Tis that time of the year, despite the snow and ice hanging on by a thread under the pine trees, it is time to gear up for spring walleye fishing on the Great Lakes. I have hauled the shanties upstairs and lugged the tackle bags full of cranks downstairs. Jigging boxes are ready to get tuned up, and there will be many nights of snelling crawler harnesses in the near future.
One of the things I will be doing is putting an order in with some more Big Eye Custom Lures. I have one or five patterns that I want to get this year. The standard colors on the website produce some really nice fish like this 12 lber caught on a Purple Craw.
I had to get this color last year, and six of them too, Redhead Wonderbread, and this year will be load up with another half dozen of Chartreuse head Wonderbread. They are both Lake Erie staples in both the spring and fall when rigging up the St. Croix’s.
The bad thing, or really good thing is you look at it with the right frame of mind, Big Eye added Willow Blades this year.
There are three things I really like about these willows, first off they come in gold blades. Gold is just starting to get really hard to find and it works on Erie. Second thing I like about willows is running them up high in the water column, they give the fish a bigger profile to see. I also like running them over deep water suspended roughly halfway down. They tend to call fish in from the bottom with their longer size.
Finally the last thing I want to get is some #4 blades for drifting and dragging spinner rigs down on the bottom. Often when the sun is high, the fish are low, so get down with them and mix it up in their strike zone! Besides, Big Eye added a hot new “Blossom” pattern, which means I will need to get some #6’s in those too.
Those and a few more baits that I already picked up at the Ultimate Fishing Show in Novi, and the MI-OH Sportfishing show here in Monroe, I will be plenty busy getting ready for the first trolling bites of the 2014 Season