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Fishing Heavy Cover “The Best of Times” by Greg Bohn, Ted Takasaki with Scott Richardson

Fishing Facts Magazine, April, 2001

Fishing Heavy Cover – “The Best of Times?”
By Ted Takasaki,Greg Bohn and Scott Richardson

Eighteenth-century author, Charles Dickens, would have appreciated the way fishermen view wood, rock and weeds today. Dickens began his classic, “A Tale of Two Cities,” with the words, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Fishing “cover” is that way for us anglers.
Cover is the “best of times” because all types of fish gravitate to it. Weeds give off life-giving oxygen. Decaying wood attracts tiny zooplankton which draws minnows. Gamefish are not far behind. Rocks and wood absorb heat from the sun in spring and late fall, raising water temperature and igniting the food chain which boosts activity levels of fish.
For the hunters, cover provides ambush points to wait for passing prey. For the hunted, it offers a safe haven from predators. This is critical in a watery world where who lives and who dies is a matter of survival of the fittest.
Weather is a factor while understanding the importance of cover. Fish, like largemouth bass, will often dart to the safety of a thick weedbed in storms. Walleye anglers know to check timber after a cold front because walleyes will tuck in close and stay.
Obviously, good reasons lie behind the adage, “If you aren’t getting snagged, you aren’t fishing where the fish live.”
But, cover can also be the “worst of times.” This is known anyone who has tried to cast a jig into the thickest part of beaver cuttings or who has drifted over a flat strewn with fallen logs or boulders. Frustration levels soar from break-off after break-off. You can’t catch fish while tying. The easy way out is for anglers to stay away from snaggy, fish holding cover. And, that’s a big mistake.
Fishing Hall of Famer, Ron Lindner, and Wisconsin fishing guide, Greg Bohn, weren’t immune to the headaches that snags cause. Independently, they worked for years to find a remedy. When combined, the tackle innovations they have developed will revolutionize the way we think about fishing in dense cover and take the fear out of fishing in heavy cover for everyone but the fish.
For Bohn, the worst of times came on the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage in upper Wisconsin near Minocqua, Wis., and his Strictly Walleye tackle store. Portions of the flowage are minefields of stumps, wood-covered flats and downed trees, which attract walleyes from ice out to ice up. Other parts of the flowage lack wood, but in those spots, any timber that does exist holds fish. Bohn has taken 100 walleyes at mid-day off a single isolated tree felled by a marauding tornado. “What a walleye factory that is, but you could go out with three dozen jigs and come back with none,” said Bohn in true Dickens’ fashion.
The wood has created two main problems for the guide. First, clients would cast a jig into heavy cover and get snagged at the first stop from the launch. The commotion they caused trying to yank the jig loose spooked fish even before Bohn had a chance to drop anchor. The second problem is that break-offs were inevitable which translates into less fishing time and fewer fish for clients.
It wasn’t long before Bohn began experimenting with wire hook guards. Some he devised were too stiff. True, they were snag-proof. But, they also were fish-proof. Trial and error eventually led to a patented 7-strand wire protector that became the primary feature of the Timb’r Rock Jig, which Lindy Little Joe, Inc., is introducing to the market right now. Not only does it prevent snags, it’s insect-like appearance provokes vicious strikes when dressed with a minnow, leech or piece of nightcrawler.
Recently, the 7-strand wire snag guard has also been adapted for use on a snell to team up with the NO-SNAGG slip sinker, which Lindner designed and which Lindy began offering last year. Lindner had promised a snagless sinker to Lindy’s first president Nick Adams more than 30 years ago when the company introduced its first Lindy rig. The original Lindy walking sinker was good on clean bottoms, but it got hung up too often in rocks.
The NO-SNAGG sinker has now solved much of that problem. But, fishermen reported that they were still getting snagged on conventional snelled hooks. So. the NO-SNAGG sinker has been combined with Greg’s 7-strand technology in order to create a new NO-SNAGG Rig. It is essentially a Lindy rig for use in heavy cover. The snell is 5-feet long, has a sharp red hook and a chartreuse bead to add color and protect the knot.

On a trip to Rainy Lake, Bohn and Linder tried to do everything they could to snag up. Though northern pikes cut off a few, they did not loose one rig to a snag in three days even though they concentrated on wood, rocks and boulders. For the first time, fishermen will now have the tools to attack the thickest cover and catch fish where they live.
For jigging, Bohn starts with a 7-foot, 2-inch Leech Stick spinning rod he makes himself. He spools up with 8-pound test to combat line abrasion.
Where cover is sparse, Bohn fishes each fallen tree or stump or weed bed, either casting into holes or pathways he can see or slowly dragging the jig along the edges. Where cover is plentiful, Bohn concentrates on the cover closest to the channels. He focuses on the windy side of the lake. He has seen times when he could see walleyes holding amid wood on the bottom, but they would not strike until ripples appeared on the surface.
The best trees are ones that are elevated slightly off the bottom in 8 to 12 feet of water. But, he has seen times when he catches walleyes along the trunks of trees right next to the shoreline. He will often pluck fish after fish vertical jigging from a stump field on the river channel at 25 feet or a brush pile collected on a bend in the channel at 30.
Hung up? Don’t tug on the hook. Merely give the line slack and shake it free. The hood guard can be bent forward for light biters or in sparse cover and closer to the hook point for dense situations. Cast into pockets inside the weeds or along edges.
Like the Lindy rig, turn to the NO-SNAGG Rig in order to cover more area by drifting or trolling with a trolling motor when fish are more scattered. Fish the edges of weeds, brush piles, stump fields or cane beds. Use enough weight to keep the line at a 45-degree angle to the water’s surface depending on the depth being fished and wind conditions. Chances of hang-ups and missing strikes increase if too much line is let out.
Lindner and Bohn use spinning gear for smaller weights and bait-casting equipment for heavier ones of three-quarters of an ounce or more. Lindner suggests using a super line to the snell. If you do get snagged, you can break the snell off yet save the sinker. Tie on another snell and you are soon back in the water.
Pump the sinker slowly up a foot and down and merely tap the bottom to insure you remain in the strike zone. Use the one-eighth size in weeds to avoid fouling the sinker with debris. Leave the bail open or the spool free. When you feel a fish take the bait, let it have it to a count of five or so before setting the hook.
No technology can prevent all snags. But, new NO-SNAGG approaches go far to make the time you spend fishing dense cover “the best of times.”

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Lindy’s New No-Snagg Rig! Takes the fear out of snag fishing!!!


New Lindy NO-SNAGG RIG Takes the Fear Out of Snag Fishing!

BRAINERD, MN Lindy has taken the fear out of fishing heavy cover for everyone but the fish. NO-SNAGG Rigs pack a punch with NO-SNAGG Sinkers and Lindy’s latest innovation, the NO-SNAGG Hook. Designed by fishing legend, Ron Lindner, the original NO-SNAGG Slip Sinker is virtually snag-free even in the heaviest cover. Now, teamed with the NO-SNAGG Hook developed by Wisconsin fishing guide, Greg Bohn, the combination is absolutely unbelievable.

After Lindy-Little Joe, America’s number one live bait tackle company, introduced the award-winning NO-SNAGG Sinker in 1999, Lindy listened to fishermen who complained that they were still getting snagged not on the sinker, but on the hook. The NO-SNAGG Rig now answers those concerns by adding a premium monofilament snell onto an incredibly sharp hook with a unique, seven-strand wire NO-SNAGG Guard.

Past efforts to develop hooks that avoided snags resulted in a lot of missed hooksets on fish. But, when coupled with a minnow, leech or ‘crawler, the NO-SNAGG Hook’s insect-like appearance seems to makes ’em bite harder than on plain hooks. Fewer fish are missed as a result. “For three days, Ron Lindner and I tested NO-SNAGG Rigs in the worst rock-strewn and timber-filled areas that Minnesota’s Rainy Lake has to offer,” Bohn said. “We actually tried to hang them up. Instead, we caught 100 walleyes a day, never lost a rig and we hooked almost every fish that bit.”

NO-SNAGG Rigs will allow experienced anglers to fish in spots they previously overlooked as “unfishable.” Beginners can fish without the worry of frustrating snags. Guides will spend less time retying and more time getting their clients to the fish.

Each NO-SNAGG Rig comes packaged complete with a NO-SNAGG Sinker, a five-foot snell pre-tied to a NO-SNAGG Barrel Swivel and a red, Octopus-style, ultra-sharp hook with the seven strand NO-SNAGG Guard. Hooks are available in sizes #2 or #4. The standard rig features a chartreuse bead in front of the hook, a subtle attractor that tournament anglers have long realized entices more strikes and gets the fish’s attention. Floating versions feature Lindy snell floats in four colors, orange, yellow, orange/yellow and lime/yellow. Replacement snells are sold separately. Now, there’s no place a fish can hide that you can’t go.

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Locals simply call Bohn the “Snag Master”

By Ted Takasaki and Scott Richardson
Call him “Snag Master.”

walleyetimberjigNot only did legendary Wisconsin fishing guide Greg Bohn design the snag-free new Timb’r Rock Jig, he designed the NO-SNAGG Hook, which sports the same 7-strand wire hook guard. The hook marketed by Lindy Little Joe becomes a potent weapon when combined with the NO-Snagg Sinker, designed by Fishing Hall of Fame member Ron Linder.

The NO-SNAGG revolution began when a futuristic-looking snagless sinker hit the market in the Spring of 1999 to boldly go where no sinker as gone before.

It’s a tackle breakthrough that may make obsolete the adage “If you aren’t getting snagged, you aren’t fishing where the fish live.” Timber, rock, weed beds, even oyster beds and coral reefs – the NO-SNAGG Sinker reaches fish in places previously labeled “unfishable.”

The NO-SNAGG Sinker is the culmination of a 30-year promise Linder made to Nick Adams, the outgoing president of Lindy Little Joe, who long ago predicted the need to go one step beyond the Lindy rig. True, the Lindy rig is still the best method to serve up live bait on smooth, snag-free bottoms. But, leave it at home when fishing in rocks and wood. That’s precisely where the No Snagg shines. A slight banana-looking bend causes it to twist free of obstructions.

After Lindner built prototypes, he kept some for himself to test off the saltwater coast and freshwater lakes near his winter home in Florida. The others he passed to brother Al to try in the northern reaches of walleye and smallmouth country.

When they took NO-SNAGG to the water, they shared a singleness of purpose – to get hung up. But, they soon found themselves fishing with the same sinker several 100-fish days later. It didn’t matter whether they targeted red fish and snook in oyster beds or catfish amid river-borne stump fields or largemouth bass in weeds and rocks or walleyes and smallies in natural-lake timber. If hang-ups happened, they were on the hook, not the sinker. But, they didn’t have Bohn’s hooks along at the time When Ron Linder and Greg Bohn when a snaggy Northwoods lake to test the combination, they didn’t loose a one over several days of fishing.

For walleyes, the NO-SNAGG rig can be fished like a Lindy rig. For bass, try the NO-SNAGG Carolina rig.

The NO-SNAGG Sinker can be used as a slip sinker or fixed. Leader length varies, but 18 inches is average.

Use it while anchored. Drift it. Troll it. Anything a bottom bouncer can do, NO-SNAGG can do, often better. Where jigs may get hung up in a rocky crevice, the long, thin shape of NO-SNAGG drops a bait right down inside. Come out snag-free often with a fish that thought it was safe in heavy cover.

Fishing educator Spence Petros sees an application for fall smallmouth and walleyes on rocky humps in deep water. The NO-SNAGG Sinker not only will take a lip-hooked minnow down, it acts as a depth finder as well. Use a heavy version like the }- or 1-ounce and start high on the structure dragging it slowly ever deeper. Be alert to sense the subtle changes of just a few inches that can make all the difference. Once you find a ledge so narrow that even your sonar could not detect it, hook the minnow through the back so it swims upward and away from snags on the bottom. When you feel a strike, dip the rod tip slightly and set the hook fast.

Fishing in thick short grass for crappies or bass? Petros uses a NO-SNAGG Sinker, Lindy snell floats and a NO-SNAGG Hook on a long leader to put the bait just above the fish.

Heaven may have snag-free lakes filled with big fish. But, until we get there to find out, snags can’t be eliminated entirely. Still, thanks to Ron Linder and Greg Bohn, NO-SNAGG technology can help.

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Lindy’s New Timb’r Rock Jig! Jig where No-One has Jigged before!!!

TimbrLindy’s New Timb’r Rock Jig Allows Snag-Free Fishing in Rocks, Timber and Brush

BRAINERD, MN  Lindy Little Joe, Inc. (Lindy), a dominant provider of walleye lures, fishing tackle and related accessories, has introduced its snag-resistant Timb’r Rock Jig. Designed by renowned walleye guide Greg Bohn, the new jig has a patented seven strand wire guard that protects the hook point from hang-ups. And with a unique weight centered design, it always lands upright, ready to be pulled through even the thickest wood, brush or rocks without snags.

“With its revolutionary NO-SNAGG design, you can use the Timb’r Rock Jig where no angler has jigged before. This is yet another innovative product from Lindy that helps anglers catch more fish than ever thought possible,” Ted Takasaki, Lindy’s President and CEO, said.

Both live bait and plastics can be presented with Lindy’s Timb’r Rock Jig; the jig’s collar and barb keep plastic trailers from coming off. Its big eyes and insect-like look provoke vicious strikes, and the jig’s needle sharp Aberdeen hooks are proven to hold on to even the lightest of bites.

The Timb’r Rock Jig’s adjustable seven strand wire guard can be bent upwards to increase hook protection and spread open or bent downward to help snare light biting fish in less dense cover. Its front tying hook eyelet provides lift for additional snag protection.

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Known as the walleye tackle company, Lindy Little Joe, Inc. is credited with developing many of the walleye lures and methods that dominate the industry today. The company also offers a complete line of market-leading fishing tackle, jigs, rigs, floats, equipment and accessories, including name brands such as Thill and System TackleTM.