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First trip to URL,few questions


Hogleg

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Heading to URL this next week and been reading everyone's great posts. See everyone talking about glow jigs. Are they absolutely necessary. Here in Northwest Iowa don't use glow stuff. Want to have best trip possible so if need glow jigs will get some. Thanks for the help.

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When you arrive in waskish just buy a handfull of jigs at whatever place your staying. Most of the tackle here in town is all geared for upper red lake

Good luck and let us know how you do bad or good

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Glow jigs do make a huge difference. Red is stained water, any visual indicator or target the walleyes can easily see to go along with sound and smell helps induce strikes.

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oh, and don't forget to bring your exten ... aw, never mind; you can always buy one at Dr Bait in Kelliher (not that I would have ever had reason to know such a thing blush )

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When you arrive in waskish just buy a handfull of jigs at whatever place your staying. Most of the tackle here in town is all geared for upper red lake

Good luck and let us know how you do bad or good

Agree 100%. Some of the jigs Hillmans have are tough to find anywhere else. I like the big glowing "ant" jigs with those tentacles and I've only been able to find them there. I'd also suggest getting your bait there or with another URL shop.

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The bait shop in Blackduck isn't bad either, they give out some good advice and a righteous scoop of minnows.

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oh, and don't forget to bring your exten ... aw, never mind; you can always buy one at Dr Bait in Kelliher (not that I would have ever had reason to know such a thing blush )

Ooops the name of the business I was referring to is actually DR TACKLE, not Dr Bait. (see I told ya I didn't have good reason to know such things)

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Northlands Bionic in 7 pound test is really nice line. I also have a couple rigs spooled up with high vis stren in 8 pound test. The stuff is amazing to tie in the portable because you can actually see it.

And ditto to glows. After about 4 pm I really pay mind to fishing with the glow stuff and I recharge often. I pay close attention to my graph because it seems that as soon as I recharge I will often have fish nose right in after I drop it back down the hole.

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What pound test line do you use for the walleye rods?

You'll find a ton of answers to that question. On stained lakes like Red and LOW you can use just about anything (heavier monos and braided lines too.)

But I find myself using the same 4lb flourocarbon that I use at home. Knock on wood.....I have never had a walleye break it of yet! "It's all in the hips".......I mean drag wink

If you hook into a big pike that lurk in those waters something heavier gives you a better chance of landing it, especially as the ice thickens.

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What pound test line do you use for the walleye rods?

Hey Bob, you don't by chance live on Gable Avenue do you????

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Rattlin flyer in silver with purple smelt coloring was hot on saturday afternoon with fish switching to red glow as the sunset. I had other silver flyer choices but nothing matched the purple...? Snow cover may change that now though as we lose light penetration...?

Good Luck and if they aren't biting try moving around.

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10-4,

Thought you might have lived right down the road smile

Anyways, if you ever want to hit a local lake give me a pm and maybe we can catch some fish smile

-Brandon

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