Week 3 – Jet Divers and bottom bouncers
Some people have asked me what the difference is between a Jet Diver and a Dipsy Diver? As both diving apperatuses attempt to do the same thing the truth of the matter is they actually give off quite a different action to the bait under the water, especially when paired with planer boards. When fishing in rough weather which is usually the preferred meathod when fishing walleye anyway, Dipsy’s tend to to sink a slightly every time the boat moves in a backward motion due to the waves, while Jet divers float if released therefore everytime a planer board moves backwards after a wave moves through the jet diver tends to raise slightly in the water raising the lure on the end of it and as Walleye tend to feed in an upward motion I feel that this movment of the Diver keeps your presentation in the strike zone longer. However I do not believe that this explanation works for all circumstances. If the walleye are on bottom then I would tend to think that it is the dipsy that would be a better fit.
Bottom bouncers are a well known technique throughout the quinte region. Primarily used in the spring this can be a very productive way of fishing. With a fairly aggressive dive curve this method I know personally has put a large quantity of fish in my boat. This weighted system as all the other diving aids on the market come in a variety of shapes sizes and weights. For the purposes of fishing for Walleye in Quinte most of the weights I talk about are in the 1 to 3 ounce area, however sometimes in the early spring smaller ones can be productive.
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Week 2 – Dipsy Divers,
Dipsy’s are also a very common tool to getting baits down deep and away from your boat. If you have fish in the 20 to 40ft depth range, then a great way to get a shallow diving bait down to your targeted fish (without the expense of a down rigger) would be to get some dipsy divers. Each Dipsy Diver costs between $12-$19 and all the packages come with a chart explaining exactly how much line you need to put out behind your boat and at which angle you put your dipsy to reach your desired depth. There are settings to each dipsy diver, this allows you to either push the dipsy (or Bait) out to the RIGHT or the LEFT side of the boat as it dives down. You could aslo position it so that it dives straight down below the boat, the packages all explain how this is done. Personally when using Dipsys I like to run them off to the side as to get the lures away from the noise of the motor when running over top of the fish. Once you have a fish hit the bait, the dipsy diver has a release clip this allows the diver to immediately go limp and straighten out so that you have little to no extra drag in the water and its only you and the fish. The only issues with these great tools is that if the release clip triggers with no fish on it you must reel it all the way to the boat to set it and send it back out, also it is not all that small so it may spook wary fish.
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A slow week on Quinte for me it’s been a tough bite only a few #falleyes caught yesterday’s trip was cut short due to weather conditions however we did manage to boat this beauty. This was the #kewaniswalleye derby jr pike winner of 2014. Looks like he has no problem catching some great #walleye aswell.
Many of you may have heard of or even use a few different types of diving techniques to get your baits down to the fish lets discuss the different ways to present a bait to the fish
1st you can use just the weight of the actual lure itself to get your baits in front of the fish you are trying to catch. Each type of lure has different shaped lips in front of the actual lure. The purpose of the lip on a lure is to get the lure itself down to a specific depth with a specific amount of line out behind the boat. Now Depending on the amount of line you put out will determine how deep each lure will dive as per the manufacturer’s specs. Most companies will base the accuracy of each lure by comparing the depth of each individual lure with 100ft of line out behind the boat. Once you go beyond a specific amount of line out, the lure will no longer dive any deeper, it is at this point if you wish to dive a bit deeper or even change the angle of a specific lure that you may find the aid of a diving apparatus helpful.
Some of the most common diving apperatuses are, Down Riggers, Dipsy Divers, Jet Divers, Bottom bouncers, Torpedo Weights, Inline weights, Snap weights, and Now this year Tadpole Weights.
To start off with this week I will talk about Down Riggers. I will post a different blog about each diving apparatus over the next 6 weeks until I have covered all the above mentioned techniques.
Week 1 – Down Riggers
Down Riggers can be a very useful tool, especially during the hunt for the Trophy fall walleye here on the bay Of Quinte. This is where Anglers put their baits, usually a small lipped or shallow diving bait 15ft to 50ft behind their boat and use a very heavy weight called a cannon ball, usually between the 8 to 12 lbs range, to get their bait down to a very specific depth in the water column. Although a very effective tool, a down rigger can be costly, they can run anywhere from $80.00 for a light duty hand cranking one to a very expensive top of the line $800.00 machine with all the bells and whistles, and the weights themselves can run anywhere from $20.00 to $100.00 plus, each. If an angler needs to get bait down anywhere from 15ft to 200ft it is very easily achieved by using a rigger. Anglers have been using riggers for years and for good reason, They Work.
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