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Andy Kuffer - November
chatman- Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome tonight's Guest Host, Andy
chatman- Let's start out by telling us a little bout yourself, Andy....
Andy- been fishing since I was a kid with my dad on the PWT for 5 years now
Juls- will you be fishing all 6 next season Andy?
chatman- I see on your pro page you have a good deal of info...
Reefer- several championship appearances as well, right.
Andy- I am looking into fishing all 6
Andy- I made the 99 and 200 championships
Driftr- Andy , where are you from
chatman- Who are your sponsors Andy?
Reefer- great job, quite an accomplishment considering you didn't do all six.
Andy- I live on beautiful Lake St. Clair in a town called Fair Haven
chatman- Lucky Dog!
Driftr- Is that Michigan
chatman- So, do you chase an occasional smallie then?
Andy- My sponsors are Lund Mercury Off Shore Tackle Bert's Custom Tackle UniSteel Tri County Fab. Midas and Vans graphics whew!
chatman- Or Musky?
Andy- Michigan is walleye heaven
Corey- Where did you cut your teeth on Walleye fishing Andy?
Chairman- any thoughts on an RCL circuit Andy?
Andy- Lake St. Clair MI
chatman- Do you spend most of your time on St Clair, or do you try to spend more time on PWT waters Andy?
Andy- lets go for it
Reefer- Andy: can you go over the different conditions and presentations regarding using spinners?
Andy- I spend as much time on PWT waters as possible but love it here
Chairman- when are we getting another major tourney on St. Clair?
Andy- I have an article on spinner fishing on Walleye Central
Andy- Mark Dorn was asking me that the other day
chatman- Is spinner rig fishing your go to presentation then?
Chairman- Nice spinners you gave me too!
Reefer- I can't read
Andy- I think everyone needs to know how to fish crawler harnesses who is a serious Walleye fanatic
i-man / mi- Andy, how do you feel about the PWT going to the Detroit River and the St. Mary's again next year
Andy- Watch for a special for Christmas and the new colors are killer
chatman- I think a brief comment on your technique is in order Andy
Chairman- do you think we will ever go to artificial's
chatman- One thing I have learned is everyone does something just a little different than the "norm"...
Andy- My favorite tech is to pull bottom bouncers right off the boat in the sand and mud
bob g- Andy when fishing Detroit river do you hand line or jig most of the time????
chatman- flat line? Bouncers? Boards?
Andy- I use 8 1/2 steelhead rods and bait cast reels with flipping switches
Spinner(WI);- Andy, what kind of electronics do you use?
Andy- if you keep your rods flat and on the boat you can see what is exactly going on at all times and I have caught fish in 3 feet of water doing this
Andy- I use lowrance and pinpoint
Andy- also by fishing off the boat you can keep them just ticking bottom
chatman- Watching rod tips is very important then ....
Driftr- Andy, what motor for trolling at that depth
Andy- you can also follow a contour better
i-man / mi- have you seen the new lowrance units sorry to hear your having problems..that is never fun..been there done that..
Andy- watch those tips all the time
Spinner(WI);- Andy, don't you feel that you lose some action (surging) by running strictly boat rods with harnesses?
Andy- I will use my Pinpoint moist of the time but a lot of times I use a kicker and a bow mount at the same time to maintain control
Andy- let the boat do the work
Andy- don't get me wrong I use boards a lot but I like to keep 2 rods on board most of the time
bob g- what length leaders off the bouncers
chatman- on bard?
Andy- usually I use 3 or 4 ft unless it is really rough
Andy- or bored
Spinner(WI);- Andy, could you explain how you set your bouncers?
bob g- what size blade most of the time Andy
Andy- I like to run them at 45 and 60 degree if all are on board
Chops- Andy, are you more concerned with blade color, lure color or speed-
Andy- let them down till they hit hold for a few seconds then let them down
again stick it in the holder and watch the fish hit
artic cat- walleye on lake Cumberland KY the next few weeks help!
Andy- everything is important but to start with use a medium sized blade say a #4 and use 4 different colors
Andy- go fast enough to get a constant blade turn and flutter
artic cat- hello
Elka- which colors are best Andy?
Chops- I'm sure you have favorite starting colors for different areas, any hints for Erie in the spring
Andy- the 4 standards are silver gold chart and orange
Andy- Erie is good with these 4
Spinner(WI);- Andy, how about Green Bay?
EyeBoy- Andy- assuming that you have marked fish, how long do you fish a
harness before changing colors etc. That is if you don't get any hits?
Driftr- what is your blade style choice
Andy- green bay depends on where u r fishing
artic cat- do any good
artic cat- at Cumberland
Spinner(WI);- Sturgeon Bay
Andy- harnesses catch fish fast so if you don't get some kind of bite change
every 15 minutes
Andy- worms will usually tell you what is down there
artic cat- caught a few bass fishin'
Chops- do you prefer less weight and more line to reach bottom, or a little more weight and less line
artic cat- accidents
Andy- more is less
chatman- would you start out using a variety of colors, or same colors on your
Andy- use what worked last but don't be afraid to try something different
chatman- No accidents cat, key on those types of areas.....
Spinner(WI);- Is there anything you do to keep sheeps head off your hooks when they are in with walleyes?
artic cat- fish wild life says walleye by the millions
Andy- eyes can be very selective color wise so keep trying
Chairman- do u use trebles or single hooks in open water
Andy- go faster helps
Andy- I use 3 # 2 hooks in tandem off boards in open water
T-Mac- Hook style?
Andy- at Saginaw I only lost 2 fish out of approx. 100
Andy- sharpest hooks you can find is the way to go
T-Mac- Good style...like 'em
Andy- I use Daiichi
Spinner(WI);- How far apart with hooks Andy?
Andy- 3 inches on a 3 hook harness and 4 on a 2 hooker
artic cat- chairman bottom bouncer on deep or shallow areas at Cumberland
Andy- I use 2 hooks most of the time when bottom bouncing
artic cat- minnow or crawler
Andy- if you are losing fish on the 2 hooker use the 3
T-Mac- But , you like 3 better on boards.....
Andy- usually I use crawlers but leeches are pretty good when perch are a problem
Andy- use 3 hooks on boards
chatman- do you use a smaller third hook Andy or one the same size as all the rest?
Andy- try the new green crawlers they kick
Andy- I use 3 #2 hooks in tandem
Juls- ya but the greenies make a mess of the carpeting...lol
Chairman- ever try plastic?
Andy- yeah but so does slime
chatman- I've used the green crawlers 3 times on Green bay, no increased change in eye action, but the smallies seem to seek them out with radar!
Driftr- Juls, that they do
slip-bobber(MT)- You got that right Juls
T-Mac- g Tog 'n with greenies? Juls?
Andy- I use power bait sometimes and actually do better with it when going faster
Juls- lol TMac
artic cat- upper end of lake is south fork Cumberland River caught some eyes while bass fishing this spring jerk bait spinner bait
jerry- No Tog'n tonight!
Chairman- Same here Andy, better out west than G lakes
Andy- greenies don't always make a difference but when the bite is slow try them
chatman- No tog, tog not here, BE is probably up to his hoo has in the Mississippi chasin
T-Mac- Andy...how about a good plastic worm?
Juls- used the greenies on Green Bay...perch love them too...- -)
Driftr- Andy, sounds like I need them all the time :)
Andy- I would try the original creme ones
Andy- never leave home without them
Spinner(WI);- Andy, What kind of blades do you like at Sturgeon Bay?
Fish'n Fool- Andy is that the ones with whip cream???? LOL
Andy- I was using #5 Colorado blades
T-Mac- lol Fool
Fish'n Fool- would you try pulling harnesses this late in the season?
Andy- anymore questions about harnesses?
Chairman- how do you find fish in a deep river like Detroit where you can't see them with the
Andy- I don't fish harnesses in water colder than 53 usually
T-Mac- Andy.. I got here late...what you using for weight on your spinners back of boards
Andy- troll the drop of nearest the docks or sea walls and just keep going until u catch a fish
Andy- I use snap weight with boards and in line weights and bottom bouncers
Andy- snaps work well in rough water and when the fish are fussy
gpare- 15 days till I retire, how could I be anything but AWESOME!!! Eh?
Jack- Hi Andy, If you had to pick one presentation what would you choose. Also
what percentage of time (ballpark) do you use it?
Andy- if fish are high I like to use in line chain sinkers
jerry- Congrats, gpare!!
Andy- can't chose one that is best all the time but jigs have to go on top of the list
bob g- Andy do you hand line or jig Detroit River most of the time????
Andy- jig but hand liners kick it when it is on
bob g- do you use any hair jigs there
Andy- never have
bob g- ok
bob g- any colors you like best
Fish'n Fool- Andy when you are trolling and its slow do you find a fish on the bottom while trolling and try it or how do you determine when to jig when trolling stops?
Andy- I like to use plastic and that don't work well with hair jigs
Andy- jig until it doesn't work then start trolling
Andy- usually when the water is dirty trolling is the way to go
Jack- Have you used the 3-D holographic blades and if so have you noticed any advantage?
Fish'n Fool- thank you
Andy- I make them and they out fish everything else
Jack- They're that good?
chatman- you make them?
Fish'n Fool- can you explain how and what you use?
Todd_NE- hi all
Andy- I have experimented with them for 3 years on school of fish that live 3 miles from my house. they will out fish everything 99 percent of the time
Andy- yeah I make them and they are for sale on WC
chatman- on the products page
Jack- Wait, are you saying you make the blade itself or you put the snell together?
Andy- I used to let my friends follow me around trolling with regular blades, they didn't catch much then I would throw them a pack and they would start catching
Andy- find them on the products page under hand tied spinners
Spinner(WI);- Andy, do you use interchangeable clevis or fixed?
Andy- I buy the blades and paint them and tie them etc.
Andy- I use the quickies
chatman- Is it a special blade style? Or a few styles of blades...
Andy- they are lighter and work just fine I never have seen a difference in the fish preferring one over the other where clevis is concerned
Spinner(WI);- What is your favorite blade color for clear water?
Andy- I usually use deep cup Colorado but I am finding more different styles that work better under different circumstances
chatman- can you explain a little on that?
Andy- if water is blue-ish use silver green ish use gold
Driftr- Andy ,have you ever tried tomahawk blades
Andy- I have just begun using a more flat style that thumps like a rabbit and it seemed to work better in dirty water
Spinner(WI);- Andy, how greenish water?
Andy- tomahawk hawk blades work well in dirty water and when the fish are really aggressive or need to get mad to hit
Andy- if the water looks green it is green
Andy- watch for the new black nickel
Juls- sorry got to go...Thanks for the chat Andy..much appreciated!! Good luck next
Driftr- Who makes that
Andy- I will
Spinner(WI);- Thanks Andy, Good Luck next year!
Andy- black nickel works well in the spring and in very clear water
jerry- Andy, do you buy your blades in mass through mail order, or from a private supplier?
chatman- how much of a difference does bead color make, in your experience?
Andy- yeah Jerry. beads are a way to add color without adding it to the blade and can be important at times
T-Mac- Andy what boat you running next summer?
Andy- Lund 2025 le
Fish'n Fool- Andy I got bumped before I got your answer on where in wc is your blades?
Andy- on the products page under hand tied spinners
Jack- Thanks Andy got to go - Here's look'n to spring.
Fish'n Fool- thanks
chatman- what do you think of the difference between the IPS hull and the non IPS hull Andy?
Andy- IPS rules
chatman- how so?
Andy- softer ride and better planning speeds in rough water
BobB(MI);- Andy, thanks for the blade samples at the "Get Together". M. Victor gave me some at the Sault - they hold up well in a box and in water.
T-Mac- And your motor sponsor is?
chatman- Opti Max?
Andy- Opti is the boss
Andy- gas mileage is great
chatman- I run the 225 also, not a problem here and I love it!
T-Mac- What prop ? Andy?
Andy- wanna race?
Driftr- Andy, how fast
Andy- 3 blade trophy 21 pitch
chatman- Only if you let me put it on a 14 foot jonboat!!!
Andy- up to u
T-Mac- OK...getting about 56-5800?
Andy- usually depending on weight
chatman- Any more questions for Andy as we wind down?
T-Mac- Thanks, Andy
jerry- Thanks, Andy.
Driftr- how fast does the boat go
bob g- Andy do you use any braided lines when jigging
Fish'n Fool- Thanks Andy
Andy- when the fishing is tough keep your lines in the water
JC.WI- Thanks Andy
jerry- Have same rig, Driftr, should go about 56-58.
Andy- I use fire line when I jig vertically with a crane swivel and 3 ft of
Maxima leader line
bob g- the 6 pound
T-Mac- Thnaks Andy...good Job...I gotta go
Andy- no 10 & 10
chatman- Ladies and gentlemen, a warm round of applause for tonight's guest
Host, Andy Kuffer!
Driftr- Thanks Andy
T-Mac- that was "thanks"
Driftr- clap clap clap
jerry- clap clap clap
bob g- thanks Andy/////////////////
Andy- your welcome everyone