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Lead Core Tactics

Using Leadcore to Land More Fish

Lead core is not yet fully appreciated by all anglers. However, it is often used to great affect and can even make the difference between a poor day?s fishing and a great day?s fishing. Especially when used in conjunction with the correct presentation, lead core is an incredibly beneficial technique, particularly when fishing for walleye.

The first thing to consider before heading out onto the water with your lead core is that you have a good quality line with a substantial weight. There are some lightweight lead cores that are available, but, unfortunately, these will not be effective with many of the techniques described below.

One of the circumstances in which lead core is particularly effective is when fishing for wary walleye that may be in the outer reaches of the lake or river. It can also be very beneficial when trying to fish at close range, as the weighted lead core offers a controlled free line.

Some anglers recommend using a gold score rather than a bomb as your casting weight, which has several advantages. Chiefly, the score makes for a sleek and stealthy entrance into the water, which is less likely to frighten the easily startled walleye.

Once you have cast your line and it has settled at the bottom of the lake or river, you may need to reel in some line to ensure that you only have a little slack, too much excess line can be detrimental, but you don?t want your line to become too taught either.

As a walleye takes your bait, the lead core will lift. You will notice this action in one of two ways: the rod will tilt towards either the shallow water, or the deep water. This will largely depend upon the angle of your lines, the structural intricacies of the lake or river and the direction that the walleye is swimming.

Remember, the longer your lead core is the more distance you are able to place between your main line and your bait. This decreases the risk of the fish being scared away by the line, as so often happens, particularly in clear waters.

If you realize that you require more distance, it is possible to utilize a PVA bag or a small stringer. This does not impair your technique or tactics, but it does ensure that you have more control.

When fishing in a river, lead core is particularly advisable, as it enables you to get your bait into those awkward spots, amongst vegetation or submerged obstacles, where the walleye is apt to hide. If you are having trouble getting your bait into an area with submerged logs and rocks, you may find it helpful to cast your lead core in midstream and gently undulating the rod. This motion will enable the line to be carried by the current directly into those walleye hotspots.

Another great lead core tactic is to use a short piece of spliced lead core, which will decrease the rate at which your bait sinks. Many anglers recommend using this method, especially after the walleye have begun to return to the depths during the morning and afternoon.

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25 Inch Walleye Caught at Lake of the Woods

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