My youngest boy horsed up this 26.5" walleye on Saturday night at about 8pm. We have mostly rod and reel combos down but I had an old hand over hand rattle reel line down in this fishing hole.
My daughter and her boyfriend came out on snowmobile to visit and have a walleye dinner in the fish house with us. I was at the table finishing with filleting the fish I was going to fry when my daughter points out that a bobber is down.
Well, the boy is like a spider monkey. He's at the line in a flash and sets the hook by hand and starts his tug of war with the walleye.
I didn't get excited, Lake of the woods in northern MN is not really a night fishing lake, not for walleye. I was expecting he had hooked into a eel pout, (burbout, ling)as did everybody else in the house. I pointed out the gaff to my daughter and told her she might want that handy if it's a big stinky "pout".
Well the little man kept horsing that 8 lb mono and pretty soon there was a 7 lb walleye at the surface......
That's when the noise started, lol! Between my daughter and the youngest boy I don't know who was more excited/vocal but I got the hint that this wasn't an eel pout.
Taylor's boyfriend assisted my little guy in getting the fish out of the fishing hole. We pulled the hook carefully, got a measurement, a couple pics and she had to go back as Lake of the woods has a 19.5"-28" release slot.
Mr chocolate milk face with his fish.
Back she goes.
The fish hound doesn't understand why we let her go.