We did catch some Walleye using my clip-on sinkers out at Lake Erie in May. We used clip-on sinkers but the fish were on the reefs so straight lining worked the best. There wasn’t any debris on the water, no Mayflies, no cotton wood, scum weeds, grass or anything else so we didn’t use the clip-on sinkers on all our rods. We did use clip-on sinkers to fish water deeper than 18′.
The clip I made to use on the back of the planer board worked great. So not only do my clip-on sinkers work better than the expensive downrigger clips, but they work at a fraction of the cost, and now I can say no more buying those expensive clips to use on my planer boards either. I placed two alligator clips side by side, joined them together using rubber tubing over the teeth and base.
I had no problems what ever. The rubber did wear some, just as those expensive clips do, but just rotating the rubber a little made them like new again. And the cost of a 1/2 inch piece of tubing is almost nothing.
My new DVD shows several times how easy it is to use clip-on sinkers. They go on and off so fast it’s hard to tell we are even using clip-on sinkers. I did catch my two biggest Walleye at Lake Erie using these sinkers, both 33.5″ weighing over 11 pounds and after spawn, so both could have been lake records if they would have been caught before the spawned.
Someone wrote me the other day saying they lose a lot of rigs when they touch bottom because this damages the line. If you are pulling crawler spinner rigs, they are too hard to make and too expensive to buy to just have them break off. You can avoid this problem by using my Slip Sinker Bottom Bouncers. Like my clip-on sinkers, they are fully weight adjustable, they walk on two legs and they keep your line 6″ off the bottom so no more damage to your line. They are snagless, but it they do get caught between two big rocks the sinker will slide off and you will get the sinker rig and your leader back saving you a ton of money and time (no more re-tie, no more losing rigs).