By Bill Schultz
This is a great time of the year to get out for some kayak fishing in Door County. Although it can be a little more challenging finding those smallmouth bass. Let me give you some tips on a few lures that might help you catch and release those exciting Door County smallies.
For 10 years, my favorite presentation has been swimming a Kalin’s Lunker Grub. This is a great presentation when you find bass in shallow to about eight feet of water, and very simple. Thread the Kalin’s on a 1/16th up to 1/8th ounce jig, cast as far as you can and retrieve it slow and steady. At this time of year, the four and five inch versions will be the best. My suggestion is to try a variety of colors, but, for me, the four-inch version in Smoke Salt and Pepper is my favorite. To get the casting distance in our clear waters, I am using St. Croix medium-light fast action rods that are 7’6”.
The other presentation that has been so successful for me the past two years in both shallower water, up to water as deep as 25 feet, is the Ned Rig. This is a newer presentation that is also quite simple to use. I am using a 1/16th to 3/32th ounce jig with a #1 hook and the Z-Man Finesse TRD or TRD TubeZ. Both are finesse lures and under three inches in length. Made from Z-Man’s ElaZTech plastic, they float and stand up off the bottom, unlike most soft plastics. This gives a look the smallies can’t resist. For this presentation, I’m using 7’ medium-light fast action St. Croix rods. You simply cast, let settle on the bottom and lightly twitch it as you retrieve very slowly.
With all my clear water presentations, I am adding a 30” to 40” fluorocarbon leader to my very small diameter braid or super line. This is done with a Uni to Uni knot.
If you have a chance to get on the water to chase smallmouth bass, these are tremendous presentations. If you have any questions, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and, I’ll be happy to answer your questions.