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MarkB

Yesterday, I picked up my Dad and Mom for visit. Dad comes to fish smile. Mom comes to gamble frown. This morning we decided on an area that has produced some really big catches for us over the years. Actually, we figured out this morning that we have been fishing the spot for 54 years! The deepest water in the area is ~30' but there is structure galore and ZERO snags! shocked The water shallows up to a 14'-16' flat and the areas where we concentrate our efforts are where the deeper water forms "inside turns" and "outside turns"/underwater points. At times they are right up on the flat and other times they stack up on the deeper 25'-30' break. Today they were right on the edge in 17'-20'. Casey's crawlers were the bait choice. The big fish hit in 17' and gave my Dad quite a tussle before she finally came up to the boat. What a great fish! It is our biggest walleye of the year and to have my almost 90 year old Dad catch her....well, it just can't get much better than that! After taking several pictures and measuring her, we released her unharmed. It certainly made our day!

Good Fishing,

MarkB smile

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Fish Head

Nice fish!! Congrats to your dad. How big was she?

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MarkB

29" and built like a brick outhouse!

He's on quite a roll!

I've shown this one before, but he got this one in early June:

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Good Fishing

MarkB smile

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chaffmj

Wow nice fish! Congratulations to your Dad.

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Capt. H (Ret.)

Congrats to your father!!! I am sure the IOWA cap helped!!!

Mike

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fishingdad

Mark. Wow what a treat to be able to be with your Dad & have him catch a beauty like that. I would have to say "That is as good as it gets". Great Job ( I wish my kids could put their Dad on fish like that )

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Casey Sunsdahl

That's a beauty!!

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redlabguy

That is a great fish and story. I'm going to go find my Iowa cap.

RLG

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MarkB

Thanks for the nice remarks gentlemen! He got a 17" this morning but he's still pretty full of himself when we talk about the big one. smirk

Good Fishing,

MarkB smile

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bturck

Mark great story and pics, but there's something missing........how did mom do gambling? Or is that a subject better left untouched.... smile

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MarkB

She claims to be UP $221! I think her math is suspect but she's having fun so who cares wink.

Good Fishing,

MarkB smile

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gloomiseye

Awesome fish!! (Hate the hat though lol).

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