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The Final Finale

We took our time getting going in the morning and headed back to the lake

Back at it again, the weather was the best I have ever had in South Dakota and especially the Pierre Region.  Wind from the northwest and with the lake running north and south, it provided an excellent way to manage the boat and keep it in the deeper water.  If you moved into the shore, your lure will pick up a lot of weeds and most of your time will be spent taking weed off the hooks.

That is the average size we caught.  Picture about 100 fish a head shorter and that was what it was like for two days.


We took our time getting going in the morning and headed back to the lake.  Back to the spot from yesterday, the question was asked "would our success be repeated again with the Flicker Shad?"  The next question we asked was "are the fish still in the same general location?"

Bruce on the tiller.


It did not take long and the answer was yes to both of the above.  We started off quickly with a nice walleye and the same process was repeated again.  We would catch 5 small fish for every one we would keep.  We also had to extend our area out to about 100 yards that we would work in.  The fish were more scattered. Size was right where it was yesterday which meant we would have a great time catching and pitching fish.

How much better can it get.


The wind stayed constant and a low overcast that looked like rain would move in and the temperature dropped a little.  Still the fishing stayed good.  Regardless of the weather when you are catching fish, it does not make a bit of difference what is going on around you.


Before noon, we were done and cleaned up the catch for the morning.  The plan was to bag up the fish and both of us head for home.


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Besides more Flicker Shad, this was the first piece of equipment I bought from Bass Pro plus some extra bags.  I am storing all my game this way now.  Click on the picture or the link above for more information.


Going home with a limit of walleye plus all the other fish we caught over a two day period just put frosting on the cake for the trip.  Here was two old men that have not seen each other in over 40 years getting together to visit, talk about life and re-kindle an old friendship.  That was the best part of the trip.


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Good fishing, good hunting, and good luck.  Hank

More Stories By Hank Huntington

Hank Huntington, Esq., is a native of southwest Iowa, healthcare professional, entrepreneur, accomplished pilot, hunting and fishing enthusiast, connoisseur, father and husband. He developed this web site for people to share their fun and excitement about the great outdoors. The best part of this hobby is, after a successful hunting or fishing trip, you are able to dine on fresh game or fish, after all, “ How do you eat a golf ball?” asks Hank. Hanks father and grandfather were both avid outdoorsmen so Hank learned his hunting and fishing skills from them and has passed the tradition down to the fourth generation. Plus the love of the outdoors, and a craving for exquisite dinning, would round out the package.

As a small boy, he fished a local oxbow lake formed by the Missouri River. The lake is primarily old river bottom mud, is not real clear, and has a lot of vegetation. The southeast corner holds a huge lily pad bed, and it was there Hank learned to drag through the water and across the tops of the pads, a Johnson Silver Minnow, with a pork rind attached. This was the place for big mouth bass, and there were lots of them, and young Hank loved to catch them.

At age of 12 Hank started going with his Dad hunting, and by age 14 he was an accomplished shooter with a 12-gauge pump. Shortly after that he was given his first shotgun a Winchester Model 12 pump; he still has it today. It looks like almost new, but the gun is never to be hunted again. Duck hunting in the late 50’s had little pressure after the first two weeks of the season, and when the north wind blew and it got really damp and cold, the big Canada Mallards came.

After graduation from high school, Hank attended Midland College in Fremont, Nebraska. There he met a fellow outdoorsman, and their friendship developed in the fields and streams of central Nebraska.

Hank had little time for hunting and fishing while attending professional school at Creighton University. After graduation he married his college sweetheart and they settled down to career, family, and as often as possible, hunting and fishing.

Hank and his family frequently flew their plane north to Canada to the legendary Canadian fly in lodges to fish for Northern and Walleye. Here he taught his son all the things his father had taught him about fishing. Most of the time the two went alone to the north woods, but when camping was not involved, his wife Pam went along. She always enjoys the fact that she has caught a bigger Northern Pike than Hank, and he has been fishing for 60 years. Today along the Missouri River valley, the deer population increased to the point that in many areas they are a nuisance. The duck, goose, and turkey has also population have also soared.

Area lakes have been well stocked. Many even have a walleye stocking program that makes outstanding fishing. Several are within easy driving distance of Hank’s lodge-like lakeside home. All packaged together is great dining. By the way, Hank harvests only what he will share at a table with family or friends.

Hank says, “Whenever I am on a lake, in the woods, or in the blind, I am always reminded of God’s great bounty and His constant presence. And whether in the great outdoors or at home with my wife, I strive to be a good steward of nature and all that God has given us.”

Good hunting! Good fishing! Good day!

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