Fiskas XL ushers in ‘new era’ in walleye fishing
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The Fiskas XL Walleye series represents a new era in fishing for the species, says the US manufacturer of the heavy tungsten jigs.
The jigs have been developed specifically for fishing through the ice in deep water, vertically jigging in deep swift rivers or reaching fish in heavy cover, situations where weight and precise presentation are key factors.
Said to be the heaviest, most compact tungsten jigs available, the Fiskas XL Walleye Series comprises three small, but ultra-heavy sizes and 11 colours. The teardrop profile is armed with a premium, long-shank hook with a gap large enough for adding a softbait, live minnow and other livebaits.
For situations requiring a shorter shank hook, Fiskas has 6mm, 7mm and 9mm sizes in the GiganJig, an equally heavy lure but with a short, offset hook.
“After launching the GiganJig in 2014, we received requests from customers for a long-shank walleye tungsten jig,” said Jamie Olsen, owner of Your Bobbers Down, distributor of the FISKAS jig brand.
“The XL Walleye Series arose from the need for a compact jig that sinks fast in deep water and in heavy currents. The 9mm size, for example, weighs just under 1/2-ounce, but is much smaller than a 3/8-ounce lead jig. This is the appeal of the XL Walleye Series — a jig that sinks fast yet fishes with finesse in ice or open water.”
A 6mm Fiskas XL Walleye Series tugsten jig weighs approximately 3/32-ounce, matched to a #8 long shank hook. Armed with a #6 sticky sharp hook, the 7mm size weighs about 1/6-ounce, while the 9mm (3/8-ounce, 0.40oz) has a #4 hook.
Chicago-based guide and tournament angler, Tony Boshold, has been using Fiskas products for more than 10 years and is surprised they are not better known.
“When the bite is tough and the pressure is on, a Fiskas Wolfram walleye jig produces time and again,” he says
“It’s crazy that they still fly under the radar for most anglers. They are so good for fishing deep structure and walleyes in small strike zones. Their compact heavy nature helps telegraph bites and bottom composition better than any other jig material.”