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One Month To Go for Early Bird

Hey there!

We have one more month to go before the Early Bird Draw deadline (April 30th).  Get those entries in fast to be eligible for the $500 draw that we do at the start of the rules meeting!  

The Winnipeg River in Minaki is starting to open up in the current areas.  Still lots of ice on the lakes.  I drilled a few holes on Pistol and Little Sand and there is still 32" of ice.  Water temp is cold for those who wanna know lol.  

A neat thing I noticed while ice fishing this year is how different the water clarity is from place to place in Minaki.  I found the clearest water in Big Sand, especially near West Bay and the darkest was in Pistol Lake with Little Sand and Rough Rock being somewhere in between.  That's something that's hard to notice in a boat during summer.  Keep that in mind when you are picking your crankbait and spinner colors during prefishing ;)

I am expecting to see even more big fish at the scale this year.  The weights last year were staggering as the number of big fish caught keeps increasing every year.  Several fish exceeding 8lbs were weighed last year, this hasn't happened since 2005.  I predict we will see 9 pounders this year and maybe bigger.  CAN'T WAIT!

And for those wondering, the biggest Walleye weighed in the Classic was 11.42 pounds caught by Paul Soeby & Brett Ulrich in the 2001 "Minaki Summer Classic".  I remember that year well as this was my second tournament ever and I fished with my brother Sean.  We came in 3rd with our biggest fish weighing 9.24 pounds... Sean caught it at 3pm on Days 2.  This is the only time I kissed that lucky bugger.  

I'll post a video of a 29+ inch walleye that I caught on my birthday (June 26) last year with my Dad.  I hope that will add to your excitement about this year's Minaki Walleye Classic.  

Stay Tuned!

 

JP

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