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Wolfee
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09/20/2020 10:33AM  
Going to oyster next week to try for lakers. Trying not to over pack (fishing tackle is always the hardest;)). Taking a couple taildancers, Wally divers, shadraps, variety of spoons (cleos and daredevils), and couple snapweights (1 and 2 oz). Will likely only be trying for lakers 1 or 2 days.

Anything I should get rid of?

Anything I should consider adding?

I will probably be fishing for walleye too at some point, so will likely have jigs and plastic along, and a few different colored Wally divers (perch and gold). Might bring a slip bobber too and some salted minnows or crawlers for shorefishing at night. Could this be effective for trout on oyster?
 
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ericinely
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09/20/2020 01:10PM  
Looks like a pretty good assortment, here's my feedback:
Be careful with those snap weights. They are a good idea in theory, but they are easier to lose on a reef than bottom bouncers, in-line sinkers or teardrop-they were designed for use in the great lakes where you're generally out over deep water trolling. I got all excited for them, spent $15 on a set of two and immediately lost them both on reefs on Kekekabic the first day I tried them out. If you are out trolling over deep holes all day long, they should work just fine, but if you're trying to tickle some mid-lake reefs, you will lose them. I always bring plenty of weight backups, the worst thing is getting into fish 30+ feet deep, losing your weights and not being able to get deep enough.
Always, Always, Always bring 1-3oz bucktail jigs. There's nothing more fun than vertical jigging for lakers, you are a little light on jigging gear. Vertical jigging can be incredibly effective in a light wind, drifting over structure is an effective way to find them. Your lipless crankbait is probably too light to get down deep enough on a drift to find the trout.
Invest in Dr. Spoons, no lure for me has put more lakers in the boat.
Have a great time!
 
Wolfee
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09/20/2020 02:43PM  
ericinely: "Looks like a pretty good assortment, here's my feedback:
Be careful with those snap weights. They are a good idea in theory, but they are easier to lose on a reef than bottom bouncers, in-line sinkers or teardrop-they were designed for use in the great lakes where you're generally out over deep water trolling. I got all excited for them, spent $15 on a set of two and immediately lost them both on reefs on Kekekabic the first day I tried them out. If you are out trolling over deep holes all day long, they should work just fine, but if you're trying to tickle some mid-lake reefs, you will lose them. I always bring plenty of weight backups, the worst thing is getting into fish 30+ feet deep, losing your weights and not being able to get deep enough.
Always, Always, Always bring 1-3oz bucktail jigs. There's nothing more fun than vertical jigging for lakers, you are a little light on jigging gear. Vertical jigging can be incredibly effective in a light wind, drifting over structure is an effective way to find them. Your lipless crankbait is probably too light to get down deep enough on a drift to find the trout.
Invest in Dr. Spoons, no lure for me has put more lakers in the boat.
Have a great time!
"


Good point on the snapweights. I'll have my Garmin striker with and watching depth pretty closely. I've only ever lost one, when I wasn't paying attention to the depth. But yeah, they aren't cheap...

Thanks for the tip on the jigs. Definitely do not have anything that big in my walleye kit.

Thanks for the feedback! I can't wait to get back out there
 
thegildedgopher
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09/20/2020 04:35PM  
Pretty much agree with Eric. 2oz northland bionic buckshot jigs. If I had to axe something else to make room I’d drop a spoon or two. Another good jogging option is the jumbo Swedish pimple jigging spoon.

Have fun and good luck!
 
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