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Those Special Spinning Lake Trout Baits by Darryl Choronzey

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Those Special Spinning Lake Trout Baits by Darryl Choronzey

“Around and around and around it goes and when it stops, you’re going to know!” Okay, so I was using a little fisherman’s poetic plagiarism as I held the rod tip a foot or two below the surface so that my fishing companion Johnny Campbell could witness the action of the Spin Doctor flasher and especially the trailing WhirlyGig in the clear water below. It was mid-May and the 7000 Garmin was sketching out plenty of big trout hanging out on bottom 30 feet below, on the edge of the Niagara Bar. I had stretched out approximately 20 feet of...

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Slip-Float Lakers (Lake Trout) by Matt Straw

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Slip-Float Lakers (Lake Trout) by Matt Straw

The long wait. Somewhere beneath your feet a live bait is traveling straight down 40, 50, even 150 feet. Finally the slip float stands up. And immediately disappears. Another basin dweller feels the hook slam home and begins to sound for bottom. In recent years, jigging vertically with soft-plastic tubes has been the most popular method for taking summer and fall lakers from inland lakes around the Great Lakes region. Not that the traditional arsenal of jigging spoons and bucktail jigs no longer works. Quite the contrary. But tubes are more subtle, can be fished on lighter line with spinning...

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Laker Basics: Dodgers & Candy + Laker Tubes by Dave Mull

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Laker Basics: Dodgers & Candy + Laker Tubes by Dave Mull

 A metal dodger pulling a No 2 Yakima Spin-N-Glo spinning in front of a tinsel fly has been a long-time, dependable laker catcher. It has been used to take Lake Michigan lakers from “The Hills” off Racine, Wisconsin for many years, and is now becoming a standard tool across the region for charter captains who want to put some lake trout in the box. As my friend Mark Davis, a transplanted Hoosier living in South Carolina and producing the Big Water Adventures TV show, “A laker would eat himself if he could grab hold of his own tail.” This was...

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