Split Shotsby: Mike Peluso
during the hardest of times while walleye fishing. It has saved many days on the water from becoming total failures. The beautiful part of this rig is how it can be fished. You can anchor with them, troll them, and cast them.
They also work extremely well in a drift situation. All baits go well on a split shot rig. My favorite bait is a night crawler. I like to use a long shank hook; the VMC 7309 worm hook is my favorite choice. I will thread the worm up the shaft and let the hook come out near the end of the worm. This will allow the worm to move freely and when a fish decides to pick up the worm, the hook will be in its mouth. This should eliminate short bites that are common with night crawlers.
It will work best when the split shot is just ticking bottom and bouncing back up off the bottom. Walleyes will find this presentation very appealing and easy to eat. You will want to use a long and soft tipped rod when applying this application. This does two things for you, it allows the fish some give when the bait is picked up, and is better for fighting the bigger fish. With this set up you want to use light line to give the bait the most natural look in the water. With the longer rod, fighting these bigger eyes on light line will be much easier. The line weight should be 4 to 6 pound test in the low visibility class. Try this method next time on the water and see what you think. It may pull you out of a jam and turn some of the worst days on the water into one of the best!
Added: Tue Apr 08 2008
Last Modified: Fri May 15 2009