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Tackle and tips

Businesses I recommend- I am not sponsored by any of these companies, they are just very effective at helping me and my clients catch fish.

Berkley Stunna twitchbait - these twitchbaits have special characteristics that trigger fish exceptionally well.

Beavertail bait - Natural beaver tail that can be cut into different shapes, has unbelievable action and very durable.  Deadly fished on a jig, drop shot or slip bobber or trolled on a spinner harness.

Piscifun Unbelievable quality reels at a dirt cheap price.  Carbon X reels are very smooth and light at a price1/3 the cost of other reels.  Torrent baitcaster is smooth and comparable to the Shimano Curado but at 1/6 the price.

Pro tour baits- plastic baits that have great action, are infused with attracting scents, come in a variety of fish catching colors and are inexpensive.  The swim baits are my go to bait for bass, walleye, and northern.

Bandit crankbaits  these lures dive to up to 27', come in many colors and have rattles.  These lures also float which is an important consideration when triggering fish.  (see article on trolling.)

Lund's Custom Jigs- Custom jigs poured with over sized hooks for better hooking percentage.  3 styles include round ball head jigs, wacky jigs and swim bait jig heads,

round ball head jigs -poured on size 1 and 1/0 hooks in 1/32, 1/16, 1/8 and 1/4 oz heads.  Chartreuse, orange, lime green, pink, blue, purple and black.  Great for live bait, plastics or beavertail.

wacky jigs- on size 6 special hooks in 1/32, 1/16, 3/32, 1/8 and 1/4 oz heads with eye pointed forward.  Compact jig that slips through weeds well and ultimate in finesse fishing plastics and live bait.  Slither a slice of beavertail through the weeds for an effective approach.

swim bait jigs- realistic minnow shaped heads in 3/8, 5/16, 1/4, 3/16, 1/8 and 1/16 oz heads with plastic keeper.  Great for any type of twister or paddle tail swim bait. On hooks from 3/0 to 1 for better hooking percentage.

hair jigs - hand tied jigs with deer hair, squirrel hair or crystal flash tied to your specifications.  Tied on round ball head jigs.  

Lund's Custom fluoro leaders and quick strike muskie leaders-

48" trolling or live bait leaders tied with either 80# fluoro or 130# hard mono.

18" casting leaders tied with either 80# fluoro or 130# hard mono.

Quick strike hook harness on 7 strand crimped wire with straight tine pinning system.

36" 40 # fluoro leaders for ice fishing pike.

18" 40 # fluoro leaders for casting for pike.

Taxidermiststhese are excellent replica taxidermists.

Joe Fittante- 715-627-7662

Lax Reproductions- 715-547-3710

Excellent resources

Tommy Zinda's lake maps-

Joe Bucher Outdoors-

Tom Boley Fishing-

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