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Specialty Jigs for Pike and Walleye

By Mark Romanack

Attractor jigs like this Bait Rigs Fin Spin do an excellent job of attracting
walleye especially in the stained to dirty water conditions often found
in rivers.
A jig is a jig is a jig...To a lot of anglers jigs aimed at walleye and pike fishing are all pretty much the same. To the elite 10% of the angling community that routinely catches 90% of the fish, special purpose jigs represent an edge in angling worth taking a closer look at. If walleye and pike fillets are what’s for dinner, then it’s important to learn a little about modern jig design and how these designs can help put more fish in the boat.

For those anglers targeting pike and walleye, special purpose jigs are as essential to the tackle list as a fishing rod, reel and line.

Be More Oganized On the Water

By Mark Romanack
Terry Kunnen of TKO Charters and Off Shore Tackle
is one of the most organized anglers I’ve ever met.
He packs an amazing amount of gear into his Lund 2025
and is ready for whatever fishing situation he encounters
on the water.

If anyone needs to be organized, it’s a fisherman. Name a hobby other than fishing that requires so many different pieces of gear and other essentials that must be somehow stored and organized? Most avid anglers have enough gear to fill a garage! Try fitting all that stuff into a fishing boat and still leaving some room to fish.
The problem with fishing tackle is you’ll only need it if you don’t take it. How many times have you had to stop at a bait shop to purchase something you already owned but left at home? Getting better organized is something every angler could benefit from. A few organizational tips makes it easier to lay your hands on essential gear and avoid having to choose what goes and what stays home. After all, an angler’s goal should be to take it all and let the fish decide what gear will be needed on any given day.

Casting Jigs for Walleye

Some lures like this Odd Ball jig are tailor made for walleye fishing.
by Mark Romanack

It’s hard to beat the subtle but distinctive feeling of a walleye slurping up a jig danced near bottom. Once an angler has mastered the art of casting jigs and detecting those not so obvious bites, most other fishing presentations pale by comparison.

To say I’ve had a little experience casting jigs for walleye would be an understatement. About 40 years ago I caught my first walleye on a jig and since that moment I’ve had a passion for refining a presentation that is my personal favorite way to catch fish. Casting jigs for walleye is appealing for a number of reasons, but mostly what makes this presentation special is it pits man against fish. The only way to win this match up consistently is to master the subtle, but critical skills associated with jig casting.

When Salmon Go Deep

By Mark Romanack
Monster kings like this one caught by the author are
exactly why a growing number of Great Lakes
anglers are using trolling methods designed to target
fish in deep water.

Both king and coho salmon are notorious for being found in deep water. Deep is a relative term, because what amounts to deep water in a fisherman’s mind and the depths that salmon call home are often fathoms apart!

King and coho salmon are most often caught in the Great Lakes from 40 to 100 feet below the surface. In part this is because modern fishing methods are limited to some extent to fishing this depth range. Ironically salmon are capable of surviving and thriving several hundred feet below the surface!