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Summer Time Walleye Fishing Tactics To Catch More Fish

Summer Time Walleye Fishing Tactics To Catch More Fish

hey guys Nate szalinski we are out here doing some walleye fishing today it’s all about the bread-and-butter techniques literally no matter where you’re at I mean the Midwest the you know the Rocky Mountain region anywhere you go that has walleyes guys these are the techniques so they’re basically the foundation of walleye fishing we’re gonna talk about jigs and rigs well show you a couple techniques of each and we’re gonna catch some fish doing we’re gonna walk you through kind of the the small details gonna put more fish in the boat when it comes to jigs and rigs I think it’s all about those details you can do a million different styles of each of those but again the small details catch the fish and today guys you couldn’t have probably worse conditions for walleyes it’s midsummer out here where she doing our live broadcast tonight so actually even like two hours ahead and run into the studio do the live broadcast so this is filming hours before you’re gonna see this content but it’s high but high sky so I mean it’s 90 degrees out here dead flat calm we got loud music blaring in the background intercity midday so guys I less than ideal condition we’re gonna catch some fish doing it so we’re start off with jigs when it comes time to jig fishing guys there’s a million different things out there again you could have a plain led head and you could drop it over the boat with say live bait say a minnow a leech or night car you can vertical jig it you can also cast that legend with that live bait you could bulk it up with a plastic say you use a curly tail you can run a curly tail as is you can run a curly tail with bait there’s a million options out there but right now it being summer water timbers in the 70 degree mark we’re gonna throw paddle tails we’re actually using a Berkley jig head with a Berkley havoc grass pig body on there so using a three and a half inch paddle tail body the biggest thing to remember guys and this is a major step when fishing jigs and live bait really anything for walleye when the water is cold your action is cold you’ve heard us say that before but if your action is warm or the water is warm your action is warm so again water’s cold the action of your presentation is cold waters warm your action is warm freezing paddle tails and bait that we can run a little more aggressive puts off a little more vibration a little more sound again just more action in that water also with the water being warm we’re not tipping this a lot of times values out here in the water is extremely cold I’d use a big plastic like this but I took it with some bait whether a minnow elites or crawler and now the waters warm we’re not tipping this so that’s our presentation three and a half inch paddle tail three eight ounce head I want that heavy head want to have a lot of control I want to hit bottom make some noise I want the versatility of that weight now when it comes time to working that bait we’re using this on a six foot Abby Garcia spinning rod Revo reel using ten power ten for fire line chartreuse so we can see it and a six pound monofilament leader using mono leader just so I have a little bit of stretch so if I do decide to lay the wood on the hook set or I get a bigger fish on there the little stretches can help me land those fish with a shorter rod and a really sensitive line like that so we’re out here on the water my boats actually in somewhat deeper waters both in about 13 feet of water and I have a six foot flat right ahead of me so I’m gonna be casting onto that six foot and kind of pulling it off that ledge when it comes time to this jig guys you can work this in a million fashions this are about the small details I can probably put on five or six different styles of plastics I can put on five or six different colors of plastic so together are given between the shape and the color of the bait so much comes into the action so I’m gonna take this bait out here I’m gonna make a cast when it comes time to work in this bait you have options you can do a slow lift you can do a fairly aggressive snap and you can do a swim those are probably the most three common techniques for working this plastic what any of these techniques I’m always gonna do it on a tight line you see so many jig fishermen they’re gonna gonna raise the rod and drop their rod tip making that bait plummet down or fall down fast it’s really a negative effect it falls fast which sometimes those walleyes will grab it but if you hold your rod high and let that jig pendulum back down it gives the fish more of a chance to take the bait the more chances you give the fish to take the bait the more fish you’re gonna catch so again whether I’m doing a pop to a pop I start with the tight line I snap it up hold my rod high and let it swim back down so that’s your very general single hop so popping it hopping it snap it up let it flutter down snap it up let it flutter down and I’m anticipating that bite coming as that jig falls back down to the ground so that’s your generic very typical hop or pop bringing that bait back and I’m hopping up a foot letting it flutter back down so hopping up a foot let it flutter down you also have a lift and lift it’s gonna be more of a swimming motion so very similar stroke just doing it a lot slower so instead you’re not getting that real aggressive start to that hop you’re just lifting it up and letting it flutter it down lifting it up and letting it flutter down so that’s your very typical lift and then the third thing that is probably easiest to do especially if you’re learning how to use paddle tails or learning how to swim plastic like this even call it a swim bait it’s just a very typical reel and retrieve so at this point time I don’t lay the rod flat I elevate the rod just a little bit and I’m gonna do three cranks on the handle so I’m gonna go one two three and then stop and let that bait flutter back down when it hits bottom my line goes slack I feel it hit I do another three cranks with this technique they’re gonna take it on the fall as well as on the retrieve so on the previous jigs where I’m popping it or lifting it all my bites are gonna come on the fall that baits gonna come up they’re gonna come up to a ambush it as it starts fluttering something actually gonna put it in their mouth as opposed to the real is let’s stop they’re gonna hit it on the way to you and on the fall so you can really anticipate those bites coming in any of those fashions so again three and a half inch paddle tail those are the three most common strokes you can do now in those strokes you can hop the bait three inches six inches 12 inches I mean there’s some bites where you’re doing a crazy aggressive you know 18 inch or two-foot stroke on those baits but the biggest thing is play with them try the hops and posture it’s a little bit a little bit more aggressive a little hop let it flutter down try those slower lifts as well as trying those real retrieves play with the different heights and speeds of all of those until you find that winning pattern once you find that rooting pattern continue it you’re gonna catch a lot of fish doing so there is tell you play them strokes works every time and one spit it right out walleyes on the jig hops swims slow lifts gets the job done work your pattern that’s the biggest thing as we throw that guy back play with it again everybody I talked to you a hundred percent switches jigs they make a cast make five cast part of the case would be and they switch colors they switched to a curly tail they switch baits when in reality with this style fishing the stroke and the movement of that bait is far more important than a lot of other things literally have you covered it all again think about those that the pops and a little more aggressive strokes those lifts and those swims again you can work to bait this much this much this much those are all different presentations give the fish all the presentations before you switch baits I promise you those little things the tiny details is what catches more fish at the end of the day now when it comes to live bait rigging again the sky’s the limit you hear so much of the traditional way of called the Lindy rig which is basically a live bait rig you have a sliding weight a barrel swivel three to five feet of line a single hook and then your leech crawler or minnow and that’s the traditional Lindy rig and you also have variations where you have a lot of guys pulling a bottom bouncer with that same style hook or a bottom bouncer and say a harness which would be two hooks sometimes even put a blade in front of it had like a small Colorado blade to add attractant but guys probably the biggest thing that’s sweeping the nation is the technique called slow death this was developed by a couple walleye pros or good friends curviest Parsons they put a lot of energy into this but guys again it’s that idea of eliminating blades and eliminating a lot of the fluff of a live bait rig and putting all of your action into your live bait itself which is basically a crawler so now you’re taking a hook putting a large bend in it and you’re actually getting your hook to spin and rotate adding vibration adding some flash and obviously the natural presence of live bait the actual hook I’m using today is an Eagle Claw revolve so we’re taking an Eagle Claw revolve hook again it’s a very long shank hook and it has a very large bendiness you can see that hook right there and the idea is you thread your crawler on there and as it goes through the water it actually spins adding a lot of attractant the walleyes cannot let go by again this technique been around for a while but it’s absolute sweeping the nation it is a lethal way to catch walleyes my rig today I’m actually gonna walk you through it I do things a little bit different you know Devin actually behind Studio right here and holding the camera Hughes to the bottom bouncer I personally want to keep my entire weight system very small I want my weight system you’re just as discreet as possible when the walleyes are looking at my bait I want them to put a hundred percent of their focus on my crawler not on my weight system so I personally don’t use a bouncer today I’m using a small cannonball weight so I’m actually using a half ounce cannonball weight we’re in about 10 to 12 feet of water so a tiny weight right there and the first thing on my lane is actually on my line is actually a quick-change clevis so this is a small quick change clevis generally speaking you would put a blade on this when pulling a harness but I put it right there first thing in line and take that half ounce cannonball snap it right on it’s nice so now I can switch out weights if I get a deeper water I can go with more lead generally speaking under 12 feet of water I use a half ounce 12 to 18 feet of water I use 3/4 ounce anything over 18 feet of water I use a 1 ounce weight so that’s generally that concept right there slides up and down it’s time to put this rod in my rod Locker it’s not beating up on my rod very slick style of live bait rigging right there so I got my weight sliding back and forth in a quick change clatters I didn’t have a barrel swivel so I got my normal you know barrel silver right there then I go down four feet of line I’m actually running a size 5 millimeter Glo bead so I got that size 5 millimeter glow bead right there then I have that revolve hook so that’s kind of my go-to system but to step that back on the rod and actually use I’m actually using a longer rod most your live bait rods are gonna be seven to seven and a half feet generally speaking medium to medium wide action kind of a fast tip you really want just a little bit lighter of a tip on this the idea is is to get the right rotation on that hook when you set the hook on that fish it’s not necessarily a powerful hook set the idea is to rotate that hook so this hook is spinning through the water right well that comes up and they stun it they punch it they just basically grasp it squeeze it and squeeze the life out of just a stun it at that point in time it kind of relaxed their mouth and actually you’re gonna rotate this around to swallow it smooth side down everything a walleye eats has to be smooth side down if you don’t a minnow if you a crayfish yummy feed has a texture to it they want everything going smooth side down so they don’t choke so that wall is gonna stun this open their mouth basically flare one Gill flare the or sucking one Gill flare the other rotate this around where it’s smooth side down at that point in time guys this hooks gonna be pointed down when they stop in their mouth its hook point up because the weighted portion of the hook is down when they rotate it they flip it around upside down and now in literally a three to four inch span you have to rotate that hook on the hook set and get that hook in their top jaw so when you’re going along your bounce along you’re gonna feel that tap tap or feel that weight you’re gonna feel that bite and all you do is start off slow you basically sweep that rod about a foot real slow when you feel the weight of that fish feel that pressure then you stiffen it up but the first foot you know first ten inches of that hook set is nothing more than a subtle sweep getting that hook rotated once it’s in their jaw you feel that weight stiffen it up fish on every time so again this rig it’s all about the small things throw the bean in front of there you use a smaller sliding way so you don’t spook those fish but most importantly we get that bite start off subtle and then stiffen it up the biggest mistake we see English make is they miss a bite after you miss a bite everybody goes faster and harder you missed that bite and people really start getting after it and the problem is that hooks coming out of their mouth sideways because those fish are in the process of rotating it and you’re swinging on that hook set so again miss situation slow it up start off slow feel that pressure stiffen it up fish on every time now we’re going to talk about actually putting our crawler on here so we’re going to take a crawler he’s crawling or getting pretty warm on me but I’ve got this crawler right here I’m gonna start off right at the tip of that crawler hook it right by the tip of that crawler I’m gonna thread it down the hook and I always want enough to go over my knot and actually leave a little bit of tag in line when I tie that knot just to hold that crawler so I’m pulling that collar over my tag in so right now my collar is sitting just like that I’m gonna pinch it off cuz I don’t want my bait more than that three three-and-a-half inches because again that’s how deep these fish’s mouth are but you see this rig right here I have this crawler coming off at a pretty severe angler that’s gonna give me a wider corkscrewing action as this crawler spins now if I were to pull this crawler up on the hook and have it really coming off on the solid shank of the hook gonna be a narrow spin so there’s gonna be a really narrow tight spin not covering a lot of water as opposed you pull it down really coming off at that hard angle coming off the second minute of the hook that’s going to be a nice 4 5 inch spin big prop action tends to draw a little bit more fish in the fish see it better keeps it off the bottom and at the end of the day helps me catch a few more fish so that’s my live bait rig guys I drop this down let’s see if we can’t catch a fish got a little twist there all right and when I drop this down I don’t just bombs away I tend to let it out just a little bit slower so I got my rig here dropped my collar in the water first I’m gonna pick up my speed generally speaking my slow death speeds are gonna be right around point 7 miles an hour at about 1 mile an hour so I’m gonna get my speed up right there and open that Bale and I let it out kind of slow you don’t want to bombs away get a tangle let it out kind of slow hit bottom a little bit more line one of the biggest things we do is we keep it close to the boat so many anglers will cast out line or hit bottom and let out a ton of line and in reality you want it close to the boat the closer it is the boat the more severe angle it is as you hit rocks as you hit snags that line so steep it just goes up and over them so you can go through a boulder field and this way just gonna drop in come out drop in come out so again that severe angle is actually key to this technique don’t let out a lot of line don’t get it way out there keep it close it’s gonna be really the right technique for you and now you really have the rod light in my hand I’m not death grip and I’m not holding back here I floated I like to put my finger right up on that rod blank and I’m just feeling what that bottoms like I personally am NOT an angler that throbs the rod I don’t work my rod I don’t move it I don’t bounce it I just drag it along focused on what that bottoms like sand mud you see my weight sticks a little bit but again I’m floating that rod super nice then when I get that bite it’s gonna be a sharper tap when I get that sharper tap tap I paused a second I sweep it forward for that first foot feel that pressure stiffen it up fish on every time again the small details again most importantly in a hook set how you hook your crawler think about the smaller weight system the bead all of those type things are going to go into small details then they catch you more fish at the end of the day faculy yes there we go guys just like we talked about all righty popped right through the net but just like that you see every time you do that hook set right that hook twists them out of there is stuck right there in that top jaw nice wall are there and again the concept guys this hook is as these fish roll around like we talked about in the beginning how they take it it’s all about that slow hook set to rotate that hook back to the top of their jaw again with this technique as much as is the right rig hooking the worm right everything we talked about a lot of it also is all about that hook set you feel that bite you start off with that subtle sweep rotate that hook to their top jaw finish it up you land that fish every time hey guys now we’re switching up to talk about a form of a rig we talk about rigs everybody thinks about live bait rigs but a form of that is the slip bobber guys it does not get more traditional than the use of an everyday slip bobber and I’ll tell you you see a lot of anglers that have moved away from the slip bobber but anytime you can put bait right in a fish’s face and leave it there hold it there oftentimes those fish can’t resist and they take the bait so again if you’re not using slip barbara’s I encourage you to if you do let’s talk about those small details so I’ve got a traditional slip bobber on my reel right here I’ve got a normal bobber stop this is a string bobber stop I actually burn the in so it doesn’t unravel and I leave my barber stops long I can still reel them on the reel I can still cast but it gives me a little bit of leverage where I can tighten those down once I find that exact depth then I have a balsa slip bobber one thing I do different on my slip bobber is instead of running the line through the top I actually drill a small hole in the bottom that way my line stays underwater so if I get a windy day I don’t have exposed line blowing around causing my slip bobber to drift you know basically more than it needs to so I drill a hole through the bottom my slip bobber run my line right through there so it can slip I then go down to a split shot and I have a fairly large split shot right there and then one of the big things that I do that’s different than others a lot of guys just run a regular hook I’d run an ice fishing jig so I run a real small ice fishing jig add a little extra weight so what kind of pigs my live bait as well as adding just some some general colors to enhance those hints the technique and get those fish to strike a little bit more aggressively this is actually a junior tackle a little ice fishing jig right there Moonglow so great bait right there excuse me a jig and I so I’m actually take this rig I’m gonna set my depth so I’m sitting right here you’re gonna have I have a nice piece of structure here so I have a nice ledge that’s about ten feet dropping down into about fourteen feet of water I’m gonna take a marker buoy some of you still carry these some don’t you could just cast out this bobber and you’d be fine I want to make sure that my barber stays in the exact depth I wanted so I’m going to take a marker buoy actually gonna toss it out right there right on that edge that’s gonna sink to bottom I’m gonna take a depth finder this is just a large piece of LED I’m gonna hook it on there and I’m gonna cast this out I want to sink this bobber anywhere between six and eight inches to where it’s buried in the water I can see it still down there six to eight inches off that way it’s sinking when I take this weight off that means my barbells gonna float up and my live baits gonna be six two or see you soon yeah six to eight inches off bottom so I’m gonna take this out here cast it fairly close to that marker buoy let it sink down there you can see the barber sink so I’m still a little shallow so I’m about two foot below the surface so I’m going to take this bobber stop that’s right here I’m gonna slide it about 1314 inches that’s gonna put me right that agents off bottom it tighten that down and I know I am set I’m now gonna reel up take off that weight I’m gonna put on a live night crawler so I got a big canadian crawler right here I’m going to take this juicy collar I’m gonna hook it right through the head right through that dark part it’s a good lively one so sing look right there and I’m going to pinch it off I’m gonna anticipate the walleyes we’re catching they’re probably in that say 17 to 20 inch range the average mouth depth on that fish is about three inches I want to make sure when they come up and they choke that whole thing in then if it hits the back of their throat and they close their mouth they’re still getting hooked so I always use a long enough live bait to the size of mouth of the wall I’m catching so there you go so you’re my bobber stop set for about eight inches off bottom my slip bobber split shot and then my ice fishing jig there with a live crawler I’m gonna pitch it out right there next to that marker and just let it sink now the big thing with this is while that sits there these walleye started approaching it is the hook set you’re gonna see a million styles of hooks that’s when it comes to slip bobber you see guys reel down and just bust them hard you see guys do a sideways wipe what I do I just reel so all I do and I put my rod again not quite flat a little a little elevated more than flat and all I do is real fast you’ll have guys argue with this but at the end of the day hands down with all the slip barbering I do I lose less fish with that style Hooksett so again there’s no hook set at all all I do is lay that rod right there and just crank away you know at a fairly fast pace and those fish get stuck every single time the problem with the hook set is your rod lines laying flat and then it goes down you have a 45 degree angle you know with that sweep you don’t collect all the line you know with a ten-foot rod you don’t collect on the line and those fish feel that approach coming and ylabel enables them to spit the bait before actually get a true good hook set on their reeling it almost just sneaks up on them and gets them every time so again now you’re just sitting there and you can see as I have waves coming that Barbara most sinks and comes back up I have it set with enough weight to where it is right on the edge of being buoyant again I took off the split shot that barber would be sticking straight up and be far more buoyant almost easier to see but the problem is as those Wallas feed on that they’ll feel the resistance of that bobber the way I have it set there they just barely close their mouth on it that bobber is gonna sink they’re never gonna feel it never gonna know what’s happening and give me the advantage of getting that hook set and having to have the great opportunity of catching those fish without them knowing I’m here and again you can set you know whatever license you have you have a second rod Sam you’re able to use two rods put out to slip bombers or set this as your dead stick and throw a jig we’re sitting right on the edge of this you can see fish on the graph coming through we have fish right on bottom we have fish a couple feet up right as they swim near that Bob or they’re gonna grab it we’ll do that real hook set will have that fish on Oh Bob’s going down here we go and you see my stop we always bow right there about right there oh look that one came up quick great fish that’s a great thing about the slip poppers right there top of the jaw it’s nice walleye great fish get that guy back that’s what it’s all about guys so we did it all so literally talking from from jigs the slip barbers to live bait rigs and everything in between but it’s all about those finer details again the concept the lost art of slip barbering literally putting the bait right in front of those fish to make them take that bait I mean that just all these things are the grassroots the the literally of walleye fishing the bread-and-butter of everything so try them out but again focus on the small details the little things I promise you’re gonna go a lot further and get you a lot more fish at the end of the day again try these simple techniques hopefully work for you


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