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Throwback Thursday: Bright Sky Walleye

Updated: Oct 29, 2023

At New Wave Fishing Academy we believe that practicing catch and release as much as possible is an anglers duty to the sport! It is a group effort to ensure the health of our fisheries can be maintained for future generations to enjoy as much as we have. To promote practicing catch and release we are going to share some of our favourite stories of fish we have caught & released for someone else to catch one day and create memories like the ones we are sharing with you all. If you have a story you want to share please reach out to us and we will gladly share.

This weeks Throwback Thursday story comes from New Wave Fishing Academy founder and president Brandon and covers a 31" walleye caught while fishing solo late in November. While solo fishing increases the potential for ending up in dangerous situations it also allows you to be more in tune with your impulses and try new things you wouldn't with others in the boat. A lot of learning and big fish opportunities happen during solo fishing adventures. Much like this trip late in November:

"Getting on the water early it was an out of character day for this late in the season. Sun, warm temperatures, and glass calm conditions made staying on the deep schools of fish and covering water easy. After smashing over 30 bass and a few small pickerel (walleye) in the first two hours I moved to a weedline where big fish had been seen in the past. Bluebird skies and flat calm conditons, perfect pickerel weather, said no one ever! Despite the conditions I toss my google eye jighead with a gulp along the edge of the weeds. After a few quick pops my line goes slack and starts taking off in the opposite direction. At first I think this has to be a pike but once it goes on a run and doesn't send the drag screaming I start to think the fight is a lot more like a pickerel. If it isn't a pike and it is a pickerel its a giant! As I get it closer to the boat, looking down to the bottom of the lake, I see the distinct white tip as it swims out from under the boat. Its a giant pickie! Getting it into the boat I struggle to take a photo solo but manage to get it done. A 31" 9 Lb 13 Oz Golden Nugget. After letting it go, I head off the water happy with the day I had, but as I get back in the truck I realize its only noon.

Looking back I should have tried to take advantage of the day and scope out some new areas but at the time I was fully satisfied with the day and decided to relax the rest of it."

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