Walleye Fishing Rods
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One of my favorite walleye
fishing rods is to the left.
This past summer I had the
opportunity to fish on my home waters (Columbia River south) an awful
lot. During the months of August and September I hit the water at least
4 times a week. During this time I finally stopped using that
Bass Pro Shops Walleye bottom bouncer rod because I needed to figure
out how to stop loosing so many bottom bouncers. No, the rod
will not make a difference in helping you from loosing walleye fishing
rigs and spinners and such, but a combination of
factors will. Click the
picture above to find out about the Okuma steelhead/walleye fishing
rod. And that is what we will discuss. As you can see below
those are the walleye fishing worm harness we use on the Columbia.
It doesn't matter if we are fishing at Lake Roosevelt,
Umatilla or John Day, that's what we use to drag worms on the bottom
with. The key to our success, what changing over to the 8'
walleye fishing rods.
I Love 8'6" Bottom Bouncing Walleye
As you can see our Walleye Fishing
Rigs of choice are above. To learn more about these walleye
secrets or techniques check out bottom
bouncers for walleye fishing with worm harnesses.
Now back to the walleye rods. Like I already
mentioned I was using the walleye bottom bouncer rod from Bass Pro.
It's a 7' something model and it is ultra sensitive.
I absolutely loved that feature and really did miss it when I
switched over. However, after a few passes I quickly learned
how the new walleye rod worked.
Our primary purpose for changing
over was the fact that my walleye pro buddy was hanging up about 1/4
less than I was. He was using the Okuma
Celilo rod on a Ambassador level wind with 10 lb maxima. When
he did hang up we usually saved it by heading up river about 200 yards
and then it would pop loose. With my Bass Pro rod, I was
using braided line and the Ambassador level wind reel. We
could save my walleye rigs 1 out of 5 tries. I firmly believe
that the braided line allow my bottom bouncers to travel closer to the
rocks which allowed them to wedge easier in between rocks.
With the mono line he would ride a little higher and have the
ability to skip over the rocks instead of wedging in between.
Anyway, that was my theory and once
I switched over to my old steelhead rod guess what? I spent
more time fishing than trying to get my rig back. The cost of
loosing a rig is around $4 and you do that about 4 times a day and it
adds up. Add on top of that the gas/diesel prices and it
Using The 8' Walleye Fishing Rods
Allowed Us To......
Now, before you think I am nuts let
me tell you that my walleye buddy and his father limited out about 5
different times within a 8 day period. They were knocking
them dead. One night we went out and fell one fish shy of
catching our limit and that occurred in a 4 hour window. I
watched his dad slam a limit out in less than 2 hours. It was
a ton of fun catching fish and the worst day of the season we managed
to catch 3 fish but the last one caught was a 26 incher.
Using these rods we are allowed to
let the walleye take our bait before we set the hook. What I
mean by that is if you have ever caught walleye using bottom bouncers
most of the time you only feel the fish fighting after they have taken
your worm. That's what it felt like with both the Bass Pro
special and braided line. Using the longer rod with
monofilament line it was pretty darn easy to feel the walleye taking
the bait. When we felt that we would either let some line out
or we would walk our rod towards the back of the boat.
Actually it's not walking the rod, rather taking your rod tip
towards the back of the boat. By the time our rod was
pointing straight behind us, it was time to set the hook.
Trust Me On This
The only time we used the 8'
walleye fishing rods is when we are bottom bouncing or trolling plugs.
If you are jig fishing you better get something different.
Trying to jig fish with an 8' rod is murder and I am not
going down that road. I remember jigging for salmon once and
yes, it was fun catching the salmon it was not fun trying to jig fish
with a 8'6" rod. I had tendonitis for over 3 months after the
experience of jigging and catching salmon and sturgeon.
Take a serious look at the Okuma
steelhead rod for walleye fishing. Don't get the heavy model
or anything like that, instead look for something in the medium range
and you can't go wrong. The reason we are using the Okuma
Celilo series is because we can get them pretty darn cheap on Amazon
and they are an excellent rod that we also use for steelhead fishing.
In fact the reason we have our 8' all over the place is
because most of us are now bobber fishing with 9' or 10' Okuma rods.
Now before you get all serious on
me, Yes, I do fish a lot with my St Croix rod for steelhead, but my all
time favorite cross fishing rod is the Okuma. They work
extremely well and I wouldn't hesitate to use it for steelhead and
walleye. So, if you fish for both species and you don't want
to spend an arm and leg on a fishing rod for both, then you will never
go wrong with a Okuma Celilo casting rod. Check
it out at Amazon because that is the cheapest place we have found it.
I think you will love these walleye fishing rods as much as
Our New Walleye
Fishing Trolling Rod
I had a very long and intense
discussion with a local walleye pro fisherman and he told me about rods
that have really helped him when he is fishing with clients. I knew St
Croix made rods and we own them and use them for different kinds of
walleye and bass fishing. However, I did not know they made
one specific for trolling and when he told me about it, I went over to
Amazon and purchased it on the spot. I love the feel, the
weight and all that good stuff but I have not used it in the water yet.
After I recover from this surgery you can bet I will be back
on the water 3 or 4 times a week using this new rod.
If you want to see what they are
using here you go: St.
Croix Eyecon Walleye Trolling Rods Model: ECT90MM2 (9' 0", M, 2 pc.) If
you want to do a quick search use the box below to help you but be
careful because if you get to picky it will not work. Sorry
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