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Fishing Articles by Sam Anderson
Rigging this Spring with the No-Snagg
By Sam Anderson
As I moved across the opening of this inlet, I noticed a submerged log across the opening. I flipped out my rig and just as the No-Snagg touched the vertical limbs of another tree I felt a walleye pick-up my minnow and I set the hook. The race was on now, I held tension on the line and muscled the walleye out of the flooded timber and soon netted a nice 3 1/2 lb. fish.
The No-Snagg is a banana shaped sinker that has balsa, lead antimony weight that is surrounded by epoxy paint and a protective clear seal coating, with a special rubberized coating on the outside. The sinker also has a stainless steel wire feeler out of the bottom that is tipped with a colored bead. This has the super principles of the 3-way and the bottom ticking ability of the bottom bouncer. Also, the No-Snagg when it hits an obstruction simply pivots away from the snag and doesn't get hung up.
Now with the weight and snagging problem solved I can slip a live bait rig with a plain Aberdeen fine wire hook and a bead, through the massive entanglements of wood to get some of those shallow schooling walleyes. This same technique can be applied to a vast majority of some of the biggest and toughest walleye waters around. For example, the No-Snagg Sinker can be used in heavy current like a river especially if you are concentrating on the rip rap. This slip sinker will work all day long around the massive boulders. The sinker will fall in between the crevices and cracks where the walleyes fighting the current are resting or waiting in ambush for their next meal. It works especially well on western and southern big reservoirs where you have rock shale or stump fields that were next to impossible to fish before.
Another way that I like to use the No-Snagg Sinker is on the Mississippi River when there is a large infestation of zebra mussels and heavy current. I want to make sure that the bait stays off the bottom, but I want the bait to stay within a short distance of the bottom. In this situation I will attach a Lindy Rig to my leader line and slide on the No-Snagg. This is a winning combination. Other times when I need to attract the walleyes attention in stained or turbid waters I will go to a small spinner about a #1 blade in gold or silver, just enough to provide a flash to the walleye. To determine proper snell length, keep a close eye on your sonar unit. If the fish are detected three feet off the bottom, try a snell length of 4 1/2 or 5 feet. If the fish are detected just a foot or so up, drop down to an 18 or 20 inch snell.
The Lindy No-Snagg Sinker replaces traditional slip sinkers. I want to fish as vertically as possible and the Lindy No-Snagg on a 3-way swivel gives me the control that I desire. The ability to maintain bottom contact, sense of feel and interpret changes in bottom conditions is essential for success. Lift and hold your sinker slightly off the bottom most of the time, keeping the bait near bottom and to feel the changes, such as transitions from rock to sand or mud. Deep fish like to lie along changes in bottom composition were the harder bottom of a drop-off joins the softer bottom of the basin. Pay particular attention to such changes along prominent points that gather walleyes. Don't hesitate to use this technique along the edge of a weedbed.
Using the new Rattlin' No Snagg Sinker with a Carolina rig will attract fish to the sound and drive them crazy along the edge of a weedbed. This is a great device to use whether your fishing for walleyes, bass, or northern pike. Weed edges are notorious for getting rigs hung up on them, but with the No-Snagg all you have to do is maintain contact with the bottom and allow the Carolina rig to float up away from the entanglement of weeds. I know that bass fisherman have used weights that rattle before and I am seeing more bass fisherman buying these in the store than walleye fisherman. I even understand that catfisherman and are using them in heavy current areas to keep the bait from washing out of some holes.
Get out with the new No-Snagg this spring and get into some of the
best hot action without getting all hung up. If you are out on the
surfing around check out my website at www.samanderson.com.
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