Trolling sinkers

I have been watching a few videos on trolling the great lakes for walleye and I have to say, guys are spending more or doing it harder than need be.

I see guys using lead core line. It is expensive and for what it does, it is hardly worth the trouble. If the crankbait spins it will wreck expensive line. You have color codes to let you know how much line to let out, what a pain that must be keeping track of colors while fishing different depths. I just have to shake my head.

Using snap weights, I don’t even know what that is but sounds expensive. I tried them with those expensive clips and they just fell off costing me about $10 each time that happened. Adding swivels to the line, not necessary with my clip on sinkers.

Using bottom bouncers to troll open water, what they heck, nothing like using one thing to do something else it wasn’t even designed for.

Using my clip on sinkers is directly connecting you with the fish. The sinker is attached with a rubber band way up and away from the fish, removed and then its one on one with the fish. The sinkers are cheap and no big deal if they do fall off, which they rarely do. If you run into a shallow area you just real the sinker up to the surface and speed the boat up, then slow down and drop the sinker back down, keeping the lure fishing the while time, piece of cake. With a bottom bouncer you have to reel it in taking your lure out of action. Same with lead core, and if you bump bottom and could damage your expensive line.

My slip sinkers for bottom bouncers allow you to feed out line so the fish can run with it without feeling any tension. The wire harness bottom bouncers can’t do that, and they are a pain to store where mine roll up and can be kept in the bag it came with.

I just can’t believe so many guys are doing it all wrong. With my clip on sinkers you have complete control of depth, with my slip sinkers you can cast or drag about anywhere with snagging, and if you did snag the sinker slides off saving your rig; you just slide on another low cost sinker and back to fishing.

Trolling Sinkers

About Dave Tackett

Dave Tackett is from Sterling Illinois. An avid fisherman since childhood, he has fished all over the Midwest, mainly the Mississippi River pools 8-19. His home waters are pools 13 & 14. After fishing Bass tournaments for many years, he gave it up to fish for Walleye year round. He now guides and fishes for fun. He likes to take photos of the scenic places he visits on the river and likes to keep a video camera running to get footage for his Walleye DVDs. Photography is now where he most of his time working, using professional DSLR cameras and lens. These photos include landscape around the Mississippi River and the Rock River, river birds like eagles heron, egrets etc.
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