Friday, January 27th, 2023
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Pro Tip of the Week: Make sure those crankbaits run right

Pulling crankbaits on the weedy flats and breaklines in 8 to 12 feet of water has been a pretty decent bite, from about 9 to 11 p.m.

By Charlie “Turk” Gierke 

The very best way right now with hot water temperatures, especially on a new (to you) body of water is to troll wide-wobbling crankbaits.

When walleye trolling, I target the bottom 90 percent of the time. An occasional bottom tick on sand or gravel is often better than a consistent pound of the bottom.

The big KEY, though, is to run crankbaits that track dead straight. All crankbaits can become out of line over time with use. A fact: some won’t run right out of the box! A tuned bait trumps all. Off Shore Tackle makes a great product for tuning crankbaits called the EZ Tuner. Otherwise, needle-nose pliers can also be used.

Gierke is a multi-species guide on the St. Croix and Mississippi rivers . Check out his website at or reach him at 651-208-2811.

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