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Each species of fish you can catch using the Fin-Wing spoons may require some detail in your technique and presentation. Trolling is by far my favorite way to use the Fin-Wing Spoons for Walleye.
Depending on areas, conditions and depth, I choose a lure size that fits the situation.
In shallow weedy areas in late summer, hungry aggressive Walleye will on some bodies of water stay in the shallow weeds year round. As the water warms in the summer they can become very aggressive. I will then choose a single weedless hook on a Snell.
I use Off Shore Planer Boards to keep the lure away from the boat and avoid spooking any fish. I place a split shot 2 -3 feet ahead of a swivel attached to a Fin-Wing spoon with a weedless Snell. Add half of a Night Crawler or a Leech to the hook and attach the Spoon to the swivel on your line. I generally only let out 15-25 feet of line, depending on the depth and thickness of the weeds, before attaching the planer board. Usually less line is better. A #3 3/4 oz. or #1 1/2 oz. Fin-Wing Spoon works the best in the weed trolling situations.
Keep some tension on the line as you let the planer board out and away from the boat. This will keep the Fin-Wing Spoon from sinking and burying in the weeds before you begin your trolling pass.
Start your trolling speed at about 1 MPH. If the fish are aggressive you can speed up to 1.6 MPH and cover more water. If they are tentative, keep your trolling pass slow and allow the Fin-Wing to be in front of the fish a little longer.
The action of the trolling board will vary quite a bit when a Walleye tries to eat the Fin-Wing Spoon. At times the board will lunge back. Sometimes it will just show some weight on it and slowly drift further back. The use of tattle tale flags will be a big help in noticing bites. When you see the board acting differently and not keeping in line with the other planer boards, you may have a Walleye on the Spoon. My favorite way to solidly set the hook for Walleyes is to leave the rod in a rod holder and crank the reel handle very fast and aggressively about ten revolutions. This will set the hooks into the Walleye very well. Then take the rod out of the holder and fight the fish in to the boat. The rest is standard - remove the planer board with a tight line, finish getting the Walleye into a position to net it, and bring it in. Enjoy your catch!
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Locating fish or edges of the structure you plan to fish on your sonar in open water areas is a big plus for saving time and getting the Fin-Wing Spoons in front of the Walleyes quickly.
I like to use a 2 hook Snell on the Fin-Wing Spoon for the open water and structure trolling applications.
The Walleye in the photo on the left was caught using this method.
The depth and speed you troll the Fin-Wing Spoon will dramatically affect your catch rates. In open water basins over mud flats the Walleyes can be very high in the water column, often less than 10 feet down over 20-40 feet of water.
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