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Skinniest sauger ever, Pull leadcore shallow, Melons of the week

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Rock crawlers of the week!

Erik Demianenko’s 11-lb wally-saurus was caught trolling Rapala Down Deep Husky Jerks behind Off Shore Tackle Planer Boards in a tough northeast wind. Erik said they also caught a 10.25-lber and two 7.5-lbers the same day:

Paul Messier cracked this VT rock melon on a 3/8-oz Northland Tackle Gum-Ball Jig tipped with a minnow:

B Megs stuffed this gold-n-plump while slow-rolling a “cotton candy” custom-painted Rapala Rippin’ Rap on Green Bay. Lookit how fat that thing is!

Father/daughter duo Jim and Jenny Muscat put the whoopin’ on this Canyon Ferry Lake, MT 32-incher. Caught it pitchin’ rocks with a Kit’s Tackle Glass Minnow (supercraw) tipped with half a crawler:

Megan B. Okuma’d this Fox Lake, WI 7-lber while fishing a tourney with her fiance, who said: “It gave us 1st place and big fish…can’t beat those Okuma Deadeye rods!” Better get used to her always catching the biggest ones, dude!

When you should be pulling leadcore shallow.

Leadcore is typically used to get crankbaits to dive deeper, but NWT pro John Hoyer uses it for a different reason up shallow. Check the full tip on, but a few excerpts below:

> Leadcore allows me to run four lines at different distances from the boat while keeping the lures running in the same depth range. This keeps the baits from tangling when turning out and in on breaklines with many points. If the lines were all the same length they’d be crossing non-stop.

> I set the inside line with mono back 80′ from the boat…the middle two rods are rigged with leadcore and set back 50′ and 60’…the outside rod has mono 100′ back:

> For leadcore: I like to run 27-lb Tuf-Line MicroLead. It’s the thinnest-diameter stuff we can find — has way different dive curves than the average leadcore — and pretty forgiving on big fish.
> The clearer the water, the longer the leader. The visibility on Sakakawea was 2-3′, so we were running leaders as short as 10′ and basically power fishing.
> We run Berkley Fireline leaders anytime there’s debris, that way we can clear a fouled lure by snapping it [instead of reeling all the way in]. If there’s not much debris, we run 15-lb Berkley fluorocarbon.
> Most important thing in dirty water is for a fish to be able to find your bait. A crankbait hitting bottom is a trigger, and also is a constant noise to attract fish to you. I like the #7 Berkley Flicker Shads because they seem to deflect off bottom the most.
> When dialing in a color program on multiple rods, start with: one natural, one silvery, one firetiger and a purply one. That covers it all, then switch out the other cranks for the top-producing colors.
> I personally like using high-contrast colors like purple tiger, and then firetiger once the sun comes up. Firetiger is just one of those colors you’ve always gotta have tied on. As my buddy [and fellow NWT pro] Bill Shimota says: “Any color works as long as it’s firetiger.” [lol]

Spinnerbait walleyes are a thing.

Had a bunch of shots sent in from TW fans with their spinnerbaitin’ catches…but maybe you’ll still refuse to use ’em because of what your buddies will say? Lol!

Bill McGannon said they do it all the time at NE’s Lake McConaughy…some BIGGUNS too:

Lund Pro Billy Rosner had a solid spinnerbait bite going burnin’ 3/8-oz Terminators over the tops of cabbage. Did a shoot with In-Fisherman and now the secret’s out lol:

Brian “the headless fisher” Waldman uses bright spinnerbaits to track down saugers each spring on a muddy-water Indiana river:

Cody Malepsy said sometimes it’s the only way they’re able to pull fish from fallen trees and shoreline structure on Lake of the Woods:

Skinniest sauger ever?

Check this 22″ Lake Sakakawea toothpick caught and released by Randy Hummel:

Someone get that thing a bacon smelt burger before it turns to dust! Even the half-digested ones in cormorant’s bellies weigh more than that:



1. Ever fished a “clear” crankbait?

We’re talkin’ 100% translucent. Looks goofy, but can be killer in super-clear water on sunshiney days. This “clear” Yo-Zuri Crystal Minnow Walleye Deep Diver is specially designed for trolling and needs ZERO TUNING out of the box. #Money

2. MN: Charity “MN Fishing Challenge” is tomorrow.

Word is Al’s fishing the walleye division, which he usually does pretty well in…surprise! And Nick Lindner’s chasin’ “greep carp” with 5/0 weedless corn kernels and Whopper Ploppers…. Good luck all!

3. Didja know Bay Rat Lures are…

…100% made in the USA? Every part down to the packaging. It all goes down on the shores of Lake Erie:

Awesome looking hand-painted baits with great action. Check ’em out here.

4. Mustad sells majority stake.

Norwegian owner sells controlling interest to Norwegian investment company to try to grow company…though they already produce $1.5 bil products per year.

5. FISKAS Swimmer gets makeover.

> The slightly more elongated tail (or swimming lip) produces swimbait-like motions on both the upstroke and the fall.

Looks like the walleye version of a mouse trap.

6. Sonar wars: Trade commission rules against Garmin.

Judge recommended a $37-mil fine? Things are gettin’ nasty.

Have a shot at winning a Smooth Moves Ultra suspension seat base worth $585!! Your back will thank you in rough conditions! Just enter your email addy, then share the link you get for more chances to win. Good luck!

Tip of the Day

> Once the spawn finishes, walleyes focus on finding plentiful food sources. Many spawn in the north ends of Portage and Sucker bays, so they will start to work their way down for the main lake or the deep waters in Walker Bay.
> They usually feed their way out of the bays along shoreline structure, searching for spawning spottail shiners and perch. I’ll watch my Humminbird Helix on Side Imaging mode at 100-150′, looking for schools of fish without driving over them.
> Usually several identifiable community hot spots are on Leech. You can try to stay away from the crowds and find fish, but the boats are usually there because they’ve located a big school.
> My personal favorite early-season presentation is a jig and spottail shiner. The jig I use depends on bottom type, depth and the amount of wind.
> I really like the 3/16-oz Northland RZ Jig when fishing in sparse weeds. I like long-shank jigs because I can double-hook the shiner minnow, which makes it semi-weedless and helps catch any short-biting fish.
> On rocks: I prefer a 1/16-oz short-shank jig so I don’t get snagged, and hook the shiner in the mouth and out the shoulder behind the head. I like the Stand-up Fire-Ball for casting and the round Fire-Ball for controlled drifting or trolling.
Bro goes on to talk about where the walleyes go once bug hatches start and water temps rise into the mid-60s. Click here to keep reading.

Quote of the Day

I go fishing because without it, I’m basically a 2-year-old whose blankie is in the washer.

– Don’t know who said it first, but TW’s Brett McComas said it last in this sunset-must-not-have-caught-any-fish pic:

Today’s ‘Eye Candy

Diggin’ this Rapala Shadow Rap Shad shot. #Frosty

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