had been, oh... 16" long or so, it might have been in trouble.

    Cliff, I may make a thread about the importance of eye protection. I have had 2 bad things happen in about a week and a half. The first, I hooked a really big fish, and it made a big run. I had forgotten my stripping basket so I had big loops of line in my left hand. I dropped the loops and tried to get the fish on the reel. I tied about 6' of shooting head and a whole bunch of running line into a knot about the size of a softball. When it ran again, the knot hit the stripping guide and the fish had nowhere. It pulled the hook loose, straightening out the rod. flinging the fly back behind me and hitting my Canadian friend right in the chest with it. I put safety glasses in my bag, but still didn't wear them. The day I caught this fish, I hooked the bottom. I tried casting past the fly and pulling it off away from me. This works way better with a spey rod by the way. I can save almost every fly. This time though I thought the fly was still stuck. and when I went into the cast the fly came out of the water and hit me square in the left eye. I saw stars and it hurt for two days. I wear contacts and that probably saved me a good scratch on the cornea. I'm glad it didn't hook it. It was a clouser, and it felt like that scene in the Superman movie where he gets the bullet in the eye. Trust me, there will be no more casting without eye protection. I should have worn them after I beaned the buddy. He's wearing them now as well.
    It's been really cold around here. The neoprenes really help. I had to wear the stocking cap [Toke as my friend calls it] and gloves also. It's been a really cool summer. We got into the 20's twice in August at night. 27 and 29. That's just not right.

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    Default Re: Really big Walleye

    I was just looking at my first post. I said left eye, but it was the right one. You know, the red one in the photo.

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    beautiful walleye!! I haven't seen one that size in a long time.
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    Great fish Dan, thats definetly a eye to be proud of!!!

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    I caught it's twin. How do you like my home made "hip shooter" stripping basket?

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    Nice job, Dan! We've been in the process of moving since the 1st of October,
    so I missed a lot of things on this forum, including this. You've inspired me to
    look for bigger fish .

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