On Nov 30th 2006, I made a decision to make a visit to The Bay of Quinte in Picton Ontario. I invited a few associates to return alongside for the journey, they complained all the best way about how far it was however little did they know that it was going to be one of the best day of fishing on Quinte up to now! I informed them two and half hours was not lengthy particularly whenever you’re speaking about the most effective big walleye fishing on the earth! Once we arrived on the boat ramp, my buddies began to get the thought when the noticed all these totally different liscence plates from the USA. Once they noticed one of many plates from Georgia, I might see it of their eyes that they knew they have been in for a particular fishing day. Who would come all the best way from Georgia if the fishing wasn’t unbelievable???(operating by means of their minds…). Anyway we have been on the water by Eight:30am and completed round four:00pm. We trolled all day and caught 28 fish with the most important being a 17 plus pounder!!!
This is how we caught them. First off, the road we discovered to be greatest and that basically has made a distinction for me through the years is BPS fluorocarbon Eight-10 lb check line. This line sinks and will get the bait down somewhat deeper than monofilament. Typically that additional depth actually helps to place fish within the boat. The fluorocarbon additionally actually helps on calm days when the bay water is obvious, this line is nearly invisible so finicky walleyes cannot get line shy. The rods we have been utilizing have been 7′ St.Croix crankbait rods and eight′6″ trolling fashion glass/graphite trolling rods. For those who do not need to get too hardcore instantly simply begin with no less than a seven footer that’s gentle sufficient to stop tearing the hooks out of the fish’s mouth. The reels we used have been baitcasters with a whole lot of line capability in addition to line counting trolling reels. Line counters are nice as a result of you possibly can all the time duplicate productive depths. The baits that I exploit are Deep Down Husky Jerks in blue/silver, firetiger, clowns and rainbow trout (good for depths between 23-30 ft).
I additionally use DD Taildancers in clowns, blue/silver, purple and rainbow trout (good for 25-35 ft depths). Manns stretch 20’s, Reefrunners and DD Luckycraft Pointers have additionally produced nicely. The subsequent key piece of kit are planer boards. In case you’ve by no means used them simply go purchase one, they’re the simplest issues to make use of, it’s going to take you two minutes to study. Prior to now I simply flat line trolled however now that I exploit planer boards, my catch has at the very least doubled! What boards do is take your baits out the edges of your boat in order that the fish you could drive close to aren’t spooked. One other massive benefit of the boards is you’ll be able to run deep diving baits comparatively shallow, typically these fish are keyed in on sure wobbles that solely a deep diver can produce so even when the fish are up excessive within the water column you possibly can run your favourite bait shallow with out spooking fish! I wish to run my boards ridiculously broad. I often let loose roughly 200-300 ft of line from my board to my rod. It might look humorous to different boats passing by however who cares once you’re smashing fish! Time and time once more these wider boards have produced extra fish, simply be careful for different oncoming boats who might not anticipate your boards to be so large! I consider that the actually extensive board produces extra variations of actions in your bait and the fish additionally by no means get spooked as a result of the bait is so distant from the boat. I see so many guys on the market operating their board so near the boat and I feel to myself whats the purpose of that?? In different phrases, boards which are run wider than typical are a should for my part!
Lastly, an honest graph is a should. First search for bait fish, in the event you discover good quantities of bait you are more likely to discover huge walleyes close to by. Typically when the fish are primarily up excessive within the water column, I’ll by no means even mark a fish as a result of they’ve been spooked out of sonar vary however in these areas you’ll nonetheless mark bait. These areas may be the most efficient water obtainable and never a number of guys fish it as a result of they don’t seem to be marking fish! One other suggestion is to make use of a graph with a velocity gauge. With this you possibly can decide one of the best velocity fish are responding to in your troll and regulate accordingly. In case you have a two stroke engine and do not have a kicker engine you need to use drift socks or a tiller to regulate your velocity. I’ve trolled as sluggish as 1.four mph and as quick as three.2 mph! By no means be caught on one velocity, let the fish inform you how they need it! Take note of strikes that occur on turns, typically the surface board will get hit on a flip which means that the fish needed it quicker and if the hit is on the within board, then you possibly can conclude the fish need it slower. This could assist inform you how briskly to usually go on the straight troll and maintain you within the prime velocity vary.
All these elements mixed made for the most effective day of fishing that I’ve ever had on the Bay of Quinte! For those who ever head out to the perfect walleye water on the earth, maintain these few ideas in thoughts and perhaps you can also I’ve a day of a lifetime too!!