This Jason Mitchell write-up is packed with too much good info to all fit here, so there’s just a few of those why-didn’t-I-think-of-that excerpts below:
> When looking for fish — or pulling the first fish off a location — nose hook for extra speed and durability. Once the spot dies down, you can usually pull a few more fish by tail hooking the minnow.
> Tail hooking works well when hovering over fish and hardly moving. The downfall is they usually fatigue quickly and die.
> To get more kick out of minnows when crawling through locations, hook ’em through the top jaw and not through both jaws.
> Bigger minnows sometimes require a shorter snell to stay in the strike zone. Anglers can often anticipate the bite by the “shudder” or action of the minnow before the strike.
Yup, you can actually feel the minnow “get nervous” when a walleye is close with Jason’s new Elite Series Spinning Rods:
> Many believe rigging requires finesse, but too light of a snell will A) twist when you speed up, and B) demand that you crawl along at slow speeds. I catch more fish by using heavier snells like 10- or 12-lb at times.
> Heavier snells allow me to speed up to over 1 mph and look for fish on my electronics when there’s none below the boat. When I mark fish, I can hover and back troll or use the spot lock on the trolling motor.
Jason said his favorite all-around rigging rod is the 7’0′ medium light fast action, which you can check out right here.