The Bulls

by Tim Worel

Every year, Jon Hedin and I (Tim) go fishing near Grand Rapids, Minnesota for the ‘bulls’. A ‘bull’ is a sunfish that is over three-quarters of a pound. A ‘double-hump bull’ is a sunfish that is close to a pound or over. Jon and I were fly-fishing and the bulls were biting. Every time we laid the fly in the water we got another bull. For every three bulls we caught, we would get a double hump bull. We couldn’t believe that this was happening to us! Every 10-15 bulls we would get a muskie or a northern that would hit at the bulls as we were pulling them in. Many of the bulls we caught had big scars on them. We did manage to see a couple of the monsters. They just wouldn’t let go of the bulls.

Jon caught a monster crappie that weighed about two pounds. Then we went from sunny bulls to crappie bulls and from fly rods to ultralite rods and minnows. We caught 16 crappies ranging from 1-1/2 pounds to 2-1/2 pounds. We ran out of minnows so we went back to fly-fishing for the sunfish. I spotted what looked like a monster crappie that was about 1-1/2 to 2 feet long and about seven inches up and down. Both Jon and I threw our flies right in front of her but she wasn’t biting. Jon and I just looked at each other and I said, “Oh well, maybe next year!” Jon and I probably caught about 100 bulls apiece that day. We kept 60 double hump bulls and 16 crappie bulls. It was a real “sunny-bull” fishing day!
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