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hi just started using wacky rigs and texas rigged lures. finally got a few to boost my confidence. a few questions i was using mono should i use a braid or fireline to detect bites better. when texas rigging should i jig the lure back or straight retrieve it or both. very new to this any help would be great. also i take it these are more a shallow lure say 10 feet or less.

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Craigums

I prefer flouro carbon line when using those presentations. With T-Rigs I'll let it drop to the bottom. Twitch it a couple times and bring it back in. I rarely, if ever work it all the way back to the boat. You can use the T-rig at any depth range, just use the appropriate size weight.

As for wacky rig. Thats usually done weightless, so it excels in shallow water. If I don't get bit by the time it hits bottoms, Im reeling in and planning my next cast.

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walleyeking19

If you put this in the bass fishing forum, you will probably get more responses!

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B17

I just started using braid again. Then I blood knot on a 2' piece of Flouro. Best of both worlds. Hooks sets are very strong. Bite detection cant get any better. I use 10# braid/flouro on my spinning rig, 30# braid to 12# flouro on my lighter baitcaster, and 80# ZillaBraid only on my heavy baitcaster. If I added a "leader" on that one, it would be 30# Big Game mono most likely.

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its called a do nothing bait because you do nothing with it, I learned to wacky rig by casting it drop the rod, reel in the faint slack and watch the line, if its a quick tug and rapid its a panfish if it starts to gradualy move away its a bass reel in the rest of the slack feel the weight and set the hook. Trying to keep a taught line will pendulum the worm bringing it out of the strike zone. This technique has produced me numerous 3-5 pounders and tons of bass all sizes more than any T-rig worm or any other lure its unbelievable, plus using a size 2 egg shaped hook keeps it fairly weedless have not tried the size 2 wacky rig hooks they have a wider gap but I would think they help hooksets better sometimes my hooks are barley on the fish.

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    • cat44
      We have Hoey, but it's easier to go off the Warroad access to get to where we normally go.
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      Nice video. Thank you @papadarv NOTE:We will be updating the forums and all videos uploaded here will go straight to a player that folks can just click and watch instead of downloading and watching.
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      Hi all hope to make it this Saturday. Depending on the snow coming we should be able to drive on correct?
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      Hello from the NW Angle!

      Minnesota fishing has been most productive in 20-24 feet of water.  Guests are bringing home their limits of Walleye and Sauger with the occasional Perch and Northern mixed in. Fish have been most active early and late in the day and the bite has been terrific. The use of electronics continues to be very beneficial with fish taking jigging spoons, jigg’n raps or rattle baits.  Snowmobile ttrails on the Minnesota side continue to be maintained and are in great shape. We are still making ice, with most spots at over 30 inches. 

      North and East of us in Canada, big Crappies are coming in on light tackle setups out of 30 feet. If you are looking for walleye, they are everywhere!

      Until next week, 

      Sunset Lodge
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