Big Fish Do Things Different

Guiding on Lake Erie, many clients seek me out to get their personal best walleye. Most are surprised at the lengths I will go to in order to make that happen.

Many are just happy to catch a limit, but I'm a trophy hunter at heart!

The single biggest thing I have learned—or convinced myself of—is that giant walleyes don't like traffic or commotion. Stick around a crowd, make a lot of noise, drive over them a few times with a gas engine and you might as well hit shore for an early lunch.

Every presentation style has a way of being stealthier. If you jig, maybe it's casting the jig instead of vertical jigging it. On the Great Lakes it typically means using planer boards. I run my Church Walleye and TX-22 planer boards out farther than anyone I know. Another added benefit is being able to cover a larger section of water.

While many anglers know the advantages of planer boards a new tool by Church Tackle called the Stern Planer has been putting a lot of walleyes in the boat, the flat line boat rod. Having a rod at the bow allows you to cover the water the boards out to the side don't. The problem is that fish seem to be spooked by the rod that is so close, particularly in calm or gin clear waters.

Basically this snow cone look-alike hooks up to your flat line and allows you to run it non directionally straight behind the boat at the depth you of your choice. But much farther behind the boat. We have found that running it 100 feet behind the boat is often best. This also keeps it from tangling with your other lines.

Maybe you don't troll on your home body of water, but chances are there is a stealthier way of doing your most trusted presentation.

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Capt. Ross Robertson

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