By Joe Cermele
Trolling for walleyes is not my favorite thing. There, I said it. That’s partially because I didn’t grow up in an area where walleye fishing was a huge deal, and partially because I’m used to fast-trolling tuna and wahoo, so that 1.5mph walleye speed makes me sleepy. That doesn’t mean, however, that I don’t recognize how potent trolling is for catching big walleyes, and how dialed in you need to be to execute it well. Despite my gripes with the method, last summer I hung a 30-inch, 11-pound Lake Erie ‘eye on my wall thanks to the ridiculous trolling skills of friend and guide Ross Robertson. You can click here to watch me catch that fish, and see the mad scientist of walleye trolling at work. You can also get your hands on a copy of Ross’s new book co-written by Curtis Niedermier, which I promise will become your Bible if trolling is your game and it’s walleyes that best the 10-pound mark you’re after.
From an editor’s perspective, what I like about “Walleye Trolling” ($24.95) is that it’s very visual. I’m a fan of good photos and solid illustrations that really compliment the writing. Walleye trolling is pretty alien to me, yet after one read I understand the concepts and nuances of the game much more clearly. What I also like is how Ross breaks down complex scenarios in easy-to-understand ways. As an example, he explains the advantage of trolling lures higher in the water column when walleyes are full, forcing them to rise to eat, and creating a trigger effect using what he calls “The Cheeseburger Analogy.”
Say you sit down to a meal of cheeseburgers with some friends. You get down to the last few bites and decide you’re full, leaving the leftovers on the plate. But when the waitress comes by to clear the table and take away that food, suddenly the thought of that burger getting away from you is too much. You grab the plate, paw the burger, and start chewing.
Ross lives, eats, sleeps, and breathes monster walleyes, and his success rate is unreal. So if you’re tired of catching little “weezers”–as Ross calls them–click here to grab a copy of the book and catch some “donkies”–as Ross calls them–this spring.