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Increase your hooking percentage during slow bite.


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Its important to remember not to spook fish when the bite seems slow. Mille Lacs Walleyes get an attitude when baitfish populations are high. Most Mille Lacs Walleyes can be coaxed into atleast taking a look what your offering. Most of the time we don't take into consideration how we are presenting our bait. The slightest flick of the wrist is more than enough effort needed to put action into a spoon or swimming lure when the bite get's tough. The most important factor when fishing sluggish fish is let him eat it. Meaning when fish enter your flasher cone if your using a flasher, it's important when to know you need to stop moving the bait. Usually when the fish(red bar on a Vexilar flasher) meets my bait, i will stop jigging completely and just hold the bait still. Don't continue jigging or try to pull the bait away from the fish. Just getting him to look at your bait when the bite is slow can be a challange. Many times i have held the bait still for up to 10 seconds and then it gets wacked. If he wont strike after a period of ten seonds or longer, i drop the bait into the bottom and raise it back up. Thats telling me hes onto me, fish have all the time in the world to investigate your offering in the hard water months. There are ways to compete with the baitfish, these are just a few.

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Good advise D-Man. What you have explained about the vex, we have observed on the camera. You are dead right about the slightest flick of the wrist. Sometimes a quick flick will scatter em.
Thanks for the reports.
Good Luck...

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Thanks for the info D-Man. Hopefully I can improve the hook ups out there by tryin some of that. I usually get frustrated after 2 seconds of the fish just lookin at it and raise it up a few inches.

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Doesn't a jigging spoon twist when held still? What do they think of a spoon sitting there spinning? I know you can run a swivel to help, but they still twist up some. Not trying to be a smart a**, but i don't think that it looks natural at all.

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