Then on a good mid length cast I got a powerful tug. I came tight and within a few seconds was certain that it was a nice walleye. After a good battle a gorgeous predator came to hand. That makes it my fourth walleye of the season, and I was still just hoping to hook one back in June!
Walleye are truly monstrous animals. They look exactly like a big mean predator fish should. And the teeth, they are even more toothy than pickerel!
I caught a few more perch on that black woolly bugger and I was about to leave, but I decided it couldn't hurt to make a couple more casts with a bigger fly. I tied on an articulated Great Lakes Deceiver and started getting it wet. I shortened the leader down to just straight 15 lb test. I made three good and true casts into the same area I caught the first walleye when a beast plugged it. The hit was bat crap crazy. It slammed the fly and went right at me. By the time it turned I had caught up and made a strong hook set. The water exploded. I couldn't believe it! This was a beast of a walleye! It didn't take long for me to land this monster but It was still clearly a strong fish.
When that fish took off (surprisingly quickly and powerfully) I was still not ready to go. I made one more cast. For a minute I thought I had taken another walleye, then I saw that it was a particularly interesting bass. I have caught a few largemouth with hyperpigmented melanosis before, but this on was striking! IT is not harmful to these fish and clearly this big boy was healthy, so it's pretty much just a cool novelty catch.
Remember, it is almost Christmas. I can't comprehend this fishing. It has been and promises to keep being unbelievable.