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Maiden cruise of the Walleyedan pontoon

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outdoors Brainerd, 56401

Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

First off, I would like to clear something up: Our new Harris FloteBote pontoon is an addition to our business, it’s not replacing our fishing boats. I have not traded in my fishing boat, but we now have another option for our customers that might want their entire party aboard one craft.

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We recently made the maiden walleye trip in the new pontoon and it was a success. I enjoyed the change of pace and the Texans that I had out had a blast. Five lines can be a handful no matter what kind of boat you are fishing from, but we made it work quite well, with only a couple of tangles.

The wind was blowing lightly in the morning and we walked our Lindy Rigs (tipped with leeches) along the bottom with ease, and on the first drift we caught our first walleye, a 19-incher. On the next few drifts we caught fish, too, and even had a double.

Then the wind slowed to nothing, so it was time for Plan B. Spinners would be the answer in my boat, but in a pontoon? Yes. We snipped and clipped and tied on bottom bouncers and spinners (tipped with leeches). I trolled forward, kicking the motor in and out of gear, and it worked. I think back-trolling might have been a better answer, but I will try that a different time.

WALLEYEDAN Eigen may be reached at (218) 839-5598, walleyedan@brainerd.com or www.walleyedan.com.

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