Late Summer Break line Bass and WalleyesBy Dave Duwe - August 1, 2007
When the hot summer days entrench southeastern Wisconsin, I switch to my favorite presentation: the Lindy rig. The Lindy rig is otherwise known as "rigging". This method is one of the most effective ways to present live bait in deep water.
Similar to buying a home, the key is location, location, location. All break lines are not created equal. In the dog days of summer I look for hard bottom associated with weeds. Some of these spots can be as small as 10 ft. by 10 ft. These prime locations will school the largemouth bass and the walleyes. I have several key areas where I fish that you can literally catch one fish right after the other.
The best way to find the hard bottoms is to follow and trust your electronics. I use a Vexilar Edge 3 color graph. The color graph will show the contrast in the bottom hardness. Once you find the location I will vertically present the live bait right on bottom. I will experiment on the leader length, sometimes they will be 3-4 ft long. I will always fish with the bale open. When I get a strike, I release the line giving the fish about 6 ft of line.
Given enough time, I will reel the slack line in and when there is weight I will set the hook. Prematurely setting the hook will cost you a ton of money in bait. With enough practice there is no way you can mistake being bit. I will always try to keep my line vertical with bottom; this makes it easier to detect a bite and also helps work the bait through the weeds. The weight is determined by the wind, the stronger the wind the heavier the weight is a good rule of thumb. This presentation will produce walleyes, large and smallmouth bass and blue gills.
As like most fishing, the key is location. I like working water depths from 20-28 ft of water depending on the density of the weeds on the weedline. I will always work into the wind, this helps with boat control. Working into the wind also helps keep your presentation slow and deliberate. Look for little turns in the weedline, those turns with the right bottom can produce a lot of fish. As previously mentioned, hard bottom with scattered weeds is the best.
"Rigging" is one of the best late summer techniques you can employ, with some practice it will increase your catches.