I finally get around to sending you a couple of photo's of the fish that I caught on the Vipers.
Lake trout pix &
Was an excellent trip and landed over 400 fish in 6 and a half days. I spent the last day fishing only Predatek lures, my guide gave me a funny look when I tied one on and commented "not sure if them will work up here" .
Well, we didn't troll but about 20 meters and I hooked what was to be "too many to count" Lake Trout that day on "Vipers". The next afternoon before boarding the float planes to take us home many of the guests that were at the same lodge as myself were asking all kinds of questions concerning the "Vipers" as my guide had told everyone how well I did with the Lake Trout on them."
Spaddlers are versatile lures that can be fished different ways to suit conditions or species being targeted.
(A good technique for saltwater bream)
Cast the lure close to streamside cover and let it sit. Keep your rod pointed toward the lure and carefully take up any slack line that prevents you keeping in touch. Be patient! Wait for all the ripples to disappear and wait some more. Then give your rod a delicate twitch to send a shiver through the lure. If you can stand the suspense, let it sit for 20-30 seconds between twitches.
If no response from a fish, give a slight tug to make the lure jump forward with a small splash. Repeat thewhole routine as many times as you can while the lure is still close to cover - the strike zone.
If it looks like there's no interest, retrieve Spaddler at a slow, steady pace to get it up and walking on the surface. Pause every metre or so. The strike could come at any time, even just as you lift the lure from the water to cast again.
If finesse and patience doesn't work, try the other extreme. Make as much noise as you can by jerking Spaddler near cover, and winding steadily to generate gurgles, splashes and bubbles. But don't forget to pause occasionally. As with diving lures, a pause will often trigger the strike from an inquisitve fish that's been shadowing the lure.
Yes...trolling! This works well when you can navigate the edge of a weedbed or steep bank that has few obstructions, especially at night.
Trolling is even better if you have a foot-controlled electric trolling motor. Set it to a slow speed that justs gets Spaddler into paddling mode. Set that rod in a holder and use another rod to cast to snags as you move along. Now you're increasing your chances of a hookup. This technique has one serious drawback - double hookups!
BENEFIT: Some fish, particularly larger ones, can generate an explosive bow wave as they crash a surface lure. This can be a problem for very buoyant lures that sit high in the water. The bow wave can push them away from the fishes jaws. Spaddler sits low in the water with its tail down, resisting the 's-urge' to surf the bow wave.