Walleye Central


Mike Jensen 3/18/98

[19:58:54] ebijack (mi): let's welcome MIKE JENSEN, he will be talking about subjects

then fielding questions, so let's get started and when mike is ready ask him a FEW

questions

[19:59:10] mikej: Hi, everybody

[19:59:12] ebijack (mi): sit back an enjoy!!!

[19:59:12] tom n [oh]: hi mike

[19:59:15] ebijack (mi): howdy mike

[19:59:16] Hogboss: hi mike.

[19:59:18] Magic Marker OH: hi mike

[19:59:22] RoyG(PA): howdy mike

[19:59:23] shiner(sd): hi mike

[19:59:25] reeltime(OH): hi mike

[19:59:25] Baitman[sd]: hey mike

[19:59:28] Hunter: hi mike

[19:59:29] mikej: 1997 was my rookie year as a PWT touring pro

[19:59:37] Erie Addict: Hi Mike

[19:59:40] markie: hi mike

[19:59:48] mikej: I'm from Minneapolis, and I fish Mille Lacs

[20:00:00] mikej: Let's talk about finesse fishing tonight

[20:00:10] mikej: I think spinners have been covered pretty well over the last few

chats

[20:00:30] mikej: In my eyes, finesse fishing means live bait!

[20:01:02] seamaster(ohio): hi Mike

[20:01:08] mikej: I think you need to finesse fish on heavily pressured and clear lakes

[20:01:23] mikej: that typically have a good night bite but a tough day bite

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[20:01:47] mikej: typically finesse fishing is not needed when you're fishing suspended

fish or fish in heavy cover or weeds

[20:02:10] mikej: Finesse fishing means light line, small hooks, and long snells -- or

lighter jigs and lighter line

[20:02:37] mikej: Use as long a snell as you can handle

[20:02:58] Joe(WI): Mike, how small of hook do you go to using leeches?

[20:03:03] mikej: I typically tie my snells to that when I'm standing in the boat with my

rod above my head, the fish is barely at the surface of the water

[20:03:18] tom n [oh]: mike what about taking saugeye in shallow very stained water

[20:03:27] mikej: JoeW -- typically I start out with a number 8 and if it's real tough I'll

drop down to a 10

[20:03:56] ebijack (mi): hey guys hold the questions till mike asks for them ok?

[20:04:00] mikej: tom n -- in stained waters, I don't believe finesse fishing is necessary --

try heavier (8 lb) line and a 6 hook

[20:04:47] tom n [oh]: thanks mike

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[20:04:51] mikej: when the bite gets tough and finesse fishing is needed, SLOW is the

key word

[20:05:15] mikej: You want to use active bait -- leeches that try to swim out of the

bucket, active nightcrawlers

[20:05:44] ebijack (mi): ok, mike has opened it up for any and all questions folks

[20:06:12] Lundman(Wi): are you talking plain hooks when you say you use such a

long snell?

[20:06:42] Lundman(Wi): slip sinkers, or bottom bouncers?

[20:06:50] mikej: I do play around with colored hooks, although I don't think it's

important

[20:07:05] Hogboss: what weight size do you perfer

[20:07:09] Born2Fish {mi}: which part of the baitfish do you hook it to

[20:07:10] mikej: Lundman -- use slip sinkers over sandy, small gravel. A light-stroke

bottom bouncer over gravel and rocks

[20:07:17] clay(wy): Was this the situation at Leech this past year at the PWT

[20:07:29] mikej: Hogboss -- it depends on how deep you're fishing and fast you're

moving

[20:07:33] Lundman(Wi): thanks mike

[20:07:37] gwalt(MI): Mikej do you feel color of blades is as important as size?

[20:07:43] mikej: You want to feel the bottom, but not be too heavy where it's

uncomfortable

[20:07:49] mikej: Clay - yes

[20:08:14] mikej: Gwalt -- it's important to keep experimenting. There is no one catch-all

blade

[20:08:14] keith (MN): I need to learn to fish the rocks on the south side of Mille

Lacs...can you give me a few pointers on how to fish them?

[20:08:38] mikej: Gwalt - in general, I use 1-4's on inland lakes and larger on great

lakes

[20:09:13] mikej: keith - Boy, Keith, rocks aren't my forte. What I look for are marked

fish on the electronics, and then bobber them from there

[20:09:18] gwalt(MI): I herd several guys say not to get cauhgt up with color don't

overwhelm yourself

[20:09:19] Erie Addict: East Winds, muddywater,h2o temps around 50 Lake Erie,

Whats your advice on what to try Mike?

[20:09:41] mikej: gwalt -- Exactly. Just keep experimenting until you find a pattern that

works for that day

[20:09:58] Baitman[sd]: long-line a long snell in shallow situations Mike?

[20:10:01] mikej: ErieAddict -- don't know, never been there, but I'm loking forward to

getting there in May!

[20:10:22] mikej: Baitman: Yeah -- try to keep the bait as far away from the boat as

possible

[20:11:08] ebijack (mi): what kind of boat and rigging do you run mike

[20:11:13] mikej: About small hooks, if you're fishing with minnows, don't go that small

on the hooks - try #6's

[20:11:35] gwalt(MI): my favorite type of fish is with jigs anykind however alot of times

when I'm vertical jigging my line will twist with certrain jigs do you have a pref.

[20:11:49] mikej: Ebi, I run a 692 VS Ranger with a 175 Merc EFI and a 9.9 4-stroke

kicker

[20:12:01] Hogboss: mike why not shorten snells and use boards off the sides of the

boat

[20:12:25] mikej: hoggboss -- that would be a solution also and would work

[20:12:57] mikej: I also use Lowrance X85 a Global Map 2000 and a PinPoint

positioning system, with a Genetron GT9

[20:13:08] Joe(WI): Mike, in deep water, do you hover over fish spotted on locator for

tough bites?

[20:13:16] ebijack (mi): mike, do you use carnks on most lakes to test fish

[20:13:39] seamaster(ohio): Mike , Do you feel that 1.5 to 2 mile per hour is a good

trolling speed.It seems to be the majic numbers for me.

[20:13:40] Magic Marker OH: what treble hooks for greatlakes open water crawler

harness[erie]?

[20:13:51] mikej: Joe: Yes. We encounter that a lot on Mille Lacs. In that situation, I

would probably use 4# test and a #10 hook and move really slow.

[20:13:57] Hogboss: mike the genetron is the berries isn't she.

[20:14:37] mikej: ebi: I more often use spinners for hunting fish instead of crankbaits --

confidence factor

[20:14:47] mikej: seamaster: yes 1.5 to 2 mph

[20:15:02] mikej: magic marker: yes I would use treble hooks and I use small trebles on

Mille Lacs

[20:15:27] mikej: hogboss: I like the Genetron for picking fish up out of the weeds

[20:15:32] clay(wy): For a tough bite situation, how long do you usually wait to set the

hook after a pick up

[20:15:34] Hogboss: used here on lake mich. could see fish actually come up on baits

trolled

[20:15:45] Baitman[sd]: indiana or colorado blades preferred MIke?

[20:15:47] Magic Marker OH: size and brand?

[20:16:04] Busy B (Oh): On Lake Erie we have found after water raises above 55,

speed kills tofind active fish then we slow down and work it

[20:16:07] mikej: clay: Wait a few seconds, but don't wait anywhere near a minute or

she's gone

[20:16:12] gwalt(MI): mikej I live and fish saginaw bay and the fish are quite high at

times how do you locate them

[20:16:26] mikej: baitman: I experiment with both Indiana and Colorados

[20:16:43] Baitman[sd]: thanks Mike

[20:17:15] mikej: GwaltL Look for schools of bait fish and when you mark fish down

deeper, try to run your deeper lines at the depth of the deeper fish and your outside

boards

[20:17:20] mikej: fairly shallow.

[20:17:56] mikej: Gwalt: Outside lines may be 25' out with maybe 3/4 ounce sinker

[20:17:58] Boomer: I'm look for a friend.

[20:18:05] mikej: Boomer Who isn't?

[20:18:09] walleye: markie:how many events are you going to fish this year

[20:18:44] mikej: walleye: 4 PWT, the Wave Wacker, and maybe a NAWA Team

tourney

[20:19:26] gwalt(MI): mike i have a theory that the zebra mussells have pushed bait fish

higher therefore the walleye feed higher any commment

[20:19:27] Born2Fish {mi}: where will you be fishing lake erie and what date

[20:19:49] Magic Marker OH: your opinion on pinpoint motors?

[20:20:04] mikej: gwalt: I don't have that much experience with zebra mussels, since

our waters are fairly clean of them

[20:20:23] Joe(WI): Mike, do you use drift socks at all for finesse fishing?

[20:20:29] mikej: magic marker: I haven't tried a PinPoint yet, but I'm looking forward to

it. If it does everything it's supposed, it'll be great

[20:20:53] mikej: Joe: Yes, I use drift socks quite a bit to slow down controlled drifts on

breaks

[20:20:56] Hogboss: Mike who would you say you learned the most from fishing the

PWT, which Pro was the most resourceful.

[20:21:16] mikej: hogboss: Since Harry Stiles is listening, I suppose it was him....

[20:21:24] walleye: markie:do you plan to fish little bay on Aug 1 and 2

[20:21:27] Magic Marker OH: i'm in process of getting one,hope it works out

[20:21:33] Hogboss: did you fish with him.

[20:21:43] mikej: walleye: No

[20:21:44] Busy B (Oh): Hi harry, rick

[20:21:48] fishtale(MT): yes there is some

[20:22:20] mikej: hogboss: harry and I are good friends and fish together quite a bit --

we were supposed to leave tomorrow to pre-fish Lake Stockton, but the weather isn't

cooperating

[20:22:26] gwalt(MI): mike did you fish am. side before turn pro

[20:22:35] Joe(WI): Mike, what kind of rod do you use for finesse fishing?

[20:22:55] mikej: gwalt: I fished a few amateur tournaments, but I've fished more local

tournaments than anything else

[20:22:57] Fish-on: Mike, I just joined and you may have already covered this, but did

you fish one year as a PWT am before turning pro or did you get in otherwise?

[20:23:06] mikej: joe: Can't beat a 7' G. Loomis 8400

[20:23:18] mikej: that's an 8400 IMX

[20:23:31] Hogboss: mike what i meant was when you were an amatuer who was the

pro you learned the most from in one day.

20:23:59] mikej: fish-on: I fished individual tournaments in the PWT before 1997, but

last year was my first year doing the full circuit

[20:24:30] Fish-on: So you didn't fish a full am year?

[20:24:33] mikej: hogboss: That would be Bob Malowitz (sp?) -- never fished with Harry

as an amateur

[20:24:46] Hogboss: thank you

[20:24:51] mikej: fish-on: NO, I've only fished a couple of tournaments as an amateur

[20:24:52] gwalt(MI): mike do you fish for a living or do you work outside also?

[20:24:55] markie: Mike have you fish on winnebago much.

[20:25:11] mikej: gwalt: That depends on whether you ask me or my wife... I do work

outside of fishing

[20:25:27] Fish-on: How did you finish in the Rookie of the Year standings, Mike?

[20:25:34] mikej: markie: Never been there but Harry likes it, so I have the inside

track.

[20:25:48] mikej: fish-onL I think I was about 5th for rookie of the year

[20:25:58] Busy B (Oh): Do you find the circut both stressfull and physically demanding,

make you old quick

[20:25:58] Fish-on: Nice Job.

[20:26:24] mikej: BusyB: No, I find it exciting! Especially the first morning of the

tournament

[20:26:31] gwalt(MI): mike have you herd anything about the divide tour next year?

[20:26:49] mikej: The first morning, you look arround and you see all the big names that

you're competing against

[20:26:49] mikej: You go - Wow!

[20:26:55] Joe(WI): Mike, do you feel that wind affects fish location on deeper

structure?

[20:27:04] mikej: gwalt: only rumors -- the sam e ones you guys have heard

[20:27:29] mikej: joe: Wind affects light penetration and the fish will probably move

shallower on deep structure.

[20:27:30] Fish-on: Which PWT do you think fits you best skills for this year?

[20:27:52] Fish-on: your

[20:27:58] mikej: fish-on: I'm looking forward to them all, but Erie's got my attention.

[20:28:18] gwalt(MI): It wpild interesting to see how it would work. I herd there was a

waitng list this year

[20:28:19] Fish-on: You like to troll? It will probably be a tralling bite, no?

[20:28:20] Yar-Man(SD): Using Fireline?

[20:29:18] mikej: Fish-On: Trolling spinners is one of my favorite methods. Most of the

tournament money I've won has come from spinners one way or the other

[20:29:18] Born2Fish {mi}: Erie can be really good in May

[20:29:35] gwalt(MI): mike do you fish only fish you can see with your locator?

[20:29:37] mikej: yar-Man: I don't use Fireline much, I would use it when I need to get

crankbaits a little deeper

[20:29:56] Busy B (Oh): I think it coudl be either or both on ay given day that time of

year. With the eastrn boudrary where it at, a lot depends on weather next few weeks

[20:30:15] mikej: gwalt: If I don't mark fish on the depth finder, I don't stay in those

areas -- keep moving around until I see bait fish or fish

[20:31:37] mikej: With finesse fishing, lively bait is very important. Try to catch the

leech that's trying the hardest to swim away

[20:31:46] Fish-on: Do you think spinners will be more effective than cranks on Erie in

May, Mike?

[20:32:03] gwalt(MI): Do you prefer one jig over another. style wise that is?

[20:32:22] mikej: Fish-On: From what I hear, most guys will probably be running cranks.

I'm planning on experimenting with both.

[20:32:39] mikej: Gwalt: It's hard to beat a Northland Fireball jig!

[20:33:09] rooster: using a stinger hook

[20:33:20] sir walter: Mike, when trolling spinners,how far back of your boards do you

like to run them, and what size blades are best?

[20:33:29] LS(nd): Mike, do you take amatuers out on practice days?

[20:33:35] mikej: rooster: I only use a stinger hook after I've been bit off several times

as a last resort

[20:33:39] Magic Marker OH: have you used risto raps yet,any advice on trolling

depths

[20:33:55] fishtale(MT): 6 yrs ago

[20:34:06] mikej: sir walter: I try to set the lines at the depth I'm marking fish -- that's

going to determine how far back your lines will be run .

[20:34:14] mikej: As far as bait size, you need to experiment.

[20:34:31] mikej: Guys, I think it's important to keep experimenting and trying differnet

things.

[20:34:42] mikej: Until you're satisfied with your catch rate.

[20:34:58] Lundman(Wi): is there such a thing...:-)

[20:35:16] mikej: Start with whatever you have confidence in, and if that doesn't work,

start experimenting with different size, different blades, different speeds and different

mehtodxs

[20:35:18] Hogboss: mike when you are trolling what is your go to bait!

[20:35:33] mikej: Lundmand -- well, there is that!

[20:35:51] rooster: mike do you feel a stingers prevents bites . why only last resort?

[20:35:51] mikej: hogboss: Go to bait gotta be a spinner with a crawler.

[20:36:14] Hogboss: how about favorite crank.

[20:36:19] mikej: rooster: Yes, it's additional hardware down there, and I think you get

fewer bites with it, but you'll get hooks in more of the bites.

[20:36:22] Fish-on: Spinner and crawler on a bouncer, Mike?

[20:36:40] mikej: hogboss: Storm thunder Stick, Silver sides, black back and red belly

20:37:18] mikej: fish-on: on suspended fish, I use in-line bead sinkers over gravel and

rocks I use bottom bouncers. Over mud, I use a 3-way Wolf River rig.

[20:37:53] mikej: Iwould use in-line bead sinkers in weeds.

[20:38:26] gwalt(MI): mike i've been tying crawler harness on wire just beads and

blades then snelling hooks on mono do you think wire will spook fish?

[20:38:49] Busy B (Oh): Mikej, on LE we have found it is real critical to find right lead of

bouncers each day with varing conditionds. Often rods inholders out produce personal

rods on windy days

[20:39:03] mikej: gwalt: Ithink that method works fine on Great Lakes; I don't think I'd

try it on Mille Lacs.

[20:39:34] mikej: BusyB: All right! That's my kind of fishing.

[20:39:39] Yar-Man(SD): How many beads and what size do you put on your spiiners?

[20:39:49] gwalt(MI): Do use any type of drop weight system ?

[20:39:51] Busy B (Oh): Mikej, we seem to do best with simple siingle hook,large blde

single spinners

[20:39:59] mikej: Yar-Man: I put enough beads on so the end of the blade that I'm

using ends before the eye of the hook.

[20:40:22] mikej: gwalt: I haven't used snap weights much. It's something I plan on

trying this year.

[20:40:43] mikej: BusyB: I'll start tying some up now.

[20:41:04] gwalt(MI): how about inline boards what style do you use?

[20:41:15] mikej: gwalt: I use Off Shores.

[20:41:34] mikej: Haven't tried the Tattletale yet -- hoping to get some soon.

[20:41:41] gwalt(MI): single release or double

[20:41:49] mikej: gwalt: Double

[20:42:18] gwalt(MI): have you had any prob. with them coming off in rough water?

[20:42:39] Fish-on: Mike, do you put both red clamps on the front?

[20:42:43] sir walter: Mike, what speed do you troll spinners at?

[20:42:44] mikej: gwalt: Not really-- I replace the releases often.

[20:42:52] Joe(WI): Mike how long of lead will you go to w/ Bot. Bouncers on tough

bite?

[20:43:06] mikej: sir walter: I typically troll spinners between 1-1.5 mph, sometimes a

little faster than that in the summer.

[20:43:23] gwalt(MI): Mike have you tried wrapping around release one time?

[20:43:33] mikej: joew: I tie all my snells at about 10 feet. It's easier to shorten them in

the boat than to lengthen them.

20:44:01] Hogboss: mike what are your back up plans for erie if the weather turns

nasty, do you tuck in around the islands etc.

[20:44:01] mikej: gwalt: I've tried wrapping and I don't like it. I worry about keeping

tension on the fish while you're playing around withthe board to unwrap it.

[20:44:15] mikej: hogboss: Yeah my wife wants to know that too.

[20:44:38] gwalt(MI): mike do you use lighter line with your snells than main line?

[20:44:45] mikej: No, really -- just try to find clearer water and fish the fish you find

there. I trust my Ranger.

[20:45:06] Hogboss: good rough weather boat.

[20:45:13] Fish-on: 690?

[20:45:23] Fish-on: 175hp?

[20:45:27] mikej: gwalt: I use 6# test on my main line and most times 4# on the snells.

[20:45:35] Joe(WI): Mike, on deep structure, do you always go with the wind or

sometime against?

[20:45:40] Busy B (Oh): That time of year ,there is often a god rock bite on le points in

rough water, esp Nbass and NE corner Middle

[20:45:42] mikej: hogboss: I think Ranger's are a great rough-water boat.

[20:45:49] Yar-Man(SD): Do you use leadcore much Mike?

[20:45:52] mikej: Fish-on: 692 VS with a 175 Merc EFI

[20:46:00] Don: fishtale(MT), If you are still there, I just spent some time up near you

and have a friend with a cabin on the Sun River. Anything good that you can tell me.

[20:46:09] gwalt(MI): Do you use same on erie with zebs.?

[20:46:24] mikej: jow: On deep structure, I like to work into the wind with a bow mount.

I feel boat control is a little better that way.

[20:46:40] mikej: yarman: Yeah, Harry's teaching me about lead core, but I'm still

learning.

[20:47:11] mikej: gwalt: What do you mean?

[20:47:32] Magic Marker OH: do you use suspending rouges much?

[20:47:32] gwalt(MI): do you use same line around the zebra mussells?

[20:47:47] Yar-Man(SD): What size and how do you spool it (amount)?

[20:47:56] mikej: magic marker: No, I use ThunderSticks more often.

[20:48:15] mikej: gwalt: No with zebra mussels I wouldn't go below 6, probably

would use 8

[20:48:30] rainman: mike pulling cranks how do clip on weights work for depth work

[20:48:44] Born2Fish {mi}: when you go to erie take some deep jr thundersticks, the

chrome ones black-chrome and rainbow-chrome caught most of our fish last may

[20:49:08] mikej: rainman: I suppose I would use snap weights -- as heavy as I would

need to get the crank to the desired delth

[20:49:23] gwalt(MI): Mike you said you use thundersticks. Have you ever run live bait

with the cranks?

[20:49:25] mikej: born2fish: Thanks for the tip!

[20:49:47] mikej: gwalt: Only with Hotntots. But plan on trying with other similar baits

on Erie this year.

[20:50:58] Busy B (Oh): I think Reef runners new smaller version rip stick will be a hot

bait this spring

[20:51:46] mikej: BusyB: What do you know about them?

[20:51:50] ebijack (mi): mike, what made you decide to start going as a pro

[20:51:58] rooster: live bait on crankbaits

[20:52:12] Hogboss: mike nice talking to you and good luck on PWT

[20:52:16] mikej: ebijack: I have fished tournaments for about 10 years, and it's always

been a desire of mine to fish the PWT

[20:52:28] Magic Marker OH: do you have any favorite soft plastic baits?

[20:52:30] mikej: And last year, things just worked out right to where I could actually

get started.

[20:52:39] Busy B (Oh): They are size of JRDeep thund, but more arched back with

same action as larger rip stick, new color is the lavender/ purple which is always good

that time of year

[20:52:58] gwalt(MI): Did you ever question whether or not you made the right move

turning pro?

[20:53:06] Busy B (Oh): Size should be perfect for early season bite.

[20:53:33] mikej: gwalt: No, I never questioned it -- it's a lot of fun, but it's a lot of work

too. It's enjoyable.

[20:54:04] mikej: One thing I didn't realize was all the work that's required in the off

season, trying to round up sponsors.

[20:54:26] Fish-on: How are you doing on the sponsor front, That's got to be tough for

a rookie.

[20:54:37] gwalt(MI): mike who are some of your sponsors?

[20:54:58] mikej: fish-on: It's tough. Without having a big name yet, and finishing in the

middle of the pack last year, I have some proving to do yet.

[20:55:16] mikej: gwalt: Ranger and Mercury for now. I'm waiting to hear from a few

more.

[20:55:17] Joe(WI): Mike, what would be your definition of reading water?

[20:55:20] Fish-on: Are you doing any seminars and appearances?

[20:55:57] mikej: joe: That's a tough question. When you go to a new place, you do

research in advance to know what to expect.

[20:56:15] mikej: Then when you get there, you try to put what you know and what

you've heard together with what you see.

[20:56:20] gwalt(MI): Mike it seems strange that in this industry when you really need

the help its not there but when you become known all kinds of help comes your way.

[20:56:47] mikej: Fish-on: I've done a couple of seminars and appearances. Mostly

local and I guess I would like to hear about more possibilities -- espeically with kids.

[20:56:55] Busy B (Oh): mikej, friends and contacts mean a lot with all the different

lakes each year, the networks of some make it hard to compete on regular basis

[20:57:00] mikej: gwalt: I happen to know that even the big name people struggle with

sponsors.

[20:57:24] Fish-on: That should help. A couple sport shows goes along way with

sponsors, I know.

[20:57:50] mikej: busyb: I agree networks mean a lot. It's always important to try to

network out as much as you can. That's why I asked you last week who you were

helping at Erie!

[20:58:06] Busy B (Oh): MIkej: if it was easy "Everbody would be doing it!"

[20:58:24] mikej: fish-on: I'm looking for more opportunities to make appearances. The

season is mostly over now, through.

[20:58:29] Busy B (Oh): I remember, Tell Harry to give you my numbers

[20:58:35] mikej: busyb: That's true.

[20:58:35] Joe(WI): Mike, do you find that the Fish Manageries people are good

resources for info before getting on new water?

[20:58:40] Walstalker(mi): Mike what do you feel is your best method ? trolling,jigging

rigging etc

[20:58:44] mikej: busyb: I hope he does,too.

[20:58:52] gwalt(MI): Mike I teach a fishing class at the local state park to fifth grade

childern a great program for kids if your interested just e-mail for info.

[20:59:05] mikej: joe: I've not really worked with them. sounds like something I should

try.

[20:59:21] mikej: walstalker: pulling spinners is my go-to bait.

[20:59:35] mikej: gwalt: too bad you're not in Minnesota!

[20:59:50] mikej: gwalt: any contacts up this way?

[21:00:14] Busy B (Oh): mikej: what is your e mail if you want to give it out

[21:00:15] Joe(WI): Mike, do you go to larger spinners on stained/dark water?

[21:00:19] gwalt(MI): There is a real need for fishing ed. in all the states to many kids

turning the wrong way.

[21:00:34] gwalt(MI): no not in your ares.

[21:00:37] mikej: bb: mikej@cpsmn.com

[21:01:14] mikej: joe: I use large spinners really only on the Great Lakes, on inland

lakes I'll probably go up to #4. Probably not much bigger than that.

[21:01:41] mikej: gwalt: I agree. I was at a kids fishing fair just last Saturday -- there

were close to 4000 people there.

[21:01:42] Walstalker(mi): do you tie your own spinners

[21:01:44] gwalt(MI): we've had 6000 people through prom since 95

[21:01:45] Fish-on: Your right about the kids, gwalt. I wish every pro would take some

time to work with kids.

[21:02:05] mikej: walstalker: Definitelyl!

[21:02:16] mikej: I like spinners longer than what you can buy them.

[21:02:18] Walstalker(mi): whose blades

[21:02:46] gwalt(MI): I really believe that professional fisherman can be role models for

youngsters

[21:02:47] mikej: walstalker: Blades from Northland and Lakeland tackle.

[21:02:55] Lundman(Wi): do you use folded, or quick change clevis's?

[21:03:12] mikej: gwalt: I agree -- it's a family sport your kids can actually enjoy instead

of just watch.

[21:03:25] Busy B (Oh): Mike, it depends on weight your using, but we often find with

big blows we shorten up leads for more action with bounchers

[21:03:26] Dogfish (AZ): mikej: have you ever tried the hatchet shaped blades that are

supposed to give out more vibration?

[21:03:36] mikej: lundman: I use quick-change when I'm changing blades a lot. I think

you get a better spin out of a folded clevis.

[21:03:57] mikej: digfish: I haven't tried them yet. I've heard from a guy just last

weekend who said he loved them, and I'm going to get some to play with this year.

[21:04:30] sir walter: Mike, when bottom bouncing, how far back is your spinner from

bottom bouncer?

[21:04:46] mikej: sir walter: The spinner should be 5-6 feet back.

[21:04:46] rooster: are folded clevis's hard on line

[21:04:53] gwalt(MI): Mike do you think folded clevises wear on line more than quick

change?

[21:05:16] mikej: rooster: I've never worried about that much. the line's in the water,

and the water is a lubricant -- and I change my spinners often.

[21:06:28] mikej: As to trolling rods --

[21:06:35] Dogfish (AZ): mikej: ever tied spinners with spider or gorilla braid for

softness?

[21:06:59] mikej: I like to tie a crank bait clip on my trolling rods before hooking up

weights, that way I can change to different weight systems and crank baits quickly.

[21:07:03] gwalt(MI): mike do you use any line counter reels?

[21:07:07] Walstalker(mi): what happens when spinners dont work whats #2 method

[21:07:18] mikej: dogfish - i've never tied snells with spider or gorilla braid. What are the

advantages?

[21:07:28] mikej: gwalt: Yes -- I have Daiwa Line Counter Reels.

[21:07:48] gwalt(MI): do you use them with bottom bouncers

[21:07:53] mikej: walstalker: Depends on the situation. I'm very comfortable rigging,

jigging, and pulling cranks.

[21:07:54] rooster: Mike what are you feelings on spiral guide set ups

[21:08:14] Dogfish (AZ): mikej: the real thin stuff is almost invisible and you get better

feel for quick hooksets and no kinking

21:08:41] Walstalker(mi): good for you so many guys ca

[21:08:46] mikej: rooster: I really haven't tried spiral guides much. I do have one rod

with them, but I'm not too impressed with that rod.

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[21:09:21] Busy B (Oh): Thanks for the talk mikej, Night and good LUCK

[21:09:34] Walstalker(mi): arent versatile enough to switch and die by one method

[21:09:57] mikej: walstalker: Fishing tournaments you have to be versatile. No one

method will work at all times in all places.

[21:10:01] Dogfish (AZ): normally only used when fishing spinners very deep and over

rocks - abrasion resistance good

[21:10:16] rooster: Thanks Mike good luck on tour

[21:10:18] mikej: You have to be prepared to experiment until lyou've figured out the

pattern.

[21:10:20] gwalt(MI): Mike I've herd that pulling bottom bouncers are tougher on

graphite rods than glass any comment

[21:10:26] mikej: rooster: Thanks!

[21:10:53] mikej: gwalt: I use glass rods a lot - mainly with the rods in the rod holder. If I

feel it's necessary to feel the bite, I'll go to a graphite rod.

[21:10:55] Fish-on: gotta go Mike, thanks and have agood year.

[21:11:02] mikej: fish-on: thatnks for being here.

[21:11:03] sir walter: Mike, have a great season this year, and catch a lot of walleyes in

the PWT. thanks for the info on spinners, I learned a lot. Gotta run.

[21:11:08] Joe(WI): Thanks Mike, I think you have a good perspective on the Big

Picture of fishing and I think you will do very well in yrs. to come.

[21:11:27] mikej: Thanks for the encouragement, guys!

[21:11:35] mikej: This has been a real experience for me....

[21:11:59] mikej: One of the things I like best about the tournaments is the people I've

met there.

[21:12:05] mikej: Whattaguy!

[21:12:35] mikej: My wife (that'me) has been very supportive of my fishing. she kicks

me out if I stay home too long.

[21:12:43] Dogfish (AZ): Good luck Mike. thanks for your time

[21:13:06] mikej: Any questions, Harry? burning issues?

[21:13:08] Magic Marker: when you coming to erie to prefish?

[21:12:43] Dogfish (AZ): Good luck Mike. thanks for your time

[21:13:06] mikej: Any questions, Harry? burning issues?

[21:13:08] Magic Marker: when you coming to erie to prefish?

[21:13:33] mikej: magic marker: Are you volunteering? don't remember the dates, but I'll

be there the first day of pre-fish, 5 days before the tournament.

[21:13:37] gwalt(MI): mike how do you like the am. format

[21:14:00] mikej: gwalt: I like the pro-am format. Last year I drew several really good

amateurs, including Shelia Ryan of Walleye Central!

[21:14:31] hps: Outstanding job Mike now if we can the weather to coop.

[21:14:47] Magic Marker: i'll start fist good weekend, and then fish right on into june

[21:14:48] mikej: HPS: What, you don't want to fish in the snow?

[21:16:21] mikej: I had a great day fishing with Sheila. I knew I had a good partner,

when running out in the moring, in a decent chop, I looked over and she had her

hands on her knees - grinning away

[21:16:39] Don: fishtale(MT) Have you ever fished Nylon, Bean, Bynum, Wood Lake or

Willow Creek Resevoirs near Augusta?

[21:16:51] Sheila: Oh my gosh, and we caught nothing but walleye all afternoon!!

[21:17:00] mikej: I knew I liked you!

[21:17:14] gwalt(MI): how did you do at erie last year?

[21:17:18] mikej: We'll need a few more days like that this coming summer

[21:17:22] Sheila: I bragged on stage about you - member?

[21:17:32] mikej: gwalt: Didn't go to Erie last year -- St. Clair instead. I took 9th.

[21:17:43] Lundman(Wi): great job Mike, thanks for sharing some of what you know

with us, good luck on the tour this year!

[21:17:45] mikej: Sheila: I remember!

[21:17:56] mikej: lundman, thanks!

[21:18:06] Lundman(Wi): see ya next time

[21:18:17] Magic Marker: thanks mike

[21:19:02] mikej: I've tied 23 snell holders so far this winter, and after hearing BusyB's

comments, I think I have a few more to tie!

[21:19:04] gwalt(MI): Mike thanks for your time and advice, valuable stuff good luck

this year on pwt.

[21:19:12] mikej: Winters are long here, and there's not much to do...

[21:19:19] mikej: gwalt: Thanks a lot!

[21:19:56] Walstalker(mi): thanks Mike very interesting stuff stop in here again and let

us know how your doing

[21:19:58] jbeboatman: mike do you know pwt pro i sponser bill shovar of saginaw

[21:20:35] mikej: big john: I haven't fished Devil's Lake, but Harry won the PWT there

in .... 94?

[21:20:36] Walstalker(mi): good luck on tour this year

[21:20:44] mikej: walstalker: Thanks!

[21:20:56] ebijack (mi): is there any more questions for mike jensen?

[21:21:08] BIG JOHN: is harry on line tonight

[21:21:09] Jim (Canada): Are your fingers sore?

[21:21:15] mikej: Oooh yeah

[21:21:43] Born2Fish {mi}: are all your rods g loomis

[21:21:45] ebijack (mi): i'd like to thank mike and his wife for spending so much time

here tonight!!!

[21:21:50] shiner(sd): thanks for the info mike good luck!!

[21:21:53] mikej: (mike's wife) maybe I'll go for a back rub .....?

[21:21:56] ebijack (mi): real good chat!!!

[21:22:02] Jim (Canada): Thanks Mike... much appreciated...

[21:22:14] Jim (Canada): At least a 30 minute back rub for all that work...

[21:22:27] mikej: Jim: I knew I liked Canada!

[21:22:28] BIG JOHN: jimare you in canada now

[21:22:32] Sheila: Wait, Mike don't go, I just got here! Well, thanks anyway. Kick

walleye-butt this coming season!!

[21:22:39] Jim (Canada): Yes Big John... I am...

[21:22:51] BIG JOHN: where ?

[21:22:55] mikej: Sheila: Thanks . . .

[21:22:57] LS(nd): Thanks Mike...Good Luck ....

[21:23:07] RoyG(PA): thanks mike

[21:23:18] Jim (Canada): Hamilton Ontario.... about 30 minutes from Toronto, on the

western end of Lake Ontario.

[21:23:18] mikej: You guys were great -- thanks for your questions

[21:23:32] Born2Fish {mi}: thank you mike

[21:23:43] ebijack (mi): stick around mike and his personal typest

[21:23:43] Walstalker(mi): stop in anytime mike

[21:23:44] keith (MN): Thanks fror spending your evening with us

[21:23:55] mikej: Our pleasure

[21:24:03] Jim (Canada): Start rubbing mike... and maybe a glass of wine would hel....

[21:24:18] Jim (Canada): help...

[21:24:45] Jim (Canada): A question for Ms. Mikej.... how was the first year on the

tour?

[21:25:03] mikej: jim: It was exciting!

[21:25:18] mikej: To fish with the big names that are in there, and to at least hold my

head above water, felt good.

 

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