James River

5 Year Walleye

Posted by Phil Lilley on June 19th, 2016
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I got out on the river this weekend and had my best day yet, this year..The river is low enough I could get out of the kayak and fish. My day started out with a deer coming down to see what I was doing. And later I followed an eagle down the river. I don’t have a camera that’s good at long distance pictures, usually my fish are not that far away. My biggest fish was a cat that broke my 8 lb line. I guess I forgot how to play a fish. My largest bass threw my 99 cent e-bay lure, yes I buy lures on e-bay, did not replace the hooks, lesson learned. Caught smallmouth, perch, gogle-eyes and one walleye. My streak continues…..one walleye, per year, in the James for the last 5 years. He wasn’t in one of the walleye holes but up one riffle, I guess one of the flood brought him up. The method was not cranking and stopping or ripping the bait through the water but to cast, over and over and over again to where I thought the fish where, with several different lures, over and over and over, until I think, the fish got pissed off and hit the lure.  I think I’m going to have to start using colored line, yellow or tangerine, eyes getting weak, and if I never catch another fish or fewer fish I will know its the line. Took pictures of a few..released them all…….Great day on the river…..

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