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Went out to Chatfield for a couple of hours in the dark last night and nothing...not nary a hit...the bite has slowed considerably it seems...Joe was out there on Sunday night and nothing also...I was using the old standby various Rapalas...Joe used Rapalas and leeches the previous night...I do have a couple of observations for fisherman that are going to chase walleyes that are up shallow after dark...lumbering along the shoreline like a water buffalo in heat isnt going keep fish in the shallows very long when they can be spooky anyway from being up close...or even worse flashlights/headlamps on the water you are fishing...I wish I had a dollar for every headlamp I have seen in the last week that is left looking into the water while someone fishes...if you need a light on to tie a lure on crouch and turn your back to the water...at least blocking it from the shoreline...better yet learn to tie knots in the dark...you can practice this in the comfort of your own home...yes I know that sounds crazy...but you will be a better fisherman and catch more fish...a couple of ways to tie knots in the dark...Tom Lentz used to chase walleyes after dark long before anybody thought of it around here...he said he used to put the hook eye up to his tongue and feel for the line coming through (I never mastered that one)...another way is to pinch the eye of the lure or hook between your thumb and index finger and then with an inch of line sticking out in your other hand threading the needle using your thumb and index finger as a funnel...it takes a little practice...but it might save you from scaring the big girls if they come in close...just my two cents...
 

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Tom Lentz is the BEST large walleye catcher I've ever known personally! Haven't seen him in a while. Hope he's still out there gettin' 'em! Looney.
 

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Yeah I was curious to what happened to Tom...he had the after dark portion of the program nailed down to a science...he would of had a stroke seeing some of the carnage going on out at Chatfield in the last week...you were trying to sneak up on them how?...a police escort would of been quieter and with less light...CripeZ!...
 

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I was out there on Sunday night, did not see Joe. Saw a couple of other forum members and talked to them. Nice meeting you guys, Michael in Parker and Fish Slayer.

I managed to catch a few fish, no walleye but a couple of hard fighting smallies about a foot long, both on minnows 3 feet under a slipbobber and a palm sized bluegill that took a leech also 3 feet under a slipbobber.

Dan
 

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Thank you ZMan,

It is soooo rewarding to carefully approach a casting area, turning off all the electronics and lights (don't tell the cops), sneak into position, have some coffee while you wait for things to quiet down, and grab you stick carefully preparing to cast, and thinking about what a big walleye will feel like on your line.

Then some fine person blast through on his gas motor dragging a crankbait and shouts "ARE YOU CATCHING ANYTHING?"
 

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Yeah I was curious to what happened to Tom...he had the after dark portion of the program nailed down to a science...he would of had a stroke seeing some of the carnage going on out at Chatfield in the last week...you were trying to sneak up on them how?...a police escort would of been quieter and with less light...CripeZ!...
Our friend Tom has had health problems and has not been able to get around on the rocky faces of dams
like he is used to doing (lucky thing for the walleyes). He is still around.
 

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If this gentleman is the guy who fishes the dams on foot fall and spring, then he is a legend. I am fairly new to the AO, but have heard great stories of leg long walleye he has defeated. Someone should write a book about him.

A true warrior counting coup on large fish. I wish him well.

Whit
 

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Dan,

Joe saw you and went the other way! <snicker>...actually he said there was too much carnage and choose to fish else where...

Stevnmare...I couldnt have described the boat scenerio better ::)...you forgot to mention they dropped a tackle box and slammed all of their boat hatches too...sound travels 4 times faster in water...nothing like the good old vibratory fish rsvp!...that says Swim away faster!...guess we will feed somewhere else!

GMC045
If you see Tom tell him a fan and student of his seminars from way back says hi and wishes him well...he wouldnt know me from Adam...but some of us are still using his teachings and refinements he made in the night fishing game for big girl walleyes...and that they are still working...mainly tell him Thanks if you see him...

Looney...

We need to go fishing...I need to see you and Joe short circuit on being overly positive...
 

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Imagine all the walleye Mr. Lentz has seen at night at boulder res. I remember back in the day he would win every award at the end of the month meetings all pigs from the boulder res.
 

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Went out for two hours last night. Got cold, wet, and miserable in that order. Came off the lake with snow flying in my eyes and tried to figure out what the hell was in the water by the north ramp. only to see a couple of idiots in float tubes with flashlights. Glad I was paying attention, because the sound of slamming 18" of walleye sled into a tub fisherman is not something I want to hear.

I mean, I am all for night fishing, but come on. No fich either...bummer.
 

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I thought all water craft had to have lights at night that are visible 360 degrees. Did I miss something??? I dont think headlamps fall in that cat.
 

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Zman, let me know when you can go! Troy and I went out Wed. early! My first cast caught a keeper 'eye before Troy even had his lure out of his box. I love fishing in the snow ;D Ended up with 10 walleye of which 3 were over 18" and about 5 smallmouth. Turned out to be a great day.
 
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