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Tie your own spinners, Early fall cranks, Speed up your troll

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Walldawgs of the week!

There’s 90 teams in the Ladies [only] Fish for Freedom tourney on the river portion of Tobin Lake today. They’re allowed a boat captain (cant touch a rod, bait or net) if they want, but a lot of the ladies have said “we don’t need no stinking captain!” Love it.

Amber Barrie and Lisa Solberg thwacked this 30.75″ slaunch while prefishing — go and get ’em, ladies!

Guide Toby Kvalevog put his boat on a ridiculous 31″ [!] Leech Lake walldawg — said it inhaled a #9 Rapala Jigging Rap in 15′. Don’t get much bigger than that…sheesh!

Blaine Zurkan stuffed his new PB Lake of the Woods wallypotamus at a stout 30.5″:

Hope Rob Henry had enough life jackets stashed in his Lund 208 Tyee GL for all those human-sized walleyes he took for a ride. Lol what a day!

Tying your own spinner-rigs for mid-summer walleyes.

Sure there’s a ton of different pre-tied rigs on the market, but there’s just something special about tying up your own the night before a trip. Here spinner-nut Travis Sorokie talks about the components he uses to put more ‘eyes in the boat. Full write-up here, few excerpts below:

> “I’ll typically tie my 2-hook spinner rigs between 6-7′ in length. If I’m fishing over weeds/rocks or shallower than about 15′, I will shorten the leader length to 3.5-5′.

> “I prefer to use #6 and #8 Daiichi Red Octopus Hooks. If I want to add a little more color to my spinner rig, I’ll switch to a Gamakatsu colored hook in the same sizes.

> “For my beads, I’ll use the 4- to 5-mm sizes in various colors. This is where I really like to experiment with color combinations, as I feel it makes a difference. I love the various pearls and glow beads that are on the market.”

> “More often than not I’ll use a Northland Baitfish-Image Colorado Blades in sizes #3, #4, and #5. You can get the smaller #3 blades to spin at slower speeds, but the larger #5 blades will put out more flash and vibration.

> “A general rule in selecting your weight is 1 oz for every 10′. I try to fish as vertical as possible when trolling spinner-rigs, so I tend to use 2- to 3-oz Slick-Sticks the majority of the time. The key is to not have the sinker drag on the bottom — you use the weight to contact the bottom and hold above it.

> “Spinner rigs can be fished anywhere from around 0.7-2.5 mph. If you’re around 1.3-1.7 mph, you will have success. Remember when doing any form of trolling…it’s better to be too high, than too low — and It’s better too fast, than too slow.”

“Can you guess how many lures, crankbaits or naughty words this stump has caught?”

Great question from radio personality Boomer Stelmach after he caught this Devils Lake, ND stump-knocker:

Use crankbaits for early-fall transition walleyes.

The Scatter Rap Glass Shad has been (and still is) a killer leadcore bait this summer — especially in clear water — but Joel Nelson is REALLY liking ’em for targeting walleyes during the early-fall transition.

Intercept those wandering fish by targeting the edges of weedlines — just off the first break in 10-14′ — while longlining with Sufix 832 Braid 100-150′ behind the boat:


1. MN: Lake of the Woods is showin’ out!

Lake of the Woods kicked out 18 bags over the 40-lb mark on day 1 of the AIM state championship — unreal!

Team Rosemore doubled on 28-inchers [shocked emoji]. So that’s why walleye pros keep 2 nets in the boats:

Follow along on day 2 (today, Sat) here.

2. MN: Hobie Invasion on the Rainy River.

Move over bass yakkers: this crew got on walleyes, pike, even sturgeon [!] from the ‘yak on the Rainy River.

3. WTHeck…plastic squids for walleyes?

First I had ever seen it…. Ty Sjodin says it increases the profile of his bait and helps float it up out of the rocks. Anyone else ever tried ’em?

Some killer info in this Hooked Magazine write-up from Tom Armstrong. Pretty sure Tom’s arms are so strong (lol) from catching walleyes like this:

5. Pro rigs for sale.

> Joel Nelson’s Lund 1975 Pro-V w/ 225 Merc L6.

Incredible rig! Joel legit made me help him wipe it down at the end of each day…and all ‘crawlers need to be rigged over the edge of the boat lol.

> Toby K’s 2075 Pro Guide “Blackout Edition” w/ 200 Merc Verado.

Big-boy tiller with room fer dayz! Has boated more fish than you can shake a stick at. Wait, why is anyone ever repeatedly shaking a stick at anything?

6. Berman/Quintano win Lake St. Clair PMTT.

Professional Musky Tournament Trail. Landed 8 ‘skies for nearly a $13K payday.

> Fishing deep weed edges in the river channels that feed Lake St. Clair with cooler water from Lake Huron — figured the cooler water would make the muskies more active than fish in the main lake. …Used silver and natural-colored Bull Dawgs to catch their fish.

Wonder how many fish they woulda caught on poodles (lol).

7. Great Lakes peeps want more cormorants gone.

Smell ya later.

8. Savage Gear gets new U.S. sales manager.

Jay Harris. Was Mustad’s sales manager the last 4 years.


You enter the Yo-Zuri giveaway yet?!

Have a shot at winning this $160-ish pile of Yo-Zuri loot, including the brand new Freshwater Crystal Minnow and Deep Diver Walleye series! Same as before: Click here to enter. Share the link you get for more chances to win. Good luck!!

Tip of the Day

The Bromeister loves pulling spinner rigs for late-summer walleyes ‘cuz A) they’re a great way to cover water, B) there’s lots of ways to fish ’em and C) he can switch up components to dial in the bite. Lots of info in his full write-up here, few excerpts below:

> There’s a time during August in many lakes where fish are on top of structures on both the outside edge and inside edge of the cabbage weeds.

> Fish like flats in the summer and will concentrate near the patches of chara, gravel and rocks on the flats. These areas will hold a mixture of forage — including minnows and crayfish, which are a large part of their summer diets.

> Spinners give the bait some lift…helps keep the baits off the bottom and out of the weeds. Also send out vibrations fish can feel along their lateral lines and help them target the baits in lakes with limited visibility.

> Pick up the speed on the flats to cover more water and put baits in front of more fish…gives fish [less time] to decide whether to strike at the bait or let it pass by.

> Larger leeches can be hard to find late in the season…[try using] 2 small- to medium-size leeches on spinner rigs instead….

> I often use Northland’s 1.5- to 2-oz bottom-bouncer with either a 2-hook spinner rig with a nightcrawler, or a single Slow Death hook for either nightcrawlers or leeches.

> Stained-water lakes give anglers a better chance to catch walleyes during the day…even when faced with less than favorable conditions.

More info here.

Meme of the Day

Hope you get to hop in the boat and cast away this weekend:

Today’s ‘Eye Candy

The Wired2Fish crew gettin’ their J-Rap on with the KastKing WideEye Walleye Rod and Sharky spinning reel. Häwgen-Dazs:
The interwebz Photoshop “fish police” are gonna love that one….
No it’s not “Photoshopped.” But yes it is a rather-generous hold (lol) on a quality gravel lizard. Semi-easy to hide your hand behind a fish that’s dang near 5″ deep from belly-to-back.

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