Hi, I’m Captain Ben Wolfe with Sport Fish Michigan. We’re down here in Detroit, and the Detroit River itself can be an absolute world-class walleye fishery. However, it has a high current, and when it’s windy, it can be a little bit of a bugger to fish.
What we like to do is use a 1oz jig. That really kind of gives us the best of both worlds – to be able to find the bottom quickly in the swift current, but also to be able to feel the bottom on every single lift and drop of our rod tip.
That’s really critical to being able to stay in contact with the bottom. This helps us stay vertical. We don’t want our line to swing off to the side. What we like to tell our customers is that imagine bouncing a basketball.
If the basketball gets too far in front of us, or too far behind us, or too far off to the side, it becomes hard to control. We want our lines, similarly, to do the same thing, so that our jig is as vertical as possible.
We, as Captains, want to control the boat so that we can help our customers do just that. When we use a 1oz jig, one thing that is critical for our success is using a stinger hook. Especially when those walleyes are biting a little bit short, or in muddy conditions.
They don’t have much time in this current to be able to find bait and chase them down. It’s very, very much of a quick – or a reaction-type strike, if you will. So, a stinger hook can really, really help.
It makes the critical difference in a successful day and a frustrating day on the water. For more information, or if you’re looking for a Captain or Guide in the State of Michigan, please give Sport Fish Michigan a call, or check us out on the web at www.