However, during the forty minute scaling process, I found the fish curiously pliant, and when we cooked it, only the cheeks were really good. The rest of the meat had an odd mushiness to it. We ate what we could, given the great taste, but the texture put us all off the thing. I've read that warm temperatures can do that to a walleye, especially if forage is hard to find. I'm assuming that that's what caused this to happen.
Nevertheless, The Boy was elated for days. We'd finally caught an elusive walleye, the fish we'd been obsessing over for a couple of years now. And naturally, it was the Fish Magnet that landed the thing.
It really was a fine fishing day; the kid caught three nice smallmouth bass that morning. We ate like kings!