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

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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

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

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This weeks tip is Bottom bouncers.

       I find using bottom bouncers paired with a worm harness extremely useful here in the Bay Of Quinte, especially in the spring when you are trying to get those small baits down deep when you are marking walleye on bottom. Bottom Bouncers are an easy solution. They come in many different sizes and it can be intimidating trying to understand which one to choose, well I’ll simplify it for you.

      1st, know the water you will be fishing in, take a look at some charts of the body of water you will be fishing before you leave your house, take a good look at the depth of the area on the maps. once you figure out the area you’ll be fishing in then all you need to know is, when choosing a bottom bouncer you need approx. 1 ounce weight per 10 feet of water

      when deploying the bottom bouncer you want to be travelling at your desired speed and quickly feed your line with tension behind the boat until you can feel the bottom through your rod. once that happens allow your boat to move ahead a bit until the bouncer comes off bottom then slowly let back a bit more line until you can feel bottom again then set the bail this should give you the desired 45 degree angle that these devices are meant to be used.

      Your worm harness will typically be anywhere from 1 to 2 feet behind the bottom bouncer in the spring. I personally like to use a Colorado or larger blade on my worm harnesses in the spring time because it slows the presentation down a bit. Either a live worm or a plastic worm will work well when paired with a worm harness.

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

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

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Over the next few weeks leading to the Walleye opener on The Bay Of Quinte I will be writing helpful hints and posting them to my blog this week my blog is about Planer Boards.

If you fish for walleye in The Bay Of Quinte one of the most useful tools to get the job done is the Off-Shore tackle Planer Boards, these light weight boards are designed to take your lure away from the boat allowing you to get more lines in the water without getting tangled, also by taking the lines away from the boat your lures will run over the fish without your motor spooking the fish. These Boards come as either right or left running which means they are meant to run on either the right or left side of the boat. One major advantage to running these boards is that it allows you to put your lure in very shallow areas while keeping your boat in deeper water or (safer) areas. 

Many times when you run over fish they spook and move off to the sides of the boat which means as you run over them with the boat the fish actually swim away from your presentation, by using the boards you use them to your advantage in this case because as the fish swim to the sides they are now swimming directly into the path of your lures.

A great option that these board have available is you can buy a additional flag called a tattle flag what this does is when properly set up even if you have a small fish (bait fish, pearch, silver bass, or even weeds) on the line or if the fish is on a light bite, the lightest tug and the flag will go up and down repeatedly letting you know something is on the line otherwise it might be difficult to tell.  I would suggest this tattle flag especially in the spring time.

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