Ross Robertson

Ross Robertson

My Go To Walleye Essentials

Walleye Essentials

I think its fair to say most fisherman have a tough time differentiating between needs and wants, I know I often fall into that category myself. With that said, here are 24 items that are rarely far away from my boat or fishing travels when I need to produce walleye.

Reef Runner 800

Reef Runner 800

Reef Runner 800 Series Deep Divers are popular casting and deep-diving trolling lures. These Deep Divers are rattling minnow imitators designed to deliver a wide erratic swimming action. Reef Runner 800 Series Deep Divers are tournament-winning jerkbaits with a curved design and a rounded bill for diving. All 800 Series Deep Diver lures feature Reef Runner's premium high gloss chip-proof finish.

Bandit Walleye Deep Diver

Grab the time tested, angler favorite for landing monster Walleye, the Bandit Walleye Deep Divers! These lures are great for Walleye, Zander, and other predator fish that explore deeper waters. Sporting an array of vibrant colors, it is the perfect bait for drawing in attention in the depths. These lures dive quickly to 27 feet with their round lip and slender build, that quick dive creates a ruckus that predators, like Walleye, can’t ignore.

Rapala Husky Jerk

Rapala Husky Jerks are one of the most affordable and popular suspending jerkbaits on the market. The suspending bodies are neutrally buoyant, giving the lures a hovering appearance in the water column during pauses in the retrieve. If youre looking for a great lure design and a trusted fish catcher, then get the Rapala Husky Jerk.

Rapala Jigging Rap

Rapala Jigging Rap

Rapala Jigging Raps swim in tantalizing circles right in the middle of suspended game fish. These lures are very popular for ice fishing. Jigging Raps can also be used for all game fish species, and vertical jigging can bring fantastic results in the dog days of summer.

Silver Streak Rattle Streak

Silver Streak Rattle Streak Spoons are designed with flat bodies and fitted with rattle chambers. These spoons create sounds and ripples that attract fish from distances and entice them to strike. Silver Streak Rattle Streak Spoons are excellent for jigging through the ice and great for casting in open water, too.

Silver Streak Jr. Spoon

Silver Streak Jr. Spoons are the smallest in the Silver Streak series of spoons. These highly reflective spoons are generally used for early season trolling for walleye, trout, salmon, steelhead and more. Jr. Silver Streak Spoons are designed to be used at all trolling speeds.

Shimano Tekota A Levelwind Line Counter Reel

Shimano Tekota Levelwind Line Counter Reels feature a rock solid construction and advanced features. These reels are a great solution for anglers who troll for both fresh and saltwater species. Great Lakes anglers will appreciate the palmable line counter and saltwater enthusiasts will love the durability and strength.

Shimano Compre Walleye Trolling Rod

Shimano Compre Walleye Trolling Rod

The Shimano Compre Walleye Trolling Rod has been designed with Walleye anglers in mind. The tip has been constructed sensitive enough to detect those soft bites perfectly, but also soft enough for that perfect hookset. The handle is made from an AA cork, making it comfortable and solid. If its Walleye youre chasing, you need the Shimano Compre Walleye Trolling Rod!

Drift Control Magnum Series Drift Sock

he Drift Control Magnum Series Drift Sock is designed for use in the most extreme angling conditions. The lightweight reinforced Nylon construction allows for quick drying and compact storage. One inch Nylon straps offer added support. This drift sock has a unique floatation device and bottom weights to provide faster deployment and prevent rotation.

Humminbird Helix

Humminbird Helix 7 Chirp

Fishing on a budget, the Humminbird Helix 7 Chirp GPS Fish Finder is a cost-effective way to see individual fish and clearly identify bait and structure on its 7-in. HD ultra-bright LED display. Its intuitive operation and user-friendly design make it simple for you to set-up and find fish in your area.

Venom High Dollar Stinger Bucktail Jig

Venom High Dollar Stinger Bucktail Jig is designed to attract predatory game fish with bright colors and flash. It is constructed with high-quality components and premium, super sharp hooks. Tied with bucktail hair, this jig creates a natural look in the water. Venom High Dollar Stinger Bucktail Jigs are great for all types of panfish and trout.


Sunline Super Natural Monofilament Line

Sunline Super Natural Monofilament Line is a high performance line designed for a wide range of fishing applications. perfect for use on all spinning and casting reels. Super Natural features Sunlines original UV-R processing for maximum protection against UV rays and long life. It has the perfect mix of strength and durability and retains a high knot strength.

Shimano Power Pliers

Shimano Advance Power Pliers

Shimano Power Pliers are constructed with strong, stainless steel with flourine coating for corrosion resistance. These 6-inch pliers are perfect for inshore or freshwater use and for #1 through #5 split rings.

Shimano Brutas Scissors

The Shimano Brutas Scissors with Sheath is made from high-grade carbon steel for the ultimate in strength and durability. This high-end tool is finished with black nickel to help further protect it from corrosion. Brutas Scissors features a custom two-tone rubber grip and hosts the Shimano logo on the handle

Fish Hawk X2

Fish Hawk X2 Trolling System

If youre looking for one of the most versatile at-depth water temperature and trolling speed sensors on the market today, look no further than the Fish Hawk X2 Trolling System! Use the X2 to find the exact temperature and monitor your speed so you can be right where you need to be to get in the fish zone.

Shimano Stradic CI4+ Spinning Reel

Shimano Stradic CI4+ Spinning Reel

What isnt there to love about the Shimano Stradic CI4+ Spinning Reel? Everything about the Stradic CI4+ screams performance and power. This spinning reel is one of the toughest and smoothest lightweight reels on the market today. Thanks to the patented HAGANE gear and HAGANE body, this reel handles more torque and provides more power and durability than most reels. This fishing reel looks just as great as it performs, with a smooth chrome-like finish and a red spool as the perfect accent.


Simms ProDry Jacket

The Simms ProDry Jacket is an award-winning jacket offering total waterproof and windproof protection. This jacket comes in a longer length perfect for boat use with features that keep you dry and comfortable all day long. The ProDry Jacket is extreme wet weather rated and designed to keep you dry through up to 22 inches of rainfall per hour. Special stretch panels in the shoulders and elbows provide superior ease of movement and comfortable flexibility. This jacket has been worn by some of the best Bassmaster Classic anglers, and it is a great jacket for professional guides and anglers.

Simms Men's Riverbank Chukka Wading Boots

On and off the river, everyone enjoys warm, dry feet. Simms Riverbank Chukka Wading Boots are made for easy-on and easy-off wear to provide the much appreciated dry warmth. These boots are crafted with a multi-directional outsole to grip wet surfaces and is non-marking for regular boat deck wear.


Simms Dry Creek Duffel Bag

From a short day trip to an extended vacation, the Simms Dry Creek Duffel Bag will be your go-to bag for all your fishing travels. With a structured base bottom that adds durability and also keeps the bag open for easy loading, this duffel will give you peace of mind while on the go. This duffel also comes with a roll-top closure that has TSA-friendly zipper access making all your traveling easy. Simms added the padded interior lining to protect your gear during transit.

SPRO Power Swivels

SPRO Power Swivels are stronger than standard barrel swivels and offer super smooth rotation, tremendous strength and durability. Keep line twist to a minimum with these high-grade stainless steel swivels.

Simms SunGaiter Cool

The Simms SunGaiter Cool keeps you comfortable during the hottest fishing days. This SunGaiter is constructed with SolarFlex fabric with Coolcore technology, which lowers the surface temperature up to 30 percent when wet. It is outfitted with laser-cut breathing holes and fits over the back of your hat. The long cape and SolarFlex UPF50 fabric provides excellent sun protection.

Bert's Custom Tackle Swivel Rod Holder Tree

Berts Custom Tackle Swivel Rod Holder Trees hold 3 rods of any length with an additional rod or net holder on the top. These trees are the ultimate rod holders for dipsy rods, board rods, downrigger rods and reef rods. Berts Rod Holder Trees swivel 360º and lock in four 90º positions.

G Loomis

G. Loomis GLX Walleye Spinning Rod

G. Loomis GLX Walleye Spinning Rods are the most accurate, high performance, technique-specific walleye rods money can buy. Now, thanks to the input received from tournament anglers, guides and pro staffers, G. Loomis has made an already popular and effective series of technique-specific rods even better.

The Berts Custom Tackle Pro Series Rod Cradle w/Riser

Bert's Custom Tackle Pro Series Rod Cradle W/Riser

The Berts Custom Tackle Pro Series Rod Cradle w/Riser is built to accommodate bait casting and trolling rod and reel combos. This rod holder features a lever-lock heavy duty cradle style holder. A locking swivel ring secures rods in place even during high speed trolling applications.

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