Bob Myers, category manager for Wright & McGill Co., displays a typical Minnesota walleye ’round about January. Lean and mean. Hunting for survival. Susceptible to spoon presentations.
Myers was helping us experience the new Wright McGill Tony Roach Signature Series ice rods. I picked a 42 incher to play with. I like long rods. It was a vivid experience, battling walleyes with these long, sensitive, lethal rods. Like eagle claws, they hook, give, and hold on.
Over the far northern end of the lake, an eagle circled in the amiable winds and affable light, looking for a semi-frozen perch. Once upon a time, anglers left a few small ones out there for brother eagle. But that’s against the law. Unless, I hope, when done by accident. Like last year when, having moved 100 yards, I remembered a coho salmon I left laying on the ice at the last spot. I turned to go back for it, and brother eagle was carrying it away.
I like eagles, but, darn. Coho salmon from Lake Superior, in winter? Peak culinary experience. Better me than you, but bon appetite, monsieur eagle.
The claws of an eagle are pretty tough to escape, as exampled by many a skewered trout. Of course, the lure helps. I was using a 1/2-ounce, copper PK Spoon to start the day and popped a nice one. I hope artist/photographer Al Noraker, merchandising and special projects manager from Wright & McGill, will send me one of the photos he shot of that sunrise surprise.
Once hooked, the walleye wasn’t going anywhere. The new “drop-shot” style, separated handle with its slim cork was easy to grip, light to carry from hole-to-hole, and perfectly balanced with the new Wright & McGill spinning reels.
The ice-fishing reels Wright & McGill will be coming out with soon are pretty amazing—including a 4:1 center-pin style that really rocks. More on that in a couple posts. Next we look at which spoons and jigs have been hottest for walleyes so far this winter.