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Old 06-19-2011, 09:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Catalog Topic #4: Walk-The-Dog Lures

Known as the toughest of the top-water lures to use and to master, walk-the-dog lures are some of the must diverse and functional of the top-water lures. Mostly known for their open water applications on points, etc., a lot of anglers overlook these lures when visible cover is present.

Let's discuss the things that we can do to make these lures the best that they can be.

1. Use only monofilament line when using these lures. Mono floats and has stretch, which allows you to get the most action out of the lure as well as have a small insurance policy when setting the hook.

2. If no split ring is present, add a split ring. This will give you more action, side to side, with your lure.

3. In visible cover situations, where the quarters are tight, use a Palomar knot. If you are fishing open water, use a loop knot. The Palomar not gives you more control over the lure as you work it, and the loop knot will give you more side to side movement in open water.
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Old 06-22-2011, 08:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Catalog Topic #4: Walk-The-Dog Lures

Walkin' the dog can be a great time, especially for smallies!! I agree with the mono line...the line floats and the stretch will give a little extra reaction time.
I have not tried to use a split ring on the nose, but I will this weekend.

My question for everyone is...
What length and action of rod do you use for "Dog Walkin"?

I use a 7 ft. med

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Old 06-22-2011, 09:04 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I prefer a 7' MH. M action rods, I feel, have a little less backbone for hooksets when using any topwater lure. The extra backbone gives you a little extra power for hooksets and extra strength for the fight that will inevitable happen!
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Old 06-22-2011, 09:21 PM   #4 (permalink)
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If you don't have a split ring, use a loop knot. This will give your bait a better swing.

There are two basic shapes for walk the dog type lures. A Zara shape and a Sammy shape. Both work well but the spook, particularly the Super Spook, generally does better in choppy water. The Sammy style body is great but requires more calmer water to work at it's full potential.

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Practice.....Practice.....Practice, thats what it takes to be able to consistantly walk a bait back to the boat.

I use braid for almost all my topwater fishing, I dont think visibility is a factor when using a walk the dog type bait, and the boyancy of braid helps out.

I always use a loop knot when fishing towater baits, be it a frog or a spook, sammy or whatever.

I like a 7' Medium rod for my topwater the medium seems better for throwing the lighter baits, and allows for more give to keep from pulling the bait away from the fish, if I jump the gun on the hookset.
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Alot of times I am fishing these in ' close quarters ' Therefor I am using a 6'6" with no split ring. I like working them by weedlines and docks.



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An overlooked, and under-utilized lure for walking the dog is a hollow body topwater frog...Cut the legs way back for the best results..Too long of legs causes drag and it inhibits the side to side motion.
Once you get a cadence down, you can really solicit alot of strikes this way.
This is a great presentation when you have water that trebles hooks aren't going to get through, but don't be shy about using this presentation in open water as well...



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I agree with Mo, a good frog with short legs will walk with the best of them. It elicits a ton of strikes, and will go places the average sammy will not. A bait that many people over look is the Money Hound by YUM. It is a walk the dog lure, with great action, casts great, and is weedless. with a modification or two you can hammer bass on these guys.

1) Slit the belly past the end of the hook. For some reason these guys are sealed from the factory. Take an exacto and slit that belly.

2) Use BIG hooks. I like the moaner 6/0 myself, but there are a lot of quality hook options out there. The reason i like bigger hooks is they act as a keel for the bait, which makes it walk better. Having the bend of the hook further back gives me a wider arc on my walk.

3) BRAID and a loop knot. You will need braided line to drive that hook home, and the loop knot makes walking the dog far easier.

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I use a 6'6" med. rod. I have tried the 7 footer but I don't not get the action I want. Its hard to work the tip. I stand 5'9" tall so you taller folks might be able to pull off the 7 footer. I walk the dog in open deep water alot and around points. I keep this rod on deck at all times in the summer for one main reason. I watch for the boilers that case around at the surface. I fire a heddon as fast as I can to the spot where the bass broke water. Couple twitches and bam!
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Well folks I use a 7' MH rod for this and it works great for me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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