I will never forget my first time up to lake of the woods last week, of course we would hit it at the worst time for wind, they blew for 7 days from 20 to 35 mph. That kind of wind will give you really big waves up there and I was about to find out how big for the next 7 days. We had never fished up there before, so it was a lot of water to try and figure out were to be and what to use. We ended up pulling crank baits and pulling spinners up past Garden Island. Day one and the first fish I hook into is a 6-ft. white Sturgeon, which at the time of the hook-up, had me thinking that I had on one of those 34-inch walleyes that you hear about being caught up there every once and a while.
It was not to be, as we found out when the Sturgeon jumped 3 ft. out of the water. I would have fought him if it had not been during the tournament, but time was of the essence at tourney time. I broke him off and went on with the real business at hand, catching walleyes. The run up to Garden Island is over 26 miles from the weigh in, and in 6 to 7 ft. waves, it takes just about an hour to get to the fishing spot and an hour back to the weigh in. We weighed in 10.05lbs on day one with our 6 fish, with none of them over 18 inches, that hurts when you know you have to have a big fish to even come close to winning up there.
We started out day 2 with 15 to 20 mph winds and as the day went on, the winds continued to build up to 35 mph and we knew it was going to take a little bit more than an hour to get in with those waves building by the minute. To make a long story short, we made it back in with just 3 minutes to spare, that was way too close for my liking, but what can you do in that kind of wind? It took just over an hour and 10 minutes to get back on day 2. We weighed in 10.09 lbs. on day 2, with a total weight for the 2 days of 20.09 lbs. which was good enough to take 35th place out of 72 of the best sticks in the field.
It was an honor to be a part of the 2017 MTT Championship this year and with any luck, we will be back again next year with just a little more knowledge under our belts than we had this year. Now I am back home recovering from my ride from hell for 7 days and my old bones actually hurt for 2 days after words, but I would do it all over again, just with a little less wind next time. I wish I had a walleye report to give you, but as you all know, we are shut down until ice up and we will know in the next month, what we will get for a harvest, or should I say for hooking mortality?
Either way, we will know our future at some point before Dec. 1st I hope. The Bass Masters was here this past week and we had Jordan Lee stay with us this year. He is an up and comer in the Bass World with a Bass Masters Classic Title already under his belt, after just his 2nd season fishing it. That is a hell of an achievement so early in his career, to go from basically an unknown one year, to the Bass Masters Classic Champion the next, will change you just a little bit.
Some guys heads swell up so big that they suck all of the air out of the room, but I would have to say that Jordan is handling it really well and is pretty much just a southern boy at heart who loves to fish, and it was a pleasure to have him at Rocky Reef Resort this year. I am just looking forward to a great winter season, like we had last year. That is the focus for now and we will keep you posted on what we end up with for harvest for the winter season.
Thatís it for now at Rock Central, I will keep in touch.
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