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Diving Apparatuses Week 6 Tadpole weights

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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 4 Torpedo Divers


Diving apparatuses

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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Diving apparatuses

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.

Diving apparatuses

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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how to put fish in the boat after fnding the hot spots.

Over the past few weeks on The Bay Of Quinte and after bringing my boat home from Wellington as I was finished with the salmon season. I needed to find some walleye. So where does one go to find Walleye on Quinte? Located in Hay Bay I was able to quickly check some known hot spots to the locals and to my surprize many anglers were still fishing in very shallow water. in weed beds and high shoal points, as I am aware you can find walleye in these area’s during most of the season these are not the fish I was looking for. I am generally looking for a bit larger fish and I am not saying you can’t find the larger ones in the weeds especially in the spring, however in the late summer months I personally have found that larger fish that do not migrate to the bigger waters of Lake Ontario can be found roaming the flats in deeper water of the Bay.

I have had several successful outings lately boating more than our fair share of decent sized Eyes, ranging from anywhere from 2 lbs to 8lbs with the majority being over 5lbs. I narrowed down what I think are the contributing factors to landing these fish.

1st fishing the deeper water has helped.

2nd I always move away from the crowds of other anglers in search of the same fish, the less commotion and motors running over the fish the better the chances of catching.

3rd trolling the wind blown shore, these fish like any predator fish like to stay close to a food source. The minnows (shad), Pearch, and other small meals that the walleye feed on tend to get blown with the winds so this means as the wind picks up and the food sources get blown the walleye stay close by as to not loose their next meal.

after finding them, putting fish in the boat is the next step. As a guide it is a bit easier to move through my lure selections as I generally have more people in the boat than the average “Joe” which entitles me to have more rods in the water, this allows me to change up presentations more frequently narrowing down what the fish are looking for faster than lets say a single  angler fishing alone. once I see what depth the suspended fish are at I choose a variety of presentations and put them in the vicinity of the water column that is just above where I am seeing most of the suspended fish. I do this as walleye tend to feed in an upward direction. once I start seeing action on my line I will change more of my lines to using the same bait that is working just changing up colour. when we have a colour that is producing more fish than another I put more of the same bait in the same colour out as I find walleye are creatures of habit and they will all be feasting on the same food source it seams.

good luck out on the water and stay safe

Spring Walleye fishing Tip Of The Week for The Bay Of Quinte

coldwater reel

This Weeks Tip Of The Week Is line counter reels.

I personally think that you must have a line counter reel when trolling for Walleye in general. This is not just a spring tip for The Bay Of Quinte, but a must have year round for all your trolling applications. when setting up your trolling set up it is crucial to know exactly how much line you have out, how far back you have put any diving apparatuses, and how far out your planner boards are. once you have figured out what the fish are biting on it is absolutely essential that you are able to repeat exactly what just caught that fish.

The only way you are going to be able to achieve this is by using a line counter reel. Once you find the right combination to catch the fish repeat it on all the rods in the boat and you will catch more fish.

Many of the lures you use have a max depth that they run at with a certain amount of line out. Much of the time they will come with charts telling you exactly how much line you need out and at what speed to achieve a specific depth for a specific lure.  So now, paired with your sonar, this can be a very effective combination to get those fish into the boat. All you have to do is look at your sonar find out the depth in the water column the fish are at, then look at the lure chart and find out how much line out you need to get that lure down to the right depth, then by taking any guess-work out of the equation use a line counter reel and you will be right on the money.

(However that said remember that Walleye almost always feed above where they are. I would far rather put my baits 5 feet above the fish than 2 feet below them)

When choosing a good line counter reel make sure that what you choose has a few of the fundamentals. Make sure it has a good loud clicker, this allows you to know there is a fish on the line.  You will want to make sure you have a strong gear and drag system, and know the species of fish you will be fishing for.  Reels come in many different sizes, this is important to know because you want to choose a reel that will hold enough line that you will be using for that species of fish, for example for Walleye I would go with a size 20 reel, while for Salmon I might go with a size 30 or even a 45.

I have used many line counters in the past from many manufacturers, and personally, for the price, durability, performance, and style I like the Cold Water series from Okuma

I hope this Tip was helpful and come back to this site next week for you next Bay Of Quinte Tip Of The Week