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Get better control of the depths, keep your lures free from debris, walks on two legs, won't spin, tangle free, less knots, easy to use & store. Clip-on sinkers and bottom bouncing slip sinkers, the best trolling sinkers around and the price is hard to beat. I caught 3 Walleye over 11 pounds using these Clip-on Sinkers at Lake Erie! They work on the mississippi River too! The slip sinkers are a must have for rivers and lakes. No more tieing knots all day with a 3-way rig, just run line through the sinker and tie to leader, just one knot!
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Lake Erie Walleye DVD

New 2009 Fishing DVD! Three Walleye over 10#! Advanced trolling techniques. I made a trip just to get footage to show how to catch big Walleye using my clip-on trolling sikers and planer boards.

fillet dvd
How to Fillet Fish DVD
Fillet fish fast with electric knife. Panfish, Bass, Walleye and Catfish

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How to Tie Jigs Fishing DVD
New edition is now 100 minutes long. Learn to tie acrylic hair, bucktail, rubber shirt jigs; pour sinkers and jigs; sinker rigs, floater rigs, slip-sinker rigs, crawler harness spinner rigs and more.

10 Tube Worms for Cheese Bait

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Where to buy Yellowbird Planer Boards: Cabelas

Where to buy Bomber Long A: Bay Shore Resort

Where to buy Bomber Trolling Sinkers: Trolling Sinkers

How much line should I feed out? Most people make a mistake by feeding out too much line, the line resistance increases as more line is fed out, and if not enough line is let out the crankbait won't have enough line to go deep, the line angle will be too vertical which pulls the bait up. So if you want to fish shallow, either don't feed out much line or feed out 100 yards or more. If you want the crankbait to go deep feed out about 10-50 yards, and if you need to go deeper attach a clip-on sinker.

Of course lighter line cuts the water better and goes deeper. The more weight added to the sinker the deeper it goes.

Here is what I am doing in the videos, I cast out the carnkbait/lure about 30-50 feet, then I attach a 2 or 3 ounce clip-on sinker, 2 ounce for 25 feet depth and 3 oz for 40 feet. I drop the sinker to the bottom, then pull for one minute, which raises the lure back up with line resistance, drop it back down to the bottom again, pull for a minute then drop the sinker to the bottom for the third time and now I am bumping bottom at 35'. I reel it back up about 6' to keep it just off the bottom.

Using a planer board: First off, I only use a planer board to keep my lures apart and to keep them from tangling, nothing else. They do give the lure a better action and they can increase or decrease the speed during turns, and they do help keep grass and junk off the lure.

I may or may not use a clip on sinker, probably not unless most all the fish are deeper. So I straight line this crankbait most of the time, so I feed out at least 50 feet, or 100' for maximum depth. A medium diver will run in about 14' with 100' of line out, and maybe 10' if I only feed out 50'.

When I come to a shallow reef I increase the speed to pull the lures up. People think this makes the baits run deeper but it does not. If I come to a deeper area I can slow the boat down and this will make the crankbaits run a little deeper.

If you want to fish Lake Erie without trolling, just drift and cast crankbaits and spinner rigs all around. When in diubt, use a jig. You can never go wrong using a jig to vertically fish while drifting. Just jig it up and down. Hook a nightcrawler throuth the tip of the head, or a half a crawler hooked through the part that you tore so the guts don't all leak out.

Hooking a crawler to a spinner-rig: Hook the main hook through the head of the worm. Hook the stinger hook halfway down the worm, make sure the worm is straight or it will spin.

If you have any questions, you can ask them on my Forum

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