The forecast for the day was for a high of 47, .25 to .50 inches of rain, and winds from 11-16, gusting to 25. A perfect day for the first trip of the year out on Lake Nockamixon.
It was also a perfect day to test out the Stormr Strykr Foul Weather jacket, with the rain coming sideways and the wind cold and biting. The jacket came through with flying colors (review to be coming soon) and the fishing also produced in spade. Not spades, but spade in the singular.
With the water temps not breaking 40 and the wind chill hovering around 35, the chosen techniques were jigs, jerks, blades and traps. After alot of runnin’ and gunnin’ we determined that the jig bite was not on, and fishing jerks slowly with the wind gusting was nigh on impossible. That meant moving to reaction style baits, and what better cold weather baits than blade baits and rattle traps? My fishing partner Cory chose a 3/4 oz Storm Rockin’ Shad in Blue Chrome, and I chose a 1/2 oz Fish Sense Binsky in Gold. The technique was super slow jigging off the bottom. One blurp and let it hit bottom. Pause. Rinse. Repeat. It meant a few snags, but that’s the risk, but the rewards can be huge.
The trap had one hit, but unfortunately did not hook up. The Binsky, on the other hand, provided the only fish of the day, but what a fish! When I jigged the Binsky up, I knew I had a fish on as it didn’t feel solid like a snag. With the wind blowing the boat around like a leaf, it was all I could do to keep it from going under the boat, or wrapping around the trolling motor. When the fish surfaced, my first though was wow, GIANT bass! The color was pale, and we were fishing next to deep water and it dove under again. Cory wanted to lip it, and I told him to get the net (foreshadowing). I finally got it up and Cory did the perfect net job, and when we got a good look at it, it was a GIANT female walleye, with a fat belly full of eggs.
So, even though it wasn’t a big bass like we were hoping for, it was definitely my personal best walleye, and a beautiful way to challenge the elements, and come out on top.
The gear used to catch the ‘eye: