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Old Reliable
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 fish."

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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.
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 
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.
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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.
Huge Walleyes fall prey again to the Lindy Rig "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.
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 
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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