Pro's Pointer #3

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A fishing rod does not do you much good without a reel.

In this week's Pro's Pointer, Johnnie Candle lets us know what combo he likes while using a very popular technique, especially this time of the year.

Johnnie Candle, MWC World Walleye Champion & ND Fishing Hall of Famer:

"Vertical jigging is an incredible fish catching technique that works from the time the ice goes off in the spring until we put our boats away again in the fall. This is my favorite vertical jigging rod and reel combo. I start with a shorter than normal rod. I like to keep the jig close to me so I can make much quicker hook sets when I get that bite.

Next is the reel. I'm not to concerned with the function of the reel at this point as I am with the size. It's got to be small enough that the rod and reel balance in my hand to make it very comfortable. For the line, I go with a small diameter 6-pound superline, they have a diameter of two pound test monofilament that thinner line slices through the current of a river and make it much easier to stay vertical when I'm drifting around a lake in my boat.

There is a specific tool designed for every job and this is my favorite tool for vertical jigging.

I'm Johnnie Candle and that's this weeks Pro's Pointer."

Next week, Johnnie is talking about a popular bait often used when fishing with a jig.