Walleye & Bass action while pre-fishing for Lake Ontario, ON TV show.

Posted on September 6th, 2012

[nggallery id=786]I had planned to shoot an Upper Bay of Quinte TV show for walleye back in Aug., but due to a thunder storm and rain moving thorugh, I had to cancel.  I went ahead and re-scheduled a Lower Bay of Quinte (Adolphus Reach), walleye TV show on Sept. 15.  Part of doing research to ensure we capture good action for a TV show is to pre-fish the area if it is within a reasonable driving distance in southern Ontario.  I decided to prefish on Tues. with good friends Bill Henry, Gerald Fisher and Donald.  Our headquarters was the Belleville, ON Comfort Inn.

We woke up Tues., morning to scattered rain and south-easterly winds.  As the morning progresses, the rain did not let up, in fact, it got heavier.  Low light conditions made it tough to locate weedbed and weedline edges.  Our strategy was to cast Rapala crankbaits to the weed edges to intercept cruising, feeding fish.  No being able to see the exact weed edge meant many casts would catch weeds, and we did.

I again chose to use the Rapala series of rods/reels that included the Walleye Tournament Series, Shift and Concept Ti rods along with the Rapala Shift, Andros and Volt spinning and baitcasting reels.  Our line of choice was Sufix 832, 10 lb. test braid with Sufix 20 lb. test fluorocarbon leaders.  The top producing lures were the Rapala Tail Dancer #9 in the “hot-chub” color, the Rapala Dives To 7 Flat and the new Clackin’Rap with a diving lip.

As you can see from the images above, we had low light, we got wet, but thanks to the Humminbird sonars and Minn Kota electric  rigged 18′ River Hawk, we were still able to catch lot’s of fish. Looking forward to filming tomorrow since the rain should be done by than!

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