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Professional walleye angler Dustin Minke breaks down his deadly sharp shooting bobber set-up for targeting walleye with forward facing sonar.

Minke’s rig starts with an emphasis on choosing the right line. Minke prefers 8-10lb monofilament for its improved casting ability with the multiple slip-bobber components. When it comes to setting the right depth, Minke uses his long 8’6” rod as a marker. From rod butt to rod tip is rough 9 feet, so he can quickly gauge ballpark depths when judging the depth of fish on forward-facing sonar. You often want walleye looking up, says Minke, especially in clear water, so having that jig a few feet off bottom is ideal. 

For his setup, Minke prefers a weighted bobber because the added weight assists in making accurate casts to fish out at a distance. Below the bobber, Minke rigs a sliding tungsten bullet weight positioned facing downward to help get the bait down to the bottom quickly. A bead is then added above a barrel swivel to give the knot some protection from the sliding weight as added insurance. For a leader, Minke uses 2-3ft of 6-8lb fluorocarbon tied to a Northland tungsten jig head. Tungsten has a smaller profile than traditional lead jigs of the same weight, making the live bait presentation less bulky but still getting down to fish quickly.

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