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Blades and Spoons for Early Walleyes

The term “Heavy Metal” might make your ears buzz with retro recall, with hazy visions of poofy hair, stacked speakers and spandex. There’s nothing I can do to erase those tarnished flashbacks, but I can help redefine “Heavy Metal” to what it means in a walleye fishing boat.

With Northern U.S. and Canadian walleye anglers just coming off the ice fishing spree, Heavy Metal is the term for the upsized open-water versions of those mostly-metal baits we’ve been jigging all winter. Essentially, I’m referring to larger sizes of the time-tested Heddon Sonar blade bait, as well as jigging spoons, all bumped heavier and longer than what we’ve done through the ice.

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