Walleye C&R World Record Walleye Pending Certification Jim Edlund February 25th, 2014 | More From Jim Edlund Share0 Tweet Email Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+ I received the news via Ma Bell. Not Facebook. Not Twitter. Just a simple phone call with intel that a big fish had been caught on Lake Ontario’s Bay of Quinte. In turn, that led to a conversation with the angler, who was explicit the information be kept hush-hush until the paperwork was in process. Personally, my next move was to call Emmett Brown, Jr., executive director of the Hayward, Wisconsin-based Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame. At the time of my first call in early February, Brown hadn’t received the angler’s paperwork. Then, about a week later, on Tuesday, February 18th, Brown called me back and confirmed that the organization had received his application, that “everything appeared in order,” and the giant Bay of Quinte walleye was indeed “pending verification as a new Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame C&R walleye, ice fishing, world record.” The current Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame World Record, Division #4 – Ice Fishing, Catch and Release, Longest (only) Pole/Line, Walleye, is currently occupied by two 34-inchers in a tie. On January 22, 2011, angler Jay Millar caught and released a sag-bellied 34-inch walleye reportedly full of eggs, the weight of which will never be known due to a frozen scale. Later that year, on December 22, 2011, angler Jay Manwell caught and released a fish of the same length on Last Mountain Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada. Still, this fish is bigger. So, if everything checks out in the next few weeks, including notarized statements from witnesses, there will be a new name atop the big fish ledger for largest walleye ever caught and released through the ice. That name is Grant McAllister. No weekend warrior, McAllister is a former guide, seminar speaker, fishing promoter and walleye pro with experience on numerous tournament trails, including the Northern Ontario Walleye Trail, Tournament Trail and Quinte Fishing Series. In other words, the catch was no fluke, as is the case with many record fish. It is the result of what McAllister confesses has been a severe form of “big walleye tunnel vision” over the past half decade. relatedGiant 20-Pound Record Walleye Pending In WashingtonVeteran river rat John Grubenhoff landed an enormous walleye on Friday, February 28 from the Columbia River that eclipse... The Big Fish Story “In 2008 I owned an insurance brokerage firm in Toronto, Ontario, went through a transition in life, and decided I was going to pursue my dream,” says McAllister. “I was sick and tired of regrets. I hatched the idea of starting a guide company on the Bay of Quinte and we were on the water 200 to 250 days a year between open and hard water. That taught me a lot. Since, I’ve made it my life mission to find and catch big walleyes. I study the fish technically, theoretically and practically.” On Thursday, January 9th, 2014, McAllister was on the ice at 6:30 a.m. with good friends Keith Mallette, Rob Rizzuto and Cezar Spirala, owner of Springwood Cottages & Resort, “in hopes of keeping up with what seemed to be a good bite over the last couple of days.” The conditions were -9 Celsius (16 Fahrenheit) with westerly 10km/hr winds shifting to the south. “We were on the eastern end of the Bay of Quinte fishing one of my big fish spots, set up over 29 feet in pursuit of big fish. Within five minutes of set up, the first of many loud yells filled the air, ‘Fish on!’ My Marcum LX9 lit up like a Christmas tree and the fish were on fire. By 11:30am we had landed 19 and missed a bunch more. My PK Spoon looked liked it had been through a war,” says McAllister. He says the bite then slowed but he knew from hundreds of trips that fish would start moving through again around 1 pm. “A common mistake most anglers make on Quinte is only fishing mornings and evenings. But I’ve caught all my big Quinte fish between the hours of 1:00 to 2:30 pm, when everybody’s off the ice having lunch or whatever. I concentrate on high-percentage areas like break lines and wait for those one, two, three, four big marks you’ll see on your flasher during mid-day.” McAllister continues: “At approximately 1:47pm I marked a small bar on my flasher 16 feet down. I reeled up quickly and began trying to coax the fish into biting. Shortly after reeling up, this fish became very interested and the mark kept getting bigger and bigger. From the size of the mark on my LX9 and from years of experience on the Bay, I knew she was a trophy. Within seconds, the fish crushed my PK, I set the hook, my WhiteOut rod buckled and there was nothing but dead weight! I knew this could possibly be ‘The One’ I’d been chasing for so long. I screamed out to my friend Cezar that I needed help and he was there in a flash.” He says that after a brief but “rather hefty” fight, the “beast was on the ice” and the rest of his group stood around slack-jawed, dumbfounded by the walleye’s size. “My personal best to date was 14-pounds 7-ounces and 33.25 inches, but just by looking at this one I knew she was bigger. Cezar, being prepared as always, broke out the measuring tape and scale. She measured 35.3 inches long and weighed a whopping 14-pounds 10-ounces! This all happened in under a minute, minute and a half, and the fish was quickly let go without issue. What a day! Things couldn’t be any better as we landed 25 fish and I had broken my personal best! It’s a day we wouldn’t soon forget.” McAllister says he didn’t think much about the giant walleye other than it was his new personal best. He posted a photo of the fish to Facebook with the brief status update “The pigs are biting!” “I’d never really followed the records, didn’t even know the Freshwater Hall of Fame recognized live releases.” Fast forward to January 29th, 2014, and the subject of his recent big fish came up when traveling back up to the Bay with his friend Jules. “Jules asked to see pictures and asked me about the walleye’s stats. He looked at it and without hesitation told me I needed to get the fish registered. He was confident it was a new live release record. I was completely unaware. So I did some research and discovered that Jules was in fact correct. So, on February 3rd, 2014, I chatted with fellow walleye pro Tim Geni, whom I had become friends with on Facebook several weeks prior. He and I were having a Facebook chat about my catch and what lures I was using when it all went down. After sharing my experience, he was also adamant that I enter the fish, as a former world-record holder for C&R ice walleye himself. Tim has been instrumental in all facets of this process and a great support to me as I attempt to add this crowning jewel to my fishing career.” Winning Spot Using the Navionics app on his smartphone, McAllister says he found the fish in a “big mud bowl,” that’s often “loaded with food,” from perch to gizzard shad, alewives, ciscoes, and whitefish. “It’s basically a staging area where these big walleyes start their migration up to rivers. You’ll find walleyes cruising through, some resting and others actively feeding there because it’s loaded with perch and also intermittent schools of shad and other forage that move through.” Cat and a String McAllister’s approach to catching big fish is a one-two punch of calling them in and seducing them to bite with two vastly different jigging cadences. “I’m a huge advocate of understanding jig cadence. After a lot of trial and error, my typical cadence involves two high lifts of the PK Spoon four or five feet, three short lifts of a foot, then three or four bangs on the bottom. Then repeat. Since I’m really ripping it, I go through a lot of minnows, something most guys don’t do. But it’s huge in drawing these big fish in. Then, once I have them on the flasher, it’s like teasing a cat with a string.” The ‘cat on a string’ program is very much a finesse game, the goal being to get the walleye to slowly rise in the water column until it has no choice but to eat the bait. “The Marcum LX-9 allows me to get within a ¼ inch target ID separation, so I put the spoon right on top of the walleye’s head, and slowly bring the fish higher and the higher off the bottom, sometimes six, seven, eight, nine feet before they strike. I’m just shaking that spoon trying to get wiggle out of the minnow. Once you get it in your sights or on your zoom, those fish are going after the minnow and absolutely crush the bait.” But he says this particular fish came into the sights on his electronics without exhaustive play. “It cruised in 16 feet down over 29 feet of water and pretty much just crushed the spoon.” “There are a lot of suspended fish in the system. The ones we’re catching are the migratory fish that are chasing fish, so my suspicion is that they’re targeting on the schools of gizzard shad. I saw the mark, reeled up to it, and within seconds the fish just destroyed it. It was special, man.” He adds that the 2013-2014 hardwater season on Quinte has been amazing. “I’ve caught 12 fish over 10 pounds this winter and all but one have come off a 3/8-ounce PK Spoon in original shad or firetiger glow with a 2-inch dace or chub hooked through from the bottom of the mouth up through the head.” When asked if the thinks even bigger walleyes reside in Quinte, McAllister answers emphatically, “Yes!” “There are 15s, 16s, 17s, 18s, and even bigger. I’m convinced the next IGFA world record will come out of Ontario, trumping anything in Arkansas or the Columbia River out west. It’s one of the Great Lakes and has giant fish nobody’s ever seen. And there’s no lack of big, fatty food. No doubt, there are some monsters that would absolutely dwarf this fish. And I’m going to figure out how to catch them.” GALLERY: Top Electric Augers 1 of 8 <h2>Nils Cordless Drill Auger</h2>Nils USA Hand auger easily converts to a cordless drill auger simply by removing the handle. It features a top plate (flare) that is larger than the hole being drilled to prevent the auger from ever accidentally going down the hole. Available in 4.5-, 6-, and 8-inch models. For best results use 2 speed high torque cordless drill with 700 inches of torque or better when using UR800C. <a href="http://www.nilsmaster.com/web2008_035.htm"target="_blank">Click Here to View Product!</a> <h2>Nils Cordless Drill Auger</h2>Nils USA Hand auger easily converts to a cordless drill auger simply by removing the handle. It features a top plate (flare) that is larger than the hole being drilled to prevent the auger from ever accidentally going down the hole. Available in 4.5-, 6-, and 8-inch models. For best results use 2 speed high torque cordless drill with 700 inches of torque or better when using UR800C. <a href="http://www.nilsmaster.com/web2008_035.htm"target="_blank">Click Here to View Product!</a> <h2>Strike Master Lithium Lazer</h2>24” Ice. 56 Holes. Incredibly Fast. All on a single Charge. The most modern technology available, the StrikeMaster® Lithium Lazer™ auger provides consistent speed and torque without reduced power. Features an electric motor powered by 50-Volt Lithium Ion Battery. The Lithium Lazer is equipped with a full size 8” steel drill and twin Stainless Steel Mora Lazer Blades. StrikeMaster American Made. • Drill Size: 8" • Weight: 24 lbs. • Easy On/Off removable 50-volt Lithium Ion Battery • LED Light Safety ON/OFF Power Switch • On board indicator quick-check battery status • Fast Charging - 2 hour - 2-amp Battery Charger • Mora™ Twin Stainless Steel Lazer Blades • American Made 25:1 Transmission with Heat Treated Steel Gears • Polymer Gear Casting Yields Lightweight Power • Oversized Throttle for ease-of-use • VANDAR® Long Filament High Impact Handles • Environmental/Quiet/Zero Emissions • Limited 3-Year Warranty on Motor, Limited 1-Year Warranty on Battery <h2>Clam Ice Auger Conversion Kit</h2>This lightweight and ultra-portable system converts an ordinary 18-volt cordless drill found in most anglers’ garages into a hardwater powerhouse capable of slicing and dicing the ice with a 6-inch tempered stainless bit. Don’t raise your eyebrows. Clam testing revealed it could quickly bore through a two-foot icepack, and reduce a whopping 700 inches of ice into shavings on a single battery charge. Slick features include an industrial ball bearing that absorbs load from the auger, shielding the drill from life-shortening torque. Available as a kit complete with drill plate bracket, 6-inch auger assembly, and handle for under $150. <a href="http://clamoutdoors.com/pages/clam"target="_blank">Click Here to View Product!</a> <h2>ION 6-inch Electric Ice Auger</h2>The folks at ION followed up on the success of their original 8-inch electric, unleashed in 2012, with a 6-inch option well suited to panfish fans. Weighing a svelte 22 pounds, it’s fueled by a 40V MAX lithium-ion battery the company promises can plug more than 40 holes through two feet of ice on a single charge. Other amenities include a high-efficiency, planetary gear transmission; 34-inch, steel-welded auger; and Straight Through blades that resist catching at breakthrough, putting an end to bone-jarring jerks and stops. <a href="http://www.ioniceaugers.com/home.asp"target="_blank">Click Here to View Product!</a> <h2>Icegator Attacker II</h2>Icegator enjoys a near cult-like following among its supporters. Credit the performance of its powerheads, which work with various gas- and hand-auger bits, including Nils, Eskimo, and Mora. The Attacker II is available in 24-volt lead-acid and 29-volt lithium-ion battery options. Both feature forward and reverse locomotion. The 29-volt model spins at a blistering 400 rpms, and the company says it’s capable of boring more than 60 8-inch holes through 28 inches of ice on a single charge. <a href="http://www.icegator.com"target="_blank">Click Here to View Product!</a> <h2>Jiffy Pro II Lectric</h2>Like its gas-powered cousins, Jiffy’s Pro II Lectric is a workhorse. Standard features include a high-output electric motor and heavy-duty wiring. Plus, the durable, steel-geared HTT High Torque Transmission nurtures the transfer of energy well enough to milk more holes from less juice. Just don’t look for a battery under the trademark yellow cowling. The unit relies on an external 12-volt power source, and comes with an 8-foot cable for tapping your truck or ATV battery. Available in 6- and 8-inch models, both packaged with an XT Drill Assembly and Ripper Blade. <a href="http://www.jiffyonice.com/EComStore/product/demo-pro-ii-lectric-model-55,3717,16.htm"target="_blank">Click Here to View Product!</a> <h2>StrikeMaster Electra Lazer</h2>A bantamweight knockout, the Electra Lazer weighs in at less than 30 pounds, thanks in part to its weight-shaving polymer gear casing. Powered by an onboard 12-volt battery pack, it also comes with a set of cables for sipping juice from external sources. With a 90 rpm auger rotation and 40:1 gear ratio, the drill quickly drives its twin, serrated, stainless steel Lazer blades through the thickest ice. We also like the impact-resistant Vandar long-filament handles, which are a blessing in the harsh conditions augers face on a daily basis. Finally, to simplify re-stoking the battery, both car and wall chargers are standard issue. Available in 6-, 7-, and 8-inch options. <a href="http://www.rapala.com/Electra-Lazer/Electra%20Lazer,default,pd.html?start=2&cgid=strikemaster-power"target="_blank">Click Here to View Product!</a> <h2>Vexilar K-Drill</h2>Designed specifically for the speedy revolutions of a hand-held electric drill, the K-Drill assembly weighs just 10 pounds, yet slices through ice at an inch per second. You can pair it with a variety of 18-volt drills, but Vexilar recommends Milwaukee’s M18 FUEL series models for their sweet spin rates and cold-tolerant lithium ion batteries. Powered by an M18, the K-Drill’s high-carbon steel chipper blades can punch 20 holes through 20 inches of ice on a single battery. If Swiss Cheesing a frozen fishing ground is on your itinerary, simply buy a converter to draw power from an external 12-volt source, such as an ATV battery. Available in 6- and 8-inch options. <a href="http://icefishingtoday.com/pages/buy_ice_fishing_accesories.php"target="_blank">Click Here to View Product!</a> related 5-pound 12.8-ounce World Record Sunfish ... Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+ Share0 Tweet Email Load Comments ( ) Don’t forget to sign up! Get the Top Stories from In-Fisherman Delivered to Your Inbox Every Week Even More Ice Fishing Show More Get the In-Fisherman Newsletter FREE! Get the top stories delivered right to your inbox every week. Best Fishing Times: Solunar CalendarRead Now! Advertisement ▶ Now on Tablets! Subscribe & Save! Temporary Price Reduction! Subscribe Now Give a Gift | Subscriber Services WAIT!DON'T MISS A SINGLE ISSUE! Get 8 issues for the low price of just $8! Subscribe!