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CrappieKeith
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 08:50 AM 05/01/07 (CST)
Boy o boy o boy o boy!
yup ahuh ,Gunna get some eyes George,yup gunna get me some eyes.
Boy o boy o boy oboy!

I like to troll the breaks and cover massive amounts of structure.
Then once I locate the fish I'll concentrate on those stretches that have eyes .
I'm generally using a 1/4 oz jig with a sassy shad or other plastics.
I've got some Ring-n Grubs from Hoggie which I know will beat them up pretty good too.
I like to stay in that 10 FOW range,why?
Well that's usually the weed edge where the perch cruise.
the walleyes will hang out in the deeper water & when it's time to feed,they'll move up to that edge.
Sometimes they'll move up on the weeds or grasses in 6-8 FOW.Maybe they are in that 12 FOW .You'll speed up a notch or slow down a notch depending on being deeper or shallower.
You can go 1 mph and still have the tail pump back & forth.You should always check to make sure it is moving.
Some plastics are too stiff because there is too much hardner in it.
I'll stay away from those brands.
A few runs up & down the break reading my Vexilar will tell me where they are,then it's all about the rearin!
I troll in that 1.4 to 1.7 mph range.
Early in the season I'll downsize to a 2.5" shad then once the water warms say 3 weeks into the season I'll go to a 3-4 " shad.
If you notice short hits ,it's because they are not totally inhaling the shad.They are just hitting the tail.That's when getting small works.
The hook will set further back on a smaller plastic which helps getting the hook into their mouth.

It's so easy to catch them in this fashion.
You'll be trolling along and feel what I call a "pip".
I'll drop my pole back allowing 2 seconds to go by ,then rear driving the hook into the bone.
Fish on!




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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 12:08 AM 05/02/07 (CST)
Interesting post thanks for sharing.

Are you really trolling with the Shad "plastics"?

When I think of plastics and Eyes I think about pitching them with jigs, vertical jigging or maybe dragging them on the drift.

Are you able to troll down to say a 1.5 mph without the use of drift sock and do you normally back troll or forward troll?

Thanks Pier.




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CrappieKeith
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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 06:50 AM 05/02/07 (CST)
My little 6 horse trolls down to nothing.It all depends on the boat.
With a 1/4 oz jig any faster & you'd be out of the strike zone.
SB has been out to see how well it works.

Dragging on a drift is too slow.Part of what makes that shad so deadly is the thump the tail makes when going back and forth.



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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 07:14 AM 05/02/07 (CST)
I have to admit that it was the darndest tactic I have used in awhile! I use my bow mount and the GPS on my lms-350a to tell the speed. Running at 1.4~1.7 seemed really fast to me. Like CK said you can tell alot by just putting the jig over the side and looking to see what kind of action its producing. If I could only stop myself from feeding line like I am Lindy rig fishing it would go even better!



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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 07:29 AM 05/02/07 (CST)
As you can imagine I'm typically a bobber fisherman smile smiley! But, I'm willing to try some new techniques, when the bobber is just not working! I will have to try it. SB or CK, have you guys tried this on BSL? How did it produce?


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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 08:23 AM 05/02/07 (CST)
That all depends on their mood.
I've drilled them on the shad when they are more aggresive on BSL like in Bill Horn north end or Davis on the point where that gazebo is across from Big Sandy Lodge or that straight stretch just before the narrows on the east side .There are other spots too,but then there are those days when they are real slow and just want the minnow or leech sitting in front of them.
BS is a tougher lake to fish with the shad.The biggest problem is there are too many boats to troll where I like to fish.The activity slows them down since a lot of the water is 5-10 FOW .Spooked fish are not to aggressive.

I've used the shad in every body of water that I'll fish & it always produces fish.
Everything will hit it.
Once you feel the pip you drop back for 2 seconds then rear.It's so easy to do.
The hook is always up front so it's easy to get out.
They are cheap at $1 a dozen at GM.I'll go through almost 200 bodies a year catching at least 500 walleyes.Last year was my poorest year with only 300 caught.
You're getting everything else down there too.
Pike & bass smash it,crappies will hit it,even those big sunnies will hit it.I've caught dogfish & bull heads while trolling with them too.

The best part is I can control the sizing& I'm not waiting for the bait store to open.They make them in 1"-6" sizes in all sorts of colors.Your jig head size will depend of how deep of water you are working and or river current.
I'll cast them into the eddies of the Miss & Willow & if there are eyes in there you can go back to back to back until they are all caught.I've seen 28 walleyes get caught back to back by Dude Rick & myself.Never missing in between.
I've taken my limit in 6 casts several times when the water is right.
I'm a big fan of the shad,just as I am of a small hair jig for pannies.




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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 08:53 AM 05/02/07 (CST)
Thanks CK,
I will have to have you over for a lesson some time!


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CrappieKeith
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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 09:04 AM 05/02/07 (CST)
Anytime! Like I need an excuse to go fishing! wink smiley



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CrappieKeith
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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 09:32 AM 05/08/07 (CST)
Can anyone say HOG!
4 days and a wake up.
I'm all set to go hit round .
Man with this warmer weather those eyes should be aggresive.



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