Week 6 – Tadpole weights
OffShore Tackle has come out with a new product this year and I for one have made it a part of my everyday tactics when fishing walleye. These weights I believe were intended to replace Dipsy divers as they seem to have much the same function. In my personal opinion at this point in time I use Tadpole weights much more often than tying on a Dipsy diver, and for the simple reason, They are versatile. There are several reasons for this. 1st you have to choose the proper weight for the depth you wish to achieve now the way these weights come in the box is with 2 regular snaps. My recommendation would be to change these regular snaps for 2 x OR16 Pro Snaps on split rings. I suggest this because the Tadpole goes from being an inline weight to a versatile snap weight with a fairly aggressive dive curve. These little weights can reach depths in excess of 30 feet easily depending on the size of tadpole you have on, for fall Walleye here in the Bay Of Quinte size #2 & #3 I feel would be most commonly used however you can get a larger size but the 2 suggested should get you Fall Quinte walleye with most applications. The second reason I now prefer to use them over Dipsy’s is you can reset them after they have been triggered by a fish without reeling your bait all the way back to the boat like you do with a Dipsy Diver, this is huge because the more time you spend taking a bait out of the water to fix problems the less time you are actually fishing. And the last point I will make about these awesome little devices is that their profile they are much smaller than other similar diving apparatuses like the Dipsy divers creating fish to be much less spooked as you try and present your bait to the fish.
good luck and stay safe
this is my last post on diving apparatuses this season and hope this segment has helped put some fish in your boat.
Cap James Mathias
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Week 5 – Inline Weights vs. Snap weights.
Inline weights are designed to be fished a few feet in front of your bait I use them with Harnesses myself however you can use them with lipless crank baits or spoons as well when trolling Walleye. Offshore makes a great product in my opinion, the Offshore guppy weight. These weights can be used as inline weights or snap weights they come with 2 holes punched on the top fin and tail fin of the guppy this allows you to attach either an Or16 Pro clip to the top fin and use it as a snap weight or attach a snap swivel to both holes the top one attaches to your main line and reduces line twists and the tail fin should be attached to your lure line. When choosing how far back to put your lure from the inline weight make sure the length of leader line does not exceed the length of your rod. This is so when you have a fish on the line you can get it to the boat easily and you will be able to reach the fish with a net if needed. People have asked me what the difference Is between snap weights and Inline weights? and why use one over the other? There are several differences between the functions of these weights, and I use them both in different circumstances. 1st inline weights are designed to be just a few feet away from your bait, whereas snap weights are adjustable and can be clipped anywhere on the main line. Now what does this do? If you attach the weight just a few feet in front of a lure and it is a windy day on the water or the water has a bit of chop to it, then an inline weight moves up and down with the movement of the boat or of the planer boards if you are attached to one right? Ok well an inline weight will move the lure aggressively up and down with each wave, where as a snap weight 20, 30, 50 feet up the line will absorb a lot of the movement allowing your bait to stay in a specific depth even in windy conditions. Now sometimes the fish want a bit more movement to their lunch than on other days so it is up to you to find the pattern they huger for.
Good luck out there and stay safe
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Week 4 – Torpedo divers (go through this and make sense of it )
Torpedo Divers are a very aggressive diving apparatus the dive curve for a 2 ounce diver is approx 10 feet down with 10 feet of line out and aapprox 15 feet down with 21 feet of line out. Each Torpedo diver comes with its own dive chart This is a great device when fishing aggressive fish I primarily would use this method in the spring when the fish are feeding aggressively after the spawn. However in the Fall when Walleye tend to slow right down I personally will not use this presentation, some people may not agree with me but its just what I have found over the past few years. This type of presentation is great to get spinners and worm harnesses suspended in the water column. One of the reasons I like using this method is beacause you can adjust the length of lead between bottom and your lure by attaching a piece of Monofilement line to an Off Shore Tackle OR16 Pro Snap Weight Clip and the torpedo diver, now you can make this length of lead any length you want and you can attach it however far up the line you want from your lure. Thus essentially creating an adjustable bottom bouncer. EG- if you attach a 4 foot lenth of Mono line between the torpedo and the OR16 Pro clip and attach the clip to your main line 20ft ahead of your lure in 20ft of water and drop the torpedo until you feel it is just touching bottom, then you know your bait is very close to 4 feet above the bottom and approx 25 to 30ish feet behind the boat. Now why do this instead of just using a bottom bouncer? The answer is simple a bottom bouncer is designed to run just a few feet infront of your bait. However can be a very intimidating and spook wary fish, so this is a way of using the same idea as a bottom bouncer only getting the bulky part of the presentation out of the way so the fish only sees the lure as it passes by.
good luck and stay safe on the water.
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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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