Hi Italo, I recently moved to Welland and have been watching your episodes featuring the Welland River. I am planning on spending some time on the river this weekend and am hoping to catch some Walleye and Pike. Right now I have 20LB Fluorocarbon on my reels, should I be using braided line? Also, will I be needing leaders? I have some shallow water crank baits like you used in your videos, will these be effective mid summer? Love your show and the informative content you put out! God bless you and your family!

Posted on July 4th, 2019

Hi David, thank you for your kind words, I receive them! Yes, I would definitely encourage you to spool up with 20 lb. braid. You will be able to cast farther, feel what the crankbait is doing better and you will get the most efficient hook-sets once you have a hit. I use a 20-30 lb. test Sufix Fluorocarbon leader. The fish in the river are not leader shy and there are some pretty big walleye and musky that you can hook just casting along the shoreline and structure. Mid summer has produced my best fish in the Welland River on crankbaits.  God bless you and your family also.

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