By Larry Myhre firstname.lastname@example.org
CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. | It just felt like a day made for walleye fishing. Lake Francis Case was a rippling ribbon of blue as we observed it while driving down the bluffs into the Snake Creek Recreation Area.
With the boat launched, Hall of Fame angler Ted Takasaki guided his 20-foot Lund glass boat out of the bay and into the main lake.
The Platte/Winner Bridge loomed in the background as Ted dropped the bow electric into the water at the main point on the north side guarding the entrance to Snake Creek.
This rocky point often holds walleyes yet is overlooked by anglers eager to seek their fish farther away. Ted, who had been fishing the area for the past couple of days, suggested we begin with bottom bouncers and the new Lindy spinner harnesses.
It didn’t take long. Fourteen feet down on the lake side of the point, Ted set the hook into our first fish of the day. It was a fat 17-incher, and I slid it into the livewell thinking what a great fillet that fish would make for the fish fry we planned that night.
I was fishing with Gary Howey, Hartington, Neb., who was filming the trip for his Outdoorsmen Adventures television series. Scott Ulrich, Hartington, was manning the camera.
We were fishing 2-ounce bottom bouncers on 7-foot St. Croix bottom bouncer rods with Ardent casting reels filled with PowerPro braided line.
We had eased only a few feet farther along the point when the tip of my rod bent over with the take of a good fish. I sent the hook and was fighting a twin to Ted’s fish. Gary slid the net under it and lifted it into the boat.
As I removed the hook from the walleye’s mouth, I took some time to look over the new spinner harness. I was using a size 3 Colorado blade in what Lindy calls the “Rainbow Smelt” color. It features a green, pink and white colored holograpic blade mounted on a quick change clevis.
The harnesses come in 12 baitfish patterns with beads colored to accent the blades.
They are tied on 72 inches of 14-pound-test fluorocarbon line with snelled, No. 2 Octopus-style hooks. Click link Below for Full Story!