Walleye grubs, action tail or no action tail?

Posted on June 14th, 2017

Walleye anglers will agree that when you are fishing for walleye near the bottom it’s tough to outproduce fishing a jig & plastic grub. Anglers for decades have been relying on the “twister-tail” grub which still produces walleye every year, but with such a variety of different plastic grubs on the market when do you use an action tail or no action tail grub.

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Here are a few things to consider. If you are fishing deep, fast water and trying to work a jig/plastic grub on the bottom, let’s say like in the Detroit River, a non-action tail grub works best. Any resistance produced by the plastic grub can make it difficult to keep the rig on the bottom (even a non-action tail grub that has a curve in the body). So no surprise that the Lunker City Fin-S Fish is one of the top producing soft-plastics there. Also, if you are fishing in and around isolated weeds, a non-action tail will catch less weeds than an action-tail grub.


On the other hand, if you are fishing shallower, still water that may be turbid, like shallow rocky structure & edges of weedbeds in water less than 15′, than an action-tail will draw fish from a distance and increase your catch-rate. This is where the Lunker City Shaker and Lunker City Swimfish work extremely well. Also remember that plastic grubs with a flapping tail action from side to side will send out more vibration than a curly-tail that swims through the water. Best test is  having a good selection of both and using trial and error.

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