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Slimers Inorganic Bait is the closest thing to real-bait!

Posted on Tuesday, September 29, 2009

cs23_20_slimersI have use a gazillion soft-baits over the last 39 yrs., but I have to admit the Slimers is the most realistic I have ever used.  I’m a firm believer that if a lure is to be tested properly, you have to do it for a variety of fish, and under very different conditions.  If it does constantly produce fish, than it’s a winner.  The first time I have a chance to fish with Slimers, I planned to do a migratory rainbow trout drift-fishing show on the Lower Niagara in the middle of winter when the water temperatures are near freezing and the air temperature is below freezing.  As you know, trout have keen senses, especially in clear water and the day I chose to fish Slimers, the water was indeed clear.  Well, Slimers not only produced all the fish I need to do a TV show in a matter of hours, it also produced a trophy male rainbow trout in the 15 lb. range.

The next opportunity I had to test Slimers was for smallmouth bass in Lake Erie.  Again I decided to do a TV show fishing for post-spawn smallmouth bass, again in clear water that was about 65F.  Bass love Slimers and I caught all of the fish I needed to to the TV show in about 3hrs.  If you like to fish soft-baits, especially in clear water, whether it’s for warm or cold water fish, I would really encourage you to try www.slimers.ca , you will catch fish!!

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What’s so special about Plastic Swimbaits for Largemouth Bass?

Posted on Friday, September 25, 2009

italo_largemouthWith so many plastic bass-baits on the market, is it really work it spending more money for the new Plastic “SwimBaits”?  In my opinion it is.  You can fish a Slugo, or a Fluke, but the new Swimbaits have an important action-tail that is very similar to one of my all-time favorite plastic lures, the Sassy Shad.  The Sassy Shad was never designed to be fished on the surface, but in it’s time it was a great jig/plastic minnow grub combination for all kinds of fish.  The modern Swimbaits have the same action tail, many of then are hollow, so they are very buoyant and can be fished right on the surface at very slow speeds, and the plastic material is dense enough that you can cast the baits a-mile.

Keep in mind when you watch this weeks TV show in TSN that Roger Cannon and I only fished about 5-hrs. to catch all of the fish for the TV show.  Two of the main reasons we caught so many bass was; 1.we fished Plastic Swimbaits with the right rods/reels/line/leaders, and 2. we targeted all the trees we could find that were either in the water, or just over-hanging the shoreline and providing lot’s of shade for largemouth to hold-under.  If you like to fish for largemouth, and you want to try something different, get yourself a couple of packs of Plastic Swimbaits and rig them Texas-style wiht some #3/0 – 5/0worm hooks and try fishing some trees that are in the water along the shorelines.  I have a feeling it won’t take you long to hook-up on a decent-size bass!

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We just shot a lead-core trolling show for Lake Trout at Eagle Lake Island Lodge, ON.

Posted on Friday, September 25, 2009

My wife Barbara and I were blessed to shoot a lead-core trolling show for Lake Trout today.  While most anglers know that www.eaglelakeislandlodge.com, produces lot’s of trophy walleye, pike, smallmouth bass, & musky, many anglers don’t realize that they also offer excellent Lake Trout fishing.

We travelled about 1-hr. from the lodge to an area of 90′ of water and had Mark Randle  (owner of Eagle Lake Island Lodge), and Ron Buth troll from one boat using downriggers, www.luckystrikebaitoworks.com , Spoons and Rapalas, while Barbara & I fished from the 2010 G3 using Rapala Trolling Rods with Counter Reels and Lead-core line with Lucky Strike Spoons.  Mark & Ron boated 5-lakers that included an 8 & 10 lb. beauty, and Barb & I boated 4-lakers with the biggest about 4 lb.

The nice thing about trolling deep basins at Eagle Lake is that you can catch Lake Trout, Walleye and Pike  fishing the same area, with the same lures in water as deep as 80′!

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Eagle Lake Island Lodge continuing to produce trophy deep-water Walleye.

Posted on Thursday, September 24, 2009

Great weather continued again today with temperatures in the mid-twenty Celsius.  We took advantage of good water conditions and returned to one of the deep-water basins to troll with our www.rapala.ca ,  Trolling Rods & Counter Reel combos loaded with 20 lb. lead-core line and www.luckystrikebaitworks.com , Spoons.  This time it was the Lucky Strike  Rocket Spoon that produced the largest fish, including 3-pike that were suspended in 90′ of water.

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Walleye & Smallmouth Bass action at Eagle Lake Island Lodge, ON.

Posted on Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The weather in northern Ontario was back to the mid-20C today which made for very comfortable fishing.  We started the day with lot’s of pike action with Barb landing a trophy smallmouth on a Rapala Jointed X-Rap which hit while she was fishing a bulrush/weedline just off-shore.

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For a change of pace we rigged-up the two Rapala Downrigger rods I had brought up with the Rapala Counter Reels loaded with lead-core line and we headed to one of the deepest part of Eagle Lake where the average depth is in the 90-95′ range.  We fished about 300-400′ of line out with www.luckystrikebaitworks.com , Flipper and Attractor spoons and had non-stop action catching pike up to 32″ and walleye up to 25″.  Believe it or not, these fish were feeding suspended about 40-50′ down in 90+ feet of water. 

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On the Humminbird we could clearly see a 20-30′ band of baitfish at that depth which I suspect are probably young lake herring, also referred to as Ciscoe in the 4-5″ size.

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 We are looking forward to more great action tomorrow and we will keep you posted.

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