Rapala Husky Jerk - Video

Rapala is the world's largest manufacturer of fishing lures and other fishing related products. It was founded in Finland in the 1930s by Lauri Rapala. Their most popular product is a balsa wood minnow imitation lure called the Original Floater.

Rapala sells over 20 million lures each year, in 140 different countries. 242 all-time world-record fish were set on Rapala lures, and 15 new records in 2005. It is also the only fishing lure manufacturer that mass produces balsa wood lures.

Walleye Fishing Tips - Using Berkley Gulp to catch Walleye - Video

Chris Kindraka shows Andy TheCameraMan a few cool techniques for using Berkley Gulp soft plastics. In this video he shows us a few different setups.

Ontario Summer Walleye Fishing With An Original Rapala Lure - Video

July 19, 2011. Catching summer Walleye using an original floating Rapala lure. Very hot summer day with forest fire haze in the air.

I am using a 3 oz sinker which is actually a modified bottom bouncer weight which slides up and down the line like a slip sinker. I like 3 oz because I am usually fishing between 25 and 50 feet in summer or if I am shallower there is current and that needs some weight too. The original Rapala is a floater so that keeps it from getting hung up when trolling.

Unlike most who fish for Walleye in Northwestern Ontario, I do not use live minnows for bait but like to reach deep into my tackle box for lures of the past and occasionally try some new lures.

Lake Winnebago Walleyes - Trolling with Salmos and Flicker Shad - Video

Trolling on Lake Winnebago is a popular way to catch walleyes. The action was fast and hot. Take a look at a few nice fish in a short period of time.

MarCum VS380 Walleye hits Rapala Jigging Rap - Video

Underwater footage captured on a MarCum VS380 underwater viewing system of a walleye striking a Rapala Jigging Rap. For More information visit
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Quinte Ice Fishing Team - Bay of Quinte Hardwater Walleye Guide Service - Video

The Quinte Ice Fishing Team is a team of guides on the Bay of Quinte who are determined hardwater walleye fanatics. We specialize in utilizing modern ice fishing technology to help our clients locate and catch the trophy walleye that the Bay of Quinte is famous for. We are your Bay of Quinte hardwater walleye specialists. Join us for a memorable angling experience.

New Walleye Record OK Shawnee Twin #1

Fish Information
Fish SpeciesWalleye/Saugeye/Sauger
LakeShawnee Twin #1
ReelMitchell RodBerkley
BaitSwim Bait
Catch MethodSpinning rod and reel
Weighed ConditionAlive
Length (inches)25.50
Girth (inches)14.00
Weight (pounds)5.8
Angler's NameJed Davidson
Angler's CityMcLoud
Angler's StateOK
Date CaughtFeb 26 2012
Area CaughtNE Corner near dam
Lake RecordYes
Record KeeperOFRL
Angler StoryI had been catching some decent saugeye the past few weeks in several spots across the lake. With the wind gusting out of the south I didn’t feel like fighting the wind in the boat so I decided to walk down the dam fishing the rocks. I was using a Berkley Powerbait swim bait in chartreuse shiner. Fishing was slow throughout the day so I left the lake and went back just before the sun went down and fished the same area I had earlier in the day. I caught this fish and another saugeye that was over 18 inches just as the sun was setting.      

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Alabama Rig: Hottest technique in years! So good it's illegal in Tennessee and Minnesota

By Ken Duke

 "Man, this thing's gonna work!"

That's what Bassmaster Elite Series pro and 1982 Bassmaster Classic champion Paul Elias said to himself when he first rigged a few soft plastic swimbaits to an "Alabama rig" and pulled them through the pond behind his Mississippi home.

He was right, too. The Alabama rig worked for Elias on Lake Guntersville to the tune of a $100,000 FLW Tour Open victory in which he lapped the rest of the field, cracking the 100-pound mark with 20 bass and besting second place by more than 17 pounds.

Elias is no stranger to introducing new techniques. In 1982, he won the Bassmaster Classic by "kneeling and reeling" (immersing most of his fishing rod beneath the water to get extra depth out of his crankbaits).

Twenty-nine years later, he's doing it again.

If you've ever trolled for striped bass or other pelagic species, you probably know all about the "umbrella rig." It's essentially a wire harness sporting multiple "arms" to which lures or baits are attached. At its center is a line-tie (in the case of the Alabama rig, a hard bait body) and multiple arms emanate from it, almost like the spokes on a wheel. Because they're wire, you can bend and adjust them to suit your desired presentation. Think of a mobile for a baby crib — with hooks! — and you'll get the idea.

Elias first met the Alabama rig, and its developer, Andy Poss, at a Pickwick Lake charity tournament a few months back. Poss introduced himself and showed Elias the rig outfitted with some curled-tailed grubs. He talked about his tournament success with the device and gave Elias a couple of them. That's when he took them home and tried them in his pond.

"I thought it was going to be great at Guntersville," Elias said. I was going to run up to Nickajack Dam and give it a try in practice, but then the tournament officials put Tennessee waters off limits [see more about umbrella rigs and Tennessee waters below], so I almost forgot about it."

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There's a reason 'Alabama Rigs' are illegal in Tennessee, Elite Series

About the time professional angler Paul Elias was weighing in his winning catch last October at an FLW tournament in Alabama, TWRA Chief of Fisheries Bobby Wilson's phone was ringing.

On the line was one of the biologists who works with Wilson, and he was at the tournament watching the weigh-in. Elias boated 102 pounds, 8 ounces of bass, won the tournament by a cushy 17-pound margin, and did it with a rig that was given to him by a man named Andy Poss.

Poss dubbed the five-lure contraption an "Alabama Rig."

"I got a call from one of our biologists and he said, 'We're probably going to get some calls on this,' " Wilson said.

The tournament weigh-in, where the biologist eyed Elias' catch, was on Saturday. The calls didn't start coming into TWRA's Fisheries Division offices until Monday.

"We get calls every day about Alabama Rigs," Wilson said. "And that's just in our office. They're getting calls in the regional offices, the Law Enforcement Division it's people wanting some clarification about the rules."

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Alabama Rig is the hot topic in fishing circles

Paul Elias put the Alabama Rig in the bass fishing spotlight with a big tournament victory last October on Alabama's Lake Guntersville. Now everyone wants to cast the multi-hooked rig, but you'll have to lose some hooks if you want to legally catch a Buckeye State largemouth bass.

Elias, 60, of Laurel, Miss., is in Ohio today and Sunday to talk about the Alabama Rig, a trademarked form of an umbrella rig, at the annual Bass Weekend at Fin, Feather, Fur Outfitters in Ashland.
Elias is on stage today at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Also featured today at 1 p.m. is North Bend, Ohio bass pro Bill Lowen.

"It's an exciting rig," said Elias in a phone interview. "The Guntersville tournament was the first time I'd ever made a cast with the Alabama Rig, and it amazed me. I hadn't had a bite in six hours of fishing on the first day of practice, so I tied on an Alabama Rig. Casting around a bridge, I caught four bass on the first four casts.

"I laid down several patterns over the next couple of days, and the rig was something else. The bass hadn't seen anything like it and were totally tricked."

Elias, who was inducted into the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame last month, weighed 102 pounds of bass over four days at Lake Guntersville to win the FLW tournament and $100,000.

The Alabama Rig consists of a small, hard body that trails five long, thin wires, each with a heavy-duty swivel attached at the end. Usually, long-shanked jigs with soft plastic swim baits are attached to the swivels. As a fishermen casts and retrieves a rig, it gives the appearance of a school of bait fish the game fish are eager to attack.

Used by saltwater anglers for years, versions of the umbrella rig have slowly been making waves in freshwater fishing to target schools of striped bass, white bass and crappie. Developed by Andy and Tammy Poss, the Alabama Rig is being mass-produced by Mann's Baits, which can't keep up with the demand.

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You have a chance to walleye fish with the best on the Illinois River

By: Steve Rogers — Herald Correspondent

Americans are a very competitive people. We like to both watch and be involved with competition. Who’s better? What team is better? Who is the best? The recent Super Bowl is a testament to this very competitive nature of our country.

Fishing is no different. Even when I was a young boy out on the lake with my father and brother, there was always an understood competition going on. If I caught the most on a specific day, my brother was quick to point out that he caught the biggest. If neither of us did very well, my father was instantly claiming bragging rights.

As an angler progresses throughout their lifetime, they often wonder how good they are. I can outfish my buddies, but how does that compare to other good anglers? Usually this determination to be the best involves joining a local club and participating in small tournaments on a local lake or river. The winner of these events claims bragging rights until the next event in which someone else will try to take over that title.

For some, the desire to prove oneself makes them take their skills to the next level. They may choose to fish more regional tournaments and match wits with top anglers from a five- or six-state area. These events can really challenge your abilities because often times they are fished on waters that are not your home turf.

If you can survive the mental, physical and financial challenges of fishing at the regional level, then you may push forward to a more national circuit.
These events attract the best anglers from across a multi-state area. These events are also much more costly to enter, but the payoff can be big. Some national championship events pay out $500,000 to a single winner!

There are tournaments for just about every type of fish that swims. By far and away, bass tournaments are the most abundant and the most popular. But there are catfish tournaments, crappie tournaments and numerous others. One of these is making its way to Spring Valley, Ill. in just a few weeks.
Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit will kick off its season opener on the Illinois River on March 24 and 25.

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