Shallow, clear-water walleyes are spooky critters…making long casts with reaction baits can sometimes outfish vertical jigging live bait or trolling.
Full write-up here, but a few excerpts below from walleye-nuts Tony Roach and James Holst on why the Rapala Shad Dancer is so good.
> Tony Roach: “The biggest key element is remaining quiet, getting in stealthy and pitching away from the boat [instead of below].
> “Those walleyes are going to be jam-packed in the shallow waters — whether it’s rock reefs, sand flats, even old weedbeds — they’re going to be up there doing their thing. And guess what? They’re going to be feeding.
> IDO’s James Holst: “It’s a balsa bait that you can heave about twice as far as a Shad Rap…it casts like a bullet.
> “If it’s not windy, the fish probably are not biting…so you’re going to be casting into the wind, that’s just the way it is. Having that Shad Dancer that you can really rifle out there — and get that balsa action — is really important.”
Big key to fishing balsa is the pause. Basically hovers there before sloooowly rising.
Guys like throwing it on Sufix NanoBraid ‘cuz it’s ridiculously thin and smooth casting.
> “It creates less wind resistance. 10-lb NanoBraid measures only 3/500th of an inch in diameter…2-lb test measures a mere 1/1000th of an inch. Also makes it ultra-sensitive and practically invisible in water.”
With most any walleye presentation, recommend adding a fluorocarbon leader to the main line with a double uni knot: