Monday, April 20, 2009
Try Berkley Gulp Alive minnow grubs for walleye
Berkley Gulp Alive 3-inch leeches and nightcrawlers were a hit with Red Lake, Ontario, walleye fishermen last year and I would suggest this year anglers also try the Berkley Gulp Alive minnow grubs in the 3-inch size.
These should be fished on 1/4-ounce leadhead jigs.
I feel confident they would catch fish as you can also catch walleye with the same jig rigged with nothing other than 3-inch plastic twister tails. The main problem with plastic-only twisters is the fish pick up and drop the bait lightning fast. For this reason most anglers have always added some live bait to the jigs with plastic tails.
With the scent-enhanced Gulp Alive, they should hold it long enough for you to set the hook.
If you aren't familiar with Gulp Alive it's the bait that comes in a jar, not a package.
Of course you should rig the Berkley minnow grub by skewering it through the end, just like the plastic tails.
Do not use a steel leader when fishing with jigs for walleyes as this spooks most fish. The exception is when you are fishing in weeds in which case you can use a 12-pound ultrathin wire leader. In this kind of cover the walleyes don't seem to see the leader like they do out in open water. By using the ultrathin leader you are able to land a lot of the pike that also hang out in these spots.
Speaking of pike, you might want to try the four-inch Berkley Gulp Alive swimming mullets on either 1/4-ounce or 3/8-ounce jigs. Pike love jigs and the smell on the Gulp Alive might trigger even more strikes than using similar-size plastic tails.
One problem with the Berkley baits is they don't come is as many colors as do plastic tails.
I would suggest pearl white minnow grubs for walleyes as well as the chartreuse and any of the colors for the swimming mullets for pike.