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Things You Should Look for When Buying Gear for Walleye Fishing

Jan 22, 2008
Successful walleye fishing is a combination of strategy, location and gear. Without the right fishing gear, you could have all the best intentions in the world but never catch this elusive fish. Want to increase your chances of catching the walleye? Here are the most important fishing gear you'll need to complete your arsenal:

Fishing rod
Look for the three essentials: strength, length and flex. The walleye is not a passive fish and you'll have to do a little bit of battle so you'll need a sturdy and reliable rod.

Length also matters. If you tend to fish in an area surrounded by trees and shrubs, a shorter line will prevent any tangles. Pick a rod that is about 6 to 7 feet long, which should work well whether you're fishing from a boat or from the shore.

If you're wondering why flex is a factor, consider how lightly the walleye can sometimes strike at your bait. Many anglers have lost a good catch because their rods were too stiff to give them a 'feel'. A light, flexible, medium- to fast-action rod will give you more information than your heavy and stiff old faithful.

Fishing reel
Your next fishing gear consideration is the reel. A good bet is the spinning reel, which many anglers swear will work great with a well-chosen rod. A spinning reel and rod combo will let you work with light cranks and jigs, two of the best and most reliable elements of your walleye fishing arsenal.

When looking at the fishing reel at the store, make sure to check for drag. Choose the one that offers the smoothest so in case you play tug of war with the walleye, you won't waste too much energy in the fight. You'll also need a clean drag to help you manipulate your line better, allowing you to pull and discharge it with minimal effort. Too much resistance and your line could break.

Fishing line
Look for a strong and reliable line. Don't be afraid to pay for quality. When you're already out there in the water, you'll thank yourself for not scrimping.

Lures and baits
Lures and bait are the components of your fishing gear that attract the walleye. For your first picks, choose the following:

Jigs - these are meant to be used on a lake, stream or river bottom, in close contact with the sand. Choose the appropriate size, weight and style.

Crank baits - mimicry is the strong suit of crank baits and you'll need them to lure the walleye into believing that what you are presenting is their real prey.

Bottom bouncer - this will sink your live bait and make it easy for the walleye to take a bite.
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