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Stormy Fishing for 'Eyes.
By Sam Anderson
Many devoted walleye chasers wouldn't think of going
favorite fish without a good supply and wide variety of live bait.
Minnows of various sizes and species, leeches and nightcrawlers are
proven favorites of glassy-eyed fish. However, there are times
plastic baits will be just as productive and easier to use than the
Most walleye anglers are familiar with plastic bodied
curly tails. These jigs have subtle action bodies and are excellent
finesse jigs. The plastic bodies I have in mind have larger bodies
much more tail action.
Plastic baits are productive year 'round but I really
during warm weather. When the water is warm, fish are frequently
willing to chase a bait. A plastic bait can be moved quickly,
water can be covered. The more water you cover, the more walleyes
you'll have the opportunity to catch.
A jig heavier than normal is required to move the
bait along at a
quick pace. 1/4, 5/16. 5/8 ounce heads are the sizes I use especially
with WildEye Minnows and WildEye Finesse Minnows, from Storm Lures.
Walleyes will frequently spread out over shallow
flats or on
points. When they do so, try trolling at a fairly quick clip.
Tie on a
jig and plastic trailer heavy enough to stay near the bottom as the
moves along. As the trolling pass is made, sweep the rod so the
jumps, then falls back to the bottom. A 6'6" Quantum medium heavy action
spinning rod with Berkley XT in eight to ten pound test will be about
At times, walleyes can be found over the tops of cabbage weeds,
especially during low-light periods. At other times they'll suspend
along the deep edge of the cabbage. These are the times when
WildEye heads come into play. Especially the bullet shaped heads,
because they tend to slide through the weeds and can be ripped when
become stuck, triggering a strike from a fish. Swim the jig and
tail combo over the tops of the weeds, then let it fall along the deep
edge. This technique can be very productive.
Storm Lures has also added a new dimension to its lure selection.
Imagine combining the qualities of plastic along with the swimming
factors of a crankbait. Have you ever seen a lure like this before?
Neither has a fish. It's half Storm hard bait and half Storm soft
plastic. It's like when the guy with the peanut butter collides
the chocolate guy and creates new combination that's dynamite.
The new Storm Soft Shad has a Holographic hard body inside and durable
soft plastic outside. Cast or troll. Fish it like a crankbait
any specie of game fish. The soft outside looks and feels like
baitfish when the lure gets bit they hang on because it feels like
"The naturalistic colors, holographic swimin' flash foil, Storm WildEye
and life-like swimming action make the Soft Shad so real it could get
lost in a minnow tank." (2004 catalog)
Bait action again can be the triggering factor for many a finicky
walleye, northern pike and bass. In cold clear water use a slow
and slow retrieve or trolling speed. In warmer water, tight action
increased speed will increase your chances of a larger fish.
action when you attach your lure to the line. Run the lure along
the boat to see if it has a tight or slow wobble. Many baits
tuned to run true by bending the nose ring on the bait. This
the bait to run in the correct path behind the boat.
Be a change up person. Don't stick with one
bait all the time. Try
different colors, presentation, size, rattles and added weight.
fishermen tend to stay with old methods that have worked before and
to boat fish because they are stubborn about bait selection.
Remember you can be sure that you have made the
right selection when
choosing a lure because, you have done the research and you are not
afraid of trying a new approach. The ultimate decision comes
start tying into those fish and when you do let me know where they
biting by dropping me a line on the web at www.samanderson.com
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