Head Banging, Heart Thumping Walleyes
By Perry Good
Everyone who fishes would love to run into a situation where the fish
literally jump onto your hook. In fact, you could put bare hooks
in the water and fish would smack them just like they hadn't eaten for
days. But unfortunately most of us don't experience fishing in this
manner. In fact, in most cases there are three distinct types of
fish. There are fish that are fairly active, and usually bite when
presented with any type of bait. Most of the time these fish are
small and they are "beefing up" for a change of weather or seasonal dictations
of storing fat for the spring spawn. There are also fish that are
totally shut off. You can drop the most delicious looking morsal
in front of their nose and the response is avoidance or a simple
yawn. And last but not least, are the fish that can be taken if a
good precise presentation can entice them to strike. This last group
of fish are the ones that you should be fishing for.
There you have it, simple and yet a mystery to many fisherman.
The head thumping, heart stopping factor, is matching your bait to the
level at which the fish are the most active.
Nothing short of dynamite will take the totally inactive fish.
A mistake here and there might get the suicidal fish. If we do things
right, the suicidal fish should become automatic. We want that fish
that will eat something put right in front of his nose. What we want
to do is match the level of presentation to the level of the fish.
We are going to make it easy for that fish to catch our offering. For example,
try to match your lure or bait to the fish that you want to catch.
If you were in 15 feet or water, and the fish were on, or close to the
bottom, it wouldn't do you any good to troll a
#7 Shad Rap through that area. Why? Your # 7 Shad Rap is an
effective lure, but depending on your line weight and the speed, the lowest
depth that that particular lure will run is 8 - 10 feet. If you were
to change to a # 8 Shad Rap you should pick up more of these bottom huggers.
Why? Your # 8 Shad Rap runs about 14 feet deep. Now you are
right in front of their nose with your lure. Your chances increase
to catch those head banging, heart thumping walleyes. In other words,
you have enticed them to commit suicide and jump on your lure.
Do this with all of your presentations and you will be giving
them a chance to become an active fish rather than an inactive fish.
The tools for you to use, and decide on where and when you are to
place your bait will vary, but the essential tool is a good sonar unit.
I like the
350 A or the Genetron unit because it separates those bottom hugging walleyes
and allows me to detect where I should be placing my offerings.
In dirty or stained water many times walleyes have a tendency to hug
the bottom, but in clear water or in weedy areas on cloudy days you might
find walleyes that like to suspend. Again, here is where you need
to match your presentation with the bait that you are using. In this
situation, I prefer to use a spinner or a live-bait presentation.
I will have to use a longer snell to get the bait in front of them and
I might want to use a color attractant, such as a
Gum Drop Floater or
a Roach Rig crawler harness. The fact that the fish are suspended
helps me to viusally see them on my sonar unit and I can then determine
what presentation I would like to make towards these fish.
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