Crawlers and walleyes go together like cookies and milk, but rigging a worm right isn’t as intuitive as you might guess. What you’ve been doing with crawlers may be timeless and proven, maybe a spinner harness on a bottom bouncer or as part of a trolling spread. Or maybe you prefer nose-hooking a fat crawler behind a slipsinker and letting it dance across complex structure. How about a Slow Death Hook and half a crawler.
BOLD IS BETTER THAN BASHFUL when it comes to the use of livebait to tempt big walleyes. I use a straightforward system that relies on large, lively chubs presented below tip-ups to tempt big fish. Big walleyes are finely tuned feeding machines that do their best to fill their bellies quickly, which is why they find it hard to resist a big chub. Retro system? Yes, but it works, especially when you fine tune the process.
If you are a serious about walleye fishing, participating in a tournament or two might help you evolve into a better angler. There simply is not a better way to force yourself into focusing on the task at hand and catching big fish.
Every year during the Hardwater Season, the most frequent question posed to me is; “Should I spend my money on a Vexilar or an Aqua Vue.” For those of you just entering the Electronic Age of Ice Fishing, this can be a daunting dilemma. I’ll outline some of my thoughts on the subject to help make your decision making process a bit easier. The information may also help those who are looking for a well appreciated gift, fulfilling a need for the avid ice angler in their family.
The All Pro XT900 Package include: Pro XT900 Blue Ice Camo Shell with Square Tube Framing and Hardware, Pro Sled, and one or two 360 Degree Cushion Seats with Multi-Directional Adjustable Seating System.
A large, lively chub is by far, my favorite of all live-bait options for Walleyes. It’s true, big bait does equal big fish. If they were readily available during the summer months, and easier to keep alive: I can guarantee you that my boat would never leave the trailer without them.
In a previous column, I tried to emphasize just how vital it is to “hunt” fish with the assistance of high quality electronics. Notice I do not use the word depth finder, as what we have available today is so much more. In reality, the top shelf units are truly multifunctional units…offering sophisticated and highly sensitive sonar, combined with amazingly accurate GPS capabilities, overlaid on detailed background maps.
Fish Scout Double Vision with FL20 Tri-Beam IceDucer with DTD (depth, tempatgure and direction) is the ultimate fishing tool that has everything you’ll need to DOUBLE your fishing success. By blending the Fish Scout Camera system with the FL20 three-color Flasher, you have created the ultimate fishing machine.
Watch an in depth on water tour of the Raymarine e7 network MFD hosted by Captain CA Richardson of Flats Class TV.