Copyright © 2020 www.bwca.com | Legal Notice | DMCA, Help keep the flying moose flying by supporting BWCA.com You need a floating jig, a hypodermic needle, a small trailer hook on a 3-inch lead-line, a 1/4 or 1/8 oz slip sinker and a split shot. Jason Mitchells designed his Elite Series by Clam casting rods (10804) to be hand-held. After learning the basics, the innovative Gary Parsons was the first to use bottom bouncers on planer boards in a major tournament. Parson’s continues, “Bob was so far ahead of his time in many ways and the bottom bouncer was his tool.” Gary fished with Bob at some point in 1984 and remembers, “He would use a flasher and drive over a school of fish. From here, the rod choice depends on if you regularly use rod holders versus hand-held trolling and if you prefer braid or monofilament line. It looks exactly like the Northland Rock Runner, the Bass Pro Shops XPS, and Worden’s Bottom Walker. A tap here, a slow bend there and the fan tail pull of a walleye eventually gives away the bite. Fish 'em slowly. The depth of the water and your speed determine the size of the slip sinker you use. A #4 chartreuse blade is still the go-to lure for him in front of a two-hook half-crawler rig or a single Aberdeen hook through a minnow. document.write('

'); Gerry Allen and his son Mike now run the Allen’s Hillside Motel and Guide Service with up to 15 boats on the water each day and the only thing that has changed since 1978 is the boat size. Others find the nearly-extinct flipping switch on a casting reel a vital option. Depending on the wind, we put a drift sock up front and backtroll with the kicker motor.” With a laugh Gerry adds, “This way the lines never find their way into the prop.” document.write(''); How do you know if you are getting them low enough? Braid cuts through deeper water and transmits bottom composition better than fluorocarbon or monofilament. Long-term research by Colorado guide Nathan Zelinsky leads us to paint all of our weights white in the clear water. In the case of the bottom bouncer, the bite is seen or felt, the rod tip dropped a bit and the hook is then set. Rather slowly jig up and then over and then let the rig site back down on the bottom for a few seconds. I spool my Abu Garcia Silver Max reels with 10-lb Berkley Fireline but leave enough room on the spool for 20 cranks (about 40 feet) of 10-lb Berkley Trilene XT monofilament. Gerry explains, “For 40 years I have guided by backtrolling with bottom bouncers. The walking sinker is designed to move along the lake bottom with less resistance and to reduce getting caught up … I like to keep my speed to under 1.5 mph (usually around .8 to 1 mph) when lindy rigging. We went over other groups of fish and he would then ask me if I thought they would bite. But as I always say, I use whatever will catch fish. I use them a bit up there. Also spend some time on the Walleye section of In-Fisherman.com tons of knowledge to be had there: Lundojam is correct in his description - especially regarding the ability of the line to slip back through (which is one of the main points of a "Lindy" rig). At summer camp we had caught some walleyes in a reservoir tailrace and therefore we assumed (incorrectly) that the rest of the lake was swarming with the creatures. Six weeks later I had a small spinner tying kit and two sizes of orange-painted bouncers. If the weeds are 6 inches off the bottom then put the split-shot about 9 inches from the floating jig. Keep the speed at 0.8 to 1.1 mph. In fact, if I could only use one presentation alone during the month of July, it would be hard to beat a bottom bouncer teamed up with either a spinner harness or some type of rig. The key is to do everything slow. Try One Tomorrow As a guide, his clients learned the system but it would be almost another 10 years for the rig to truly blossom. So, what works for a Lindy rig - really does not work well for a bottom bouncer rig. In this type of scenario jigging with regular jigs is not that effective because your jig gets covered with muck and weeds really fast. Monofilament has stretch to better manage big fish in the shallows while fluorocarbon has its place in clear water. Then let the rig just sit on bottom for a few seconds and then do it again. His original goal was to improve on a Carolina-style rig that snagged too much. Two other weight systems adjust the classic design. The most common slip-weight rig is the Lindy rig (see A to F below). Bottom bouncers are back on everyone’s boat again as tackle trends follow almost-predictable boom-and-bust cycles. I would say the perfect depth is 20-foot for big female Walleyes but every lake is different. Early events on the Manion Walleye Circuit and then the Manufacturer’s Walleye Council (now the Master’s Walleye Circuit) included anglers pushing the limits of reading early sonar, expert boat control, and slip sinkers pulling bait down to the fish. “If I see a group of fish on the sonar, I still toss out a marker buoy,” adds Gerry, “and will toss out a second one if the school is large enough. The starting speed each day is fast (between 1.6 and 2.0 mph) and if that is not producing Gerry slows down to 1.0 to 1.6 mph. If you just stick the needle in from the side (which my diagram shows incorrectly) the air leaks out and the rig will not be as buoyant. Glidden, WI 54527. I use the Fenwick HMX86MH-FC but it took examining multiple options to choose a favorite. Only in the last few weeks before ice does the guide team vertically jig if the bouncers do not produce. Then, one typically runs 10-20 lb leader back from the bottom bouncer to the spinner or other baits that might be pulled by the bottom bouncer. Explaining the tactic is simple, “I use enough weight to keep the bait close to the boat and therefore right on the structure I want to fish.” Excellent boat control separates good anglers from great ones and after 40 years of guiding Gerry remains one of the best. I am sure I could do better paying attention to speed, location, trying to feel the bottom, etc, but a Lindy with a leech caught smallmouth even if we were paddling fast - (i.e "fishing" while we were moving). For full flex situations, Salmon/Steelhead rods work well and are available in longer lengths. Some anglers lean towards small line-counters like the Okuma Cold Water 350 Low Profile, Daiwa Accudepth IVC Low Profile, or the Abu Garcia 5500LC. It's really sad that some people travel a long way from home to go on their dream Walleye fishing trip only to hit the Mayfly hatch and don't know what to do. else if (document.body.clientWidth > 871) { document.write(''); The pencil weight attaches to a clevis slider system that is threaded above a swivel on the main line. This site has grown since 2002 from a few visitors a day to up to 10,000 The Hillside team uses Lund Pro-V’s for tournaments but run pontoon boats for guiding comfort in rising plains winds. Second, put the trailer hook on your floating jig hook. Innovations on the Innovation In fact, knowing the history of the wire and lead contraption might be enough to bring the presentation back into style. if (document.body.clientWidth <= 1024) { The fast-dropping bottom bouncers saved time and worked at all depths from shallow weedlines, through suspended fish on the graph, and then skimming top of a rockpile. I am a novice and I found using these while trolling to be easy and effective. First, slide a 1/8 ounce (1/4 if it's windy) slip-sinker down your line and tie on your floating jig. If you are drifting fast than you can have two or three feet from the slip sinker to the jig. My buddy did very well with them last year, getting mostly small mouth and even a HUGE northern. document.write('');

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