Fishing 411 Episode 7 Lake Erie Trolling Secrets
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Posted On January 07, 2013
FISHING 411 WITH MARK ROMANACK
LAKE ERIE TROLLING SECRETS EPISODE 7
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in May of 2012, Fishing 411 Host Mark Romanack teamed up on Lake Erie with
walleye pro and long time friend Tommy Skarlis. The focus of this meeting of
the minds was to help other anglers better understand the dynamics of fishing
“spinner rigs” for open water walleye.
word “spinners” is used often in fishing circles and it means different things
to different people. The typical trout fisherman hears the word “spinner” and
thinks of his favorite Rooster Tail lures designed for casting applications.
walleye anglers “spinners” are essentially modified versions of the garden
variety nightcrawler harnesses most of us grew up fishing. For open water
spinner fishing, the rigs used are even more specialized but the components are
fundamentally the same; a couple hooks snelled onto a leader with a few
colorful beads for dressing, a clevice and a spinner blade that rotates on the
clevice around the leader.
finished walleye spinner is going to be 40-60 inches in length and is most
often fished in combination with a weight or diving device to get the spinner
to depth. On the segment filmed with Tommy Skarlis a number of options were
explored including the Pro Weight System Snap Weight, Guppy In-Line Weight and
the Tadpole Diver all produced by Off Shore Tackle company.
Weights can be added to the fishing line anywhere between the lure and the rod
tip to encourage depth but at the same time provide a stealthy presentation.
When a fish is hooked and reeled in, the angler simply reaches up and snaps off
the weight as it approaches the rod tip. Slick, easy and effective the Snap
Weight can be matched with weights ranging in size from 1/2 ounce to three
Guppy is a minnow shaped weight that can be rigged in-line to help spinners
achieve depth. Simply clip a snap from the terminal end of our rod/reel set up
to the front of the Guppy and add the spinner rig to the back of the Guppy.
Like Snap Weights, the Guppy comes in various sizes designed to achieve all the
depths a walleye angler is likely to encounter.
Tadpole Diver is a diving planer that is non-direction or in other words is
just dives. The snap from your fishing line clips over an arm on the Tadpole
that allows the diver to dive like a crankbait when fished. The instant a fish
is hooked, the snap slides into the forward position and turns the Tadpole
Diver into an in-line weight with nearly zero resistance in the water.
are super easy to fish and effective down to 30 feet or more.
MODIFYING THE HARNESS
typical spinner rig used for walleye fishing features two single hooks. For
open water trolling modifying this rig to include a No. 6 treble hook at the
end and a No. 2 single hook in the front makes for better hook up ratios. These
specialized open water spinners are best fished suspended in the water column
were they are not going to contact bottom and snag.
modification of spinner rigs is to tie them using fluorocarbon line. All my
spinners are tied using 15# test Vicious Fluorocarbon line. Fluorocarbon is
about twice as tough as monofilament, virtually invisible in the water and
the ideal material for spinner
blades, multiple blades and other attractors like Spin n Glo bodies are ways
that anglers can “customize” these spinner rigs for open water trolling
spinner rig is absolutely deadly for open water trolling. Because these rigs
are going to be fished suspended in the water column, it’s absolutely essential
they be fished in combination with in-line planer boards like the Off Shore
Tackle Side-Planer or Mini-Board. The outward lure coverage in-line boards
provides allows an angler to fish a whole set up of spinners at different depths
literally saturating the water column.
best spinner trolling speeds tend to range from 1.2 to 1.5 MPH, but at times a
little faster or slower will produce better results. The big key to open water
spinner fishing is to experiment with depth, lure color and most of all to
spread out your lures using planer boards.