I'm in Memphis at my son's home right now, without the books. But at the slow speeds that we've been running, I believe, the HJs do not go nearly as deep as the dive curve shows. As speeds increase now up to the 2.0 mph that the book was based on, that will change. I think at 1.3 mph the 45 - 75 drop lengths would be in the 8 - 15' deep area. I honestly have not had my books on the lake this year, and have been able to find the best drop lengths by trial and error.
What color of blades work the best for you this time of year ? I've read many times where you've said that we should be fishing in that top 10-15' of water in the spring. What bait fish in Lake Erie are up in that water ? Just trying to get a handle on what color blaids to bring with us when we come out.
Fish as much as you can....We're not here forever.
Can you list general rules for each type of artificial bait?
I have selection of each, but don't know when each is best.
Seems early cold water is low movement crankbaits.
1. Worm harnesses after water up to 48-50 degrees. Early is slow with Colorado blades. What about later, Willow blades later at higher speeds?
2. Spoons? when to use flutter spoons like the Michigan Stingers? speeds?
3. Cranks. When to use Husky jerks, Deep Husky jerks, Bomber Long A, Reef Runner 800 vs RipStick, Hot-N-Tots, Rapala F18's
Looking for general rules, so if one thing is not working, I can try something else, but don't want to waste time with program totally out of season. When is each type of program at it peak of performance or most likely to outfish other programs?
Brian, Jets and Dipsy both add something fairly large (in the fishes world) ahead of a very small lure. This little thing following something bigger, is quite common, and natural to the walleyes. I think ofen they feel the bigger thing, fall in behind it to investigate, and as they approach it they run into our lure. And take advantage by eating what they precieve as a small fish following a larger fish.