How Eric Naig bottom-bounces summer ‘eyes.
We shared this “Bottom Bouncing 101” video a few years back…but there’s been a lot of new folks here since then, so time for a little refresher. Northland Tackle’s Eric Naig gives away all of his bottom-bouncer secrets while on Lake of the Woods, his “favorite place in the world to fish.”
> A 1.5-oz Northland Rock Runner Bottom-Bouncer is the most universal weight size. My rule of thumb is 1-oz in less than 10′, 1.5-oz in 11-25′, 2-oz from 26-35′, and 3-oz for anything over 35.
> Want to have enough weight so that your bottom-bouncer is at a 45-degree angle, which will keep you out of snags. The shorter the leader, the less snags you’ll get.
> My all-time favorite color on Lake of the Woods is the “golden shiner” Northland Baitfish Image Blades. I like to make a perch pattern in my beads when I tie my own rigs: some greens, reds and oranges. That rig has caught me a lot of fish.
> Nightcrawlers, minnows and leeches all work well, but one of my favorite things to use is the Impulse Rig’N Leech.
> Lay your blade in the water and make sure it’s spinning, but ideally I like to stay between 0.8 and 1.2 mph. I put my trolling motor on continuous so it’s always moving.
He didn’t say it, but no need to feed ’em line when you get bit or they might feel the weight of that extra hardware. Instead just lower your rod tip back towards the fish to give ’em a second, and then sweep sideways into ’em.
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