Sunday, July 02, 2017

Minnow-shaped cranks

Minnow-shaped cranks or stick baits are deadly for walleyes. Suspending baits are especially effective, using a basic pause-and-pull retrieve, but they often dig a little too deep to work over the tops of the weeds. With the boat on the weed edge, make short pitches parallel to the weeds in the direction you’re moving and let the bait hit bottom. The right retrieve speed is critical, and tends to be easiest to achieve with a ¼-ounce jig head. Hard baits, plastics, and bass tactics score massive numbers and trophies from mid-summer though early fall, especially during stable-weather periods.

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