Walleye and Walleyed Pickerel fishing it's a passion, it's a dream. Shore casting has great if not the greatest potential for catching those "Trophy Fish". Overall it quite simple and cheap. That is of course providing that you have a decent spot. Yet aside from a few pockets of popularity in some northern areas of the U.S. it can be said that few Walleye anglers take advantage of this dynamite technique of the most avid of anglers. Following is a shallow water technique and it is almost always necessary to practice this procedure ahead of time. Yes it is cold and lonely, so dress warm. A fishing buddy as well is always a good idea and even brings good luck if not companionship. Essential is a good set of insulated waders as well as a hooded, waterproof coat to wear over your clothing and waders. If possible plan your shore fishing expedition with the wind at your back. Gloves, a snowmobile suit, a stocking hat and so on are all necessary as it gets cold and colder come fall time. A long handled net with a hoop diameter of 25 inches or so should be available to land those big time fish. This can also serve well a double purpose as a wading "staff". Attach the net with a cord and a big snap swivel tied on the end. Include in this menagerie a small lure box, a flashlight and a rope stringer. Use the big size 13 Rapala or 5 inch Bang-L-Lure variety as these plugs are generally easier for the fish to "see" resulting in more fish strikes especially at night and in the evening fishing time periods. Another lure type variety that is useful is the "Powerr" head jig, usually a 3/8 ounce jig complete with a 4 inch "Sassy Shad". The barbed ¼ ounce jugs can be said to couple nicely with the 4 incher Shad. If you decide or have access to a boat and gas or better trolling motor you can alternatively troll the shallows for those evasive fish. Do troll silently, quietly and great stealth. Walleye and Pickerel fish seem to have a sixth sense when it comes to sound in the water and are easily "spooked". All in all in it can be said that when it comes to shore casting for Walleye and Pickeral fish it is much like the location of a fine restaurant or eatery. The most important factor overall is location , location and location on shore casting to the shallows.
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