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Speedtrolling originated back in the 1940s with Buck Perry and his theories of structure fishing. Perry theorized that fish lived in mysterious deep-water sanctuaries much of the time but moved shallower onto structure like points humps and breaklines to feed. We now know that fish behavior is much more complex than that but it provided a good starting point for deciphering fish behavior. Integral to his fish-finding and catching process were tools he named Spoonplugs: shoehorn-shaped metal trolling lures designed to work at particular depth levels. Based on lure size lures might run something like 4 to 6 feet versus 12 to 15 when trolled on long lines behind the boat. Spoonplugging provided a functional mechanical system for straining the depths eliminating empty water and locating and triggering strikes from fish even back in the days before depth finders became popular. Nowadays we have many other lure options to use and Spoonplugs have largely fallen off the radar amongst modern anglers. However they remain as effective as ever particularly when swift trolling speeds can be used to trigger strikes in warm water even amidst surrounding schools of abundant baitfish. Spoonplugs were always easiest to use when you were able to occasionally deflect them off relatively clean bottoms like sand rock or scattered wood with little or no snags. The challenge became using them around deep weededges barely ticking the outer fringe before shifting the boat back out a bit deeper to avoid burying them into the vegetation. Done correctly it was a fish-catching art form. Done poorly it was frustrating and snag-prone. #anglingbuzz #trolling #masterangler #catchandrelease #letthemgosotheycangrow #bigfish #fishing #catchoftheday #bassfishing #smallmouth #largemouth #walleye #crappie #pike #musky
Summer walleyes are easy to catch if you know the tricks of the trade. Learn from the Pros how to catch more walleyes with their go-to techniques. Pike Fishing, Fishing Rigs, Walleye Fishing, Fishing Stuff, Tackle Shop, Bait And Tackle, Most Popular Games, Types Of Fish, Largemouth Bass
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Chad Schilling on Pulling Propeller Rigs for Summer Walleyes: My go-to summer walleye technique would have to be trolling a Pro Tackle Propeller Rig with a bottom bouncer. The propeller itself is really just a tiny spinner but it does an excellent job triggering bites. As far as the bottom bouncer goes Im usually using a 2-ouncer but Ill change it up as necessary to whatever keeps my line at a 45 degree angle while trolling. I generally tip the rig with a half a crawler. When the bite gets hot and heavy Ill switch over to a plastic; really an Berkley bait will work though one of my favorites is the Rib Worm. I have also had a lot of success on paddle tails when the bite is especially furious. Its very important to run a long-shank hook for both the crawlers and the plastics. The Aberdeen hooks that come on the Pro Tackle Propeller Rigs are exactly what Im looking for in these fishing situations. Ideally youre trying to fish this rig as quickly as possible. I generally start around 1 mph and work my way up from there until the bite starts to slow down which is usually around 1.5-1.7 mph. The faster you go the more water you can cover so youre always aiming for that higher number if possible. This presentation really shines in rivers and reservoirs. The only place I havent had a lot of success doing this is on the Great Lakes and thats probably just because I havent done it enough there. When youre running this rig on a river system youll typically need to troll it downstream. If this is the case your #1 concern is making sure the propeller is spinning good. Dont worry if you need to go 3-4 mph to get some good rotation; youre not going to out-swim the fish. Theyll come and get it if they want it. One little trick that will help you with hookup percentage: leave your pole in the rod holder and let the fish and your trolling speed do the hooking for you. Let the walleye hit it and load up the rod then pick it up and give it a very light short sweep and crank it up. With the way these fish hit this rig youll only hurt yourself with a big hook set.
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Tom Neustrom on Pulling Spinners for Summer Walleyes: A lot of people dont understand how many walleyes live shallow all throughout the season especially in lakes with a little bit of color or turbidity. One of my favorite presentations for summer walleyes is running spinner rigs over isolated patches of cabbage up shallow. It is a presentation thats overlooked by many anglers who spend the summer months out fishing deep structure. What Im looking for is isolated patches of weeds in 5-10 feet of water with baitfish around it. If theres bait in there the walleyes are there too I use my Helix units to mark and identify potential walleye forage. Heres my spinner rig setup: I use a 3/16th oz cone-shaped sinker with a 30-36 inch 14# fluorocarbon leader. When it comes to blades I use #2s #3s and #4s with the #3 being my go-to; Im a big fan of both gold and hammered gold though I will occasionally use silver when the water is really clear. As far as bait goes Ill typically use a minnow or a half a crawler. When Im running a minnow Ill use a single 1/0 VMC longshank hook in gold otherwise I think VMC makes some great spinner rigs that I use with a two-hook harness. We run these rigs from 1 to 1.25 mph just fast enough to keep them up out of the cabbage beds. You want the rig running just above the weeds not down in them. #anglingbuzz #walleye #walleyes #grandrapids #northernminnesota #exploreminnesota #spinnerrigs #livebait #weeds #fluorocarbon #rapala #masterangler #catchandrelease #letthemgosotheycangrow #bigfish #fishing #catchoftheday @rapalausa
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Gary Parsons on Shivering for Summer Walleyes: While I love to catch walleyes on crankbaits and slow death during the summer the bite I look forward to the most is casting Shiver Minnows; its my most consistent technique from lake-to-lake for summer walleyes. Once water temperatures get up over 70 degrees this bite gets really tough to beat. I look for deepwater rock sunken humps and rises off the bottom in anywhere from 12 to 30 feet of water working the tops and sides of the these various structures. Cast it out and let it sink down to the bottom then make a big sweep with your rod tip and let the bait fall on a slack line. Its important that the bait free-falls immediately after the sweep otherwise youll disrupt the walk-the-dog action of the bait. Once the Shiver Minnow gets about a foot off the bottom give it another sweep let it fall and continue your retrieve back to the boat. Many people talk about this being a reaction bite but I dont necessarily buy into that thinking. More than anything I think walleyes see it as a dying minnow which simply represents an easy meal for them. The reason I believe that is because there have been times where I will miss a bite and that same fish will bite again again and again until its hooked up. That isnt reaction that is a fish hunting and looking for a meal. If you want some more information on Shivering you can check out the two videos below. #anglingbuzz #moonshinebaits #shiverminnow #jigging #walleye #walleyes #greatlakes #nextbitetv #minnow #masterangler #catchandrelease #letthemgosotheycangrow #bigfish #fishing #catchoftheday
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Mark Courts on Pulling Slow-Death for Summer Walleyes: I travel all across the country fishing tournaments and one thing that works everywhere I go is pulling a slow death rig. Its really a phenomenal tactic for covering water and catching summer walleyes even when the bite gets tough. Here's my setup: I'll run 10/4 or 8/3 Fireline down to a 1 to 2 oz bottom bouncer. I tie all my slow death rigs with 8lb XT Trilene anywhere from 3 to 4 feet away from the bottom bouncer. I typically like to match the hatch with my bead selection but perch patterns always work well. Ill use 1 to 3 smaller beads (#3s or #4s) a chartreuse a green and an orange bead with a small gold blade. The Mustad Super Death Hook is a good choice. Northland also makes a slow death hook that has a nice little keeper on it. This presentation is excellent for covering water. Ill fish it anywhere from 0.6 to 1.1 mph depending on the situation. You can fish this rig all over the lake whether you're on weedlines mud flats or gravel. One issue that many anglers having during the summer months is perch constantly stealing the bait off their rigs. I combat this problem by using artificials. My go-to is the Gulp! 4 inch Crawler in watermelon pearl it does an amazing job imitating a wounded baitfish. Another one of my favorites is the 3 inch Killer Crawler in the natural color. It looks exactly like a pinched off nightcrawler. I almost always use artificial baits when I'm pulling slow death rigs because they save me from wasting time rebaiting over and over again. #anglingbuzz #slowdeath #berkley #walleye #walleyes #trilene #nightcrawler #mustad #northlandtackle #weedline #mudflat #trolling #masterangler #catchandrelease #letthemgosotheycangrow #bigfish #fishing #catchoftheday
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Keith Kavajecz on Pulling Cranks for Summer Walleyes: Right now my go-to summer walleye technique would be crankbaits. I just think in the summer the fish get spread out enough that you need to cover water and theres no better way to do that than trolling crankbaits. As a general rule of thumb if youre fishing structure you want to run the baits closer to the bottom and if youre out in open water you want to run them higher in the water column above the suspending walleyes. Once youve marked the fish on your depth finder and identified where they are hanging out you need to experiment with different profiles colors and actions until you figure out what the fish are looking for. I think people make a mistake trying to match the hatch too much both in color and in profile. If there is already a lot of bait fish in the system giving them something they already have doesnt make a lot of sense to me. Id rather give them something unique: a different profile maybe a gaudy color a pink or a purple something they dont typically see. Now if youre not seeing much bait on your depth finder finding out what the natural forage is and trying to mimic that is oftentimes a good idea. All in all Im a fan of experimenting and letting the fish tell me what they want. The other thing you want to consider is how fast youre trolling. My ultimate goal is to go as fast as I can go and still consistently catch fish. If water temperatures are around 70 degrees you should probably be going around 2.2 mph. Ill go roughly 1.8 mph when its below 70 degrees and 2.5 mph when its above. It doesnt sound like a lot but the difference between 1.8 and 2.5 means youre coving 25-30% more water over the course of the day which can be huge. Thats why Im always trying to push the envelope from a speed standpoint. If they are biting at a particular speed try to push it push it push it and see what you can get away with. #anglingbuzz #crankbait #trolling #berkley #walleye #greatlakes #profishing #nextbite #summerfishing #lakeerie #greenbay #masterangler #catchandrelease #letthemgosotheycangrow #bigfish #fishing #catchoftheday