The One That Got Away

Posted by MNAngler On July - 6 - 2009

Species: Northern Pike
Size: 17″
Lure used: white pearl super fluke w/ red hook

Species: Unknown
Size: 16-17″
Lure used: white pearl super fluke w/ red hook

Species: Smallmouth bass
Size: 9.5″
Lure used: white pearl super fluke w/ red hook

Date: 7/3/2009
Time: 8-10:00pm
Body of water: Poplar Lake
Location: Gunflint Trail
Weather Conditions: clear

After not seeing many fish earlier in the evening, we didn’t hold out hopes for a very fruitful trip to Walleye Alley, but Ken and I went anyway. I had picked up some bottom bouncers a few weeks ago after learning about them from Rob a few weeks ago and bought some leeches from the Ugly Baby bait shop earlier in the day. I tried fishing with the set up, but the only thing I was catching was rocks. We went up once and down once.

Having been there an hour, we opted to head to our favorite fishing hole, but decided to fish through some rocks on the East side of Walleye alley. I tried one of my new bubble gum flukes through the area where I caught two smallies Memorial weekend. No bites. I switched to a white pearl fluke through the rocks, but still no bites.

We got to our favorite bay and the white pearl fluke produced a little 17″ Northern on the North shore. I’ve been wanting to get some Northern lately to try pickling them, but this one was too small, so I released it.

We paddled into our hole and after a few casts, something hit. I set the hook, my rod was over my head which didn’t feel as good as I would have liked. It turned out I was right. As I was reeling in, Ken got the net, but when it got next to the boat, it took off for open water and got free of my hook. Both of us sat there stunned. Partly because it looked like it was good size. Ken estimated it at 16-17″. We couldn’t tell what it was, but it was too fat to be a Northern and too thin to be a smallie. The back did, however, look like a walleye. But we’ll never know.

I got a 9.5″ smallmouth to round off the night.

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