Eric with a big, mean, Georgian Bay pike. Bass Magnet's Shift' Shad is a top swimbait for me. We had them on 1/2 oz darter heads and were working a current area down about 24 feet. Chartreuse and white continues to be a consistent colour over a range of water clarities, for us. Giant buddy! I love those crisp releases in cold water!
One of my favorite guests, JC, with a typical November crappie. We worked our butts off that day in really cold, windy weather. It was all about being patient and staying tight to bottom with the RPM Minnow, tipped with a shiner head. The rocking of the boat was all the motion the jig needed. That was also a great set-up for walleye, that day.
The RPM Minnow comes from my friends at Custom Jigs 'N Spins, down in Iowa, USA. Built in the 'Jigging Rapala' tradition, it's got several nice improvements. It won't twist your line and it's a superior hooker. Especially on lighter-biting fish, when you're not jigging real hard. Wonderbread is a wicked, all around colour, I've found. So many of the lakes I guide on have that classic, shiner/herring/whitefish food base. Once the water gets cold, schemes that are heavy on the white always seem to be our go-to pattern.
New guest and friend Rick with a couple massive, Lake Simcoe perch! My fall crappie fishing was so hot this year I didn't spend as much time on jumbo perch as I usually do. But we had a couple crazy days out there. These ones both took dropshot rigs with no6 Ratso tails in plain old white or motor oil. We stayed deeper this fall, too. 28-31 feet was the range.
Don't forget about how hard we work for late fall muskies at www.busheyangleguidedfishing.com Here's a really nice Georgian Bay muskie I lucked into jigging a Bondy Bait. If you haven't tried Jon Bondy's revolutionary lures and methods for Canadian Shield muskie, you're really limiting yourself. Such a clean, thick fish. Perfect release, too.
Mid to late November is prime for superb walleye fishing on Georgian Bay with light gear and aggressive jigging techniques. Kyle with a couple dandies. Ever notice how the cold goes away when you're hitting walleyes every few minutes? Me too!
One of the best, all around guys and walleye fishermen I've ever fished with, big Andrew. He laid it on us all good that day. This one was his 7th in a row. Don't ever let anyone tell you the back of the boat isn't the place to be! Nice shooting, buddy! RPM Minnows again.