Smiling Slow DeathBy Dennis Foster - April 1, 2012
What I am referring to is using the slow death method of presenting a half crawler, typically delivering it via a bottom bouncer. What this amounts to is a purposely kinked Aberdeen style hook that causes the half crawler to slowly spin just oh so seductively. Walleye's whether they are in an aggressive, neutral, or even negative mode will readily respond to this. Making it the first choice for a number of experienced walleye fisherman. This thing just flat out works and if you haven't joined in on the revolution; I will be the first to tell you that you are missing out.
As good as this is-as with most things-refinements can be made. I have been tricking the leaders out with a Mack's Lure Smile Blade for years and this is my number one go to rig when things get tough. The Smile Blade is made of light weight Mylar in an offset delta wing shape (www.mackslure.com) to see all the color combinations. This allows it to easily spin at speeds as low as .25 mph, but will also perform well up to 2 mph, making them very versatile. At slower speeds they exhibit a flip flop irregular spin that perfectly complements the twirling crawler and is ideal for getting fish in the net that simply will not react to anything else.
When the bite is off, the preferred method is going with a handheld rod and fishing a slip style bouncer in Lindy Rig fashion. Meaning we have the bail open at all times and immediately drop line at even the most subtle change in feel. This can only be accomplished using a super sensitive premium rod with a fast tip and no stretch braid. Once again St. Croix gets the nod with their Finesse model. Visit www.stcroixrods.com for the complete lineup.
Take some time this season and experiment with what I have conveyed here and I do believe that it will allow you to scratch a limit on even the toughest of outings.