Tip of the Week
August 23, 2014
Look for minnows breaking on the surface and other fish activity on top of the basin on the river. this time of year the white bass will push the shad to the surface to enable better predation on the minnows. Here cast spinners, grubs, crankbaits to these fish for good action. I have not witnessed the massive schools as in the past, but I am seeing some schools.
August 1, 2014
Smallmouth bass locate somewhere between where a largemouth bass and a walleye would reside. Fish move naturally yes, but they do have locations they typify. A largemouth loves the weed beds and a walleye likes the drop off. Smallies like structure like a walleye but mostly a lot shallower. Smallies hang near weeds but mostly on the edges. Also the bronze back bashers seam to be places and depths where a walleye would be far too cautious be found.
July 24, 2014
When the water clears and it is a sunny day one of the best colors is the Rapala “Shad” color. A very natural looking crankbait and often over looked because how plain it is.
Of all the cranks I have ever used Rapala is the best.
July 12, 2014
Tune your crankbaits. The best lures are the ones that run dead true, arrow straight like a laser beam. STRAIGHT.
I have found if you buy four of the same crankbaits one is a fish killer, two are ok, and one is almost non tunable. The first needs no tuning, the second two will run true with proper tuning, and the fourth “junk” crank maybe can be tuned. However the excessive tuning the fourth crank will always need soon creates play in the wire and plastic lip interface and a wiggle is created. Then its off to the parts bin.
June 24, 2014
Reacting slowly to the livebait walleye bite is absolutely the right move currently (and for that matter it has been all season). Having the fish “take away” the hook/bait from you before you decide to set the hook is imperative. Any quick strike or knee jerk reaction on your part to set the hook upon detection of a fish results in a lost fish. It takes patience to wait until the rod tip loads (bends) sufficiently upon the weight of the fish, you must time it right.
June 12, 2014
Hook your livebait so it tear off the hook and does not interfere with the hook finding its mark in the fishes mouth. You do this by barely hooking the bait. I call this hooking your bait “lean” as opposed to “rich”. Anglers hook their bait rich so it does not become stolen. Bait is to be used not conserved!
June 4th, 2014
The best tip I can think of right now is what to do when you have a big fish on…
Keep the pole bent.
#2 If the big fish is running hard the other way do not try to reel or stop or horse the fish. play the fish out.
#3. The split second that you can gain ground and reel in line do it, but do not break rule 1 and 2 in doing so.
Remember the key is to fight the fish well not bring it into the boat as fast as humanly possible.
May 23, 2014
May 19, 2014
Water temperature not the day of the calendar year determines what bait and speed you should choose to present to the fish. Cold water is where minnows dominate, around 60 degrees minnows become less productive.
May 12, 2014
When the water temperature is below 60 degrees jig and plastics, and blade baits work well snapped back to the boat. You can work these more aggressively in relation to livebait because the livebait will tear off of the hook. These aggressive jig techniques work well when the fish are very tentative such as right now. I am not sure why the 60 degree mark is where I stop jigging artificial for walleye, but after the water warms they just are not as effective. Simple trial and error has taught me this.
Livebait rigging is a summer technique for sure, but make no mistake when the fish are sluggish in cold water feeding fish line can mean no fish or fish in the box. Keep your finger on the line with bail open in this technique. It is also rewarding to catch a keeper this way.
There are some soft plastics with larger tails than what you would find on the ringworm (the generic name for this bait). The ringworm has a subtle tail and is the staple plastic used by river fisherman. A few plastics have larger tails and do throw a bigger wake, thus making it easier to find in dark water. These baits with larger tails are Ringers, Moxi’s, and Puls-Rs. Give some of these a try they are an in your face bait, but they do catch fish.
Charlie “Turk” Gierke
My best tip – Trust Jesus – He is the way!
When in doubt as to what type of plastic to use – put on a ringworm they catch big walleyes and will take better fish than hair jigs when the walleyes are active.
Hair jigs are a great way to bulk up and add color to your presentation. Hair jigs naturally come in different sized weighted jig heads. They also come with more or less hair. Big hair really bulks up the presentation and aggressive walleye will hit it for sure! All the colors of the rainbow work. Give them a try I feel they are best when the water is cold.
In cold water the number one factor to catching fish is going slow. The trouble comes when it is windy and the current is fast. On top of that the best spots are not very big and are the size of a few boats. So not only does speed make you go through a small spot too fast thus giving fish less chance to decide to hit the bait, it is the fast speed that will cause the fish to ignore the bait. So too fast of speed is a two fold problem.
March 11, 2014
When the water is cold plastics are especially effective for walleye and sauger. However when you are fishing cold water slow speed is required, when you are fishing slow the fish have a longer time to see the lure and choose whether or not to strike. This with is when the right lure color is most important. Try as many colors as it take find what the fish want.
February 11, 2014
My all around favorite fishing rod is the Limit Creek LCS69MLF it is nicknamed the “Smoothie,” it has proven itself year after year on jigs, Lindy rigs, split shot rigs and light three way rigs for walleye. Tubes jigs, plastic jerk baits, and Senkos for smallmouth bass, plus sensitive enough to detect crappie bites. I have at least six of these on board my guide boat year round. Sensitive, tough, versatile, at a fair price.
Please consider the LCS69MLF “Smoothie” for your next rod purchase.
Take a closer look at “The Smoothie”.
January 7, 2014
Know the best bite time frame – it is essential. Some lakes have a night bite, others do not, some lakes catch fire from sun up to 8:30am and there are bites in between, some lakes have odd bite times and if you are not on the water at those times, well forget it. Talk to the experienced fishermen to find out, hopefully they will tell know, local bait shops in the area are interested in getting you solid information, some guides, and even smart chamber of commerce’s that promote their fish and game will produce a good report including bite times (such as Lake of the Woods area).
December 17 When ice fishing be sure to use line that is not heavily coiled and full of memory. This is especially true when panfishing. Kinky old line looks absolutely unnatural to the fish resulting in less bites.
Speaking of fishing line…I often preach about having the right sized hook when using livebait in the summer. When ice fishing you must use the right sized line in relation to your lure. There are many diminutive niblet sized sunfish lures on the market that will slay these delicious fish, however these lures are poor producers when tied onto line four pound test and heavier.
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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