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By Ted Takasaki and Scott Richardson
Sometimes you can't teach old dogs new tricks
because the old dogs don't
need them. Take Nick Adams for instance. Thirty-five
years ago, Adams teamed with two fellows named Ron and Al Lindner to form
what is now Lindy-Little Joe fishing tackle. They started the company around
one product, the Lindy Rig, which
consists of a lead walking sinker, swivel clip,
and a snelled hook. Today, Adams uses that same rig to take one trophy
walleye after another during autumn from natural lakes and reservoirs near
his home in Brainerd, Minn.
"On a normal day's fishing, you should catch
at least two fish between 26 and 30 inches, and you should do it in less
than three hours," said Adams, now president emeritus of the company he
helped build. His biggest fall walleye last year measured 33 inches and
weighed more than 13 pounds. "That's not an exaggeration. You can
really catch some hogs," he said. "The fall bite is tremendous for trophy
Wind blowing in is even better. Look for structure
adjacent the deep basin when targeting a natural lake. If a reservoir,
look for structures that are adjacent to the channel. Focus on points and
inside turns where fish congregate. They're the same
|Adams loves hunting for white-tails and waterfowl
as much as the next guy. But from mid-September to ice-up, he makes sure
he takes time to pursue huge walleyes like those. "They're fattening up
for winter, and they are voracious," Adams said.And, they can be caught
around the clock, he said. All that's needed is a Lindy rig and an understanding
of walleye movements during day and night. Walleyes in spring relate to
gradual drop-offs. But, after turnover in fall, walleyes migrate up and
down the sharpest breaks they can find on structure nearest the deepest
water. How sharp? It's often a steep grade of one foot down for every foot
out, Adams said. A hard gravel bottom is best.
areas you'll be fishing in those frantic two-weeks
of intense action right after ice-up.
Look for bait fish and signs of walleyes on the
sonar screen. In clear-water lakes in Minnesota, Adams normally fishes
depths of 15 to 40 feet during the height of the day. He'll often connect
with fish at 25 to 36 feet.Tools are simple. He uses a 6-1/2 to 7-foot
medium action rod with 8-pound line on a spinning reel. The Lindy sinker
is usually three-eighths of an ounce.
Lindy Little Joe
|If hang-ups occur, change to a NO-SNAGG sinker.
The snell is the standard Lindy length of 30
inches when fishing at that depth. The hooks are 2/0 or 1/0 to hold big
live bait, namely 4 to 6 inch redtail chubs. Here's the key -- pierce the
chub behind the dorsal fin near the spine, not though the lips. Hooking
in the back lets the bait struggle hard to escape. Its lively antics sound
the dinner bell for hungry walleyes. Adams said the chub's movements
become so violent when a big fish is near, that the chub telegraphs
the presence of a trophy even before the
strike. "The rod tip just vibrates," he said.
Use an electric trolling motor. Creep along from deep water to shallow
and back to deep again. Go slow enough to remain
vertical to avoid dragging the chub and lessening its action.
As always after dark, make certain the boat is tidy
to avoid accidents. Have plenty of light on board, like a Tazer glow
light. Adams adds a propane heater to his boat later in the season.He
sometimes turns from live-bait to artificial when night fishing in shallow
water. Still using the electric trolling motor, he long-lines
||"You want the redtail to be able to swim," Adams
explained. A vertical
presentation also improves hook sets on deep
fish. Even though the bait is big, there's no need for long counts after
the bite at this time of year. These are not bashful walleyes. Simply
just drop the rod tip back and set the hook. "It's the killer instinct.
They engulf it," Adams said.
Walleyes move shallower during low-light conditions
early and late in
the day. By darkness, they may be in as little
as 4 to 6 feet of water while attacking any target of opportunity,
he said. At those times, Adams changes to an eighth-ounce sinker or even
a split shot and lengthens the snell to 4 to 6 feet. Continue to
move slowly to let the chub do its work.
crankbaits like the Lindy Shadling and Baitfish.
But, as the sun rises in the sky, Adams picks up his rod with the Lindyrig
tied on and begins moving deeper. Just like an old dog, he's on the trail
of those deep-water, structure-oriented fish once again, and he sees no
need for new tricks. The old, legendary ones work just fine.
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