We mention lots of non-sponsor stuff in the Target Walleye emails. We also mention lots of sponsor stuff because they of course support TW and your enjoyment of it. What it comes down to: If it’s interesting, gonna help you catch more fishes, or something we think people should know about…we’re gonna talk about it.
ReelBait Flasher Jigs are made by a mom-and-pop shop, and one of those non-sponsor products we name dropped in the last TW special “greenback” issue ‘cuz it’s what a TON of guys are using on Winnipeg, Manitoba’s tributaries.
We got a message from Jeff Matity with a few more deets on what locals call “the ReelBait Red River Rig,” but it’s something that should work especially well on most any dirty-water river:
> “Here’s what the Winnipeg guys calls the ReelBait Red River Rig…the new Tournament Series jig
with 2X Strong 3/0 Gamakatsu hooks with two jumbo salties (I sugar-cure our shiners to make them last longer with better body condition).”
That stout hook is key since greenbacks get like 47 lbs (lol):
> “One shiner is hooked through the mouth…out the gill…as the collar of the jig is snuggly pushed into the mouth, the hook is brought through the side of the body…holding the shiner tight to the jig’s head.
> “The second shiner is hooked upside down to show the vulnerable white belly.”
[Raise your hand if you’ve also got a “vulnerable white belly.”]
> “A Bait Button is placed against the chin of the second shiner (not shown in the pic) to hold everything in place. This allows active jigging without causing the shiners to work loose and foul the hook.”
Here’s what the bottom of your boat’ll look like after a day of fishin’ with “salties”:
Also learned about the “pickerel rig” while in MB…might be a whole TW itself lol.