What are Blade baits?

Blade baits are used for Walleye in cold water. They can be used through the ice or from a boat. They are vertically jigged to get a reaction strike, meaning the fish aren’t feeding but will eat a bait just by reaction. The lures wobble greatly when pulled and then they are dropped and that’s when the fish try to catch the bait. Sometimes they miss the bait and then they are hooked under the jaw. The wobble really feels good when pulled up and you just know fish can detect this from a long distance and it can become an addicting way to fish. It just feels good to pull on it. It also feels good to pull on it and find a fish on the other end.

These baits are real popular with tournament fisherman and many tournaments on won using them. If the water is high and muddy and the fish aren’t feeding you can catch or snag a limit when nothing else works. They don’t like to be filmed puling fish in because a good percentage are snagged. They are outlawed in some states up north, but not in Iowa or Illinois. I used to use them at Belview Ia. in mid winter when the fish would go really deep and be in hibernation mode.

This type of jigging can work with a jig as well. Sometimes casting a jig and working it back to the boat does the same thing, pull and drop. I have seen days where thats the only way to catch fish, let the jig sit on the bottom a few seconds and then jerk it up, letting it fall slowly. Then one time when you jerk it there is a fish on your line, lure in mouth most of the time but can be hooked under the lip as well.

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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