Tip of the Week
November 8, When trolling crankbaits such as in the fall/early winter period, it is of paramount importance to have sharp hooks. Dull hooks stick less upon slow speeds than when trolled fast in the summer. You are looking for hooks that stick to your fingers “sticky sharp” is the term.
November 4, Did you know you can buy a brand new crankbait and it can be a dud. A dud crankbait will not run straight and will veer off to the left or right or shimmy erratically to one side or the other.
You are WAISTING your time fishing an out of tune lure, as described above. The best crankbaits track dead straight. period. Test your crankbaits to make sure they run dead true.
You can tune crankbaits to make them run true. If running/veering left – bend the wire right. If running right – bend the lure left. However the more you tune a crankbait, you eventually create play between the plastic bill and the wire line tie, once the line tie wiggles even a tiny bit back and forth the lure is shot, and will not run true.
October 23, When you jig you have the option of keeping the jig on or off the bottom. On bottoms where sand is dominant, the risk of snagging goes down, dragging your jig can be the ticket on some days and on other days a vertical approach is what the fish want.
October 15, Put down peanut oil on your Christmas present list, when we go to such lengths to catch the elusive walleye the cooking should be done right. Peanut oil is a big part of making the fish fry a hit. Because peanut oil has a higher smoking point than standard vegetable oil, the fish cook fast and fast is the key to good tasting fish. Soggy fried fish is a shame. I recently bought oil at Fleet farm it was intended for turkey frying, I was not too impressed as it was linseed oil. Peanut oil is worth the money.
Jay Leary with a trophy smallmouth bass Jason Hankes with a trophy walleye
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October 9th I think many anglers believe trolling is a passive presentation where they can set their rod in the holder and “chill out” and wait for a bite. That is true you can catch fish that way. I will say this though, just like lindy rigging it is true with trolling some anglers constantly catch more fish than others from within the same boat. These anglers that catch the most aren’t being passive. If you are fishing for the plain atmosphere of being on the water, more power to you. The more active you are with any presentation and work at knowing where you lure is the more fish you will catch.
Sept. 16. Try to learn one new spot, presentation, knot to tie, line to use, lure retrieve, depth finder feature, speed to fish, etc. on every trip. This way even if you do not catch as many as you would like, you are growing as an angler. I still try to do this. You are never to old to learn something new.
08/26/13 When taking your kids fishing and they are not so exactly eager to do it, you will find once the kids are near the water they like it. Try then to catch anything that swims to keep them happy. It is also a good move to leave before they ask to go to, they want to come back sooner this way.
08/13/15 When using soft plastics for smallmouth bass it is important to not go overboard on the size of the hooks. The hook needs to “fit” the size of the lure, blending in to appear more natural. I will often use hooks 2 to 3 sizes smaller than what other bass anglers will use. A smaller hook will fool a discerning bass faster than a hook that is oversized in relation to the size of the bait.
08/08/13 To the eye there are differences between sauger and walleyes, but the best way to tell the difference between the two fish is saugers have spots on their dorsal fin – walleyes do not have these spots.
Late into the fishing season baitfish are very important. Bait fish are identified on the fish finder as giant gray or black masses on your screen. These clouds of baitfish though they may be high in the water column are still being marauded and eaten by walleyes, and though the bait fish are suspended often walleyes that relating to these bait fish, are hanging near the bottom.
07/16/13 It is precisely the moment when you least expect it that a muskie appears following your bait right to the boat. You need to be ready for that moment BEFORE you see the fish. You must be in ever anticipation for the follow so you can seamlessly transition from your L turn into a figure eight or large oval presentation. One truth about muskie fishing is most days you don’t get many chance to catch one.
07/08/13 Not all crankbaits run true out of the box. You must test them boat side to see if they run straight. The ones that veer to the side catch 1/3 the fish that the true straight running lure do. I dread to think of the countless hours missed by anglers trolling crankbait with out checking first to see if the track straight. If they do not run true you must tune them.
06/10/13 When the walleyes are short striking you need to feed them line.
Charlie “Turk” Gierke
My best tip – Trust Jesus – He is the way!