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justtracytrolling

My best night ever on the river

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Many years ago before I had a boat I got a little bored with smallies and musky in the river so I took up walleye.  It didn't take long and I was addicted.  The goal was always to catch a 30 inch plus walking along the river in the dark with only a few lures in my pocket and no net, no way to really drag one around anyway.  I ended up getting a boat and fishing lakes without ever catching my 30.  I came close many times and lost a few that might have made it.  Since then I've guided many 10+ lbers at Otisco and even a few over 30 but none landed casting over 30.  Last night I had to run to the lake anyway so I figured I'd fish from shore and then hit the river after.  Otisco was a zero, but the river was on fire once we got it figured out.  3 of us caught 3 between 30 and 31 2 in the mid twenties and I think 23 smaller eyes.  Here is the biggest, my first river 30 at 10 lbs and almost 31 inches.  Certainly not my heaviest but what a surreal night.  A strong deep current and a super long cast made for a great fight and then getting ahold of it proved to be an even bigger challenge.  Fish was bleeding a bit so I kept it to mount.  We released all the other big ones along with my other fish, and my buddies each kept a limit of eaters.  The trigger tonight was a very slow smooth retrieve with long pauses every half turn to turn of the reel after cranking our huskies down as deep as possible...even putting the rod tip down in the water.  About a 5 to 7 count on the pause and some even longer.  My big one was by far the lightest tap of the night...hj14 in the lighter perch color, but any hj8 to 14 with a white belly worked, but the big ones all came off the 12s and 14s.

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Nice going Justin:yes:

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I long for the day where I get bored with smallies or muskies :lol: 

 

Nice fish and impressive feat landing them like that!

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I never got bored fighting smallies or muskies...I got bored mentally targeting them and frustrated with trying to fish around lots of people and not be seen catching good fish in my favorite spots so that when the water is right and you hike through the brush and get to your spot there isn't people already there.  It's easy in a boat...you just go some where else.  Walleye provided a brand new challenge and there isn't many people out at midnight shore fishing walleye.  Catching even 4-5 pound walleye from shore on purpose without someone to show you how, and absolutely nobody was sharing even the tiniest bit of useful info back then, was a real challenge!  I only go a handful of times a year because I'm too lazy now that I have a boat and figured I'd probably never get my shore 30 from the river.   It's not just full moons guys...I like a new moon just about as much and it not a coincidence last night was the new moon...

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Awesome haul!

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this may seem dumb to some, but I live near Albany....what river are you talking about?  Susquehanna, Oswego ??

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My guess is Susquehanna:smile: long river though....:smile:

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:lol: Good one Chuck

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