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Selecting A Rod For Walleyes

I got an e-mail from a man recently who was going on a fishing trip with some friends. They were going to be chasing walleyes, and he didn’t have a lot of walleye gear. He wanted to know what kind of rods and reels he needed to go about catching walleyes efficiently. That’s a great question, one I’m sure many anglers have. Following are some ideas for selecting a couple of rod/reel combos that will enable an angler to effectively catch walleyes in many situations.

I’ve heard some people compare fishing rod selection to golf club selection. When you go golfing, you need several different clubs: One for teeing off, one for putting, a different one for mid-distant shots, and on and on. You need a club to do a specific task.

Fishing is kind of the same, but not exactly. While you can present a bait better with a rod designed for a particular presentation, you certainly don’t need as many rods to go fishing as you do clubs to go golfing. That’s not realistic, and it’s not necessary for most of us.

What you need to do is determine how you’ll be fishing for walleyes most of the time. In some regions, pulling planer boards is a popular and productive technique.

In other regions, walleye anglers do more jigging. You don’t want a jig rod for pulling boards, and you don’t want to use a board rod for jigging. You’re just not going to be very efficient.

If you’re going to be jigging a lot with jigs ranging from sixteenth to quarter ounce, a medium action seven foot spinning rod would be a good choice. If you think you’ll be using mostly jigs on the lighter end of that range, maybe a medium light action would be better: If you think you’ll be using mostly heavier jigs, go with a medium heavy. For most anglers though, a seven foot medium action rod will enable them to jig effectively, and that rod will also be good for live-bait rigging, slip-bobbering, throwing walleye crankbaits, and pulling spinners with light bottom-bouncers. It will be a good all-around rod. As you get more into walleye fishing, you might want to get a rod that will be more appropriate for specific techniques.

Another rod you should consider would be a seven foot medium or medium heavy action casting rod for trolling crankbaits and pulling spinner rigs with heavier bottom bouncers. You could even pull planer boards with this rod. It would work great with Off Shore’s new Mini-Board. This rod won’t be as versatile as the spinning rod suggested earlier, but it will allow you to do some things more effectively than the mentioned spinning rod would.
As you get more into walleye fishing, you may find that much of your fishing is done with, for example, light jigs in shallow water. At that point you may want to find a rod that is made for that technique, or whatever other technique you might find yourself doing a lot of.

You don’t need to spend a ton of money on rods and reels either. The more expensive stuff is usually smoother and better, but mid-range priced rods and reels will do a great job. I really like Fenwick HMG and Walleye Elite Tech rods, but I’ve caught a ton of fish on lower priced Lightning Rods also.

For reels, Abu Garcia Cardinal spinning reels and C3 and C4 casting reels are priced right and do an outstanding job.

When it comes to fishing rods and reels, start with something that will do the job most of the time and expand from there.

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Posted On: 03/14/2011 09:32 AM
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