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Diving Apparatuses Week 6 Tadpole weights

tadpole weight

Diving apparatuses

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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Diving Apparatuses Week 5 inline and snap weights

guppy weights

Diving apparatuses

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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Diving Apperatuses Jet Divers and Bottom Bouncers

jet diver     bottom bouncer

Diving apparatuses

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,

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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Diving apparatuses Week 2

dipsy diver

Diving apparatuses

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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Calibrating your reels

dylan fishing Last week I wrote a blog about choosing your Rods, reels, and line. On Friday I attended a seminar that was open to the public at Pro Tackle, A Local Tackle shop in Belleville. I was happy to see a decent turn out for this event as I believe it was the first of its kind for the store. Local guides were on hand doing the seminar, and an Okuma Pro Staff Member.  I believe these 2 guys need a bit of recognition here. It was obvious that the 2 guides felt right at home talking techniques, gear selection, and even proper etiquette at the ramp and on the water, as the seminar went on for approx just shy of 3 hours, as a professional guide on Quinte I run some of the same area’s that these guy’s do and was amazed at the amount of detail and information these guys were willing to give away. I could tell with some of the questions being asked that the 2 were a bit hesitant at first, but never the less they still told trade secrets about equipment, placement, tackle, and yes even spots that they and other people I know personally and even I myself frequent LOL. After the Seminar the 2 guides and the Okuma pro staff member, and the owner of the store, stuck around to answer all of the questions everyone had. Also Pro Tackle had a free BBQ for all that showed up.  I felt it was probably one, if not The BEST Walleye seminars I have ever attended personally.

I am going to touch base on one of points in this seminar that I thought was a great topic. Last week I talked about choosing your Line counter reels, but I did not touch base on what to do immediately after you have chosen one for your specific needs, before you take it on the water.

CALIBRATING YOUR REELS.

I always knew that calibrating reels was extremely important, however you should do this fairly often. In recent blogs I mentioned that when you buy specific baits no matter what it is that there is a chart that sometimes comes with the lure in the package or you can find on line, or if you have a smart phone then you can download an APP which will tell you the dive curve for just about any lure on (or off) the market today. I have to admit that calibrating my reels have been put off for some time now so right after I was reminded at the seminar the next day I took all my reels and found that over half of them were way, way off the mark, most of my reels didn’t have enough line on the reel for it to even be close to accurate, and even one of my reels were broken beyond repair, this Just after I posted in my last blog to remember to maintain your equipment, I have no idea how long I’ve been carrying around a broken reel LOL. Anyway, besides being able to accurately place your baits as per manufacturers specks, there are other reasons you should be calibrating your reels, if you have some other friends on the water and either you or they call, text, or radio each other to let one another know a set up that has been working that day, what if one of you have a rod that has been going off like crazy, you are going to let your buddy know your presentation and how much line you have out behind the boat right? Well if  either one of your reels has not been calibrated then you are going to put out what you think is the correct amount of line due to your friends information, and really you will either have too much line out or too little. This equates to your buddy having a great day on the water and you think he is pulling a fast one on ya. So I strongly suggest before your next trip out you take the time and do yourself a favor and possibly even save a friendship, and calibrate your lines.

Does My New Line Counter Reel Need To Be Calibrated?    YES

as soon as you pick up a new reel no matter what the make, sometimes the store you buy it from will spool it for you free of charge. I just came across this the other day with a good friend of mine, since I was calibrating all of my reels I asked if he wanted his done as well, his answer to me was no I just bought it and the store did it for me. I asked him in shock, they Calibrated the reel for you? I was curious because I have never bought a reel and had the store offer to calibrate a reel for me. He said well they are the ones that put the line on it. I tried to explain that putting line on the reel and calibrating it were 2 different things so now when he asks me for information on the water and if I tell him, he may not put out the right amount of line, or if he tells me a set up at least I know ahead of time I won’t be able to replicate it lol.

How to calibrate a line counter reel. First you will need 2 or three pegs to stick in the ground (or something that can mark the ground), a clip to hold your line to the pegs, A Tape measure,  (you don’t have to but a Tape that has 100 linier feet on it would be the most accurate), Something to mark your reels with ( either painters tape or a marker), and a Perminant Marker.

Make sure to spool your reels until they are full then take the following steps.

STEPS

1st  measure out 100 feet, with tape measure.  Stake ( or mark) the ground at either end.

2nd clip your fishing line to the peg in the ground. Do NOT cut your line off the spool yet.

3rd reel up until the tip of your rod touches the Peg

4th zero out your counter reel

5th release the line but keep some tention on the line with your thumb as you walk over to the 2nd peg 100 feet away.

6th read the line counter, what does it say?

7th If the counter reads more (>)  than 100ft  then you need to add more line to the reel and

And

If the counter reads less (<) than 100ft then you need to take some line away

Repeat steps 1 through 7 until your counter is exactly on the 100Ft mark.

You can also look up on Youtube to see how this is done.

I hope this was helpful and Tight Lines.

Capt

James Mathias