Been experimenting with casting big swimbaits for walleyes of late, with very good results. Doug Stange has been talking about paddletail swimbaits for years, but I never see folks fishing them. My interest is in catching big fish – don’t care about catching eaters – and I particularly want to see how large a bait to which these big walleyes will respond. Many of us are familiar with the BFishN Tackle Pulse-R paddle tail bait, but I wanted to take it to a whole new level. I first up-sized to a 4″ swimbait, then 5″, and have now gone to a big, fat 6″ paddletail swimbaits…and the fish continue to pound them. Look at the photo attached to see how much room a 25.5″er has in his mouth to eat an even bigger bait. Judging by the size of the mouth vs. a beefy 6″ swimbait, I think a big walleye would eat a 10″ swimbait; possibly even bigger. My average walleye is probably 24/25″ on these baits. So, is bigger better when it comes to catching larger-than-average size fish?? I plan to keep experimenting, keep up-sizing, until I find their upper limit for bites. Will need to dig into my musky arsenal to find plastics this size.
So, who’s ‘going big’ for walleyes?? What’s been your experience??
p.s. – For perspective, photo shows a med Jigging Rap, largest Pulse-R paddletail, and the 6″ Nichols swimbait I’ve been throwing lately…plus a couple walleyes that inhaled it last weekend.