Walleye trollers can increase their efficiency by employing a two-way rigging system that allows them to quickly change from a weightless flatline to a rig with an in-line trolling sinker. It’s a versatile application that’s particularly effective during postspawn when fish can be scattered throughout a variety of depths.
Here’s the deal: Rig trolling rods with linecounter levelwind reels spooled with 30-pound braided line. The thin-diameter line cuts through the water efficiently, allowing lures to reach their maximum running depths. Tie a snap to the tag end of the main line. Next tie a snap to one end, and a barrel swivel to the other end, of an 8-foot, 10- to 12-pound fluorocarbon leader.
When working shallower water, simply snap the leader’s barrel swivel onto the braided main line and attach a shad-body crankbait to the snap on the other end of the leader.
When it’s time to scour deeper water, rather than rigging a whole new set-up with lead-core line, simply detach the leader from the main line and clip an in-line trolling sinker between the main line and leader. Bass Pro Shops’ Fish Weight
in-line sinker features a tail snap that makes re-rigging very easy.
Experiment with 1- and 2-ounce sinkers to reach the desired depths at particular boat speeds. You’ll be able to get to those deeper zones without taking the time to construct a new rig. When you’re fishing, every second your lure spends out of the water is wasted.