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Mark Martin Speaks out about lures and presentations
Mark Martin  1990 PWT World Champion
PWT Champion Mark Martin
Right now, as winter starts to yield to spring, I'm straightening out my
tackle box, making a list of new lures and checking it twice. By the time open water unfolds, I¹m going to be ready with walleye offerings both
naughty and nice. For simplicity¹s sake, I¹ve come up with three of the most effective lure and bait styles that will do the trick wherever you fish;
plus, I¹m adding in the most effective ways to work them. But until the
moment arrives when you¹re actually out there, you can bide your time
plotting and planning your tackle selection. Sometimes, it seems, the
anticipation is almost as fun as the action.

Northland Fireball Jig with Stinger Hook
Northland Fire-Ball. Jig
Of all the jigs on the market, none is more effective or versatile than the Northland Fire-Ball. They come in sizes from miniature to magnum, giving you the ability to cover all depths and drop speeds. And they¹re perfect for snap-jigging, vertical jigging in rivers and lakes, casting and dragging ‹any way you want to fish them. Though they are round jigheads, they excel even in current because of the slight keel shape of the head, which makes them track straight running water. 
Fire-Balls are large for their weight, too‹meaning a 1/16th-ounce specimen is bigger than a lot of regular 1/8th-ouncers‹and have bigger, more dramatic profile fish like. More than anything, the Fire-Ball is a live-bait jig, since it comes without
a keeper collar to hold on plastics. I use them with minnows, leeches and half night crawlers. In springtime, I turn to a few tricks to catch more fish. When I know a bunch are beneath me, I often bait up with two small minnows, one hooked upside down, the other right side up. This gives you a pair of minnows in the shape of a V for a more enticing profile. And if walleyes are striking short, if one does rob you of one of the minnows, it will often turn around and grab the remaining bait. Something to remember. Every once in a while I hook a single minnow upside down. I do it when I'm fishing very slowly and giving the jig little action; instead, I depend on
the minnow to do it for me. Upside down, the minnow is prone to extra antics.
Northland Whistler Jig
Northland Whistler Jig
Another jig from Northland that has an important place in my tackle box is the Whistler. It has a streamlined head and a small propeller for added sound and flash. If normally I'd fish a 1/4-ounce round jig, I boost up to a
3/8ths with the Whistler because of the added lift you get with the propeller. Whistlers are great for casting the shallows, around creeks, rivers and shorelines. When I pitch it out, I often work it almost like a crankbait. 
When it gets to bottom, I lift it and stop, lift and stop‹perhaps a little faster than with a standard jig. With a Whistler I like to turn to plastics as well. Since the Whistlers have a curvature to their hooks, they'll hold plastics in place without tearing off. 
Berkley Power Jig worm

Berkley Power Jig worm

Berkley Power Minnow
Berkley Power Minnow
Berkley Walleye Scent

Berkley Walleye 

Try small tubes or Berkley Power Jigworms or Minnows. Sometimes I add an extra squirt of Berkley Walleye Scent. One of the more offbeat offerings depends on nothing but plastic‹in fact, it's a double-barrel plastic presentation. On a standard jighead with a
keeper to hold the plastic, I put a Berkley Power Minnow and then cut an inch or so off the back of the hook, as if I were tipping it with live bait.
This unusual combination is great in big rivers where the plastics flip every which way and in times of poor boat control, when you can drag the fake baits over flats.
Blue Foxee Jig
Blue Fox-ee Jig
Finally, this spring I'm going to put a few more Fox-ee jigs from Blue Fox in my box. They come in standup and bullet heads, both of which are great in early season around emergent weed beds. Pitch them out, and they snake their
way surprisingly well through weeds because of their streamlined shapes.
Rapala Shad Rap
Shad Raps
Ever since their debut in the ¹80s, Rapals Shad Raps have been catching fish of all species from coast to coast. For me, they¹re go-to baits in walleye country, especially in spring, when I start with a No. 5 in water six feet and less.
Because you can work them faster than a jig, they help eliminate water, and suspended fish will come up several feet to strike them. But  like them to tick and nick bottom on the way in. Now, I don¹t exactly pound them off the bottom, but a little light touch of bottom is perfect. When you do feel it hit, stop it. Start it up again and when it ticks again, stop it. Every now and then I will plow it into bottom just to see what happens. Sometimes it's the ticket. If the water¹s a little deeper, go with the slightly larger No. 7.
Rapala Shad Rap RS
Shad Rap RS
A new weapon in my arsenal is the Shad Rap RS, a rattling, suspending bait. Once, while doing a Bass Pro Shops seminar and casting into one of the fish tanks, I had walleyes‹which, as we all know, ignore almost every bait or
lure in such captivity‹racing after the suspender. 

Like all crankbaits, don¹t just cast them out and reel them in. Rather, reel it down, tick bottom and pause. The lure will just hover there, not float up, and walleyes will
grab it. There¹s something about a lure stopping in a walleye¹s face that it
can¹t resist. With either type of Shad Rap, I like to add a little extra flash with thin
strips of Witchcraft holoform tape. I also experiment with the company's adhesive eyes you can stick to the bait. Sometimes it makes a difference. On Wisconsin¹s Lake Winnebago, for instance, I've found the walleyes have a definite preference for yellow eyes and black pupils. I don't know why, but I do know they work.
But there¹s a lot more to a Shad Rap than just casting. Raps are excellent trolling baits, and I have the depths they track almost down to a science.
Berkley FireLine so smooth and easy to handle its a no brainer
20-pound FireLine
Without weight and with Berkley 20-pound FireLine (the diameter of eight-pound monofilament), I can get a No. 5 down six feet with 63 to 73feet of line, a No. 7 down seven to 10 feet with 100 to 110 feet of line, a No. 9  down nine, 10, even 12 or 13 feet with 140 to 150 feet of line. Trolling speed is important, and I almost always run 1 mph to 1.3 mph. If you do go faster, your lures are going to dig deeper. Try trolling Shad Raps around tight contours when you want to get a bait into small places on a short line or when you want to get out and over bottom on lake basins.
And, lest I forget, when casting add an extra rod, where legal, with live
bait to pick up another fish or two or three. More on that in a moment

The Dead Rod
A dead rod, or one that¹s basically unattended, will liven up the action
many days. 
Northland Rodk Runner Bottom Bouncer painted
A dead rod, or one that's basically unattended, will liven up the action many days.When I'm moving along a contour jigging or tossing a Shad Rap, I¹ll put another rod out with a Northland Rock-Runner bottom bouncer and a Northland Gum-Drop Floater with bait. 
Northland Gum Drop floating Jig
Northland Gum Drop
Gum-Drops are particularly effective in spring due to the fish¹s slower metabolism. And they¹ll work pulled upstream in a river or on a flat in a lake while you¹re fishing another rod. I put a fast-action rod in a holder with a bouncer, a leader up to threefeet and a Gum-Drop in small, medium or large.
If fish are tentative I'll use a smaller one. If they¹re more active, I'll boost up in size, or if I'm around bigger fish. The spongy material of the floater keeps the bait just above the tops of emergent weeds. It also helps to keep the bouncer a few inches from bottom. When you get a strike, the rod will start to bend; pick it up and set the hook. Any bait ‹a leech, crawler or minnow‹will do the trick, but I prefer minnows in spring. Some Gum-Drops come with stinger hooks, but I don't put the stinger into the bait. Since the stinger is tied on stiff mono, it will lie right next to the minnow and help you nail short-strikers.

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