Tips, Tactics and Tuesdays with Wally

by Free Speech on July 28, 2009

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Lodi, WI
7/28/09

GO FISH!

Did you ever here the saying.. “A bad day of fishing is still better than a good day at work!”  I hear it all the time, at the shop, when I’m winding new line on customers’ reels.  The point is going fishing is a great thing to do.  It’s such a relaxing thing to do.  All that matters is getting out in the great outdoors and wetting a line or two.

Carson Mack, Ron’s son, caught & released this small-mouth bass on a slip-float rig.

Carson Mack, Ron’s son, caught & released this small-mouth bass on a slip-float rig.

This time of year we enjoy fishing Lake Mendota.  Mendota is the deepest (and the clearest) of the lakes on the Madison chain of lakes.  Many trophy size fish swim in the waters of Mendota, including large Northern Pike, Lunker small-mouth and large-mouth bass, beautiful walleyes, and giant blue gills!
There are many different rigs that are effective this time of year, and many different techniques that are productive… here’s 3 of my favorites.
1. — This “plain-Jane” rig is as simple as it gets. A tru-turn gold or red thin wire hook in size #4 or #6 with a split-shot sinker pinched 20” up the line.  Drop this over the side and “hang-on.”  With ½ night crawler on the hook you can will catch almost anything!
2. — The “Charlie Grimm” rig. This rig is so useful it can be used in lakes, rivers, streams or ponds.  It works virtually anyplace we’ve tried it!  First place a 3/16 oz or ¼ oz weight on your line.  WE use bullet weights because they cast great and tangle little.

Craig Raschein caught & released this 10 ½” Lake Mendota bluegill using a Charlie Grimm Rig.

Craig Raschein caught & released this 10 ½” Lake Mendota bluegill using a Charlie Grimm Rig.

Second tie on a barrel swivel in a size #7 or #8 to stop the sinker.  Third tie on a 20” piece of 6 or 8lb fluorocarbon line for a leader.  Fourth install a chartreuse or red attracker bead on the line, a 4mm or 5mm bead works well. Fifth tie on a tru-turn hook in the size you want.  If you are targeting blue gills stay with #8 or #10 hooks.  For crappies and perch #4 or #6.  And for walleyes and bass #2 or #4.  You get the idea.  Put some lively bait on the hook depending on the time of year and the species of fish you’re targeting.  Berkley “Gulp” products work great on this rig!

3. — The Deadly “Slip-Bobber”. Slip-bobbering is so effective that you will catch fish even when they are in neutral or negative mood.  Slip-floats as we call them come in many different shapes and sizes.  Thill floats (owned by Lindy Tackle) are excellent and some have a brass insert in the top so your line feeds through perfectly. I also like using Gapen Floats (made in Hungary) because of their extreme sensitivity.  You can even tell when your minnow is getting nervous when a fish is looking at it!  To rig up your first need to install a bobber stop knot on the line.  Second install a 4mm or 5mm bead on your line.  Make sure that it is large enough so it won’t go though the tip-top of your fishing pole and into your guides.  Third install your slip-float.  Fourth add a round split-shot so the line you are using will feed though easily.  Fifth tie on a small colored jig like a Greg Bohn “Slip-bobber jig”, or a Bait Rigs “Panfish Cobra” jig.  Use a lively leech, minnow, or crawler.

Ron Mack, owner of P.P.E took a day off of a busy work schedule to enjoy a day of fishing with his son Carson, and a good friend Craig Raschein.

Ron Mack, owner of P.P.E took a day off of a busy work schedule to enjoy a day of fishing with his son Carson, and a good friend Craig Raschein.

Use an ice-fishing style depth checker to precisely set your bait 1-foot or so off bottom and get ready.  If you have rod holders on your boat, you can through out 1 or 2 slip-float rigs per angler..and jig with another rod each.  Cast out and enjoy the ride.

Don’t forget to listen to “Outdoor Horizons Radio” on Saturday mornings @ 8:00 am AM-1670 on your dial.  Also don’t forget to take a day off work and go fishing!  Take a kid fishing and if you don’t have one.. borrow your neighbors

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